Archinect - News 2014-04-18T22:14:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98265346/an-interview-with-man-behind-the-stealing-banksy-auction An interview with man behind the “Stealing Banksy?” auction Alexander Walter 2014-04-18T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T17:16:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c0b54bf777ef6a1b997a07e37340276.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next week in London, The Sincura Group will be holding a similar auction of street pieces formally by Banksy. That&rsquo;s the same company that last year successfully sold the Banksy &ldquo;Slave Labour&rdquo; wall at auction for just over $1 million. They&rsquo;ve titled their auction Stealing Banksy? and it will include approximately 18 works, at least 7 of which are street pieces formally by Banksy that have been removed from their original locations, some of them specifically removed for this sale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97185232/ai-weiwei-exhibition-underscores-dangers-and-importance-of-art Ai Weiwei Exhibition Underscores Dangers and Importance of Art Alexander Walter 2014-04-03T15:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T17:22:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbwskr9qvko2fyv8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major exhibition opens in Berlin this week of the work of Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist. Events like this are the very thing that protect him against further repression at home. The show is packed with moving works that are critical of the regime.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96564812/apple-maps-is-painting-our-world-strange Apple Maps Is Painting Our World Strange Alexander Walter 2014-03-26T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xf92lv2dx7vh0vx.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Rendering Eye: Urban America Revisited presents 3D screenshots of the urban US as they appear in Apple Maps: deserted streets, post-apocalyptic buildings and industrial plants, melting harbors. Cars and boats turn into shadows, trees into sculptures, containers into wax.[...] The cityscapes captured by artist REGULA BOCHSLER for the publication are abstract, machine generated, and cold. And yet they are poetic, not least because of their &ldquo;mistakes,&rdquo; which give them a painterly composition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95948944/urban-art-soon-we-ll-all-want-to-walk-the-line Urban art: soon we’ll all want to walk the Line Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/373c98ac2f64b663020d2030240fc099.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Dutton and Piper have traced a path, broadly following the Meridian, extending from the 02 Arena in Greenwich across the Thames by cable car to the Olympic Park in Stratford: a largely flat and buggy-friendly three-hour meander through an extraordinarily varied and little-known urban landscape that will be punctuated by striking pieces of modern sculpture. They&rsquo;re calling it the Line, and the hope is that it will be up and running by midsummer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95501994/park-avenue-the-art-gallery Park Avenue, the Art Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T20:06:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T20:10:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fa2f49dae3fb9d2f194a17747e70792.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alice Aycock, the sculptor, was holding her breath. [...] a massive crane, blocking traffic, lifted one-half of &ldquo;Cyclone Twist,&rdquo; a swirling series of white aluminum bands, into place, precisely connecting with its other half already standing on the avenue&rsquo;s slim median. [...] Called &ldquo;Park Avenue Paper Chase,&rdquo; and stretching from 52nd Street to 66th, they are inspired variously by tornadoes, dance movements and drapery folds, and will be up until July 20.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95118002/see-artists-experiment-with-compact-living-in-a-rotating-wheel See Artists Experiment with Compact Living in a Rotating Wheel Archinect 2014-03-07T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:18:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56c68136ac4a29a157f66da628224610.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The way it works is each loop, outside and in, is equipped with a bed, study, kitchen, bathroom, and little dresser, arranged so that when the wheel stops the matching item is available to each person at the same time. To switch over to a new activity, they both have to walk in tandem...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94810431/how-we-picture-a-city-venice-and-google-maps How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps Alexander Walter 2014-03-03T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/694dd548b0a88002191abedefc5b8d85.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, we picture cities a little differently, with demography and photography. Cities live in Instagram, in patterns of light from space, in blueprints and visualizations and&mdash;most like Canaletto&rsquo;s civic landscapes&mdash;on Google Street View. Now, an artist in London has done some creative, comparative history, pairing Canaletto&rsquo;s Venice and London with contemporary depictions, as glimpsed by the Google van.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94421510/artists-pine-for-pieces-of-old-bay-bridge Artists pine for pieces of old Bay Bridge Archinect 2014-02-26T14:14:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:55:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/396b05ab75c5e82bd9aa9fdd33e9eede.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 76 years, the gray steel eastern span of the Bay Bridge was cursed and reviled but mostly just taken for granted. [...] At least two groups of artists and architects have mounted campaigns to spare some of the steel from the recyclers so that they can transform it into artworks that might include a home, a public gathering space and an Airbnb rental space - with a view of the new Bay Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85465617/winners-of-the-bay-bridge-house-student-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82785562/rethinking-the-bay-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking The Bay Line</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93808897/miami-artist-destroyed-1m-ai-weiwei-vase-because-pamm-only-displays-international-artists Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM "Only Displays International Artists" Alexander Walter 2014-02-18T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-18T16:54:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/0530a20835dfae720026779fe868be58.jpg" width="500" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, art lovers around the world were shocked when someone strolled into the P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami and destroyed a $1 million vase by Ai Weiwei. [...] The vandal is actually Maximo Caminero, a well-known local painter who has shown works at the Fountain Art Fair. He tells New Times that he destroyed the vase to make a point.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," he says. "They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It's the same political situation over and over again. I've been here for 30 years and it's always the same."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93493925/ny-transit-museum-wants-you-to-wax-poetic-about-public-transit NY Transit Museum wants you to wax poetic about public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fk9os65y87upl6wg.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by the engineering, intricate choreography, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Wish there was an open mic night for historians and urbanists? A show-and-tell for your creative musings on mass transit? Looking for a public platform to present your ideas to a captive audience? Us, too. That&rsquo;s why we are excited to announce PLATFORM, a new series of cross-disciplinary programs created by the public for the public. Have an idea? We&rsquo;ll give you a platform.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Transit Museum is launching an open exhibition program, accepting proposals for projects devoted to any and all aspects of public transportation. The aptly named <em>Pl</em><em>atform</em>&nbsp;program will exhibit the first winning proposal in its subway station home in downtown Brooklyn, on <strong>Thursday, April 10</strong>.</p><p>Projects can take any performative or static form -- whether you're choreographing a ballet inspired by metro drivers, making Metro-card origami or curating a gallery of subway maps,&nbsp;<em>Platform</em>&nbsp;wants your submissions.</p><p>Questions regarding <em>Platform</em>&nbsp;can be sent to&nbsp;<a href="http://programs@transitmuseumeducation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">programs@transitmuseumeducation.org</a>.&nbsp;Submissions will be reviewed by the NYTM through <strong>Tuesday, February 25</strong>&nbsp;at noon (EST).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93081255/extraordinarily-beautiful-architectural-drawings-from-the-world-s-greatest-architects Extraordinarily Beautiful Architectural Drawings From the World's Greatest Architects Archinect 2014-02-07T16:58:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:18:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/4135f97257877d4ae419b1645feb752c.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>100 Years of Architectural Drawing&mdash;a recently published book by Neil Bingham, a design and architecture historian who is the consulting curator of architectural drawings at the Royal Academy of Arts, London&mdash;highlights 300 architectural drawings from the 20th century that illustrate the evolution of the form.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91994835/hiroshi-sugimoto-designs-own-museum Hiroshi Sugimoto Designs Own Museum Alexander Walter 2014-01-24T14:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a6aa7e2a1ccda8e18529230af35392b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it comes to museums, Hiroshi Sugimoto doesn&rsquo;t mince words. &ldquo;This is the worst space I ever encountered,&rdquo; he told the Journal before opening a retrospective of his work at Seoul&rsquo;s Leeum Samsung Museum of Art late last year. The Japanese artist was especially unhappy about a steep escalator leading down into the main gallery space of the OMA-designed building. &ldquo;Why do that? It&rsquo;s terrible,&rdquo; he lamented. &ldquo;I feel a kind of bad will from this architect.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91761223/sensing-spaces-indulges-architecture-s-vaulting-ambition Sensing Spaces indulges architecture's vaulting ambition Alexander Walter 2014-01-21T13:59:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:40:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a6953f5f96235dc85eda2e82516c439.jpg" width="460" height="689" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture is usually the product of multiple, conflicting constraints, so how does it fare in the context of a gallery? Shielded from the realities of climate and context, client and user, planning and building regs, what of architecture is left? Liberated from the obligations and contingencies of a real building, can it jump free and take on a greater sensory power &ndash; or is it hollowed of all meaning and left to fall flat?</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>"The results in the Sensing Spaces exhibition lie somewhere between these two camps."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91683852/flammable-towers-make-a-fiery-statement-on-the-modern-skyscraper-frenzy "Flammable" towers make a fiery statement on the modern skyscraper frenzy Justine Testado 2014-01-20T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T09:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9inmjn5uozlu2avn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architects always have the future in mind when they design. That's particularly evident in today's cityscapes as they continuously try to one-up each other in who can raise the world's next tallest, more-modern-than-thou skyscraper for all to gaze in awe -- or not. For <a href="http://naihanli.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jingjing Naihan Li</a>, a long-time resident and practicing architect in Beijing, modern skyscrapers can be invasive and gradually make the city's public spaces feel less familiar.<br><br> As a clever response to the skyscraper frenzy she saw at home and abroad, Naihan created a collection of the most recognizable towers scaled down to meticulously replicated wax candles titled "Flammable."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewzftesqdvcmbbwd.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Together, it looks like a party of all the alpha males of the world," Naihan responded in an email. "In places like New York or Hong Kong where land is limited, it was somewhat justifiable to build high and dense. But as the cities with the skyscraper were viewed by other developed countries as the representative of modern success, the sk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91612244/lost-in-the-gallery-industrial-complex Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex Quilian Riano 2014-01-19T16:45:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T17:57:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aec759054b8130131d0afffbb39553bd.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not long ago, these questions &mdash; of policy but also political and ethical questions &mdash; seemed to be out there on institutional tables, demanding discussion. Technically, they may be there still, but museums seem to be most interested in talking about real estate, assiduously courting oligarchs for collections, and anxiously scouting for the next &ldquo;Rain Room.&rdquo; Political questions, about which cultures get represented in museums and who gets to make the decisions, and how, are buried.</p></em><br /><br /><p> And on the subject of integration, why, in one of the most ethnically diverse cities, does the art world continue to be a bastion of whiteness? Why are African-American curators and administrators, and especially directors, all but absent from our big museums? Why are there still so few black &mdash; and Latino, and Asian-American &mdash; critics and editors?</p> <p> Not long ago, these questions &mdash; of policy but also political and ethical questions &mdash; seemed to be out there on institutional tables, demanding discussion. Technically, they may be there still, but museums seem to be most interested in talking about real estate, assiduously courting oligarchs for collections, and anxiously scouting for the next &ldquo;Rain Room.&rdquo; Political questions, about which cultures get represented in museums and who gets to make the decisions, and how, are buried.</p> <p> Political art brings me back to where I started, with artists, and one final, baffled complaint, this one about art schools, which seem, in their present fo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91141837/detroit-institute-of-arts-330-million-pledged-to-save-the-city-s-art-collection Detroit Institute of Arts: $330 million pledged to save the city's art collection Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T13:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T13:36:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78e633455569af6c695573aad2737f25.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>National and local foundations have pledged more than $330 million to a fund to protect city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts from being auctioned off, mediators in Detroit&rsquo;s bankruptcy announced Monday. A statement from Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen&rsquo;s team of mediators called the financial commitments &ldquo;an extraordinary and unprecedented effort&rdquo; to preserve the art collection and raise money for Detroit&rsquo;s underfunded pension funds.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78905803/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit&rsquo;s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90693455/winners-of-the-out-of-hand-materializing-the-postdigital-giveaway Winners of the "Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital" giveaway Sponsor 2014-01-07T18:08:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T21:58:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4evignb6jnc1day.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> If you still remember our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87931319/win-a-copy-of-out-of-hand-materializing-the-postdigital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital</em></a> book giveaway last month, we're finally announcing the five winners!<br><br><strong>Nick C.</strong> - New Orleans, LA<br><strong>Christopher A.</strong>&nbsp; - Chicago, IL<br><strong>Martin C.</strong> - Los Angeles, CA<br><strong>Mark V. </strong>- Brooklyn, NY<br><strong>Nate O.</strong> - Iowa City, IA<br><br> Edited by <a href="http://madmuseum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Arts &amp; Design</a> Curator Ronald T. Labaco, "Out of Hand" has 304 pages showcasing the interdisciplinary digital fabrication works of more than 80 architects, designers, and artists including Ron Arad, Greg Lynn, Zaha Hadid, Maya Lin, and Anish Kapoor.</p> <p> "Out of Hand" is also the accompanying book for the exhibition currently at the Museum of Arts &amp; Design in New York until July 2014.<br><br> For more details on "Out of Hand", click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87931319/win-a-copy-of-out-of-hand-materializing-the-postdigital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Thanks to everyone who participated!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T14:40:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:24:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7pyl0r91mpu0kpk.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As virtual access to art collections expands through online walk-throughs and projects like Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.google.com/opengallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Gallery</a>, museums have long been experimenting within their own halls with ways to accommodate a wider range of visitors,&nbsp;particularly those with disabilities. Historically, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museums have been leaders in the field of accessible institutional design</a>, whether through improvised additions or new technology. In a collaboration between the <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> and Parsons The New School for Design, students in the <a href="http://amt.parsons.edu/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Art, Media, and Technology</a> have focused on how both physical and online resources can optimize the museum experience for people with disabilities.</p> <p> Working under the <a href="http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design and Technology masters program</a> and alongside education specialists at the Met, Parsons&rsquo; students spent the last semester designing a host of physical and digital tools to not only make museum resources more accessible, but to serve and benefit the public at large. Their work, including a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88541265/between-a-womb-and-a-cathedral-architects-of-air-s-the-most-beautiful "Between a womb and a cathedral": Architects of Air's "The Most Beautiful" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-12T13:31:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:02:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r63uw59zid7dkivc.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Reactions to Alan Parkinson's luminaria range from rhapsodic and enlightened, to energized or calmed. These giant inflatable structures, first designed by Parkinson in the 1980s and now touring worldwide under his "Architects of Air" organization, resemble multi-colored bouncy citadels, and create a totally immersive experience of light and color to anyone who walks their winding interiors. Imagine a Verner Panton wormhole opening into a florescent clerestory; a near-psychedelic secular pilgrimage through some giant creature's digestive system.</p> <p> To celebrate over twenty years of designing, building, and touring the luminaria, Architects of Air has released <em>The Most Beautiful</em>, a photo book with nearly glowing images from inside the structures and a quick look at the luminaria's design history.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jp/jpbmd9woqfj679dk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Since putting the first luminarium on tour in the early 1990s, Architects of Air has designed over fifteen more structures and inflated them all over the world. Made out of a custom fle...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88601546/hello-wood-uses-365-sleighs-to-build-an-11-meter-christmas-tree-in-budapest Hello Wood uses 365 sleighs to build an 11-meter Christmas tree in Budapest Justine Testado 2013-12-11T14:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T23:54:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7div7vbnmbz7peb4.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The holiday season is in full swing &mdash; or sleigh, in this case. <a href="http://hellowood.eu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, an architecture and design studio, built an 11-meter tall Christmas tree in one week using 365 sleighs in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. (Watch the video below.)</p> <p> After Christmas, the temporary structure will be dismantled and the sleighs will be given to the kids living in the <a href="http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOS Children&rsquo;s Village</a> homes in Hungary.<br><br> Here are the project details:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xzlaepntwlnnk5u.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Visitors can step in and have a look at the construction from the inside. The base is made of steel, it weights 4.5 tons, so the construction is perfectly safe from the heavy winds of winter. The four stems of the installation hold 325 kilograms each.</p> <p> First, the carpenters of Hello Wood made the 10.5 meters tall wooden frame, which was brought to the scene, where it was put together with the help of a crane and the use of welding techniques."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9ntm7gbghlsjvfnx.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Then came the alpinists of Hello Wood, who were working on the installation for four consecutive days...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88519518/turning-cities-into-magical-playgrounds Turning cities into magical playgrounds Archinect 2013-12-10T12:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T11:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426a0b248931ab8bd37b35457d1ab644.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lumiere, it's a four-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of spectators to see the city's historic cathedrals, walls, bridges and squares illuminated by splashes of light. Projects range from LED and neon sculptures to large-scale projections by leading artists and lighting designers from Ireland and beyond.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87991594/rotterdam-salutes-coolsingel-street-with-tribute-film-screenings Rotterdam salutes Coolsingel street with "Tribute" film screenings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T18:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-03T18:37:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/owd56ldkp3cdn5b1.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once a bustling and stylish avenue, now a street that no longer knows its identity or purpose, no other street in Rotterdam provokes as much discussion as the Coolsingel.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Coolsingel is Rotterdam's civic artery, a 1km street home to the city's economic, commercial and political focal points. But despite its central position and function for the last century, the street has suffered a bit of an identity crisis, and lacks the vibrancy it once channeled.</p> <p> To reinvigorate its presence in the city and honor its history, Sculpture International Rotterdam (along with guest curator Laurie Cluitmans) will transform the street into an outdoor cinema, for a project it calls "Tribute To An Avenue". Every night for a month early next year, short films by accomplished international video artists will be projected onto the Coolsingel's walls and windows, accompanied by special tours including food, music, and nightlife. The event is not only a move to invigorate the space, but to refine its muddle, and draw public attention to the relationship between a city street and its citizens.</p> <p> "Tribute To An Avenue" will run every night from January 8 to February 9, 2...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87916028/formlessfinder-pile-it-on-for-art-basel-miami-beach Formlessfinder Pile It On For Art Basel Miami Beach Archinect 2013-12-02T14:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T19:36:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/0537f78a0c26f70d7d52ca4df4c55dc5.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The director of exhibitions at Design Miami heard about the duo's eagerness to move beyond traditional forms and building materials, and asked them to submit a design for the entrance to the annual fair's pavilion at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. "We got a cold call in late May, and it all happened at a fairly quick pace," says Ricciardi. "We had two weeks to develop a concept, and within a week they let us know that we had been selected."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87529261/over-100-urban-artists-repaint-a-soon-to-be-demolished-tower-in-paris Over 100 urban artists repaint a soon-to-be-demolished tower in Paris Justine Testado 2013-11-27T14:19:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T23:02:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q5/q5zagafoi6yko3sr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the 13th Arrondisement in Paris, the brightly painted "Tour Paris 13" building -- is easy to spot from a distance. Described as the largest group exhibition of street art, <a href="http://www.itinerrance.fr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gallery Itinerance</a> gathered over 100 urban artists representing 16 nationalities to use their artistic skills to repaint just about every corner of the old 9-floored tower right at the brink of its demolition --&nbsp; making a vivid statement that "in the end, everything will just disappear in the rubble."</p> <p> The completion of the Tour 13 project happened not long after the controversial decision to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelop the historic 5 Pointz "graffiti mecca" in New York</a>.</p> <p> Here are more details of the project:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4t1zypota83vmqzz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "For many months, the project voluntarily remained con&#64257;dential. Coordinated by<br> Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Director of Gallery Itinerance, with the support of the 13th Arrondisement City Hall and the consent of ICF Habitat La Sabliere, the building&rsquo;s landlord, decided to appeal to more than one hundred street-art artists from ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87167241/lucid-stead-by-artist-phillip-k-smith-iii-illuminates-joshua-tree-california Lucid Stead by artist Phillip K. Smith III illuminates Joshua Tree, California Justine Testado 2013-11-22T21:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-14T15:33:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hudbh5cpwezwde9t.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now here's a little weekend inspiration. "Lucid Stead" is an art installation by Phillip K. Smith, III in the beautiful desert landscape of Joshua Tree in California. With some mirrors, LED lights, custom built electronic equipment, and Arduino programming, Smith transformed a 70-year-old homesteader shack into an architecture piece that complements and contrasts with its peaceful environment throughout the entire day.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3drwkcinow35tr4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hb/hbx0xlgh907lw32l.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eg/eguddu200u107898.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5wjir3hs1pr30nlt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9o5qg8p3pxofk2ew.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mt5hst66l5ii58om.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqtm8gbyw4u3hsf0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/clsti8zo3pwdkqev.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5xf24700fgjvtj8s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of <a href="http://www.pks3.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phillip K. Smith, III</a>; photographers: Steve King, Lance Gerber, Lou Mora (see image gallery below for details)</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction 5 Pointz "graffiti mecca" in Long Island City faces imminent destruction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-11T18:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T11:53:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8hcrzo6sk2ga36ez.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The artists behind New York&rsquo;s graffiti haven 5 Pointz have learned that their last-ditch legal effort to save the outdoor gallery will likely fail. &ldquo;The building, unfortunately, is going to have to come down,&rdquo; federal judge Frederic Block said in New York&rsquo;s eastern district court on Friday. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m getting the sense that the traditional academic way of looking at things needs to be updated,&rdquo; Block said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85914123/sifang-art-museum-designed-by-22-architects-including-wang-shu-sanaa-adjaye-holl-opens-its-first-exhibition Sifang Art Museum - designed by 22 architects including Wang Shu, SANAA, Adjaye, Holl - opens its first exhibition Justine Testado 2013-11-06T19:12:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:13:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4hyqtbh8p9sp44e.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's wealthy patrons like Mr. Lu's family are underwriting a major cultural boom, spending billions of yuan on grand buildings to showcase impressive collections of art, antiques and other cultural rarities. Their largesse and ambitions echo American industrialists who sponsored the arts in the early years of the 20th century...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Recently in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/home-page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a>, reporter Jason Chow interviewed real-estate developer Lu Jun and his son Lu Xun who finally opened the Sifang Art Museum for its first exhibition this past weekend in Nanjing, China after 10 years of construction.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/26hewkh7e3la567g.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Spearheaded by Lu Jun and curated by architects Liu Jiakun and Arato Isozaki, the $164 million project consists of 11 mixed-use buildings designed by an international mix of well-known architects including Wang Shu, SANAA, David Adjaye, Mathias Klotz, Steven Holl, and artist Ai Weiwei (the only non-architect). Three more buildings are expected to be completed within the next year.</p> <p> During a rising cultural trend of private museums owned by China's wealthiest patrons, Lu Jun, his son, and some of the museum's architects describe the doubts, challenges, and hopes in the construction and operation of the ambitious project.</p> <p> You can read the entire article <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304069604579153943286886308" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="http://graphics.wsj.com/sifang/?mg=inert-wsj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the multimedia website</a>.</p> <p> <em>Photos by Qilai Shen. "Light Box" photo co...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum SO-IL and Gensler to ​design creative​ cultural ​incubator for New Museum Justine Testado 2013-11-01T18:06:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/nev5wl7a9k525cph.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="http://newmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> will be opening an incubator for art, technology, and design next summer in the institution's adjacent building at 231 Bowery in New York. <a href="http://so-il.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> architects in collaboration with <a href="http://www.gensler.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a> will design the new 11,000 sq.foot facility, which will be located inside a 19th-century structure that formerly belonged to artists like James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann.</p> <p> Developed by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum and Deputy Developer Karen Wong, the incubator will serve as a collaborative platform of shared educational and professional workspace for more than 60 start-up companies and creative entrepreneurs. The project is the latest addition to program series that aims to challenge the boundaries and relevance of museum practice in the 21st century.</p> <p> Prospective members will go through a rigorous application process before being selected by the incubator's Director and staff committee. Incubator members will then pay a monthly fee in exchange for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85306327/heatherwick-chosen-to-create-potentially-world-s-most-expensive-public-art-piece-for-new-york Heatherwick chosen to create potentially world's most expensive public art piece for New York Archinect 2013-10-29T18:20:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T18:20:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28e35f1727abc673eb23c9d4bfb9fce2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It isn't clear what the artwork will look like, though a person familiar with the matter said it would have a "gathering" theme. But it will be expensive: Mr. Ross, chairman of builder Related Cos., has told friends and associates the company intends to spend as much as $75 million on the centerpiece and surrounding public space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room "drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at “Abstract Drawing” exhibition in London’s Drawing Room Justine Testado 2013-10-25T18:02:00-04:00 >2014-02-09T18:39:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1p196lghqhet9o9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> London-based artist <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/emmamcnally/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emma McNally</a> will be showing her "drawing/space" works in the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/abstract_drawing_exhibition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Abstract Drawing" exhibition</a> at London's Drawing Room beginning February 20, 2014. Delving into the idea of abstraction in the drawing medium, "Abstract Drawing" will be curated by artist Richard Deacon, making it the Drawing Room's fourth artist-curated exhibition.</p> <p> Even at first glance, McNally's silver-beaded wire sculptures and graphite drawings resemble constellations in the night sky or maps, while other paperfolding pieces look like geological forms. There's no doubt her interests in philosophy, science, and music influence the intuitive, cartographic quality of her work.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef5mz3uuwxl3jpzq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Excerpt from an interview with Luce Garrigues of <em>Pasajes arquitectura</em>, courtesy of Emma McNally:</strong></p> <p> "Born in 1969, Emma started to create art as a way to unfold her thoughts and reflections whilst studying for her MA in Political Philosophy at York. She describes her drawings as a visualisation of complex systems and as...</p>