Today’s News - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

●  UK's Prince William is dedicating $65 million to create the Earthshot Prize, a "Nobel-like prize for the environment," to be awarded annually to five people, organizations or groups for solutions to five environmental objectives - each winner will receive $1.3 million. Nominations open November 1.

●  Hannah Wood speaks to an impressive group of "practitioners and educators taking on the challenge of adapting to the climate emergency - striving to embed climate principles into their practice and organizations."

●  Lina Liakou of Resilient Cities Network & Piero Pelizzaro, Milan's chief resilience officer, on how to tackle "a resilient recovery - the road to better cities after COVID-19" - they outline why and how cities must "integrate the four dimensions of urban resilience."

●  Ravenscroft reports on Foster's speech at the UN Forum of Mayors in Geneva: "'Is Covid-19 going to change our cities? The answer is no'" - but it "could lead to more sustainable buildings, a 'renaissance' for urban farming and a 'new future' for monorails -"cities will prove their resilience and appeal - they will bounce back stronger and better.'"

●  Aggi Cantrill parses Berlin's pop-up bike lanes, created during the pandemic, that have become "a flashpoint in the city's efforts to reshape its transport system - the bike lanes - and the resistance to them - represent an intensification of an ongoing push to transform Berlin from a car-dependent city."

●  Barbiroglio parses "Air," a project by architects in Barcelona - "an unprecedented mapping of the city that shows the impact of air pollution on the health of citizens and their vulnerabilities" - a proposal to represent Catalonia at the Venice Biennale (postponed to 2021).

●  Nate Berg uses reports of 1,000 birds crashing into Philadelphia buildings in one night ("no one knows why") to report on the efforts, progress, and challenges in designing bird-safe buildings.

●  UPenn's Weitzman School of Design launches a new historic preservation initiative - the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites that "first began at the end of 2019 with the establishment of a partnership with the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University."

●  Gretchen Wilkins, Head of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, "says that in the face of an uncertain future, radically open architecture schools could foster whole new types of creative practice" - as Cranbrook did when it opened in 1932. "Perhaps all every school needs is a great big barn."

●  Charles Holland's letter to a young architect ("he should probably develop some other hobbies"): "I have but three pieces of advice for you - #4. Don't listen to old people's advice."

●  Stephen Hicks talks to LGBTQI+ architects re: how "workplace norms are changing - but how inclusive is the profession? Visibility is costly when architects aren't sure how they will be perceived" (happy endings for those profiled here).

●  Pedersen's Q&A with Frances Anderton re: leaving KCRW (boo hoo!), the upcoming Olympics, L.A. River improvements, mass transit, and LACMA controversies that bookended her DnA show: "And they're more or less the same controversy! It is ironic..."

●  Ravenscroft brings us eyefuls of SANAA's first project in Australia: Sydney Modern - an extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales "designed to contrast the existing 19th-century neo-classical buildings" (and includes an underground World War II oil tank converted into an art space).

●  Link to eyefuls of the 3 winners of Chicago's Winter Dining Challenge that include "modular cabins with radiant heat, modular blocks with seats and heat, and modified kotatsus that serve as heated tables" - the initiative includes a $500,000 grant program to help Chicago restaurants fund "winterizing" their outdoor spaces.


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