Today’s News - Wednesday, March 17, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy St. Patrick's Day! And a heads-up that the next newsletter will post Tuesday, March 23…

●  It's a Pritzker kind of day! Pogrebin cheers Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal garnering the 2021 Pritzker Prize: They "believe that every structure can be repurposed, reinvented, reinvigorated - the pair prefers 'to work with very simple elements - air, sun - that we don't have to pay for.'"

●  Wainwright re: the Pritzker, "a prize once reserved for flamboyant sculptors of icons - Lacaton and Vassal prefer stretching shoestring budgets and using simple, off-the-peg materials with elegant economy."

●  Kimmelman has a Zoom gathering with 4 of the 10 members of the Black Reconstruction Collective, formed out of MoMA's "Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America," that aims to "reclaim the larger civic promise of architecture" with "longer-term, more radical goals."

●  Brandes Gratz explores how a post-Covid New York "in the hands of the same people responsible for homogenizing a once-vibrant urbanistic city" holds "important implications" for the "rebirth" of smaller cities in the region.

●  Alexandra Lange explains why "going to school in a dead mall" is "not such a bad idea: They're building types with a lot in common," i.e. it's "a good use of a building whose era has come to an end - those buildings should be reused."

●  Laura Laker looks at how Europe is "doubling down on cycling in post-Covid recovery plans - betting on the bicycle to lead the recovery - a chance to 'build back better.' Now many cities are busy accelerating existing plans to do just that."

●  Betsky says there's "a beauty in keeping things simple and mining the economy of means and shape for the subtle emphases on details" that "can make a building come alive. The problem is that it does not always work that way. First - you have to be good at it,"

●  Buday has an interesting take on "the long history of political power and architecture - the idea of buildings as propaganda."

●  Michael Snyder delves into how, after a devastating earthquake, the town of Jojutla, Mexico, became "home to an array of inventively reimagined public spaces," and "has become a paradigm for rural revitalization" (mixed results included).

●  Perkins Eastman and Pfeiffer Partners Architects merge to become Pfeiffer - a Perkins Eastman studio.

Winners all:

●  The six winners of the 68th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards "exemplify how architecture in service of the greater good is worth celebrating."

●  "Social housing ace" Alice Brownfield of Peter Barber Architects wins the 2021 MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice, part of the AJ/AR's W Awards 2021 (formerly Women in Architecture awards).

●  Winners of the 2021 U.S. Wood Design Awards "are an appropriately eclectic bunch showcasing wood design at its most daring."

●  Alexander Walter profiles the 11 interdisciplinary student teams from around the world shortlisted for the 2021 Wege Prize Student Design Competition award.


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