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Our 2017 Gift Guide is here! ARCHITECT put the onus of identifying the perfect gift for your colleague, partner, or collaborator on those who know best: your fellow design professionals. Discover more gift recommendations from the firms like @big_builds @lakeflato and @eskewdumezripple through the link in our bio!
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New York–based nonprofit @van_alen and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (@flatironny) announced the winner of the fourth edition of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition. Future Expansion, a firm based in Brooklyn, was selected out of eight finalist teams to install a temporary structure at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. "Flatiron Reflection," opening on Nov. 20, takes inspiration from the historical building's columnar façade with repeated, mirrored tubes designed to reflect the Manhattan site.
@perkinseastmansanfrancisco won the competition for the Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza redesign project in San Francisco. “The design is defined by a stepping and ramping amphitheater set within a field of LED candles, turning the western terminus of the Castro’s Market Street into a soapbox, not just for one, but for many,” notes a press release.
Hastings Pier by @drmmarchitects won this year’s @riba Stirling Prize. Photo by Alex de Rijke
The Dairy is a new office project which takes its name for its former use: a dairy farm. Located in Sydney, and designed by Those Architects, the site will continue to serve as a cafe after its new tenants move into the offices. 
Photo by Luc Remond
The 2018 Progressive Architecture Awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation. Winning entries will be published in the February 2018 issue of ARCHITECT, and honored at a celebration in New York. Enter the 2018 P/A Awards today!
Joshua Tree Residence is a proposal by Whitaker Studio that is slated to be built on a 90-acre lot in the the desert of Southern California.
Every creative industry seems to be rebooting retro designs. And the tile industry is no excpetion. During this year's international exhibition by Cersaie in Bologna, Italy, many of the 869 ceramic and porcelain tile and bathroom fixture manufacturers unveiled collections featuring colors, shapes, and patterns inspired by 20th-century pop culture and art.
Zhang Ke has been awarded the 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal. Established in 1967, the Chinese architect is the 13th recipient of this international award that honors "creative architecture." Photo by Salla Bedard
The Cornell Tech recently opened in New York. Situated on Roosevelt Island, one of the most desolate places in the city, the new campus was master-planned by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features building by Morphosis Architects, Weiss/Manfredi, and Handel Architects. To learn more about the new academic destination, click the link in our bio.

Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
CannonDesign CEO Bradley Lukanic has announced the merger of his multinational firm with Houston-based architecture firm FKP. Led by CEO Diane Osan, FKP also has offices in Dallas and Columbus, Ohio, and has been recognized nationally for its work in healthcare design, particularly for pediatric care. FKP's 90 employees will join CannonDesign's 900-person staff, and together will help expand the new parent firm into Texas and Ohio.

To get a better idea of this announcement, read the Q+A with Lukanic and Osan about the new partnership on Architect's site. 
Photo courtesy of CannonDesign
One of the six winner's in this year's Studio Prize is "Mining Appalachia," where third-year master's students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture investigated reinvigorating the site of a historic, but now defunct, coal mine in West Virginia. The students' proposals included a small-scale interpretive or a welcome center at the National Park Service site, and were inspired by historic industrial structures. Pictured above is Joseph Brookover’s proposal, which includes a stack of expandable, multipurpose rooms that cling to the upper ridge of a gorge. Beam are anchored diagonally into the cliff face (a common practice in the old mining infrastructure) and support a scaffold made of prefabricated parts.