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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

●  Bernstein's eloquent tribute to the "audacious artist" Christo. "Bespectacled and nerdy in appearance, he was the Evel Knievel of artists, pulling off seemingly impossible feats - sometimes viewed as a triumph of spectacle over art. But his thousands of drawings and models were art by anybody's definition."

●  Ravenscroft reports on Stefano Boeri Architetti and SON-Group's master plan for Tirana Riverside, a coronavirus- and climate change-resilient mixed-use neighborhood in the Albanian capital for 12,000 residents on publicly owned land near the river.

●  Belogolovsky's review of the Thompson Center,"the Chicago masterpiece" designed by Helmut Jahn, the city's "most charismatic living architect," and now endangered - while preservationists "scramble with the most credible reasons for saving this most dazzling structure" + Link to Nathan Eddy's 2017 "compelling" film "Starship Chicago."

●  ICYMI x 2: ANN feature: Kristen Richards: Wild about Saffron: Revisiting Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates": New York City: a February Tuesday in Central Park. 55 degrees and sunny (originally posted February 21, 2005).

●  ANN feature: FXCollaborative's Dan Kaplan offers a most eloquent "quarantine-induced assessment of downtown Manhattan - lingering on the rich detail, walking down streets that we neglected in busier times. Hopefully we'll emerge from our collective timeout recommitted to creating a more equitable and resilient city."

Of protests, racism, and urban unrest - the industry responds:

●  Blander "highlights Black architects, educators, and thinkers who have focused further attention on the built conditions that enable continued racial subjugation in America - and the role that architects, planners, and designers have in facilitating or countering those broken processes and patterns."

●  Hip Hop Architecture Camp's Michael Ford minces no words. "As a person who loves this profession and believes in its power to impact people's lives for good - I feel betrayed by the profession's silence - and I will not be silent - the profession should be outraged at the deaths of people they hope to have as colleagues."

●  Deans from Harvard GSD, Cooper Union, SCI-Arc, Cornell AAP, and USC Architecture speak out about "the 'Urgency of Now,' the killing of George Floyd, and systemic inequalities in the United States."

COVID-19 news continues:

●  Betsky ponders design in a post-COVID-19 and post-protest world: "The solution to the social unrest now sweeping across the country is not more police - but a response to the fundamental racism and injustice built into our urban fabric. Design must come from and lead to openness, not to fear and fortresses. And, please, just wear your damn mask."

●  U.K. health expert John Ashton explains why "town planning, architecture, and public health will never be the same again. Now must be the time for a new vision of healthy housing and communities with standards" - and he outlines some of the issues that should be addressed.

●  Pedersen's (fab!) Q&A with Paul Goldberger re: "architecture, cities, and New York's long road back" (conducted pre-protest days): People like Kotkin, Florida, and Sadik-Khan "are using the pandemic to justify whatever their view of urban issues and density always was. The pandemic has done one good thing - it has forced us to admit that the status quo is unsustainable."

●  Chandran reports on what "radical redesign" city centers might see in a post-coronavirus world: "More people opting to work from home" while "firms grapple with social distancing rules" will "force planners and city officials to reconsider and redesign central business districts" to include "more mixed-use developments and amenities to draw footfall."

●  Wulfhorst wonders if U.S. suburbs are "poised for post-virus revival. A suburban renaissance depends on how many companies allow their staff to keep working, post-pandemic."

●  AIA releases "Reopening America: Strategies for safer buildings" - "3 new and enhanced tools for reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission in buildings" compiled by architects and health experts - more reports to come.

●  Cimino talks to some emerging professionals re: "building an architecture career amid COVID-19. It's a challenging time" for them, "but there are silver linings," including AIAS's COVID-19 resource center "for students who are impacted or even just uncertain about what comes next."

●  Pogrebin talks to Liz Diller re: "practicing architecture in a pandemic - architecture is trying to find its way in the quarantined world. 'I hope that our discipline is still vital at the end of this. I think it will be'" (Rockwell describes her as "relentless").

●  Pedersen: brings us an eye-popping photo essay by painter Edgar Jerins, who is documenting the "eerie beauty of an empty New York City - often from the vantage point of a bicycle - the resulting photos will make for a remarkable historic record and a dramatic visual statement of where we were, and what we overcame."


  


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