On View> Mapping the Information Age: Microchips become high art at the Pacific Design Center

Art, Design, On View, Technology, West
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

If the adage is true that “God is in the details,” then the current exhibition at Christopher W. Mount Gallery in West Hollywood might grant the venue some status as a holy site.

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Review> AN’s William Menking looks back on Miami design week 2015

Art, Design, East, Review
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Gianni Colombo's Spazio Elastico cycle.

Gianni Colombo’s Spazio Elastico cycle.

Large fairs like Art Basel/Miami always include a few galleries selling works by master architects as well as younger artists whose concerns cross into architectural, urban, and spatial territories. The just-concluded 2015 Miami fair didn’t have a great deal of architectural work this year but enough to keep architects pushing through its seemingly endless hallways of gallery stalls.

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100 Fountains will revive New York City’s esteemed public drinking culture

City Terrain, Design, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Though New York has the some of the cleanest municipal tap water, New Yorkers now consume 1.25 billion bottles of water annually. A contributing factor to the rise in bottled water consumption is the decline in the number of public drinking fountains. New York–based Pilot Projects would like to revive the grand tradition of public bubblers through a novel design/build competition.

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Cool & Unusual: The story behind Mark Foster Gage’s unique tower proposal for Billionaire’s Row

41 West 57th St. by Mark Foster Gage Architects. (Courtesy MFGA)

41 West 57th St. by Mark Foster Gage Architects. (Courtesy MFGA)

With a theoretical site on Mahattan’s 57th Street—the so-called Billionaires’ Row—New York–based Mark Foster Gage Architects (MFGA) was recently asked, “What is the next generation of luxury?”

The firm’s answer? To bring “higher resolution” to those projects by working at a range of textural scales, and his proposed theoretical tower has been making waves in design conversation around the city.

For instance, from far away, the building reads as a figure in the skyline, but up close, there is another level of detail that is not legible from far away. Even closer, the ornament has another level of “resolution” that makes it more visually interesting.

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Pantone can’t decide, names two Colors of the Year for 2016: Serenity and Rose Quartz

Design, National, Product
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Courtesy American Flat and Pantone

Courtesy American Flat and Pantone

For the first time ever, Pantone has chosen two signature colors for its annual Color of the Year selection: Serenity and Rose Quartz. The combination of both colors creates a calm and relaxing palette that promotes tranquility and inner peace, the color gurus at Pantone explain.

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Live: Postmodern Procedures at Princeton

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Other, West
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Postmodern Procedures is a two-day conference at Princeton School of Architecture that offers an alternate history of Postmodernism. The goal is to find something that is less about signs and symbols or historic references, and more about longer-form processes that produced the visual syntax of some of the most interesting projects in architectural history. Follow along as AN will be posting updates all day on Saturday, December 5.

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On View> Robert Motherwell, Pierre Chareau and the Quonset House of 1947

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Friday, December 4, 2015
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One of the great joys of art and art and architecture fairs is the energy they create for specialized focused architecture exhibitions at alternative sites away from the main venues. This is true for all Venice Art and Architecture Biennales and the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. This week’s Art Basel/Design Miami, perhaps because it is still a relatively young event and focused on art and design and not architecture, is short on these sorts of serious ancillary events. But there is one small yet highly focused and detailed exhibit that stands out this week.

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Annals of Computing: “Silicon City” exhibition at the New York Historical Society questions origins of the digital era

Design, East, Preservation, Technology
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. (Courtesy New York Historical Society)

Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. (Courtesy New York Historical Society)

Radical inventions that lead to profound societal transformations tend to be accompanied by founding myths and overlapping claims for authorship. Once a certain founding story has been widely accepted, research will periodically uncover it as being false, and the evidence for an alternate narrative will emerge.

Trying to change accepted founding myths is notoriously difficult: Gutenberg built his printing press after centuries of development in printmaking across the world, but his name is strongly tied to the advent of the printing revolution. Importantly, the significance of a figure like Gutenberg and the related story becomes a point of local pride.

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Definitely not a library: Herzog & De Meuron unveils new stadium for Chelsea soccer club in London

Architecture, Design, Development, Urbanism
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Herzog de Meuron)

(Courtesy Herzog de Meuron)

British soccer team Chelsea FC has submitted plans to the local authorities to construct a new 60,000-seat stadium at Stamford Bridge, their current home ground. The proposal, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, brings with it a price tag of $750 million. The Swiss duo are known for their stadia designs, notably with the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the Allianz Arena in Munich, and a wispy venue in Bordeaux. Read More

Zaha Hadid is the real star of design events infiltrating Miami this week

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Zaha Hadid's Pavilion.

Zaha Hadid’s Pavilion.

Zaha Hadid is not only one of the best known architects in the world, but after pursuing her own personal visionary path for over forty years, she is one of the most bankable. Her drawings and design objects are all over the 2015 design fairs this week in Miami.

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Design Miami Minute> Larry Bell and Hans Ulrich Obrist together in Wynwood

Art, Design, East
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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One of the early highlights of Miami Art and Design Week is the spectacular Larry Bell sculpture 6X6 An Improvisation at White Cube Gallery’s pop up space in the Wynwood Art District. Last night, Bell was interviewed by uber questioner Hans Ulrich Obrist in the gallery next to the piece.

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Scenes from the ground on the first day of the 2015 Miami Art Week

Art, Design, East
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Fernando Romero’s hot setting sun of Swarovski glass

Fernando Romero’s hot setting sun of Swarovski glass.

Day one of the 2015 Miami Art Week of nineteen various fairs scattered around Dade County opened today. Design Miami is up first and staged in a large tent with a broken air conditioner with humidity and rain lurking outside.

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