Today’s News - Wednesday, January 20, 2021

●  Crosbie delves into why "the response to the Capitol attack demonstrates that even civic buildings can inhabit the realm of sacred architecture. Many reactions were expressed in language typically reserved for holy places" - the "domestic terrorists" thought they "could mortally wound this temple and what it stood for. But they are wrong."

●  Karrie Jacobs explores the new Moynihan Train Hall and finds "even the dullest details thrilling. It radiates daylight in a way that makes you think a micro-dose of euphoria has somehow been engineered in" - the new space feels, "not like it's always been here, but like it always should have been here."

●  Valeria Ricciulli takes a look inside the new Uber Eats-funded "streeteries" for six Black-owned businesses on Harlem's historic Strivers' Row designed by local artists and architects, including WXY, JP Design, Brandt:Haferd, and Body Lawson.

●  Jake Blumgart explores how Vienna "earned its place in housing history" by undertaking "one of the most ambitious public housing programs in the 1920s - credited with maintaining affordability a century later. In many ways, the socialist government's planning and architecture mirrored many of the best practices of today."

●  Welton cheers Marlon Blackwell Architects' lab and barn for the progressive Lamplighter School in Dallas that "illuminate why the firm won the 2020 AIA Gold Medal."

●  Eyefuls of before/after images of Marvel's reimagining of NYC's Union Square, creating 33% more (mostly car-free) public space. "Why can't we have this kind of public space everywhere?"

●  Ravenscroft brings us eyefuls of Sasaki's linear park on the site of a former airport in Shanghai - the main pedestrian path is "formed from a 3.6-metre-wide section of the runway that still has its original direction markings."

●  Artist Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group's "poignant memorial" to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, the 22-foot-tall bronze sculpture "The Embrace" is destined for Boston Common next year.

●  Virginia Blue tells us the fascinating story of Howard Lawson, Australia's "forgotten architect" who was "larger than life" and "ahead of his time - his progressive ideas for urban planning and social housing has gently slipped through the cracks of architectural history."

●  Martin Pedersen great Q&A with Blair Kamin re: his run as architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune who "was not afraid to offend the less than delicate sensibilities of those in power" nor did he pander to starchitects: "My mantra was: You judge the architecture, not the architect."

●  Hip Hop Architecture Camp interns from across the U.S. and their mentors presented a virtual showcase of the spaces they'd designed - the projects "served as learning experiences for their mentors, too": "At the end of the day, you don't need our profession. Our profession needs you guys."

●  One you won't be able to resist: A fab showcase of the winners of and other submissions to the first of the weekly BD Junior Wonders international art competition, themed "tall buildings" + Call for entries to next, themed "fun homes" (deadline: Sunday!); per BD editor Elizabeth Hopkirk: "The future's in safe hands if these kids become architects (and artists, urban planners, clients, politicians etc!)" -. be sure to read the captions!

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Dave Hora: Nature of Order #3: Nos. 9-15 of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness: In contrast with the first eight, something feels more primal and elemental in these properties.


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