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Harvard Students Designed Tiny Houses Need a weekend escape from the daily grind? Hospitality startup Getaway could provide you with the weekend vacation that you’re seeking. Launched in the Harvard Innovation Lab by two business students, Getaway maintains three 160-square-foot cabins built in forests in secret locations that are each no more than a two-hour drive from Boston. For $99 per night, guests can stay in these tiny houses, disconnecting from technology and connecting to nature. These tiny houses might represent the future of the weekend escape. Getaway CEO Jon Staff explains why. [Business Insider]
A Southern California Biennial in the Desert Ed Ruscha, a pop artist who started his intimate relationship with the Southern California desert when he and friends threw a Royal typewriter out a of a speeding Buick LeSabre for "Royal Road Test," published in 1967, is clearly enamored with the arid landscape in the region. And to encourage others to be as well, he is currently planning an art biennial in Palm Springs, Calif., that would go on between February and April. Coinciding with similar design-oriented events, like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Modernism Week, the board behind Desert X, the dubbed name for the in-progress event, aims to invite artists to work off of the area's history, geology or mythology, in order to create site-specific works. The name they've given stands for Desert Exhibition of Art. Notable members on the board include writer-curator Neville Wakefield, who will serve as the artistic director, and the former Los Angeles gallerist Elizabeta Betinski as executive director. [The New York Times]
The New Penn Station We go inside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new $3 billion proposal to revamp and renew Penn Station and the old Farley Post Office Building across Eighth Avenue with lots of renderings. No work yet on if the future Farley building, which will become the grand new waiting room for Amtrak, will be named after the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, as was proposed in previous renovation plans. [ARCHITECT]
Flipping Through a History of Window Styles Mike Jackson of the Building Technology Heritage Library scans through their extensive library of AEC catalogs, trade publications, and more for us each month. This month, he compiles a journey through the history of windows. [ARCHITECT]
Awards and Competitions
New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture recently announced its Taking Buildings Down call for ideas (to which it cheekily refers as "The competition of the competition of competitions"). Recognizing that spatial limitations often require some buildings be removed in order that others might be built, Storefront asks for proposals that recognize strategic destruction as a creative act. Registrations must be received by Jan. 12, 2016.
The AIA Committee on the Environment is now accepting submissions for the COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + awards for 2016. The Top Ten celebrates the most sustainable buildings designed by architects licensed in the U.S. The Top Ten + award is given to a past COTE Top Ten winner who has proven through post-occupancy and time to exceed even its initial lofty expectations. Find out more info and submit your entry today. Deadline for entries is Jan. 19, 2016.
The 23rd annual Ceramic Tiles of Italy Competition is now open for submissions. If you've used Italian ceramic tiles in a project finished between January 2011 and January 2016, enter it for a chance to win a portion of $15,000 in prizes and one of three trips to Italy. Deadline to enter is Jan. 15, 2016.
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. 8, 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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