Quote of the Day: "Today, Google’s architectural per-Plexity offers certain windows onto Silicon Valley’s changing ideas about work culture and corporate community, a blend of workplace flexibility and intellectual hermeticism. If the Valley has a premise these days, it is that anything is possible—as long as there are generous resources and no interventions from outside." —The New Yorker staff writer Nathan Heller. [The New Yorker]
Video of the Day: (Un)curtain Office interior in Ljubljana, Slovenia, designed by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti.
Six More Stories for Wednesday:
Six people died after an apartment building balcony collapsed in Berkeley, Calif. [Berkeleyside]
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $100 million to fund the first phase of construction on the Cornell University's new tech campus. [Crain's New York Business]
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which has offices in Chicago and Beijing, was tapped to build the world's tallest commercial tower in Dubai. While affiliated with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, Adrian Smith, FAIA, also worked on the city's Burj Khalifa. [The National]
Critic Alexandra Lange reviews two Washington, D.C., libraries by David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA. [Alexandra Lange]
Step Up, Step Down:
Seattle-based firm Weber Thompson announced the retirement of co-founder Scott Thompson, AIA, at the end of 2015. The firm's ownership will expand to include team members Jeff Reibman, AIA; Amanda Keating, AIA; and Elizabeth Holland. [Weber Thompson]
Awards: Enter Now!
AIA|DC is accepting applicants for its 2016 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP). The CKLDP is a year-long program focusing on nurturing professional skills for emerging architects. Applications are due June 29.
AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is holding its second annual Thesis Showcase. Graduates from accredited architectural degree programs (B.Arch. and M.Arch) in the last three years who have completed a thesis project are eligible to apply. Submissions are due July 1.
An open, international competition has begun for a World War I Memorial on a 1.8-acre site within Washington, D.C.’s Pershing Park. Stage 1 design entries are due July 21.
Registration is open for Blank Space’s new international competition, Dear Architecture. Submissions are due July 24.
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