Today’s News - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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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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