Today’s News - Tuesday, February 2, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow - meaning 6 more weeks of winter - oh joy (as we look out on 2 feet of snow!).

●  Hopkirk reports on the U.K. government publishing a "new model design code to 'bring back beauty'" via a new Office for Place - the hope is that the code "will play a central role in banishing 'ugliness' from new developments" (transition chair - Nicholas Boys Smith of Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission fame).

●  Wainwright takes a deep (deep!) dive into the "turbocharged luxury development" causing "Nine Elms disease" plaguing London - "the product of politicians in thrall to property developers" - poor doors and exclusion is "a new form of social apartheid on an industrial scale."

●  Bernstein takes issue with NYC "developments that impinge on important institutions or iconic views" and "should be rejected" - he's a "cheerleader" for new projects that have "the potential to be remarkable - both functionally and aesthetically."

●  Professor of architecture & author Adnan Z Morshed bemoans South Asia not preserving "its disappearing modernist history" - leaving "cities without stories" that "endow them with their humanity and color. Without these qualities, cities are condemned to the dystopia of uber-identical contemporaneity."

●  On a brighter note, Huw Oliver delves into "how Paris plans to become Europe's greenest city by 2030 - transforming itself for Parisians and the planet - few cities anywhere are acting quite as boldly and proactively as the City of Light right now."

●  In honor of Black History Month: Writer, researcher & urban planner Pete Saunders profiles "11 Black urbanists every planner should know - the people who have helped us understand how cities work - and how we can help make them better - they should be known and celebrated."

●  ASLA is celebrating Black Design Excellence during Black History Month: "Each day, we will be highlighting a different Black landscape architect or landscape architecture project that has had an impact on communities and the profession as a whole."

●  DS+R is on a roll: Hopkirk reports that Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Stefano Boeri have landed a €300m redevelopment project in Milan - the firms "triumphed over a starry shortlist" (expect "extensive vegetation").

●  Woods Bagot & DS+R won the competition for Adelaide Contemporary - but plans have changed and the team unveils its design for the 124,000-square-foot Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre on the same site (+ another win in Madrid that has been reported in English - yet).

●  Deadline: Call for entries: Dezeen Awards 2021: 36 categories + new sustainability categories.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Samuel G. White: The Architecture of Public Buildings: …good design should not be expressed in terms of style. The key difference between good and bad architecture is quality, not whether the cladding is rusticated limestone or perforated titanium.


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