Street Artists Collaborate with Mexican Government to Bring Vibrant Splash of Color to an Entire Neighborhood

In a fantastic attempt at urban renewal, the government of Mexico recently collaborated with a group of local street artists called Germen Crew to paint a 20,000 square meter mural across the facades of 209 homes in the district of Palmitas in Pachuca, Mexico. The project was intended to bring about visual and social transformation by temporarily providing jobs and, according to some reports, reduce crime and violence in the neighborhood.



Choreography of Architecture and Exhibitions: A Video Love Letter to the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Miami’s waterfront Museum Park is all about the views. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)—designed by Herzog & de Meuron and opened in December 2013—sits at an angle against Biscayne Bay, with steps that beckon visitors to the water.

A new 10-minute video, “PAMM: In Perspective,” gushes over this building and its surrounding palm-treed landscape. The project is the work of local photographer Robin Hill and photographer and filmmaker Chris Correa.

Screenshot from a new video about Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Sir John Soane’s Private Apartment Restoration

There are few houses that hold more fascination for architects than that of Sir John Soane. The three-townhouse complex on London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields not only holds Soane’s extensive collection of artworks and architectural models, but also serves as an example of the British architect’s experimentation with interior layouts, lighting, and decoration. Until May, the only areas on view have been those he intended to be public. The second floor of the main house at No. 13, which contains Soane’s private apartments, has been closed to visitors since the 1860s, but thanks to a meticulous restoration by London’s Julian Harrap Architects (JHA), the suite of rooms is now open to all.

Understanding Architectural Drawings

Sir John Soane’s life and work (1753-1837) are displayed in his own amazing house at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, now a museum. Born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, Soane died in 1837 after a long and distinguished career. He designed 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields as his home and as a setting for his antiquities and works of art. After his wife’s death he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.
He established the house as a museum by Act of Parliament (1833) requiring that his romantic and poetic interiors be kept as they were at the time of his death.

A selection of drawings as an introduction to the art of architectural drawing:

Elevation: The Pantheon

Charting the Museum Boom

look at the new buildings that have opened this season—and those that are still on the way…..

This has been a huge week for museum news, what with the Guggenheim selecting the winning design for its proposed Helsinki branch, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which had been scheduled to open in December, announcing that it would be postponing its inauguration by another year. It has also been a huge year for museum construction, with many institutions—public and private, established and upstart—spending, in total, hundreds of millions of dollars on new buildings, with even more on the way. Below, a look at these new museums, and how they stack up alongside one another.

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Community Engagement: Two Museums Enter Public Bet Over NBA Final

The Oakland Museum of California and the Cleveland Museum of Art have wagered the sponsorship for a children’s program.

The directors of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) have entered into a public wager on their home teams during the upcoming NBA finals. Should the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, CMA will sponsor a “Warriors-themed art experience” at OMCA for 100 children from YMCA of the East Bay. On the other hand, if the Cavaliers prove victorious, OMCA will be the ones to sponsor 100 children from Cleveland’s Boys and Girls Clubs Fatima Family Center.

Best of luck to both sets of children!

World-famous architects are still big kids at heart

Architects build Lego structures for Olafur Eliasson High Line installation

The interactive installation, called The Collectivity Project, contains a fictional cityscape made with more than two tons of white Lego bricks. Eliasson commissioned 10 architecture firms to each create an imaginary structure: James Corner Field Operations, BIG, David M Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP and Steven Holl Architects.

Members of the public are encouraged to modify the installation, adding blocks to the architect-designed structures, resulting in an ever-changing composition. “In the cooperative spirit of the project, these initial buildings will become part of the collective architecture that the public builds over the four months of the project’s installation,” stated Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit organisation that oversees the park’s maintenance and art program.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson

Outside the Museum: Inside the Getty’s Initiative to Save Modern Architecture

Projects at the Salk Institute and Eames House are part of a larger effort to preserve our midcentury heritage.

The Salk Institute might be enduring in its design. But even icons age. Today, the landmark needs significant work on its concrete and glass façade, as well a plan for maintaining the limestone courtyard. Kahn couldn’t have predicted that fungus spores would drift on marine air from nearby eucalyptus trees and take root on the building, discoloring and eroding the teak window screens.

Which is why the Salk teamed up with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) to develop a long-term preservation strategy for the site. Based on a condition survey, historical research at the Kahn archives in Philadelphia, DNA testing, and surface treatment analysis on the building’s façade, CGI came up with a conservation methodology. The Salk Institute Conservation Project, as it’s called, is a model field study within the Getty’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI).

Salk Institute

CMAI’s goal is both ambitious and far-reaching: to ensure the survival of our modernist heritage, both here and abroad. In addition to model field projects, the initiative hosts professional training programs for conservators and architects, conducts scientific research on materials-based conservation, stages public lectures and workshops, and will eventually publish a series of books and periodicals.

The restored tallowwood wall paneling in the Eames House living room