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A portion of Route 66 that crosses through New Mexico has been altered to produce music through the introduction of “rumble strips.” However, the chosen song, America the Beautiful, is only intelligible when a motorist drives at the designated speed limit. 99 Percent Invisible reports, “Go too fast and the pitch is transposed higher and the tempo is increased,” which promises an audibly uncomfortable experience for a driver.
Source: 99 Percent Invisible
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New York City’s MoMA PS1 has selected the Summer 2016 winner for its Young Architects Program. Dezeen reports that Escobedo Soliz Studio has won with its thin, woven, multi-colored ceiling plane. The installation, called “Weaving the Courtyard,” utilizes the holes from the form ties of the existing PS1 vertical concrete walls. The intensity of the weaving changes across the courtyard to offer a variety of shading conditions.
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A temporary installation floated atop Lake Iseo in Italy for 16 days during the month of June, accessible to the public and free of charge. Christo, and his late partner Jeanne-Claude, originated the concept in 1970. After changing the intended location of the piece multiple times, this particular Italian lake was chosen in 2014. Floating Piers, as the work was called, was a continuous strand that traced both the water and the adjacent city streets.
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This year’s 15th Venice Architecture Biennale includes “The Evidence Room,” a space that exhibits full-scale representations of artifacts from a World War II death camp. Robert Jan van Pelt, Donald McKay, Anne Bordeleau, and Sascha Hastings from the University of Waterloo comprised the interdisciplinary team that constructed these replicas of designed objects that were used for to carry out atrocities. According to The New York Times, “An inscription near the entrance describes the death camps as ‘the greatest crime committed by architects.’ ” Represented exclusively in shades of white, the exhibition promises to encourage viewers to spend a moment in silent remembrance.
Source: The New York Times
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Herzog & de Meuron’s addition to London’s Tate Modern opened last Friday, June 17. The New York Times reports that the Switch House, as the new wing is called, is intended for the display of contemporary work that ranges from film to installations. One of Tate’s curators, Catherine Wood, stated, “The idea is really to show […] the kinds of pieces that don’t need or want a white cube space.” Herzog & de Meuron’s choice to leave sections of the original power station untouched challenges prototypically designed exhibition spaces.
Source: The New York Times
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North Carolina Modernist Homes and Hanley Wood are compiling an online archive of twentieth-century architecture publications. This resource, named Colossus: Architecture Magazine Archive, promises to allow those interested in architectural history access to scanned copies of the AIA Journal, Architectural Forum, and additional titles that date back to the Modernist era. ArchDaily reports that, “When complete, it will be the largest digital archive of modern architecture magazines, with over 1.3 million pages.” Access Colossal digital archive here.
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Elementary students in Bristol, England were surprised when they returned after a break to find a mural by acclaimed street artist, Banksy, on one of the school’s buildings. The students at Bridge Farm Primary School had recently voted to rename the building after Banksy. The elusive artist rewarded them with a work of art on their campus. The artist left a hand-written note to the students as well. The final line reading, “…it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission.”
Source: This is Collosal
Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is a Washington, D.C. based collaborative institution working to advance solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors in forging a more dynamic and entrepreneurial economy throughout the United States. The group recently released their findings on issues of blight in U.S. cities outlined in the Distressed Communities Index. Using a seven metric system the group created a customized data set that gives a ranking to more than 25,000 zipcodes. The seven metrics the group utilized ranged from percent of unoccupied housing that is habitable, median home income, and change in number of businesses in a three-year period. The group created interactive maps, infographics, and a findings report using the compiled data.
“It is intended to facilitate a better understanding of the pervasive pessimism many Americans feel about their own communities and personal economic prospects in spite of years of steady U.S. economic expansion. Looking forward, it aims to identify the communities most at risk of being left behind by the country’s continued growth and development in the years to come.”
Source: Cleveland Scene Magazine
Outside of Rome, in the coastal village of Fregene, architect Giuseppe Perugini built his own experimental home Casa Sperimentale. Perugini’s residence “…combined an array of rotating structures, suspended prefab modules and kinetic elements in a masterful use of Brutalist concrete aesthetics.” The house has sat vacant since Perugini’s death in 1995. Photographer and urban explorer Oliver Astrologo captured a series of images of the building in its desolate beauty.
Source: Visual News
Artist Clement Valla’s Postcards from Google Earth capitalizes on the digital anomalies that occur during the generation of still satellite images for the Google Earth. Valla focuses on the images’ edge conditions and states: “They are the absolute logical result of the system. They are an edge condition—an anomaly within the system, a nonstandard, an outlier, even, but not an error.”
Source: Visual News
Pearl District, Portland, Oregon
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) chronicles ten instances of Planned Urban Developments (PUD) throughout United States in the film “10 Towns that Changed America“. The film documents the pioneers, the success stories, and the failures of a planning method that is seeing a resurgence in the current era.
Workers stand inside the Space Needle’s restaurant level, c. January 1962. (George Gulacsik / Courtesy of Seattle Public Library)
The Seattle Public Library is now the repository for 2,400 never-before-displayed photographs of the construction of Seattle, Washington’s iconic Space Needle. The unique collection chronicles the construction process from pouring the foundation to the placing of glazing in the restaurant. The collection offers an intimate view into the implementation of an engineering and design wonder.
Source: The Seattle Times