Today’s News - Thursday, January 7, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 12. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay especially safe.

●  Chaseedaw Giles tackles the "aggressive reuse of overlooked structures" by a handful of architects and urban activists "that promises a cure for housing insecurity and excessive greenhouse gas emissions - worth a closer look."

●  Borland parses reports and surveys re: how the multifamily industry is prepping for permanent remote work that "shot up" from 11.9% in 2019 to 35% of the total labor market in 2020 - with advice to be "vigilant about reacting too quickly to new trends - as new needs of residents are still emerging."

●  Zach Mortice looks into Design Trust Chicago that seeks to "institutionalize the numerous but scattered pro-bono efforts" by "activist designers, placing community, racial equity, and social justice ahead of for-profit, developer-led agendas."

●  Louis Kahn's "family speaks out as the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad remains threatened," sending this letter to the IIMA director "imploring him to preserve their father's work."

●  Mike Ives delves into the "scramble to save Asia's modernist buildings that officials consider too new, too ugly, or too unimportant to protect from demolition."

●  Steven Litt cheers the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame picking the team "to design the expansion of its iconic lakefront building with 'reverence and irreverence'" - PAU, along with DLR, Robert P. Madison, James Corner Field Operations, et al. "are being 'respectful to Pei, but not subservient.'"

●  Stephen Zacks' take on MAD Architects' "lush" Gardenhouse complex in Beverly Hills with two living walls that "require energy-intensive mechanical watering systems," becoming "a fiction of symbolic consumption that doesn't actually benefit the environment or society" ("greenwashed symbolism").

●  William Morgan's ode to the Post Office that is "helping to keep the country connected during the pandemic." Alas, P.O. architecture "used to serve as a manifestation of national pride. Following World War II, exemplary design was pretty much a thing of the past" - and unlikely to return.

●  Remembering those we lost in 2020 - "advocates and academics, vanguards and visionaries, innovators and educators, and those who made their own unique marks on the built environment in ways large and small" (sigh).

●  Call for Presentations: 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, November 19-22, in Nashville, Tennessee, with hopes that it will be "an in-person event."

●  ICYMI x 2 ANN features: Peter Gisolfi: Consider the Place.

●  Trahan Architects & Spackman Mossop Michaels' design for the renewal of Luther George Park in Springdale, Arkansas.

Weekend diversions & Page-turners:

●  National Building Museum presents "Documenting Crossroads: Survival and Remembrance Under the Pandemic" - the online exhibition "showcases the second part of Camilo José Vergara's ongoing documentation of urban spaces and people's behavior during the pandemic."

●  Jesse Dorris brings us eyefuls of Melbourne's NGV Triennial that "ponders the distant past and a post-pandemic future" with "86 projects by more than 100 creators across some 30 countries" at the National Gallery of Victoria (fab photos!).

●  An excerpt from Harriss, Hyde & Marcaccio's "Architects After Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice" that "brings together 40 practitioners who are doing just that."

●  Mabel O. Wilson's essay from ""Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present" that unfolds "the untold story of how slavery informed the design" of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Capitol.

●  Charles Holland cheers Darlington's "Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments" that "looks at historic reconstructions, copies and invented historical structures."


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