Around the Design World in 180 Words: Architectural Edition

  • And the envelope, please: Boston’s John Hancock Tower (at right) is the winner of the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Twenty-Five Year Award, bestowed annually on an architectural design that has stood the test of time for 25 years. Designed by Harry Cobb, the 60-story, 790-foot building is still New England’s tallest building and recently achieved LEED Gold Existing Building certification. The award will be presented in May at the AIA National Convention in New Orleans, so start speculating as to what the lean, reflective tower will wear for the occasion!
  • How green is my building? New computer models are considering travel emissions—the energy spent getting to and from a building—in calculations of a building’s carbon footprint. Julie Wernau investigates in today’s Los Angeles Times.
  • Architect Sanford Garner was elected president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA, not to be confused with the museum or the restaurant). Garner, founding partner and president of Indianapolis-based A2SO4 Architecture, began his two-year term on January 1. Among his first initiatives will be to “strengthen NOMA’s foundation, strengthen affiliate relationships, and increase the organization’s value proposition.”