Known for his political activism and for art that spans east and west, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will hold an exhibit on Alcatraz Island this September. The showÂ will include seven works atÂ the notorious former federal prisonâ€”with partners including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the For-Site Foundation.
Thanks to a new student-led effort, green is no longer just the color of the year, it’s also the new orange. When the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville embarked on a $68 million expansion three years ago, the plan set aside no money for landscape design.Â But a collaboration between five landscape architecture students from Iowa State University and eight offenders is bringing a touch of green behind bars.
The Guardian got up close and personal with Zaha Hadid in a recent, no-holds-barred interview where the Pritzker prize-winning architect gave her two cents on Londonâ€™s â€œconservativeâ€ architecture climate and railed against rectangular buildings, revealing a nugget of wisdom that perhaps has eluded most designers: â€œThe world is not a rectangle.â€Â Beyond her dislike for conventional corner-orientedÂ design, she also told the reporter that, at her firm, â€œwe donâ€™t make nice little buildings.â€
While quadrilaterals and â€œniceâ€ architecture are out of the question, apparently designing in Syria isnâ€™t. That is, unless it is an un-luxurious prison. â€œWell,Â I wouldnâ€™t mind building in Syria,â€ Hadid told the paper. â€œIâ€™m an Arab and if it helps people, if itâ€™s an opera house or a parliament building, something for the masses, I would do it. But if someone asks me to build a prison, I wouldnâ€™t do it. I wouldnâ€™t build a prison, irrespective of where it is, even if it was very luxurious.â€ WhatÂ population living in a war-ravaged country doesnâ€™t need a first-rate opera house?