Daily digest: President Biden nominates a new chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and more

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Daily digest: President Biden nominates a new chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and more

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Welcome back to the final daily digest of this week before we roll into the weekend.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Biden nominates Sara Bronin to chair the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Mexican-American architect, policymaker, and attorney Sara Bronin has been nominated by the Biden Administration to chair the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The ACHP is a federal body that helps guide the government’s policy towards protecting historic sites and resources. The White House specifically pointed towards Bronin’s experience in both historic preservation and sustainable placemaking in its announcement of her nomination.

If restaurants can tackle outdoor dining, why not accessibility?

Much as the switch to expansive remote working revealed that the infrastructure to support disabled employees who had wanted to work from home had been in place all along, the expansion of outdoor dining has raised questions about restaurant accessibility. As Peneliope Richards writes for Eater, restaurants across the United States built expansive outdoor dining setups during the coronavirus pandemic, and adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Act should be just as important—it’s the law, but few restaurants are truly friendly to disabled diners.

H/t to Eater

The Biden administration reaches consensus on a pared-back infrastructure bill

Yesterday, President Biden announced that broad consensus had finally been reached on the wide-ranging infrastructure bill originally proposed in March of this year. The $2 trillion version of the plan was slashed to $1.2 trillion, and although the bill was reached with broad support, the President has tied its passage to a broader $4 trillion spending agenda that would pour money into programs like climate change mitigation and healthcare access. Although the specifics of this particular bill have been nailed down, it looks like a contentious summer of even more negotiations are ahead before it can be passed.

H/t to the New York Times

Controversy as plans to light Herzog & de Meuron’s Allianz Arena with a rainbow get quashed

Plans to light the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, with a rainbow were quashed earlier this week. German politicians had advocated for illuminating the soccer stadium in support of LGBTQ+ rights ahead of the June 23 match with Hungary in protest of that country’s repressive crackdown of those same rights. However, the UEFA, the administrative body that manages the European football league, turned down the request as being too political.

H/t to NBC News

A sinuous Gensler office building is the newest addition to the Sunset Strip

A luxury car dealership on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is getting torn down to make way for Gensler’s latest West Coast addition: a five-story office complex stacked with sinuous balconies. The 90-foot-tall building is planned to rise at 9160-9176 Sunset Boulevard, and early studies indicate that the facade could be wrapped in some form of digital billboard technology.

H/t to Urbanize Los Angeles