Today’s News - Tuesday, March 2, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: A reminder that tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day. If all goes well, we'll be back Thursday, March 4 (or possibly Tuesday, March 9).

●  Justin R. Wolf takes a deep dive into "what -isms tell us about architecture's preoccupation with 'human' design" - and "why this newfound focus on making the human experience better feels dismissive and cynical."

●  Mimi Zeiger explains why "it's time to abolish the architecture critic - largely white, male" - they "are a reflection of the structural inequalities of the built environment - we need "an outpouring of criticism by as large and diverse a group of writers as we can muster" (comments are interesting).

●  Justin Davidson turns to the "feisty New York firm" Architecture Research Office - who worked "for the eminently reasonable fee of zero dollars" - "to see how cubicles and conference rooms might be magicked into kitchens and bedrooms" in a 1952 office tower on Manhattan's E. 38th St. - "a combination of zoning changes and tax incentives" could "coax owners into turning their carbon-spewing old clunkers into green affordable housing. I dare you to show me the downside."

●  Edward Gunts reports on Eamon Roche defending "his father's legacy ahead of proposed changes" to The Met's Rockefeller Wing by Beyer Blinder Belle - the "issue came down to weighing consideration for aesthetics and the original architect's design intent against a desire to improve the technical performance."

●  Pedersen's great Q&A with Harriet Pattison re: her book "Our Days Are Like Full Years: A Memoir with Letters from Louis Kahn," the 92-year-old landscape architect's "contributions to some seminal Kahn projects" (like Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island), and "the enduring legacy of the great architect."

●  Rebecca Greenwald talks to the pro's about "how polished branding is shaping a new generation of public parks" - like Miami's The Underline and others - "it is critical for building community support and investor buy-in."

●  In honor of Women's History Month, ASLA is launching the 2021 #Woman2Woman campaign that "will highlight the stories, challenges, and advice of women in the field of landscape architecture at all stages of their careers."

●  Cajsa Carlson reports that the London School of Architecture has announced the architectural historian Neal Shasore "is set to take over from the school's founder Will Hunter as head of school and CEO."

Deadline + Winners all:

●  Reminder - deadline looms - website is now LIVE! Call for entries: HOME: Our Place competition: an international design event for students to design their ideal home; conceived by Building Beauty Faculty Member Duo Dickinson.

●  The nonprofit collective MASS Design Group wins the 2021 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award "for its contributions to the architecture profession and its influence on health care-sensitive design" that has "has proven invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic."

●  The International Garden Festival announces the five winning designs from Canada, U.S., France, and Sweden that will create an open-air museum of gardens at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, Quebec, this summer.


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