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North Carolina’s Six Winning Moderns

North Carolina’s Six Winning Moderns

Some are picked, as the saying goes, but few are chosen. That’s the case with the 2015 Matsumoto Prize winners, in a competition sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH). There were 13 entries, from Asheville in the mountains to Wilmington by the sea. But only three won cash prizes in a juried selection, while [...]

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At the Biennale, Learning from Detroit

At the Biennale, Learning from Detroit

The U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale promises an optimistic approach to urban renewal. Co-curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will be identifying four areas of blight-stricken Detroit, and selecting 12 architectural teams to re-imagine them. “Monica and I wanted to do a  project together in Detroit, because it’s on the upswing,” [...]

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At Hudson Yards, a Landscape for All

At Hudson Yards, a Landscape for All

Comparisons may be odious, but in the case of Hudson Yards and Rockefeller Center, they may be inevitable too. Both were initiated during major economic downturns. Both are monumental mixed-use developments of near-astonishing scale. And both called upon the talents of the most gifted architects of their times. Hudson Yards in particular, though, has challenged [...]

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Really Rad: Native American Fashion

Really Rad: Native American Fashion

First of all, there’s the uptown iridescent motorcycle jacket. “It’s polygraphic lambskin – a really rad style, a futuristic Mad Max bomber jacket, made out of a leather that’s kind of enticing in its own materiality,” says Karen Kramer, the curator of Native American Art and Culture at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. [...]

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Karman, for Those Still Able to Dream

Karman, for Those Still Able to Dream

In 2008, Matteo Ugolini took over the reigns as art director of the Italian brand Karman, designing some of the company’s first lighting lines and setting the company’s branding on its current creatively avant-garde course. A+A recently interviewed him via email: Your background in design? I studied at C.N.I.P.A institute in Ancona, Italy, graduating in [...]

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Richard Morris Hunt’s Final Design

Richard Morris Hunt’s Final Design

Among the treasures of Asheville, N.C. are Biltmore Estate, the downtown Art Deco Arcade and the vibrant culture that comes with being named “BeerCity USA” three years in a row. But as this post from November 2010 notes, there are other  kinds of jewels – this one of a more spiritual nature – sprinkled throughout [...]

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In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

Yesterday, A+A ran a post on GGN’s fantastic landscape design in Seattle for the University of Washington’s campus. The firm is known for some of the most innovative landscape design solutions in the nation, including a winning entry in a competition to redesign Union Square on the National Mall. Here we have a post from [...]

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Framing a New View of Mount Rainier

Framing a New View of Mount Rainier

One item the University of Washington has never been short of is master plans for its landscape. The Olmsted Brothers developed one back in 1909, as Seattle hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. “Their basic idea for the campus was to frame Mount Rainier at the heart of the campus,” says Shannon Nichol, founding principal at Gustafson [...]

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In Paris, a Source for All Things French

In Paris, a Source for All Things French

It’s Bastille Day, after all, so why not reach back into the archive for a post about Artecase, our favorite source for the decorative arts in Paris? It’s owned by a couple of  Christies alumnae, one from New York and the other from London – and they have exquisite taste. This post is from February [...]

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Touring the Bronx’s Historic Mansions

Touring the Bronx’s Historic Mansions

Olga Tirado is on a mission. A resident of the Bronx for the past 30 years, she’s out to educate Manhattan about the section of New York that she calls “the borough of parks.” “A quarter of it is natural forest and parkland – it’s just gorgeous,” the executive director of the Bronx Tourism Council [...]

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