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Thursday, April 9, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days (so we have time to explore the last item!). We'll be back Tuesday, April 14. 'Til then, stay safe, please!

Click here to see Today's News (feature articles below the news note).
Franklin takes a deep dive into how "big things are happening" in Arkansas, "a place that's far from the profession's traditional epicenters," that are pushing it "to the forefront of architectural innovation" - and the many who's who with projects there. -- Broyles talks to Wheeler Kearns' Calli Verkamp (a native Arkansan) about how she and her team transformed a former Kraft cheese factory into The Momentary, a new contemporary art space for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, and "the latest example of Northwest Arkansas' cultural renaissance." -- Scholar and critic Marc Treib pens an open letter making the case that National Geographic should not demolish Zimmerman's 1984 "Marabar": "It is a key representative of American site-specific art, elegant in its form, impressive in its use of stone, and engaging in its effects." -- Hart Howerton 2020 Travel Fellow is Sarah Zamler, a Master of Architecture candidate at Columbia GSAPP, who "will study the history and role of 'The Company Town.'" -- Eyefuls of Fairy Tales 2020 winners, who "offer tales of warning and hope during uncertain times - through wonderfully crafted short stories and artwork." -- Barragan reports that demolition of the first of four LACMA buildings "is being torn down right now - clearing the way for a flashy new building - as long as crews follow safety measures" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus + "some images of the fated buildings as we'll remember them." -- Call for entries (deadline - next Wednesday!): Pop-Up Architecture Competition: More Not Less: LACMA not LackMA, sponsored by The Citizens' Brigade to Save LACMA, with $10,000 in prize money. -- Call for entries: Dezeen x Samsung Out of the Box Competition (no fee!): design innovative new objects for the home by repurposing cardboard packaging; prizes total $20,000.

Weekend diversions (yes, they still exist!) + Page-turners:
-- Kimmelman and Berke stroll NYC's East River waterfront promenade that "dazzles," and where ropes dangling from the "nondescript" 90th Street ferry landing are part of the Billion Oyster Project - reminding "everybody that the oysters are returning, gurgle, gurgle, doing their job. The city is at work." -- A round-up of 10 "upcoming art fairs, festivals, and exhibitions available for virtual viewing - an intentionally diverse mix that reflects these weird and challenging times." -- Camilo José Vergara's "Documenting Crossroads: The Coronavirus in Poor, Minority Communities" is the National Building Museum's online-only exhibition of his "photographs and observations of the urban spaces and people most likely to be affected by COVID-19." -- Heilmeyer cheers Vitra Design Museum's "Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors" that "creates some important, original, and fun connections between ideas and places" - much of it viewable online + fab slideshow! -- Every Thursday, you can take a virtual tour of a number Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings: "The hope is that even though the tours are free, digital visitors might still feel inclined to demonstrate a bit of largesse." -- Bozikovic considers Dougherty's tome "Golden Gates" that "examines the housing crisis and how housing and inequality are connected" in the Bay Area and "other prosperous cities. It's a dark picture, and it's hard to imagine how it will grow brighter after the virus" (is the "the traditional cry of NIMBY going to ring out louder"?). -- Betsky says: "In these uncertain and gloomy times, it is nice to have voices in architecture that are both forward-looking and filled with humor. If you are looking for such an entertaining (and somewhat acerbic) distraction, I recommend Garcia and Frankowski's "Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto." -- Sisam cheers Miller's "comprehensive and very fine" book, "Toronto's Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture of Jerome Markson," and Norsworthy's images that "reaffirm Christopher Hume's observation that Markson is 'the rare architect who creates cities while designing buildings.'"

COVID-19 news continues (last item is for kids, but it's how we plan to spend the weekend!):
-- Arieff looks at how "social distancing gives us a rare chance to fix cities" - it is "glaringly apparent how poorly existing systems (and places) have been working for most. Time and tragedy create opportunity to make them work for all" (a great read!!!). -- Karrie Jacobs's fab Q&A with Manaugh and Twilley - when they started researching the forthcoming "'The Coming Quarantine" that explores the "connections between quarantine and architecture, they never imagined that they'd be finishing it during a global pandemic." -- FXCollaborative's Geier: "The resilient nature of the city itself and its residents allows us to come back stronger than ever - it's uplifting to think of how applying that can-do attitude to other crises could result in a better world for cities and beyond." -- On a lighter - but serious - note: "10 magazine covers that offer creative takes on the coronavirus crisis - from somber to defiant ("F*ck off Covid-19" smiley). -- One we couldn't resist (and our weekend diversion!): The James Dyson Foundation has come up with "44 engineering challenges for children during lockdown - using common household items."


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