Today’s News - Wednesday, March 24, 2021

●  Architecture 2030's Edward Mazria explains why he "is optimistic" that the U.S. "is now poised" to once again lead the way in showing "what is practically possible to target a significant reduction in carbon emissions and embolden all governments to do the same."

●  ASLA is teaming up with for The Great Global Cleanup 2021 during World Landscape Architecture Month in April - "building on its record as the world's largest coordinated volunteer event to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways."

●  Wainwright cheers the "architects rescuing China's villages from oblivion" (and state-led "preservation" efforts) with "an impressive constellation of new facilities - oozing a seductive rustic chic that helps to attract a growing crowd of cultured urbanites" - and allowing "communities to build a future on their own terms."

●  Michael Caton ponders whether "firms can do good in society and do well in business - many emerging professionals find themselves struggling to reconcile the unbridled optimism, idealism sparked in their education with the realities of the architecture profession." Danish Kurani's projects prove it can be done.

●  Ravenscroft brings us Krakow-based architecture firm NArchitekTURA's unassuming - but powerful Great Synagogue Memorial Park in Oswiecim, the Polish city where the Auschwitz concentration camp was located.

●  A 3D-printed housing community is being built in the California desert near Palm Springs - 15 eco-friendly 1,450-square-foot, single-story homes will come complete with swimming pools and options like fire pits, cabanas, and outdoor showers (not an affordable housing community).

●  Marianela D'Aprile minces no words when it comes to Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia: It's "butt-ugly - because it's not for us. Despite its attempts to tie into nature - it is decidedly antihuman."

●  Hickman reports that, at a recent public meeting, Hirshhorn officials "largely circumvented a question" (translation: did not deny) re: whether Hirsoshi Sugimoto has "thrown down the gauntlet" and threatened "to walk" from the Sculpture Garden revitalization project.

●  UNC Charlotte School of Architecture names architect, researcher, educator, and curator Sekou Cooke as the new Master of Urban Design director.

●  AIA Chicago names Jen Masengarb as executive director: No stranger to the Windy City, prior to her most recent tenure at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, she "held leadership roles at the Chicago Architecture Center, formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, for 18 years."

●  Audrey Wachs reports that the late architect Lina Bo Bardi will be honored with Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale - a "long overdue recognition," sayeth Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis.


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