As the Rebuild By Design jury mulls over a winner of its resiliency-based design competition to re-imagine the East Coast in light of Hurricane Sandy, students in Harvardâ€™s Graduate School of Design have been creating their own ways to protect against the Next Big Storm. While their studio, titled â€œDesign and Politics,â€ was purely academic, it was modeled on the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentâ€™s official competition. The Dutchman in charge of Rebuild, Henk Ovink, oversaw the interdisciplinary teams of students, and representatives from half of Rebuildâ€™s final tenÂ teams served as jurors at the studio review.
Famed designer Massimo Vignelliâ€”known to many as the designer of thisÂ iconic New York City subway mapâ€”is gravely ill and has reportedly left the hospital to spend time at home with his family. In this Â grave moment, Vignelliâ€™s son, Luca, is asking all those who know his fatherâ€”or is inspired by himâ€”to send a letter.
Having observed the absence of architecture and design materials from the American art collection scene, curator and scholar Christopher W. Mount decided to fill the gap himself. His eponymous Los Angeles gallery, housed in the Pacific Design Center, opens to the public on Friday, May 23 with A Modern Master: Photographs by Balthazar Korab. A second gallery, open by appointment, will be located on the Upper West Side in New York. â€œI really thought that this was the time,â€ said Mount. â€œI thought, â€˜Here is a subject matter that major museums collect, and there hasnâ€™t been somebody who opened a gallery.â€™â€ Read More
Friday> Freecell & Pulitzer Foundation turn a vacant lot in St. Louis into a parade of public programs
Last year, a vacant lot across the street from theÂ Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis became the site of a design competition for a temporary built-environment installation. New Yorkâ€™s Freecell Architecture won PXSTL’s $50,000 project budget and $10,000 honorarium for a proposal to erect an adjustable canopy for performances and gatheringsâ€”an idea Kristina Van Dyke, director of the Pulitzer Foundation, called â€œboth monumental and ephemeral at the same time.â€
The transformation of the Jehovahâ€™s Witness’ Watchtower campus in Dumbo is underway. Real estate wunderkind Jared Kushner isÂ convertingÂ the five-building complexÂ into â€œDumbo Heightsâ€ â€“ Brooklynâ€™s next tech hub and commercial district. While the 1.2-million-square-foot project wonâ€™t open until next year, a new promotional video for theÂ siteÂ was released this week. And itâ€™s packed with more Brooklyn stereotypes than a Williamsburg brunch spot on Sunday. Hereâ€™s a shot-by-shot guide to the springâ€™s most epic real estate promotional film. Read More
The Chicago Design Museum, our resident pop-up pantheon of graphic aesthetics, is looking for your help to mount the first exhibition in its new permanent home. Theyâ€™re planning a centennial show for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (hey, AIGAâ€™s as old as Wrigley!), and theyâ€™ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to get it funded (and time is really running out!). Eavesdropâ€™s been known to drop in on ChiDMâ€™s shows since its inception, so we could be persuaded to part with some cash.
A group of North Carolina preservationists is trying to protect a local piece of modernist history from the impending wrecking ball. The News & Observer reportedÂ that a group called North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has started a campaign to save the former Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic building, which was designed by Raleigh architect G.Â Milton SmallÂ over 50 years ago.
“The building is really Raleighâ€™s finest example of international architecture,” saidÂ George Smart, the head of NCMH, who noted that Small studied under Mies van der RoheÂ at IIT.
It looks like design history is in the air here in Chicago. The Chicago Design Museum is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to launch an exhibition looking back at 100 years of graphic arts. ChicagoismsÂ just opened at The Art Instituteâ€”a meditation on Chicagoâ€™s architectural history and mythology that builds off a previous exhibition of unbuilt work reviewed here.
Now another exhibit glances at Chicago’s design history to better assess its present and future.
In what sounds like a flashback to the turn of the 20th century, curious New Yorkers peered inquisitively at a new horseless carriage model on display at the New York International Auto Show. The old-timey vehicle is actually a high-tech electric vehicle at the center of theÂ heated fight to ban horse carriages from Central Park in New York City.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the Salone del Mobile and the dozens of related events during Milan Design Week. Luckily there are plenty of visual palate cleansers in form of immersive environments, from new showrooms by Pritzker Prizeâ€“winning architects to dazzling installations by up-and-coming designers. There isÂ more to Milan Design Week than just great looking furniture! At the Triennale design museum, for instance, Paris-based DGT architects created a light-catching installation for Citizen watches called Light is Time (above), featuring space dividing curtains made of tens of thousands of watch plates.
LEGO Architecture has released a new box setâ€”and from the looks of it,Â this isn’t your grandmotherâ€™s architectural plaything. The new LEGO set is not the usualÂ plastic-brick model of Rockefeller Center or the Empire State Building. No, this new set is cutting-edge. It goes where no other LEGO box set has gone before: it’s a replica of an icon so iconic that it doesnâ€™t even exist yet. Itâ€™s a limited-edition replica of the Bjarke Ingelsâ€“designed LEGOÂ Museum in the companyâ€™s birthplace of Billund, Denmark.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced seven finalists for the $100,000 Wheelwright Grant which is awarded annually for travel-based architectural research. This prize was first given in 1935 to purely GSD grads until it was revamped in 2013 to be an open competition.
The 2014 competition received nearly 200 submissions from 46 countries.Â The jury awarded special commendation to seven individuals for their exceptional design talent and imaginative research proposals. The winner will be announced on April 30th.