My city

All I want for Christmas is for my city to have... A high-density, diverse and vital city centre. Medium-density suburb hubs containing key residential services such as doctors, newsagents, post offices, supermarkets and pharmacies. Variety in property sizing and street layout providing diversity in occupational possibilities. A comprehensive public transport system that is less than... Continue Reading →

Dr Chau Chak Wing building: site-responsive?

What is it? Frank Gehry's first building in Australia, the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology Sydney, revealed last week and discussed in an IndesignLive post viewable here. IndesignLive makes some peculiar comments about the design ideas behind the building: "The east-facing façade will be made of a buff-coloured brick reminiscent... Continue Reading →

The burden of Italian cities

What do we think? Having now spent a considerable time living in and travelling around Italy, we have been able to observe an unsettling pattern amongst Italian cities. Their centres are, without doubt, amongst the most beautiful and humane in the world. Even Milan, normally understood to be the ugly cousin of knockout cities like... Continue Reading →

Bernini’s David

What is it? A sculpture of David by the Italian Baroque sculptor, architect and painter, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It was produced between 1623 - 24, whilst Bernini was in his mid-twenties. It is currently located at the Borghese Museum in Rome, along with three of Bernini's other similarly extraordinary works. What do we think? In contrast... Continue Reading →

MAXXI Museum

What is it? The MAXXI National Museum of Art from the 21st Century is a recently completed and much lauded project by Zaha Hadid in Rome. So far, it has won the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize and, just last month, the 2010 World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year award, both prestigious and well-contested accolades.... Continue Reading →

Uncle Neaw, Pilar, Rirkrit, Then Me

Philippe Parreno has two installations running concurrently in London this December, one of which is "Uncle Neaw, Pilar, Rirkrit, Then Me" installed at the lovely Pilar Corrias gallery in Oxford Circus. The gallery entrance is visually arresting in its simplicity. A glass fronted foyer is completely bare save for the white walls and a flickering... Continue Reading →

Composite photography

What is it? First introduced to us via a Coolboom newsletter, they are collages assembled from found photographs by American artist, Jim Kazanjian, creating mesmerising black and white worlds from pieces of the everyday. What do we think? Kazanjian favours deserts, cemetaries, marshland and earthquake-damaged freeways as the settings for his work. Combined with crumbling houses, abandoned shrines... Continue Reading →

Vetrine di Natale

La Rinascente, the famous Italian department store in Milan, has taken a different approach to its Christmas window display this year and has asked 8 international artists to each create a unique installation for the 8 shop windows that face onto the Piazza del Duomo. The artists are Kirsten Hassenfeld (New York), Gyongy Laky (San Francisco), Lava/Chris... Continue Reading →

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