Yayoi Kusama’s infinitely immersive installation opens with The Broad in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Monday, August 24, 2015
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013 wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water (Courtesy The Broad Art Foundation)

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. (Courtesy Broad Art Foundation)

The long awaited opening of The Broad designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, is scheduled for September 20 in Downtown Los Angeles. In anticipation of the big day, the museum released details about the inaugural installation that will fill the 35,000 square feet of column-free gallery space on the third floor.

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Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal

Architecture, Art, Awards, West
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left)

Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left). (J. Paul Getty Trust)

The Getty Trust announced last week that it will give its J. Paul Getty Medal to Frank Gehry. This is the third time the Getty will hand out the award—established “to recognize living individuals from all over the world for their leadership in the fields in which the Getty works”—and the first time it will go to an architect.

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Product> Yikes, Stripes: Nike’s new shoes dazzle with a surprising inspiration

Design, National, Product
Monday, December 15, 2014

(Courtesy Nike)

Sneaker and/or design aficionados take note: Nike released a new high-top model, called ‘Dazzle,’ on December 13, with snowboarding footwear to follow.

While the shoes will definitely stand out in a crowd, that was not the original purpose of the Dazzle graphic. Developed by designers to foil World War I naval surveillance systems, the patterns were meant to confuse, not camouflage.

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Monterey Design Conference Kicks Off This Weekend at Scenic Asilomar

Friday, September 27, 2013
Asilomar is hosting the 2013 Monterey Design Conference in California. (William Menking / AN)

Asilomar is hosting the 2013 Monterey Design Conference in California. (William Menking / AN)

The California AIA’s biennial Monterey Design Conference is on the next two days—September 27th and 28th—at Asilomar, the glorious Julia Morgan– and John Carl Warnecke–designed center on the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Grove. The conference will feature lectures by Thom Mayne, Marlon Blackwell, Thomas Phifer, Kengo Kuma, and AN board member Odile Decq.

But first up this morning was Greg Otto from Buro Happold who presented various Happold projects that were created using a multi-disciplinary approach and discussed design and legal issues around responsibility and how these “stress traditional design assumptions.” Otto also discussed his ongoing New York projects with Jeff Koons who wants to make large steel structures look “like marshmallows.”

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Jeff Koons Proposes Bringing Trains Back to the High Line

East, West
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Courtesy Friends of the High Line

When preliminary designs for the third and final section of the High Line were revealed, the designers presented several options including flowerbeds and amphitheater seating for the Tenth Avenue Spur, an offshoot of the park that stands above the intersection of 10th Avenue and 30th Street. The design team’s aim is to make the Spur one of the main gathering spaces in the park. Now, with the proposal of a massive installation by artist Jeff Koons calling for a suspended locomotive over the park, the Spur may become exhibition space as well.

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