Daily digest: Toronto could eliminate single-family zoning, Bernard Judge passes away, and more

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Daily digest: Toronto could eliminate single-family zoning, Bernard Judge passes away, and more

Toronto’s lower-slung residential neighborhoods could soon be getting a density boost. (Miltiadis Fragkidis/Unsplash)

Good afternoon and welcome back to the last daily digest roundup of the week. After this, AN will go on vacation until next week, but check back tomorrow for the first of our seasonal gift guides.

Here’s what’s going on today:

Toronto moves to eliminate single-family zoning

Toronto is making big moves when it comes to not only densifying but reducing traffic. Tomorrow, November 25, the City Council’s Planning and Housing Committee will vote on measures to not only eliminate parking minimums but also single-family zoning. No longer will the city’s residential neighborhoods be exclusively zoned for single-family homes, and the measure tomorrow will vastly lower the barrier to instead building two-, three-, and four-unit buildings on those same lots, and four-story apartment buildings near transit stations.

H/t to The Globe and Mail

Bernard Judge, who repurposed a Buckminster Fuller sphere into a Hollywood home passes away

Los Angeles architect Bernard Judge has passed away at 90, and the Los Angeles Times has remembered the designer, including his radical home in Beachwood Canyon that was sheathed in a Buckminster Fuller dome in 1962. Although actually living in the two-story home proved miserable, the bubble was later donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Times’ profile spans a long, wild career, and the anecdotes about building open-air bungalows on an uninhabited atoll for Marlon Brando shouldn’t be missed.

H/t to the Los Angeles Times

Another atmospheric river is gearing up to pound the Pacific Northwest (yet again)

The Pacific Northwest is still cleaning up from severe flooding after being battered by record rainfall last week, and unfortunately looks like things are going to get worse. An atmospheric river, a long stream that brings humidity-heavy air from the tropics up to the West Coast, is forming, and the region could be battered by three of them by next Wednesday; starting tomorrow, even more rain will inundate Washington and British Columbia. With the ground still soaked, vegetation destroyed by this year’s wildfires, and above-freezing temperatures predicted (with rain falling on the accumulated snowpack in the mountains), even more flooding and mudslides are on the way.

H/t to Gizmodo

Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest comes down and will be turned into boats

The remnants of Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest, a grove of trees killed by climate change and transplanted to Madison Square Park, have finally found a permanent home. The Bronx nonprofit Rocking the Boat will take them, and last week a crew rolled up to the park and harvested the Atlantic white cedar trees and stripped the bark; now teenagers will get the opportunity to repurpose the timber into five wooden boats over the next year. The rest of the 49 trees not repurposed for boats will be shipped to Colorado for an outdoor installation.

H/t to the New York Times

London’s Holocaust memorial faces even more legal challenges

Although Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects received formal approval for their controversial London Holocaust Memorial earlier this July, opponents are just getting started. Yesterday, a High Court judge decided that the London Parks and Gardens Trust and other groups could appeal an earlier ruling shooting down their opposition to the project. The trust and a group called Save Victoria Gardens are claiming that the government rushed the approvals process without proper consultation and will irrevocably damage the Victoria Towers Gardens site where the project is slated to rise. The government, for its part, has stood by claims that a memorial to victims of the Holocaust will outweigh any potential damages. The groups are also asking that the memorial potentially be relocated to London’s Imperial War Museum, something the judge found no issue with.

H/t to the Architects’ Journal