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September 22, 2022
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A period hotel in Baltimore inspired by John Waters
ASH NYC’s embrace of secondary cities and the quirks of local culture is at the heart of its collection of boutique hotels whose originality stands out among its peers. The first was Dean, the neighborhood’s hip hub housed in a remodeled 1911 brick building that was once a brothel in Providence. And came Mermaid, in Detroit, a cabinet of curiosities full of eccentric treasures paying homage to the city’s industrial heyday and to Italian cinema. The group’s third offer, peter and paullives in a former 19th-century church and school in New Orleans’ bohemian Marigny neighborhood and started a new era for the Big Easy tourist scene.
ASH’s 360° approach to hospitality – the company designs, manages, operates and owns all of its hotels – can be seen in the rich storytelling and strong point of view that makes its disparate portfolio cohesive. . Just launched Ulysses, their tried and true playbook has proven itself again. Located in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Ulysses is full of references to Art Deco movie palaces and the work of local hero John Waters. Like its sister properties, historical significance plays a central role — the hotel occupies the Italian Renaissance-style Latrobe Building, designed by architects Glidden & Friz in 1912.
Named after the ship that Bavarian immigrants sailed to Baltimore at the turn of the century and James Joyce’s iconic novel, the 116 rooms are done up in four colors: red, yellow, green, and blue. From handmade quilts inspired by the block patterns of mid-1800s Baltimore scrapbook quilts to hand-beaded lamp shades and custom scent, a stay at Ulysses is an immersion in the heritage of B-More. Public spaces are equally imaginative. Ash Bar is an all-day bistro inspired by steam train dining cars and European saloons (think Caesar salads, bouillabaisse and club sandwiches), while Bloom’s is a decadent cocktail bar aimed at to become a new playground for nightlife. “Life is nothing if you’re not obsessed,” Waters once said. ASH couldn’t have picked a better muse. —Nate’s story
Taller Capital wins annual Mies Crown Hall Prize Emerging Practice Award.
“The Mies Crown Hall Americas Award presented the biennial Emerge Award to Loreta Castro Reguera and José Pablo Ambrosi of Mexico City-based architecture firm Taller Capital for their project, the Colosio Embankment Dam in Nogales, Mexico. The announcement follows the publication of a shortlist of 10 selected projects in July. Now in its fourth cycle, the biennial MCHAP award was founded in 2012 at the Illinois Institute of Technology and named after the campus centerpiece designed by Mies Van der Rohe, Crown Hall. MCHAP Emerge is a corresponding recognition to the main MCHAP award, focused on projects from companies that have been in business for 10 years or less. [H/T Architectural Record]
A new campaign is launched to help British designers reduce their environmental footprint.
“Pearson Lloyd and the British Design Council are among the founding signatories of Design Declares, a new campaign launched at the London Design Festival to help British designers reduce their environmental footprint. Following on from adjacent industry campaigns such as Architects Declare, the initiative encourages studios from all areas of digital, industrial, communications and service design to come together to declare a climate emergency. The eight founding signatories also pledged to begin measuring their own footprint and engaging customers in discussions on climate change, using eight “emergency acts” as a starting point. » [H/T Dezeen]
First-ever NFT office building, designed by Integrated Projects, sells in New York.
“A developer bought the first NFT office building in New York. Located at 44 West 37th Street, the 50,000 square foot NFT serves as an immutable digital asset that aims to transform the way we design, build, operate and monetize our spaces with the click of a button. The 16-story building was created by spatial intelligence firm Integrated Projects and challenges the function of architecture in real estate and the metaverse. [H/T ArchDaily]
Kengo Kuma rebuilds a Japanese bridge destroyed by major flooding in 2018.
“Kengo Kuma and Associates rebuilt a bridge destroyed by the 2018 Western Japan flood. Located in the Osogoe area of Shuto City, Iwakuni, Kusugibashi is a wooden bridge that mixes traditional carpenters and computer design. This type of structure is intended as a symbol of renewal for the community. The design team decided to build the structure on a reinforced concrete frame, enriched with balustrades made up of 105 cypress pillars, to reduce the possibility of it being destroyed again. [H/T Domus]
Sculptor and performance artist Senga Nengudi receives this year’s Nasher Prize.
Sculptor and performance artist Senga Nengudi, whose five-decade career has harnessed everyday materials to explore concepts of ritual, femininity, darkness and the fragility of the body, is the winner of the 2023 Nasher Prize. , in its sixth year, includes a $100,000 cash prize, an exhibit, and a series of public events in Dallas in March and April. This is less a lifetime achievement award, said Jeremy Strick, director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, than recognition of an artist with significant work “who continues to speak with great force of the moment. contemporary”. [H/T The New York Times]
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art postpones its opening by two years to 2025.
“The rising billion-dollar Lucas Museum of Narrative Art at the fairgrounds has pushed back its opening date from 2023 to 2025. The two-year delay, the museum says, is due to complications pandemic, particularly supply chain issues that made it difficult to source certain building materials. The museum began in March 2018 and reached its peak in March 2021. In April 2021, the museum pushed back its 2022 debut goal by one year due to pandemic-related delays. COVID-19 health and safety protocols had slowed construction. Now two more years are needed not only for the construction, but also to ensure that the finished building is suitable to house the art. [H/T Los Angeles Times]
Forensic Architecture uncovers new evidence in the murder of an Al-Jazeera reporter.
“A report by the Turner Prize-nominated research firm Forensic Architecture and the human rights organization Al-Haq has issued a damning judgment on the murder of the Al-Haq journalist. Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh. Based on new evidence and spatial analysis of the site, Forensic Architecture and Al-Haq claim to have “conclusively” demonstrated that Abu Akleh and other members of the press were deliberately targeted by Israeli forces on 11 May 2022 in Jenin. The findings were presented at a press conference at the International Center for Justice in Palestine in The Hague. [H/T The Art Newspaper]
Today’s attractive distractions:
Elon Musk’s superfans are flock to texas to see SpaceX reunite.
In Utah, a newly unearthed fossil appears to be spewed out amphibian bones.
Fabrics found at ancient Viking sites show that women wore economic power.
Peloton launches a new snazzy rower it will cost you $3,200.