Today’s News - Thursday, October 29, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, November 3. In between is a triple trick-or-treat weekend: Saturday is Halloween. It will star a Blue (full!) Moon. It's also the most depressing weekend of the year for many of us: clocks turn back an hour and it's dark by 4:30 - ugh.

●  ANN feature: Dave Hora kicks off a new ANN series: Nature of Order: Christopher Alexander's work and its importance in shaping a healthy, living world (based on a program by Sorrento, Italy-based Building Beauty).

●  Lisa Chamberlain reports on the Rockefeller-funded 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative: After disbanding last year, it's "rising from the ashes as a new, more nimble organization that is applying lessons learned" (most excellent news!)

●  Zach Mortice digs into a new nationwide "Superstudio," a "sweeping pedagogical project spanning 140 design studios at scores of colleges and universities" that "aims to broaden the appeal of the Green New Deal beyond the liberal coasts."

●  Viglucci reports on the "vision plan" that "takes an unusual and seemingly counter-intuitive approach" for the Wynwood Norte working-class neighborhood in Miami to fight gentrification, spur development, and increase affordable housing - "a model for other distressed urban areas."

●  Davidson cheers Marble Fairbanks & SCAPE's new public library in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, "enfolded in gardens" and "filled with light and dotted with details that will make its users happy" (the bad news: the "nosebleed-inducing" cost).

●  Osman Can Yerebakan talks to Glenn Adamson & Stephen Burks re: their "Design in Dialogue" - "design's most ambitious conversation series," now nearing its 70th episode (it's "a time capsule about a very particular time for the creative world") - all are available on Friedman Benda gallery's Vimeo.

●  John Parman considers "the nature of design firms" from his five-decade career with "S, M, L, and XL firms" - boiled down to 1-2-line "aphorisms on leadership and collaboration" (e.g. "Don't waste time working for an idiot...").

●  Dean Amale Andraos announces Columbia GSAPP's $1 million commitment to establish the Norma Merrick Sklarek Scholars Fund for "full-tuition scholarships intended to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity by breaking down barriers to access for graduate study."

●  Plan to spend some time with the AIA Film Challenge 2020 winners: "60- to 90-second documentaries highlighting architects partnering with communities and civic leaders to design a healthy, sustainable, just world that improves peoples' lives" + link to all entries.

●  Two we couldn't resist (get a head-start on holiday shopping!): Elsa Lam rounds up some (great!) "gifts by architects, for architects. Some of these objects are made as extensions of an architectural practice, others are a side-hustle."

●  Hilary Reid "talked to nine architects and designers about the gifts they think other architects would appreciate. Much of which is (not surprisingly) all black" ($130 t-shirt - really???).

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  The Brooklyn Museum offers "Design: 1880 to Now" that "explores tensions between craft and industry, and examinee issues of cultural appropriation across decorative arts mediums" - organized by Aric Chen.

●  The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, is finally open(!) - in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Thomas Phifer-designed expansion with "West Building and the Architecture of Light."

●  An excerpt from Josh Stephens' new book, "The Urban Mystique: Notes on California, Los Angeles, and Beyond": "Cities are wonderful places, but they can be terrible places too - sometimes all at once" (great read!).

●  Emily Farra cheers Julia Watson's "Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism" that documents indigenous communities that embraced "regenerative agriculture, zero-waste living, and nature-based solutions long before they were 2020 buzzwords - these are real, tangible, positive things we can do right now."

●  Andreea Cutieru cheers Klaus Jan Philipp's "Architecture - Drawn, From the Middle Ages to the Present" that explores "all the different inventions, revolutions, and continuities spanning 8 centuries - with numerous exquisite examples - an excellent background for further inquiries and new forms of artistic expression."

●  An excerpt from Hugh Campbell's "Space Framed: Photography, Architecture, and the Social Landscape" that looks at the Camera Obscura series by Cuban-American photographer Abelardo Morell (amazing images!).


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