Today’s News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

●   Agbo explains the "brutal back-story behind Africa's emerging megacities. If the global design community stayed away from these kinds of blood-tainted briefs, it would compel authorities to act more humanely in dealing with victims of forced demolitions" (a must read!).

●   Vonier pens a dispatch from Nairobi's largest slum that "reveals the urgency - and the promise - of Habitat III."

●   Hatch parses the ideas proffered by a new UN report that aims "to guide Africa's urban future."

●   Megson has a most interesting conversation with Calatrava re: his £1bn vision for London: "Given the controversies of the past, he remains philosophical" with a lesson from Goya: "I am still learning."

●   A fascinating look "inside Apple's insanely great (or just insane) new mothership" (12,000 people about to move in, no childcare, but a patented pizza box for all - a fab read!).

●   Eyefuls of Hadid's "bold Sky Park master plan to reinvent Bratislava's derelict industrial zone" (it's big!).

●   Australia's Gold Coast hopes to boast the tallest "super tower" in the Southern Hemisphere that would "function as a community-in-miniature" - a university included (if it gets the green light}.

●   Eyefuls of some mouth-watering urban oases round the world that "are inherently architectural," and "intended to serve social roles in addition to biological or environmental ones" (wow!).

●   An impressive shortlist of six international teams in the running to re-imagine the National Trust's 18th-century Clandon Park Palladian manse.

●   Peters parses Snøhetta's HouseZero, the new headquarters of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, a nearly 100-year-old house that is now a model of energy-efficient remodeling.

●   Fornes's Chrysalis Amphitheater in a suburban Baltimore park is a "zippy, sinuous shingled pavilion painted four different shades of electric green."

●   Schwab introduces us to Kaynemail, a new material invented by "The Lord of the Rings" weapons and chainmail designer that "has some remarkable qualities as an architectural material" (and very green).

●   Ramos offers "5 reasons architects should not work overtime" (#4: Life will pass you by).

●   The Graham Foundation awards grants "to support 72 innovative projects engaging original ideas in architecture" (some very cool stuff!).

●   Harvard GSD introduces the Loeb Fellowship's incoming class of 2017-18.

●   Call for entries: IE Architecture + Design Prize for young architects and designers.

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