Monday, October 04, 2010

The Mother of All Arts news round-up

Architecture is making news everywhere you turn today, it seems. Here's a quick round-up:

1. Guggenheim to Create Architect-Designed ‘Labs’. As explained on the Guggenheim's website:
The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a long-term global collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and BMW. Spanning six years of programmed activities that will engage people in nine major cities across the globe, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is conceived as an innovative movable structure, which will travel from city to city bringing together ambitious thinkers and becoming a public place for research, experimentation, and the sharing of ideas about major issues affecting urban life.
2. London-based architect Zaha Hadid wins the Riba Stirling prize for the The Maxxi contemporary art museum in Rome. Click here for some images from the Zaha Hadid website.

3. The NYTimes offers a sneak peek at Park51 (the new, less controversial name [I guess] for the proposed center a few blocks from the World Trade Center site). The center's website itself presents this impressively careful (and might I note impressively progressive) vision for the center:
Park51 is a nonsectarian community, cultural and interfaith spiritual center along with a Muslim prayer area and a monument to honor all those we lost on 9/11. Park51 enriches lower Manhattan in body and spirit, with ecologically conscious design and operation. Our goals are pluralism, service, arts and culture, health and healing. A group of downtown Muslim-Americans envisioned a sanctuary where everyone is welcome to learn, experience the arts and culture and explore their relationship to faith. In the near future, Park51 will offer green, world-class recreational and educational facilities, and a friendly and accessible platform for conversations across our identities.
I should clarify, that as much as I'll continue to argue for the rights of Americans to build what they want where they want [legally of course], I don't subscribe to any religion, per se, and so I don't get too excited about any building that focuses on one. Still I do like the fact that, as the Times notes, they are planning "a 9/11 memorial and a space open to people of 'all faiths and of no faith' for prayer, contemplation and meditation." [emphasis mine]

4. Also from the NYTimes we learn that "The Morgan Library & Museum’s landmark McKim, Mead and White building will reopen to the public on Oct. 30 after a $4.5 million restoration of its interior spaces." What's not to love about that? (image below from Morgan website):

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Anonymous Bernard Klevickas said...

I was in support of Park 51 from the start, but after seeing the design of the building- YES, I like it even more.
The Maxxi looks very cool (from the images) I wonder how the art looks within it. It looks almost too good, a sculpture in itself with little need for art to adorn it.

10/04/2010 11:14:00 AM  

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