Calling all Créaterus
+ Gómez Platero has released his design for a monument to memorialize the victims of coronavirus. Named the World Memorial to the Pandemic, the disk shaped structure of concrete and steel is proposed to suspend over the water on the coast of Uruguay. It provides a space away from the distractions of urban life to reflect and remember the victims of the global pandemic. Measuring 40 meters in diameter, the concave disc will be accessed by a long pedestrian walkway and can accommodate up to 300 people, with proper social distancing. Once a location is selected, it should take 6 months to complete. + Silver Art Projects has announced the Art in Residence program, which has awarded 25 artists with an up to 8 month, free of charge residency at 4 World Trade Center in New York City. The non profit artist residency is sponsored by Silverstein Properties, which has been a leader in the revival of Lower Manhattan. Over 500 applicants applied for the privilege, which were carefully reviewed by a jury of art world professionals. Co-Founder Joshua Pulman said, “ Now more than ever, artists need these alternative channels to support their practice. Silver Art was designed to enable artists to grow by meeting new collectors, saving valuable resources on rent, and incorporating the energy of the World Trade Center into their artworks.” + South African designer Porky Hefer has revealed an off-the-grid guesthouse on a 24,000 hectare wildlife reserve in Namibia, which closely resembles a modern bird’s nest. The product designer turned pioneer of creating ‘human nests’ is passionate about vernacular architecture and creating homes that give you a sense of place. The three story, four room guesthouse operates off an independent water supply and electricity, and is thatched from locally sourced reeds supported by a steel frame. + The Almine Rech Gallery will debut their first exhibition of iconic street artist Kenny Scharf’s work. The exhibition, titled Dystopian Painting, will feature 15 paintings and singular sculpture that reflect his continued immersion in the everyday life of urban society and circumstances of our time. Beloved for his colorful work featuring pop culture and futuristic realities, Scharf made his mark on the art scene in New York in the 1980’s where several of his street murals can still be seen today. The exhibition will be on view in the Almine Rech New York gallery from September 10th to October 28th.
+ Zaha Hadis Architects has presented their design for what is posed to be Shanghai’s greenest building- with every facet of the design focused on the utilization of local materials, sustainability and renewable energy technologies. Developed for Chinese renewable energy firm CECEP, the mixed use campus will be formed of three interlinked towers with leisure facilities and an urban park at its base. + Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”, which sold for a record $450.3 million at Christie’s in 2017, is back in the spotlight with the announcement of its own Broadway show in development. The musical production will debut in 2022 and retell the epic history of this iconic painting that was presumed lost for centuries - until it resurfaced in 2005 and was sold as a reproduction for $1,100. The show's producer describes Salvator Mundi! the Musical as a combination between the historical reportage of Hamilton with the fantasy and delight of Willy Wonka's golden ticket. + Fritz Hansen of Denmark has partnered with fashion label White Mountaineering in Japan for a 300 piece limited edition Grand Prix chair, which aims to bring fashion to the outdoors. White Mountaineering, launched by Yosuke Aizawa in 2006, believes fashion should be a fusion of design, technology and utility. The parquet pattern upholstered on each chair has been used by Aizawa in his shops since the brand’s inception - and each chair, only available in Asia, will come with a numbered edition plate. + Galerie Kreo in Paris has opened their Pierre Charpin exhibition titled Similitudes. This is Charpin’s first solo exhibition at the gallery since 2015 will present a collection of tables, vases, mirrors, lights and drawings that are results of his research studying shapes, movement and the physical presence of form. Highlights include a coffee table made of enameled lava stone and metal, and a trapeze light fixture composed of black spheres and light tubes. The exhibition runs through September. + The massive explosion in Beirut has created an apocalyptic atmosphere for local residents who are still physically and emotionally trying to recover from the devastating incident. Standing amongst the rubble about one kilometer from the blast site is the newly developed Stone Gardens housing complex by Architect Lina Ghotmeh, which was designed and envisioned as a bunker or protective shield for the city. Surviving the blast mostly unscathed, except for shattered windows, the structure answers Ghotmeh’s question of whether architecture can also serve as a place of shelter. To help with the recovery efforts in Beirut, please visit Impact Lebanon and the Lebanese Red Cross This is all for today! Don't forget that submissions for the Créateurs Design Awards open on September 27th. Visit createursdesignawards.com for more information.
+ The Metropolitan Museum of Art has teamed up with Microsoft and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. + UC San Diego will Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of its Iconic Geisel Library, which first opened in 1970 as the Central Library. + The Herman Miller Eame's chair has had a victory in court over trademark infringement. +Michael S. Smith has launched his highly anticipated book Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House. + Paris Design Week celebrates its tenth anniversary - and the show will go on without its big sister Maison & Objet. + CDA launched it’s latest OP-Ed written by photographer Edgar Kanaykõ, a member of the Xakriaba tribe from Brazil.