Today’s News - Wednesday, October 28, 2020
● Alissa Walker's take on Trump talking about "tiny windows": "No one knows what he means. Make fenestration great again? In fact, windows are becoming high-tech tools for managing warming and cooling."
● FXCollaborative's Gavet Douangvichit on how to address the issues of diversity and inclusion: "The first step is recognizing that talking about it is not enough. Step 2: Be proactive, be passionate, and be transparent with your failings and successes."
● 2021 President-Elect of the Boston Society for Architecture Gregory Minott explains why "the profession runs the risk of becoming irrelevant if we do not adapt and create pathways for minorities to enter and lead the profession. We must continue having the sometimes-uncomfortable conversations, and commit to doing the work."
● Elsa Lam parses what "Engaging Change" panelists had to say about what we can do - as individuals, firms, and as an industry - to dismantle barriers of bias - all-important alliances "entail people with power seeing the potential beyond someone's skin color and sharing their power."
● Architect Sean McEwen and medical anthropologist Dan Small talk about their "anthro-architectural approach" in "designing and advocating for vulnerable populations in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside" for over two decades.
● Carlton Reid delves into how a tabloid's "hatchet job" boosted London-based Meristem Design's profile - and business of making its ever-growing popular parklets ("cars don't buy lunch").
● Ravenscroft reports on London-based Morris + Company's (cool looking) modular prefab housing system aimed, for the time being, at the South American market - "a range of flexible modular elements can be combined to create single homes or entire apartment blocks."
● AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation move into the Quinn Evans-designed Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, their new downtown storefront digs in a Mies van der Rohe-designed tower, also home to Bmore NOMA, Baltimore Heritage, Urban Land Institute Baltimore, and ASLA Maryland.
● Eyefuls of the 20 shortlisted projects from 7 countries vying for the 2020 Oscar Niemeyer Award in Latin American Architecture.
● Do-over (bad link yesterday): John Cary & Casius Pealer "respond to NCARB's proposal for a 4-year accredited degree - the much larger issue when it comes to making the path to licensure more accessible and inclusive: the structural failure of internship - a primary challenge and obstacle for access to the profession today."
● Call for entries: Expressions of Interest: Town of tomorrow: c.£8bn Thamesmead Waterfront 2-stage international master planning competition.
● Call for entries: Winter Stations 2021 - "Refuge": international competition to design temporary winter installations spaced across Toronto's beaches (no fee, includes honorarium + travel & expenses).
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Alissa Walker: Trump Keeps Talking About ‘Tiny Windows,’ And No One Knows What He Means: Make fenestration great again? ...in fact, windows don’t have to get smaller to meet efficiency goals - they just have to get smarter...windows are also becoming high-tech tools for managing warming and cooling, which can save even more energy...What Trump is actually trying to do here is, once again, gin up irritation at rules... -- Blake Middleton/Handel Architects; Jacob Corvidae/Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)- Curbed
Gavet Douangvichit/FXCollaborative: Op-ed: More than a PR campaign - diversity and inclusion through action: ...what actions are actually being taken to address the issues? The first step...is recognizing that talking about it is not enough, and the path to real change is going to be a process...Here are some simple steps...Step 2: Be proactive, be passionate, and be transparent with your failings and successes.- The Architect's Newspaper
Gregory Minott: Op-Ed: The future of our profession depends on diversity: ...profession runs the risk of becoming irrelevant if we do not adapt and create pathways for minorities to enter and lead the profession...Where do we begin to change the dismal diversity statistics? Beyond early exposure and education, becoming an architect in the U.S. requires a massive commitment of money and time...Minimizing the barriers...will not diminish the value of our profession...Firms can contribute through mentorship and sponsorship programs ..We must continue having the sometimes-uncomfortable conversations, and we must commit to doing the work. -- DREAM Collaborative- The Architect's Newspaper
Elsa Lam: Let’s Talk About Race: What does this bias look like? It can range from overtly aggressive threats...to more subtle personal experiences...How can some of these systemic barriers be dismantled? Allyship entails people with power seeing the potential beyond someone’s skin colour and sharing their power...industry also needs organizations...In Canada...is the recently formed Black Architects + Interior Designers Association (BAIDA)...Black Planners and Urbanists Association is advancing various strategies...RAIC and provincial and territorial licensing authorities, ultimately have the most important role to play in...increasing the representation of Black, Indigenous and people of colour within the profession. -- Sam Oboh; Ossie Airewele; Cheryll Case; Camille Mitchell- Canadian Architect
Architecture, Anthropology and Social Acceptance: For over two decades, architect Sean McEwen and medical anthropologist Dan Small have been involved in designing and advocating for vulnerable populations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside - including North America’s first supervised injection site. Here’s the story of their endeavours, in their own words..."Stories give us a sense of profound experiences in people’s lives. This is a key part of the anthro-architectural approach"- Canadian Architect
Carlton Reid: Parklet Firm Discovers No Such Thing As Bad Publicity After Tabloid ‘Hatchet Job’ Boosts Business: ...mockery by the Daily Mail boosted [London-based] Meristem Design’s profile, and the business could soon be selling many more of its wooden parking-bay replacements...Headlined “The death of driving...article claimed that it was a “war against motorists” for councils to replace parking spaces with “troublesome wooden structures"...[firm] has...five new jobs created by growing demand...first parklets appeared in California 15 years ago...By 2010, San Francisco started installing city-sanctioned parklets...the concept has spread around the world...Cars don’t buy lunch.- Forbes
Tom Ravenscroft: Morris + Company designs modular prefabricated housing system: London studio...has designed...MODU that is aimed at the South American market...created...for Argentina-based prefabricated housing company Phäbb...a range of flexible modular elements can be combined to create single homes or entire apartment blocks.- Dezeen
New Baltimore architecture hub opens at downtown's One Charles Center: AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will both open offices at the newly built-out Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, set to debut to the public at a virtual opening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 30...it’s “monumental” for the organization “to really move into the heart of downtown Baltimore and expand our influence"...will house other “allied” groups...National Organization of Minority Architects’s Bmore NOMA, Baltimore Heritage, Urban Land Institute Baltimore chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects/ASLA Maryland chapter... -- Scott Walters/Hord Coplan Macht; Quinn Evans Architects- Baltimore Business Journal
20 Projects Named Finalists for the 2020 Oscar Niemeyer Award in Latin American Architecture: The group of finalists hails from 7 countrie...projects from prestigious firms such as Kalach, Mazzanti, Bucci, and Barclay & Crousse as well as from up and coming studios and individuals like MAPAA, Estudio 41, Messina-Rivas, Gagliardo, and Núñez. We also see the work of young collectives...Natura Futura, Comunal, Montiel, Guillén.- ArchDaily
John Cary & Casius Pealer: We Need a 3-Year Internship: The founders of ArchVoices respond to NCARB's proposal for a 4-year accredited degree: NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong...calling for “an additional, more affordable entry point into the profession"...[his] emphasis on a 4-year degree obscures the much larger issue when it comes to making the path to licensure more accessible and inclusive: the amount of time internship still takes...intended to last 3 years continues to average over twice as long...structural failure of architectural internship...remains a primary challenge and obstacle for access to the profession today. -- Intern Development Program/IDP; Architectural Experience Program/AXP- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: Expressions of Interest: Town of tomorrow: c.£8bn Thamesmead Waterfront Joint Venture 2-stage international masterplanning competition: capacity for thousands of new homes, significant commercial and leisure space, set amongst lakes, ample green space and over a mile of undeveloped River Thames frontage; Stagfe 1 deadline: November 25- Thamesmead Waterfront Joint Venture / Colander Associates
Call for entries: Winter Stations 2021: "Refuge" international competition: design temporary winter art installations which incorporate existing lifeguard towers spaced strategically across Toronto's beaches; includes honorarium + travel & expenses; deadline: November 17- Winter Stations (Toronto, Canada)
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