Today’s News - Tuesday, August 18, 2020

●  Holland Cotter re: Höweler + Yoon et al.'s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville: It turns "grief for a hidden past into a healing space. Power is not its language. Closure is not its goal. Active, additive remembrance is."

●  Moore minces no words re: Fawley Waterside in Hampshire: It's "a hollow classical tribute act" that "resembles a prissy Poundbury" (ouch!). Even though Léon Krier resigned, it still has "recognizably Krieresque aspects."

●  Morgan minces no words about "the invasion of the over-scaled buildings" in Providence that is "reaching a crisis point" (an "egregious leviathan" and "apartment house elephantiasis" included).

●  GGLO's Gerhard Mayer minces no words about why "whack-a-mole urban planning in Los Angeles is not working. The region needs to enact many simultaneous interventions aimed at an improved and integrated whole" (there are places getting it right).

●  Gibson, on a brighter note, reports on Carlo Ratti's million-square-meter BIOTIC innovation district extension to Brasília that will include residential, monumental, gregarious, and bucolic urban scales. "Unlike the original design, it will integrate them with each other rather than keeping them separate."

●  Fender Katsalidis and SOM win the competition to design the $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney that will include a 37- and a 39-story tower that "will run on 100% renewable energy."

●  Harriet Thorpe reports on the 6 BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic)-led architecture studios in the running "to design better housing for diverse communities" in London, sponsored by Brick By Brick and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

●  Studio Gang, Henning Larsen, and Snøhetta went to Medora, North Dakota, to present their shortlisted designs for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (lots of pix!).

●  Clare Dowdy brings us eyefuls of "design's new happy mood" with "polychrome interiors, installations, and murals. While it may look like child's play, these evangelists take color seriously" (sunglasses recommended).

●  Robert Sullivan brings us the fascinating tale of "how the world's largest garbage dump evolved into" the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park in Staten Island: "Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years" - James Corner Field Operations' "idea was not just to build a park but to reimagine the idea of park."

●  In London, "new artificial trees guzzle as much pollution as 275 regular trees. City Trees are actually towers filled with different types of moss, which eat up particulates and nitrogen oxides while simultaneously producing oxygen" (benches included).

●  Design Miami/ CEO Jen Roberts and curatorial director Aric Chen talk about "their support for GlobalGiving's charitable efforts for COVID-19 relief" via the recently launched Design Miami/ Shop, and "the possibilities of a more accessible post-pandemic design fair" (and avoiding "fair fatigue").

●  Wanda Lau asks 12 designers of color two questions to discern "what would convince them that the recent calls and vows to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the AEC sector would lead to meaningful, lasting change."

●  Plan to spend some time with this series of articles that parse what "practitioners, educators, young professionals, industry leaders, and diversity, equity, and inclusion experts" say "to see what real change can look like and to identify actions that every firm can take."

●  Bucharest-based architect Andreea Cutieru looks at "the political dimension of architecture - some architects not only advocate for change, but actively get involved in jumpstarting the social progress through activism."

●  Two we couldn't resist: A look at some of the 17 new public toilets in Tokyo in a new initiative between the Nippon Foundation and "some of the biggest names in the architecture" like Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, and Fumihiko Maki (Shigeru Ban's are transparent - until they're not).

●  In celebration of Brasilia's 60th anniversary, two star skateboarders "were granted unheard-of access, the ability to grind, skate and leap over the 13 structures" by Oscar Niemeyer - "a sight to behold" (indeed!!!).


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