Today’s News - Thursday, January 9, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 14. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Wolf Moon tomorrow ngiht (first full moon of the year - with a penumbral lunar eclipse!).

●  ANN Feature: David Brussat: Lesson Plan #8: Petition of the British Architecture School Inmates: Students are taught how to tinker with computers and plug into a corporate design culture that aids and abets precisely what drives the petitioners to seek reform (ANN's 600th feature!).

●  Okamoto delves into social equity, which "was supposed to be central to sustainability from the start. What happened?" "Equity" is too often "based on checklist systems that prioritize process over results."

●  Zacks takes a deep dive into why, if we're "to build for resilience, we'll need to design with - not against - nature - the militaristic insistence on repelling and withstanding 'nature' reveals itself to be a pathology."

●  Wheeler on bushfire design: "Now is not the time to discuss climate change and bushfires. The right time was 25 years ago - it's only going to get worse and we don't have a plan" (and offers 3 ways to ameliorate bushfires by design).

●  King considers the king tides "heading to California shorelines this weekend" - and the public events in the Bay Area intended "to show people the dangers posed by sea level rise."

●  Sidewalk Labs' Quayside project in Toronto "faces a new, fairly surprising, hurdle" not related to data collection and privacy concerns, but to the choice of wood as a building material for towers up to 30 stories, "five times the current limit."

●  Sisson parses a new Trump Admin. rule that could repeal the Obama Admin.'s "effort to promote housing desegregation," claiming it "imposes unnecessary burdens on development - some have even called it a form of social engineering" (oh, really?!!?).

●  Saffron gives thumbs-up (and down) to the Philadelphia Science Center as it "struggles to be more than another generic innovation district," but uCity Square lacks innovation, even though it "dutifully checked off every item on the urbanist to-do list - one potential bright spot promises to be the public school" (by Rogers Partners).

●  Second time is a charm: Snøhetta revises its design of the public garden at Johnson Burgee's AT&T building/550 Madison "after a major backlash" - and gets the green light to go ahead.

●  BIG, WXY, and MNLA have "playful" plans to redevelop the 370-acre Downtown Brooklyn public realm (per comments, a bit too "playful," perhaps).

●  H&deM's massive, "mountainous" (and "eye-catching") Grand Canal Museum is set to rise along the banks of the world's longest (and ancient) canal in Hangzhou, China, that includes a shimmering, watery facade.

●  Welton reports on a new website dedicated to the "meticulously restored" (and on the National Register of Historic Places) 1973 Douglas House on Lake Michigan, launched in anticipation of an forthcoming foundation established to "allow others to benefit from its pristine architecture" (full disclosure: Welton is author of the site's text, and yours truly was editorial consultant).

●  AIA 2020 Regional & Urban Design Awards go to four (cool!) projects by Interboro Partners, Sasaki, SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi, and SOM that represent "the best in urban design, regional and city planning and community development."

●  Winners of Wallpaper* Design Awards 2020 include Sabine Marcelis, New York City (Best City - we couldn't agree more!), and Adjaye Associates.


●  Call for Nominations: TCLF's Landslide 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape, a report and exhibition to highlight at-risk landscapes created by and associated with women.

●  Call for entries: 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction ($2 million in prizes!).

●  Call for entries: Circular City 2020 (international) to help NYC work toward a more sustainable, equitable, and accessible future (sponsored by New Lab & NYCEDC).

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): 2020 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (projects must be located in the U.S. or Canada).

●  Call for Papers & R+B/Research + Business Presentations for 22nd Design Management Institute/DMI: Academic Design Management Conference in Toronto in August.

●  Call for Applications: 2021 ORTE Lower Austrian Architecture Network Artist in Residence (international) - housing and stipend for 1-3 months in Krems, Austria.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Peter Piven: Cultural Fit: What is cultural fit when design firms merge or acquire, and how do you achieve it?

●  ANN feature: JoAnn Locktov: Venice Gift Guide: Many Venetian artisans and small businesses suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented flooding in November, so when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.


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