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Student of form, land, and vapor.
16 Sep
So the Eisenhower Memorial gets dedicated tomorrow.

I see coverage of the dedication memory-holing how unhinged the competition happened, but we shouldn't because it had warning signs of the world we live in now:
The memorial had a careful gestation 2001-2010 designed to avoid the problems of the World War II Memorial. They used technocratic processes to get things right early: NCPC's site selection process and an RFP + limited competition modeled on the GSA Design Excellence program
Everything was going fine until 2012, until the then-social media coordinator for the Federalist Society, named Justin Shubow, took over a lethargic trad arch group in DC, the National Civic Art Society, and began agitating against the memorial.
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25 Mar
I am not convinced we'll see long-term spatial consequences from covid itself. From the economic consequences, that sounds more plausible.
If the ICC is paying attention, we will see more consequences in the design of ventilation.

I am fascinated by this detail in the SARS epidemic, where SARS viruses were aerosolized in toilets and then spread back through bathroom floor drains. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P… Image
This says that the transmission required small bathrooms, negative ventilation pressure, and dry traps in the floor drains.

Most US apartment bathrooms don't have floor drains and a lot vent separately, so IDK about this pathway here. But...
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