Today’s News - Thursday, March 26, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 31. Please stay safe, wherever you are…

●  Charlesworth profiles The Anganwadi Project, an Australian NGO working in India that has skilled architects "lining up to volunteer - their low-budget, joyous designs are having an impact on preschool children that goes far beyond day-to-day educational needs."

●  Rockett's Q&A with 5 Chicago-based women architects who are leaving "their mark on city landscapes and communities" re: "what the new decade holds: The future is female."

●  French architects Lacaton and Vassal have been appointed to the inaugural Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership at the University of Sydney.

●  Bruhn parses Cox Architecture's National Maritime Museum of China in Binhai New Area Tianjin that "reflects contemporary globalism, the marine history of the local area, and a profoundly Australian style of architecture rooted in landscape metaphors - there is deference and ingenuity at play."

●  Brazilian architect Pedro Vannucchi brings us eyefuls of Niemeyer's 1957 apartment building in a Berlin district that was part of a social housing initiative involving 48 notable architects - it's "like being inside an open-air museum of modern architecture."


●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): Dubai's Global Grad Show "invites graduates, undergraduates, and professors from all disciplines, academic institutions, and countries to submit solutions to the collateral issues of COVID-19" (scholarship and/or grants awarded).

●  Call for entries: Cool Abu Dhabi Challenge: international creative ideas competition to improve outdoor thermal comfort in public spaces by mitigating the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect in the city" ($100,000 in prizes).

●  Call for entries: Frate Sole Foundation's 7th International Prize for Sacred Architecture, open to architects "who have designed churches for any Christian denomination" in the last 10 years (prize(s) total: €30,000).

Weekend diversions you can enjoy from your sofa:

●  Another great round-up of "virtual concerts, plays, museums, and other culture at your fingertips to make your time indoors more artful and imaginative" (check out The Social Distancing Festival - very cool!).

●  Bittle cheers Ken Burns' PBS documentary "East Lake Meadows" that "offers a complex, compassionate look at the former Atlanta projects," and "shows how opinions on public housing are changing - and may help eat away at the enduring stigma around public housing."

●  Jordahn put together a binge list of architecture and design documentaries "to stave off isolation boredom" (most are rental, but check comments - some include links to free access).

COVID-19 news continues - and, again, we lead with items that lifted our spirits:

●  Watch Ben Gibbard sing "Life in Quarantine": "Over gentle acoustic guitar, he sings about empty streets, bars, and cafes, and streetlights that change for no reason" (photos are breathtaking!).

●  On another musical note, eyefuls of L.A.-based creative agency Activista's "6 Feet Covers" that reimagines iconic album covers - "using pop culture as the delivery mechanism is a more positive way to communicate the importance of social distancing."

●  More than 50 families in a California neighborhood have "created a community art museum" in chalk on their driveways and sidewalks as a way for neighbors to interact while meeting the requirements of social distancing.

●  Bliss's (hopeful) Q&A with urban resilience expert Michael Berkowitz (formerly of 100 Resilient Cities, and founder of Resilient Cities Catalyst) who "shares ideas about how cities can come back stronger from the social and economic disruption of coronavirus."

●  Healthcare design experts Hercules, Anderson (also an MD) & Sansom pen a detailed open letter to policy makers: "Architects are ready and positioned to emphasize the impact that the built space has on health outcomes and how care is delivered. We recommend engaging qualified board-certified healthcare architects to act as advisors," and to be "engaged at the table developing future-state solutions."

●  Nadine Post talks to health care designers and A/E/C industry organizations re: how they're educating and advising - and "warning officials that haste in creating temporary treatment facilities can create unintended negative consequences."

●  Joyner talks to architects who "share their biggest challenges transitioning to Work From Home" and finds out "how things have been going."

●  Tigar: "We're in the midst of a massive work-from-home experiment. I've found a silver thread of hope" from entrepreneurs successful with remote workforces who "share the value they've found in a scattered, diverse workforce" (they can "afford to pay more"!).


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