Today’s News - Tuesday, November 10, 2020

●  It's back to the drawing board as Baltimore's city design panel "dissected" BIG's design for Johns Hopkins University's new student center, giving it a "lukewarm review" and concluding "more work is needed to blend the modern project into the campus footprint."

●  Lisa Prevost, on a brighter note, dissects how Bruce Becker's "$50 million gamble" to transform Breuer's Brutalist Pirelli building in New Haven, CT, into Hotel Marcel with net-zero energy standards hopes to be a model for the hospitality industry.

●  Adele Peters delves into how "more and more cities are legalizing backyard houses" (a.k.a. ADUs), and now seriously considering tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) that are less expensive to build and could make new - and affordable - "housing units grow much more quickly in areas with a deep housing shortage."

●  One such city is Durham, North Carolina, where "affordable housing remains one of the greatest challenges - a collaboration with design firms and local researchers is working to reduce barriers to developing and financing accessory dwelling units [ADUs]."

●  Laura Bliss takes a deep (deep!) dive into how, "in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, former timber war foes teamed up to show how environmental and industry interests could work together to ward off wildfire disasters" - offering "a lesson in learning to live with fire, and each other."

●  Anderton talks to L.A. architect Geoffrey von Oeyen, who rebuilt a house in Malibu after the Woolsey Fire - he "reflects on living in the wildland-urban interface" + Janna Ireland re: her book "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View" and "finding her voice as a photographer."

●  Dewey Thorbeck explains why, "after seeing a lack of outreach to rural communities in urban planning practice and instruction, he founded the University of Minnesota's Center for Rural Design": "Communities of all densities and educational backgrounds were quick to embrace the design process - to help shape their future."

●  Harrouk parses Lagos, Nigeria-based Parpend design studio's annual "PERSPECTIVE" and this year's interviews with 3 Nigerian designers: "Design is not magic but it can be magical."

●  Eyefuls of "Africa's most anticipated architecture projects: These buildings are symbols of ambition as much as they are of beauty" - designed by some familiar - and not so familiar firms.

●  Jim Russell on how the Harlem School of the Arts is "glowing anew, thanks to the revitalization of its beloved 'gathering place'" in a "transformation inspired by" architect Celia Imrey and patron Herb Alpert - a new "glass facade floods the space with morning sunlight, ready to unveil the students' beehive of activity."

●  Architect and interior designer Gloria Jaroff minces no words in a "rant" about "the boundless banality of beige. At some point, Dear Designer, you gotta take a stand - I mean, really, Beige Is Back? Explore your inner polychrome self."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: astudio's Richard Hyams kicks off the new series Building for the Next Generation. #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.


●  Call for entries: Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards: New categories include Architecture, Urban Design, Pandemic Response(!); early bird deadline (save money!): this Friday!

●  Call for entries (deadline extended!): Metropolis Future 100: looking for the top architecture & design students in the class of 2021 who will be paired with design firms.


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