Today’s News - Wednesday, December 16, 2020

●  Mark Wilson talks to experts from MIT, Parsons, OCAD, Twitter, etc. re: "10 new rules of design. Think of it as a new manifesto to overhaul the framework the industry is using to create a more equitable future for everyone. #2: End the idea of 'cultural fit' - it's racist."

●  Nicolas Valencia parses "the megatrends reshaping the architecture and construction industry - and the globe": Architectural Challenges in Emerging Countries; Urbanization and Smart Cities: Managing Cities Bigger than Countries; etc.

●  Chris Teale reports on experts who say: "Green buildings 'unheralded hero' in emissions fight" - Joe Biden's Clean Energy Plan includes a national building strategy "to create 1 million jobs to upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes, all within four years."

●  Borland parses studies re: how the multifamily industry is prepping for permanent remote work that "will trigger several new trends - one recommended being vigilant about reacting too quickly to new trends, because there remains market uncertainty."

●  Nellie Peyton offers one of the most in-depth takes on the proposed $6 billion mega-Akon City of "shiny, pinkish buildings that would look at home in any sci-fi movie" powered by cryptocurrency in Senegal that "has been met with suspicion and bemusement - locals are wondering whether the promised benefits will ever come."

●  Three 6-story heritage buildings will form the base of SHoP Architects' 79-story mixed-use supertall tower in Toronto that includes "expanding civic activity" beyond the atrium.

●  Jared Green reports on a reVISION ASLA 2020 session with three Black women landscape architects and students who explained how Black cultural landscapes "are often made invisible and disrespected" - but "can form the basis of more affirming, inclusive, and resonant place-making today, which in turn can help heal the scars of the past."

●  King cheers two projects in San Francisco's Presidio that, put together with Crissy Field (2001), "add up to the unmatched environmental resurrection of the backside of an Army post."

●  Gamolina's great Q&A with Martha Thorne re: architectural education, the role of the Pritzker, and advice to young architects: "Always question what are considered 'truths.' We need to challenge assumptions in order to find new and better ways of doing things."

●  Q&A with Eric Höweler re: how "uncovering the half-hidden clues and themes embedded in the Harvard Yard gates informed his design" for the newest gate outside Houghton Library (Kamin's "The Gates of Harvard" helped).

●  Two we couldn't resist: Bacchi reports on the EU-funded initiative to "nurture" the well-being of the residents of Lucca, Italy, by making the city "Europe's first 'Human-animal smart city'" that "puts pooches first with a pet-friendly planning scheme."

●  Not much to do with architecture but … Paris city hall fined €90,000 "for putting too many women in senior roles - mocked as absurd by Mayor Anne Hidalgo: 'I am happy to announce that we have been fined.'"

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Turan Duda & Jeffrey Paine: Predicting the Unpredictable - 2021 Workplace Trends: Several emerging trends will improve our ability to navigate the future with employee health and wellness in mind.


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