Phil Freelon, NOMAC, FAIA, 1952 – 2019 | National Organization of Minority Architects – NOMA

Dear NOMA Family,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Philip Goodwin Freelon (1952 – 2019), one of the greatest architects of our time. Phil Freelon was a long-time NOMA member as well as a mentor to many in the organization and beyond.’

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Phil and the team introduced a museum unlike any other to the National Mall. Just one of many of the influential projects he will always be remembered for.

Mr. Freelon will be remembered not only for his incredible design talent but also for his leadership, poise, kindness, and generosity. On a personal note, I remember when I first met Mr. Freelon at the 2010 NOMA Conference in Boston. He was incredibly approachable and gracious. I remembered studying his work as an architecture student, and I was very excited about meeting him as a young professional.

Getting to share space with Phil Freelon was a highlight of my NOMA experience. The first time and the subsequent opportunities I had to interact with him, including as recently as last year during a meeting in Detroit. Our industry lost a titan today.

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Taking time at the conference to enjoy a little recreation.

I will always remember playing basketball with him at the Boston NOMA conference. We were on the same team, and it was a great game versus the students. We won, but really any team with Phil Freelon is a winner. Phil Freelon’s team won the commission for the iconic National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), The project was in partnership with David Adjaye and the legendary J. Max Bond, forming the FAB Studio.

This transformative project was just one of Mr. Freelon’s great works, both as a firm owner, founding The Freelon Group in 1990, and as a firm leader at Perkins+Will later in his remarkable career.

Phil Freelon remains a role model for those who have had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will live on, He taught, mentored, interacted with, and who enjoy the benefit of engaging with his design work. Mr. Freelon will be sorely missed by his NOMA family and most notably by his wife Nnenna and his three children.

Phil Freelon, NOMAC, FAIA, was one of a kind and NOMA is proud to honor him. NOMA will rename our Annual Professional Design Awards the Phil Freelon Professional Design Awards. Beginning at this year’s conference in Brooklyn, October 16th – 20th. Please join us in honoring the phenomenal legacy of Phil Freelon.

 

In Solidarity,
Kimberly Dowdell
2019-2020 NOMA President

This is a reprint of an article from Kimberly Dowdell, President of NOMA with editorial modifications.

Source: Phil Freelon, NOMAC, FAIA, 1952 – 2019 | National Organization of Minority Architects – NOMA

D.C. United picks PN Hoffman for Buzzard Point development site – Washington Business Journal

D.C. United has selected PN Hoffman to remake a pair of sites at the foot of Audi Field in Buzzard Point, setting the stage for additional street-level activity at the foot of the 20,000-seat stadium.

The District’s Major League Soccer franchise has tapped Hoffman to take on the project, final details of which are still being ironed out, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hoffman emerged as the winning bidder from what as said to be a short list including Hines, Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) and Cordish Cos. The District-based developer won out for several reasons including its portfolio of projects, notably its role as co-developer of The Wharf on D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront not far from the soccer stadium.

The site includes the 2-acre Parcel B, which could potentially support up to 600,000 square feet of commercial development or mixed-uses, and a smaller Parcel C, with a land area of about 10,000 square feet. Conceptually, Hoffman’s project is slated to include some sort of entertainment concept, possibly a sports bar with a stage for live music, with residential or maybe a hotel above it.

Source: D.C. United picks PN Hoffman for Buzzard Point development site – Washington Business Journal

Design Houses in the Middle of Nature by

Design Houses in the Middle of Nature by Alexander Nerovnya – Fubiz Media http://ow.ly/tvtd30ooX3m

Will Obama’s Presidential Center Invigorate or Gentrify Chicago’s South Side?

Economic impact is projected at $246 million annually. Neighborhood sentiment is strongly pro-Center. But how to address persistent concerns about an environmental lawsuit, traffic disruptions and the refusal to sign a Community Benefits Agreement

”Don’t call it a “library.”

The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is the official name of the proposed complex to commemorate the nation’s 44th President, slated for location in Jackson Park, on Chicago’s South Side. None of the actual papers and documents from Barack Obama’s two terms will live there. Instead, existing facilities within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) system will store those documents, with digitized copies of nonclassified documents made available online. However, the Center is projected to include a branch of the Chicago Public Library, while the grounds will feature an incline suitable for sledding in winter, an outdoor track, indoor athletic facilities, community gardens and outdoor food trucks. The Barack Obama Presidential Library website, administered by NARA, is already live, housing whitehouse.gov archives from Obama’s presidency.

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D.C. United in talks with four developers for Audi Field-area project – Washington Business Journal

The more valuable Parcel B becomes, the more it will pay off for D.C. three decades down the road.

Source: D.C. United in talks with four developers for Audi Field-area project – Washington Business Journal

 

And it seems as though POTUS 45 remain T

And it seems as though POTUS 45 remain Teflon clean! http://ow.ly/tnHf30nlSgM

Hou de Sousa designs fluorescent Prismatic installation for Washington DC

Fluorescent cords attached to black rebar frames form this sculptural installation, which American firm Hou de Sousa has created for Washington DC.

The Prismatic installation is on view in the Senator Charles H Percy Plaza in Georgetown Waterfront Park, which overlooks the Potomac River. The artwork, which covers 700 square feet (65 square metres), is meant to frame different views and offer a “kaleidoscopic experience of light, colour and space” according to New York-based studio Hou de Sousa.

“The piece is unique on all sides, encouraging the public to explore the exterior, as well as meander through its translucent ‘streets’,” the firm said in a statement.

Source: Hou de Sousa designs fluorescent Prismatic installation for Washington DC