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Thursday, January 21, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 26. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe (and wear a mask!).

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HKS's Julie Hiromoto, immediate past chair of AIA's Committee on the Environment, outlines how "architects can help 'Build Back Better.' The design community must take a leadership role to help address the climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequity, and economic recovery." -- Justin Davidson takes issue with Gov. Cuomo's $60 million plan to extend the High Line: "I get the project's allure" ["a gubernatorial candy store"] - but "while he futzes with a needless walkway, he has pushed aside other opportunities." -- Frank Gehry "presents a sweeping overhaul" of his master plan for a 51-mile-long stretch of the L.A. River - plan is now open to the public for comment through March 14 (but - oh, those pesky hurdles like cost and land-use authority). -- Christele Harrouk talks to Lebanese architects Bernard Khoury, Paul Kaloustian, and Lina Ghotmeh, now "facing reconstruction dilemmas" following the massive explosion in Beirut last August that damaged their buildings: "Should architects rebuild them as they were - or should they leave scars and portray new realities?" -- Allison Arieff on Saudi Arabia's "new linear utopia," the 105-mile-long The Line, and the "innovation industrial complex": "What is presented as innovative has often been tried before. The impulse to view intractable urban issues as engineering problems to be solved is understandable. But cities are unpredictable - isn't it that unpredictability that makes them so intriguing to us?" -- Wainwright considers Superstudio, "the anarchist architects warned against rampant development by imagining one continuous structure stretching around Earth - did their warning actually inspire new Saudi plans for a 100-mile linear city?" (Their 1960s "Continuous Monument" photomontage is on view in Brussels.) -- Carolina A. Miranda pens two (great!) columns re: why Paul R. Williams' now-accessible archive "is a game changer - his papers will begin to flesh out the profile of an architect currently better known for his biography than for his design innovations." -- A parsing of survey findings that show, after working remotely, "some employees would rather quit" than go back to an office - "ensuring workplaces are safe should top the agenda - 'companies that do not take it seriously could risk losing their talent to those that do." -- Overstreet parses OMA/Reinier de Graaf's new film "The Hospital of the Future" - part of an exhibition in Madrid (and online) - the "visual manifesto questions the long-standing conventions in the field of healthcare architecture." -- ICYMI: ANN feature: Dave Hora: Nature of Order #3: Nos. 9-15 of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness: In contrast with the first eight, something feels more primal and elemental in these properties.

Deadlines:
-- Call for entries: Azure Magazine's AZ Awards 2021 international design competition recognizing the world's best projects, products and ideas. -- Call for entries: ASLA 2021 Professional & Student Awards for innovative landscape architecture projects (international). -- Call for Applications: Places Journal Inaugural Critics-in-Residence in Architecture and Landscape Architecture - includes a stipend to write four major critical essays. -- Revised deadline! Call for entries Submissions for Sophia Journal, 6th edition: "Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations." -- Call for Nominations: Margolese National Design for Living Prize: $50,000 award recognizes a Canadian citizen who is doing outstanding work in a field related to the built environment.

  

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