Daily digest: St. Nicholas National Shrine will light up for the first time, a Frank Lloyd Wright road trip, and more

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Daily digest: St. Nicholas National Shrine will light up for the first time, a Frank Lloyd Wright road trip, and more

A model of Santiago Calatrava’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine, which will be illuminated for the first time on September 10, 2021. (Courtesy Port Authority of New York & New Jersey)

Greetings and welcome to another Friday news roundup, albeit one the day before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. This week AN has been cross-posting our feature stories from the September 2021 print issue, all of which pertain to the past, present, and future of the World Trade Center complex.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Santiago Calatrava’s St. Nicholas National Shrine will light up for the first time tonight

After years of delays and stalled construction, the Santiago Calatrava-designed Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in Lower Manhattan will hold a memorial service and be illuminated to commemorate the aforementioned 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The original St. Nicholas Church was housed in a small 1832 home that was converted into a church by members of Manhattan’s Greek immigrant community in 1919, was completely destroyed when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Despite the ongoing construction, no estimated completion date for the Hagia Sophia–inspired structure has been made public yet.

H/t to 6sqft

An interview with Michael Shulan on what the 9/11 Museum could have been

A recent documentary, The Outsider, charts the tumultuous path that the 9/11 Museum took towards realization over the years, but one voice was noticeably absent from the film: The museum’s former creative director, Michael Shulan. Although Shulan refused to comment on David Klion’s piece for New York Magazine about the museum’s creative failures, he did sit down with Klion for a full interview in Jewish Currents, discussing how he helped shape the direction of the museum as it came together in the years after 9/11, and what the documentary got wrong about the process.

H/t to Jewish Currents

Droughts could force California to emit more CO2 as it relies on water pumps

California’s ongoing water shortage isn’t abating any time soon, either on the short or long term, but if demand stays the same (or grows, as it’s predicted to), then the state could start ramping up its carbon emissions as it pumps harder to get water where it needs to go. Treating and moving water already accounts for 20 percent of the state’s energy usage, and a new report from nonprofit think tank Next 10 estimates that if no efficiency upgrades or cuts in usage are taken, water use could soar by 24 percent by 2035, increasing the electricity needed by 24 percent… with much of that generated by burning natural gas.

H/t to Gizmodo

Nine East Coast Frank Lloyd Wright sites link up for an epic road trip map

Nine historic buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright have teamed up to build out a four-day (but could span from three to six) road trip documenting 50 years of Wright’s career; if you’re planning to travel across Pennsylvania and New York anytime soon, The Great Wright Road Trip could be perfect for your itinerary. Starting at Fallingwater 70 miles outside of Pittsburgh, the tour winds north, eventually hitting the Erie County Historical Society-Hagen History Center along the shore of Lake Erie, which contains Wright’s original San Francisco office. From there, it’s a straight shot north and east, terminating in Graycliff, the summer home of Isabelle R. Martin located just outside of Buffalo.

H/t to Pittsburgh City Paper

Dorte Mandrup completes a boomerang-shaped climate center in Greenland

Dorte Mandrup has revealed a first look at its newly completed Ilulissat Icefjord Centre in Greenland, a climate and visitor’s center on the Arctic coast that twists and turns to allow visitors to walk on the roof. The center’s curvature, which is supported by lengthening and shortening steel trusses, was also designed to help keep snow from accumulating. Inside, visitors will find ice core samples, exhibitions on the history of the Arctic, a move theater, cafe, shop, and research facilities.

H/t to Dezeen