Today’s News - Wednesday, July 8, 2020

●  This slipped through the cracks in yesterday's newsletter (a must read!): Milton Glaser: Ten Things I have Learned (2001): 3. Some people are toxic - avoid them; 5. Less is not necessarily more; 10. Tell the truth.

●  Kamin re: the place for Trump's proposed 'National Garden of American Heroes': "on the scrap heap of history. It's the shiny wrapper of a dreary package (think 'American carnage'), an errant shot in his never-ending culture wars."

●  Farrelly's blistering (and R-rated) take on Sydney's new Crown Casino tower and the Sydney Fish Market: "Both claim 'iconic' status. Both are described as 'sculptural' in form, whatever that means. But only one of them is architecture" (a real ouch for one!).

●  King, on a brighter note (for most), reports that Herzog & de Meuron and HDR have been tapped to design a new hospital for the University of California, San Francisco, "envisioned as a nearly 1 million-square-foot facility that is part of a larger remake of the densely built campus" (no images yet).

●  Dineen reports on David Baker Architects' 833 Bryant Street, a 145-unit housing project for formerly homeless people - "the first time San Francisco is using modular construction for this type of project, which shaves millions from the cost and a year or more off the timeline."

●  CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects wins the competition to transform a 1956 "deteriorating indoor sporting arena" into the Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in the Czech Republic, a four-building multifunctional center with sports, culture, and social venues.

●  Belogolovsky's 2-part Q&A with Antoine Predock: Part 1: "The design experience must manifest the joy of invention and dream. If anything, I am a cosmic modernist, not a regionalist."

●  Predock Part 2: "People have certain expectations of what architecture is. And I like to mess with that. But not in a self-conscious goofy way."

●  Crosbie delves into "the underappreciated legacy of James Marston Fitch, who, decades ago, "saw both the environmental and economic benefits of historic preservation. He wrote almost 75 years ago that human health is the underlying measure of architecture. He still has much to teach us."

●  Dickinson on what Sacred Space is: It "connects us to a reality that transcends our fears. Architecture may be the only place that physical Grace can mitigate humanity's hubris and tone-deaf self-interest."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Peter Piven's "The New Norm, Part 2: Finances": Recommendations and mandates to fight the COVID-19 pandemic impacted architectural practices immediately. The operational changes have financial consequences.


●  Call for entries (deadline looms - no fee!): The Design Film Festival open call for films + work-in-progress.

●  Request for Qualifications/RFQ (international): Trinity Park Conservancy, Dallas, is seeking a visionary architect to help reimagine the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail as part of MVVA's planned Harold Simmons Park ($20,000 stipend).

●  Call for papers: Land Back: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, next April.

COVID-19 news continues:

●  Florida x 2: "The Lasting Normal for the Post-Pandemic City" - Part 2 of his "This Is Not the End of Cities" 3-part essay: "The changes that will persist are those that make our cities safer, healthier, and more efficient. We would like to believe that the fallout from the pandemic will serve the better angels of our nature. But no such change is guaranteed."

●  Florida Part 3: "The forces that will reshape American cities," like fear of transit, remote work, "youthification": "We may be approaching a critical moment when it is possible to remake our cities to be more equitable, inclusive and resilient places. Shame on us if we fail to capitalize on this opportunity."

●  Davidson x 2: "For blue-sky urban ideas, it may be now or never. We can at last begin to look ahead, and not just with dread. What will happen is what we make happen. The cost of incompetence has been horrific - we can't just hunker down and hope for the best. We need to intensify our ambitions."

●  He looks at the when, how, and where to "fit more than a million children into NYC's 1,866 buildings and still leave sufficient room between desks": Repurpose theaters, armories - "make the shuttered Shops at Hudson Yards earn their subsidies," etc.

●  Marthinsen, Parman & Bender parse "campus planning in an increasingly virtual world," particularly their own UC Berkeley: "Instead of thinking of place and placeless as opposites," planners need to see "the real and the virtual" as "inextricably intermingled - they can get a clearer sense of what really matters for the university, discounting the instant pundits' overreactions."

●  O'Sullivan parses "what happens to public space when everything moves outside. As restaurants and bars dramatically expand their outdoor seating, questions are emerging about who gets to occupy the streets."

●  Morgan has a merrier take: "Ssidewalk culture - one of the really promising signs of a renewed post-pandemic city is our embrace of sidewalk life. The next logical step is to make wider sidewalks. Design professionals around the globe are fostering inventive ideas that will mean better post-pandemic living."

●  Virginia is "poised to create the first pandemic workplace safety mandates in the nation - potentially a way forward for other states in the face of federal inaction - OSHA has issued only one citation in response to more than 4,000 coronavirus-related complaints, a jarring record" (jarring, indeed - but not surprising).


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