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The Mathematics gallery. (Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)
In an effort to make math appear exciting, London‘s Science Museum has tapped Zaha Hadid to design its new mathematics gallery. According to the museum, the new multi-million dollar, Hadid-ian space will “tell stories that place mathematics at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the world from the turn of the 17th century to the present.” If that doesn’t sound absolutely riveting to you, well maybe some math-themed architectureÂ can help.
Mexico City’s new airport will aim for a light environmental footprint through natural ventilation and a massive central hub. (foster + partners / FR-EE)
A new international airport for Mexico City won’t just fix the problems of its predecessorâ€”which typically delays planes because the two runways were built too close togetherâ€”it will be unique in its efficient expansiveÂ single enclosure, according to its architects, Foster + Partners and FR-EE.
mickey friedman was a celebrated design director, design curator, and editor of Design Quarterly. She died September 3, 2014. (courtesy walker art center)
Mildred Friedman, the longtime design curator of Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and a prolific architectural author, died Wednesday at her home in New York City. She was 85.Â Friedman, whose friends called her â€œMickey,â€ ran the Walker for 21 years with her husband, Martin, who was its director. Together they made it â€œAmerica’s leading design museum,â€ according to a tribute from Architectural Record on the occasion of the couple’s â€œretirementâ€ in 1990. Read More
Antoine Predock Architect’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (Aaron Cohen/Canadian Museum for Human Rights)
Despite his reputation for designing buildings with aesthetically and technically interesting envelopes, Antoine Predock,Â who will deliver the opening keynote address at next month’s Facades+ Dallas conference, does not spend a lot of time thinking about the facade as a separate entity. “I never use the term facade, because I work spatially,” he said. “I work from an inner process; then all of a sudden, whoops, there’s a facade.” Rather than designing from the outside in, PredockÂ digs deep. “I talk about strataâ€”like geologic strata,” he explained. “Every project has layers of meanings and understandings that finally culminate in this physical thing, but there’s all these strata below that.”
As preservationists steam, demolition teams working in the desert heat have begun to tear down Donald Wexler’s famedÂ Spa HotelÂ in downtown Palm Springs. The hotel was closed in early June by its owners, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Â To add insult to injury, the demolition has begun with the hotel’s most famous element: it’s elegant, concrete-vaulted colonnade. Read More
London’sÂ Victoria &Â Albert Museum is preparing to construct an art installation byÂ Zaha Hadid.Â CalledÂ Crest,Â the oval form takes its name from ocean waves and will appear in the museumâ€™s John Madejski garden as part of theÂ London Design Festival, which takes place later this month.
Perhaps theÂ most hyped corporate campus in history, Apple’s Norman Fosterâ€“designed campus in Cupertino, is starting to come out of the ground. YouTube user jmcminnÂ recently uploaded a videoÂ of a (loud) drone flying over the top secret construction site,Â where work began a few months ago and should continue through 2016. The circular foundations appear to be over a quarter complete.
Zaha Hadidhas sued the New York Review of Books. The complaint, filed last month in Manhattan Supreme Court, takes issue with a piece by architecture critic Martin Filler that allegedly mischaracterized her comments on the deaths of hundreds of migrant construction workers in Qatar, where she has designed a soccer stadium for the 2022 World Cup.
Nike has covered a basketball court in Shanghai with LED sensors and the result looksÂ like a live-action video game. The court is called the â€œHouse of Mambaâ€â€”not to be confused with the new â€œHouse of Vansâ€ in Londonâ€”and it’s topped withÂ reactive sensors thatÂ track players’ every move.
Warmed over designer from the early 2000s, Karim Rashid, is back! TheÂ man in white is designing threeÂ new residential properties in upper Manhattan,Â â€œHAP FOUR N.Y.â€ in West Harlem, “HAP FIVE N.Y.” in East Harlem, and â€œHAP SIX N.Y.â€ in Inwood. Known forÂ curving forms, extensive use of plastics, and bright colors, Rashid has designedÂ numerous products and interiors, such as the bulbous bottles for Method cleaning products. As Rashid steps into the world of architecture, hisâ€”let’s say, expressiveâ€”approach hasÂ come under fire. But there’s no stopping him now…
BIG’s second, and rejected, proposal. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)
It’s strike two for Danish designÂ in Utah. Bjarke Ingelsâ€™ second proposed expansion of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah did not fare any better than his first. TheÂ Park City News is reportingÂ that the local City Hall rejected the firmâ€™s updated design because it failed to meet the â€œmunicipal government’s strict Old Town guidelines.â€ Or, to put it simply, it just didn’tÂ fit in. That’s essentially what the Park City community said aboutÂ BIGâ€™s first designâ€”a dramatic, twisting, log cabin-like structure.