Today’s News - Tuesday, October 8, 2019

●  ANN feature: In Lesson Plan #4, Sussman and Woodworth, two instructors at the Boston Architectural College, respond to the student open letter for curriculum change, calling for a new, biological approach to architecture.

●  Sisson reports on the Climate Positive Design Challenge that offers tools and resources to help landscape architects "figure out how to adapt design strategies" so projects "sequester, or store, more carbon than they emit," making them "climate positive."

●  Pedersen reports on the CarbonPositive '19 conference, a precursor to a March meeting where Mazria will "announce newly aggressive climate and emissions targets for the built environment": "We have about 10 years to get this right."

●  Lange on the pedestrian mall that "remains an urban bogeyman, most often described by synonyms for 'doomed'" - the term "is dated, freighted with negative connotations. 'Shared streets'" is better - it "doesn't privilege one form of transportation over another except by implication."

●  King cheers plans to makeover San Francisco's Market Street - "safe bike lanes and no cars - finally at hand" after "so many attempts have fizzled out over the years. Details can be quibbled with - but the results have a disciplined clarity that public initiatives so often lack" (high hopes for approval on Thursday).

●  Morgan explains why Providence needs "to heed the lessons" of the city's new, "wildly successful" pedestrian bridge: "The way to save and enrich a city is through amenities like the bridge - it is time to realize that creative design needn't cost more than the same tired developers' schlock."

●  Brey's great Q&A with Dana Cuff re: "her work at UCLA's CityLAB, doubling the density of L.A. - and the role of architects in addressing the housing crisis."

●  McManamon talks to Clevelanders about why more aren't designing Cleveland: "If more local architects were given the chance, they might be able to produce architecture that reflects their community, and perhaps even advance local design to define a renewed Cleveland-centric style."

●  Raskin delves into how Maggie's Centres, "innovative psychological and social support facilities" designed by big-name architects, "convince cancer patients that life is still worth living."

●  Davidson x 2: A mea culpa re: "the important thing I didn't see" at Holl's new Hunters Point Library: "Technically, the great-looking new public library is ADA-compliant. But that doesn't mean it's fully accessible - and it's a failure that I failed to notice."

●  He meets up with Siza in his first New York tower ("a bit like spotting Abraham Lincoln on Dancing With the Stars"): "I feel a note of melancholy creeping into the conversation"; sayeth the "architect's architect": "I've been told: 'What we need from you is your talent. Leave the details to the specialists - then it's bye-bye, architect, we're not interested any more.'"

Winners (and almost winners) all!

●  Four short documentaries "about revitalization, rehabilitation, reuse, and resiliency" win the 2019 AIA Film Challenge 2019 + link to nearly 70 short films, produced in 2019.

●  The onePULSE Foundation releases images of the shortlisted conceptual designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando, Florida - the public is invited to comment through October 10.

●  Ludel, meanwhile, reports on the debates swirling around the Pulse Memorial & Museum: "A group of activists, survivors, and victims' families oppose plans for an expensive museum - advocating instead for a center to support survivors of mass shootings": "A private memorial that functions as an anchor for a private museum tourist attraction has never been a good idea."

●  Stinson reports on the "20 places rich in women's history competing for $2 million in preservation grants - and you can vote for your favorites" until October 29 + link to their "fascinating back-stories."

●  The Chicago Athenaeum's Narkiewicz-Laine explains why "trailblazing" Arquitectonica won the American Prize for Architecture 2019: He lauds the firm "for its fresh approach, its visionary attitude, its forward-thinking with the invention of an architectural style that celebrates, embraces, and enhances the city, its citizenry, and its urban landscape."

●  "Visionary artist, designer, and urbanist" Walter Hood is awarded the 26th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (approx. $250,000!) for creating "landscapes and public artworks that transform communities across America."

●  Eyefuls of the winners of the Architecture MasterPrize (AMP - formerly AAP Architecture Prize) in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and products.

●  Eyefuls of the final winners of the 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop: Pear Orchard Cabins to revitalize a village in China (very cool!).


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