Daily digest: New York’s 24-7 subway service returns, Arup wants to queer public spaces, and more

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Daily digest: New York’s 24-7 subway service returns, Arup wants to queer public spaces, and more

The late night-early morning closure of New York City’s subway system was seen as a blow to working-class residents (Photo by Laura James from Pexels)

Welcome back to the start of another week. The weather is warming across the U.S. and it looks like we’re officially rolling into the start of summer. Of course, if you’re in California, that isn’t necessarily a good thing; the entire state is under a drought warning, portending another season of massive wildfires.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Greece will showcase its archaeological treasures with an “underwater museum”

Snap on your scuba gear: Greece has opened 91 seafloor shipwrecks to divers in an attempt to bolster tourism. The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports opened the latest batch of locations (wrecks dated from 1868 through 1970) in March of this year, and a new Underwater Antiquities Museum is on track to open in 2025 on land for those who can’t dive down themselves.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

Arup wants to make public spaces safer for LGBTQ+ people

Arup and London’s University of Westminster released a joint report today exploring the relationship between LGBTQ+ communities and public space. More than just recommending consulting with LGBTQ+ groups when undertaking equality impact assessments to promote inclusion, the report suggests that designers highlight and preserve queer heritage when designing public spaces.

H/t to The Architects’ Journal

Artists speak out over India’s plans to raze historic museums for the capital development

Work is continuing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial $2.7 billion plan to overhaul the Indian capital of New Delhi, but artists, academics, and preservationists are speaking out over plans to demolish a trio of historic cultural buildings. The National Archives of India Annex building, National Museum of India, and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts are all slated to be torn down, and opponents are calling the move both an “architectural vanity project” and even a possible attempt to destroy archives.

H/t to Hyperallergic

One year later, New York City’s subway restart 24-hour service

It’s official, the “city that never sleeps” is slowly taking back its crown. Today marks the first day that NYC’s subway system operated on a 24-hour schedule in over a year. In May of 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down subway operations from 1:00 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. so that workers could deep clean the system. Now, with vaccination rates rising in New York and the city on track for a May 19 reopening (and ridership numbers in dire straights), workers and partygoers alike will have reliable late-night mass transportation options again.

H/t to the New York Times

A new Virginia Tech show celebrates the life of Leonard Currie

At Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, architect Leonard Currie is finally getting his due. Currie, who studied with Walter Gropius at Harvard and was the founding director of the Inter-American Housing Center (CINVA) in Bogotá, Colombia, led Virginia Tech’s architecture program from 1956 through 1962. The school is staging an exhibition of his work across three separate venues, including making digitized materials from Currie’s collection available in the Southwest Virginia Digital Archive.

Amazon reveals new renderings of its HQ2 as hiring ramps up

Amazon and NBBJ released a new look at the tech giant’s forthcoming Arlington, Virginia, headquarters last week, including new angles on the spiraling Helix tower at the development’s center. The second phase of the tech campus was submitted for approval on May 12 (hence the new imagery), but Amazon also took the opportunity to tout that the 2.8-million-square-foot, three-building additions would all be LEED Platinum-certified and run off of locally-sourced solar power.