Today’s News - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

●  Goldberger's eloquent (and detailed) tribute to Jaque Robertson, "architect and passionate urbanist - there was no inconsistency between his love of grand classical architecture and his passionate belief in cities" (check out the tale of "The Charlottesville Tapes"!).

●  Kamin x 2: His eloquent tale of Chicago's DuSable Bridge - and why its 100th anniversary tomorrow matters. "A graceful masterpiece of form and function both reflects the city's history and changed the way it was built" - today, almost devoid of cars and people, "it's a mirror of Chicago on hold."

●  He cheers Pelli Clarke Pelli's residential tower rising on Wolf Point - "though not especially edgy" it "rises to the demands of its showplace site - the big question remains: Will Wolf Point add to downtown Chicago's urban vitality and benefit the public?"

●  Kimmelman brings us another of his fab virtual tours, today with Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society, on "a stroll through the centuries," imagining what Lower Manhattan was like in 1609 when Henry Hudson arrived: "'Knowing our history, we have the capacity to make better decisions, to do the right thing.' That doesn't mean we will. 'We can hope.'"

●  Moore takes us on a virtual tour of "the world's top 10 new architecture projects. A few things stand out. One is the quality of work in places not traditionally seen as architectural powerhouses" - and "a related lack of really big names."

●  Ritzel updates the status of Zimmerman's "Marabar" at the National Geographic Society HQ, that it wants removed, one way or another: the Preservation Review Board didn't understand that "that the society intended to remove the sculpture" when it approved design plans, and "will address the concerns" at its next meeting.

●  In honor of Brasília's 60th anniversary, Delaqua invited six architects and urbanists "who live in the city to share their visions and build an interpretation of utopia and reality that Brasília currently represents."

●  Robert Lamb Hart, of Hart Howerton, considers "beauty" to be "local, in terms of both place and time. That's why it's been defined in so many different ways - if you want to design 'beautiful' places, first do what you've probably always done: Look at how the local mix of people or culture define 'beauty.'"

●  Architect Nili Portugali's film "And the alley she whitewashed in light blue" is selected to compete at the Inca Imperial International Film Festival, Lima, Peru, with online screenings starting tomorrow.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: The New Norm: A Report by Peter Piven: The results of a survey of firm principals across the U.S. about the differences they envision in technology/working remotely, in markets and marketing, in work life and culture, and in society in our post-pandemic future.

Deadlines + Winners all:

●  Call for entries (deadline extended! no fee! $150,000 stipends for each of 3 finalists!): Urban Confluence Silicon Valley international open ideas competition for activating the most critical urban park in San Jose and Silicon Valley.

●  Call for entries (no fee, cash prizes!): Theatre Populaire Idea(l) open student competition for the sustainable rehabilitation of a deserted green amphitheater in the city center of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (deadline - July 14 - don't be confused by the May 31 date at the top).

●  Winners of the 2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers considered "Value: How are values mediated by the processes of design?" (scroll down for great winner profiles and upcoming online programs).

●  The Society of Architectural Historians hands out its 2020 SAH Publication Awards and the SAH Award for Film and Video.

COVID-19 news continues:

●  Betsky considers the "Zoom Effect - people and places crowd a few feet from your face (What's in that bookcase? Is that a cat's tail at the bottom of the screen?) - we are confined to the grid of the Zoom meeting. Limbo Time and Zoom Space are with us to stay."

●  Deans respond to COVID-19 - Parts 2 & 3: "How COVID-19 has impacted traditional end-of-the-year activities + Architecture leaders share what they view as potential long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on architectural education" (with link to Part 1, if you missed it).

●  Annie Howard revisits Laing's "The Lonely City," an "ode to urban isolation, in a time of social distancing" - when we "return to the wider social world, inhabited by the physical presence of those who are regularly disregarded in normal life, will we become more compassionate to their loneliness?"


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