The Democratic and Republican conventions differ in substance, but they create a similar spectacle. In studying the clothing and staging of the 2016 conventions and the candidates, humorist and fashion observer Simon Doonan says we must ask, “what are these people doing in order to manage our perceptions about them? They are carefully orchestrating their appearance.”
President Obama and the First Lady have announced their chosen architect for the Obama Presidential Center to be built in Chicago. It’s the firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects based in New York. Architecture critic Joseph Giovannini says they may have just the right temperament and approach for our president.
The Los Angeles City Council is weighing two separate measures to fund solutions to homelessness. One likely applicant for those funds will be the nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust, which has built supportive housing by some of LA’s leading architects. Can good architecture and planning help re-integrate the formerly homeless back into society?