Today’s News - Wednesday, February 17, 2021

●  Sam Lubell & State of Place's Mariela Alfonzo delve into "how to 'Build Back Better,' but better. An infrastructure plan won't be enough to fix the inequities built into our neighborhoods, homes, and public spaces - we need to employ a holistic process, replacing our outdated, piecemeal approach to spatial justice via three pillars: cooperation, technology, and community."

●  Nate Berg cheers developers in Tampa, Florida, creating a 56-acre "community that mimics walkable neighborhoods" like Barcelona's Las Ramblas" - the "project is an anomaly in Tampa, with its emphasis on pedestrian-oriented urbanism and high-quality design" (an impressive design team) .

●  Welton cheers Camp North End in one of Charlotte, North Carolina's lowest-income communities where 4 young Black architects "soon will see their designs come to life" - the 73-acre development "is nothing if not ambitious."

●  Wainwright hopes Stockton-on-Tees' bold "proposition for the post-retail age" - to bulldoze a basically dying shopping center and replace it with a riverside park - will inspire other "embattled council leaders across the country."

●  Narayan & Dineen delve into how the "Bay Area's malls-to-housing dreams" are being waylaid by the pandemic- "the plan to resuscitate dying shopping malls is itself on life support."

●  Carey L. Biron reports on how 3D-printed homes offer "hope" for both affordable and post-disaster housing. "The technology can build cheap, climate-resilient structures in a fraction of the time of traditional construction - with some projects producing a home in 24 hours of printing time for just a few thousand dollars."

●  William Morgan doesn't take issue with the design of a 9-story apartment building in - it's just the "wrong building in the wrong place" - overpowering "everything around it. When will Providence stop rewarding developers who are eradicating our history and townscape?"

●  Samuel & Terrefe bemoan Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, treating its "valued, urban heritage is an afterthought - conserving it appears to be at best an afterthought, and at worst an inconvenience."

●  Jane Margolies reports on the continuing fight to save the Weyerhaeuser corporate campus - now "caught up in controversy over plans to build massive warehouses" - it "would turn a historic, iconic property into an industrial zone" (Peter Walker calls the campus "an endangered species").

●  Edward Gunts reports on a campaign "to protect a cherished Raymond Hood lobby in Manhattan's McGraw-Hill building." Grunewald: "The intact 1931 lobby is an astonishing polychromatic Emerald City extravaganza" (sign the petition!).

●  Zach Mortice explains why "architecture critics have a duty to interrogate inequality in the built environment - criticism finds its highest calling when it's interrogating how the built environment codifies and perpetuates bone-crushing inequities."

●  Marcus Fairs talks to USModernist's George Smart re: why he considers Bjarke Ingels "this century's Frank Lloyd Wright" - the Danish architect's Via 57 West in Manhattan is the only 21st-century project on the list he put together for Dezeen of his 10 favorite modernist buildings in North America.


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