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Arbeit der Künstlerin Yin Xiuchen


There are moments now and then that the architecture of our imaginations becomes the architecture of an actual place. Amusement parks can bring Hogwarts castle and the lands of Pirates of the Caribbean to life, the World's Fairs and international expositions (like the current Expo 2010 Shanghai China) are where countries call on their designers to create buildings that ooze the essence of their nation, and, on the more permanent basis, places like Las Vegas and Dubai pop up as small worlds of their own to which to escape to for a time- (and place-) warped experience. Dreamlands, an exhibit currently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, celebrates these strange, other-worldly places. The show features more than 300 works of art--paintings, sculptures, architectural models, films, and more--that highlight these environments and the ways in which they have influenced how we think about cities. The exhibit closes next Monday, August 9. If you can't make it--or even if you're lucky enough that you can--we present this slideshow of images from the exhibition.
August 3, 2010
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The Full Spectrum

August 2, 2010
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Kickstart Some Design

If you've ever complained about the dearth of good design in our world, but as you're not a designer yourself felt like you could opt out of the heavy lifting, your days are numbered. Kickstarter allows artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to post their projects on its site and implore the design and community minded to make small contributions to their projects. You can give in chunks as little as $1 and if you open up that wallet a little wider you often make out with a rather nice bit of swag. Here are a few projects that caught my eye.
August 2, 2010
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Industry Gallery: Getting to Now

Industry Gallery in Washington DC is the only gallery dedicated to 21st-century design in the US, and they've got a new show up right now that's of some interest. Getting to Now: Pathways to 21st Century Design is on through August 21st, and what intrigued me was no so much the roster of splashy designers it shows off (the Campana Brothers and Marc Newsom, for example) but a trio of DC-area designers and artists holding court with the big guns. Have a look to see what the mid-Atlantic is contributing to the national design conversation through the work of Joel D'Orazio, Tuesday Winslow, and Patrick McDonough.
July 30, 2010
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Events this Weekend: 7.29-8.1

This week brings fresh designs ideas from Bay Area students—including how to reuse the Bay Bridge once it goes out of service in 2013—as well as 25 years of Pixar animations, the first international Foodprint Project event, and the closing of a tribute to Palladio.
July 29, 2010
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Bike By Me

I cannot stop playing around on Bike By Me's website.  
July 25, 2010
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Friday Finds 7.23.2010

As usual, we end the week with a mixed bag of Internetly delights, from crowd-sourced portraiture to eerie galleries of forlorn and forgotten buildings in Detroit.
July 23, 2010
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Films for Design Aficionados

In conjunction with TechnoCRAFT, an exhibition at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that explores the fading boundary between the role of designer and consumer, curator Joel Shepard has organized a matinee film series entitled Something From Nothing: Films on Design and Architecture. The eight Sunday screenings cover a broad range of satellite subjects in the design universe, from the "contemporary crafting community" ('Handmade Nation,' September 5) to the avant-garde architecture of Rem Koolhaas (Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect, August 22).
July 20, 2010
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Contemporary Nordic Town House

With their light, white house that owes equal debts to its Nordic surroundings and to the Japanese provenance of its architects, a pair of design-minded art lovers are boldly making their mark on their new home: the tiny town of Landskrona, Sweden.
July 19, 2010