Studio Gang dives into their archives for a new exhibition
New exhibition titled Gang studio models It debuted this week in the company’s new dedicated exhibition space located at the park level at its headquarters at 1520 West Division Street in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. This is the second exhibition to be held in the space, which was launched during last year’s Chicago Architecture Biennale. As the company noted, Gang studio models, which will be on display until September 30, “explores what happens when architectural models—usually ephemeral and embedded in design—become topics in their own right.” It is Studio Gang’s first gallery to display a curated selection from its large archival collection of models, drawings, drawings, and other materials. (The gallery itself is adjacent to a visual archive space located in Studio Gang HQ.)
“Using images to revive the spirits of past models, along with the physical selection of those remaining models, the gallery asks: What does it mean to resurrect these things, long after the original questions that prompted their existence have been answered?
Encouraging visitors to discover the categorized and flexible relationships between the diverse models on display, the exhibition also captures the most exciting aspects of the simulation: the interdisciplinary collaboration and dash of creative discovery that drives the project forward.”
The exhibition is free and open to the public; Regular viewings are held on limited days and can be booked here.
Keanu Reeves will play Daniel Burnham The Devil in the White City Adaptation
In other Windy City related news, Keanu Reeves has landed the starring role of architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham in an upcoming Hulu limited series based on The Devil in the White CityErik Larson’s 2003 bestselling historical film chronicling the creation of the World’s Columbian Exposition And the A serial killer who escaped rampage near the grounds of the 1893 World’s Fair. Burnham, a leading proponent of fine art, skyscraper creator, and prime star architect, was best known as the gallery’s business director. The roles of Frederick Law Olmsted, another notable character in Larsen’s non-fiction work, and pharmacist murderer HH Holmes have yet to be announced. (This isn’t the first time Reeves has played an architect against a backdrop of murder and mayhem.)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese serve as executive producers for the eight-part series, which is expected to hit Hulu in 2024.
Hollywood Gensler’s Walk of Fame renovation moves ahead with ‘quick-to-build’ design elements revealed
Gensler shared details of a large number of “rapidly built” street and pedestrian improvements along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a world-famous tourist attraction stretching 1.3 miles/15 blocks from Hollywood Boulevard.
The renovation, a key component of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s larger “Heart of Hollywood” initiative first announced in 2018, will come a long time. Gensler’s Los Angeles office first revealed its master plan to try out less car-centric streets alongside the Walk of Fame back in 2020. As part of the project’s $7.2 million first phase, it will see the extension of Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and Orange Drive Existing parking lanes are converted into pedestrian areas populated by street furnishings, planters, trees, pavement vendor spaces, and temporary art installations. New transit kiosks and bike racks, as well as bus shelters and boarding platforms, will also be installed.
The work is expected to be completed in 2024 – this is the same as the entire preparation of the master plan, which will be processed in sectors, and is scheduled to begin. The first phase of improvements is being funded by the Metro Active Transport programme.
MAD Co-Design MoLo Plant Covered Project Outside Milan
Beijing-based MAD Architects continues to expand its reach across continental Europe by unveiling the design of a “mega gateway project” set to rise in the Milano Innovation District (MIND) called MoLo (the Mobility and Logistics Hub), a nearly 739,500 square foot complex – Complete with supermarket, offices, retail, and a five-story ‘wow’ parking garage with room for 1,500 cars – will anchor the many amenities spread across the 11-square-mile MIND campus. It will serve as a “welcoming entrance and educational space for issues related to mobility where visitors can hand over their vehicles to explore the area on foot and see the innovative transportation technology in person”.
Similar to other projects led by MAD, MoLo is designed as “an integration of nature and architecture,” the company led by Ma Yansong explained. “The main facades, for example, will be adorned with lush vegetation that will beautify the neighborhood while capturing airborne carbon. The use of vertical landscaping as a design element also allows MoLo to integrate visually into the green landscape of its surroundings.”
The approximately 100-foot-high structure will be assembled within a precast concrete frame structure and topped with a giant solar array to produce enough renewable energy for the building itself and its surrounding innovation area. Join MAD on the ambitious project Architetto Andrea Nonni, Open Project and Progeca.
A bio-generating habitat design project takes hold at Presidio in San Francisco
San Francisco ABC 7 News He recently signed up with a small group of students from California College of the Arts (CCA) who have created a series of biodiversity-supportive design creations installed in a “secluded” corner of Presidio, the sprawling former military facility-turned-entertainment complex on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula . Designed and digitally realized using natural materials sourced from the site, these diminutive habitat concepts – air, terrestrial and aquatic – provide shelter for a diverse group of species called Presidio, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, home. “It’s a really interesting new idea for how we can improve our infrastructure for flora and fauna in the urban environment,” said Jonathan Young, a wildlife ecologist at the Presidio Trust. ABC 7.
CCA Associate Professor Margaret Ikeda led the project, which evolved from a larger group design competition. Other schools participating in the 2022 Biodesign Challenge included Ball State University, Eindhoven Academy of Design, Spelman College, Pratt Institute, Tongji University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and many more.
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