Anish Kapoor opens up the floor to a bottomless whirlpool at the Kochi Muziris Biennale

Art, International
Friday, April 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Kochi-Muziris Biennale)

(Courtesy Kochi-Muziris Biennale)

Black hole meets bottomless whirlpool in a site-specific exhibition by Bombay-born, British-bred artist Anish Kapoor. Titled Descension, the gated vortex of churning, frothing water spirals endlessly in a circular pit on the floor of Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi, holding viewers enraptured like moths to flame.

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On View> Architecture students to fill Museum of Contemporary Art St. Louis with plastic bubble clouds

Art, Dean's List, Midwest, On View
Friday, April 3, 2015
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(Washington University)

(Courtesy Washington University)

Graduate students at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis are bringing to life a cloud of plastic bubbles in a show they’re designing, building, and calling ACCUMULUS—a portmanteau of the words ‘Accumulation, Cummulus, and Us.’

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It takes a village: Suburban house addition in Australia creates its own skyline

(Courtesy Andrew Maynard Architects)

(Courtesy Andrew Maynard Architects)

Home expansion becomes ungraceful when it dwarfs its context—be it Corinthian pillars among shingle-style houses or an imposingly large annex. With this in mind, a family of five decided to extend their modest weatherboard dwelling upward rather than outward.

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Berkeley designers propose building this pavilion entirely out of books, and you can help kickstart the project

Architecture, Art, City Terrain, West
Friday, April 3, 2015
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Lacuna will be literally made of books (Project Lacuna)

Leaders of the Bay Area Book Festival (taking place June 5–7 in Berkeley) are teaming up with arts group Flux Foundation to make Lacuna, a wood-framed, yurt-like structure containing over 50,000 books, all donated by the Internet Archive.

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Ag School Update by Urbahn Architects

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Farmingdale State College's new School of Business marks its shift in focus from agriculture to science and technology. (Courtesy Urbahn Architects)

Farmingdale State College’s new School of Business marks the college’s shift in focus from agriculture to science and technology. (Courtesy Urbahn Architects)

Concrete, glass, and brick facade balances the promises of the future with respect for the past.

When Farmingdale State College administrators commissioned Urbahn Architects to design a new building for the School of Business, they positioned it as a beacon for the school’s shift in focus from agriculture to science and technology. But the architects saw a second opportunity in the project: a chance to restore some of the coherence lost during successive campus expansions. Read More

Another architectural bookstore bites the dust: Hennessey+Ingalls closes Hollywood location

Architecture, Art, West
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Hennessey + Ingall's Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingall’s Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Art and architecture book nirvana Hennessy + Ingalls closed its Hollywood location on Sunday after just six years in business. The store had been situated in a bow truss structure inside Space 15 Twenty on Cahuenga Boulevard, just north of Sunset.

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American Academy of Arts and Letters announces 2015 architecture awards

O'Donnell + Tuomey's Lewis Glucksman Gallery. (John Lord / Flickr)

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery. (John Lord / Flickr)

A star-studded jury has selected the winners of the American Academy of Arts and Letters‘ 2015 architecture prizes. Elizabeth Diller (chairman), Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, Laurie Olin, Cesar Pelli, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams chose the awardees from among 41 nominations.

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Gowanus developers shoot down ziggurat-themed proposal from ODA

ODA's proposal is a castle in the sky, according to the site's developers. (ODA)

ODA’s proposal is a castle in the sky, according to the site’s developers. (ODA)

Last week, ODA: Architecture unveiled a dramatic rendering of a megaproject for Gowanus, Brooklyn, featuring a cluster of semi-transparent stepped pyramids. But almost as soon as the design was released, the site’s owners stepped in as buzzkills, disavowing any connection with the ODA proposal.

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Google Maps turns any city into the eight-bit world of Pacman

City Terrain, Design, International
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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In what appears to be an April Fools’ prank launched a day early, Google has added an eight-bit video game, ahem, Easter Egg feature to Google Maps. While browsing around the city of your choice, look for the Pacman box in the lower left-hand corner right next to the aerial photography button. Click it, and you’re transported into a dot-filled, ghost-infested city street grid in search of cherries. Take a look!

As Westweek wraps up in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, developer floats an unlikely expansion scheme

Architecture, West
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center. (Courtesy PDC)

The Pacific Design Center (PDC), designed by Cesar Pelli, is celebrating its 40th year, and last week it wrapped its biggest yearly event, Westweek, which featured panels, lectures, and the debuts of furnishings and interior resources from over fifty companies.

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Unveiled> Columbus, Ohio redevelops site of dead downtown mall

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(Courtesy NBBJ)

The future came into focus last week for the site of a defunct mall in downtown Columbus, Ohio. By the time City Center mall closed in 2009, only its parking structure remained a popular destination. Columbus Downtown Development Corporation replaced the dead mall with Columbus Commons, a nine-acre park slated for mixed-use development over the coming years.

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Product> Outdoor Lighting with an Architectural Bent

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(Courtesy Erco)

Balancing safety, aesthetics, and performance, these innovative exterior luminaires also address issues of light pollution and trespass.

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Offering powerful digital light with excellent glare control in a compact, minimalist design, the system features exceptional levels of luminous flux from a virtually invisible, fully shielded light source.

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