Design Dispatch

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Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo:

Coup de Grâce

Weeks after the resignation of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s director, Thomas Campbell, Vanity Fair has published a telling account of the museum’s internal struggles. In addition to condemning many of the changes made under Campbell’s tenure, unnamed sources allude to inappropriate conduct with women on staff.
[Vanity Fair]

The Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, which Hugh Hardy worked on. (Photo: Francis Dzikowski/courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater, via Vanity Fair)

Hugh Hardy, 1932-2017

Architect Hugh Hardy, who was best known for renovating historic theaters in New York, died this past Thursday. Hardy left his imprint on spaces like the Radio City Music Hall, New Amsterdam Theater, and the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center. “I don’t think any architect has better embodied the spirit of New York than Hugh, not only through his work but also through everything he thought and wrote and did,” said architecture critic Paul Goldberger. “Every one of us has lived more intensely in New York because of Hugh, understood the city better because of him, and loved the city more because of him.”
[The New York Times]

Zurich’s historic city center. (Photo: Shutterstock, via Business of Fashion)

Parting with Paris

Vetements, the cult fashion label helmed by Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia, is leaving Paris for Zurich, Switzerland. “Paris kills creativity. Its environment with the ‘bling bling’ is destructive. I’m done with the whole showing-off in fashion and the superficial glamour,” said Guram Gvasalia, Demna’s brother and Vetements’s chief executive. However, he also admitted that Switerland’s favorable tax rates contributed to the decision.
[Business of Fashion]

A sculpture on the MIT campus. (Photo: Flickr)

Best in Class

Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning has been named the world’s best architecture school for the third year in a row. The report, assembled by QS University Rankings, also named Harvard, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and UCLA in the top 15.
[Boston Magazine]

A rendering of the MVRDV-designed Art Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. (Photo: Courtesy MVRDV, via Archdaily)

Mirrored Museum

The MVRDV-designed Art Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has broken ground. The institution, which will house over 70,000 art and design pieces, is slated to open in 2019.

The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Republican Reinforcements

Several Republican legislators have voiced their support for the NEA and NEH, which would lose their funding under President Trump’s proposed budget. Among the GOP members in favor of the programs are Senator Lisa Murkowski, Representative Mark Amodei, Senator Susan Collins, and Representative Leonard Lance.
[The New York Times]

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