Today’s News - Tuesday, December 1, 2020

●  Fred A. Bernstein takes issue with attempts "to redefine the meaning of 'green'" by folks like Duany who preach that resilient features are more green than attempting to mitigate climate change. But "features that contribute to resilience aren't part of the solution. They are, in fact, part of the problem."

●  Ravenscroft's Q&A with Architects Declare folks re: how some leading signatories "are breaching promises made - undermining its efforts to prevent climate change" and "damaging its legitimacy" - time to tighten up the rules (Schumacher doesn't come off well here).

●  Mark Johanson delves into how "Covid-19 caused rapid shifts in travel infrastructure to make streets friendlier to bikers and pedestrians - at least 365 global cities have allocated new street space for walking and cycling. Can these changes endure?"

●  Camille Squires looks at how Barcelona's affordable housing and mobility initiatives (a la "superblocks") "helped it respond to the pandemic - and allowed it to adapt quickly to the needs of such an unprecedented moment."

●  Sarah Holder & Kriston Capps consider "the indoorification of outdoor dining. At what point does eating outside become no different from eating inside - what exactly is a Covid-safe outdoor space?"

●  John King x 2: He rounds up 11 (out of @ 300) "cool" dining parklets in San Francisco representing "a pop-up landscape running the gamut, from elaborate to idiosyncratic."

●  He cheers AIA San Francisco "moving forward with plans to turn the ground floor of the historic" Hallidie Building into the Center for Architecture + Design by Aidlin Darling Design, "confident that the downtown scene will rebound."

●  Kamin's (glowing!) take on Jeanne Gang's Vista Tower, "one of Chicago's finest skyline giants": "It's a stirring work of skyline artistry. It doesn't simply show that women can play the male-dominated skyscraper game. They can play it very well, thank you."

●  Chaseedaw Giles parses Ford's plans for Detroit's Corktown, envisioned by PAU and Gensler as the Michigan Central mobility innovation district - the 30-acre site plan "weaves the existing historic neighborhood into new structures to create an alluring, modernized regional destination for high-tech talent" (it seems the Gensler team "had fun" - something you don't hear very often).

●  Justin Davidson delves into how "New York's approval system for new building is a recipe for mediocrity" - major development projects should "demand the best design that New York's architectural talent pool can offer. I am not optimistic about that last part. No neighborhood should be forced to choose between terrible and meh."

●  Environmental neuroscientist Robin Mazumder, "recognizing that not everyone experiences public space in the same way, is working to create more equitable urban environments - a collaborative approach is necessary and a diversity of lived experiences, and disciplinary backgrounds is required."

●  Architect & researcher Cristina Monteiro explains why the "coronavirus should inspire us to rewild cities to better support our children - flip neglected spaces into ones that are loved and well-used by local children and which contribute far more to the ecology of the city. The role for design is of profound importance."

●  Carey L. Biron parses the national conservation nonprofit American Forests' Tree Equity Score - a new tool to help "urban leaders see where more trees are needed to help vulnerable communities tackle pollution and rising heat."

●  Call for entries: Applications for 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition - Europe, open to university and business school students from across the region, due January 31 (and a reminder that the 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition - Americas' deadline is December 4!).

●  Wainwright re: the "'toxic dispute' over Zaha Hadid's £100m estate": The "four-year feud has finally been settled in an explosive court hearing" that "exposed the dramatically frosty nature of the dispute between the trustees" ("unjustified hostility" towards Schumacher included).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Patrick MacLeamy: In this excerpt from his new book, "Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories, and Strategies Behind HOK," the former HOK CEO contends that just as buildings need strong foundations, companies on firm footing stand a better chance of long-term success.


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