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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 10, 2010


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FEATURED THIS WEEK : CAROLYN DEUSCHLE

Welcome Home: Emily Hass's SIDES Berlin

A bicycle ride in the freezing rain in east Berlin brought artist Emily Hass to the featherbed factory her family owned there before the war. That address was the only concrete piece of information she had about her family's life in Berlin; her father, Gerald Hass, escaped Berlin in 1938 at age four, but never spoke openly about his experiences in Germany. Although the building that once housed the factory was still standing, it had been converted into a printing press. Nevertheless, Hass managed to gain access to it, and to explore its many rooms and meet its current occupants.
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THOMAS DE MONCHAUX

In Search of Sukkah City

Sukkah City: NYC 2010 is a design/build architecture competition that will support and build a dozen experimental pavilions in Union Square Park in New York City this Fall. Here, co-organizer Thomas de Monchaux explores the very old questions that the sukkah seem to eternally inspire — as an idea, tradition, place, structure and festival. It's a perplexing design challenge, to say the least.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 06.05.10

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JESSICA HELFAND

Rome's MAXXI: Force Field as Field Space

This past weekend marked the grand opening of Rome's MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, which is being billed as the first national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity thought as a great campus dedicated to culture, a laboratory of experiment, study and research. The museum itself was designed by the noted Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, whose design was chosen from more 272 entries allegedly because of her ability to integrate the space into the existing urban fabric. In Hadid's view, densities are distributed around an open campus, which is navigated on the basis of directional drifts. "This is indicative of the character of the center as a whole," notes the architect, "porous, immersive — a field space."
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 05.28.10

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