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.

More after the jump.

Digital artist Miguel Chevalier syncs science and spirituality at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Art, International, Newsletter
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

Paris-based digital projection artist Miguel Chevalier turned the University of Cambridge’s 16th century King’s College Chapel into an intellectual hypnosis chamber during the recent Dear World… Yours, Cambridge charity event.

Watch the video after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Everyone’s a winner? Mitchell Joachim and Michael Sorkin square off with rival anti-Guggenheim competitions

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

What is it about architect Mitchell Joachim that he cannot let go of his Oedipal desire to go after his former “father” employer Michael Sorkin? Not happy about the direction of Sorkin’s non-profit Terreform, Joachim went out and founded his own 501c3, Terreform ONE.

Which brings us to Helsinki…

Aarhus Bling: James Turrell working with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design ARoS Art Museum Expansion

Architecture, Art, International, Lighting
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

While the world has been discussing how much Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video borrowed from James Turrell’s installations (Hint: a lot*), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark announced that the artist is collaborating with Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen on the museum’s new expansion.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Peoria! A 25-foot-diameter pumpkin balloon rolls through Arizona town

Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Friday, October 30, 2015
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Giant inflatable pumpkin rolls through Peoria, Arizona. (via Citylab)

Giant inflatable pumpkin rolls through Peoria, Arizona. (via Citylab)

Yesterday, Peoria, Arizona, was attacked by an unlikely foe: a 25-foot-diameter, 350-pound jack o’ lantern balloon.

Watch the video after the jump.

Analysis shows rapper (and urban planning enthusiast?), Drake, loves cities, is really sad about suburban sprawl

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Drake (courtesy Drake)

Drake (courtesy Apple Music)

Brentin Mock at CityLab has produced an absolutely insane and brilliant interpretation of Drake’s 2015 single, “Hotline Bling.” It turns out, according to Mock, that Drake is not signaling an appreciation for James Turrell, nor is he sad about an ex-girlfriend. Instead, Mock’s line-by-line exegesis reveals that Drake is “sad about poor city planning.”

Continue reading after the jump.

The Metamorphosis: Marc Fornes breaks ground on a parametric amphitheater in Maryland

(Courtesy Marc Fornes/Theverymany)

(Courtesy Marc Fornes/Theverymany)

On September 12, New York–based practice Marc Fornes/Theverymany broke ground on its largest project to date, the Chrysalis Amphitheater project. The parametric structure’s fluid form is intended to define a public space and live performance venue for outdoor gigs and shows.

Continue reading after the jump.

Landscape architect Nicholas Quennell shares life-work insights in video

Nicholas Quennell (right) with Lawrence Halprin in San Francisco.

Nicholas Quennell (right) with Lawrence Halprin in
San Francisco. (Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.)

The Cultural Landscape Foundation just released the latest installment in their Pioneers Oral History series with a 64-minute interview-style documentary with landscape architect Nicholas Quennell.

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Bjarke Ingels receives LafargeHolcim Global Bronze Prize for his work to make a more resilient Manhattan

Bjarke Ingels receiving the award. (Jason Sayer / AN)

Bjarke Ingels receiving the award. (Jason Sayer / AN)

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has recognized New York City‘s commitment to progressive and resilient solutions by awarding Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of his eponymous firm BIG the Global Bronze Prize. AN was on hand as Ingels and company accepted the award.

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Video> Douglas Durst on affordable housing, sustainability and developing New York City

Development, National, Q+A, Skyscrapers
Monday, September 21, 2015
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The SOM spire at left and the Durst/Port replacement at right. (Courtesy SOM/Durst)

The SOM spire at left and the Durst/Port Authority replacement at right. (Courtesy SOM/The Durst Organization)

This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s awards ceremony in Chicago. Among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Douglas Durst, head of The Durst Organization, a family-run real estate empire established in New York City 100 years ago. He was there to accept the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

Watch giant sushi float down a Japanese river in Osaka

Art, International, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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(Courtesy RollingSushi / Instagram)

(Courtesy RollingSushi / Instagram)

The installation known as Rolling Sushi and part of the Osaka Canvas Project arts festival involves five oversized pieces of sushi floating down a local waterway as if it were the conveyor belt at a local restaurant. All aboard the sushi train?

Continue reading after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Less Is More: Here’s why Philippe Starck refuses to wear underwear

Eavesdroplet, International
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Nowness)

(Courtesy Nowness)

Philippe Starck, the famed architect and designer, has let the world know that he incorporates the architectural adage of “less is more” into his everyday sartorial decisions. In a video interview with Nowness, Starck said, “I don’t wear underwear because I don’t need it.”

Watch the video after the jump.

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