Today’s News - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

●  Cramer offers an eloquent tribute to Michael Sorkin: "His departure is not only tragically premature, it is cruelly ironic, in part because the seemingly unstoppable political and economic forces that he railed against for decades are presently colliding with the immovable, microscopic wall of the disease that killed him."

●  Grimley, Kubo & Pasnik's tribute to Michael McKinnell, "the heroic architect behind Boston City Hall" who "only got younger as we spoke about his early principles and failures - his lofty ideals were always tempered by his youthful energy and his mischievous sense of humor."

●  Wainwright talks to Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first female architect and winner of AJ's 2020 Jane Drew Prize, who "looks back on an extraordinary life. She created gilded monuments to corporate excess," but now builds "mud huts for the poor": "I was a starchitect for 36 years. Now I'm atoning."

●  A profile of Damaris Melo, a recipient of an AIA 2020 Young Architect Award who co-founded a Minnesota chapter of NOMA, began a design workshop for urban youth, and runs her own firm: "I wanted to be a boss lady - until the day I went to college - I started realizing the power of architecture and the social power, the social agenda that can be carried."

●  Birnbaum makes the case for why National Geographic HQ should not demolish a public plaza sporting a 1984 sculpture by Elyn Zimmerman to make way for a pavilion in a proposed redesign + a Q&A with Zimmerman.

●  Welton x 2: He looks at how Frederick Fisher Partners created a new structure adjacent to Santa Monica's "beloved 1939 Art Moderne City Hall": "Very gingerly" (while meeting Living Building Challenge standards).

●  He talks to "Brazilian-born, New York-bred" photographer Paul Clemence re: what he did "with two weeks to himself in between gigs in Europe - six cities and 10 architectural wonders: Not bad for a fortnight of train travel."


●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): United Nations Global Call-out to Creatives: "help stop the spread of COVID-19 - translate critical public health messages into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities, and platforms."

●  Call for entries: Fentress Global Challenge international student design competition to envision an airport of the future; open to graduate and undergraduate students, and recent grads.

●  Call for entries: Architect mag's 14th Annual R+D Awards (international) that "celebrate the groundbreaking research, materials, and technologies that are advancing the building industry" (regular submission deadline extended!).

●  Call for entries: Interior Scholarship 2019/2020 - The AIT Scholarship by Sto Foundation (students must be enrolled at a European university).

●  Call for entries: 2020 AIA National Photography Competition, open to architects registered in the U.S., Assoc. AIA and AIAS student members.

●  Call for entries: 2020 Drawing Matter Writing Prize: submit an essay on a drawing, open to anyone between the ages of 18 - 40 (and £1.00 - £5.00 entry fee).

COVID-19 news continues - the last item: resources for teleconferencing backgrounds (some quite amusing):

●  Simons, executive director, Mayor's Institute on City Design, re: how architects and designers can put their "skills to use" in responding to COVID-19 by spotting "opportunities that match their existing expertise and relationships where they can pitch in."

●  Pearman talks to Architects for Health chair Christopher Shaw re: "how to make emergency Covid-19 wards," and his 18-page "Design note: Covid-19 ward for intubated patients" - it "may not be on everyone's required reading list but it is most definitely required."

●  Lam outlines OAQ, OAA, AIBC, and TSA's COVID-19 guides for architects working during the coronavirus crisis.

●  Kamin considers how the coronavirus could/will have "a significant impact" on open-plan workplaces that were already being slammed "as noisy, distracting, stress-inducing, and nowhere near the teamwork booster its designers made it out to be" - many building owners and developers have "already have latched onto the concept of office spaces that promote employee wellness."

●  Speaking of which: the International WELL Building Institute has "scrapped" its recently updated set of standards to rewrite "recommendations to combat future pandemics in the workplace - now wellness may mean more than just yoga studios and gyms as building amenities."

●  Budds delves into how the pandemic is affecting the constructing industry, "which employs over 7 million people nationwide - just how essential should construction be considered?

●  One we couldn't resist: Free "backgrounds you can use to disguise your messy remote work rooms - or running children and pets" - while teleconferencing.


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