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Friday Finds 09.16.11

Relive the greatest design moments of the week with this roundup of photographs and videos from the staff of Dwell.
September 16, 2011
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Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion

Love her or hate her, Zaha Hadid's scope is remarkable in terms of the breadth of designs as well as in their diverse locales. Her opera house in Guangzhou was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin prize, she was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker, her aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics was completed in late July, and she's (almost) made her way into suburban U.S.A. with her proposed design for the Elk Grove civic enter, located a stone's throw from Dwell's San Francisco office. Now her works are taking a starring role at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in "Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion," which runs from September 17th through March 25th, 2012. Objects on view run the gamut from shoes to utensils to chairs to concept cars, all channeling the same frenetic energy of her torqued and twisted biomorphic structures. Hadid also designed the exhibition space, an "undulating structure of finished polystyrene with vinyl graphics based on curvilinear geometries [that] emphasizes the continuous nature of her work, and how the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design are closely interrelated in her practice." The chance to see a Hadid Gesamtkunstwerk is not to be missed, but in case you can't make it to the galleries, click through the slideshow for a look at some of the designs in the exhibition.
September 13, 2011
A project two years in the making, "Reflecting the Stars" is an installation on the Hudson River that mimics the night sky.

Reflecting the Stars

Jon Morris has been a theater producer, social entrepreneur, champion springboard diver—and an artist, in which last capacity he serves as director of New York-based arts collective The Windmill Factory. Since 2007, he and a band of likeminded collaborators have conceived and crafted a series of elaborate public projects, ranging from a grassy 30-foot-tall slide in the Nevada desert to a multi-media performance piece on themes of atomic destruction.
September 8, 2011
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Friday Finds 9.02.11

To usher in the long weekend ahead, click through our weekly round up of finds from the web. On deck: the world's shortest train, photorealist paintings, and a music video flashback to the 1980s.
September 2, 2011
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Fields of Old

Tatsuro Kiuchi finds beauty in the banal, even in a fleeting look at his homeland through the window of a bullet train.
August 30, 2011
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Molding the Modern City

Many of us have taken “professional development” courses, if only to keep up with the pre-teens already coding their own social network or cutting their first film. When it comes time to break free from basic HTML coding skills and transition towards the hip, multimedia style of HTML5, pleasant surprises are not usually found hidden within in the code. But courses at BAVC, San Francisco’s Bay Area Video Coalition, can lead to some thrilling discoveries—especially if the course is taught by SF-based photographer and installation artist, Liz Hickok.
August 24, 2011
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Alex Garcia Exhibit

I met the artist Alex Garcia nearly a year ago (we were introduced by the architect Alejandro Sticotti, who like Garcia is a native Porteño), and since then I've stumbled onto his work in a variety of surprising spots. He makes wall assemblages out of wood—recycled, scrap, veneer, new—and thin strips of metal, creating striking graphic compositions. His work was on view at the San Francisco shop Propeller several months ago; now it's on view at Sticks & Stones Gallery in downtown Oakland through August 31. The other night I ate for the first time at Baby Blues BBQ, a local restaurant, and the lacquered scrap wood tables looked vaguely like Garcia's artwork... turns out he actually made those tables two years ago, as a special project for the restaurant owner. This guy is everywhere! Or maybe it just coincidentally feels that way...
August 19, 2011
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New From Petit Collage

Based in San Francisco, Petit Collage is "an incubator of new ideas, art and illustration for everything modern and children related," says designer and children's book illustrator Lorena Siminovich, who founded the company five years ago. Siminovich's home decor and accessories for contemporary families can be found in boutiques, museum stores and catalogs worldwide—as well as in the pages of the upcoming November issue of Dwell, where we'll feature her cozy and stylish 1,500-square-foot house. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of a few sweet items from her Fall  2011 catalog, along with Siminovich's explanation of the inspiration behind each new design.
August 18, 2011
Visitors can walk between the installations, in an undulating "waste landscape."

WasteLandscape Made of CDs

Scrolling through Dezeen recently—always an inspiring source for cool new projects and ideas—I came upon this eye-catching installation in the “Halle d’Aubervilliers” at the Centquatre art space, housed in a former public morgue in Paris. Architect Clémence Eliard and artist Elise Morin created a glittering landscape out of 65,000 discarded CDs. They call the project WasteLandscape.
August 16, 2011