Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta of Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes have won the 2017 Pritzker Prize. “More and more people fear that because of … international influence, we will lose our local values, our local art, and our local customs,” reads the jury’s citation. They believe that RCR Arcquitectes “help us to see … that the answer to the question is not ‘either/or’ and that we can, at least in architecture, aspire to have both; our roots firmly in place and our arms outstretched to the rest of the world.”
Met Director Resigns
Thomas P. Campbell will leave his position as director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Due to the institution’s ongoing difficulties (the Met had a $40 million deficit in its past fiscal year, forcing layoffs and other cost-cutting measures), many are speculating that Campbell was forced out.
The Campbell Comes Back
The Campbell Apartment, an iconic bar located inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal, will soon reopen. The lounge had closed last summer after a change in management.
[TimeOut New York]
Eye in the Sky
Snap, the company behind Snapchat, is reportedly developing a drone. Similar to the Spectacles that Snap debuted last year, the drone will incorporate a camera. “We’re at the beginning of what cameras can do,” said Evan Spiegel, Snap’s chief executive, in a video for investors.
[The New York Times]
Pace Gallery broke ground on its new eight-story New York flagship designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture. When the project was first announced, Pace president Marc Glimcher said: “The last ten years have seen incredible changes in the art world as creative communities from different parts of the world have started to connect. Now it’s time for the art galleries to change too. This new building gives us the chance to reimagine what we are all about and that’s exactly what we plan to do.”