Here are ten beautiful views of pop-up architecture (and Bjarke Ingels) from the 2015 Burning Man Festival

Architecture, Art, West
Friday, September 11, 2015
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Courtesy Bjarke Ingles Instagram

(Courtesy Bjarke IngelsInstagram)

As the Burning Man festival comes to a close, here’s a look at what pop-up architecture was exhibited at the Black Rock site in Nevada.

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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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In Indianapolis, turning a new leaf for lending libraries

Art, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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The Monument Circle station of Indianapolis' new literacy and public art installation, "The Public Collection." (Indianapolis Public Library)

The Monument Circle station of Indianapolis’ new literacy and public art installation, “The Public Collection.” (Indianapolis Public Library)

Usually the purview of quirky street side kiosks and grassroots neighborhood organizations, book sharing stations have sprouted across Indianapolis with a major assist from the local public library system.

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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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As starchitect-designed condos pop-up along the High Line, Chelsea’s art galleries look for a new home

Architecture, Art, Development, East
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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September 2014, Chelsea, New York. (Courtesy John Gillespie)

September 2014, Chelsea, New York. (John Gillespie / Flickr)

As rents go up in a city succumbing to gentrification, the few remaining art galleries in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood have either left or are looking set to leave.

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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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On View> Psychadelic Farnsworth House installation gets a second life at a Chicago art gallery

(Kate Joyce)

(Kate Joyce)

Last year artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero led a collaborative effort to take over Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House with kaleidoscopic light and video loops. That project, INsite, followed similar work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House, and imbued Mies’ modernist touchstone with a vivacity often lacking in the contemporary experience of midcentury interiors. (Read AN‘s review of Luftwerk’s INsite installation here.)

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On View> “Some Views of Triumphal Arches” by James Michael Tate

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Friday, August 28, 2015
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(Courtesy University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)

Los Angeles–based architect James Michael Tate will offer a “speculative investigation” of one of architecture’s most enduring forms at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, titled Some Views of Triumphal Arches.

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British street artist Banksy’s morbid amusement park Dismaland opens in the UK, drips with sarcasm

Art, Design, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Dismaland)

(Courtesy Dismaland)

Anonymous street artist Banksy’s top-secret amusement park has opened at an abandoned British seaside resort at Weston-super-Mare, UK. Billed a “bemusement park,” and designed to drip with irony, the pop-up exhibition is built by a lido that has been derelict since 2000.

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Signs of life: Artist Steve Powers tacks thought-provoking ‘ICY Signs’ around New York City

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

Manhattan-based artist Steve Powers is offering a non-caffeinated pick-me-up for weary NYC commuters with his pop art–style street signs mounted on light poles around the city. Bearing food-for-thought slogans with themes of life and love against a pictograph or logotype, such as “I get lost to get found” stamped on a briefcase, the signs are designed to inspire smiles and/or introspection.

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Iker Gil to curate speculative Chicago projects for city’s inaugural architecture biennial

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Filter Island" by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in "BOLD" at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

Filter Island” by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in “BOLD” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

As the Chicago Architecture Biennial‘s October opening approaches, its organizers are beginning to release details about its forthcoming exhibitions. The latest hint is an ad for BOLD, a show of “speculative proposals that re-imagine the design potential” of Chicago’s waterways, roadways, vacant lots and public space. Read More

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