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Decades after California’s first openly gay politician helped bring the HIV epidemic to the forefront of public consciousness, Harvey Milk will finally be acknowledged with a memorial in the Castro District. After the initial design was criticized in 2017, local firm SWA was selected to oversee the makeover of the plaza and has promised to seek out the community while conceiving the memorial.
As the start-up gains momentum—the invite-only app recently surpassed 10 million users—an ancillary economy has built up around it, ranging from user-generated web tools for managing audience Q&As to a free soundboard for use in Clubhouse rooms to a Telegram bot that lets people record audio. Now, there are at least four apps for adding a colorful ring around your avatar.
The late feminist sculptor, filmmaker, painter, jewelry designer, and one-off parfumeur Niki de Saint Phalle is coming home with a well-deserved retrospective. Born in the suburbs of Paris, but reared in New York City before returning to France in the early 1950s, the self-taught artist made it a point to insert social commentary into her phantasmagoric work. Now, Saint Phalle is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens. Set to open March 11, Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life is the commemorative exhibition and the artist’s first major retrospective in the city where she spent her childhood and adolescence.
MVRDV’s new mixed-use tower in San Francisco, inspired by California’s rocky landscape, begins construction.
Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV’s new mixed-use tower is now underway in San Francisco. Building A is part of the city’s new Mission Rock master plan, an effort to revitalize the Southern waterfront. The 23-story tower features undulating terraces inspired by California’s rocky topography.