Today’s News - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
● James Brasuell delves into what a Biden presidency means when it comes to housing, land use, transportation, and climate: "It's time to stop speculating, and time to start anticipating how he might change course from his predecessor" (and "likely to encounter political, cultural, and legal resistance at every step").
● Jameelah D. Robinson parses a new report from the Urban Land Institute that looks at how the real estate industry "wants to know what cities are doing about climate change" and "how resilient communities are to natural disasters before deciding whether to buy or develop land."
● The World Green Building Council's "Building A Better Future" series, produced by BBC StoryWorks, "highlights innovation in the sustainable building sector" and "profiles 27 organizations around the world successfully unlocking the benefits of sustainable buildings."
● The USGBC is funding "500 LEED Professionals in underserved communities to build green building expertise and workforce," marking "the launch of "USGBC All In: Building Equity Together" - it is "currently seeking feedback on several priorities outlined in the draft strategy."
● Farah Khalfe profiles a "South African-founded development company that is converting vacant U.S. hotels into affordable housing" - Repvblik has been "honing a technique to develop the properties to keep rents low" - it "struggled to find investors for its unique model, but that's beginning to change."
● Laura Rote parses how Rogers Partners' 2014 Henderson-Hopkins School in Baltimore can serve as an example of safe school design in a post-pandemic world.
● Florian Heilmeyer brings us MVRDV's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: A "friendly alien" has landed In Rotterdam that puts "its entire collection on public display in a new salad bowl-like structure" with a mirrored façade (will it have to deal with Disney Hall or Cheese Grater curtain- or car-melting issues?).
● Jared Green looks at how, "instead of creating bridges that traverse lakes and moats, inventive landscape architects and architects in Europe bring cyclists and pedestrians through the water - creating memorable, immersive experiences for the public" (fab photos!).
● Good news! Carolina A. Miranda (one of our faves!) is named L.A. Times' arts and urban design columnist: "She will approach this work with a columnist's voice and critic's viewpoint in addition to her unending reporter's curiosity."
● The 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award winners "inhabit three very different cities" - but "share a common goal: to make their neighborhoods stronger and more responsive to the needs of the people who live and work there."
● Starting tomorrow: Biennale Architettura Sneak Peek: the new digital project of the 2021 Venice Biennale that includes a video-interview with curator Hashim Sarkis re: his theme "How will we live together?", 5 podcasts, and a special project on Spotify.
● Register for reVISION ASLA 2020 - live (virtually) next Monday thru Wednesday, offering professional development hours both live and on demand through January 2021 (save up to 75% from the in-person event!).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: astudio's Richard Hyams kicks off the new series Building for the Next Generation. #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.
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James Brasuell: What Biden's Win Could Mean for Land Use, Transportation, and Climate: Now that the reality of a Biden presidency is settling in, what does it mean for how the United States plans its future? ...it's time to start anticipating how [he] might change course from his predecessor...One of the clearest signs...can be found in the Biden campaign's housing plan...Like with transportation, his climate agenda will be forced into the litigious and ephemeral world of executive decree... likely to encounter political, cultural, and legal resistance at every step...It's time to stop speculating, and time to start anticipating. It's time to stop capitulating, and time to start planning.- PLANetizen
Jameelah D. Robinson: Real Estate Investors Want to Know What Cities Are Doing About Climate Risks: ...industry is increasingly looking at how resilient communities are to natural disasters before deciding whether to buy or develop land: ...according to a report...from the Urban Land Institute (ULI)...firms interviewed agreed that the industry’s valuation currently lags behind the recognition of climate risk...It’s become difficult to ignore the increasing the frequency and intensity of weather events...Worldwide, 40 natural disaster events last year each resulted in at least $1 billion in near-term, direct losses...- Bloomberg CityLab
World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) highlights innovation in the sustainable building sector with "Building A Better Future" series: Produced by BBC StoryWorks...films explore how sustainable buildings can address climate, health & wellbeing and resource efficiency issues...profiles 27 organisations around the world...successfully unlocking the benefits of sustainable buildings, and what that means for us all....also explores how we can accelerate the clean energy transition, reach our climate goals and support a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.- World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
USGBC to Fund 500 LEED Professionals in Underserved Communities to Build Green Building Expertise and Workforce: Commitment marks the launch of new equity program USGBC All In: Building Equity Together: The draft strategy outlines 12 priorities and commitments...All In will work to engage member companies, organizations, project teams and individuals in sharing progress and lessons about how green building can play a role in addressing equity issues...USGBC is currently seeking feedback on several priorities outlined in the draft strategy...- U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Farah Khalfe: This South African-founded development company is converting vacant U.S. hotels into affordable housing: A former Days Inn hotel chain in Branson, Missouri. sat vacant for eight years. Now, it has been transformed into affordable housing...Plato’s Cave combined hotel rooms to create studio and one-bedroom apartments with rent starting at around [$500]...Richard Rubin, founder of Repvblik...first began converting office buildings into housing in Johannesburg...honing a technique to develop the properties...to keep rents low...company struggled to find investors for its unique model, but that’s beginning to change.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Laura Rote: Safe School Design Will Transform Educational Spaces Post-Pandemic: As a result of COVID-19, all schools must adapt to suit students’ needs while prioritizing health and safety. Some experts say Baltimore’s Henderson-Hopkins School is an example of how to design differently...school serves children from 6 weeks old through 8th grade as well as acts as a family resource center with everything from housing services to health access. -- Vincent Lee/ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers- gb&d (Green Building & Design)
Florian Heilmeyer: In Rotterdam, MVRDV Recasts the Archive as Museum: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will put 151,000 works - its entire collection - on public display in a new salad bowl-like structure: All museums in the world share a problem...at any given time, about 90% of collections worldwide are stowed in storage...What to do? ...open the storage spaces to public view...clad the unusual form in a mirrored facade of 1,664 panels...It is clearly an experiment that will have to prove its innovative nature...It could well end up as yet another gallery space, albeit one extraordinarily futuristic...But just speaking of the architecture...MVRDV has found a fitting design for a new breed of art storage space. -- Ad van der Steur (1935); Mecanoo Architects- Metropolis Magazine
Jared Green: Close Encounters with Water: Instead of creating bridges that traverse lakes and moats, these projects bring cyclists and pedestrians through the water, creating seamless access to nature preserves and historic sites: For some inventive landscape architects and architects in Europe, water bodies have presented an opportunity to create memorable, immersive experiences for the public. -- Burolandschap; Lens°ass Architecten; RO&AD Architecten- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Carolina A. Miranda named L.A. Times’ arts and urban design columnist: Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine: "In her new role, Miranda will cover art, architecture, urban development and design, with a particular focus on equity, access and the lived experience of Los Angeles for all of its residents. She will approach this work with a columnist’s voice and critic’s viewpoint in addition to her unending reporter’s curiosity."- Los Angeles Times
Community Spirit: The Winners of the 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards: ...winners inhabit three very different cities - Memphis, Tennessee; New York; and Boston...share a common goal: to make their neighborhoods stronger and more responsive to the needs of the people who live and work there. -- Moses and Calvin McKissack (1949); Juan Self & Jimmie Tucker/Self + Tucker Architects; Stephen Yablon Architecture; Historic Boston Inc.; Urban Farming Institute; Trust for Public Land; North Bennet Street School- Preservation Magazine/National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)
Starting tomorrow: Biennale Architettura Sneak Peek: the new digital project of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition 2021: A video-interview with curator Hashim Sarkis, 5 podcasts with the curator’s voice, and a special project on Spotify: ... new digital project leading up to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition (22 May - 21 November 2021), titled "How will we live together?"- La Biennale di Venezia/Venice Biennial
Register for reVISION ASLA 2020: Don’t worry about being trapped in a virtual video vacuum...Bite-sized learning opportunities...promise a change of pace. LIVE Schedule: Monday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 18. Save up to 75% from the in-person event; up to 25 professional development hours (PDH) live and on demand until January 31, 2021.- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
ANN feature: Richard Hyams: Building for the Next Generation #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.- ArchNewsNow.com
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