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Kengo Kuma Associates will design a new shopping center in Miami’s Design District.

Kengo Kuma Associates has unveiled plans for the MIRAI Design District, a $1 billion mixed-use development in the Miami Design District, marking the firm’s first such project in the United States. Set to occupy 65,000 square feet, the district will feature 16,000 square feet of luxury retail on the ground floor and 40,000 square feet of high-end offices above, all designed to offer distinct brand identities through modular bays. The project, slated for completion in 2025, will incorporate innovative design elements like transparent mesh facades and a wooden soffit pedestrian walkway to enhance the shopping experience and interaction with space.

A judge dismisses the Judd Foundation’s lawsuit over a ruined $850,000 sculpture.

A New York court dismissed a lawsuit by the Judd Foundation against Tina Kim Gallery of New York and Kukje Gallery of South Korea over fingerprints left on a Donald Judd sculpture. Despite the galleries paying $680,000 for the damage in 2021, the lawsuit sought an additional $170,000 and damages, but was deemed untimely by Judge Nancy M. Bannon due to being filed four years after the damage was discovered. The foundation plans to appeal the decision, emphasizing its commitment to safeguarding Judd’s artistic legacy.

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Rafael Viñoly Architects unveils plans for four residential towers in Midtown Toronto. 

Madison Group, in collaboration with Rafael Viñoly Architects, has unveiled plans for four new skyscrapers in Toronto’s Midtown, marking the firm’s first venture in Canada. These structures, comprising 2,364 residential units and more than 54,000 square feet of public space, will also feature office and retail amenities to enhance the urban experience. Notably, the project will incorporate distinct architectural elements like red paneling and impact Toronto’s skyline. Construction is set to start in 2025.

The Berlin-based gallery, editorial, and fashion brand 032c opens an outpost in Seoul.

The Berlin-based 032c has opened its first international retail and exhibition space in Seoul’s Seongsu neighborhood, a trendy area often likened to Brooklyn. Designed in collaboration with Korean fashion platform Musinsa and architects Gonzalez Haase AAS, the space reflects 032c’s minimalist neo-industrial style and aims to serve as a cultural bridge between Eastern and Western fashion sensibilities. The venue features distinct retail and exhibition zones, highlighted by industrial design elements such as chrome rails and strip lighting, and launches with the video installation Catastrophe Colours by Gonzalez Haase AAS.

The Turner Prize, Britain’s most prestigious art prize, announces this year’s shortlist.

Claudette Johnson, a Black British artist renowned for her pastel and watercolor portraits, and Jasleen Kaur, known for her installations exploring her Scottish Sikh heritage, are among the nominees for this year’s Turner Prize, announced at Tate Britain. The nominees, which also include Pio Abad and Delaine La Bas, have all held significant exhibitions within the past year and will be featured in a group show at Tate Britain from September 25 to February 16. The Turner Prize, often noted for its controversy and shift towards politically engaged art, will announce the winner on December 3, with the recipient receiving £25,000 (around $31,000). 

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Today’s attractive distractions:

Billions in dirty money often flies under the radar at the world’s busiest airports.

Old glass bottles filled with cherries were found in George Washington’s home. 

Kim Kardashian’s private equity firm, SKKY Partners, hits fundraising hurdles.

Here’s a first look at the high-speed train that will connect L.A. and Las Vegas.

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