Today’s News - Thursday, September 17, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, September 22. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe.

●  ANN feature: Turan Duda & Jeffrey Paine: Design's Impact on Mental Health on Campus: A Well State of Mind: Designing for mental health requires architects to prioritize the student experience by providing privacy, community, and comfort in their built environments.

●  Edward Gunts brings us very sad news - we've lost Deborah Dietsch, longtime editor of Architecture Magazine (when yours truly was with sister publication Interiors mag - sigh): "Her support helped bolster the careers of numerous rising architects and drive the national conversation about design - and nurtured talented writers" - like Kroloff, Cramer, and Barreneche.

●  Baldwin's Q&A with Wandile Mthiyane of the Durban, South Africa-based social enterprise firm Ubuntu Design Group re: "his early inspirations, how the Apartheid has shaped his design approach, and how he is building community today": "Architecture is never neutral; it either heals or hurts - it's imperative for firms to actively start giving opportunities to employees that don't look like them - let people of color take lead."

●  Edie Cohen's 10 questions for Maya Bird-Murphy, who "now devotes most of her time to Chicago Mobile Makers - a phenomenal advocacy and youth-focused traveling design lab" to "train and support future public-interest architects, designers, and makers," and "advocate for social, economic, gender, and racial diversity."

●  Chouinard talks to Kia Weatherspoon of Determined by Design, founded to bring "beautiful design to marginalized communities. The low-income housing system is broken," and she "wants to fix it. Government-subsidized residences are created to be functional and durable, but almost never beautiful."

●  Bika Sibila Rebek offers a set of strategies for a hybrid model of teaching both in-class and virtually that "could help reinvent architectural education - including that bedrock of architectural education: the studio" ("known to be a relentless slog").

●  Kamin's preview of "12 picks not to miss" in Chicago this fall: "A vital season awaits" with "a luminous array of exhibitions, books and buildings," culminating in "the construction boom that took shape after the Great Recession."

●  Gibson reports that Abraham Thomas, former director of London's Sir John Soane's Museum, has been named architecture and design curator for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; he's also had curatorial roles at the Smithsonian and the V&A, and initiated programs at MIT, LSE, AA, etc.

●  Tomorrow is PARK(ing) Day 2020! "The perfect time to reimagine streets in the COVID-19 era - celebrate with ASLA with 3 ways to participate."

●  Monday is the start of World Green Building Week, the "World Green Building Council's annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings."

Weekend diversions (real & virtual) + Page-turners:

●  Mortice cheers "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People" - a "compelling exhibition" of the Indian master and Pritzker Prize laureate at Chicago's (Tadao Ando-designed) Wrightwood 659, that "plays up his fusion of Indian vernacular traditions and Modernism," and "communicates an essential humility that comes with letting go of architectural control."

●  "Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration Between Japan and Philadelphia" at the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia "highlights Modernism's debt to Japanese architecture" and "explores the artistic interconnections between Antonin and Noémi Raymond, George Nakashima, and Junzo Yoshimura."

●  Eyefuls of "Lattice Detour," Héctor Zamora's "beautiful rooftop wall - the highlight of The Met's grand reopening - his execution of an enormous curving wall feels resoundingly appropriate for our times."

●  Berlin's DAZ presents "The land issue" that presents land use "in terms of climate, economy, and the common good" with "very concrete possible solutions" - a project of the University of Kassel Department of Urban Development.

●  Laercio Redondo's "The simplest thing is the most difficult to do" at the Mies Pavilion in Barcelona "explores the history of the Pavilion and its multiple narratives, and creates a dialogue with the space" - a sound installation in the garden "completes the intervention, offering a multi-layered account on the work of the architect and his collaborator Lilly Reich."

●  The Design Museum Everywhere launches "We Design: People. Practice. Progress." virtual exhibition that aims to be a "resource for designers of all backgrounds to make the design field more equitable, just, and inclusive," featuring 15 different profiles of designers in 7 different categories - viewers can explore the design fields that most interest them."

●  The Urban Art Mapping Research Project, created by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, presents the Urban Art Mapping George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art database, a virtual museum that preserves Black Lives Matter protest art from around the world.

●  NPR's Jonaki Mehta talks to Janna Ireland about her new book, "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View" that "honors the legacy of L.A.'s barrier-breaking Black architect": She "first learned about his work when architect Barbara Bestor asked her to photograph a handful of his projects - she discovered parallels with her own experiences as a Black artist" (lots of pix!).

●  Ellie Stathaki cheers Open House London's "The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs," a "fascinating book brilliantly edited by Owen Hatherley that explores" 33 neighborhoods "like you've never seen them before - meaty and refreshing" (just in time for Open House kick-off this Saturday).

●  Q&A with architectural and urban historian Lukasz Stanek re: his new book "Architecture in Global Socialism" in which he recounts the "history of the cooperation between architects, planners, and construction companies from Eastern Europe and the Global South" (fab photos!).


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