Today’s News - Tuesday, July 28, 2020
● A sad way to start the day: We've lost Van B. Bruner Jr., 89, the second Black architect to serve as AIA vice president "known for his leadership on inclusion and diversity in the field."
● Wainwright delves into a planning loophole "set to blight English housing - the government is only making it easier for cramped, substandard homes to be built," creating "a Kafkaesque situation."
● Kamin cheers a new initiative to revive Chicago's South and West Sides, and the Chicago Architecture Center's help in picking architecture and design firms: "The strong response is a heartening sign. Yet there are limits to architecture's power to change lives and perceptions."
● NOMA's Tiffany Brown: "I am a survivor of racist city planning. I am a designer of the built environment. My generation has our work cut out for us. We must put systems in place that will help diversify the talent pool and, in turn, the leaders in the profession - I ask you to engage now."
● SmithGroup's Laura Walker re: designing prisons and such: "As architects, we tell ourselves we can solve these systemic issues by focusing on designing buildings and places, believing that if we make them beautiful, sustainable, and functional, they will benefit our communities" - but "we need the help of trained agencies and collectives - we are not equipped or experienced in moderating discussions on race" (Design as Protest is trying).
● Frank Edgerton Martin talks "with three nationally recognized Black architects about practicing architecture in Minnesota," and "how race has shaped our environment. It's time to take a hard look at who has the power to shape our environment today" - it "is going to take a much deeper structural change than talk of good intentions from our profession" (some disturbing comments).
● Carolina A. Miranda x 2: "Goodbye, guy on a horse. A new wave of monument design is changing how we honor history [spearheaded by Christopher Hawthorne] - these more collective design processes are not without friction. But this collective design process - messy as it is - can produce poignant works" (1943 Zoot Suit Riots and the Sleepy Lagoon monument - who knew?).
● She presents "6 ideas for new monuments - in honor of migration, a massacre, and a tree. Artists, architects, and historians give their ideas for new monuments across the country" (and one idea of her own).
● Waite reports that there's "renewed hope" for Gillespie Kidd & Coia's derelict 1967 St Peter's Seminary in Cardross now that the church has "transferred the ownership of the rotting Brutalist gem to a new charitable trust" - Alan Dunlop remains "skeptical until I see their proposals and their 'expert team.'"
● Billock tells the fascinating tale of FLW's Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois, that "was a trailblazing example of accessible design - built 40 years before the ADA became law" - a design based around the wheelchair-bound owner's eye level - "once you sit, all feels just right" (and now open for tours).
● Open Call: Be part of the Green New Deal Superstudio, a timely collaboration between the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, ASLA, and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture - "a historic, national event; open to all design schools, professional practices, individuals," etc.
● Call for papers (deadline looms!): Carolina Planning Journal: "The White Problem in Planning: how race intersects with planning"; topics include: Land Use; Housing; Transportation; Economic Development.
● Eyefuls and great profiles of the winners of RIBA's Rethink 2025 challenge to reimagine society for a post-pandemic world.
● Eyefuls and great profiles of the winners of RIBA's Eye Line 2020 drawing competition - the "lockdown effect is evident" but "delight beats dystopia."
● One we couldn't resist: Townscaper invites you to "build your own empty town - it has no goal apart from the sheer enjoyment and satisfaction you get from seeing a pretty town rising from the sea as you click" (a "Zen experience").
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Lesson Plan #10: Miguel Córdova-Ramírez: Throughout history, ornament has been used to transform the built environment into a friendlier and more empathetic place. Not to teach this higher role means to not value part of our centuries-old cultural history.
COVID-19 news continues:
● Adlakh & Sallis, professors of environmental planning and family medicine, respectively, explain "why urban density is good for health - even during a pandemic - when it comes to COVID-19 the key issue is lack of space - not how many people live in a certain area, but the conditions they live in."
● Saffron: "Coronavirus intensifies the city vs. suburbs debate in Philly - the narrative of pandemic-induced urban flight continues to spread almost as fast as the virus itself" - but "the rumors of the city's death seem greatly exaggerated."
● Micallef cheers "pop-up patios" in Toronto being "a positive side effect of COVID-19" - part of the CafeTO program, and the "imperfect" ActiveTO "shared streets" initiative. "The predictable objections to these remain as tedious as they ever were" - drivers "are going to be in the pole position of urban design for a while yet."
● William Morgan considers a post pandemic world: "Some of the things that we were seduced into believing were so wonderful will disappear [like "gluttonous over-indulgence"], but we may be better off without them."
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Obituary: Van B. Bruner Jr., 89, a Voice for Diversity in Architecture and Inclusive Design: Founder of The Bruner Firm, he worked to bring affordable design to his community: ...an architect known for his leadership on inclusion and diversity in the field...he was the second Black architect to serve as AIA vice president, and received the Institute's Whitney M. Young Jr. Award in 1975- Architect Magazine
Oliver Wainwright: Our slum future: the planning shakeup set to blight English housing: The government has extended rules allowing former offices, shops and warehouses to be converted into housing - as research shows the policy results in dwellings unfit for human habitation: At a time when the need for decent quality domestic space has been amplified, and the dangers of overcrowding magnified, the government is only making it easier for cramped, substandard homes to be built...Even the government’s own Building Better, Building Beautiful commission concluded that permitted development had inadvertently created “future slums”...[and] created a Kafkaesque situation...- Guardian (UK)
Blair Kamin: Can architects help revive Chicago’s South and West Sides? Maybe. Just don’t expect miracles: Can the designers of structures overcome decades of structural racism...[city] recently tapped the Chicago Architecture Center to help pick 24 to 36 architecture and design firms to take part in...$750 million Invest South/West program...The architecture center...gets kudos for participating in this innovative partnership...The strong response is a heartening sign that Chicago’s architects believe their professional aims should extend beyond designing skyscrapers and mansions for the 1%...Yet there are limits to architecture’s power to change lives and perceptions. -- Maurice Cox; Reed Kroloff- Chicago Tribune
Tiffany Brown: Dismantle and Rebuild: The executive manager of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) describes why she is her "ancestors' wildest dreams": I am a survivor of racist city planning...I am a designer of the built environment. I refused to be seen as “disadvantaged youth"...My generation has our work cut out for us. We must put systems in place that will help diversify the talent pool and, in turn, the leaders in the profession. To my fellow designers - especially those with the agency to make change - I ask you to engage now.- Architect Magazine
Laura Walker Op-Ed: Supporting Black Lives: How can architects promote Black liberation while still designing police stations? SmithGroup and many other firms have decided to “reject any work in planning and designing jails, detention centers, and prisons.” But this is not enough. The AIA still supports designing prisons. Its code of ethics..."isn’t about what architects build"...as architects, we tell ourselves we can solve these systemic issues by focusing on designing buildings and places, believing that if we make them beautiful, sustainable, and functional, they will benefit our communities...Design as Protest (DAP), a Black-led organizing effort...is calling on firms and designers to work collectively to end the weaponization of architecture and urban planning as a tool of oppression...we need the help of trained agencies and collectives. As architects and engineers, we are not equipped or experienced in moderating discussions on race. -- Helene Combs Dreiling; Michael Ford- The Architect's Newspaper
Frank Edgerton Martin: Black architects on how race has shaped our environment in Twin Cities: It's time to take a hard look at who has the power to shape our environment today: We talked with three nationally recognized Black architects about practicing architecture in Minnesota: James Garrett Jr./4RM+ULA architects; Mohammed Lawal/LSE Architects; Damaris Hollingsworth/Design by Melo...“We live with a history of structural racism...Diversifying who gets to shape the built environment is going to take a much deeper structural change than talk of good intentions from our profession.”- Minneapolis Star Tribune
Carolina A. Miranda: Goodbye, guy on a horse. A new wave of monument design is changing how we honor history: Shouldn’t public monuments have public input? ...artists and designers are changing the nature of monuments and the histories they honor: Last year, the city’s chief design officer, Christopher Hawthorne, assembled a working group to develop a process for evaluating current monuments and creating new ones... [to] provide a guide for how the city can develop monuments that speak to L.A.'s unique history and landscape...Naturally, these more collective design processes are not without friction...But this collective design process - messy as it is - can produce poignant works. -- Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; Höweler + Yoon; Mabel O. Wilson; Gregg Bleam- Los Angeles Times
Carolina A. Miranda: 6 ideas for new monuments - in honor of migration, a massacre and a tree: What histories are we not honoring? Artists, architects and historians give their ideas for new monuments across the country: Their ideas not only spanned the continent but also fill some important historical gaps. Here are five of them - along with a sixth by yours truly... -- Rebeca Méndez; CHEE SALETTE; Ken Lum/Monument Lab; William Deverell; Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; Cameron/California African American Museum- Los Angeles Times
Richard Waite: Renewed hope for Cardross seminary after church finds new owner: A new owner has been found for Gillespie Kidd & Coia’s derelict 1967 St Peter’s Seminary...near Helensburgh: ...transferred the ownership of the rotting Brutalist gem - once described by the church as an ’albatross around [its] neck’ which it could not give away - to a new charitable trust. The Kilmahew Education Trust said it had assembled an ‘internationally renowned team’ to take forward its plans for the Category A-listed building...Alan Dunlop: "... I will remain skeptical until I see their proposals and their ‘expert team.'" -- Urban Splash; Gareth Hoskins; NVA; Avanti Architects; McGinlay Bell- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Jennifer Billock: This Frank Lloyd Wright Home Was a Trailblazing Example of Accessible Design: The Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois, was built 40 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] became law: In 1946, Ken Laurent, then a 26-year-old World War II veteran, became paralyzed from the waist down...Ken and Phyllis struggled to adapt a standard house to Ken’s new life in a wheelchair...in 1948...House Beautiful...featured [an FLW-designed house]...Ken wrote a letter to Wright...The entire design...is based around Ken’s eye level...once you sit, all feels just right...Wright was pushing forward the conversation about accessibility in a groundbreaking way. -- John Eiffler- Smithsonian magazine
The Green New Deal Superstudio: An Open Call: The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in association with the McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) invites designers to be part of a historic, national event; open to all design schools, professional practices, individuals, and other design and planning related organizations across the U.S.- Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)
Call for entries: Call for papers: Carolina Planning Journal, Volume 46: "The White Problem in Planning": how race intersects with planning; topics include: Land Use; Housing; Transportation; Economic Development; deadline: August 30- Angles - Carolina Planning Journal (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Architects burst with ideas on how to rebuild society: Nearly 150 members from 18 countries accepted the RIBA’s Rethink 2025 challenge to reimagine society for a post-pandemic world. -- Hugh Pearman; Tim Rodber & Dominic Walker: Greater London Agriculture masterplan (city scale); PeopleMatter.: Streets are Made for Walking (street level); Benjamin Holland, Olivia Dolan & Katie Williams: Get Everyone In (building)- RIBA Journal (UK)
Delight beats dystopia in Eye Line 2020: The lockdown effect is evident not only in the entries for our 8th annual drawing competition - but entrants. -- Hugh Pearman; Albert Orozco/Paul Murdoch Architects; Alan Dunlop; Cristina Gardiner/Historic England; etc.- RIBA Journal (UK)
Marie Patino: Come Build Your Own Empty Town: Townscaper is a new building game inspired by the design of Scandinavian cities and children’s books: Oskar Stalberg...made a point of calling it a “toy” rather than a video game - because it has no goal apart from the sheer enjoyment and satisfaction you get from seeing a pretty town rising from the sea as you click...he hadn’t predicted the following it would gain among both designers and game developers - and what they would create with it...The zen experience may add to its appeal in a time of uncertainty and worry...- Bloomberg CityLab
Deepti Adlakh & James F Sallis: Why urban density is good for health - even during a pandemic: Public health concerns have influenced some of the most iconic developments in urban planning...The spread of COVID-19...has raised concerns about density...However, the idea that when it comes to COVID-19...measures have been effective in containing early outbreaks...despite high density...the key issue is lack of space - both private living space and wider neighbourhood public space...It’s not how many people live in a certain area...but the conditions they live in...urban density...has protective health benefits...an essential component of walkable communities, which protect people from chronic diseases.- The Conversation
Inga Saffron: Coronavirus intensifies the city vs. suburbs debate in Philly: From the moment that American cities were put under lockdown in March, planners, demographers, and, not surprising, newspaper columnists have been on high alert for signs that once-committed urbanites - the affluent ones, anyway - were preparing to flee...the narrative of pandemic-induced urban flight continues to spread almost as fast as the virus itself...the rumors of the city’s death seem greatly exaggerated.- Philadelphia Inquirer
Shawn Micallef: Pop-up patios are a positive side effect of COVID-19, but Toronto drivers may have to curb their enthusiasm: ...curb lanes have been cordoned off on streets across a large swath of the city, allowing restaurants and bars new patio space...part of the CafeTO program...For years, taking over these lanes for anything...has been contentious and near impossible...this city and others have heavily favoured [cars] over other forms of transportation. COVID-19 has chipped away at some of that...The imperfect ActiveTO “shared streets”...are a start...The predictable objections to these remain as tedious as they ever were...Things have started to tip in a better direction, but people who like driving are going to be in the pole position of urban design for a while yet.- Orangeville Banner (Ontario, Canada)
William Morgan: Post Pandemic Providence: Until early March, I would have said that Americans were living in the best years ever...Architects and planners, too, joined in the post-war years of prosperity that eventually grew into gluttonous over-indulgence...Some of the things that we were seduced into believing were so wonderful will disappear, but we may be better off without them...we will rediscover some forgotten time-honored tropes, such as walking, bicycling, working from home...We will learn to source more staples locally and regionally...The price of construction materials has risen due to the coronavirus...so it makes sense to build better, smarter, and greener.- GoLocalProv.com (Providence, Rhode Island)
ANN feature: Lesson Plan #10: Life in Ornament: Throughout history, ornament has been used to transform the built environment into a friendlier and more empathetic place. Not to teach this higher role means to not value part of our centuries-old cultural history. By Miguel Córdova-Ramírez- ArchNewsNow.com
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