Today’s News - Tuesday, April 21, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are so not happy to hear that so many of our favorite writers across Curbed's cities have been furloughed or let go, along with so many at other publications - we wish them well - and hope they're all back soon!!!

●  Goldin of the Citizens' Brigade to Save LACMA minces no words re: "Govan's misbegotten remake" of the museum: "The teardown has evoked a cri de coeur - the image of the wreckage, amid so much recent human suffering, suddenly awakening a profound melancholy for a world being left behind. It is not too late to reconsider..."

●  Miranda parses why, even though demolition has begun, a former LACMA curator, a former Getty Museum director, and the VP and director of the Annenberg Foundation (whose mother endowed LACMA's director's chair, now occupied by Govan - "certainly a head-turner") joined the jury for Goldin and Giovannini's competition to remake LACMA - winners will be announced April 22.

●  Speaking of April 22 - join the Virtual Design Festival x The World Around x Earth Day online, live and free, with an impressive line-up of "international voices who are leading a new and exciting global discourse on environmental design," led by TWA founder Beatrice Galilee.

●  And celebrate International Dark Sky Week online: "See how humanity's connection with the night sky has evolved. ' We're making the universe into something heroic, just as our ancestors did, and we're just doing it in a different way,'" says the Griffith Observatory director.

Winners all:

●  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces $2.2 million in grants to humanities projects, "including several projects involving architecture and the built environment."

●  An impressive list of 17 women (including from Peru & Singapore) named as the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation 2020 Emerging Leaders.

●  The RAIC 2020 Architectural Firm Award goes to Calgary-based marc boutin architectural collaborative inc. (MBAC).

●  .PARTISANS and Nine Yards Studio (9Y) each take home the RAIC 2020 Emerging Architectural Practice Award.

●  Teams from India and the U.K. win top three spots in the 2020 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition: "Designing Civic Buildings."

COVID-19 news continues:

●  Chang delves into how "architects transform the places we live and work" after deadly outbreaks - even before COVID-19, "infectious disease had already molded the places we live - through architecture, design, and urban planning - in enduring ways" - perhaps "social distancing could become a design paradigm."

●  Hadden Loh & Leinberger look at "how fear of cities can blind us from solutions to COVID-19. The spread of the virus is driven by crowding behavior, not just density. Walkable urban places" have and will prove "to be extremely resilient in the face of crisis. Policymakers should sustain and feed this resiliency."

●  Gold looks at how "COVID-19 puts urban density to the test" in Vancouver, where "living space has suddenly become the all-inclusive pandemic shelter, office, and daycare. And with that - the housing inequities are strikingly apparent" - perhaps it's time for "the five-minute city."

●  Tipton talks to a number of Irish architects re: design for a post-pandemic world: "We need to build safer and more lovable places to live and work" - "as human beings, we are both gregarious and private - to truly thrive, we need the best of both."

●  Baldan on "Venezia: coronavirus and tourism. Many businesses born to serve the '28 million visitors a year' will no longer be able to continue" - the city "will return to the Venetians - tourist rentals and souvenir sellers will likely no longer exist, at least until the arrival of the much hoped for vaccine."

●  Kamin talks to architects re: "layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts" as they see "revenue streams dry up, and economic storm clouds loom"; Julie Hacker offers a note of optimism: "We survived 2008, so we'll survive this."

●  Sperber offers a very personal take re: trying to keep her "small architectural firm of four afloat" - if she receives funding from the Payback Protection Program and can keep meeting payroll, "we will pay it forward. I may be naive in offering [pro bono] services at such a precarious time - the one thing I am confident about is that doing good will also help us feel good."

●  A look at "how the COVID-19 pandemic may reshape U.S. hospital design to avoid a repeat of the current national crisis" and the lack of "flexibility to accommodate a sudden surge" (free registration).

●  Harrouk brings us some of the architects who "are proposing flexible, fast assembled, mobile, and simple structures" to help fight the virus - some "are already implemented and in service, while others remain on a conceptual level, waiting to be adopted."

●  NYC's City Council is introducing "legislation to open up 75 miles of streets to pedestrians and cyclists to ease the pressure on crowded parks" during the pandemic (an effort to outdo Oakland's 74 miles?). The mayor is skeptical.


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