Concorso d'Eleganza 2010
On the banks of Lake Como, in the Lombardy region of Italy, rests the location of one of the most prestigious automobile events in the world, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Beginning in 1929, this showcase has existed for the industry's leading manufacturers to display cutting-edge design and engineering.This parade of classic vehicles, juxtaposed against concept cars of the future, is a fine example of tradition meeting innovation, as is the architectural backdrop: the stunning Villa Erba, built in 1898 and the onetime family home of legendary Italian director Luchino Visconti, is set against the dramatic Spazio Villa Erba, designed by architect Mario Bellini in 1990.
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- Prefab construction simplified the building process of this northern Wisconsin summer home, where all materials required ferrying across Lake Superior.
- With a life span of just 11 months, the prefabricated 1951 Dome of Discovery, designed by architect Ralph Tubbs for the Festival of Britain, lives on as a lost cultural icon.
- In our September entertaining issue, we profiled the one and only Murray Moss, New York design impresario and "ringmaster" of the over-the-top, irreverent design objects with high price tags.
- One of the special exhibitions at Tendence was Africa Chic, a collection of objects designed and manufactured in Africa.
- Dwell looks inside Spazio Marni, Marni's new multipurpose venue in Milan.
- The concept of each country showing their best colors at the Venice Biennale began from 1895, in the same spirit of nationalism (or chauvinism) of the World's Fair.
The BMW Guggenheim Lab ends its three-month run in New York City with a weekend of more than a dozen special events on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Join them for one last chance to participate in the Lab and celebrate its time in the East Village—before the Lab travels to Berlin. Take this opportunity to hear about some of the Lab’s early findings, participate in the final set of discussions and workshops. Highlights include a panel discussion on 10/15 from 8:00 to 10:00 PM with Gary Hustwit, director of the newly released documentary, "Urbanized," and film subjects including Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning. The Lab is located in First Park at Houston and Second Ave.
- One element of my tour of Melbourne that really surprised me was how much I liked the new Melbourne Convention Center by Hamish Lyon of NH Architecture and Nik Karalis of Woods Bagot.