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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Jake Blumgart: How Covid is changing the curb: Cities that made it easier to adapt the space between street and sidewalk have learned lessons that could last well beyond the pandemic: ...unprecedented circumstances provoked a lot of experimentation...A new report from Transportation for America...highlights lessons from myriad municipalities, large and small, that tried opening up curb and road areas and playing with what is...public space usually dominated by cars. “Covid and the Curb”...doesn’t gloss over the fact that these changes can also attract blowback...report includes an array of policy recommendations...Ensuring equity of access is a policy highlighted...- City Monitor
Lucy Wang: L.A. Is Taking On Homelessness With a New, Brightly Colored Tiny Home Village: Comprised of 40 prefabs, shared outdoor spaces, and in-house social services, the newly open community is the first of its kind for Los Angeles: Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village, a pilot interim housing project...designed by Lehrer Architects...with a total of 75 beds...Each unit cost $7,500 including labor and materials, and each was put together in less than an hour...built of durable, easy-to-clean composite materials...well insulated...rated for 110 mile-per-hour winds...fully equipped with utilities and amenities...completed in just 13 weeks. -- Pallet Shelter- Dwell
Feargus O'Sullivan: Turin Turned an Abandoned Tramway into a Linear Park: “Precollinear Park” was supposed to be a temporary reuse of a dead streetcar line...straddling a bridge on the River Po...to give pandemic-beleaguered residents a bit of extra space...may become permanent...an example of how abandoned rail infrastructure can be cleverly brought back to life, and how an emergency pandemic adaptation can ultimately become a much-valued community fixture...exists...due to previous planning mishaps...it may not look like the radical transformation. But it still shows how to make a city greener and more open even with just a light touch and minimal funding.- Bloomberg CityLab
Governor Cuomo selects SHoP Architects to design new pedestrian bridge over Erie Canal: ...lead designer of the Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge...west of Rochester...constitutes one part of...$300 million investment in the so-called Reimagine the Canals Initiative...state officials hope that its revitalization as a hub for tourism and outdoor recreation can boost local economies across the state.- The Architect's Newspaper
Kara Mavros: Perkins&Will and AIA Collaborate on Toolkit for Firms to Employ Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Programs: A new white paper offers seven actionable steps towards a more diverse workplace: “Creating a Culture of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your Architectural Practice”... -- American Institute of Architects; Bill Schmalz; Gabrielle Bullock [link to white paper]- Architectural Record
Kelly Beamon: Students Want You to Watch Your Words, Even After Black History Month Ends: Noticing ways the practice perpetuates racism, University of Syracuse students drafted a glossary of loaded architectural language: Definitions and insights...were revealed in episodes of a Black History Month gameshow titled “Black Jeopardy"... students share the outtakes from the eye-opening glossary of racist architectural language here. -- National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)- Metropolis Magazine
Fay Jones School's Freedom by Design Chapter Creates Social Justice Activity Book for Youth: John Folan...founded a Freedom by Design chapter with students at Carnegie Mellon University...Fay Jones School's AIAS chapter approached him in fall 2019 about starting a Freedom by Design chapter...created 68-page "Design Toward Justice" workbook...explores design education and diversity in fun and engaging ways. Targeted at middle school students ages 11 to 14...explains how and why designers are important, celebrates underrepresented designers of significance through history, and covers the role of social justice in design...has companion curriculum for teachers.- University of Arkansas News
USGBC Top 10 States for LEED in 2020: Healthcare, Schools, Offices Account for More Than 60% of Green Building Certifications: 2020 revealed the importance of healthy, green buildings in supporting people and communities: Massachusetts leading the country with the most certified square feet per capita...USGBC also released a ranking of states with the most LEED professionals with California taking the top spot...rankings represent 1,171 certified LEED buildings and spaces, and more than 100,000 green building workers.- U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Art Institute of Chicago Names Irene Sunwoo Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design: Currently the curator and director of exhibitions at Columbia University’s GSAPP...She has consistently demonstrated a rigorous commitment to how architecture and design intersects with urban legacies as well as equity and environmental concerns...Already invested in Chicago’s architectural history as well as its contemporary practices, Sunwoo served as Associate Curator of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial "The State of the Art of Architecture" (2015)...- Architect Magazine
Sebastian Treese named 2021 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate: ...leader in the process of current architectural renewal in Germany...will be awarded the $200,000 prize...The jury citation states that ...Sebastian Treese Architekten "is reinterpreting the lessons of the past to produce a new traditional architecture and urbanism"...$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.- Notre Dame News (University of Notre Dame, Indiana)
Tadao Ando is Domus guest editor 2021: As part of the 10x10x10 project, David Chipperfield passes the baton to the Japanese architect. Ando is the first Pritzker Prize to guide the contents of the magazine founded by Gio Ponti: “Conquering light”; “Jewellery boxes in the metropolis”; etc.- Domus
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