See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Magic Marble Factory (from Architectural Digest)

One might not always associate an established marble-design company based in Verona, Italy, with industry-leading innovation. For Citco, however, pushing the envelope of cutting-edge masonry is exactly what’s responsible for its success: strong relationships with design pioneers such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Arik Levy. Hadid, who died last March, was famous for morphing unexpected materials into galactic forms—alternately monumental and small—that defy imagination. View this article at ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.

What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings (from Architectural Record)

President-elect Donald Trump and some of his cabinet nominees—including Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency–have rejected the mainstream science on climate change and vowed to roll back environmental rules like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This has architects worried that Trump’s administration could reverse other regulations, including those relating to green buildings. View this article at ARCHITECTURAL RECORD.

What Happens When Architectural Designer Tries Baking Desserts (from Bored Panda)

What happens when an architectural designer likes to bake? Dinara Kasko is what happens.

The Ukranian pastry chef is the master of combining baking with geometric figures and architectural designs. She approaches her desserts as if they were buildings, and creates the most unique edible structures ever. “I have many unrealized ideas and a great desire to experiment. I don’t want to imitate others; I want to create something new,” Kasko told So Good Magazine. And she sure does! The only question now is, how do you eat something so beautiful?! View this article at BORED PANDA.

Buildings to look out for in 2017 (from BBC Culture)

The new architectural year begins with the opening of Hamburg’s long-awaited and dauntingly ambitious €798 million (£669 million) Elbphilharmonie, an operatic concert hall complex designed by the Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron.

Here in the city’s old docks, now transformed into a new quarter of Hamburg – all smart restaurants, hotels and apartment blocks – the eye-catching Elbphilharmonie appears to ride on the crest of a solid brick bunker like some vast and diaphanous glass wave breaking over bedrock. View this article at BBC CULTURE.

David Adjaye receives knighthood in New Year’s Honours 2017 (from Dezeen)

British architect David Adjaye is to become Sir David Adjaye after receiving a knighthood for services to architecture in the New Year’s Honours 2017.

Adjaye, 50, will receive the Knight Bachelor award as part of the Queen’s biannual honours programme, which recognises the “achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom”. View this article at DEZEEN.

Foster + Partners to Design Apple’s Latest Washington, D.C. Store (from Contract)

Apple has announced that it will launch its latest flagship inside Washington, D.C.’s Carnegie Library in the city’s Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. The city’s sports and convention authority Events DC is expected to release a letter of approval for a 10-year lease later this week. The 113-year-old library will be Apple’s second outpost in the city, with an additional location in Georgetown.

Foster + Partners has been tapped to design the 63,000-square-foot space. The London firm has also designed Apple locations in San Francisco and London. Debuting last May, the San Francisco store is clad with a 6,000-foot video screen, indoor flora, and an enclosed backyard, and is powered entirely by renewable energy. View this article at CONTRACT.

Paul Revere Williams Becomes First Black Architect to Receive AIA Gold Medal (from Dezeen)

The American Institute of Architects has this year bestowed its highest honour on the late Paul Revere Williams, who is the first African American to receive the award.

Williams, who was born in California in 1894 and died in 1980, was also the first black architect to become a member of the AIA in 1923 and the first to be elected a fellow of the organisation in 1957.

Among the 3,000 buildings he designed during his five-decade career are the Palm Springs Tennis Center, created with A Quincy Jones; the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with William Pereira, Charles Luckman and Welton Becket; and private residences for entertainers like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, Frank Sinatra and Barron Hilton. View this article at DEZEEN.

How to Buy Gifts for Architects: The Ultimate Guide (from ArchDaily)

Have absolutely no idea what to get your architecturally-predisposed friend or family member? Or perhaps you think you’ve managed to decipher their Moleskine-toting, coffee-drinking veneer and know just the perfect gift? Perhaps, even, you are the architecturally-predisposed family member, looking for a convenient way to show others what to get you. Either way, architects have rapidly evolving and often incredibly niche tastes that can be hard to shop for. But worry no longer, the secret guide to what and what not to give architects this holiday season is here. View this article at ARCH DAILY.