Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg has been unanimously chosen by a Norwegian jury to design the memorial sites commemorating the country’s July 22, 2011 massacre by Anders Breivik, the most violent in modern Norway’s history. The two-part memorial will be located on both of the sites where Anders killed 77 people, with one branch among the Oslo government buildings bombed by Breivik and another at the forested Utøya island on the Norwegian coast, where Breivik fired on campers and local teenagers.
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Those who didn’t make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past weekend to catch a final glimpse of the magnificent Carlo Scarpa glassware retrospective — the show closed on Sunday — still have a few options for enjoying his work. If a trip to Venice, where Scarpa completed nearly all of his architectural work, isn’t in the cards, the latest monograph about the midcentury designer is the next best thing. Penned by architectural historian Robert McCarter and published by Phaidon, Carlo Scarpa features eight years of exhaustive archival research — and new, richly-hued photographs of everything from the architect’s Murano glass to his adaptive reuse and museum design projects. (more…)
Norman Foster has begun construction on a long-delayed skinny skyscraper in New York City, located directly alongside Mies van der Rohe’s 1959 Seagram Building, reports Dezeen. Though renderings for the Foster residence were originally released in 2005, the project was delayed with the onset of the 2008 financial crisis. The luxury condos, located at 425 Park Avenue, are now slated for completion in late 2017. (more…)
“This is a new position at the museum, and a timely appointment that will enhance a vital area of scholarship as we build the collection and plan our programming for the Breuer project,” said Department of Modern and Contemporary Art chair Sheena Wagstaff, referring to the Met’s upcoming move to the Marcel Breuer-designed Whitney Museum building. The position is named after museum chair and art historian Daniel Brodsky, who with wife Estrellita B. Brodsky recently gave the museum an endowment for two new curatorships. (The future Estrellita B. Brodsky curator will focus on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American art.)
Galilee joins the museum after directing the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and co-curating the critically acclaimed 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale directed by Ai Weiwei and Seung H-Sang. She was Icon Magazine’s architecture editor from 2006-2009, and has since contributed to Domus, Abitare, Pin-Up, Building Design, and Architect’s Journal. Based in London, she is also an associate lecturer in the spatial practices program at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She’s scheduled to start at the Met in the spring. [The Met]
— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)
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CAPE TOWN — Thomas Heatherwick has been chosen to transform a heritage-listed grain silo on Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred waterfront into a major institution of African contemporary art, the London architect revealed at a Design Indaba press conference Thursday.
Founded by German collector and ex-Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will be housed in the 1920s Cape Town Grain Elevator, an industrial complex of factory spaces and a cluster of 42 108-foot-tall, 18-foot-wide silos that’s been left derelict since it closed in 2001. While the 80-gallery museum’s nine floors are slated to feature all the standard amenities—white cubes, a rooftop sculpture garden, a coffee shop, and bookstore—Heatherwick’s radical proposal also includes slicing through the interior concrete columns to create an ovoid central atrium without compromising the historical, cylindrical facades.
On the Road, the Los Angeles-based curatorial collective that organizes pop-up architecture exhibitions across and about the city, strayed off the beaten path on February 22 and 23 — heading to Palm Springs Modernism Week for a show that explored the experience of being in and around the residential pool. For its fourth installation, On the Road decamped to the Amado, where poolside installations included a reinvention of artist Allan Kaprow’s 1967 piece “Fluids.” (more…)
There have been some far-flung proposals for 3-D printed architecture, from a Mobius Strip of a building to a human-sized spiderweb, that have yet to progress beyond concept renderings. Turning that tide of unfulfilled potential however may be Joris Laarman, the young Dutch designer who created celebrated 2008 3-D printing benchmark the Bone Armchair. His new Mx3D-Metal robot seems to have actual, immediate potential for architectural use.
Kiev, the Ukrainian capital where police crackdowns on the anti-regime Euromaidan protests are escalating into record violence, is burning. Bombs and flames now light up the city’s historic center in the absence of functional street lamps. Poland, Ukraine’s westerly neighbor, is glowing too, by projecting its solidarity with embattled Ukrainians across a famed local facade. Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz announced on Wednesday that the capital will illuminate its tallest and most famous building, the 1955 Palace of Culture and Science, in the Ukrainian national colors every night until further notice, reports local website WawaLove. (more…)
Dutch architects Mecanoo and D.C.-based Martinez + Johnson Architecture have been chosen to renovate Mies van der Rohe’s 1972 Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Post.
Per the design competition brief, the team submitted two schemes, one that refurbished the library alone and another mixed-use plan that would add a residential space on top of the existing structure. Both plans include replacing the interior brick walls with glass and adding glass elevators, a cafe, and a public rooftop terrace. The residential addition however, “an oblique form on top that would be visually distinct from the Mies facade,” according to Post architecture critic Philip Kennicott, remains a point of contention for the city.
With the unceasing pace of real estate development in Brooklyn rapidly altering the borough’s urban landscape — iconic row houses and walk-ups are now surrounded by the even more ubiquitous glass-and-steel residential blocks — Williamsburg, Brooklyn resident David Boyle is bringing home the fight against his neighborhood’s gentrifying (declining, according to most) architectural fabric. Boyle, a contractor, and his wife, an architect, built an unusual three-story residence out of five shipping containers for reasons that are more ideological than aesthetic: “Their goal…was not style, but a place immune to the neighborhood’s rising rents, built out of materials cheap enough that it could inspire other urban homesteaders to do the same,” reports the New York Times.