Design Dispatch

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

A rendering of the winning submission. (Photo: Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter, via Archdaily)

Dark Horse Design

A team headed by Vargo Nielsen Palle has been awarded the commission for the new Aarhus School of Architecture buildings, beating out big-name firms SANAA and BIG. “It will be a factory for architectural experimentation that will set the stage for cooperation with the city, the profession, and our neighbors—just as we wanted,” said the school’s rector, Torben Nielsen.
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Fresh Blood

After the forced resignation of Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Campbell, the institution’s new interim chief executive, Daniel Weiss, plans to present a new vision to the Met’s board. Weiss’s plan to close the museum’s $15 million deficit includes postponing shows and renovations, as well as cutting costs.
[The Wall Street Journal]

The ancient site of Palmyra. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Culture Cash

French president Francois Hollande announced that $75 million has been donated to UNESCO’s efforts to preserve cultural landmarks from war. The United States was not among the seven countries that contributed, although American philanthropist Tom Kaplan did pledge $1 million.

The entrance to the Greenwood Cemetery. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Silent as the Grave

Creative Time is supporting Sophie Calle’s 25-year-long conceptual art project, which will take place in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery. Calle plans to have visitors deposit their secrets, written on slips of paper, into a grave. Every few years, Calle will return to burn the confessions in a bonfire.

The Centre Pompidou. (Photo: Pixabay)

Eastern Extension

Paris’s Centre Pompidou is reportedly looking to open a Shanghai branch. The David Chipperfield-designed West Bund Museum, which will be finished in approximately three years, will house the institution.

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