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Today’s News - Thursday, January 23, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 28.

●  ANN feature: INSIGHT: Gensler's Shah & client ELA Advertising's Filip talk about how architects and designers are creating spaces that promote company culture and go well beyond the physical design of a space.

●  MIT Technology Review's James Temple minces no words: "The U.S. has become terrible at building big things," which "bodes terribly for our ability to grapple with the coming dangers of climate change - perhaps we could spark a modern, sustainable public works boom."

●  Plan to spend some time with Architect Magazine's Carbon Issue, co-edited with Edward Mazria and Architecture 2030, "meant to help architects get CO2 out of their systems, for the health, safety, and welfare of us all."

●  The World Green Building Council launches a new digital case study library "showcasing examples of cutting-edge sustainable buildings" - including "game changers" (with link to submission form for the library).

●  Kamin hopes that "help is on the way" for Chicago's labyrinthine underground Pedway that now "feels like a rat maze" as the powers-that-be "finally are poised to start making it a vital piece of civic infrastructure" (could soon hire a design firm).

●  Just when you thought you'd heard it all (ya gotta see it to believe it!): Pop star Akon is set to break ground on Akon City, a 2,000-acre sustainable tourism city in Senegal (and AKoins are the currency).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Building Abundance #6 by Edward McGraw: Q&A with Binghamton University President Dr. Harvey Stenger: "We have the solutions to climate change and they can be implemented right now" - his hopeful prognosis for the climate crisis.

Winners all:

●  Eyefuls of the 8 "stunning projects that have won the AIA 2020 Architecture Awards.

●  Global Design Initiative for Refugee Children and Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers win the AIA 2020 Collaborative Achievement Awards.

●  The Society of Architectural Historians $55,000 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship goes to Iraqi-born, L.A.-based architect Sundus Al-Bayati - she "will focus on cities that have experienced war or urban conflict and observe the ways in which they have reconstructed and recovered."

Weekend diversions:

●  "Nivola in New York | Figure in Field" at The Cooper Union in NYC spotlights Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola (1911-1988), known for his large-scale projects created in collaboration with architects.

●  Seesaws take over a block in NYC's Garment District in Canadian experimental design practice Lateral Office's "Impulse."

●  "Single-Story Project" at NYC's Center for Architecture presents Adam Friedberg's photos that "highlight the disappearing single-story buildings of the East Village and Lower East Side."

Page-turners:

●  Brownell cheers Ming Hu's "Net Zero Energy Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences" in which she "convincingly demonstrates the extent to which our current understanding of net-zero energy is wholly inadequate and misleading - and offers a resolution for a more universal understanding."

●  Budds digs into Julia Watson's "Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism" that "dives into the history, philosophy, and engineering behind climate-resilient infrastructure developed by indigenous people" and "explores what we can learn."

●  Sebastián Pinto talks to KPF's Gene Kohn, "calling from what seemed like a natural environment for the man: the back of a cab on his way home from the airport," and parses "A World By Design: The Story of a Global Architecture Firm," a memoir that "reads variously as a corporate drama, a pitch-deck, and a well-aired rolodex" (and "his penchant for metaphors").

●  Betsky parses Nicholas Adams' "Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism" that "portrays him as the epitome of the architecture CEO - an intensely private and cantankerous man" who "was the salesman, in-house critic, guiding light - who "made SOM into the very epitome of the modern corporate architecture firm."

●  In "Paul Rudolph: Inspiration and Process in Architecture," by "legendary editor" John Morris Dixon, offers "a new take" on Rudolph's Brutalist architecture "through a man who knew him well."

●  "Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon" by Kelly Starling Lyons is a new children's book that "chronicles his unexpected path toward architecture."


  


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