Photo of the Day: The University of Nairobi by @iwanbaan.
Architects & Drones: A research group called Forensic Architecture designed a Web-based map for tracking drone strikes across the Middle East—a platform used by UN Special Rapporteur for Counter Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson to present his findings to the UN Human Rights Council. The map is the work of a number of architects, urbanists, theorists, and critics, including Situ Studio, a New York–based practice. Forensic Architecture’s work illustrates the UN SRCT Drone Inquiry, a report by Emmerson tracking U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Iraq as well as Israeli drone strikes in Gaza. As the UN SRCT Drone Inquiry shows, drone strikes are down in Pakistan but up in Afghanistan and Yemen. [The Guardian; Forensic Architecture]
Architects & Movies: Lisa Boone has the rundown of the Architecture & Design Film Festival, which kicks into full gear today and runs through this weekend. In addition to scores of screenings, visitors can see two ARCHITECT contributors speak: Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne and Loud Paper founder Mimi Zeiger. [Los Angeles Times]
Quote of the Day: “One of the most disappointing things to me is the number of urbanists who admire a place like, say, Austin, confusing urban vitality with the existence of a hundred bars.” —Andrés Duany
(Just to be clear: This quote isn’t a reference to the drunk-driving accident yesterday during #SXSW in Austin that killed 2 people and injured dozens more. But it is one that popped up on Twitter following news of the crash. The quote’s from an April 2013 interview with Duany.)
Tweet(s) of the Day:
'walked off' makes it sound like a massive flounce, but anyway
— Owen Hatherley (@owenhatherley) March 13, 2014
Number of the Day—100%: Workplace furniture manufacturer Steelcase announced yesterday that the company’s investment in renewable energy is now equivalent to 100 percent of its electricity consumption worldwide. The company is now the 15th largest firm in the U.S. to emerge as a 100-percent renewable-energy purchaser, a figure tracked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.
Infographic of the Day:
Points where pipelines leak methane in Washington, D.C., as mapped by Duke University researchers. Map via this interview with Millbrae, Calif., fire-division chief Ron Lavezzo. [ The Atlantic Cities]
5 More Stories Driving the Day:
1. London. The number of skyscrapers in London is doubling, with 236 towers of 20 stories or more planned in the city—the most concentrated boom of tower building in the London’s history. Telegraph architecture critic Ellis Woodman provides a “verdict” on some of those proposals, along with a few of the London towers already in existence. [ London Evening Standard]
2. Miami. North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau confirms rumors of a proposed merger between the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. The MOCA may be in the final stages of moving, but the North Miami City Council is willing to do “whatever is necessary to keep MOCA in its city. [ Miami Herald]
3. Boston. Here’s a sneak peek at the newly refurbished and expanded Harvard Art Museums designed by Renzo Piano. Harvard announced earlier this week that the complex will reopen on Nov. 16 after six years and $350 million renovations. [ The Artery]
4. D.C. The D.C. neighborhood advisory committee that oversees the Patterson Mansion’s hood gave their stamp of approval Wednesday on SB-Urban and Hartman-Cox’s proposal to the zoning board. Catch up on the whole project on ARCHITECT. [ UrbanTurf]
Step Up, Step Down:
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is accepting applications for its fellowship program. Better get on it: The AIA 2014 Architecture Firm Award winner is only taking applications through this Sunday. [ Canal Street Beat]
President Barack Obama nominated two women to senior appointments at the Department of Housing and Urban Development: Nani Coloretti (for deputy secretary) and Erika Moritsugu (for assistant secretary for congressional and governmental affairs). Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate. [ Affordable Housing Finance]
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