Design Dispatch

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

A proposal from Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects for the London Holocaust Memorial. (Image: Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants, via Archdaily)

Modern Memorial

The U.K. government has revealed a shortlist of 10 designs for a planned national Holocaust memorial in London. The star-studded list of contenders includes Daniel Libeskind, David Adjaye, and Anish Kapoor with Zaha Hadid Architects.
[The Architects’ Journal]

Runway Rapper

Travis Scott has designed a men’s capsule collection for Helmut Lang. Scott has long been a favorite of the fashion industry, and has appeared in advertisements for brands like Alexander Wang and Yves Saint Laurent.

Cuban Contention

Cuban-born artist Tania Bruguera has demanded that her artwork be taken out of an upcoming show of Cuban art at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Bruguera said that she had requested Holly Block, the museum’s director, show her disapproval of the Cuban government, “but she never signed anything protesting what was happening to me or any of the artists in Cuba at the time who were being oppressed.”
[The New York Times]

Chicago Controversy

A skyscraper by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture may soon arrive in Chicago, but the plans involve demolishing the Helmut Jahn-designed James R. Thompson Center. Jahn’s firm responded with their own proposal, which would add a 110-story building to the site without removing the existing structure.

Safe Haven

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will soon launch Open Art Space, a free event series intended for LGBT youth. “We endeavor to create a space where LGBTQ teens feel heard, supported, and recognized, and we hope they can take that feeling of support with them through their daily lives,” said artist Mark Joshua Epstein, the program’s facilitator.

Stuck In the Middle

Startup Molon Labe Designs has unveiled a possible solution to the dreaded airplane middle seat, the Side-Slip Seat. The idea involves staggering the seats, as well as making the middle seat the largest.

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