Extract of the day: Claes Oldenburg dies and more – The Architect’s Newspaper | Candle Made Easy

Nice Wednesday! Today’s top stories include the death of artist Claes Oldenburg, fires being put out at RIBA and Greater London, and other explosive news. Read on for more:

High UK temperatures are damaging homes across the country

Extreme heat in the UK continues to break records with a temperature reading of 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, the highest on record. Accompanying hot weather are a number of unfavorable climate and environmental responses, including melting airport runways and homes bursting into flames.

According to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, around 2,600 calls were received in London alone reporting fires in the city on what is reported to be “the busiest day for London Fire Services since the Second World War”. Images from local news sources show aerial photos of entire neighborhood blocks engulfed in smoke and burned to the ground, with many homes and buildings completely destroyed.

And north of London, Luton Airport reported a “surface defects‘ as bits of tarmac popped out of ground cover on tarmac and airport parking lots.

RIBA launches a hotline for employees to report misconduct

In more news coming out of the UK, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has set up an anonymous hotline by the name Do you speakto allow employees to report “incidents of unacceptable behavior and difficult interactions.” A series of employee workshops held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week last year were the catalyst for this new program; During the sessions, several employees raised concerns about the work culture at the London-based organization.

“The facilitator of the workshop shared his findings confidentially and anonymously with the RIBA Board. The RIBA Board reiterated its zero tolerance for bad behavior and agreed on a series of immediate actions,” it said in a statement. “This has included providing targeted support to individuals, repeated advice on how to lodge a complaint for a formal investigation, requiring a review of our volunteer codes and establishing a dedicated independent hotline for employees to raise concerns anonymously.”

After the workshop, an internal Human Resources investigation confirmed concerns about workplace culture, but these findings were never shared publicly. In the statement, the institution reiterated that bad behavior “will not be tolerated.”

RIBA’s full statement can be read here.

H/t to The Architect Journal

Pop artist Claes Oldenburg has died at the age of 93

A large spoon with a cherry resting on its hollowed-out end, a massive clothespin, and a bow and arrow wedged into a slope are among the sculptural installations by Swedish-American artist Claes Oldenburg, on Monday, July 18, in Manhattan died at his home and studio in New York.

Oldenburg was known for his funky, larger-than-life designs of seemingly everyday objects. Born in Stockholm in 1929, Oldenburg moved to the United States to study literature and art history at Yale University and later studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

His work was influenced by artists such as Marcel Duchamp and French artist Jean Dubuffet.

“My intention is to create an everyday object that defies definition,” he said.

H/d: The New York Times

Transformer explodes at Hoover Dam

Kristy Hairston was touring the Hoover Dam on Tuesday morning when she heard one explosion. Large plumes of dark gray smoke rose from the site’s electrical equipment near the base of the concrete arch gravity dam on the Colorado River; Flames followed. Upon further investigation, officials determined that one of the historic structure’s fifteen transformers had exploded.

Although the accident startled visitors, no one was injured in the blast. Those in Arizona, Nevada and southern California who received electricity generated by the Hoover Dam continued to receive it, the Western Area Power Administration said AP News.

“There is no threat to the power grid,” said Jacklynn Gould, a regional director for the US Bureau of Reclamation, which owns and operates Hoover Dam.

news week reported that it took staff about half an hour after the explosion to get the fire under control. Tours then resumed and the dam’s regular operations remained largely unaffected for the remainder of the day.

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