Top of the pots: the smashing rise of ceramics

Top of the pots: the smashing rise of ceramics

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Its elegant shape was inspired by ancient Aegean figures and its pleasingly mottled surface made it feel like it had just been dug up from the ground. Yet when it was first sold in the 1970s, this understated vase by the late British potter Hans Coper changed hands for just £250.

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Mayor of London unveils new work by Michael Rakowitz on fourth plinth

Mayor of London unveils new work by Michael Rakowitz on fourth plinth

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

Michael Rakowitz’s new work The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square today, Wednesday 28 March, by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

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Balkrishna Doshi Wins 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Balkrishna Doshi Wins 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize

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Balkrishna Doshi was sitting his in his garden in Ahmedabad—the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat—chatting with his wife and a friend when he received a phone call from Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She asked him if he was still able to travel.

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A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed.

A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed.

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Kunlé Adeyemi hustled across the ballroom in Venice, Italy, with a wide smile on his face. He wore a tailored tunic and pants—classic Nigerian menswear—cut from glossy brown fabric. The staid crowd that had gathered to witness his coronation applauded politely as he beckoned his team to join him on stage.

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Frieze to launch a Los Angeles art fair at Paramount Studios in 2019

Frieze to launch a Los Angeles art fair at Paramount Studios in 2019

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Frieze Fairs, which manages prestigious art fairs in London and New York, will soon be landing in Los Angeles. Frieze LA, which will feature work from 60 international galleries at Paramount Studios, will kick off in February 2019, the company is expected to announce Thursday.

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Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

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The owner of a historic Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish, Montana razed the structure last week, immediately after last-minute negotiations with preservationists attempting to buy it fell through. Designed in 1958 — one year before Wright’s death — as a medical clinic, the 5,000-square-foot building is the first Wright-designed one to be demolished in over 40 years.

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Architecture is facing its own award-season controversy

Architecture is facing its own award-season controversy

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Architects, like journalists, are fond of giving themselves awards. Then there are the outside organizations — Pritzker, Curry Stone and Driehaus, to name three — whose main reason for being is to hand out design prizes. Nobody is interviewing architects on any red carpets, but the laurels pile up.

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The Reality of Color Is Perception: An argument for a new definition of color.

The Reality of Color Is Perception: An argument for a new definition of color.

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Philosophers have a bad reputation for casting unwarranted doubt on established facts. Little could be more certain than your belief that the cloudless sky, on a summer afternoon, is blue. Yet we may wonder in earnest, is it also blue for the birds who fly up there, who have different eyes from ours?

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Historic Merz Barn art studio could move from Lake District to China

Historic Merz Barn art studio could move from Lake District to China

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A stone barn in the Lake District, which was the final studio of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, could be moved to China if funding is not found to maintain it, its owners have said.

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe; drawing by Siegfried Woldhek

Super Goethe by Ferdinand Mount (a review of "Goethe: Life as a Work of Art")

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Herr Glaser of Stützerbach was proud of the life-sized oil portrait of himself that hung above his dining table. The corpulent merchant was even prouder to show it off to the young Duke of Saxe-Weimar and his new privy councilor, Johann Wolfgang Goethe. While Glaser was out of the room, the privy councilor took a knife, cut the face out of the canvas, and stuck his own head through the hole.

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'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana

'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana

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If you could see through the forest of selfie-sticks, the view from the top of the central pavilion of the Astana Expo was a prospect like no other. It was strange enough to be standing on a glass footbridge at the summit of the tallest spherical building in the world – nicknamed the Death Star – with glass bubble elevators zooming up a central neon-lit atrium behind you and a precipitous void plunging beneath your feet. All that was missing was Luke Skywalker dangling from the bridge.

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Landscape architects now design for mass shootings

Landscape architects now design for mass shootings

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With mass shootings on the rise, an unexpected group of professionals is trying to make it easier for people to avoid getting killed in the melee: landscape architects. These are the people who place just so many oversized planters on a pedestrian thoroughfare to prevent an attack by car bomb from hitting the crowd or the buildings behind the barricades.

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Once a geodesic dome advocate, Lloyd Kahn now favours hand-built, simple homes

Once a geodesic dome advocate, Lloyd Kahn now favours hand-built, simple homes

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Since quitting an office job to become a carpenter in 1960, Lloyd Kahn has developed a very keen sense of the artistry and craftsmanship of home building. Once a leading expert on geodesic dome houses, Kahn now favours smaller, simpler wooden homes, his own hand-built abode in California being a welcoming example.

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'The architecture degree will be the law degree of the 21st century': A conversation with Woodbury's Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

'The architecture degree will be the law degree of the 21st century': A conversation with Woodbury's Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

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So far this year in Building Type we’ve interviewed the outgoing heads of the architecture programs at UCLA (Hitoshi Abe) and USC (Qinyun Ma) and the incoming dean at USC (Milton Curry). This week we sit down with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, an architect who was named dean of the School of Architecture at Woodbury University earlier this year. What follows has been edited and condensed.

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How to Sell a Frank Lloyd Wright House

How to Sell a Frank Lloyd Wright House

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In mid-September, Frank Lloyd Wright aficionados are expected by the busload in New Canaan, Conn., passing through a gate with the name “Tirranna” carved into the metalwork, to tour a 6,917-square-foot hemicycle house largely designed by America’s master architect.

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