Weekend Edition: Tariffs in action, po-mo in peril and the border in focus

Pleasant River Lumber operates four mills throughout the state of Maine and has introduced a $20 million expansion plan to upgrade two of its framing lumber facilities thanks to the booming domestic market. (Via Pleasant River Lumber)

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Photo of border patrol agents stopping people from approaching a border crossing

This image was taken from a car on the Mexico side of the Paso Del Norte International Bridge border crossing where U.S. immigration officials are reportedly turning away migrants before they get to the checkpoint at the U.S. border. (Iwan Baan)

Roundup: Special report from the Texas-Mexico border

For our July/August Texas issue, El Paso-based AGENCY has curated and edited a series of essays about the current and past state of the U.S.-Mexico border, including how architecture and planning contributes to detention and division.

The National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Lumber Coalition are at odds, claiming that the current timber tariffs hurt the U.S. economy and benefit it respectively. (Via Pleasant River Lumber)

Trump’s timber tariffs divide the construction industry

Last November the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Trump announced an average of 21 percent import duties on Canadian timber products entering the U.S. We talked to home builders and material suppliers about the effects.

Dr. Sharon Sutton, FAIA and Leon Bridges, FAIA taking a picture in the background (Obi Okolo, Courtesy the Architects Foundation)

D.C. exhibit chronicles the history of diversity in American architecture

An exhibit at the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., on view through November 24, looks at the legacy of the former executive director of the National Urban League. The exhibition is organized by the Architects Foundation, a philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects.

Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Denise Scott Brown and other notable figures have come out in defense of a 1995 Venturi Scott Brown Associates-designed addition to Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego campus as Selldorf Architects moves ahead with a planned expansion. (Timothy Hursley/Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates)

Fight over Venturi Scott Brown’s work in San Diego escalates as new petition emerges

As a controversial plan to expand the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego campus by Selldorf Architects forges ahead, Denise Scott Brown and other notable figures have come out in defense of a 1995 Venturi Scott Brown Associates-designed postmodern addition to the complex that is in danger of being altered.

Photo: Danna Walker at a New Architecture Writers event

Danna Walker, founder of social enterprise Built By Us, participated in a June event for the New Architecture Writers program in which members interviewed leading practitioners within architecture and research on topics like race, identity, design equity, the right to the city, and more. (Courtesy NAW)

New Architecture Writers program raises underrepresented voices

A new London-based program for emerging journalists and curators is dedicated to enhancing the skills of black and minority ethnic writers and diversifying the field of design criticism and reporting.

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