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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

●  In Sydney, Woods Bagot proposes replacing up to 800km of lesser-used roads "with pedestrian networks, community spaces and market gardens" that would put more than 500,000 Sydneysiders "within 300 meters of new green space" - and "take 100,000 cars off the road" (there is some skepticism).

●  Linda Poon ponders al fresco dining in winter (when "de facto ice-fishing cabins" may not be "viable"): The "larger urban planning problem": Unlike Europe, "many cities just weren't designed for the winter to be spent outdoors" (running 4 propane heaters "can emit the equivalent of driving a car around the globe three times" - yikes!).

●  SO - IL's Florian Idenburg considers how the pandemic creates "contradictory demands to privately isolate and publicly assemble" that "have revealed key fissures in the urban polity" - one example: instead of double-loaded corridors, let's design "the journey from apartment to street as joyous and celebratory" - and "not a furtive flight."

●  Former WeWork architecture discipline manager Michael Caton explains why and how "the architecture profession can and should reshape itself - and reinvent the way architects do business altogether" by transitioning to "buildings as products, not projects" (don't "ignore the fact that you can buy prefabricated houses from Muji").

●  Emma Newburger delves into how COVID-19 is bolstering the "push towards healthier building design" and "corporate interest in redesigning work space to simulate nature, have better air filtration systems and use more sustainable materials" ("All of these things were already on the rise").

●  Construction Dive takes "an unflinching look" at how racism impacts the industry in a special 6-part report.

●  Blaine Brownell interviews Jack Travis re: his career and "search for a Black architecture": "What is remarkable about his story is how he transformed his early impression of disenfranchisement into opportunities for himself and other Black architects and designers. 'We're laying the groundwork.'"

●  Eve Glasberg's Q&A with Mabel O. Wilson re: projects she's worked on, her involvement in MoMA's upcoming show "Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America," and what she's teaching this semester at Columbia's GSAPP.

●  Q&A with Saudi-Arabia based Aala Qahtani re: her inspirations, her newly-developed futuristic prototype for Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Housing, and more.

●  Emily Brooks reports on Buckley Gray Yeoman's transformation of five adjacent Grade-II listed terraced townhouses in London's museum district into a 14-gallery arts hub "that mixes sensitive restoration and new build."

●  Harrouk brings us eyefuls of Adjaye Associates' conceptual design for the Martyrs Memorial in Niamey, the capital of Niger - "a 4000 m² tribute" that includes a memorial, new urban plaza, and multi-use civic gathering space in the heart of the city.

●  German architect Anna Heringer wins the Obel Award 2020 for her Bangladeshi community building made of rammed earth and bamboo, and "contains a therapy center for people with disabilities and a fair-trade textile manufacturing workshop for local women" (very cool).

●  Call for entries: Jared Green outlines fellowship opportunities in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Harvard University research institute, museum, and garden in Washington, DC; Call for entries: ICAA's Bunny Mellon Landscape Design Prize; and more.

●  Call for entries: KCAD's Wege Prize 2021: Best Ideas for Sustainable Future of a Circular Economy (solutions to today's "wicked problems"); open to college/university students around the world (+ big cash prizes).

●  Sign up - it's free(!): Vitra Summit 2020, Oct. 22-23: an amazing line-up of participants who will reflect on "how to future-proof environments - at home, in the office and on the go" (Aric Chen; Beatrice Galilee; Beatriz Colomina; Francis Kéré; Maurice Cox; Stefano Boeri; and so many more!).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Excerpt: "Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photos by Jonathan Wallen: A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.

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●  NYC Architecture Biennial 2020: "Social Inclusion in the Workplace and in Design" October 20-23: Online and free of charge - an opportunity to reach a broader audience around the world - the lectures will be shared in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. ArchNewsNow is proud to be a media sponsor!


  


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