The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

  • For the first time ever, the American Institute of Architects has given its firm-of-the-year award to a lady-owned practice. The honors go to Boston’s Leers Weinzapfel Associates, which Chris Hitchens and Graydon Carter would probably find unfunny. [Architectural Record]
  • Newly unveiled plans show that Atlantic Yards may boast two “150-foot-tall illuminated billboards” at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. Nothing makes 19th-century brownstones look better than “the light from 15-story beer ads.” [Brooklyn Papers]
  • The bad news is that temperatures are rising one degree every year (though it doesn’t feel like it this afternoon). The good news is that the average homeowner (and/or landscape designer) can save the world Al Gore-like by “strengthening canopy cover, using water efficiently and introducing environmentally-friendly plants.” [Multi-Housing News]
  • Bruce Schaller’s red-scale map of Manhattan gridlock is pretty frightening–especially if you’re a high-end broker who wants to show a Park Avenue apartment during the congestion-heavy evenings. [Streetsblog]
  • – Max Abelson