Art Gensler, an architect and visionary who propelled a small practice into one of the largest and most admired firms in the industry, has passed away peacefully at home in Mill Valley, California. He was 85. Art was an industry icon and entrepreneur with the vision that we not only design spaces, but we do so with the understanding that they have the power to shape how we experience the world and who we become within it.
Centered around sustainability, MVRDV’sShenzhen Terraces development will form the core of a thriving university neighborhood in Universiade New Town, Longgang District, Shenzhen. Set for construction at the city’s Shimao ShenKong International Center, the 101,300-square-meter mixed use development will serve as a new three-dimensional “urban living room”.
A new library and community center in Nasushiobara by the Japanese architecture studio of Mari Ito, UAo, takes its cues from forests. The city of Nasushiobara has just got a new library and community centre courtesy of the dynamic Japanese architecture studio of Mari Ito, UAo. A geometric composition out of glass, metal and timber, the building feels at once modern and at home in its wider context – as its design, explains the architect, has been inspired by forests, which are ‘an important part of the city’s identity.’
Colour Memories, a new exhibition by The Museum of Architecture and sponsored by Axalta, which just opened yesterday, celebrates the role of colour in architecture and design. Capturing the personal colour stories and inspirations of over 20 architects, the exhibition gives insight into the colourful worlds of, among others, Jonathan Hagos’ connections to salmon orange, Harbinder Singh Birdi’s traffic red and Paul Monaghan’s link to Victorian tile green.
Taking a critical stance on the issue, Leonardo Dellanoce and Francesco Degl’Innocenti explore blockchain by framing it in the long history of decentralized technologies, aiming to uncover its true potential, and to inquire the social consequences of its deployment. Over the course of 8 in-depth interviews, a diverse range of experts and thinkers will provoke the ideas on how blockchain is already redesigning the concept of trust, the very cornerstone of our societies and economies.
There is much discussion about the role of technology in our future, and it is, without any doubt an important driver. However, our very human aspects: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Negotiation, Emotional Intelligence, Judgement and Cognitive Flexibility are some of the most important skills that will be required in all future jobs, according to World Economic Forum.
The “House of Memory” is an archive as well as an exhibition and conference space in Milan. It is the headquarter of five cultural associations whose aim is to preserve the memory of the conquest of freedom and democracy in Italy: ANED, ANPI, AIVITER, the Association Piazza Fontana 12 December 1969 and INSMLI.