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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 13, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to technical issues beyond our control, we were unable to post last Thursday's newsletter. Sorry 'bout that. Stuff happens…

●  Neighborhoods Now, a new - free! - online design toolkit for COVID-19 recovery efforts, offers more than "40 design-driven strategies, guidelines, prototypes, and other resources" developed by the Van Alen Institute, the Urban Design Forum, and NYC neighborhood working groups that "can be applied to any neighborhood in any city."

●  Paola Antonelli's great Q&A with MASS Design Group's Michael Murphy re: how the firm's experience designing healthcare systems in vulnerable countries during past pandemics has produced "Covid-19 design response strategies" ("design hacks") that it is sharing "with fellow designers and healthcare providers."

●  Diana Lind talks to a number of (impressive) experts re: the "crises with coronavirus and social inequity - this is the time to reimagine urban living. Cities have been, and always will be, civilization's finest creation. If we don't radically reinvent them now, when will we?"

●  WATG offers the "Green Block" as a solution to the Urban Design Forum's inquiry "City Life After Coronavirus" that would make NYC streets "greener while helping small businesses recover in the process" - and also working to make the same thing happen in London.

●  Wainwright brings us a depressing report re: "architecture firms' masochistic habits amplified by the lockdown" - and "distraught" employees speaking out re: "furlough fraud, endless hours, home-surveillance [really creepy!], fear of reprisals" (sigh).

●  CCNY Spitzer architecture students respond to Dean Lesley Lokko's resignation: "We had not been made aware of her negative experience [and] give her our full support. However, we are disappointed that she chose to abandon" her vision that "was ultimately undermined (at least in part) by her inability to acknowledge the concerns and dreams of her very own students."

●  Nate Berg x 2: He brings us "the strange" (and fascinating) story of Trilith, a 235-acre town that "Hollywood insiders are building from scratch within a 900-acre film and TV production facility just outside of Atlanta - an industry town that's as much about the town as it is about the industry" (Seaside v. 2.0).

●  He delves into prefab, which "was supposed to fix the construction industry's biggest problems. Why isn't it everywhere?" The challenges facing one Canadian company "highlight the difficulty of disrupting the entrenched construction industry."

●  MacCash reports on the continuing saga of Brad Pitt's post-Katrina Make It Right houses in New Orleans - the next to have "a date with the bulldozer" was designed by Adjaye. "When new, it was an audacious-looking home."

●  King, on an optimistic note, re: the post-pandemic future of San Francisco's mixed-use Transbay District, with residential towers by Studio Gang and OMA: Though things are not so rosy at the moment, "what may help it succeed long-term is the diversity baked into the plan."

●  Kamin re: the new Bank of America tower on the Chicago River - it may be the "city's tallest office building in 30 years" - but it's a mix of "drama and banality - its contribution to the public realm is defined more by its memorable bottom than its forgettable top" (the value of an outdoor plaza and new riverwalk "cannot be overstated").

●  Eyefuls of Viñoly's renderings of National Medal of Honor Museum's 5-acre complex in Arlington, Texas, that "depict a squat, slab-like volume fabricated from steel that appears to levitate over the site."

●  Moore minces no words re: what he thinks of what seems to be a competition between memorials to the Holocaust and slavery in London: "It would be invidious to set up a rivalry between them, so why are their monuments being treated so differently?"

●  Parks in Brooklyn, New York, and Wellston, Missouri, win the 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Awards - with links to great presentations!

●  The 4th Annual City of Tomorrow (virtual) Summit: Building a Better Future is already underway and continues through tomorrow - with a most impressive line-up of participants - registration is free!

●  Palm Spring's Modernism Week Fall Preview Online Experience kicks off Thursday (thru October 31), and includes "Live from the Zoom Zoom Room," the happiest (virtual) hour of the year!


  


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