ICYMI: Early Saturday morning, the Torch residential skyscraper in Dubai caught on fire. We picked some of our favorites from the 76 nominees in the Designs of the Year Competition, and mapped the 24 winning projects in the 2015 AIA Honor Awards.
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Video of the Day: The Oscar-nominated animated short film Me and My Moulton is about kids with modernist architect parents. [Oscars] The full short is available on Vimeo and Amazon. [Los Angeles Times]
Five More Stories for Monday:
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board agreed to buy the Riviera casino, which opened in 1955, for $182.5 million. [Las Vegas Sun]
Critic Blair Kamin offers up some ideas for minimizing the proposed Obama presidential library on Frederick Law Olmsted's parks in Chicago. [Chicago Tribune]
New York City's first micro-apartment complex, consisting of prefabricated modular units, will begin leasing studios this summer. [The New York Times]
The Fox Theatre, designed by Olivier J. Vinour of Marye, Alger & Vinour, is AIA Atlanta's "design of the month." [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
New York City introduced changes to the zoning code aimed at making affordable housing cheaper and easier to build. [The Wall Street Journal]
Step Up, Step Down:
The Virginia Society of the AIA announced that former AIA president Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, has taken on her new role as executive vice president and CEO. It also announced promotions, including Rhea George to deputy director, Cathy Guske to communications manager, Shanelle Calvin to membership manager, and Maura Mays to office manager.
Suffern, New York–based Aufgang Architects created Aufgang Solutions Development Group, a new unit within the firm consisting of five senior-level managers and associates.
Awards: Enter Now!
AIA San Francisco's Design Awards program recognizes projects in the Bay Area. Submissions are due by Feb. 26.
The Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA) recognize outstanding work in advancing residential design. The standard entry deadline is extended to Feb. 27.
The Radical Innovation Awards recognize innovative ideas that impact the hospitality industry. Contestants may submit their next big hotel concept until March 31.
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