Today’s News - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

●  Alissa Walker's take on Trump talking about "tiny windows": "No one knows what he means. Make fenestration great again? In fact, windows are becoming high-tech tools for managing warming and cooling."

●  FXCollaborative's Gavet Douangvichit on how to address the issues of diversity and inclusion: "The first step is recognizing that talking about it is not enough. Step 2: Be proactive, be passionate, and be transparent with your failings and successes."

●  2021 President-Elect of the Boston Society for Architecture Gregory Minott explains why "the profession runs the risk of becoming irrelevant if we do not adapt and create pathways for minorities to enter and lead the profession. We must continue having the sometimes-uncomfortable conversations, and commit to doing the work."

●  Elsa Lam parses what "Engaging Change" panelists had to say about what we can do - as individuals, firms, and as an industry - to dismantle barriers of bias - all-important alliances "entail people with power seeing the potential beyond someone's skin color and sharing their power."

●  Architect Sean McEwen and medical anthropologist Dan Small talk about their "anthro-architectural approach" in "designing and advocating for vulnerable populations in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside" for over two decades.

●  Carlton Reid delves into how a tabloid's "hatchet job" boosted London-based Meristem Design's profile - and business of making its ever-growing popular parklets ("cars don't buy lunch").

●  Ravenscroft reports on London-based Morris + Company's (cool looking) modular prefab housing system aimed, for the time being, at the South American market - "a range of flexible modular elements can be combined to create single homes or entire apartment blocks."

●  AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation move into the Quinn Evans-designed Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, their new downtown storefront digs in a Mies van der Rohe-designed tower, also home to Bmore NOMA, Baltimore Heritage, Urban Land Institute Baltimore, and ASLA Maryland.

●  Eyefuls of the 20 shortlisted projects from 7 countries vying for the 2020 Oscar Niemeyer Award in Latin American Architecture.

●  Do-over (bad link yesterday): John Cary & Casius Pealer "respond to NCARB's proposal for a 4-year accredited degree - the much larger issue when it comes to making the path to licensure more accessible and inclusive: the structural failure of internship - a primary challenge and obstacle for access to the profession today."


●  Call for entries: Expressions of Interest: Town of tomorrow: c.£8bn Thamesmead Waterfront 2-stage international master planning competition.

●  Call for entries: Winter Stations 2021 - "Refuge": international competition to design temporary winter installations spaced across Toronto's beaches (no fee, includes honorarium + travel & expenses).


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