Today’s News - Thursday, May 14, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, May 19. 'Til then: Stay well. Stay safe. Stay in!

●  ANN feature: Jeffrey Paine & Turan Duda consider: What now, in designing for wellness: "Designers must be at the forefront of ensuring that the spaces of the future embrace the lessons of 2020 without sacrificing beauty, comfort, and our shared need to come together safely and to foster human wellbeing.

●  Betsky parses "the last student shelters at Taliesin West - a tradition that dates back to 1937" - as the school goes "into exile, with a new name yet to be determined" (it can't refer to either Wright or Taliesin).

●  Kennicott paints wonderful word pictures of his December visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House in Buffalo, NY - "one of the great masterpieces of [FLW's] architecture - its two-decade return to glory is an inspiring story. In a perfect world, you'd be able to visit" in full bloom (with a rainy-day side trip to Graycliff - our favorite).

●  Architecture Research Office takes home the AIA 2020 Architecture Firm Award (our heartiest congrats!) + Yao, Cassell, and Yarinksy's (often amusing/irreverent) responses to an "architect's version of the Proust questionnaire."

●  The International Living Future Institute: celebrates its 2020 Living Future Heroes - an interesting and impressive mix of "individuals in the regenerative design community."

●  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.

Weekend diversions + Page-Turners:

●  Ravenscroft parses all eight episodes of Netflix's "Abstract: The Art of Design" series, now available - for free! - on YouTube (link included).

●  NYCxDESIGN has migrated from physical spaces to "a curated collection of NYC's best virtual design platforms. Explore films, webinars, online galleries, design learning and more."

●  WantedDesign joins the fun with an online podcasts and live talks through next Friday - check out Be Original Americas on May 19: "Reinvention Time," led by Caroline Baumann, former Director, Cooper Hewitt - and other very cool folk "who have shifted their missions and re-imagined their life and their work."

●  Parman cheers the news that Design Book Review (1983-2002), the quarterly he co-founded that "documented two important decades in the history of design in an unusually thorough way" and has been behind a firewall, is now "back from the dead" and accessible via California College of the Arts + Q&A (fab covers - we want the car!).

●  Wainwright cheers "The Property Lobby: The Hidden Reality Behind the Housing Crisis," Colenutt's "urgent new book" that "brilliantly" exposes the grip "fat cat developers" and lobbyists have on Britain - "and provides several suggestions for a possible way out - there is no longer any excuse not to act" (not just the U.K.!).

●  Max Kuo considers "Unresolved Legibility in Residential Types," Thenhaus's "idiosyncratic rumination on 10 different types of American residential architecture": While it "can be difficult to apprehend at times - there are plenty of delights throughout."

●  Budds invites critics, curators, historians, and archivists to recommend "5 essential books to understand mid-century design. Get the lay of the land from these historian-approved tomes."

COVID-19 news continues:

●  Columbia University and its Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space offer 20 free(!) weekly lectures that explore "AEC industry experiences from COVID-19," with speakers from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Seoul, and Singapore."

●  Saffron x 2: She ponders what Philly's Center City, now "a ghost town," will "look like when the virus subsides. Our lives today may be the prototype for how downtowns will look in the future."

●  She considers the future of corporate offices and "gleaming trophy towers" in a post-pandemic world, given that "many employees seem to like their new arrangement" of working from home - many employers like the idea, too - but "will management compensate them for providing their own workplace, or just pocket the savings?"

●  Ravenscroft, meanwhile, reports that U.K.-based Weston Williamson + Partners has in mind "a social-distancing office" to allow its 100 employees who "want to return to the office the opportunity to do so. 'Some are very enthusiastic about moving out of their flats'" - a "template for other companies," too.

●  Portland, Oregon-based Mackenzie has "just put out a COVID-19 design guide available for any business to download - remember cubicles? They might make a comeback."


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