Today’s News - Thursday, September 24, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, September 29. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe.

●  ANN feature: Daniela Gusman puts out a call for architects and suppliers to sign up for "rise in the city 2020": Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs in the southern African nation Lesotho via a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.

●  Lamster takes a deep/fascinating/disturbing dive into Joppa: "For generations, Dallas has abused, terrorized and neglected a community built by emancipated slaves. Its story is the history of race in Dallas - and America. It's a story that's at once profoundly disturbing and sadly typical."

●  Anderton talks to the team responsible for Treehouse, a co-living project in Hollywood that "might be just what the doctor ordered at a time of extreme isolation" (and our warmest congrats to Anderton - recipient of the LA Design Festival 2020 ICON Award!).

●  Glentzer waxes poetic about Houston's renovated Rothko Chapel, "an elegant but simple" Welcome House, and "purposeful landscaping" by ARO, George Sexton, and Nelson Byrd Woltz: "Houstonians have never needed the calming influence of the Rothko more than they do now, given the upheavals that have roiled the world this year" (re-opening today!)

●  Nancy Kenney parses Adjaye's design for the Princeton University Art Museum; "Stone, bronze, glass, pathways. Pavilions linked by transparent 'lenses' will dispense with hierarchies" (and unlike LACMA, "curators weighed in significantly").

●  Kimmelman and Harvard's Kayden stroll from Times Square to Grand Central on "a legal-minded itinerary" that "covered a semester's worth of land-use law, which seemed enough for one walk" (another great MK walkabout and, again, great pix by Zack DeZon).

●  Nancy Levinson's great Q&A with architect and educator Peggy Deamer re: her life as an activist, co-founding The Architecture Lobby, and the rise of labor consciousness in the design disciplines.

●  Create Streets founder Nicholas Boys Smith to lead the U.K. government's new "architecture task force to 'embed beauty' in the planning system" that "will make beauty a requirement of winning planning - RIBA slams government 'inconsistencies.'"

●  Singapore-based DP Architects' CEO Angelene Chan on design and urban planning in a post-COVID-19 world. "Post-pandemic, resilient cities and environmental health must go hand-in-hand" - providing "a better quality of life will become even more urgent."

●  The National Trust for Historic Preservation names America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020 - "including 7 sites with significant connections to women's history" (SOM) & Natalie de Blois included).

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

Weekend diversions:

●  Alia Akkam offers a fab(!) round-up of "15 essential design events to catch this fall - virtually or at a safe social distance - explore the impact of architecture and design during a time when new ways of thinking have never been more critical."

●  Singapore Archifest 2020 "Architecture Saving OUR World" kicks off tomorrow: The Singapore Institute of Architects "will be rolling out programs - from pop-up experiences that reimagine the way we live, to virtual exhibitions, forums, film screenings, workshops and an immersive virtual Pavilion that pushes the frontier of sustainable design."

●  NYC's Archtober 2020 celebrates 10 years (bravo!) - with 60+ partners, 100s of events, tours, and exhibitions - "many hosted digitally, allowing visitors from across the globe to participate."

●  Kamin cheers "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People" at Chicago's Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 gallery - the "engaging, intelligent" show "celebrates his humanistic designs" that seek "to uplift human experience, not turn out spectacular objects that strut across the urban stage. Which is not to say that his buildings are not beautiful" (his colorful paintings "add delightful grace notes").

●  Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture Banvard Gallery presents "The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition," the work of Galen Pardee's "fake architecture and research office" that "explores designing for a non-human - the Great Lakes Compact."

●  "State of Extremes" at the Design Museum Holon in Israel, curated by Aric Chen and Maya Dvash, "describes a world that has changed, and with it, design and the practice of design - exploring a world of social, political and environmental extremes."

●  One we couldn't resist: On view at London Craft Week: "Inspired by love of her home town," Laura Lees, who has embroidered everything from trompe l'oeil paneling for a London restaurant, and swear words on to table linen, has embroidered postcards with Edinburgh 's Modernist buildings.


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