Today’s News - Thursday, January 16, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 21.

●  ANN feature: Building Abundance #6 by Edward McGraw: Q&A with Binghamton University President Dr. Harvey Stenger: "We have the solutions to climate change and they can be implemented right now" - his hopeful prognosis for the climate crisis.

●  "With as many as 10,000 buildings damaged, AIA Puerto Rico chapter kicked into gear immediately behind search and rescue teams to help assess damage - the Puerto Rico Engineers and Surveyors Association is also assisting with the inspections."

●  Andrews takes a deep dive into the affordable housing crisis - politicians think public housing is the solution - "but policy experts say it isn't."

●  Paybarah reports that Hudson Yards' developer "has backed off a plan that would have put a giant wall next to the High Line" because of the backlash (but claiming reports were misinformation"). "Residents and officials rejoiced" (w/link to Kimmelman's report - if you missed it earlier this week).

●  ASLA cheers the introduction of the Residential Energy and Economic Savings/TREES Act incentivizing tree-planting programs, with "special attention to environmental justice and equity concerns by giving priority to projects in underserved and disadvantaged areas."

●  Eyefuls (and a video of) Zaha Hadid Architects' exhibition and conference center, ZHA's first building nearing completion for Unicorn Island, a gigantic, ecologically sustainable mixed-use project in Chengdu, China.

●  BOMA International, in partnership with ULI and RMI, releases "Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings," the first study of its kind that "offers guidance and strategies for implementing energy efficiency and green leasing measures."

●  Gamolina's (great) Q&A with Andrea Steele re: starting her own firm, post-TEN Arquitectos, "juggling multiple identities, and advising young architects to find the learning and the humor in things": "Make new mistakes, not the same ones."

●  One we (sadly) couldn't resist: Months after historic flooding, the canals of Venice are nearly dry - "boats and gondolas were beached at the bottom of the canals, which resembled trenches instead of waterways" (with pix to prove it).

●  ICYMI: 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.


●  Call for entries: 2020 Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards.

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): 8th Annual Architizer A+Awards for Architecture & Products.

●  Call fro Nominations: inaugural ASLA Emerging Professional Medal.

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): ASLA Council of Fellows Scholarships: $5,000 + travel to ASLA conference in October.

●  Call for Presentations (deadline looms!): 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, Miami Beach, October 2 - 5.

Weekend diversions:

●  "State of Extremes" at the Design Museum Holon in Israel includes works by international and Israeli designers and studios that "put a spotlight on how opposites are represented through design - it is political, innovative, critical, and hopeful all at once."

●  Mohamed Elshahed, "the architect ensuring Cairo's buildings are never forgotten," has an installation at the UAE's Sharjah Architecture Triennial, and curating "Cairo Modern" at NYC's Center for Architecture in March, based on his upcoming book, "Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide."

●  14 architects and artists have contributed to Mimi Zeiger's "Soft Schindler" at Rudolph Schindler's house in West Hollywood, California, that "takes the fraught relationship between the architect and his wife as its theme" (pink walls ensued).

●  In Paris, James Casebere's photographs in "On the Water's Edge" depict "fictional refuges emerging from flooded landscapes to draw attention to the need for humans to respond creatively to the threat posed by rising sea levels" and climate change.


●  Rybczynski parses Lam & Livesey's "Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the Present" (with some "quirky" selections), and "the climate-inspired pragmatism of our northern neighbors (and why you should hire a Canadian)."

●  LeCavalier cheers Osman's "Modernism's Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America" that explores "the relationship between regulation, data, and the built environment - beyond offering a brilliant reassessment of the emergence of modern architecture, it also, like the best history, illuminates our contemporary condition."

●  Ravenscroft cheers Hagan-Guirey's "Le Corbusier Paper Models: 10 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold" - the lesser-known Villa Sarabhai in India, is Hagan-Guirey's favorite" ("you can't help but smile at the inkling of irreverence").


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