Any buff of Japanese architecture knows about Naoshima and the Seto Islands that have been succumbing to the gentle touch and vigorous revitalization of Soichiro Fukutake’s Benesse Art project. This week, New York City’s Japan Society hosted a symposium, “The Naoshima Symbiosis for the Future: Art, Architecture and Nature,” that brought him together with key architects Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, and Hiroshi Sambuichi.
The infamous “Rocky” steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will soon be revamped with a new 72-foot escalator beginning in spring 2016. The climb to the museum, which was most notably featured in the iconic movie scene with Sly Stallone, is being transformed to enhance accessibility in time for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next July. And more importantly, this overhaul will be completed in preparation for the next Rocky sequel, ensuring that the action hero, at the ripe age of 68, with his creaky knees, can gracefully scale the stairs once again.