Archinect - News 2014-08-27T23:18:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107562227/hunts-point-memories-of-the-future Hunts Point | Memories of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T22:01:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/874e68e79d098211b58bf25adb5bf113.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with fifteen poets and community activists from StartUp Box South Bronx, I recently created Memories of the Future, a location-based cinema project viewed on mobile phones. The group experimented with spoken word poetry, site specific performance, and on-site spectatorship to reframe the predominant view of Hunts Point and speak about possibilities for its future from a position of power.</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/107410034/the-outlaw-instagrammers-of-new-york-city The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/js11b4alvgpoc05p.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There has long been a subculture of so-called &ldquo;urban explorers&rdquo; who have made a game of accessing off-limits places. [...] Urban explorers take photos mainly to document that they&rsquo;ve been there, while for Deas the image is the whole point. The outlaw Instagrammers have more in common with graffiti artists, another subculture of underground creatives who make their work in the cracks of the urban landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in Russia: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46831485/skywalking-hacking-architecture-in-russia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skywalking - hacking architecture in Russia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107406006/an-exhibit-as-vast-as-the-world An Exhibit as Vast as the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/5955fccc45c537361d9d080c93cc5947.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I can&rsquo;t think of a more fitting a place for an exhibition of art and representation that aims to capture the breadth of the world than the Queens Museum. [...] The title of Bringing the World into the World, on view through October 12th, is inspired by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti&rsquo;s assertion that art and the world contain and are contained by each other. As conceived, the exhibition couldn&rsquo;t happen properly anywhere else.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87131874/the-queens-museum-has-reopened-after-a-69-million-renovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queens Museum has reopened after a $69 million renovation</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5175f031ae94c4f7a3b3852f7df5b52.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>5 Pointz, New York City&rsquo;s &ldquo;graffiti mecca,&rdquo; is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive residential condo complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360147/5-pointz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107098607/is-there-a-future-for-miami-s-museum-of-contemporary-art Is there a future for Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art? Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T14:36:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccd0beb8e6bdb886b88a221d62c977de.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The difficulties faced by Moca in North Miami in recent years highlight the changing cultural landscape of Miami. Moca was once one of a very few contemporary art institutions in the wider metropolis, but it has faced increasing competition for resources and support in recent years. [...] The suit cites Art Basel Miami Beach and Pamm as posing &ldquo;new challenges to the relevancy and reputation of Moca&rsquo;s permanent art collection.&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/107093782/rubber-duckie-you-make-globalization-so-much-fun Rubber Duckie, you make globalization so much fun Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T19:51:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fcc877b8a71ee702c831124ff3cbb65.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A six-story-tall floating "Rubber Duck" is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade [...] Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adorable? Certainly. Humorous? Obviously. Architecture? Maybe.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/project.php?id=197" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hofman's website</a>, the Rubber Duck "doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation... The Rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!" This description accounts for all rubber duckies ever. What distinguishes this Rubber Duck is where its been. The giant inflatable has appeared on the shores of Beijing, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Osaka, S&atilde;o Paulo and others, to delight folks around the world. The ocean is the globalized world's bathtub, and this giant duck its bath toy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42b822e0c1117ec8010ae5bfe1338f75.jpg"></p><p>Hofman claims the duck "doesn't have a political connotation", but its difficult to not see it as a symbol for globalized commerce. With the same universal cuteness the world-over, it visits ports (such as in Los Angeles) that support global shipping infrastructures, networking economies and cultures with a universally accessible cuteness. The duck's path is paved by human, economic forces, not natural ocean ones&nbsp;&mdash; un...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed' Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:04:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rt/rtsuuy4dsr6bm0tv.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Olafur Eliasson has tried something else. For his latest site-specific project, which opens on 20 August, the artist has transformed the entire south wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark into a convincing riverbed &ndash; a messy, stony accumulation of sedimentary rock and watery channels that threatens to silt up the white space of the gallery entirely. The result is an uncanny collision of manmade and natural views, and a Sublime reminder of the slow power of nature to erode [...].</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/106094093/zipper-fastened-kaleidoscopic-architecture Zipper-fastened kaleidoscopic architecture Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T13:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73a3da8515021e2d817626a412902eca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The installation you see above is a project by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki called "Wink," their entry into Kobe Biennial's Art Container Contest. The kaleidoscope concept uses mirrors (in keeping with Sir David Brewster's classic), but is also held together by zippers. Shirane and Miyazaki claim this makes it the first "architecture" based on zippers; proving you can create an adaptable, reconfigurable space using the same tech found in your pants.</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/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T13:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8b49c73c84da999ee712947c21359e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cuba is in talks with the Bronx Museum to organise the first major exhibition by a US museum in the country, according to local reports. The show would be part of the 12th edition of the Havana Biennial next year, and could be followed by an exhibition in New York in 2016 that would feature work by Cuban artists. [...] During her opening remarks, Perera emphasised the role of culture in &ldquo;breaking barriers imposed by governments that have nothing to do with the will of the artists&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/105787826/when-cities-become-science-where-does-art-fit-in When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T14:23:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64dc9080493585e8b7df595648695b22.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But, with all this push to quantize and characterize, there are dangers. Cities clearly are more than a new kind of physics problem. They are also creations of the human imagination and, as such, they live or die by the quality of the imagination we bring to them. Thats why no discussion of the health of cities can be complete without thinking about the role of art &mdash; public art.</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/105554301/shigeru-ban-designed-aspen-art-museum-ready-for-grand-opening-next-week Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum ready for grand opening next week Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3416f2e07ad6b09df4bb3fa49783b14.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next Saturday at 5 p.m., after a week of member previews, the 35-year-old Aspen Art Museum in Colorado will open the doors of its new building to the public and then keep them open for a 24-hour celebration. There is much to celebrate. The four-story building is the first American museum designed by the innovative Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.</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/105403239/leading-saudi-artist-focuses-on-the-modernisation-of-mecca-and-jerusalem Leading Saudi artist focuses on the modernisation of Mecca and Jerusalem Alexander Walter 2014-07-30T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45afb3c31c3cc2619ad7d629c632c387.jpg" width="425" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, who caused a stir with a series of photographs depicting the rampant redevelopment around Mecca, is due to take part in his first public talk in the UK at Sotheby&rsquo;s London (12 August). Mater will also discuss this work in relation to other cities such as Jerusalem and Medina during the discussion, entitled &ldquo;Contemporary photography and hybrid architecture&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105324500/a-lost-cause-alfredo-jaar-s-a-logo-for-america-coming-to-times-square-again A Lost Cause? Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo for America” Coming to Times Square Again Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd5126c37fcaa7fe76d11f5412fef4f1.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Alfredo Jaar&rsquo;s glittering &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; video first played on a Times Square billboard in 1987, it riled up New Yorkers. [...] shows the words &ldquo;This is not America&rdquo; inside the outline of the United States. &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; will receive a second life this week; beginning on August 1, the video will pop up on Times Square signs and screens between 11:57 pm and 12:00 am. But this 2.0 version loses some of the video&rsquo;s original intent to reach a broad&mdash;and hopefully attentive&mdash;audience.</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/105016813/north-carolina-museum-of-art-receives-grant-for-a-high-tech-education-center North Carolina Museum of Art Receives Grant for a High-Tech Education Center Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4gpzuq6jg56vdlvz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Carolina Museum of Art on Tuesday received a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees&rsquo; Credit Union Foundation for art education research. The grant will establish a high-tech education center that will serve as a portal for accessing the museum&rsquo;s collection, exhibitions and programs.</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/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:17:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pfjvsf8qyg82mkf.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project &ndash; &nbsp;the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa &ndash;&nbsp;will be designed by&nbsp;British architect Thomas Heatherwick.&nbsp;"How do you turn 42 vertical concrete tubes into a place to experience contemporary culture?" the architect said.&nbsp;"We could either fight a building made of concrete tubes or enjoy it's tube-iness."</p><p>The museum will focus on works since 2000 and will be directed by&nbsp;Mark Coetzee.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104862450/damien-hirst-s-london-art-space-due-to-open-next-spring Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:55:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0e778d00b393bc6e4438e22acf6f831.jpg" width="300" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Damien Hirst&rsquo;s art complex in south London, which was initially due to open this year, will take a little longer to complete. A spokeswoman for Science Ltd, Hirst&rsquo;s company, says that it is now due to open &ldquo;in May or June&rdquo; next year. The centre, which is designed by Caruso St John architects, runs the length of Newport Street in Vauxhall. The former theatre carpentry and scenery production workshops will become six galleries. Office space and a restaurant are also planned.</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/104717771/goldsmiths-to-build-public-art-gallery Goldsmiths to Build Public Art Gallery Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:36:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h98fckqpx9qs3far.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London and home to one of the UK&rsquo;s leading art schools, plans to build a public art gallery behind the art department&rsquo;s home, in an early 20th-century former public baths. To help raise the &pound;2m needed to convert the old water tanks of the Laurie Grove Baths into an art space, the institution is asking its star alumni and emeritus professors [...] to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie&rsquo;s, possibly next year.</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/104708117/us-museums-provide-emergency-support-for-syria US museums provide emergency support for Syria Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:19:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f0802ba47b7c1650f43d989271f2a8d.jpg" width="484" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government&rsquo;s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country&rsquo;s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum&rsquo;s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.</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/104480216/how-much-are-curators-really-paid How much are curators really paid? Alexander Walter 2014-07-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c44e32df778961ca671cd9c910619b9d.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the art world were staggered by recent reports that the Italian curator Germano Celant is being paid &euro;750,000 to organise a pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015. Celant&rsquo;s fee, and the incredulity it provoked, raises questions about how much curators are typically paid for organising biennials and large-scale international exhibitions. The Art Newspaper surveyed around 40 international curators and biennial organisers [...].</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/104329059/edifice-complex-architecture-leaps-from-commodity-to-collectible Edifice Complex: Architecture Leaps From Commodity to Collectible Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbhjiub45b1qwlhw.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the Crystal Bridges acquisition reflects an increasingly popular attitude toward architecturally significant homes among private collectors. Such buyers now see that historic homes can be collected, preserved, and appreciated much like fine art.</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/103941905/michael-jantzen-shows-m-velope-in-st-louis Michael Jantzen shows M-velope in St. Louis Archinect 2014-07-11T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:56:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mm0kqorubf0r3sy7.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The exploration of new ways of thinking about the built environment is at the heart of a new exhibition at St. Louis', MO <a href="http://brunodavidgallery.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruno David Gallery</a> which opened June 27.</p><p>Key piece of the show is <em>M-velope</em> by artist <a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a> (read Archinect's 2009 interview with Jantzen <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91718/captain-concept-archinect-interviews-michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>), an art retreat structure designed to provide shelter when trying to "escape from the norm."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkv3ssgxbur2a8e7.jpg"></p><p>The sculpture, 12 feet high by 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, takes up the center of the main gallery space and is Michael Jantzen's latest sculpture from his &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen/project/the-m-velope" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-velope</a>&rdquo; series.</p><p>The exhibition still runs until Saturday, August 23, 2014.</p><p>Scroll down for more details.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9shgbym2vuu21lx.jpg"></p><p>"Michael Jantzen has always approached his art and design as an inventor, rather than a stylist. By creating architectural art, he is reinventing the built environment so that it can continually be altered to meet the changing needs and desires of its occupants. At times, he attempts to invent systems and components that can be assembled and reassembled in various...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103859898/joanna-warsza-curates-architecture-between-east-and-west Joanna Warsza Curates Architecture Between East and West Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:02:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77fc0bf02be13acfbdd6101b0b12b675.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buildings perform a variety of functions: They shelter, illuminate, and obscure surrounding people and landscapes. The fundamentally pragmatic purpose of architecture endows edifices with a wide range of functions, but rarely does architecture speak. Curator Joanna Warsza, however, organizes performances and interventions that implore architecture to speak back.</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/103858287/exhibition-review-building-the-picture-architecture-in-italian-renaissance-paintings Exhibition Review: 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Paintings' Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:02:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wrk2sf6n1qb68nk7.jpg" width="381" height="176" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Buildings in paintings have too often been viewed as background or as space fillers which play a passive or at best supporting role, propping up the figures that carry the main message of the picture. By looking afresh at buildings within paintings, treating them as active protagonists, it becomes clear that they performed a series of crucial roles."</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/103109862/this-secret-swimming-pool-in-the-mojave-desert-could-be-all-yours This secret swimming pool in the Mojave desert could be all yours... Archinect 2014-06-30T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5c87e93b09461c03f19c8b2c5642886.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The piece was completed last Friday and it consists of a single, diminutive swimming pool located somewhere in the southern Mojave Desert between Joshua Tree and Apple Valley. The public is allowed to use the pool, but in order to do so visitors need the key that unlocks it (it is kept covered) as well as the GPS coordinates. Only once you have the key, which is kept at the MAK Center, are you given the coordinates.</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/102877898/one-way-to-play-with-your-food-create-a-food-machine-from-the-swedish-forest One way to "Play with Your Food": create a Food Machine from the Swedish forest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-27T19:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh2asm885sm7cv54.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For some meals, it's not the food that makes it special, but how it was prepared. A cake made by a dear friend can taste better than the one bought from the bakery; instant oatmeal becomes transcendent made over a campfire in the woods. The traditions of cooking that we abide by are part economical, part chemical science, part sorcery &mdash;&nbsp;what comes out the other end is an alchemy.</p><p>&nbsp;"<a href="http://sanjuan.aaschool.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play with Your Food</a>", the <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/sanjuan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Visiting School</a> being held this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, wants to investigate that alchemical process from an architectural perspective. What can the design process of architecture learn from the designed process of cooking and mixology? One experimental approach to this way of thinking comes by way of the "<a href="http://collaborativecooking.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Food Machine</a>", an automated kitchen device cooked up by a group of Swedish designers. <a href="http://www.pjadad.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Petter Johansson</a>, <a href="http://www.christianisberg.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Isberg</a>, <a href="http://lassekorsgaard.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lasse Korsgaard</a> and Carl Bergl&ouml;f created an open-source cooking device, that can be accessed by multiple people at once from anywhere in the worl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-25T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T17:48:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c1e0d355389eeb45990c5de19e4348f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard. The new design is meant to address concerns that the original plan would encroach on, and potentially damage, the La Brea Tar Pits at the neighboring Page Museum, casting a shadow over the largest pit.</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/102556267/a-tale-of-two-extensions A tale of two extensions Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T14:47:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a1312ccb22270fb13be41c0dddd2883.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Switzerland&rsquo;s two largest art museums are building extensions, although Basel is moving faster than its neighbour and sometimes rival, Z&uuml;rich. In Basel, construction is proceeding apace on the Kunstmuseum&rsquo;s project, across the street from the original museum. [...] Meanwhile Z&uuml;rich&rsquo;s Kunsthaus has become embroiled in a dispute which has halted work this month. The Swiss environmental group Archicultura is objecting, and permission to build is being withheld by a canton court.</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/102553042/us-student-is-rescued-from-giant-vagina-sculpture-in-germany US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany Archinect 2014-06-23T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:13:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5uyt7nlsjzaloxud.jpg" width="514" height="675" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Friday afternoon, a young American in T&uuml;bingen had to be rescued by 22 firefighters after getting trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina. The Chac&aacute;n-Pi (Making Love) artwork by the Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara has been outside T&uuml;bingen University's institute for microbiology and virology since 2001 and had previously mainly attracted juvenile sniggers rather than adventurous explorers.</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/102325797/google-adds-graffiti-to-its-art-portfolio Google Adds Graffiti to Its Art Portfolio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T21:22:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8e8615bac7269e31a796c76580228d9.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using images provided by cultural organizations worldwide, some of which were captured with Google&rsquo;s Street View camera technology, [the Google Cultural Institute's Street Art Project] includes street art from around the globe, including work that no longer exists [...] Google is the latest organization to wade into debates about how or whether to institutionalize, let alone commercialize, art that is ephemeral and often willfully created subversively.</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/101926219/the-peril-of-hipster-economics The Peril of Hipster Economics Miles Jaffe 2014-06-15T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-20T09:57:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cpzxibnwursrkk1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Wall Street Journal calls this "Fighting Urban Blight With Art". Liz Thomas, the curator of the project, calls it "an experience that asks people to think about this space that they hurtle through every day". The project is not actually fighting blight, of course - only the ability of Amtrak customers to see it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reminds me of NYC in the 1980's when the city put large vinyl decals depicting shutters, potted plants, Venetian blinds and window shades over the yawning windows of abandoned city-owned buildings that face the Cross Bronx Expressway.</p>