Aarhus Bling: James Turrell working with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design ARoS Art Museum Expansion

Architecture, Art, International, Lighting
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

While the world has been discussing how much Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video borrowed from James Turrell’s installations (Hint: a lot*), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark announced that the artist is collaborating with Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen on the museum’s new expansion.

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Edinburgh’s “Turd” building could cost the city its World Heritage Site status

Rendering of the Ribbon. (Courtesy Jestico + Whiles)

Rendering of the Ribbon. (Courtesy Jestico + Whiles)

While Philadelphia is just joining the ranks of World Heritage Cities, Edinburgh, Scotland, could be on its way out. Edinburgh’s yellow-brown, sandstone buildings, elegant extensions to the capital’s landscape, are set to receive new neighbors from developers. The approved plans have sent UNESCO to reassess Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site Listing.

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Restaurant Without Walls: Using vegetation and materials to divide spaces

 (COURTESY CARBONDALE)

(COURTESY CARBONDALE)

Piselli, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in São Paulo, will open in Iguatemi’s central plaza, the oldest Brazilian mall in operation and a popular Sao Paulo interior public space. Eric Carlson and his office CARBONDALE designed this “restaurant without walls,” using vegetation and materials to divide spaces.

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Plans unveiled for a sprawling mall of pebbles in the suburbs of Dubai

(Courtesy Design International)

(Courtesy Design International)

LuLu Group International has commissioned Design International and Eng. Adnan Saffarini to design its new flagship shopping center: Avenues Mall, Silicon Oasis in Dubai. And while it might not boast the heights we’re used to seeing in the towering city, it is certainly sprawling at 1,779 acres. Read More

Muji Hut: Designers team up with minimalist retailer for three small but mighty prefab homes

Hut of Wood. Courtesy Muji Hut Facebook

Hut of Wood. Courtesy Muji Hut Facebook

Japanese retailer MUJI teamed up with well-known designers Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, and Konstantin Grcic to create Muji Hut, a collection of three prefab homes. The minimalistic-inspired homes made their debut during Tokyo Design Week, which took place October 24 to November 3.

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Cone PWN: Video captures Brits dressed as traffic cones blocking streets in southwest London

(Courtesy Chris Anson via the Evening Standard)

Cause of commotion. (Courtesy Chris Anson via the Evening Standard)

In the southwest London borough of Kingston upon Thames, police officers were left giggling at the sight of walking traffic cones early last Sunday morning. The police file even read: “Males dressed as traffic cones, blocking the street like traffic cones.” However, the Evening Standard has revealed that the act isn’t just a drunken parade, rather a protest against Über car service.

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Report finds the Middle East could soon be too hot for human inhabitation as Dubai moves forward with its own indoor rainforest in a skyscraper

View of the Burj Khalifa in the background (Courtesy ZASA)

View of the Burj Khalifa in the background (Courtesy ZASA)

In an ironic twist, the global fuel powerhouse that is the Middle East is at risk of becoming too hot for human life due to the emissions produced as a result of creating that fuel. Such news evidently means little to the city of Dubai which is currently in line for two new luxurious skyscrapers, one of which will feature its very own rainforest.

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Sou Fujimoto’s search for lightness at the Chicago Architectural Biennial

Sou Fujimoto find architecture in everyday objects at the Chicago Architecturee Biennial. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Sou Fujimoto finds architecture in everyday objects at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Just like every other major architectural exhibition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is a massive undertaking filled with large scale models, full size mock- ups and room sized installations. However, the most light-handed approach in the main exhibition can be found sandwiched between two full scale houses. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto placed about 40 different found objects on five-inch-by-five-inch plywood bases.

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On View> SURPLUS! explores Cairo’s housing crisis through the lens of photography

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Cairo’s Townhouse gallery is hosting an exploration of Egypt’s housing crisis through the lens of 18 photographs by Anthony Hamboussi. The views encapsulate urban and architectural vistas that tell the story of “housing real estate in all sectors of the economy, formal and informal, from high-end developments to state-built “affordable” housing and piecemeal private investments.”

But act fact, SURPLUS! Housing from the Periphery closes on November 4.

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Removal of Vancouver’s Viaducts: Making room for housing, culture, and parks

Vancouver without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

Vancouver without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

On October 27th, the Vancouver City Council voted 5–4 to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, making space for housing, culture, and parks.

The viaducts were part of a proposed freeway system through East Vancouver in 1971, until residents protested, and the project was abandoned. In June 2013, the city council made a unanimous vote to study the potential impact of removing the viaducts that connect the downtown to neighborhoods on the city’s East side.

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How three pavilions from Expo Milano 2015 will find new life around the globe

AUSTRIA PAVILION AT EXPO MILANO 2015. (LAURIAN GHINITOIU)

AUSTRIA PAVILION AT EXPO MILANO 2015. (COURTESY LAURIAN GHINITOIU)

Expo Milano 2015, with its theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” closed Saturday, October 31st. Although investing $1.8 billion into a 184-day event and transporting designers and materials across the globe isn’t quite sustainable, the results were revolutionary—exhibiting new, sustainable building methods and promoting food production.

But now, the big question is: what’s going to happen to these temporary structures? Here are three notable participants repurposing their structures with minimal waste.

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Theaster Gates’ ‘Sanctum,’ a 552-hour continuous performance, will run through November 21

Art, International, On View
Monday, November 2, 2015
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Max McClure via Situations

(Max McClure via Situations)

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates launched Sanctum, a 24-day performance in Bristol, England that will have continuous programming 24 hours a day.

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