Daily digest: The AIA comes out against federal design mandates, Heatherwick Studio’s Lantern House is complete, and more

Greetings and welcome back to another Friday news roundup. There is still plenty to catch up on even as we roll into the weekend, so here are the current happenings on art, architecture, and design from around the world:

The AIA backs legislation against future federal design mandates

Today, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) threw its backing behind the Democracy in Design Act, a bill that would preempt future attempts to impose official styles on the General Services Administration (GSA). Co-sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), the bill would both strengthen the Design Excellence Program by increasing the required amount of public feedback on

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