Today’s News - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

●  Rowan Moore talks to Gehry about his Eisenhower Memorial: He stressed "that he respected at least some of the criticism," but holds contempt for the "'arbitrary bullsh*t' that 'it should be classical architecture, period'" (per Moore, it "doesn't look like the soulless monster that its opponents described").

●  Shawn Micallef: "Toronto has embraced the outdoors this summer," but "with fall and winter on the horizon, a dire feeling is settling in - maybe we can finally figure out how to accept winter and end the seasonal grief" (tho' homeless encampments are "an ominous sight").

●  Ed Pilkington: "Is New York dead?" is "the wrong question. Look instead at the structural problems that were festering long before Covid-19 came along - the pandemic has laid bare uncomfortable truths" about "the New Yorkers who are excluded from the bubble in which [millionaires] Seinfeld and Altucher bicker."

●  Liz Ohanesian parses architecture firm Omgivning's "vision for a more equitable post-pandemic L.A. that goes beyond social distancing," and its "Reimagining Spaces: A Post-Pandemic Design Report" (available online) that could change the face of Los Angeles.

●  Alissa Walker cheers that Gensler's makeover of L.A.'s Hollywood & Highland mall includes removing "a full-scale replica of a portion of the set from D.W. Griffith's 1916 film 'Intolerance' - one of the most notoriously racist films ever made" (some preservationists "question the removal").

●  Jen St. Denis x 2: "Hundreds of new homes announced for Vancouver to counter rising homelessness - but the units aren't specifically intended for residents of the Strathcona Park encampment" - considered Canada's largest tent city.

●  She parses how "tiny homes for the homeless flourish elsewhere," but "they're a hard-sell in Vancouver," despite having "shown to be warmer and safer than tent cities, and 'a bridge' to stable living."

●  William Morgan cheers Friedrich St. Florian being on board for new housing in a historic Providence neighborhood: "This is where having an experienced and sensitive architect pays real dividends - a master of both classical and modern can be trusted to integrate a new residence into an older neighborhood - and create history for the future."

●  Julia Gamolina's great QA with Neri Oxman re: "growing up with architecture, forming her own field, and the forces that have influenced her work": What is your core mission? "To radically change the design landscape. To question the very nature of how we make things, and how we can make them in different and better ways."

●  Sean Joyner's conversation with Trey Trahan, "architecture's business-centric polymath": "Expanding the definition of beauty beyond mere physicality is extremely important to me. Beauty is much more - it is about ethics, humility, justice, kindness, and faith."

●  Jeff Wood's great Q&A with UPenn McHarg Center's Billy Fleming re: "the legacy of a wall-breaking landscape designer Ian McHarg, the Green New Deal, and how the Center seeks to find where design fits into the larger discussion of human life and policy."

●  Q&A with George Ranalli and Anne Valentino re: "their interdisciplinary practice - modeling a kind of future we were never capable of imagining a few months ago" - by understanding and respecting history, they are "empowered to address extraordinary challenges of our not so distant future."

●  Kamin talks to Lynn Osmond about she's steering the Chicago Architecture Center "through turbulent waters - the center's CEO has been improvising. She and her staff had to rethink nearly every aspect of the center" - they "solve one problem and 'then it's on to the next crisis.'"

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: RKTB's Carmi Bee parses the firm's Infill Housing Prototype that offers a model for developing affordable urban housing on a neighborhood scale, and that also addresses health and safety measures.


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