Today’s News - Thursday, April 16, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 21. 'Til then, stay safe, please!

●  Miranda minces no words re: LACMA announcing the start of demolition "three days after it had begun," which raises questions: "Where are the floor plans" and what will "this container for art actually contain?"

●  Brussat cheers Ranalli's design for a theater addition in Doylestown, PA, in a style that "seems to be some sort of 'third way' between traditional and modern architecture - bending the curve toward tradition and beauty" (beware "angry Modernists," George!).

●  Ray takes us behind the scenes of the "meticulous restoration" of an "exceptional" FLW office interior that has been sitting in storage at the V&A for the last 15 years - it will "become a highlight" at the DS+R-designed V&A East (sporting some "cosmetic flaws - souvenirs of the room's peripatetic life").

●  Call for entries - deadline extended! Radical Innovation Awards: The Power to Shift the Hospitality Industry (fee reduced or waived for professionals; no fee for students).

●  Call for entries - deadlines extended! 2020 ASLA Student Awards.

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  Block rounds up streaming suggestions: "10 feature films that use architecture in exciting ways to watch as a distraction from coronavirus-induced boredom."

●  10 more films "for architecture fans recommended by Dezeen readers."

●  Reiner-Roth parses "Artificial Intelligence & Architecture" at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris that "seems to have been born for the internet in anticipation of the pandemic" and now lives online.

●  Welton cheers the SHoP Architects-designed SITE Santa Fe presenting "Displaced: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis" that focuses on "human migrations and displacements of the past, present, and future" by 12 international artists (including Ai Weiwei) - download the great gallery guide!

●  An excerpt from Juhani Pallasmaa's "The Eyes of the Skin" in which "he suggests that architectural culture has always privileged the ocular at the expense of the other senses."

●  Blander cheers Blauvelt & Wilson's "Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living" that revisits her "enduringly Modernist legacy" - Gropius and Saarinen taught the now 97-year-old - her "works microcosmically document the ebb and flow of streams of Modernism."

●  Rosenblum hails "Alan I W Frank House: The Modernist Masterwork by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer" that profiles a rarely seen, "transcendently luxurious" house in Pittsburgh by Frank, "a lucid and engaging writer" with "remarkable vintage photos" by Ezra Stoller and new ones by Richard Barnes.

●  AN's "picks for design reads to enjoy while housebound" that "thematically converge on the existential, oscillating between the bleak and the restorative" + a "shut-in's guide to must-see movies and TV!"

COVID-19 news continues:

●  A call for creatives to join the Canadian COVID Creators Network (CCCn) - an initiative to create and distribute face shields that meet Canadian government requirements.

●  dRMM's Lencer makes the case that "architects must stop following style or theory - Covid-19 favors a culture of reduced carbon impact, minimized waste, and increased regenerative practice - an architecture of circumstance will define our new visual language - weaning us off our unchallenged aesthetic upbringing" (commenters challenge!).

●  Mithun's Guenther considers how we can design with communities" in a pandemic - "do we wait for social distancing to end or start experimenting and adapting our community outreach models?" She offers some new approaches.

●  Hooper, a professor of Urban Planning at Harvard GSD, considers "pandemics and the future of urban density," and his experiment to determine if "people's attitudes to urban density might be influenced by hygiene concerns" (fart spray included).

●  Youde talks to a number of small practices in the U.K. to see how they're "coping with lockdown" and "managing to keep designing and delivering their projects - they may also take a new approach to designing their own studios."

●  KPMB's Marianne McKenna and Mojo Stumer's Yacobellis weigh in with their views on "how the industry will be forever altered - sparked by the pandemic that has signaled the need to reconsider all assumptions modern architecture."


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