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Architecture award The Stirling Prize 'lacks clarity and vision'

Jonathan Morrison, Architecture Correspondent Critics said the award was supposed to be for new architecture, not the rebuilding of a pier in HastingsSir James Stirling would be “turning in his grave” if he saw the quality of recent winners of the architecture prize that bears his name, according to the former business partner of the acclaimed designer. The Stirling prize for the country’s best new building was awarded this year to a restored Victorian pier in Hastings by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba), a decision that caused bemusement in many quarters. Michael Wilford, who worked with Stirling from 1960 until his sudden death in 1992, has called for the prize to be awarded only if there is an exceptional building on the shortlist. “The fact that it went to a pier just shows what a dearth there is of decent, exciting buildings,” said Wilford, who… Want to read more? Register with a few details to continue reading this article. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Art Basel: Creating Experiences for Tomorrow's Customers

By Rigel Cable, Associate Director of Strategy & Analytics at Fluid Inc. Art Basel, and especially Art Basel Miami, has become a global sensation. This year, global scenesters descended upon Miami Beach to enjoy the high culture moment. The week-long Miami Art Week event has become much more than just a collection of gallery shows. It has become a phenomenon not unlike Coachella, SXSW, or New York Fashion Week – a moment to see and be seen: whether you are an art dealer, music artist, clothing retailer, or a Wilhemina model. As a blogger and Instagram influencer, I was invited by Art Basel as Press to attend the expo at the convention center in Miami Beach. I used this as an excuse to invite six friends to join in the fun. For most of us, it was our first time. I was fascinated to see what all the fuss is about. Throughout the week, brands like Soundcloud, Adidas, and Moschino by Jeremy Scott put on activations and events, where coveted invites and stacked VIP wristbands became as much..

Enthralled by embassy

LONDON • American embassies often look like fortresses - to deter terrorists - but the design for the new one in London attacks that drab perception. At US$1 billion (S$1.34 billion), it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed. But its designers said the chancery on the Thames River marks a paradigm shift in design. The structure exudes openness while hiding all the clever ways it defends itself from attack. After decades of putting up American embassies that look brutalist or bland, the soon-to-be-opened building is a crystalline cube, set in the middle of a public park, without visible walls. The building does not shout "spies work here" or "stand back" even though London has been subjected to a string of terror incidents. Instead, the vibe is that of a modernist museum that also happens to issue visas and might have a few hidden bunkers. Instead of blast-proof walls, there is a perimeter pond, with recycled-water waterfalls, native hammocks and deep trenches. On the roof, arr..

Asia Young Designer Award 2017 by Nippon Paint

Global coatings leader, Nippon Paints held the Final Gala Round of Asia Young Designer Award's Bangladesh chapter in recently. Held among students of Architecture and Interior Designing departments of different universities of Bangladesh, the theme was “You for Tomorrow.” Prizes were given to two categories of winners from Architecture and Interior Designing sectors. The Gold award winners were given Tk 50,000 in cash for each category and the Silver award winners were given Tk 25,000 for each category. The grand gala round was contested by Architecture and Interior Designing Gold Winners of Fifteen countries. The Gold Winner for Architecture Category is Nadia Afrin Lagno from Stamford University and Gold Winner from Interior Design is Ahnaf Akif Siddique from BUET. The Gold winners will fly to Malaysia in March 2018 to represent Bangladesh. The whole idea is to nurture the future of architectural maestros and interior designing geniuses. Let's block ads! (Why?)

JV Breaks Ground on Chicago Senior Housing

Ryan Cos. US Inc. LCS and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital have started construction of their third new senior living community in 2017, Clarendale of Addison. The project, in the west Chicago suburb of Addison, Ill., will provide a continuum of care (as do other Clarendale-branded communities): independent living residences, assisted living and memory care. Clarendale of Addison will consist of 188 units, with 95 devoted to independent living, 55 assisted living units and 38 memory care units. Common amenities will include restaurant-style dining, a bistro, pub and billiards room, a wellness center that includes fitness and therapy, a salon, movie room and a large community room. The property also connects to Addison’s Centennial Park, which offers walking paths and scenic views. The development is located at 1651 West Lake St., between a Hampton Inn & Suites and Marcus Movie Theater. The partnershipBesides being the developer, the partnership of Ryan Cos., LCS and Harrison Street ..

Design, tech advances reshape home renovation

It’s hard to believe, but the new year is almost upon us. If you’re looking at making changes to the place you live, you might want to take stock of what the experts are seeing and predicting. There could be good ideas for you to consider for your own redesign, new home purchase or remodel. Here are five pros weighing in on some of the major trends happening now: Vanessa Linn, vice president with national builder Shea Homes, which has 13 new communities in construction in San Diego County; Niko Zavala, store manager at Lowe’s San Diego location; Clay Leaf, a La Jolla-based building contractor and 2017 president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s San Diego chapter; Chrysanthe Broikos, curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.; Alex Capecelatro, co-founder and CEO of, a home technology company specializing in high-end voice control systems. Social trendsIt all starts with people, including the people who live in your home today, the people ..

Early 'Justice League' Concept Art Reveals Steppenwolf Almost Had A Much More Horrific Look

Newly shared Justice League concept art shows a scarier look for villain Steppenwolf. Concept artist and creature designer Jerad S.Marantz shared early Steppenwolf concept art that was created with Oscar-nominated costume designer Michael Wilkinson, showing the Apokolips warmonger looking little like his eventual big screen counterpart. "Some of the concept art can be seen in The Art of Justice League book," Marantz wrote on Instagram. "It was really fun doing the early exploration. There were a lot of talented artists on this project. Some of my favorite work was done by artist and production designer [Patrick Tatopoulous]." "I've been a huge fan of his work and it was an honor working on the same project," Marantz added. "I like how he looks kind of like a king Parademon," commented one user. Steppenwolf commanded an army of insectoid alien creatures known as Parademons, the flying monkey-like cannon fodder that opposed members of the Justice League — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquam..

'A pretty proud moment': the little-known arts centre that opens the Triennial

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In Australia, High-Design Wineries Transform the Tasting Experience

Designer wineries are dazzling us. In Spain’s Rioja region, Frank Gehry’s Marqués de Riscal and Zaha Hadid’s Rafael López de Heredia Tondonia Winery have set a new bar for beautiful winemaking spaces. French vintners heard the call, with the family JM Cazes adding some design touches to their Château Cordeillan-Bages in the Haut-Médoc region of Bordeaux. But now the Aussies are getting in on this action, hiring their own set of cool architects and designers to create distinctive places for wine tasting and relaxing. One of the newest editions to the designer wineries of Australia is the Rubik's Cube–inspired d'Arenberg Cube, opened this November. The unusual winery is in South Australia’s famed McLaren Vale wine region, and the five-story multi-use building is set among Mourvèdre vines and overlooks the rolling hills of Willunga. Plus, Michelin-starred chef Brendan Wessels is leading the culinary program there. Aussie architect Kerstin Thompson has also weighed in on a winery..

A South Hills Middle School club is for preteens who like fashion and design

TWIN FALLS — Evelyn Moreno grew up hearing stories about how her grandmother sewed clothing for her family. When she was younger, Evelyn begged her mother to let her sew. But she wasn’t allowed to because she was too young. Now, the 12-year-old is getting a chance to learn more about fashion. She’s among about 15 students in South Hills Middle School’s new fashion and design club, which launched this fall. It’s the only club of its kind in the Twin Falls School District — and likely, in the Magic Valley. South Hills Middle School is a brand new campus in south Twin Falls and opened in August. “They’re working their tails off to get this done by next week,” art teacher and club adviser Jay Bryan said Wednesday. It’s a nationwide contest and there’s stiff competition. But Bryan said, “We’re hoping we might snag this one.” He encouraged his students to draw a "foofy" dress because it’s likely what the judges are looking for. The winner’s dress will be created in real life by a professiona..

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