Daily digest: The ASLA wants landscape architects on the Commission of Fine Arts, Africa’s tallest tower, and more

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Daily digest: The ASLA wants landscape architects on the Commission of Fine Arts, Africa’s tallest tower, and more

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Welcome back to another Thursday. As the end of the week approaches, here are the stories that will help you power through to Friday.

Here’s what you need to know today:

The ASLA wants President Biden to place landscape architects on the Commission of Fine Arts

The newest version of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) in Washington, D.C, was sworn in last week with architect Billie Tsien as its chair, but the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is calling for President Biden to install more landscape architects on the commission.

“For only the second time in history, there is not a single landscape architect on the CFA, an omission we believe could be detrimental to the future of the Capital area, and how it is used by local residents, visitors and federal employees,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of ASLA, in a press release. “When it comes to planning for public spaces, monuments, climate change, and even security, these are all within the purview of landscape architects, and have been since the field was first established in the 19th century.”

The concrete structure of Africa’s tallest tower is now in place

A 78-story tower just outside of Cairo, Egypt, is shaping up to become Africa’s tallest. The concrete superstructure of the Iconic Tower is fully in place, confirmed the China State Construction Engineering Corporation, with the tower’s tallest point coming in at 1,265 feet.

H/t to Archinect

The Washington, D.C., bridge collapse could have been caused by a truck hit

The collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Washington, D.C., yesterday, June 23, is still under investigation, but a truck impact hours earlier may be to blame. According to preliminary findings, the 14-foot-tall bridge, which spanned District of Columbia Route 295, seems to have been jostled off of its moorings after equipment on the back of a truck hit it earlier in the afternoon.

H/t to Engineering News-Record

Art installations, exhibitions, and a digital program will herald the Olympics this year

The first annual Olympic Agora will open this year as a precursor to the 2020 (now 2021) Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The program will install art around Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, including photos from Japanese artist Rinko Kawauchi, a permanent sculpture from French artist Xavier Veilhan, pieces from Olympian and Paralympian Artists-in-Residence, and more. Virtual views of the exhibition are available online here.

There’s a secret museum above New York’s beloved Fishs Eddy

New Yorkers have been coming to Fishs Eddy in the Flatiron District for vintage plates and quirky home goods since 1986, and now the “Museum of American Restaurant China” has opened just upstairs. The one-room “museum” opened this month and is free to visit, containing historical dinner- and restaurant ware from America’s past.

H/t to the New York Post

Over half of American cities are in natural disaster danger zones

Fires, earthquakes, flooding, and hurricanes: Researchers mapped which parts of the United States are most susceptible to natural disasters. Using data from real estate site Zillow’s database, they discovered that the areas at most risk of disaster (in the top 10 percent) contained 60 percent of all housing. That’s dozens of millions of buildings at-risk, and 1.5 million homes were found to be in areas vulnerable to more than one disaster. The study’s authors hope their work will serve as a wakeup call to curb development in areas more likely to be hit by wildfires or flooding.

H/t to NPR