Design Dispatch

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

Designs from two of the finalists for the LVMH Prize. (Photos: Courtesy LVMH)

Fashion Finalists

After the 21 semifinalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers showed their collections in Paris, eight finalists have been selected. “This year’s selection clearly illustrates the existence of a truly international fashion, beyond borders,” said jury member Delphine Arnault.

A rendering of the forum space that will be constructed as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's expansion by Gehry Partners. (Photo: Courtesy Gehry Partners)

Growing Under Gehry

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will break ground on its Frank Gehry-designed renovation and expansion. “It will make the experience of the museum more legible, more understandable for visitors who sometimes get lost in this great big and wonderful place,” said museum director Timothy Rub.

The site of the future pavilion. (Photo: Courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants/David Springford, via Archdaily)

Scottish Structure

Seven finalists, including David Adjaye Architects and BIG, have been shortlisted to design the new Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland. The building will function as a visitors center for Old and New Town, the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as host cultural programming.

A noise map of New York City. (Photo: Courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation)

White Noise

The Department of Transportation has unveiled a map of the U.S. that illustrates the noise made by cars and airplanes—the first visualization of its kind. The data shows that 97 percent of Americans hear background noise, but only fraction of a percent are exposed to dangerous levels.
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

A woman wearing the Oculus Rift. (Photo: Flickr)

High-Tech Hire

Facebook has hired longtime Apple employee Michael Hillman to lead hardware operations for its virtual reality company, Oculus. Hillman’s experience developing products like the iMac will likely be useful as Oculus moves forward.
[Fast Company]

Elon Musk. (Photo: Flickr)

Mind and Matter

Elon Musk has founded Neuralink, a new company that will explore neural lace technology—nodes implanted in the brain to augment its capabilities. “Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs just tapping away,” said Musk last June. “This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high bandwidth visual interface into the brain. Our eyes take in a lot of data.”
[The Wall Street Journal]

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