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Issam Fares Institute by Zaha Hadid Architects wins Aga Khan Award for Architecture: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by the Aga Khan in 1977 and recognises examples of architectural excellence in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, historic preservation, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment. From the 19 projects shortlisted, the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, was among those honoured with the Aga Khan Award this year.
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) was established as a neutral, dynamic, civil and open space where people representing all viewpoints in society can gather and discuss significant issues. “The building makes a courageous – and at the same time fully respectful – contribution to the multi-layered physical environment of this historic and rooted university campus. With its simple, exposed concrete surface and strong volumetric presence, it is an elegant yet unique solution to a complex and special context,” says the Master Jury’s Citation. (More at: Zaha Hadid)
Vancouver architect Bing Thom dies aged 75: Architect Bing Thom, designer of several major buildings in Vancouver, has died aged 75 following a brain aneurysm. The Hong Kong-born architect, who had been based in Canada ever since emigrating there as a child, suffered the aneurysm earlier this week during a visit to his birthplace, and passed away in the company of his wife, Bonnie. His legacy includes a series of projects in Vancouver, including the Guildford Aquatic Centre and the Surrey City Centre Library, as well as the Arena Stage Theater in Washington DC and the Tarrant County College campus in Texas. (Source: Dezeen)
Tom Dixon launches new workspace collection: As the conventional office is rapidly vanishing under a series of challenges from new working practices, mobile communications and a demand for total flexibility, Tom Dixon launches for the first time a new office range, including BOOM desk light and SLAB School Desk. A more domestic, more human aesthetic is fast becoming the required backdrop for the newly blurred distinctions between work, home and entertainment spaces. ‘Our adventures in designing hotels, restaurants, clubs and homes have shown us that there is a need for versatile, hardwearing and functional objects for work, that are attractive enough to be used in domestic and decorative situations,’ says Tom. The collection will launch at ORGATEC (25th-29th October 2016). (More at: Tom Dixon)
BREXIT’s impact on education is a disaster for design, say Ben Evans: EU students are deferring or cancelling their offers from UK design schools over BREXIT, with major implications for the future of the sector, according to London Design Festival co-founder and UAL governor Ben Evans. “There’s no material change to their circumstances at this point, but it is a point about them feeling less welcome in our city, and insecure about coming and taking up a three-year degree course in London,” he said. UAL is an umbrella institution that includes many of London’s best-known creative schools, including Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion. (Source: Dezeen)
B&B Italia celebrates 5o years and Giorgio Busnelli dreams big for the future: B&B Italia was founded by Piero Ambrogio Busnelli in 1966, his footsteps later followed by his son, Giorgio Busnelli. To chart the history of the company is to chart a history through modern manufacturing and culture; its list of notable innovations and achievements across the last five decades is mind-boggling. That B&B Italia today is not just still around, but still considered a pioneer – and not just in the Italian market, but globally – is certainly something to be celebrated.
Back in the 1970s, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli’s legacy was more than the sum of the designs he manufactured. He turned furniture into culture. He transformed his manufacturing capability into a lifestyle brand. Parties in kaftans with cocktails on boats make for a powerful statement of intent: you don’t just buy my sofas to sit on, you buy the culture that surrounds them too. B&B Italia was also the first furniture company to advertise on television. Upon its 50th anniversary, Signor Busnelli is nowhere near finished with it. (Source: Wallpaper)
Richard Clarkson disguises Bluetooth speaker as levitating indoor cloud: Designer Richard Clarkson has created a small, remote-controlled cloud for the home that plays music and flashes while hovering a few centimetres from the ground. The Making Weather project is a collaboration between Clarkson and Crealev – a company that specialises in creating levitating products. Made from clumps of white polyester fibres, the cloud and its base are embedded with magnetic components that allow it to float a few centimetres off the ground. According to the designer, the cloud has “full rotational movement” and bobs slightly up and down to create a “realistic atmospheric experience”. Although the design is currently a prototype, the designer hopes it will soon become commercially available. (Source: Dezeen)
Annie Leibovitz’s work on ‘Women’ is never done: Last year, celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz started updating her 1999 project ‘Women’, a book collaboration with her partner of 15 years, Susan Sontag, who died in 2004. ‘It really resonated,’ Ms. Leibovitz said, but ‘the project was never done’. Seventeen years down the line, with ‘Women: New Portraits’, she is further adding to history, in the company of a new mentor – iconic activist Gloria Steinem. The book will reach out to a new generation of viewers, and a new format beyond the printed page.
The only artist aside from Chris Levine who managed to do a photography portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Leibovitz has recently been on a 10-city international tour, appearing not in museums or shopping malls, but in historically rich ‘pop-up’ sites where the audience is invited to join her in ‘talking circles’, led by Ms. Steinem. (Source: The New York Times)
Zaha Hadid experiments with walnut in her final collection for David Gill Gallery: ‘”UltraStellar” is an appropriate title for the collection because she’s looking down from above,’ announced Francis Sultana in front of the last Zaha Hadid range for David Gill last week. In a sentimental, but celebratory atmosphere, the creative director, alongside Zaha Hadid director Patrik Schumacher, presented the late dame’s impressive range at the gallery’s Mayfair space. Throughout this final range of hers, the starchitect managed to astound yet again with her first ever works in timber, displaying her signature fluid aesthetic in organic new forms. (Source: Wallpaper)
Kalliopi Lemos’ ‘Stiletto Heel’ installation in Golden Square, London: Gazelli Art House and Westminster City recently announced the placement of Kalliopi Lemos’ ‘Stiletto Heel’ in Golden Square. The sculpture is the latest addition to Westminster’s City of Sculpture programme, and is meant to stimulate conversation and gain appreciation from all ages and demographics. Visually stunning in hand crafted metals, this playful sculpture depicting a giant high-heeled shoe from the artist’s Tools of Endearment series, both beautifies and adorns the publics spaces while paying tribute to women around the world. (More at: Gazelli Art House)
Luminaire auctions Campana brothers, Nendo and Marcel Wanders works (+more) in Miami: An eloquent curation of modern glasswork has come together at Miami’s Luminaire Lab for a fantastic cause. In a collaboration with international auction house Phillips, the design store is hosting its ‘GlasLove’ auction and exhibition in aid of cancer research until 11th October. Following their prior PuppyLove, DesignLove and PaperLove auctions, Luminaire founders Nasir and Nargis Kassamali this time set their sights on the fluidity and versatility of glass. Stunning designer pieces from Campana brothers, Bocci, Tord Boontje, Todd Bracher, Andrea Branzi, Nendo, Marcel Wanders, and more are included in this noble event. (Source: Wallpaper)