Today’s News - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

●  Belmont Freeman pays eloquent tribute to Eusebio Leal Spengler, 77, "credited with the transformation of Old Havana from a deteriorated urban enclave into a showcase of exquisitely restored Spanish colonial architecture and urbanism" - his "strong moral voice" will be sorely missed.

●  Adele Peters parses a few modular apartment building projects that could be "a new model for addressing the housing crisis in the San Francisco area - and the challenge of homelessness specifically."

●  King, meanwhile, considers how well SF restaurants are doing at converting "parking spaces to dining patios. In a strange way, this is urban design for the pandemic age. Let a thousand streeteries bloom" (and 6 ways to make them better).

●  Mortice delves into a community-led "'urban Marshall Plan' built to combat poverty" in a South Side neighborhood in Chicago - "a campus of new and adaptively reused buildings encompassing public health, housing, job training, and community and green space" - anchored by a healthy food market.

●  Flora Samuel parses RIBA's new Social Value Toolkit for Architecture that aims to provide practical support when talking to non-architects about "building social value into decision-making about land."

●  Hilburg hails a plan by New Affiliates and architect and historian Samuel Stewart-Halevy that would turn high-performance façade mockups, usually discarded after testing, into gardening structures in community gardens throughout NYC.

●  Kamin looks at how "Philadelphia offers edgy alternatives" as Chicago's mayor readies to "kick off a comprehensive, potentially combustible review of the city's public monuments and icons. Buckle your seat belts, Chicago."

●  Tables turned: Sweet profiles Kamin who, "for nearly 30 years, has shaped opinion about Chicago's architecture" [and beyond]. Even the pandemic hasn't stopped the coverage. 'Sometimes unsettled times produce the most interesting stories'" (check out his Burj Kalifa adventure, too).

●  Gamolina x 2: A fab Q&A with Paula Scher re: her interesting path to Pentagram, and her advice to those just starting their careers: "The things that make work interesting, and create invention, are accidents. You want to be in a position where you're capable of making accidents."

●  A Q&A with Daria Pahhota re: what guides her work in communications, and why she departed BIG to join SOM as its new Global Communications Leader.

●  Farago isn't in Tokyo for the now-postponed Olympic Games, so he considers the 1964 Summer Olympics that "crowned Tokyo's 20-year transformation from a firebombed ruin to an ultramodern megalopolis. Not until 2008 [Beijing Games] would an Olympics so profoundly alter a city and a nation."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Samuel G. White: The Legacy of Paul Spencer Byard: The author of "The Architecture of Additions," published 20 years ago, proposed parameters for evaluating additions to historic buildings - more timely than ever considering the proposed Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal buildings ["architectural pudding" included].

Deadline + Winners all:

●  Call for applications: Inaugural Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize: focus on the theme of mobility justice; open to university-based or independent authors; $7,500 honorarium + publication in Places Journal + public lecture (travel expenses provided).

●  Australian Institute of Architects' 2020 International Chapter Architecture Awards for projects from Samoa to the U.S. (the Institute's 2019 Gold Medal recipient Koning Eizenberg Architecture won four!).

●  Sitz brings us eyefuls of the winners of the 2020 AIA National Architectural Photography Competition.

COVID-19 news continues:

●  M Moser's Frances Gain parses the findings of the firm's survey re: "employee and business performance during the pandemic" that "reflects how employees feel and what they expect, but the real question is - what is next?"

●  Sophie Davies talks to architects around the world re: how the pandemic is changing home design (apartments, mostly): "With more people working remotely, architects are focusing on flexibility and access to outside in their post-pandemic designs. But it will take time to make these adjustments."

●  Garcia & Frankowski of WAI Architecture Think Tank explain their recently launched Loudreaders Trade School - "a new, free, and accessible platform for education modeled on Caribbean loudreading" with an array of "international authors, designers, artists, and thinkers who gather online to loud-read critical discourses."

●  Hilburg reports on the Rockwell Group and the NYC Hospitality Alliance teaming up "to create a modular, replicable template for how diners might safely inhabit the sidewalk without impeding pedestrian flow," as "outdoor dining could become permanent in NYC" (happening elsewhere, too).


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