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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the newsletter has been posting a bit erratically of late. We hope to post tomorrow, but if not, we'll be back Tuesday, April 6.

●  Sarah Holder reports on a new - free! - tool that "can help companies measure workplace carbon emissions, and figure out if going remote is easier on the planet - transitioning to a fully remote or hybrid workspace could reduce overall carbon emissions - but at the expense of increasing their employees' own footprints."

●  Kriston Capps parses California's "backyard apartment boom" with new laws easing restrictions on accessory dwelling units, including L.A.'s program to fast-track approvals, and with templates designed by "prominent and promising architecture firms" - ADUs may not solve the housing shortage, but they could "encourage low-cost, low-outrage affordable housing."

●  Jacob Sweet profiles urban designer Stephen Gray and how he's pioneering equitable urban design - "he wants to establish a signature process - one that incorporates community leaders and residents into discussions long before they're typically allowed - letting community leaders participate in allocating funds is worth the effort."

●  William Morgan bemoans that a "new hotel in Providence's ironically named "Innovation & Design District" is a real dud. Good design costs no more than mediocre design, but the true cost of bad design is cumulatively corrosive" ("aggressive blandness" included).

●  Michael Henry Adams offers a very different - and thoughtful - take on calls for MoMA "to cancel Philip Johnson - many who knew him do not. A fellow gay Ohioan, I hold his youthful outrages forgivable - at least I'm invested in hoping his youthful outrages are forgivable, that his recompense and reconciliation, and mine, are a possibility."

●  Meanwhile, the newly formed International Imagination of Anti-National Anti-Imperialist Feelings (IIAAF) coalition is planning a strike against MoMA - it is "against the 'liberal governance' of task forces - arguing that offers to talk or hold forums only stall direct action and lend legitimacy to the museum's regime" + Leon Black, MoMA's chairman, steps down.

●  Duo Dickinson & Martin C. Pedersen in a "dueling dialogue" re: "Architecture and the Age of Creative Disruption": MCP: If architects continue to fix their economic worth on design hours or drawings, they will quickly become obsolete." DD: "All this job-killing change is happening so fast that it leaves talented people with the tools of a design education and no traditional career path."

●  Alexandra Lange cheers an Atlanta architect who bought - and plans to restore - the House of Seven Levels, Paul Rudolph's "favorite and the last house of nearly 60 he would build in Florida. The road ahead is full of potential pitfalls."

●  Martin C. Pedersen's great(!) Q&A "with multi-hyphenate architect, designer, artist, and author" (and TED creator) Richard Saul Wurman: "There's a Louis Kahn Cult, and I'm a Member!" - a "lively" chat re: his time with Kahn as a student and employee, the making of the 1962 "The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn," and plans to reissue "this historically important tome."

●  Two good-news notes from the National Building Museum! It's going to reopen April 9, Fridays through Sundays! NMB has named Aileen Fuchs as its new President and Executive Director; she'll be leaving her role as President and CEO of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, on Staten Island.


  


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