Tokyo’s Nakagin capsule tower faces demolition and other news – SURFACE
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July 07, 2021
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Rumors of demolition have long bogged down the Nakagin Capsule Tower, a prime example of the Metabolist architectural movement in Tokyo. According to local magazine Tokyo Reporter, the building owners association decided to sell it to the landowner in May, a move that would ultimately lead to the demolition in favor of a new, larger and more lucrative real estate development. Poor living conditions and lack of maintenance, especially during the pandemic, were cited as reasons for the deal. “I was looking for a developer who would leave the building standing while he repaired it,” Tatsuyuki Maeda, owner of 15 capsules, told magazine, “but we think it is difficult for the management association to take action against it. aging, such as large-scale repairs.
When the By Art Matters contemporary art museum opens in Hangzhou, China in November, it will open with an exhibition titled “A Show About Nothing,” a clear nod to the American sitcom. Seinfeld. The new museum, run by Italian curator Francesco Bonami and occupying an office complex designed by Renzo Piano, will follow this with a film installation by local artist Cheng Ran and a multimedia project called Maze of Dualities by duo Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante. “By Art Matters is going to be a whole new model in terms of the program and the fluidity of ideas that we have shown, but our own program will be flexible and able to respond to the most interesting impulses that we will intercept from around the world,” Bonami tells the Art journal. “The core demographic will be intergenerational, with a clear eye on Generation Z.”
Activists spray black paint on LVMH’s La Samaritaine department store to protest against inequalities.
Well, it didn’t take long. The emblem of the luxury conglomerate LVMH The Samaritan building, which recently began catering as an all-in-one shopping, dining and hospitality destination designed by SANAA and Yabu Pushelberg, has become the site of a protest against inequalities the Saturday. Activists from the social justice organization Attac spray-painted the storefront in black and hung a banner scribbled with the message “the gang of profiteers”, featuring LVMH boss Bernard Arnault, the man the wealthier in France, and other billionaires such as telecommunications investor Patrick Drahi, luxury group Kering founder, François Pinault, and Françoise Bettencourt, daughter of the late L’Oréal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
Developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Life Beyond Earth installation by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) offers a vision of a self-sufficient lunar village with a sustainable ecosystem. The settlement is made up of interconnected groups of inflatable habitat modules that can withstand the extreme conditions of space. “Our partnership with ESA demonstrates how interdisciplinary collaboration can support international goals in space exploration. It takes an unconventional approach to alien habitat design, combining expertise from the building and space industries and applying knowledge from the fields of architecture, urban planning, science, commerce and psychology, ”says Colin Koop, SOM design partner.
Teresa Margolles has been chosen to exhibit a work of art, entitled 850 Improntas, on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square in London, one of the most prominent public art commissions in the world. The sculpture, scheduled for exhibition in 2024, will feature casts of the faces of 850 transgender people from London and around the world arranged in the form of a Tzompantli, a skull mount from Mesoamerican civilizations that was often used to display the remains of sacrificing victims or prisoners of war. She expects the London weather to slowly wash away the sculpture, leaving something of an “anti-monument.” Until then, a sculpture by Samson Kambalu based on a 1914 photograph of preacher John Chilembwe and English missionary John Chorley will be on display at the site in late 2022 after Heather Phillipson’s giant sculpture of a dollop of whipped cream. was dismantled in September.
Construction of Rotterdam’s first wooden residential tower, SAWA, has been put on hold due to the global timber shortage which has driven prices up. Invoiced as the most ecological development in the Netherlands, Mei Architects initiated the design of the 109-unit building in the former Schiemond dock area. Although lumber prices have retreated from the peak, they still remain above pre-pandemic levels. When completed, over 90 percent of the structure will be made of wood from sustainably managed forests in Scandinavia. “For every tree felled for SAWA, three trees are replanted,” says the project’s website.
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