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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

●  Charu Suri profiles the non-profit Office Hours, launched in July by architectural historian and artist Esther Choi, "offering mentorship to emerging BIPOC design creatives - predicated on the notion that self-identification is crucial to reinforcing the belief that being a BIPOC creative is possible."

●  Wainwright x 2: He interviews Scottish-Ghanaian architect Lesley Lokko (now temporarily in Edinburgh) re: her resignation as dean of CCNY's Spitzer School of Architecture - "the obstacles that she encountered in New York were unlike anything she had come up against before" - and her plans for the future (in Accra).

●  He cheers Denizen Works' "beautiful chapel on a barge - bringing salvation to Hackney hipsters. The holy vessel is an arresting thing to encounter on the towpath" (indeed!).

●  Robert Neuwirth takes a deep dive into why "a Singaporean firm has become the go-to master planner in 10 African countries": "'You fly in, fly out and get the job done.' This attitude is exactly what worries architects across Africa" (Akon City = "Morris Lapidus on acid").

●  Meanwhile, Sidewalk Labs launches Delve, "a generative design tool" that "aims to guide developers, architects, and planners in the creation of healthy, sustainable, and equitable urban neighborhoods" - and "dramatically speed up and optimizes the planning process."

●  Cajsa Carlson reports on a range of recycled-plastic houses, designed by Julien de Smedt in collaboration with the Norwegian startup Othalo and UN Habitat, using a system that "will allow the millions of tons of plastic waste to become useful building material" (each house incorporates around 8 tons).

●  Dan Charles talks to Donnel Baird re: how his BlocPower is "fighting climate change, one building at a time - focusing on neighborhoods that don't have a lot of money to invest. 'Solar panels aren't just for rich people, or for White people. They're for everybody.'"

●  Bill McKibben digs into "the most important global forecast" re: the environment "that you've never heard of" + a great Q&A with DLAND's Susannah Drake re: lessons from Sponge Park "for cities trying to deal with sea-level rise."

●  TCLF's Birnbaum responds to the "evasive responses from Hirshhorn officials" re: whether they consider the Sculpture Garden a work of art - if they don't, "they should explain why."

●  Hilburg reports on Design Miami/'s "Architects for Beirut, a fundraising initiative to help restore the historic city's damaged buildings and public spaces" by offering original drawings, signed prints, models, and books by a who's who in the architectural world (all proceeds will go to on-the-ground rebuilding efforts).

●  The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, themed PastForward 2020, kicks off - online - next week "with adjusted registration rates to make this year's conference as accessible for as many people as possible.

●  Ravenscroft brings us newly released images of Dubai 2020 Expo's main pavilions by a who's who in the architectural world on the day the 6-month extravaganza was set to open - now rescheduled for 2021.

●  Eyefuls (and project profiles) of Dezeen Awards 2020 architecture public vote winners.

●  Call for entries: Nominations for the inaugural On The Brinck Award to honor the best books about Architecture, Community & Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture (no collections or monographs), sponsored by University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning.

●  Call for entries: ArchDaily's 2020 Young Practices.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Excerpt: "Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photos by Jonathan Wallen: A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.

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