Today’s News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

●  Another week starts with sad news: Swenarton pays heartfelt tribute Neave Brown: "What distinguished him as an architect of housing was that the technical ingenuity of his planning was matched by his passionate empathy for the people who would be living in the homes he designed."

●  RIBA's Derbyshire leads tributes to Brown from a who's who + Braidwood's recent Q&A with the social housing pioneer.

●  Wainwright thinks it's just fine Trump is skipping the ribbon-cutting for the "fabulous" U.S. Embassy in London: if the "shimmering cube seems decidedly Trumpian, it is far too sophisticated and thoughtful to have come from the property tycoon's administration."

●  Trump may want to re-think targeting disaster mitigation funds: a new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences finds that every $1 spent saves $6: "Invest properly in mitigation, you're going to get your money back - regardless of what your beliefs in climate change are."

●  Walker explains how Hamilton, Ontario (pop. 500,000) "became the envy of urban planners" with small urban interventions adding up to "an enviable list of accomplishments in just one year" - other cities "could take a few cues from the scrappy, low-cost initiatives."

●  About 50 miles outside of Manila, the 346-acre Batulao Artscapes is taking shape as a prefab town of 6,000 homes designed by starchitects.

●  Eyefuls of L.A.'s latest "ambitious" mixed-use development: the 5.5-acre 1111 Sunset Boulevard that teams SOM with Saitowitz and Corner - oh - and a boutique hotel by Kuma.

●  Eyefuls of Bing Thom's last project, The Butterfly, a new icon set to soar over downtown Vancouver (Bing Thom Architects was rebranded Revery Architecture last month).

●  Betsky makes a pilgrimage back to FLW's Fallingwater after many years, and sees it "as a masterpiece of weaving - knit into its landscape. Let's stop worrying about building and (re)learn how to weave."

●  On a sadder note: FLW's building in Whitefish, Montana, just bit the dust; pix of backhoe is heartbreaking - no mention of any lovely details being salvaged (pix of red brick with FLW signature also heartbreaking - $1.7 million could've saved it!).

●  Gunts, on a brighter note, reports that Ohio's famous but vacant (and bizarrely wonderful) "Big Basket" building has a new lease on life; whatever its new incarnation is, "it's going to continue to look like a basket."

●  Bernstein kicks off a new series on American architects and designers born in other countries with fab profiles of Pei and Scott Brown (and he's looking for suggestions of other immigrant architects and designers for future profiles).

Winners all!

●  A great presentation of the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards winners in architecture, interior architecture, and regional & urban design.

●  Kwun is "chuffed to see more than a handful of civic projects" among the AIA winners, proving "how sophisticated public works design has become."

●  Winners of the Construction Container Facelift competition show "creative reimaginings that combined a new aesthetic with functionality."

Deadlines (some loom!):

●  Call for applications for I-Park Foundation's 2018 Architecture/Landscape Design Residencies in rural Connecticut: "work on commissions, competition proposals, dissertations, or theoretical investigations - or just take the time to build or plant something on the land" (deadline really looms!).

●  Call for entries: 2018 James Beard Restaurant Design Awards (deadline also really looms!).

●  Call for entries: Royal Academy of Arts 2018 Summer Exhibition (its 249th year) for the Architecture Room.

●  Call for entries: 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space (no fee!).

●  Call for entries: Kaira Looro International Architecture Competition: A Cultural Center in Senegal, Africa (+ internship with Kuma in Tokyo!).

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