Today’s News - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

●  A sad way to start the day: Julie Lasky pays eloquent tribute to Jack Lenor Larsen, who "clothed the windows and furnishings of sleek modern towers as if they were fashion models" and "influenced major cultural figures" ("an adventurous colorist - he befriended the yellow family").

●  Madeleine Luckel pays tribute to Paige Rense, who "led Architectural Digest to new heights over the course of her 35-year tenure - she imbued its pages with star wattage on all possible fronts."

●  Bill Millard talks to architectural leaders who speak of the Biden-Harris administration "in tones of relief, hope, and urgency. Turning crisis into opportunity has rarely been so imperative."

●  Martin Pedersen's Q&A with Raphael Sperry, president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, re: AIA altering its Code of Ethics on prison design: "It's so great to see powerful new advocates expanding on that message and making it much stronger."

●  Rowan Moore: x 2: Why Trump is wrong in thinking only traditional buildings are beautiful + Lethal mistakes re: COVID-19 + His number's up: Philip Johnson.

●  He talks to 95-year-old cellist - and Holocaust survivor - Anita Lasker-Wallfisch re: why she "believes that plans for a UK Holocaust memorial are 'counter-productive'. What matters most is education - there is a need for something more than remembrance" (she says it's also "in the wrong place").

●  Justin Davidson explains why New York should use Guadalajara's biggest market "(part Port Authority Bus Terminal, part Johnson Wax Headquarters)" as a model "to create a large-scale, wide-open, democratic shopping space in the urban fabric."

●  Schuler talks to Tillett, Schwendinger, and others re: the bright - and dark - side of "smart" streetlights - and the role lighting designers and landscape architects have "to keep the psychosocial effects of lighting" from slipping "down the list of considerations" so public lighting doesn't "revert to being the sole domain of state power and the police."

●  Welton x 2: He profiles Black architects in North Carolina who "have created a series of sparkling buildings in the public realm, not just in their design, but in their celebration of diversity and inclusion."

●  He profiles Durham architect Zena Howard. The late Phil Freelon recruited her in 2003, and passed her "the practice baton" - her "inquisitive mind and a perceptive eye" result in "design that delivers a positive impact on people's lives."

●  Rochester, NY's first Black architect, Thomas W. Boyde, Jr., "built a legacy fit to be studied. Now it will be. His legacy, intact but faint 40 years after his death in 1981, will be burnished" ("Still in 2020, there is only one Black licensed architect in town").

●  Roger Sands talks to bevy of hospitality architects re: emerging hotel design trends in light of "the new normal" to "ensure the safety and well-being of both guests and staff."

●  Jane Margolies delves into "a new tool in treating mental illness: building design. The new approach feels particularly timely, given the surge in mental health issues created by the pandemic."

●  The Architects Foundation names the 2021 Richard Morris Hunt Prize recipients who will receive a travel fellowship to France to study innovations in historic preservation.

Looking forward, looking back:

●  Lizzie Crook rounds up "12 of the most interesting architecture projects that are slated for completion in 2021 (some surprises to us!).

●  Giulia Ricci rounds up the 10 best architecture projects of 2020.

ICYMI x 3 ANN features:

●  Peter Gisolfi: Consider the Place.

●  Trahan Architects & Spackman Mossop Michaels' design for the renewal of Luther George Park in Springdale, Arkansas.

●  Duda & Paine: Predicting the Unpredictable - 2021 Workplace Trends.


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