Today’s News - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

News from across the Big Pond:

●  Capps & Millan Lombrana parse the EU's intent to set up a new European Bauhaus as part of a Green Deal that "would set off a wave of building renovations - and a chance to find a new common architecture aesthetic - there's an opportunity to fulfill the school's unrealized potential."

●  Nate Berg delves into the relevance of a new Bauhaus "as a model for fighting climate change - it should bring to the fight the creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving that was proven so effective by the original Bauhaus. Here are a few ways it can live up to the standards of its predecessor."

●  Lowe reports that the U.K.'s housing secretary says the government's planning reforms create a "'big opportunity" to correct "mistakes of the recent past" by tearing down Brutalist buildings - "architects and conservationists fighting to protect Britain's post-war heritage" are none too happy.

●  Moore x 2: He explains why David Adjaye "deserves a better brief for the Holocaust memorial. The outstanding architect's remit for his latest project is badly flawed" + Harriet Pattison's "Our Days Are Like Full Years" about her 15-year relationship with Louis Kahn - including his meeting with Jackie Kennedy.

●  On a brighter note, he cheers Feilden Fowles' work on the Carlisle Cathedral Fratry that "is poised and intelligent - well crafted and respectful of its past," which "may draw flak from both modernists and traditionalists. Ruskin would have hated it."

In other news:

●  King cheers AECOM's new "rugged new" Crane Cove Park on a stretch of former industrial shoreline in San Francisco that "offers something unexpected" - a real beach - "despite all the contortions that went into its creation," and despite missing some elements (to come via new fundraising), "it should only get better with age."

●  Lesley Lokko explains why she resigned as dean of CCNY's Spitzer School of Architecture (she was appointed in June 2019): "Part of it has to do with the inflexibility of U.S. academic structures" - as well as: "The lack of respect and empathy for Black people, especially Black women, caught me off guard - my resignation was a profound act of self-preservation."

●  ACSA leaders Dearborn & Monti explain the "drawbacks" of NCARB's proposal for an accredited 4-year degree (average is 12 years to licensure): "The idea that less time enrolled in school equals less debt for students may seem like a powerful argument" - but among the consequences - it will produce less-prepared graduates and "reinforce the unequal prospects they already face in the workforce."

●  Eleanor Jolliffe offers 1st-year students a serious/amusing guide to starting an architecture degree in the age of COVID-19: Don't buy into the idea of the isolated artist "whose credibility is linked to their suffering and loneliness - it's bullsh!t. By all means design something that looks a bit like a gothic insect, but work out where the fire exit is. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others - don't take stupid risks."

●  A great profile of Beverly Willis, the "trailblazing architect" who "developed 'sharp elbows' to thwart efforts at dismissing her projects because she was a woman" - her foundation spotlights "female architects who were left out of the history books to change the culture for women in the field" (full disclosure: we're huge fans!).

●  Q&A with Black Females in Architecture member Eniola Sonusi re: its impact on the industry: "The most rewarding thing is connecting with other women who look like me and share similar experiences. The world of architecture can be very lonely as a Black female. I hope that more students, educators and professionals will tap into this network and leverage the opportunities available."

●  Belogolovsky's 2-part Q&A with Australian architect John Wardle - Part 1: "his thirst for learning from makers - blacksmiths, steel fabricators, stonemasons, carpenters, furniture makers, ceramicists - and his understanding of what constitutes the perfect ideal of architecture itself."

●  Belogolovsky/Wardle - Part 2: He "talks about his concept of 'scalelessness' and his inspirations that may come from silhouettes and components of his extensive collection of ceramics, industrial objects, and antiquities."

●  Ann Sussman's video "Modern Architecture: A Direct Expression of Trauma of WWI Trench," presented at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture 2020 conference, "describes the 'missing link' in our understanding of how Modern Architecture came to be."

●  San Diego Architectural Foundation hands out its 44th annual Orchids & Onions winners and losers in architecture & design throughout San Diego County - the judges mince no words (scroll down for great presentations!).


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