LEGO celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with Guggenheim Museum kit

June 8, 2017 by  
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Visionary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright – who was born on June 8th, 1867 – designed and built over 500 buildings over the course of his lifetime. To celebrate the beloved architect’s 150th birthday, LEGO is releasing 740-piece lego set that lets architecture lovers recreate one of Wright’s most iconic works – NYC’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The custom lego set is highly detailed, recreating the museum’s beautiful modernist curvaceous facade and even has the building’s eight-story annex tower sitting adjacent to a stretch of NYC’s 5th Avenue Museum Mile, complete with tiny yellow cabs. The kit even includes a scaled replica of the Guggenheim sign, which features Wright’s own architectural lettering. Related: LEGO Announces Model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House “This accurately detailed Lego model faithfully recreates the curves and distinctive lines that have made this building an architectural icon for the last half-century,” said LEGO. Although the Guggenheim set is a celebration of one of the architect’s most iconic building, it’s not the first time that LEGO has shown the architect some love. Six years ago, the company released a 2,276-piece version of his beautiful Robie House . This isn’t the first time LEGO has released the Guggenheim museum, either, but the previous set was much smaller and less detailed than this newest set. The Guggenheim Museum will also be celebrating the architect with architecture-themed tours and various activities throughout the month of June. + LEGO Via Dezeen Images via LEGO and Wikimedia Commons

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Trump nominates BP oil spill lawyer as DOJ environmental attorney

June 8, 2017 by  
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Who better to stand for the environment than a lawyer who represented BP after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy? At least, that appears to be President Donald Trump’s logic. This week he nominated Jeffrey Bossert Clark , who has consistently worked against climate action , for the role of Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources at the Department of Justice . Clark is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. Over his career he’s challenged the scientific basis of climate policies , according to InsideClimateNews. His career is littered with work against the environment, not for it. He successfully defended BP after Louisiana parishes challenged the company over their multi-billion settlement of claims over Deepwater Horizon. But representing BP after America’s worst oil spill is just part of it. Related: Trump budget proposes 31% cut to EPA funding Clark represented the United States Chamber of Commerce in lawsuits attacking the government’s power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions . He’s argued in court multiple times it’s inappropriate to form government policies based on scientific consensus given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . InsideClimateNews said Clark was prominently involved in challenges from industry to the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding offering a scientific basis for efforts to regulate greenhouse gases . Natural Resources Defense Council Director of the Climate & Clean Air Program David Doniger said of Clark, “He has a long history of opposing climate action for corporate and ideological clients. I would expect that history would require him to recuse himself from cases as over the Clean Power Plan , where he filed an amicus brief against the rule.” In the George W. Bush administration Clark served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department, from 2001 to 2005. Senate confirmation is required for him to serve in the Trump administration . Via InsideClimateNews Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Frank Gehry-designed luxury hotel brings avant-garde design to historic Spain winery

March 14, 2017 by  
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The bucolic hills of Spain’s wine country may be one of the last places you’d expect to see a Frank Gehry -designed building, but the starchitect’s iconic deconstructivist style has found home in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Spurred by Gehry’s successful Guggenheim Museum in nearby Bilbao, the Marques de Riscal winery in Elciego commissioned the world-renowned architect to dramatically renovate its 19th century grounds with an avant-garde touch. The new luxury complex features gigantic curving titanium sheets that pop against the lush landscape and includes a five-star hotel, restaurant, viticulture museum, and more. Completed in 2006, the Marques de Riscal complex includes Gehry’s first completed hotel . The 43-room luxury hotel prides itself as a work of art with a sculptural exterior and light-filled interior with cathedral-height ceilings and bespoke detailing. The stunning new complex was commissioned in hopes of bringing the “Guggenheim effect”—a term that refers to how Gehry’s art museum in Bilboa rejuvenated the city—to the winery’s small town of Elciego. Nearly eleven years after the unveiling, the Gehry-designed complex seems to have worked—the hotel has earned glowing reviews and brought greater tourism to the region. Related: How Frank Gehry’s provocative designs go from concept to reality Spread across two buildings linked by a suspended footbridge, the ultra-modern hotel features curved titanium plates tinted rose, silver, and gold—colors that represent the Marques de Riscal bottles, from the burgundy hues of rioja to the silver foil covering the cork. Due to the building’s sculptural design, the luxurious interior includes tilted walls and zigzag windows. The rooms and suites overlook beautiful views of Spain’s wine country. The winery grounds also include the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant and a spa. + Frank Gehry Images via Marques de Riscal Hotel

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Moreau Kusunoki Architectes’ ‘Art in the City’ wins Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

June 23, 2015 by  
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Take a closer look at the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki museum design competition

April 29, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Take a closer look at the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki museum design competition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AGPS Architecture Ltd , Asif Khan Ltd , Design Competition , Fake Industries Architectural Agonism , guggenheim , Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 , Helsinki , Moreau Kusunoki Architectes , SMAR Architecture Studio

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nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

January 8, 2015 by  
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Check Out New York City’s First Annual Urban Design Week September 15th through 20th

September 17, 2011 by  
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Insert Your Ideas Here Project by Eve Mosher and Paul Notzold Photo via Eve Mosher On the heels of Fashion Week , NYC’s first annual Urban Design Week launched Thursday evening at the BMW Guggenheim Lab in the East Village . Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the unseasona… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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