PLACES : ALEJANDRO BAHAMóN, MARIA CAMILA SANJINéS
Earlier this spring we featured The Art of Solid Waste
, a public art project at a solid waste transfer station in Phoenix, Arizona, by photographer Paho Mann, that illuminates the nature of what we throw away. Here architect Alejandro Bahamón and artist Maria Camilo Sanjinés spotlight an important emerging trend — the reuse of waste in works of architecture. The projects range widely in scale and material, from a hikers' refuge in the Chilean Patagonia constructed from discarded timber, to school additions in Cape Town that repurpose old tires, to a public art project assembled from old refrigerators.
OBSERVATORY : JESSICA HELFAND
This past weekend marked the grand opening of Rome's MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, which is being billed as the first national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity thought as a great campus dedicated to culture, a laboratory of experiment, study and research. The museum itself was designed by the noted Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, whose design was chosen from more 272 entries allegedly because of her ability to integrate the space into the existing urban fabric. In Hadid's view, densities are distributed around an open campus, which is navigated on the basis of directional drifts. "This is indicative of the character of the center as a whole," notes the architect, "porous, immersive — a field space."
CHANGE OBSERVER : DOMINIQUE BROWNING
The curators have ambitiously organized the Cooper-Hewitt's latest triennial around several categories: Energy, Mobility, Community, Materials, Prosperity, Health, Communication, Simplicity. If that's not overwhelming, I would like to know what vitamins you are taking.
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on the sustainability program at St. Augustine parochial school in the South Bronx.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2000
New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."