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● Glancey explores "the awe-inspiring buildings" created for the "gods of science, speed and industry. What makes a number of 21st-Century temples to tech seem different from their predecessors is the idea that these are meant to be somehow light-hearted, youthful and fun, fun, fun."
● Meanwhile, Apple's Ives hits back at the "utterly bizarre" criticisms of the new Cupertino HQ: "It wasn't made for you! I know how we work and you don't!"
● Holder delves deep into how Atlanta could lose its front-runner bid for Amazon HQ2 because of Georgia's efforts to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act "that would restrict LGBTQ freedoms. Some other Amazon contender cities could also now confront this issue."
● Financial woes have halted construction on Calatrava's Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero, already "hampered by setbacks and controversies since the destruction of the original 1916 church on 9/11."
● Kamin has high hopes - and some reservations - about Lohan's plan to transform the burned-out shell of Chicago's Pilgrim Baptist Church (by Adler & Sullivan, no less) into a National Museum of Gospel Music.
● Kolson Hurley parses the hurdles facing post-Harvey Houston and Harris County with new, incredibly "stringent" flood-related development restrictions: "How high is high enough? Who has to pay for it? And at what point does it no longer make sense to build in a place at all?"
● First photos of KieranTimberlake's American Embassy in London, "conceived as a crystalline cube" (some stunning details; review will be forthcoming).
● Taylor-Hochberg offers a fascinating profile of Frank Pick, who "worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational" - bringing "dignity and delight to the daily commute - his legacy can be seen in the public art programs that are commonplace for transit agencies around the world."
● An interesting conversation with Piero Lissoni, known for his architecture, interiors, landscape, and furniture - which is closest to his heart? "You have to be a little schizophrenic to be able to do all of this and that is the trick."
● Abrahamson pens a fitting tribute to Gunnar Birkerts: "Because of his individualism, he was perfectly suited to the Detroit area, with its history of tinkerers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We can still learn much from his example."
● Iovine makes her pick of the best architecture of 2017: they are "buildings of quiet ambition. Not every year delivers major architectural stunners, but sometimes there's something even better - buildings that contribute to a more promising future."
● Eyefuls of the very long shortlist of 62(!) projects vying to take home the RIBA International Prize 2018 as the world's best new building.
● The 2017 epic architecture quiz: How well do you know your I.M. Pei from your Frank Lloyd Wright?
● The Van Alen Institute will be launching the "Keeping Current: A Sea-Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami," an $850,000 initiative backed by the best - the call for entries coming in early 2018.
● Call for entries: Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge International Architecture Competition.
● Call for entries: Applications for the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship: $10,000 to women pursuing a professional degree in architecture.
● Call for entries: Contract magazine's Inspirations Awards for commitments to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design (international).
● Call for entries: International VELUX Award for Students in Architecture: "Light of Tomorrow."
● Call for entries: 2018 Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) supporting the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects (EU and Creative Europe participants).
● Call for entries: Black Balsam Laboratories competition (international): designs for a series of small-scale "laboratories" to help bartenders and cocktail makers invent the next big drink.
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Jonathan Glancey: The awe-inspiring buildings created as temples of tech: The gods of science, speed and industry have always had their followers. Glancey explores their impressive, imperious places of worship: What makes a number of 21st-Century temples to tech seem different from their predecessors...is the idea that these are meant to be somehow light-hearted, youthful and fun, fun, fun. -- Abraham Stott (1865); James Miller; Owen Williams (1939); Foster + Partners; Mies van der Rohe; Frank Gehry; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Thomas Heatherwick; OMA; Grimshaw Architects; Gunter Henn [images]- BBC Designed
"We didn't make Apple Park for other people" says Jonathan Ive: ...has hit back at the "utterly bizarre" criticisms...jumped to the defence of its new ring-shaped campus in Cupertino..."it wasn't made for you! And I know how we work and you don't!"...the project has been marred by controversy, after a scathing review by Wired magazine and reports that some Apple employees were threatening to quit over their dislike of the workspace layouts. -- Foster + Partners [images]- Dezeen
Sarah Holder: How A Bid for Amazon HQ2 Got Tangled Up in a Fight for LGBTQ Rights: Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been stalled for four years amid fears it will deter economic investment. Will Amazon finally kill it? It’s been big business, time and time again, that has deterred Georgia from passing legislation that would restrict LGBTQ freedoms. But never before has the business been this big...Some other Amazon contender cities could also now confront this issue.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Santiago Calatrava-designed World Trade Center church halts construction over nonpayment: Construction on the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine...has been hampered by setbacks and controversies since the destruction of the original 1916 church on 9/11.- The Architect's Newspaper
Blair Kamin: Plan to Revive Pilgrim Baptist Church Shows Promise but Faces Hurdles: ...calls for turning the ruin-like walls into the outer shell of a National Museum of Gospel Music...A new steel structure - essentially a building within a building - would simultaneously brace...surviving outer walls...Though promising, the design needs further definition and refinement...Nevertheless, the project presents Chicago a rare opportunity to reuse the remains of a building by Adler & Sullivan...So here’s hoping that this latest chance to save Pilgrim Baptist...isn’t just a mirage. -- Dirk Lohan/Wight & Company [image]- Chicago Tribune
Amanda Kolson Hurley: The House of the Future Is Elevated: We can build homes to sit above flood waters so people can ride out the Harveys of the future, but it won’t be easy or cheap: Three months after Hurricane Harvey churned through Texas...Harris County’s new rules are the most stringent flood-related development restrictions anywhere in the U.S....raises tricky questions: How high is high enough? Who has to pay for it? And at what point does it no longer make sense to build in a place at all?- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
KieranTimberlake’s American Embassy in London: First Photos Released: ...conceived as a crystalline cube surrounded by landscaped public spaces. [images]- Architectural Record
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg: The Art of Public Service: A century ago Frank Pick worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational - an environment that would add dignity and delight to the daily commute: ...established a new model for the integration of public works with innovative design...Pick’s legacy can be seen in the public art programs that are commonplace for transit agencies around the world. -- Charles Holden [images]- Places Journal
Creativity is the buzzword for Italian architect Piero Lissoni: You have specialised in architecture, interiors, landscape, furniture. Which has been closest to your heart? "It is impossible to pick one...You have to be a little schizophrenic to be able to do all of this and that is the trick"...What are the latest design trends that India needs to catch up on? "I don’t believe in trends. However, India needs to discover and trust a new generation of designers."- The Telegraph (India)
Michael Abrahamson: Remembering modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts: His work was characterized by an experimental attitude toward materials, an intuitive approach to space planning, and an uncommon keenness for innovation in the use of daylight...Because of his individualism, he was perfectly suited to the Detroit area, with its history of tinkerers, innovators, and entrepreneurs...Instead of codifying rules, Birkerts continued modernism’s intuitive tradition of individual expression. We can still learn much from his example.- The Architect's Newspaper
Julie Iovine: The Best Architecture of 2017: Buildings of Quiet Ambition: New technology and an aim to create a better world make these projects stand out: ...notable for focusing on concrete needs, not dazzling form. Long-term planning and a smart use of innovation served a purpose...Not every year delivers major architectural stunners, but sometimes there’s something even better - buildings that contribute to a more promising future. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/SOM; Kengo Kuma; Leers Weinzapfel Associates [images]- Wall Street Journal
RIBA reveals 62 projects vying to be named world's best new building: ...shortlisted for the second edition of the RIBA International Prize...Covering everything from small housing projects, to major new museums and office buildings, the list includes projects from 28 countries... [images]- Dezeen
The 2017 epic architecture quiz: How well do you know your I.M. Pei from your Frank Lloyd Wright? It's been another epic year for architecture, but were you paying attention? Test your knowledge of the newest designs and most exciting architectural feats of 2017.- CNN
Van Alen Institute Launches Keeping Current: A Sea-Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami : ...three design challenges...to propose implementable and replicable solutions...that also address regional issues of economy, ecology and equity. The $850,000 initiative has support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and The Miami Foundation...Look back in early 2018 for the announcement of our first competition. [Call for Entries coming in early 2018]- Van Alen Institute
Call for entries: Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge International Architecture Competition: cash prizes; registration deadline: February 9, 2018 (submissions due February 14, 2018)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Sydney Build Expo 2018
Call for entries: Applications for the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship: $10,000 scholarship to women pursuing a professional degree in architecture in an accredited architecture program; open to U.S. citizens; deadline: January 17, 2018- Architects Foundation / Payette
Call for entries: Contract magazine's Inspirations Awards to recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design (international); cash prizes; deadline: March 30, 2018- Contract magazine
Call for entries: International VELUX Award for Students in Architecture: “Light of Tomorrow”: to encourage and challenge students to explore the theme of daylight; cash prizes; registration deadline: April 1, 2018 (submissions due June 15, 2018)- VELUX
Call for entries: 2018 Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) supporting the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects; open to Schools in European Union Member States, countries participating in Creative Europe, etc.; cash prizes; school submission deadline: February 22, 2018; student submission deadline: March 27, 2018- Mies van der Rohe Foundation / Fundació Mies van der Rohe / Creative Europe
Call for entries: Black Balsam Laboratories competition (international): designs for a series of small-scale “laboratories” to help bartenders and cocktail makers invent the next big drink; cash prizes; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): January 5, 2018; final registration: April 20, 2018 (submissions due May 24, 2018)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Riga Black Balsam
Vladimir Belogolovsky: One-on-One: "I Don't Have Any Competitors Because My Projects Are Unique": Interview with Zhang Hua: The Tianjin, China-based architect talks about why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, teaching, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: "rise in the city" UPDATE #2: Online Benefit Auction Continues! Just in time for the holidays (and only until December 15!), a cornucopia of creativity - there's something for everyone (including that difficult-to-shop-for friend, colleague, and relative - or yourself!). [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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