Today’s News - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

●  James Brasuell delves into what a Biden presidency means when it comes to housing, land use, transportation, and climate: "It's time to stop speculating, and time to start anticipating how he might change course from his predecessor" (and "likely to encounter political, cultural, and legal resistance at every step").

●  Jameelah D. Robinson parses a new report from the Urban Land Institute that looks at how the real estate industry "wants to know what cities are doing about climate change" and "how resilient communities are to natural disasters before deciding whether to buy or develop land."

●  The World Green Building Council's "Building A Better Future" series, produced by BBC StoryWorks, "highlights innovation in the sustainable building sector" and "profiles 27 organizations around the world successfully unlocking the benefits of sustainable buildings."

●  The USGBC is funding "500 LEED Professionals in underserved communities to build green building expertise and workforce," marking "the launch of "USGBC All In: Building Equity Together" - it is "currently seeking feedback on several priorities outlined in the draft strategy."

●  Farah Khalfe profiles a "South African-founded development company that is converting vacant U.S. hotels into affordable housing" - Repvblik has been "honing a technique to develop the properties to keep rents low" - it "struggled to find investors for its unique model, but that's beginning to change."

●  Laura Rote parses how Rogers Partners' 2014 Henderson-Hopkins School in Baltimore can serve as an example of safe school design in a post-pandemic world.

●  Florian Heilmeyer brings us MVRDV's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: A "friendly alien" has landed In Rotterdam that puts "its entire collection on public display in a new salad bowl-like structure" with a mirrored façade (will it have to deal with Disney Hall or Cheese Grater curtain- or car-melting issues?).

●  Jared Green looks at how, "instead of creating bridges that traverse lakes and moats, inventive landscape architects and architects in Europe bring cyclists and pedestrians through the water - creating memorable, immersive experiences for the public" (fab photos!).

●  Good news! Carolina A. Miranda (one of our faves!) is named L.A. Times' arts and urban design columnist: "She will approach this work with a columnist's voice and critic's viewpoint in addition to her unending reporter's curiosity."

●  The 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award winners "inhabit three very different cities" - but "share a common goal: to make their neighborhoods stronger and more responsive to the needs of the people who live and work there."

●  Starting tomorrow: Biennale Architettura Sneak Peek: the new digital project of the 2021 Venice Biennale that includes a video-interview with curator Hashim Sarkis re: his theme "How will we live together?", 5 podcasts, and a special project on Spotify.

●  Register for reVISION ASLA 2020 - live (virtually) next Monday thru Wednesday, offering professional development hours both live and on demand through January 2021 (save up to 75% from the in-person event!).

●  ICYMI: 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.


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