Kelly Munson works as a “creative” at the ad agency mono and begins as a “designer in residence” at the University of Minnesota this week. “I feel that designers need to do more to better society,” she said as she got ready for her nine-month position at the U.
Last summer, early in the morning, I stood out in the main square of Florence to watch the tourists come in. It was quiet. A Zamboni-like street cleaner drove its rounds, leaving wet circles on the paving stones. A vendor unpacked tarp-wrapped souvenirs from the back of his white van.
When considering design one often strives to create the most beautiful solution to the design problem they are faced with. In Ugliness, in the cry of the beholder, written by Ian Ground for the Times Supplement in July 2016, Ground reminds us that sometimes ugly can be just as relevant.
“Solanas suggests that civil disobedience is more or less the most useless thing you can do. It's the classic radical or ‘extremist’ argument that suggests that a reformist approach to a system is the worst to take because it upholds it. I think that's something that's disappeared from a lot of radical writing — that refusal to collaborate with a system that you find abhorrent.” — Juliet Jacques
"In case you don’t already know it, Richard Serra is a very famous sculptor.
There are already more than 6m objects in the Museum of London, the largest urban history collection in the world, but its director, Sharon Ament, is acquiring a few more: a row of derelict shops, several tonnes of salt, a giant Edwardian gas burner, an entire street, and a working train line.
"Among the shafts of luxury flats sprouting up along the south bank of the Thames, from Battersea to Bermondsey, there is one new tower unlike the others. It is made of brick, not glass, and stands as a squat, truncated pyramid, twisting as it rises.
Architects are insecure about their usefulness. They work with buildings, which are generally large, expensive, long-lived and important to life, but it’s not always obvious what is significant about the specifically architectural aspect of their work – the refinements and rearrangements to the functional object that might otherwise come into being without architects’ help.
"The French artist JR has created an anamorphosis of the Musée du Louvre's pyramid by entirely covering one of its glass sides with a black-and-white photograph. The image of the museum buildings behind is intended to give the illusion that I.M.Pei's pyramid has temporarily disappeared.
Designing comfortable housing that doesn't require a ton of energy in equatorial Singapore is a challenging feat, but group8asia have risen to the task by creating an eco-friendly high-rise complete with passive ventilation and luscious green roofs. Incorporating vintage design with modern curves, Punggol Waterway Terraces offer both sustainable living and one heck of a view.
The University of Chicago has approved a preliminary architectural design by New York-based international firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) for the David M. Rubenstein Forum, a new hub for convening and scholarly collaboration to be located at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street.
1968: Radical Italian Design, the newest project from Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's Toilet Paper in collaboration with the Deste Foundation in Athens, offers an unorthodox, kaleidoscopic walk through the Dakis Joannou collection of Italian Radical Design furniture.
The RIBA is delighted to announce the 30 buildings it has selected to be visited by the RIBA awards committee this summer under consideration for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. These will be whittled down to 20 of the best buildings, after which six finalists will be chosen and visited by the Grand Jury this autumn.
The fifth edition of Frieze New York closed on Sunday, May 8, with ambitious presentations from galleries from around the globe that generated exceptional sales and fostered meaningful dialogue with collectors, curators and art enthusiasts.
How do you tackle overcrowding without expanding a city’s footprint? We explore a new study by Hassell and chat with Joel Kotkin, who’s challenging the conventional “pack-and-stack” and high-rise strategies. Plus: 60 years of designing Hong Kong.