Design Dispatch

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

Architect David Adjaye at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., in 2015. (Photo: Nathan Perkel for Surface)

New Year, New Titles

In the U.K., the Queen’s New Year Honours were announced over the weekend. This year’s awardees include architect David Adjaye, who will receive a knighthood, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who will become a dame.
[The Art Newspaper]

Full Stop

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the city will stop ordering Routemaster buses due to their high production cost. The red double-decker vehicles were designed by Thomas Heatherwick and championed by Boris Johnson, the city’s previous mayor, as a “stunning piece of automotive architecture.”
[The Guardian]

Bridging the Gap

French firm Martin Duplantier Architectes has won a competition to create a series of bridges in Zhangjiajie, China. The designs are intended to “create a physical relationship” between the site’s rocky cliffs.

Performance Smarts

New York City’s Performance Space 122 has chosen Jenny Schlenzka, currently assistant curator of performance at MoMA PS1, as its new artistic director. This comes as PS122 prepares to re-open its East Village space (housed, like PS1, in a former public school) after an extensive renovation.

John Berger, 1926-2017

Legendary British art critic John Berger died on Monday. The writer was best known for his book and four-part BBC series Ways of Seeing, which sharply countered art history norms when it aired in 1972.
[The New York Times]

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