Today’s News - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

●  Holland brings us eyefuls of NBBJ's Net City, "a Monaco-sized 'city of the future' in Shenzhen" for tech giant Tencent that "will prioritize pedestrians, green spaces and self-driving vehicles" for a population of some 80,000.

●  Mike Yorke, president of the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario, parses Sidewalk Labs' canceled Quayside in Toronto that "was to be built entirely from mass timber - a chief selling point. The legacy of the concept is still there. Mass timber has not gone away. It is just getting started."

●  Kamin uses Studio Gang's soon-to-open Vista Tower to start a tour of "Chicago's impressive gallery of 'down-the-alley' views - the long vistas of such buildings form an important, but overlooked, part of Chicago's architectural glory - no eyesores in this bunch."

●  Machado Silvetti's Glass House Project to wrap in glass part of ruins of Menokin, the 1769 home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence in Virginia, will make "fingerprints in handmade bricks, marks of hand tools, and the successes and failures of the builders" visible, and oofer "views of the surrounding landscape - where generations of enslaved laborers once worked."

●  Brussat, not unexpectedly, takes issue the Menokin project: "If its 'restoration' goes forward - its beauty and its legacy will be condemned to oblivion. The intention is unobjectionable, but the project has, it seems to me, gone off the rails - a shame and a betrayal."

●  Speaking of historic preservation - and good news for preservation advocates and fans: the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH) online content is free to all through June 30.

●  Belogolovsky's great Q&A with Chengdu, China-based Liu Jiakun, architect of the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing: "His architecture is rooted in social and vernacular traditions - and is characterized as being fully integrated with nature. What is a good building for you? 'Well, it is like defining oneself, which is a very difficult task.'"

●  Cogley brings us Kengo Kuma's chicken coop at Casa Wabi artist retreat in Mexico: "Better acquainted with projects for people, the firm decided to adapt the model of communal housing for the birds."

●  While we're checking out chicken coops, Ravenscroft brings us Goldsmith's urban floating chicken farm in Rotterdam (check out the pix of the photo-bombing - 'er render-bombing - chicken - one of 7,000 - that's a lotta hens!).

●  Call for entries: "BRIDGING" Yongxin Old City Wenxing Bridge International Design Competition; open to professionals & students (big(!) cash prizes).

●  Eyefuls of the winners and finalists in the Yangliuqing National Grand Canal Culture Park Master Competition, "intended as a new way to kick-start the overall development of Western Tianjin."

●  Yale School of Architecture students win the 2020 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design & Planning Competition for a housing proposal for Santa Fe, New Mexico, that included an innovative financing model.

COVID-19 news continues:

●  ""This Is Not the End of Cities," Part 1 of Florida's 3-part essay that "breaks down overlapping crises that are reshaping America's cities" - he "examines why predictions of the impending end of cities are overblown - and why they may come back stronger."

●  Chayka looks into "how the Coronavirus will reshape architecture - we have arrived at a new juncture of disease and architecture. The challenge is reconciling the need for a long-term architectural plan with the pandemic's ongoing unknowability."

●  Miranda asks 12 experts about how L.A. should be redesigned for coronavirus: "It will have architects reaching for new technologies and reintroducing old ones. But first, architecture firms must weather the pandemic. The majority expressed anxiety about what is to come."

●  Sorokanich talks to six experts about "how we'll live, work, and play in cities after COVID-19" - the "architects and urban planners explain the changes coming to our shared spaces."

●  Stathaki looks at an international roster of architects and organizations who are "sharing ideas, initiatives and design proposals that would help us navigate spatially this strange 'new normal'" (nary a whiff of - or very little - PR-chitecture).

●  Neal E. Robbins: "The trampling of Venice [and other frail destinations] shows why tourism must change after Covid-19 - one that also benefits residents" requiring "a new mindset [to] see destinations as people's homes, not just attractions."

●  Diamond Schmitt's Matthew Lella looks at "how COVID-19 could impact theater design. It's hard to see how we could open a traditional theater with social distancing restrictions, unless we are clever about it" ("double family bubbles," anyone?).


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