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Touring Toronto Part 2

Touring Toronto, Part 2

I traveled to Toronto last week to serve on the curatorial committee of Twenty+Change, report a story, and check out the city's current design scene. Having already visited the TIFF Lightbox and having strolled up and down Queen Street West in Part 1, I continue my journey here in Part 2, visiting several new museums and performance centers, shopping in The Junction along Dundas Street West, and meandering through the new Evergreen Brick Works.
March 18, 2011
Touring Toronto Part 1

Touring Toronto, Part 1

Last week I headed north (and quite a ways east) to one of my favorite cities: Toronto. I spend a fair share of my childhood in Toronto visiting family, and I later lived near the Annex neighborhood as an undergraduate architecture student at the University of Toronto. Traveling back to serve on the curatorial committee for the third Twenty+Change exhibition and publication, I was delighted to find the city as vibrant as ever. It continues to surprise me, with its creative forces always at work, interesting and innovative spots always presenting themselves, and endless construction being done. Here's the first part of my tour through Toronto.
March 16, 2011
Kevin Carney, Bo Carney, and Ellen LeComte of Mowhawk General Store.

Shop Visit: Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake

Looking for mid-century furniture? Design tomes? Earrings? An LP? Sunset Junction’s Mohawk General Store lives up to its name.
March 7, 2011
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Friday Finds 3.04.11

In this week's Friday Finds, disaster preparedness kits, a food tour of Italy, an interview with Winy Maas of MVRDV, and a tribute to Charlie Sheen.
March 4, 2011
The hall features 16 columns and four interior walls that form a smaller, though not fully enclosed, center room. “We thought, can we transform these columns, and not only make it a decorative aspect?” Lukyanov recalls. “Can they also become functional? C

Brooklyn Museum's reOrder

When invited to submit a proposal for Brooklyn Museum’s newly renovated Great Hall, part of a larger redesign of the New York City–based museum’s main floor, Situ Studio looked to the building’s history for inspiration. “This [exhibit] is very site-specific,” says Aleksey Lukyanov, designer and one-fifth of the Situ Studio team, which is based in Brooklyn, NY, and comprises five friends and graduates from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. “It's specific to the history of the museum and the history of its architecture,” continues Lukyanov.
March 3, 2011
San Francisco Creative Mornings

SF Creative Mornings Kicks Off

Friday morning in San Francisco saw not only torrential rain and spots of hail but the kick off of its own monthly CreativeMornings chapter. Dubbed a "free breakfast lecture series, for creatives by creatives," CreativeMornings is the brain child of Tina Roth Eisenburg, AKA Swissmiss. For the first SF meeting, Pictory founder Laura Brunow Miner spoke to a filled audience about why work matters.
February 28, 2011
In collaboration with many groups, Tighe created an immersive installation that is pure form. His cave-like exhibition features undulating bas reliefs milled on-site by a robotic arm. LED lights give off a soft glow and sound streams from speakers outside

Exploring Inner Space at SCI-Arc

In Out of Memory, currently on view at SCI-Arc's gallery in Los Angeles, architect Patrick Tighe transports visitors to another plane with an experiential installation that combines light, sound, material and form. Rather than create the customary art object, Tighe collaborated with Berlin and Rome Prize-winning composer Ken Ueno to produce a sound installation that first took shape from the ambient noises heard within SCI-Arc's walls. Reworking the recorded ambient sound, Ueno produced a composition that is the aural equivalent of a seeing Hokusai’s Great Wave forming and rushing toward you. The auditory groundswell is peppered by sharp clickety-clacks, as if attempting to snap you out of an enforced meditation; listen to a portion of the piece in this video. A six-axis robotic arm from Machineous programmed with a 3-D mapping of Ueno’s composition milled the structure on-site, giving the installation its unique parabolic shape. Have a look at the exhibition in the slideshow that follows.
February 26, 2011
Dancer Gene Kelly as seen on the website <a href="http://bit.ly/h2gmud">Heck Yes Gene Kelly</a>.

Friday Finds 2.25.11

"Hedonistic Sustainability," scenes from New York Fashion Week, an homage to Gene Kelly, Magda Biernat's images of a "disorienting universality," and illustrations of feline friends, are just a sampling of the finds gathered for your Friday viewing pleasure.
February 25, 2011
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Austin's New Arthouse

This past October, the city of Austin celebrated the reopening of Arthouse at the Jones Center—the oldest contemporary art organization in Texas. New York-based architects Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis tripled the size of the original building, which was a theater in the 1920's, a department store starting in the 1950's, and a cultural center starting in 1995. The building's latest incarnation retains a sense of its layered history (original frescos in the upstairs gallery, for example) while pushing the design in a decidedly futuristic direction. Here's a glimpse of Austin's new architectural icon, with images by photographer Michael Moran.
February 18, 2011
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