Snøhetta’s exhibit at Berlin’s Aedes explores natural light and human habitat in Norway

Art, International, On View
Friday, September 25, 2015
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(Courtesy Aedes)

(Courtesy Aedes)

The current focus on research in architectural practice normally means thinking out the design and materials of an upcoming project or a prototype for a hoped-for commission. But when Norwegian and American firm Snøhetta was given the chance to do a research project by the Zumtobel Group they created Living The Nordic Light, and it became an exhibition at Berlin’s Aedes Architecture Forum.

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On View> “Streamlines” sculptures and performances stoke climate conversations in southern Indiana

Art, Midwest, On View, Sustainability
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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"Streamlines" begins Sep. 24. (Mary Miss and City as Living Laboratory)

“Streamlines” begins Sep. 24. (Mary Miss and City as Living Laboratory)

Art has washed up on the banks of southern Indiana‘s White River. Converging south of Indianapolis near Columbus, Indiana, the river’s two forks draw from a series of small tributaries, which an artist working with grant money from the National Science Foundation has chosen as the setting for an interactive public art series meant to provoke discussions on water, environment, and climate.

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On View> The Detroit Design Festival kicks off today

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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(Detroit Design Festival)

(Detroit Design Festival)

The Detroit Design Festival returns this year with 30 events and exhibits put together with contributions from dozens of architects and designers. The festival, which runs September 22–26, kicks off with “industry day,” featuring 3D printing demonstrations and a lecture by Stephen Hobbs titled “Defensive Architecture.” You can view a full schedule of the events here.

The South Street Seaport fetes its new Cultural District with exhibits curated by James Sanders

Art, Development, East, On View, Preservation
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters, a site specific installation at the South Street Seaport (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters, a site specific installation at the South Street Seaport (Audrey Wachs / AN)

On September 17th, New York artists, architects, and designers gathered in lower Manhattan to celebrate the newly anointed South Street Seaport Culture District.

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Diana Balmori launches a vegetated island floating along Brooklyn’s toxic Gowanus Canal

(Branden Klayko / AN)

(Branden Klayko / AN)

Landscape architect Diana Balmori has been planting floating gardens and launching them into the middle of Brooklyn‘s Gowanus Canal only to have the plant life killed off by the Superfund site‘s toxic waters. “We’ve been working on this a year,” she told AN today along the canal’s edge looking at GrowOnUs, her latest floating landscape. “We did three test plantings, but they all died in the canal.”

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Chicago Architecture Biennial releases full list of public programs and events

Architecture, Midwest, News, On View
Friday, September 18, 2015
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The opening of Theaster Gates' Stony Island Arts Bank on Oct. 3 is one of the Chicago Architecture Biennial's debut events. (Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation)

The opening of Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank on Oct. 3 is one of the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s debut events. (Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation)

Get out your calendars. As The Chicago Architecture Biennial draws near to its October 3 debut, the festival’s organizers have released a list of events and public programs that should help fill out your social schedule into December.

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On View> Artist Rafa Esparza makes and stacks adobe bricks as a meditation on labor and material

Architecture, Art, Environment, On View, West
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Adobe bricks in neat piles. (Courtesy of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions))

Adobe bricks in neat piles. (Courtesy LACE)

“It was important to do away with the corners,” stressed Rafa Esparza, as we walked through his immersive work entitled i have never been here before, under construction and on view at LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, on Hollywood Boulevard through September 13.

Esparza, a Los Angeles–based multidisciplinary artist, is busily transforming the gallery by building two curving adobe brick walls. His construction is a tour-de-force meditation on the place of art, the labor of bodies, and the steadfast mobilization of communities—as both witnesses and collaborators.

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Gehry, Gehry, Gehry: the architect’s retrospective opens at LACMA on September 13

Architecture, Newsletter, On View, West
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Frank Gehry, Gehry Residence, model, 1977–78 and 1991–94, Santa Monica, California (Courtesy MAK—Austrian Museum of Applied/Contemporary Art, Vienna, © 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, © 2015Gerald Zubmann/MAK)

Frank Gehry, Gehry Residence, model, 1977–78 and 1991–94, Santa Monica, California. (Courtesy Gerald Zubmann/MAK; Gehry Partners)

With the entire hubbub over the L.A. River non-master plan, Gehry Partner’s new designs for Sunset Boulevard, a medal from the Getty, and critic Paul Goldberger’s hagiographic biography it’s easy to forget that a major retrospective simply entitled Frank Gehry opens LACMA on September 13.

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On View> Los Angeles or BUST: New exhibition features full-frontal forms

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Friday, September 4, 2015
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Pita and Bloom, Face to Face (Courtesy Jai & Jai)

Pita and Bloom, Face to Face (Courtesy Jai & Jai)

The bust, the sculptural counterpart of the portrait that dates back to classical antiquity, immortalizes not only the likeness of a person from the chest upwards, but the values of both the sculptor and the era in their concepts of beauty and nobility. An object no bigger than a head and a pair of shoulders, centuries later, is a relic embedded with cultural meaning—the preference towards an aquiline nose, for example, or a fixation with youth. With BUST, a group show on view at Jai & Jai in Los Angeles, curator William O’Brien, Jr. asked designers to apply the titular sculptural form to architecture.

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Remember the Battery Park City wheatfield? Conceptual artist is back with a horticultural pyramid in Queens

(Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park)

The Living Pyramid. (Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park)

 

[Editor’s Note: Socrates Sculpture Park on the Queens waterfront installed The Living Pyramid, a public sculpture by Agnes Denes in May, when this article was originally published. They have just announced that they will extend the life of the sculpture through the end of October. The work is Denes’ first since her iconic Wheatfield – A Confrontation in 1982, sited on a waterfront landfill in what is now Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Do not miss this chance to see this important artwork before it comes down next month.]

Monuments of pre-civilization feats in construction and engineering, pyramids are the latest muse of conceptual artist Agnes Denes who, in 1982, transformed what is now Battery Park City into a two-acre wheatfield.

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Pittsburgh in the making: Carnegie Museum of Art examines the building blocks of a progressive city

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951 (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951. (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

In the 1950s, Pittsburgh was the American poster child for a progressive city. Forward-thinking gentrification projects such as the Gateway Center, a five-building office complex, and Allegheny Center, the former hub of downtown Allegheny City, were part of a transformative frenzy of high-rise constructions during the postwar period.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Architect builds a shocking pavilion to explore society’s domination of nature

Architecture, Art, International, On View
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Atelier Van Lieshout)

(Courtesy Atelier Van Lieshout)

Bochum, Germany is host to Ruhrtriennale, a six week art festival which opened last weekend and gave Joep van Lieshout of Atelier van Lieshout a chance to create his biggest—and most shocking—work to date.

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