Today’s News - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

●  Betsky explains "why post-pandemic architecture should resist sameness in its pursuit of safety," calling for a new International Style - the latest version is "standardized, logical, efficient, and soulless. It is up to architects to take up their role in this movement for a different kind of global architecture of liberation, justice, and sustainability."

●  Mortice delves into the depressing details of how, "for students in low-income communities, the coronavirus crisis is layered on an existing public health crisis: deteriorated school buildings that are unhealthy places to learn. For those who design new schools or maintain them, the pandemic is ruthlessly exposing the scale of this often-unseen public health dilemma."

●  C.J. Hughes looks into how "some developers are making minor tweaks in the face of the Covid era" - one NYC condo is "offering buyers a $10,000 credit that can be spent to create one of the most coveted of amenities in this stay-at-home period: a dedicated home office" - designed by Andres Escobar for free.

●  Moore minces no words about what he thinks of "the catastrophe of converting office blocks to homes" - and how the government's "experiment in deregulation" (in England only) is being "applied, with devastating effects."

●  Nate Berg parses SHoP's newly launched venture (independent) Assembly that has brought together architects, car designers, aerospace engineers, and manufacturing partners to make it "easier and faster to build high-rise apartments" by turning around the design process "so that how a project will be built determines how it gets designed."

●  Fazzare profiles architect-advocate Pascale Sablan, who is "actively changing history with a simple mission: women and designers of color must claim and be credited for their contributions," and founded Beyond the Built Environment "to do just that" (with bigger plans in the works).

●  Frances Richard's Q&A with University of Johannesburg Graduate School of Architecture's Huda Tayob re: the Race, Space, and Architecture open-access curriculum intended to "draw attention to the economies of higher education, in which so many lack access."

●  Mavros's Q&A with designer-activist (and Loeb Fellow) De Nichols re: the Design as Protest initiative "created to hold the profession accountable," and Dark Matter University, created "to reframe the learning process and experience."

●  Wainwright x 2: Though Plymouth's new £46m Box gallery looks "like a storage shed blown in by a gale," and "may not be a thing of beauty - it is surprisingly successful - the content and ambition mostly outweigh the niggles of the building itself."

●  He cheers a new "fun-filled" primary school in Hackney topped by a tower of luxury flats - planters on the roof let kids "grow their own food and get mucky with mud - a welcome reminder that cities are for children, too" - Henley Halebrown did a good "job of making the forced marriage seem like a natural pairing - a finely composed thing of rare quality" (too bad teachers can't afford the flats).

●  Tim McKeough offers a delightful take on pavilions that "inhabit the space between art and architecture. Especially in a pandemic, these structures give architects room" to experiment, and "can offer glimpses of architecture's potential, even before all the kinks are worked out."

●  Frey and Kocher's 1931 Aluminaire House has found a permanent home - the Palm Springs Art Museum, where the "historically significant aluminum and metal prototype residence" will be reassembled in 2021.

●  The inaugural Places Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop has resulted in essays by 26 students on the theme "Architecture, Urbanism, Pandemics" (check 'em out!).

●  ICYMI: 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.


●  Architect Magazine has extended the deadline for its 2020 Studio Prize for innovative studio courses during the 2019-2020 school year to October 14!

●  Request for Proposals/RFP: Next2Lead to advance leadership pathways for Ethnically Diverse Women will provide leadership and experiential education, mentoring for 16 AIA members with minimum of five years of experience.


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