Design Dispatch

Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

Frank Gehry at his firm’s Los Angeles studio. (Photo: Nathaniel Wood for Surface)

Learning from the Best

Frank Gehry will teach a course for MasterClass, an online education company known for recruiting world-class instructors. “I have tried to give the students insight into my process—how and why I did things. I hope this gives them the wings to explore and the courage to create their own language,” Gehry said of the class. (Read our November 2015 interview with Gehry here.)

Harvard GSD Fellowships Announced

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has revealed the inaugural class of Richard Rogers Fellows, who will study ways of using architecture and urban design to improve quality of life. In addition to receiving a $10,000 stipend, the six winners will spend three months in the Wimbledon House in London, which was given to the program by Lord Richard Rogers.
[Richard Rogers Fellowship]

School-yard Sculpture

Jenny Sabin Studio has won MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program for her proposed installation,“Lumen.” The design will be on view in the institution’s courtyard this summer. “Held in tension within the walls of MoMA PS1’s courtyard, ‘Lumen’ turns visitors into participants who interact through its responsiveness to temperature, sunlight, and movement,” said Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator at large.
[MoMA PS1]

Airbnb Advances

Airbnb beat out travel industry heavyweights to acquire Luxury Retreats, a high-end vacation home rental site. This is reportedly the first of many deals Airbnb has in the works as it attempts to expand into a full-service travel company.

Driverless Dubai

Single-passenger drones will fly passengers around Dubai as early as July. The city has made numerous investments in technology to alleviate traffic, including studying the potential for a Hyperloop.
[The New York Times]

Entry Denied

Greece’s culture ministry rejected a request from Gucci to stage a fashion show at the Acropolis. “The unique cultural character of the Acropolis monuments is inconsistent with this sort of event,” the Central Archaeological Council said.

Out of Style

As a part of its ongoing cost-cutting efforts, The Wall Street Journal will eliminate its style and culture columns. The company is one of many print publications struggling to find its footing in a digital age.

Jannis Kounellis, 1936-2017

Artist Jannis Kounellis, a key figure in the Arte Povera movement, has died. Like many of his peers involved in Arte Povera, Kounellis was known for using cheap, humble materials in his work.
[The Art Newspaper]

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