Daily digest: SOM will design the 2026 Olympic Village in Milan, a Supergraphics merch collaboration, and more

Wintering in Milan

Daily digest: SOM will design the 2026 Olympic Village in Milan, a Supergraphics merch collaboration, and more

The 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympic Village will add six new buildings to the Parco Romano site, and the entire project will be converted into housing after the games. (© SOM/Pixelflakes)

Welcome back to another Friday news roundup. As we head off into yet another sunny weekend (albeit one that, again, comes with a heat wave warning for much of the United States), here are the architecture, development, and design stories to catch up on in your downtime.

Here’s what you need to know:

SOM will lead design of the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympic Village

Today it was revealed that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) had beat out 27 other international teams for the chance to design the 2026 Olympic Village in Milan. The village development is part of the ongoing Porta Romana railway yard revitalization and will be completely reused after the Winter Olympics are completed. While Diller Scofidio + Renfro revealed a master plan for the site at Parco Romano in April, it appears SOM will handle the actual design details. The so-called “self-sustaining neighborhood,” according to an announcement from the firm, will include new parks, the repurposing of two existing structures already on site, and six new residential buildings, all linked by communal terraces, sky bridges, and a porous streetscape.

After the games, the buildings will be repurposed to hold student and affordable housing, while at ground level, bars, restaurants, and space for a farmers’ market is planned.

Catastrophic flooding in Central Europe is washing away homes and roads

Europe is currently being battered by catastrophic rain and floods, with houses and infrastructure totally washed away from Germany to Belgium to Switzerland. In Germany alone thousands have already been left homeless, hundreds are presumed missing, and nearly 100 are confirmed dead. Footage from the hardest-hit areas shows roads that have been completely subsumed by sinkholes and cars buried in rubble. Entire villages are now unaccounted for across Central and Western Europe and support from E.U. member states is pouring in as rescuers continue to evacuate survivors and pour through the rubble.

H/t to the New York Times

Supergraphics designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon releases a new merchandise collaboration

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, the creator of the eye-catching, geometric Supergraphics style that most famously adorns the Sea Ranch on the Northern California coast, is still going strong and creating at 92. Yesterday, Stauffacher Solomon and artist and filmmaker Gary Huswit revealed “the Supergraphics collection,” a limited-time collaboration that places Sea Ranch Supergraphics symbols on tees and totes. The collection is only available to purchase through July 29.

H/t to Fast Company

Disney is building a new campus in Orlando

Disney is reportedly relocating 2,000 of its employees from its headquarters in California to southeast Orlando, where it plans on building out a new campus. The move is to Lake Nona, a master-planned community, and will entail building a new central HQ for the area over the next 18 months, but a final location, project size, and architect have yet to be announced. Although 2,000 employees seems like a lot, it’s only 5 percent of Disney’s current California workforce.

H/t to the Orlando Business Journal

Washington, D.C., will also ramp up building inspections after Surfside tower collapse

Cities across America are ramping up inspections after the June 24 collapse of Champlain Towers South outside of Miami—Jersey City announced plans to introduce legislation to increase the frequency of structural and facade inspections on Wednesday—and now Washington, D.C., is the latest to do so. The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs announced it would be reviewing all projects by developer 10Square Development (an apartment building of theirs recently collapsed while under construction) and mandated contractors must notify D.C. authorities when repairing unsafe conditions.

H/t to Planetizen

New York City is pushing to speed up congestion pricing implementation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to implement a first-in-the-nation congestion pricing scheme in Manhattan has been slow-rolled for the last two years by the federal government, and now city officials are pushing the MTA to move faster and implement congestion pricing next year. To that end, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he’ll name his representative to the six-person board responsible for guiding the project. For their part, however, the MTA fired back on claims it wasn’t moving fast enough, telling Gothamist that they’re already working with United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to implement the plan. When it goes into effect, the plan will toll vehicles entering Manhattan below 60th Street and adding new fees to for-hire vehicles, with $1 billion of the money raised annually going towards the beleaguered subway system.

H/t to Gothamist