ICYMI: Congress extended tax deductions on energy-efficient commercial buildings and Beijing-based MAD Architects is moving forward with the firm's first European project.

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House of the Day: Hello House by Australian firm OOF! Architecture [Contemporist]

Video of the Day: Al Jazeera America recently debuted a segment on the Chicago Lucas Museum of Narrative Art controversy. [Al Jazeera America]


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Reporter David W. Dunlap on architectural photographer Fred R. Conrad, who is leaving The New York Times this week. [The New York Times]

The Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service announced the four finalists in National Parks Now, a competition involving young professionals reshaping the parks' visitor experience.

The many hurdles Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, had to overcome in renovations and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums explain why many architects prefer greenfield sites to infill. [CityLab]

New York's Institute for Classical Architecture and Art announced its annual Arthur Ross Award competition. Nominations for a variety of categories are due Jan. 15.

Daniel Ballou, a Long Beach, Calif.–based industrial designer and founder of design studio Dashdot, is converting cinder blocks into speakers.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is now accepting applications for the 2015 Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation in L.A. County. Applications are due by Jan. 30.

Gensler announces plans to design an expansion of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas.

ARCHITECT contributor Karrie Jacobs dives into the work of Santiago Calatrava, FAIA. Jacobs asks: Is he just misunderstood? [Fast Company's Co.Design]

New York's Davis Brody Bond and Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake will design a new multi-use facility for New York University.

Congress has passed legislation establishing National Historical Parks in three sites across the U.S. at which research and development for the Manhattan Project was conducted. [Fast Company's Co.Design]

A New York husband-and-wife team has started a company producing small batches of house photo books commissioned by the property owners. [The New York Times]

Artist Joao Paulo Bernardes crops NASA satellite photos to iPhone wallpaper proportions, including the Burj Al Arab. [Aerial Wallpapers]

Step Up, Step Down:

Chris Martin is the new president of Boston-based Wilson Architects.

Awards: Enter Now!

The AIA's COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + Awards recognize innovative projects that incorporate sustainable design strategies, while educating the profession and the public about the increased value of buildings that protect the environment. Submissions are due Jan. 26.

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