Today’s News - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

●  Giovannini parses the 6 leading ideas among the 28 international "scrappy architects" (some impressive names) in the Citizens' Brigade to Save LACMA's "LACMA not LackMA" competition that "bettered" Zumthor's $1 billion design.

●  Kamin cheers the (sort of) new Riverview Bridge for pedestrians and bikes over North Branch of the Chicago River - it's "an ingenious piece of urban infrastructure. This is infrastructure the way it should be - serving the needs of both utility and beauty."

●  Welton x 2: He cheers HMA2's renovation of the 1980s Westport Library in Connecticut that flipped the library upside down, moving books to a lower level: "It's as much a community center as it is a library now," sayeth Henry Myerberg (or will be when it reopens).

●  He talks to Paul Clemence re: his adventure photographing the buildings of Brasilia "that are still as visionary as the day they were designed. 'I was much more in awe than I imagined I would be.' Because this was Oscar Niemeyer, after all."

●  Belogolovksy's Q&A with Thom Mayne re: "his fascination with the unfinished" and "an individual's role in architecture and the aesthetic originality of buildings": "What is missing today is the collective discourse; instead, so much energy is spent on criticizing the individual."

●  Beam parses the alternatives the National Trust for Historic Preservation considered for flood-mitigation at Mies's Farnsworth House - a hydraulic-lift system won out ("Great architects select great sites. Sometimes great architects make mistakes").

●  SOM's David Childs makes the case for preserving Zimmerman's MARABAR sculpture on the SOM-designed (1980s) National Geographic campus: "Washington is noted for its public art, and Marabar is one of its finest examples."

Deadlines & Winners all:

●  Call for entries (no fee!): Kaizhou New City International Young Designer Competition open to designers, artists, teachers and students under 40 (cash prizes).

●  Call for entries: ISO[NATION]: Home Office competition: "think creatively about work-life habit changes after the worldwide isolation/quarantine" - €5 entry fee "will be donated towards the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund."

●  An impressive shortlist of 8 U.S.- and 4 European-based firms in the running to design the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora, North Dakota.

●  Eyefuls of the AJ Small Projects 2020 Award winner, along with the Sustainable Project and People's Choice winners.

●  RAIC names Toronto-based Drew Adams as the 2020 Emerging Architect Award winner (formerly Young Architect Award) - he "stands apart for his drive to affect meaningful change through design."

●  Kendall College of Art and Design Wege Prize 2020 Design Competition announces 5 international student teams as finalists for their redesigns of "how we produce and consume," and now vie for $30,000 in cash prizes; presentations of proposals will be made online on May 29th.

COVID-19 news continues

●  Adele Peters parses Perkins and Will's proposal to "turn out-of-use school buses into low-cost mobile COVID-19 test labs that could travel" to areas where they're most needed. "They're also freely sharing the design. 'It really is all about creating a solution, not owning it,'" sayeth P+W's Rob Goodwin.

●  NYC will close 40 miles of streets "to provide more opportunity for recreation and expand space for pedestrians to keep social distance - the ultimate goal calls for 100 miles of 'open streets.' 'The real focus will be on the communities that are hardest hit,"' sayeth the mayor.

●  Lithuania's capital Vilnius is handing over "vast open-air" public spaces - for free - to nearby cafes and restaurants that will allow physical distancing for customers during the lock-down (18 so far, more to come).

●  Sitz's Q&A with NOMA President Kimberly Dowdell re: "how systemic disparities have exacerbated COVID-19's effect on communities of color - and how the pandemic's economic repercussions might impact the next generation of designers."

●  Places Journal presents an impressive "six-part narrative survey of 74 design educators on the massive move to emergency remote instruction" ("Zoom University," mute buttons, establishing boundaries included).

●  The first in a 3-part series offering deans and program chairs' "institutional responses to the COVID-19 crisis," and their "specific insight into how each institution is responding to the crisis."

●  Fixsen fixes on how students are dealing with lockdown situation: "Students, frustrated by decreased interaction, lack of equipment, and diminished job and internship prospects, feel left in the lurch."


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