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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

•   Merkel pens a thoughtful tribute to Abba Tor, "the engineer of the almost impossible" for the likes of Saarinen and Kahn, who has passed away at 93.

•   Evans considers what "ingredients" it takes to create "buzzing small business communities without developers or architects": creative vision instead of master planning, and risk-sharing instead of risk-taking.

•   GovHack's Keith delves into how "data will become as fundamental to cities as infrastructure."

•   Tierney, on the other hand, considers how both urban and software architects share "responsibility for the social and political consequences of their design decisions" when it comes to public space (there's a move to make protest a felony in some states - yikes!).

•   Capps reports that almost 200 firms have already expressed interest in building Trump's border wall before the official solicitation goes live March 6, with "concept prototypes" due March 10: "Any company picked for the job faces a sincere reputational risk" (two artists "may be trying to punk the process").

•   Vonier and Nadel weigh in on how "architecture is the newest anti-terror weapon" as Paris prepares to build a bulletproof wall around the Eiffel Tower ("it will be an upgrade from the current hideous metal gates").

•   The Australian Institute of Architects no longer opposes plans for a security fence around Parliament House in Canberra - a briefing left AIA satisfied that it "will be undertaken in a well-considered matter."

•   Birnbaum makes another plea to the powers-that-be to reconsider plans for D.C.'s Pershing Park - it is a poster child for "how first tier works of landscape architecture too often are still treated like second-class amenities."

•   Kamin is none too happy that first hints of what the Obama Presidential Library might be were dropped in NYC, "to the frustration of Chicago journalists, me included."

•   Lynch reports on what Williams and Tsien said at the NYC event re: the Obama library: "[Obama] looked at what we did and he said, 'I said you could be sort of quiet, but I think you're a little too quiet.'"

•   ShoP's winning design for a wooden tower in Manhattan bites the dust ("Talk about logging off.").

•   On a brighter note, SHoP, with Hamilton Anderson Associates, has towering plans for the Hudson department store site in Detroit - a "shimmering, futuristic" mixed-use tower that "looks like nothing in Detroit now."

•   After some strong criticism, next week, Adjaye will present revised plans (and pix, we hope!) to transform old government property into "luxe condos" in D.C.'s tony Georgetown.

•   IBI Group - Gruzen Samton's winning design in the Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge has been built and donated to a veteran and his family in Memphis.

•   Anderson of EduColor considers some "initiatives, both new and established," that are tackling how architecture schools can increase diversity.

•   Arch Record has extended its deadline to Friday to respond to a survey re: "attitudes toward climate change" - please respond!

•   Addington leaves Yale to head UT Austin School of Architecture.

•   One we couldn't resist: a Brixton architect wants "to recreate David Bowie's iconic lightning flash" as a public sculpture.

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction ($2 million in prizes!) + Open call for Curator of Stad en Architectuur's "architecture as a laboratory" lecture series in Leuven, Belgium.

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