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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Tufts University launches Pandemic Places Project, an online platform offering valuable resources and research for urban planning and design related to COVID-19. -- Grace Farms launches Design for Freedom initiative "involving dozens of experts and leaders from across" the A/E/C industry that "addresses head-on the insidious and chronically-overlooked crisis of systemic forced labor within the building materials supply chain - includes a robust, resource-filled website, a webinar series, and more." -- Wasik wades into how "former malls and abandoned shopping-center sites are in the midst of a repurposing" that "may address the issue of enough affordable senior housing - although only partly" (Dunham-Jones & Williamson weigh in). -- Matt Shaw minces no words about how wrong Trump is when he "says Dems want to ban windows" - referring to proposed energy policy reform to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions - "net-zero energy ambitions and ample glazing are not mutually exclusive, as many recent buildings demonstrate." -- Elissaveta Brandon takes a deep dive into how Houston, which "often ranks among the top 10 most unequal metro areas in the U.S., has been building one of the most extensive - and equitable - networks of parks and greenways in the country" - and other initiatives aiming to improve quality of life in "10 historically under-resourced communities." -- Kamin cheers the Univ. of Chicago's new David Rubenstein Forum by the "purposeful provocateurs" DS+R - an "eye-grabbing pile of stacked boxes - a first pass suggests that it is more than just another superficial, look-at-me icon wannabe. This is a bold building by, and for, bold thinkers" (bird-safe glass included!). -- Happy ending for Mid-century Modern x 2: Hewitt tells the fascinating tale of BassamFellows' restoration of the Schlumberger Research Center administration building, Philip Johnson's first nonresidential commission, sitting vacant for 7 years and suffering water damage, and now the company's HQ for its design studio and showroom. -- Micallef tells the tale of how the Oculus Pavilion, "a Space Age public toilet" in Toronto, "went from architectural gem to sad derelict - and back again. Its derelict state was a melancholy sight, but 'Brighter Days Ahead,' a temporary public art installation by Giaimo Architects, foretells of the pavilion's future." -- On a more worrisome note: The new "Virtual Village" online platform, launched by the non-profit Village Preservation, "offers 36 free history tours of Union Square South - part of their larger efforts seeking landmarks protections - as the city has dubbed this area 'Silicon Alley' and has pushed through many new developments." -- HOK's new $4.1 billion terminal at Salt Lake City International includes "several pieces of industrial-scale art" by Gordon Huether that "bring recognizable elements of the area's landscape indoors. 'Art is very much a part of the architecture.'" -- Hurst reports sad news: London-based Dixon Jones "shuts up shop after 30 years" because of Covid-19 and "a longer-term failure to agree a succession plan" + Tributes + Rob Wilson reviews the firm's impressive portfolio. -- 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." -- NOMA x 2: 2020 NOMA Phil Freelon Professional Design Awards honor 5 projects for leadership and social, economic, and environmental design. -- NOMA welcomes incoming President Pugh & recognizes outgoing President Dowdell + 2020 NOMA/NAACP/SEED Awards for built and conceptual projects "that exemplify justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion/JEDI" (scroll down).


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