Weekend Edition: Resilient Puerto Rico, Richard Meier steps aside, and more

This week's stories covered resilient communities, partial justice, and a loss of history. Pictured: Community members at the Comite Social y Cultural Daguao in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. (Courtesy Resilient Power Puerto Rico)

Missed some of our articles, tweets, or Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy!

Jonathan Marvel

Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, founding principal at Marvel Architects, cofounder and president of RPPR (Monica Felix)

How an architect is using solar power to prevent Puerto Rico’s next disaster

In the year since Hurrican Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, the island has struggled to rebuild its electrical infrastructure, but architect Jonathan Marvel and others founded Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR) to bring energy back to community centers across the island.

Richard Meier

Richard Meier is stepping down from day-to-day activities at his firm. The announcement comes in the wake of a six-month leave of absence that the architect took this year after former employees accused him of sexual harassment and assault in The New York Times. (Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners)

Richard Meier permanently steps away from firm in wake of sexual assault allegations

Richard Meier & Partners Architects today announced that Richard Meier “will step back from day-to-day activities” at his firm. This comes after the architect took a six-month leave of absence in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations.

The Oklahoma City Founders National Bank

The Oklahoma City Founders National Bank, designed by Oklahoma City–architect Bob Bowlby in 1964, began demolition on Monday, October 8, 2018, after years of rumors of its impending destruction. (Lynne Rostochil/Via OKC Mod)

A major mid-century modern bank in Oklahoma City gets leveled

The former Founders National Bank, a mid-century modern structure featuring two distinct, 50-foot exterior arches, was listed for sale at $3 million last fall but couldn’t find a tenant leading up to Monday’s last-minute demolition.

Enjoy the weekend, and see you Monday.

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