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Guggenheim Appoints Troy Conrad Therrien Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced today that its newest curatorial post has been filled: Troy Conrad Therrien is the museum’s first Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, a position created this past spring.

Therrien’s past experience includes curatorial endeavors, consulting, and architectural design. “He has worked on exhibitions at the Berlage Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Columbia University, MoMA PS1, and the New Museum,” reports ArtNews. He also serves as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he received his M. Arch. after studying History and Theory of Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and training as a computer engineer at the University of British Columbia. He is also a founding partner in research and design office, Therrien Barley LLC.

Much of Therrien’s work at the Guggenheim, at least for the immediate future, will revolve around the museum’s contentious, controversial plan to build an outpost in Helsinki, where locals have protested against plans for a Guggenheim Helsinki. “A major and immediate component of Therrien’s work will be related to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition,” explains a statement from the museum on the occasion of Therrien’s appointment. “His appointment follows the announcement of a record-breaking number of architectural submissions to the open and anonymous competition and the launch of the project’s popular, interactive, online gallery of entries. Therrien will help organize an exhibition of six shortlisted submissions to be held in Helsinki in the spring of 2015, and he will play a key role in developing and articulating the programmatic elements of the proposed museum.”

— Anna Kats (@fortunaviriliis)

Image courtesy of the Guggenheim.

The Pompidou Center Plans to Open Architecture and Design Gallery

At a press preview yesterday for the new photography galleries at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the museum’s president revealed that the institution likewise has plans to open a new architecture and design gallery. “During his speech, the president of Paris’ premier modern and contemporary art museum, Alain Seban, announced that a gallery dedicated to design and architecture will soon also be added the Centre,” reports Coline Milliard for ArtNet. Seban revealed little else about the forthcoming exhibition space, save for the fact that it will be located inside the Pompidou’s famed 1977 building, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. The Pompidou president also noted that the main structure will be emptied of the administrative offices it currently houses to create additional space for displaying the museum’s collection.

— Anna Kats (@fortunaviriliis)

Image via Flickr user Campobaeza.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Title and Iwan Baan Commission

Next year’s inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will be called “The State of the Art of Architecture,” announced the exhibition’s co-artistic directors Joseph Grima (of Space Caviar) and Sarah Herda (of the city’s Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts) in a statement yesterday. The biennial also revealed that it has made a first commission of work to premiere next October at the festival, that will also be featured in the exhibition’s catalogue. Iwan Baan, the most prominent architectural photographer working today, will produce a series of photographs examining the urban landscape of contemporary Chicago.

Baan’s photograph of Chicago, part of a series that will be on view at the Chicago Architecture Biennial next October. Continue Reading

George Lucas Reveals First Renderings for Narrative Arts Museum in Chicago

George Lucas shocked fans when he announced in June that he plans to build his Museum of Narrative Arts in Chicago. Though the filmmaker had previously announced plans to locate the institution in San Francisco near his film and television production company, Lucasfilms (which is based in Marin County), the West Coast city rejected his proposed site earlier this year. Chicago, observers noted, seemed to make little sense — Lucas didn’t have substantial personal ties to the city before the announcement. Location wasn’t the only shock the “Star Wars” auteur had in store: he and architect Ma Yansong revealed renderings for the Chicago waterfront museum yesterday, thereby bringing architecture critics and Windy City locals into a growing group of observers who are finding it difficult to make sense of Lucas’s decisions.

Ma Yansong’s proposed design for the Museum of Narrative Arts appears as alien as some of founder George Lucas’s characters.

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1 World Trade Center Opens for Business in Lower Manhattan

Thirteen years after September 11, 1 World Trade Center — the structure meant to replace and memorialize the ruined Twin Towers that formerly stood on the site in lower Manhattan — opens for business and to the public today. Dubbed the “Freedom Tower” and designed by Daniel Libeskind, the structure is 104 stories tall — the tallest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere and the fourth-tallest in the world. The 408-foot broadcasting antenna was designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings, and Merril.

Though the building is only 52% occupied, according to Archinect, one of its most prestigious tenants is setting up shop there today: Conde Nast. Relocating downtown from offices in Times Square, the publishing company’s “migration of what will be 3,400 editors, writers and advertising executives at 18 magazines from Conde Nast moving to the World Trade Center, confirm[s] both the long-awaited reconstruction of the complex and a shift in the culture downtown,” according to the New York Times.Douglas Durst, the developer who is a co-owner of 1 World Trade Center with the Port Authority, expects that Conde Nast will play the same transformational role downtown that it did 15 years ago when the company moved to his tower at Broadway and 42nd Street, 4 Times Square.” the newspaper explains. Continue Reading

The Broad Reveals Further Details About its Design and Fall 2015 Opening

By raising the building’s exoskeleton at corner entrances, architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro are ‘lifting to veil.’

With one year left to go until the scheduled opening of the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, the institution has released additional details about what art and architecture aficionados ought to expect come fall 2015. When the date arrives, free general admission will provide widesperad access to Eli and Edythe Broad’s substantial art collection — more than 2,000 works will fill the museum upon completion. While the construction of the Broad building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been stalled and the projected opening date pushed back several times (building began in 2012), the art collections that will be shown at the museum have been built up continuously over the past five decades. Continue Reading

Marina Abramovic, Daniel Libeskind, and Moroso Collaborate on Tables for Art Basel

After premiering their Daniel Libeskind-designed “Counting the Rice” table at Milan Design Week this past April, Marina Abramovic and Moroso are taking the attendant show on the road to Miami. The Marina Abramovic Institute will be hosting a series of “Counting the Rice” workshops during Art Basel Miami Beach from December 4-7. The table in question is designed as an accessory for Abramovic’s exercise of the same name, in which a seated participant must sort and count individual grains of rice for at least six hours.

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“No More Weird Architecture” Says Chinese President

A Beijing office building that appears to be taking an altogether different shape.

Xi Jinping, the president of China, has taken on the task of architectural criticism, castigating the architects at home and abroad who are responsible for the country’s bizarre buildings — of which there are very, very many. “During a two-hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing earlier this week – a rare attendance for a Chinese president – Mr. Xi discussed how art should serve the people,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “Fine art works should be like sunshine from the blue sky and the breeze in spring that will inspire minds, warm hearts, cultivate taste and clean up undesirable work styles,” he is reported to have said at the symposium. Continue Reading

Snohetta Will Design New Norwegian Currency

The Norges Bank, central bank of Norway is putting its money where its mouth is — into design, which has been a hugely popular talking point about Norway practically since the Scandinavians became international design leaders in the last century. Norway never joined the Euro — and its kroner is worth about plenty more than most other currencies — but now there’s something else to make its money exceptional: Snøhetta has been chosen to execute one side of the country’s newly re-designed currency, reports the Atlantic. Continue Reading

Hufton + Crow Win Annual Architectural Photography Award

Move over, Iwan Baan.

Architectural photographer duo Nick Hufton and Al Crowe of Hufton + Crowe have been awarded the Arcaid Images Architectural Photographer of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, reports Bustler. “Every year, Arcaid Images honors the very best architectural photographers and their expertise and creativity in the unique medium of architectural photography,” explains the site. The pair won the prestigious prize, which comes with $3,000 in prize money, for photographs of the interior of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was designed by Zaha Hadid. Continue Reading