Today’s News - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

●  Parman pens an appreciation of architectural historian and journalist Sally Byrne Woodbridge, 89, whose passing last November went largely unnoticed: "As a longtime correspondent of Progressive Architecture, she kept the Bay Region's architects visible nationally," and "explained the region to itself - hers was a cosmopolitan, even existentialist sensibility."

●  Goering delves into how investing in flood prevention now "could save lives and avert economic disaster," and how the World Resources Institute's Aqueduct Floods global online water risk assessment and mapping tool can "evaluate the risks from flooding, and look at how possible interventions might work."

●  Demetriou brings us eyefuls of Jun Aoki and Tezzo Nishizawa's "contemporary, yet respectful renovation" of Kyoto's landmark Kyocera Museum of Art that adds "a fresh, modern and minimalist edge to the original 1933 building," and "a lighter, more open feel."

●  The "imaginative Harry Weese pulled out all the stops" for a 1961 bank building in Columbus, Indiana, but now its future is uncertain - if it "doesn't survive, the 'Athens of the Prairie' will lose part of its architectural heritage" (+ how other notable buildings in the city are faring - good and bad news).

●  TCLF's Birnbaum highlights the sad - or potentially sad - fate of a number of significant landscapes and landscape features designed by women - "particularly notable" in 2020, the centennial of women achieving the right to vote in the U.S.

●  Curbed editor-in-chief Kelsey Keith pens her final Editor's Note: "Farewell - for now: I woke up pinching myself every day for more than five years because I got to work with my dream team" (but she'll be back as executive producer for Season 2 of Nice Try! this fall!).

Jane's Walk Festival season in the age of lock-down:

●  MAS is offering Jane's Walk NYC 2020 (from Home!) - "a reimagining of the festival that we hope brings the same joy and inspiration you've come to expect from this annual celebration" (through May 3).

●  Micallef outlines how Toronto's Jane's Walks - and others - "changed course" when "physical distancing has made the core experience of walking together a non-starter. It's like we're learning how to walk all over again, physically distant, but still engaged with our city."

●  See what Jane's Walk 2020 is doing (or not) in your country and city via

COVID-19 news continues (ending on a do-good note)

●  Davidson explains how we can "rethink public space after the pandemic. Flexibility has become one of the most important tools - there's plenty a city can accomplish, given enough ingenuity and tape" ("the low-tech weapon in COVID-19-induced urbanism," along with traffic cones, spray paint).

●  Muggah & Ermacora offer their take on "redesigning" COVID-19 cities that are "key to leading national and global recovery. We identified nine trends that are likely to play out - expect to see new urban design standards" (some few silver linings: more pedestrian space and a boom in urban farming).

●  Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group, and Ken Greenberg talk about "how to change the brick-and-mortar world for better human health" in a post-pandemic world.

●  Silverstein considers "how Covid-19 could remake mixed-use senior living development" that "will be hit the hardest by the new normal. The social drivers that made it popular will likely remain. The execution will have to change."

●  Parman "on listening to a pandemic - to stop it, everything had to stop. As it did, people noticed. It flips on its head our idea that nature bows to us. The pandemic says no. We need to listen and act."

●  Anthropology professor Mattern takes a deep (deep!) dive into the ways that we use machines to listen to the city: "How we listen to the city is as important as what we are listening for" as Covid-19 "reshapes the soundscape. These new sounds and silences are so affecting because cities have long been defined by their din."

●  Designers and artisans have donated to The Invisible Collection's online charity auction - with all proceeds going to charities supporting emergency services in Paris, London, and New York (bids close May 4).


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