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January 29, 2016

Calamity After Catastrophe London's Royal Institute of British Architects' new exhibition "Creation from Disaster" focuses on ten projects that responded quickly to various natural disasters.The exhibition spans from the 17th century to the 21st, and features projects from almost every continent, except Antarctica. The show opens with Sir Christopher Wren's plans to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666, then weaves through the 18th century Lisbon earthquake, the Great Chicago Fire in the 19th century, and the 20th century Skopje earthquake. [Wallpaper]

Mavericks Break Mold of British Architecture British architecture has been divided for two decades. On the one side are the "iconic" architects, such as Zaha Hadid, who use extravagant forms in their projects, and on the other are those architects who prefer more subtle details over loud shapes. But, Owen Hopkins, curator of "Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture," wanted to explore the architects who freely design their projects without worrying about thoughts from their peers, such as John Vanbrugh's stunning Elizabethan palaces. [The Guardian]

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Chinese Folk Tales in Paris Ai Weiwei installed "Er Xi," or "Child's Play," at the , Paris department store Le Bon Marché which brings to life the 2,000-year-old classic text of Shan Hai Jin using dozens of kite-like structures. [ARCHITECT]

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Five for Oxford The Redefining St Hilda’s Design Competition unveiled images of its top five concept proposals. Launched in the fall of 2015, the competition by St Hilda's College at England's Oxford University aims to update the college's front-of-house buildings, provide additional accommodation for students, and create new social and academic spaces. [ARCHITECT]

The Next Dimension in Printing Blaine Brownell, AIA, writes about how Skylar Tibbits of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and others following in his wake are using a new, bio-inspired 4D-printing method to create objects that respond to environmental triggers much like plants. [ARCHITECT]


Lamps Up in 2016 The National Electrical Manufacturers Association released its latest Electroindustry Business Conditions Index, which indicates that business has improved for North American electrical industry manufacturers since December. [Architectural Lighting]

2015 Tops in LEED The USGBC released its sixth annual ranking of states by the amount of space that they have certified LEED. Did your state make the list? [ARCHITECT]

2016 Collaborative Achievement Award This year's AIA Collaborative Achievement Award, which recognizes those in professions allied to architects, goes to George Smart, founder of nonprofit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses, in Durham, N.C., for taking public knowledge of modern architecture from a local to national level. [ARCHITECT]

2016 Thomas Jefferson Award The Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, which began in 1992, "recognizes excellence in architectural advocacy and achievement," goes to Hans Butzer, AIA, a director of the Oklahoma City practice Butzer Architects and Urbanism. [ARCHITECT]


Awards and Competitions

The Copper Development Association is accepting submissions for its 9th annual North American Copper in Architecture awards program. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is now accepting submissions to its fourth Wheelwright Prize, an open, international competition for early-career architects that supports travel-based research. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2016. Read more about the Wheelwright Prize

The Architectural League has announced a call for entries for its Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, focused this year around the theme of (im)permanence and time as a defining characteristic of architecture. Entries are due Feb. 17, 2016. 

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge recognizes initiatives that take a comprehensive and anticipatory design approach to advance human well-being and the health of the planet’s ecosystem. The Buckminster Fuller Institute awards one $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a design solution that addresses complex global problems. The application window will open on Jan. 15 and entries are due by March 1. 

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