Black is a Hard Drug: ODILE DECQ

According to I.M. Pei, architects don’t really know what they’re doing until they reach 60. Which means that 58-year-old ODILE DECQ is rather precocious, since she has already entered a mature phase of her career with large, complex projects such as the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, the FRAC Bretagne in Rennes, the just-completed Pavillon 8 in Lyon, and the forthcoming Museum of Homo …
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The CHERMAYEFF Century

For the newest wave of cultural observers, the name CHERMAYEFF may not mean much. But to flip through the hidebound epic of their collective lives, is to realize the depths of their influence in the world of architecture and design. Their tale has been spinning out for more than a century.
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Every End is a Beginning: Architect ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS Speaks to 032c

An architect who doesn't build, ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS straddles the line between art and architecture. In place of brick and mortar constructions are instead installation and exhibition pieces for the post-digital age, often curated and designed by Angelidakis himself. 032c posed a few questions to the Greek architect on the occasion of his brillian retrospective solo show at the National …
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The AIRBNB Parasite of the Venice Architecture Biennale

On the occasion of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, a group of architects—Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela, and Octave Perrault—has independently organized the AIRBNB Pavilion, a showcase of works by 15 architects and 15 artists characterized by notions of domestic life. Taking place in numerous Venetian apartments rented through Airbnb, the exhibition will …
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HANS HOLLEIN: The Showroom Master

He’s designed mesmerizing interiors to display candles, Monets, and Bronze Age ceramics. His use of media, technology, and spectacle was prescient. He’s long understood that commerce is cultural and that culture is commercial. His bold call for a “Return to Architecture” is only made stronger by his declaration that “Everything Is Architecture.” It’s time to rediscover HANS HOLLEIN.
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ANDRO WEKUA’s “Pink Wave Hunter” Is Like a Post-Soviet Version of Superman’s Kandor

Georgian artist ANDRO WEKUA opens his exhibition “Pink Wave Hunter” tonight at the Benaki Museum in Athens, inaugurating a new collaboration between the Benaki and the Deste Foundation. Wekua uses mixed media, sculpture, and installation to channel personal memory and the political history of his native Caucasus region into narratives that vacillate between the ultra-real…
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VALENTINO’s Paris Flagship Is Now Open and It Ignores Our Anxiety About Taste

Valentino Uomo has opened its flagship store in Paris. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield in collaboration with the brand’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the 400-square-meter, two-story menswear boutique is made with palladiana marble and terrazzo stone, both traditional Italian materials with composite appearances as immersive as Valentino’s …
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LACATON & VASSAL: Game Changer

For most, particularly non-architects, the name LACATON & VASSAL won’t immediately conjure any mental images. Even those who have visited their buildings often wonder what it is exactly they have designed. Where, upon the exposed concrete beams and columns, the raw expansive rooms of the Palais de Tokyo (2001–11), have they inscribed themselves?
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FERNANDO ROMERO

A young architect designs a thirty-four million dollar museum in MEXICO CITY, with fine art (think Rodin) and free admission for the world's third richest man – who just happened to be his father-in-law. Here's FERNANDO ROMERO.
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SINGULARITY IS PLURAL: The Optimism of BJARKE INGELS and RAY KURZWEIL

RAY KURZWEIL is an American scientist, health guru and futurologist. BJARKE INGELS is a precocious Danish architect. Frustrated with the timid and backward-facing spirit of contemporary architecture and urbanism, Ingels turns outside of his own field for hints of what the future – as it is being built today – might look like. Nobody offered a vision as simultaneously daring, methodical and …
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Art Under Construction

The bunker on Reinhardtstraße was completed for the Reichsbahn in 1942 and designed to offer protection to some 3,000 travelers from the Bahnhof Friedrichstraße. And up until 2003, things took place there that its original builders wouldn’t have been capable of imagining, even in their worst nightmares. A portrait of art collector CHRISTIAN BOROS and his collection's new home in a renovated …
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MODEL: Einar Thorsteinn

Conversation with EINAR THORSTEINN spreads as broadly as his career. Architecture, 3D geometry, contemporary art, city planning and working with NASA have flung him from his native Iceland to Denmark, Germany and the United States. Today, at 64, much of what he does takes place either in Olafur Eliasson’s Berlin studio, or in a packed workshop in his home in Brieselang, a bedroom community …
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