Daily digest: A broken glass bridge in China left a tourist hanging on, virtual Frank Lloyd Wright tours, and more

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Daily digest: A broken glass bridge in China left a tourist hanging on, virtual Frank Lloyd Wright tours, and more

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding, California. The church will be available to tour digitally this week (Pat Mahoney)

Welcome back to the top of another week. As we roll into the middle of May, why not catch up on some of the biggest stories of last week, too? Over the weekend, venerable German architect and style icon Helmut Jahn was tragically killed in a bicycle crash, the Philadelphia Museum of Art pulled back the curtains on its Gehry Partners makeover, and Brooklyn’s most iconic public library revealed a totally revamped interior.

Here’s the news you need to know today:

After a glass-bottom bridge in China broke, a tourist was left stranded

If you’ve ever thought that glass-bottomed bridges were harrowing, click away now. After gusts of up to 93 miles-per-hour hit the mountains of Longjing, China, and blew out the panels of a glass-bottomed suspension bridge over the weekend, a tourist was left clinging to the rails. The bridge runs 328 feet over a gorge and the unlucky man was stuck for over half an hour until rescue personnel successfully freed him. He was unharmed and the bridge has been closed for repairs. In the meantime, video of his ordeal has gone viral on Chinese social media.

H/t to The Guardian

Archeologists rail against plans to build a new Colosseum floor

Only a week after the Italian government selected Milan Ingegneria to design, build, and install a new high-tech floor at the Colosseum in Rome, archeologists are reportedly up in arms over what they’re calling a “waste of money.” Critics claim that the $18.2 million retractable wood floor will divert money from restoration work on the Colosseum itself, which is in dire need of exterior cleaning and reorganization of pedestrian routes.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy opens a slew of virtual tours

Most Americans still can’t get out and travel the country just yet, but luckily the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is hosting a slew of virtual tours this week. From May 14 through 16, six historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings will be open to tour from the comfort of your own home, and the conservancy is even offering AIA LUs to attendees.

What’s going on with West Elm’s supply chain issues?

With more and more people stuck at home during the pandemic and looking to refresh their living spaces, you would think that West Elm’s business would be booming. You would be right, but also booming is the number of customers who have waited months for their sofas, bed frames, and other furniture to arrive as supply chains buckled. Thanks to an increase in orders, social distancing at suppliers’ factories, and material shortages, most home goods suppliers are facing a backlog, but West Elm apparently draws the most consumer ire.

H/t to Vox

The American Museum of Natural History’s Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals gets a fresh new look

Say goodbye to the iconic brown shag carpeting at the American Museum of Natural History’s Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals in Manhattan. The halls have been closed since 2017, but will finally open on June 12 with a darker, modernized design intended to bring the gems and minerals section more in line with the rest of the Earth sciences showcases. For fans of kitsch, there are still plenty of throwback exhibitions to check out at the museum; if you’re looking for ’70s vibes, the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians is a good choice.

H/t to Gothamist

Street vendors are still battling for space at Hudson Yards

Developer Related Companies is reportedly locked in a battle with street vendors at Hudson Yards, enlisting the NYPD to ticket vendors and installing planters to block off potential food cart locations. Advocacy group the Street Vendor Project hosted a protest on Friday in response, alleging enforcement falls to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, not the police, and that Related was trying to push an essential part of New York City out of its gated development.

H/t to The Real Deal