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August 05, 2022

View of works by Mark di Suvero at the Storm King Art Center. Image courtesy of Storm King Art Center

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Storm King Art Center brings in a powerful design team for a $45 million refresh.

“The Storm King Art Center will undertake a $45 million refresh of its famed outdoor museum spanning 500 acres of mountainside forest and grassland in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. The investment project will bring a host of new features and upgrades – visitor pavilions, relocated parking, infrastructural improvements and an art conservation and manufacturing facility among them – to the 60-year-old Sculpture Park so that can better adapt to continued growth. With work set to begin later this year, Storm King has assembled a formidable team of global firms to lead the design of the ambitious undertaking, including heneghan peng architects, WXY architecture + urban design, and a pair of design practices. landscape architecture hired: Cambridge- and Reed Hilderbrand, based in New Haven, and Gustafson Porter + Bowman, based in London. [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

Facebook will phase out its live shopping feature in favor of short video content.

“On October 1, Facebook is closing its live shopping feature, according to a statement from Meta. Users will no longer be able to organize shopping events on the site, create product tags or playlists in videos. Instead, Meta will focus on its short-form video product, Reels, citing changing viewer behaviors. [H/T Business of Fashion]

Metadestilería by Rojkind Arquitectos. Image courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

Rojkind Architectos envisions a “metadestilería” in the metaverse for José Cuervo.

“As part of an initiative for Tequila José Cuervo, Rojkind Arquitectos presents its new and first metaverse project under the name of “Metadestilería” (Metadistillery) which is based on a design exercise that responds to the function of objects in relation to human needs in specific contexts with the challenge of creating unique experiences through objects and architecture. [H/T ArchDaily]

New York developers plan to build casinos at Hudson Yards and Coney Island.

“New York City game developers and operators are putting their chips on the table in a frantic bid for the right to open local casinos, including in Times Square and Hudson Yards. Some of the other sites being considered are Willets Point near Mets Citi Field and Coney Island, according to people familiar with the plans. The state Gaming Commission is authorized to issue up to three licenses in the southern region of the Big Apple, and Mayor Eric Adams said he wants at least two of the licenses granted to the city . Real estate giants Related Companies in Hudson Yards and Vornado and SL Green in Times Square are interested in forming partnerships with casino giants such as Hard Rock, Sands and Wynn for local venues, industry and government sources said. . [H/T New York Post]

Tinder aims to launch virtual currency and metaverse-based dating.

“Dating giant Match Group has announced a series of changes to Tinder’s management team alongside the announcement of disappointing second quarter results. a year in his top job. Match Group is also killing Tinder’s plans to embrace new technologies, like virtual currencies and metaverse-based dating. As part of Tinder’s revamp, its ambitions to ” dating metaverse” have been significantly reduced. The company had planned to leverage its Hyperconnect acquisition to create a new form of online dating in a virtual environment, but those ideas are on hold as Match Group now has to address broader issues. . [H/T TechCrunch]

Telfar bag. Photograph by Daniel Zuchnik

Interest in Telfar Bags Grows After Beyoncé Drops the Brand Renaissance.

“Beyoncé’s last words on Renaissance, his new record-breaking album? ‘That imported Telfar bag / Birkins, these shits are in stock / I’m in my bag.’ And it looks like the superstar’s fashion-forward fans are taking that line seriously: July 29, the day Renaissance abandoned, Telfar saw a whopping 85% spike in views on popular luxury resale site The RealReal, the platform confirmed. Views of the black-owned brand also increased 131% during the LP release weekend, compared to the same time in 2021.” [H/T Page Six]

Kengo Kuma will build the largest wooden building in Italy in the former headquarters of Rizzoli in Milan.

“Milan is filling its urban gaps one by one. Thus, the abandoned building that once housed the Rizzoli publishing house – in Crescenzago, a district in the northeast suburbs of the city – will become a “green workspace”, signed Kengo Kuma & Associates and developed in collaboration with the botanist Stefano Mancuso. . In place of the old Rizzoli, there will be “the largest wooden building in Italy”, with offices, coworking spaces, a supermarket, a medical center and several other services. » [H/T Domus]

Westworld. Photograph by John Johnson, courtesy of HBO

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