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Timber House by Mesh Architectures in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Photography by Travis Mark

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Mesh Architectures unveils Timber House, New York’s largest mass-timber building. 

“Local studio Mesh Architectures has completed Timber House, a condominium in Brooklyn that developer The Brooklyn Home Company claims is ‘the largest mass timber building in New York City.’ Timber House is made of glue-laminated timber, a type of structurally engineered wood used to make mass timber structures, and is the largest mass-timber project in New York City in terms of square footage and height, according to The Brooklyn Home Company. It is also the first condominium project in the city to be built using mass timber, the developer said.” —[H/T Dezeen]

A disturbing report suggests that only six percent of plastic gets recycled in the U.S.

“Environmental activist organizations Beyond Plastics and The Last Beach Cleanup released a disturbing report called The Real Truth About the U.S. Plastic Recycling Rate: 2021 U.S. Facts and Figures. Culling data from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as well as statistics on U.S. exports and from the waste industry, the report found just five to six percent of plastic was recycled in the U.S. in 2021.” —[H/T Core77]

“Cloud Cities Barcelona” by Tomás Saraceno. Photography courtesy of The Exhibitions Company S.A.U.

Tomás Saraceno’s latest installation will suspend visitors 30 floors above Barcelona.

“Tomas Saraceno is installing a new work in Barcelona which will be the star attraction of the Torre Glòries, a towering 38-story mirrored building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in the city’s technology district. The artists’ Cloud Cities Barcelona will be installed on the 30th floor viewing space, known as the Mirador Torre Glòries, which opens on May 20, offering residents and tourists a dramatic new way of seeing the city.” —[H/T Artnet News]

LVMH appoints Stéphane Rinderknech as chairman of LVMH Hospitality Excellence.

“The luxury goods conglomerate has appointed Stéphane Rinderknech as chairman and CEO of LVMH Hospitality Excellence. He succeeds Andrea Guerra, Luxottica’s former CEO, who will step down from the role at the end of the month. Rinderknech’s appointment comes as international travel is set to bounce back from the pandemic this summer and consumers, eager to return to pre-pandemic lifestyles, ramp up spending on experiences like holidays and eating out.” —[H/T Business of Fashion]

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” by Andy Warhol at Christie's. Photography by Sarah Yenesel/EPA

Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe sells for a record-breaking $195 million.

“Pop artist Andy Warhol’s image of Marilyn Monroe, one of his best known portraits, has smashed records after selling for $195m in New York in less than four minutes of bidding. Warhol’s 1964 silk-screen image of Marilyn Monroe, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, created after the film star’s death two years earlier, has become the most expensive piece of 20th-century art ever sold following its auction on Monday for $170m plus fees, taking the final price to $195m. The previous record was set in 2015 when a 1955 painting by Pablo Picasso—Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O)—sold for $179.4m.” —[H/T The Guardian]

Instagram is testing a functionality that allows select creators to show off their NFTs.

“Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced that the platform is going to start testing NFTs with select creators in the United States this week. Mosseri noted that there will be no fees associated with posting or sharing a digital collectible on Instagram. Creators and people who are part of the test can now share NFTs that they’ve made or that they’ve bought. You can share these NFTs in your main Instagram Feed, Stories or in messages. Mosseri outlined that only a limited number of people have access to the Instagram test, but the company plans to roll out more functionality related to NFTs in the future once it gets feedback from its initial testing.” —[H/T TechCrunch]

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