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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 10, 2021

●  Jake Blumgart parses "Covid and the Curb," a new report from Transportation for America that "highlights lessons from myriad municipalities, large and small, that tried opening up curb and road areas" - and "includes an array of policy recommendations" to ensure "equity of access."

●  Lucy Wang brings us Lehrer Architects' "new, brightly colored tiny home village" of 40 prefabs - the first of its kind for L.A. that tackles the city's homelessness crisis.

●  Feargus O'Sullivan cheers Turin, Italy, turning "a dead streetcar line straddling a bridge on the River Po" into a linear park that "was supposed to be temporary" - but "may become permanent - it shows how to make a city greener and more open even with just a light touch and minimal funding."

●  New York State taps SHoP Architects as lead designer of the Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge over the Erie Canal west of Rochester with hopes that it spurs tourism and outdoor recreation to boost local economies.

●  Perkins&Will and AIA collaborate on "Creating a Culture of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your Architectural Practice" - a new white paper offering "seven actionable steps towards a more diverse workplace" (with link to white paper).

●  Kelly Beamon reports on the NOMA student chapter at Syracuse University's School of Architecture drafting "a glossary of loaded architectural language" to alert practices to be aware of words that "perpetuates racism."

●  The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design's Freedom by Design chapter has created "Design Toward Justice" - an activity book for students ages 11 to 14 that "explains how and why designers are important, celebrates underrepresented designers of significance through history, and covers the role of social justice in design" (a companion curriculum for teachers included).

●  USGBC issues its "Top 10 States for LEED in 2020," a year that "revealed the importance of healthy, green buildings in supporting people and communities" - along with a ranking of states with the most LEED professionals.

●  The Art Institute of Chicago has named architectural historian and curator Irene Sunwoo as Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design - she will be leaving her position as curator and director of exhibitions at Columbia University's GSAPP (she served as associate curator of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015).

●  Sebastian Treese receives the $200,000 2021 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for his efforts in "reinterpreting the lessons of the past to produce a new traditional architecture and urbanism" in Germany. The $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award presented posthumously to John Reps, "a renowned historian of urban planning whose work has deeply influenced generations of architects and urbanists."

●  Tadao Ando has penned a number of editorial/essays as Domus guest editor 2021 - he is "the first Pritzker Prize-winner to guide the contents of the magazine founded by Gio Ponti."


  


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