Today’s News - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

●  Good news/disappointing news from across the Big Pond: Adjaye wins 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal!

●  This year's Stirling Prize cancelled because of Covid-19 - "RIBA says judges not able to get out and judge 226 shortlisted schemes in person."

●  Deane Madsen cheers Mecanoo's "reconfigurations and recalibrations" of Mies's 1972 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library that "once again has a dignity befitting the Washington, DC library system's centerpiece building - more Miesian than it was."

●  Ravenscroft offers eyefuls VenhoevenCS and Ateliers 2/3/4/'s (oh-so-green) timber aquatic center for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, "the only permanent venue built for the games" that will reopen as a public facility when the games end.

●  Sam Lubell makes a plea to NYC re: the planned "deep cut" to the "already deeply under-funded" Parks Department at a time when we need them most - parks "are not frivolous places that look pretty. They are vital resources."

●  Landscape architect Dr. Joshua Zeunert from UNSW Sydney says "the time is ripe for bringing food production back into urban life" with things like "aesthetic foodscapes - edible landscape designs in public spaces - landscape architects and urban designers have a big role to play. 'We actually have some great agricultural land in Australian cities.'"

●  Harrouk highlights "11 Steps to Achieve Quality Public Spaces at a Neighborhood Level: UN-Habitat's Guideline" offering "innovative approaches in the urban design field" with "a series of activities and tools - creating a logical transition from needs to design."

●  The 50-aqcre Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and part of the city's "green necklace" by Frederick Law Olmsted, "is getting a facelift" by Weston & Sampson.

●  Kate Wagner: Perhaps Paul Rudolph is "the unluckiest architect in the history of American modernism" who "lived long enough to see the wrecking ball" tear "through his portfolio. The latest victim in this saga of devastation" is his Burroughs Wellcome HQ in North Carolina.

●  Add to that: "Robin Boyd's first home heritage status challenged," arguing that he "had in fact designed an earlier house" (there will be a hearing early next year).

●  On a brighter note: "9 of the best Frank Lloyd Wright sites to visit in the U.S." - all but one were designated a UNESCO World Heritage property in 2019.

●  Guimapang profiles architectural designer Melissa Daniel, host of the "Architecture Is Political" podcast (one "you shouldn't miss") - "one woman is sparking opportunities for Black and Brown voices and opinions to be heard" + links to other notable podcasts focusing on BIPOC women.

●  Eyefuls of the Australian Institute of Architects' 2020 National Architecture Awards shortlist - "the jury was struck by the creativity, passion and accomplishment of established and emerging architects alike."

●  One we couldn't resist: "What American Landmarks Looked like Under Construction."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Daniela Gusman puts out a call for architects and suppliers to sign up for "rise in the city 2020": Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs in the southern African nation Lesotho via a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.


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