Ugliness Is Underrated: Ugly Design

Ugliness Is Underrated: Ugly Design

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I covet a piece of technology that never existed and likely never will. I can’t stop thinking about it. I covet the seashell e-reader from the 2014 film It Follows. The movie is one of my all-time favorites because it so fluidly combines three of my main interests: awkward sex, sudden death, and timeless design.

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Like something from Pompeii' – Battersea Arts Centre's scorching resurrection

Like something from Pompeii' – Battersea Arts Centre's scorching resurrection

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At Battersea Arts Centre it can be hard to tell where the audience stops and the acting begins. The rambling Victorian town hall in south London, home to experimental theatre since the 1970s, has long revelled in blurring the boundaries of stage and seat, mingling performers with guests and presenting plays on landings, in the bar and even in its offices.

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"An Instrument for Greater Equity." More Guidance from a Leader on Creative Placemaking

"An Instrument for Greater Equity." More Guidance from a Leader on Creative Placemaking

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Earlier this year, the Kresge Foundation published the first in a series of white papers to help grantmakers and practitioners more successfully integrate arts and culture into community development. Given the foundation’s role as a leader in the field in creative placemaking and aligning the arts with social justice, inequality and urban development, the announcement was timely and important.

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The inflatable ‘antepavilion’ by Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers is afloat on the Regents Canal

The inflatable ‘antepavilion’ by Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers is afloat on the Regents Canal

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Moored alongside a collection of artists’ studios on Regents Canal in east London, the Architecture Foundation’s second annual ‘antepavilion’ comprises a bulbous yellow inflatable enclosure emerging out of the hull of a 1930s barge.

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Enter the Matrix: An Interview with Ken Isaacs

Enter the Matrix: An Interview with Ken Isaacs

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The highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs (born 1927, Peoria, Illinois) challenged conventional definitions of modernism through designs that sought radical solutions to the spatial and environmental challenges of modern life.

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Paris’ first Digital Art Centre opens

Paris’ first Digital Art Centre opens

Atelier des Lumières

Bruno Monnier, the President of Culturespaces, is announcing the opening of the first Digital Art Centre in Paris in spring 2018: the Atelier des Lumières. As the leading private operator in the management and promotion of monuments, museums, and art centres, Culturespaces is continuing to develop its pioneering work in the field of digital exhibitions.

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How landmark buildings became weapons in a new Gulf war

How landmark buildings became weapons in a new Gulf war

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On the Doha corniche, on the route into the city from its airport, a monumental pile of fibre-cement discs is nearing completion. It is the new National Museum of Qatar, where the country’s “cultural heritage, diverse history and modern developments” are to be displayed.

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In Memoriam GSA

In Memoriam GSA

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The images of the Glasgow School of Art going up in flames again were like a bad dream. The glowing orange inferno, caught on mobile phones, brought back memories of the fire four years ago which destroyed the most beautiful space in the building, the library, surely one of the most remarkable rooms in the history of architecture. But this time the damage has been more far reaching.

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Enquire Within Upon Everything - Tim Berners-Lee is Trying to Save the Internet

Enquire Within Upon Everything - Tim Berners-Lee is Trying to Save the Internet

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For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in downtown Washington, D.C., about a half-mile from the White House. Berners-Lee was speaking about the future of the Internet, as he does often and fervently and with great animation at a remarkable cadence.

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BLOX in Copenhagen is Officially Open

BLOX in Copenhagen is Officially Open

new home to Danish Architecture Center (DAC) and the urban innovation center BLOXHUB.

After a grand opening in the first weekend of May, BLOX has now officially opened. BLOX is one of Copenhagen’s major urban development projects and a new destination in the city. Designed by architecture studio OMA. Built and funded by the philanthropic association Realdania
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Automation Is Changing The Ways Our Public Spaces Are Designed

Automation Is Changing The Ways Our Public Spaces Are Designed

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On June 27, 1967, a Barclays bank in Enfield, London, debuted what is widely regarded as the first automatic teller machine, or ATM. The machine dispensed £10 at a time through the use of a special voucher that had to be purchased in advance. The system didn’t automatically deduct the amount from a customer’s balance.

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The Hidden Women of Architecture and Design By Alexandra Lange

The Hidden Women of Architecture and Design By Alexandra Lange

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In the nineteen-fifties, the designers and developers of Detroit’s Lafayette Park believed that they had thought of everything to make city living as attractive as any suburb. A marquee architect from Chicago, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, had created an array of housing options—rental and coöperative—in modernist slab towers, bars of attached town houses, and rows of low courtyard houses.

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New tribunal aims to provide expertise and impartiality for art disputes

New tribunal aims to provide expertise and impartiality for art disputes

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A new body dedicated exclusively to resolving art disputes, the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAA), will be formally launched 7 June in the Hague by the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and the nonprofit Authentication in Art.

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At the Pompidou, Jeremy Harding

At the Pompidou, Jeremy Harding

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‘The South African labour market,’ Charles van Onselen writes in New Nineveh, ‘has always been dominated by … mining, agriculture and domestic service.’ Van Onselen’s two-volume history of ‘everyday life in the Witwatersrand’, a long ridge on the Highveld, explores the period from the mid-1880s when the discovery of gold propelled South Africa through a European-style industrial re

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Architecture biennale 2018: all hail the new queens of Venice

Architecture biennale 2018: all hail the new queens of Venice

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I’m a rock person and she’s a bog person,” says Shelley McNamara of herself and Yvonne Farrell, her partner in Grafton Architects. She’s referring to their respective birthplaces in the stony west and the soggy middle of Ireland. Or perhaps it was Farrell speaking, in which case the pronouns need to be switched – my notes unpardonably fail to keep track of the badinage between them.

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