Today’s News - Wednesday, May 27, 2020

●  Wainwright parses the "Kafkaesque nightmare" residents of council estates in the U.K. face when local councils vote for demolition - and cheers a new free-to-download book by two "radical academics" who "have performed a vital public service - this is no dry theoretical survey, but a practical guide" to help "condemned estates beat the bulldozers."

●  Hickman reports on MASS Design Group co-leading a "tribal engagement process" for the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City with the aim "to breathe cultural and recreational life into a long-blighted and closed-off industrial area."

●  McCown parses The Architectural Team and Halvorson Design's approach to Boston's changing coastline for the 7-acre Clippership Wharf development - "this is no ordinary condo/rental venture. It was designed and built to adapt to the effects of climate change" and "can withstand a 40-inch rise" in water level.

●  Chatwin charts "the Shenzhen effect - China's original 'model' city" (warts and all) "remains hugely influential in China's urban planning, even four decades after the city was established."

●  Scientists at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, have discovered a rubber polymer that could lead to "revolutionary 'green' types of bricks and construction materials" made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibers, or sand" that "may one day replace non-recyclable construction materials."

●  Be Original Americas1st Worldwide Virtual Student Fellowship, June 15 - July 17, offers currently enrolled university students around the world live webinars with 25+ international designers, makers, and creators.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Katie Faulkner: The wickedly funny Michael Sorkin, known to many as Comrade, was a social justice warrior. He maintained perpetual outrage in the course of writing 20 books and hundreds of articles, honing his invectives for gentrification, Disneyfication, waste, and conspicuous consumption.

COVID-19 news continues:

●  Cramer explains why "architects will be able to look back on their response to COVID-19 with pride. Historically, the profession hasn't seemed attuned to crisis management" - now "architecture is proving more resilient, and relevant, than ever - rising to the occasion with intelligence and altruism."

●  On a bleaker note, Block reports on the results of RIBA's second survey of British architects that show the pandemic is causing a "'significant decline' in U.K. architects' mental health," along with "loneliness, money worries and the stress of working from home. To help, Assael Architecture, in collaboration with Architects' Mental Wellbeing Forum, has "put together a Covid-19 toolkit to offer support to those who are struggling."

●  Sasaki's Grove delves into how "suburban sprawl increases the risk of future pandemics. The next pandemic may very well result from our addiction to - and exportation of - sprawl - embracing denser, cleaner, and more efficient cities that drive ecological conservation may very well be our greatest export to humanity."

●  Davidson minces no words in his warning that "reopening NYC too soon" is "a new chapter in the tale of two cities: the young and the healthy will take their chances; the old and the vulnerable will effectively remain under house arrest - we are making our shameful peace with a partial reopening that leaves millions indefinitely shut indoors."

●  Landscape architect Robert Gibbs, who has designed hundreds of retail corridors, explains why, after lockdown, there will be "new opportunities for downtown shopping districts" that "will capture traffic from fading malls" and "be the new home for the boom in the years to come."

●  Meanwhile, landscape architect Richard leBrasseur explains why "parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness. Olmsted took the right approach - his knowledge of contagious diseases informed his visions - closing parks and public green spaces should be a temporary, last-resort measure for disease control."

●  Harrouk and Baldwin "investigate the current trends, predict the future, and offer insights" re: "architecture, post COVID-19: the profession, the firms, and the individuals."


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