Rumor has it that the quaint town inspired the architecture in Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast. But in a recent renovation of the city’s Musée Unterlinden, Herzog & de Meuron made a conscious effort to avoid the preciousness of a Disney film.
The newly opened Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery, the latest addition to the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District commercial boom, is a behemoth, occupying all 116,000 square feet of a former Pillsbury flour mill complex.
Superpowers of 10, a play by architect Andrés Jaque and his Madrid-based Office for Political Innovation, starts innocuously enough—the stage-ready version of the iconic Eames’ 1977 short film Powers of 10, performed during the opening weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, reenacts an idyllic picnic on Lake Shore Drive and a journey through space and subatomic particles, using the adorable medium of papier-mâché props on wheels.
I grew up with what Peter Smithson described as a whiff of the powder of Modernism, and with a passion for its architecture – plus a presumption that architecture was women’s work,” Denise Scott Brown said in a recent interview with architecture curator Clare Farrow, recalling her Norman Hanson-designed childhood Johannesburg home and how it helped steer her towards her venerated career.