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Notre Dame Refitted with LED Lights

The Notre Dame de Paris just got an electronic facelift. Last week, tech company Royal Philips supplied the 13th century Gothic cathedral with a brand new LED lighting scheme that exposes details of the church that have never been seen before. The new lighting illuminates the rose windows regardless of exterior lighting while a near-invisible spotlight reveals details of the renowned sculpture, “Virgin and Child.”


Museums Designed by Starchitects May Boost Tourism, Groundbreaking Article Claims


In a comically perfunctory USA Today article about the so-called “Bilbao Effect” — whereby cities try to boost tourism and spur urban renewal through eye-catching, starchitect-designed new buildings for major institutions, like Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao — architect and American Institute of Architects member Joyce Owens surveys a series of new projects in Denver, Tampa, Kansas City, Miami, and elsewhere. Of the trend’s origins, she writes: “In the 1990s, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation commissioned architect Frank Gehry to design the Bilboa (sic) Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa (sic), Spain.” (more…)

Sleep in Donald Judd’s Flavin-Lit Loft, Now Available on Airbnb for $2,000 a Night

The Judd Foundation appears to be bucking authority by potentially violating New York’s short-term rental laws, and putting Donald Judd’s spectacularly renovated former Soho home and studio on Airbnb for $2,000 a night. (more…)

James Gulliver Hancock’s Beautiful Obsession with Trying to Draw Every Building in New York

Australian artist James Gulliver Hancock’s idea is not necessarily a new one, but it’s garnering him well-earned attention for his delicate, stylized drawings and paintings of New York buildings, which have recently been turned into a book published by Rizzoli.


Annie Leibovitz Puts Her Three West Village Townhouses on the Market

Celebrity photographer Annie Liebovitz’s multi-property West Village home-studio compound, located at Greenwich Street and West 11th Street, officially hit the market as of yesterday, listed for $33-million by Brown Harris Stevens. (more…)

VIDEO: Berlin Artist Collective the Humping Pact Stages Public Humping Performances

Public art: So rich in site-specificity, so lacking in pelvic thrusting. Luckily, the Humping Pact is out to change all that. The brainchild of Berlin-based artists Diego Agullo, 32, and Dmitry Paranyushkin, 30, the Humping Pact was conceived in 2011 during a residency at PACT Zollverein center for performance and choreography in Essen, Germany. (more…)