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Artist Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector

When artist Trevor Paglen imagined launching a reflective, nonfunctional satellite into low Earth orbit, the Nevada Museum of Art understood that his artistic gesture could help to change the way humanity sees our place in the world. Together with the aerospace engineering firm Global Western, they designed and manufactured Orbital Reflector. On Monday, December 3rd, SpaceX ...

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Holding Up a Stack of Books: A Look at La Jolla’s Brutalist Library

The Geisel Library is the main library building at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California and opened in 1970. The distinctive original building was designed in the late 1960s by William Pereira to sit at the head of a canyon. The building's arches, in combination with the design of the individual floors, are intended to look like hands holding up a stack of books. Pereira originally conceived a steel-framed building, but this was changed ...

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Mixing Hand-Weaving with Modern Art: Anni Albers

A long overdue recognition of Anni Albers' pivotal contribution to modern art and design, the first major exhibition of her work in the UK is now on display at London’s Tate Modern. As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers was discouraged from ...

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World’s Largest Airport Opening in Istanbul

The plainly named Istanbul New Airport is nearing completion and will become the world’s largest airport. Although its name lacks creativity, the airport’s awe-inspiring design makes up for it. The design team was led by London-based Grimshaw and also included the Norway-based Nordic Office of Architecture and London studio Haptic. This grand gateway ...

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The Grand Egyptian Museum

The design competition for The Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt was the second largest architectural competition in history. The organizers received 1557 entries from 82 countries and on June 2, 2003 Heneghan Peng Architects from Dublin, Ireland, was crowned the winner. 15 years later, the building is nearing completion ...

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Shenyang’s Upcoming Tallest Building “Pearl of the North”

Two supertall towers are being built in Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China … The Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Center. At 568 meters high, the highest of the two towers will become ...

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Yugoslavia’s Architectural Utopia

The Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the architecture of the former Yugoslavia with Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, the first major US exhibition to study the remarkable body of work that sparked international interest during the 45 years of the country’s existence. The exhibition, which opened in July, includes more than 400 ...

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Zaha Hadid’s Exoskeleton-Wrapped Morpheus

Morpheus, a new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau, opened last month. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was commissioned to build the hotel in 2012. At that time, foundations were already in place of a condominium tower that did not progress. Informed by the fluid forms within China’s rich traditions of jade carving ...

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Bansky at London’s Lazinc Gallery

London’s Lazinc Gallery is bringing all of Bansky’s work all in one place for the first time. “Banksy Greatest Hits: 2002-2008” opens July 12 and runs through August 25. The exhibition will display everything from stenciled canvases, to unique paintings, to limited-edition prints and many more. The unique collection will reaffirm how relevant the anonymous artist’s ...

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