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Today’s News - Thursday, November 5, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, November 10 (maybe we'll know who the next president will be by then?). In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe.

●  ANN feature: astudio's Richard Hyams kicks off the new series Building for the Next Generation. #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.

●  Gunts reports good news: BIG is leading an impressive team to design a new "cascading" student center for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; the bad news: it entails demolishing Williams & Tsien's 2001 three-building arts complex, the Mattin Center.

●  Milwaukee suburbs "tout their historic districts" that are also high-traffic shopping districts, but their dilemma: businesses "are not permitted to remodel historic features to meet modern ADA accessibility standards" (some have ramps in back, but no signs at the front entrance).

●  Timothy A. Schuler delves into the initiatives and designers who are embracing "fire as the ecological and cultural force that it is" - 'living with water' has become mainstream. There is potential for practitioners to begin treating fire the same way - as an organizing framework. Call it pyrologic urbanism."

●  Julia Gamolina's great Q&A with Susan T. Rodriguez re: her years with Polshek/Ennead, striking out on her own, and her advice for young architects "I still find it astonishing how we can make a lasting, permanent imprint on the world and what a huge responsibility it is - commit and get things done."

●  Now open for voting: Inaugural ArchDaily 2020 Architectural Visualization Awards - "your votes will result in 750 visualizations being filtered down to just 30."

●  The NYC Public Design Commission announces 11 winners of the 38th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design - "projects exemplifying how good design serves communities."

●  The Fundació Mies van der Rohe announces the 2nd Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture is awarded to the production of the documentary "[On Set with] Lilly Reich" by Valencian architects Laura Lizondo Sevilla, Débora Domingo Calabuig, and Avelina Prat García.

●  ICYMI: 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).

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  Sign up for the Open House Worldwide Festival, November 14-15 - a weekend of free events on the future of cities with architects, designers, urbanists, and citizens in over 40 cities - live-streamed non-stop for 48 hours.

●  Kathryn Shanks' Q&A with Vienna-based artist and critic Walter Seidl, curator of "Spaces of No Control" now on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, where "visitors can explore what it means to exist in and interact with public spaces increasingly controlled by an elite few."

●  Kamin's (non)review of Reardon's "The Loop: The 'L' Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago" - a "deeply researched and vividly written" book that "reminds us that the fate of the Loop elevated tracks and the historic Loop are an essential part of Chicago's identity."

●  Zoovia Hamiduddin cheers Diana Darke's "Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe" - an "engaging, eye-opening, and meticulously researched book on architecture and politics" that exposes "the imperial mindset of the Europeans."

●  Betsky x 2: He goes "in search of a new vernacular" via a "series of books that spotlight the postwar emergence of Modernist housing. The most comprehensive is Benjamin & Sabatino's 'Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975'" + "Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone": "I am not sure that he ever made Houston modern - but he certainly built some of the most interesting examples of Modernism there."

●  His search continues: "Of Barns and Palaces: John Yeon, Northwest Architect" by J.M. Cava spotlights the "self-trained, high-society architect in Portland, Ore" + "Triangle Modern Architecture" by Victoria Ballard Bell spotlights "Modernist architects who worked in North Carolina. Their influence was, in the end, limited" and "not a true vernacular. It is time to ask the question again: What would be a true American vernacular?"


  


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