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The North Building at the Denver Art Museum, designed by Gio Ponti (Photo: Spencer Bailey)

Mile-High Modernism

The Denver Art Museum announced a $25 million gift—the largest in the institution’s history—to revitalize its Gio Ponti-designed North Building. The 1971 structure, clad in more than one million reflective glass tiles, is the Italian architect’s only building in the United States.
[Blouin ArtInfo]

Lost Icon

This weekend, the design community mourned the death of Jens Risom, whose furnishings have become classics of midcentury modernism. The Danish designer passed away seven months after celebrating his 100th birthday.
[Interior Design]

The Right Angles

A new London project from architect Renzo Piano, called the “Paddington Cube” for its perfect 54m x 54m x 54m dimensions, has been approved by the Westminster City Council. This comes four years after Piano completed the Shard skyscraper, and it will be financed by the same developer.
[The Architects’ Journal]

Green Dream Team

Bill Gates and a group of notable investors have announced the formation of the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund. The newly formed entity has a goal of investing more $1 billion in companies developing sustainable and energy-efficient technologies.
[Quartz]

Renaissance Rediscovery

A drawing by Leonardo da Vinci worth an estimated $15.8 million was discovered in a portfolio of otherwise low-value, unframed pieces at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. “My heart will always pound when I think about that drawing,” said Met curator Carmen C. Bambach.
[The New York Times]

Big Picture

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed designs for a mixed-use project in Los Angeles’s Downtown Arts District. The development, the firm’s first in L.A., aims to connect the built environment to the neighboring L.A. River.
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

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