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From a new Tadao Ando museum to McMansion Hell: AN’s can’t-miss top posts from last week

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From a new Tadao Ando museum to McMansion Hell: AN's can't-miss top posts from last week.
 (Courtesy Collection Pinault – Paris)
From a new Tadao Ando museum to McMansion Hell: AN's can't-miss top posts from last week. (Courtesy Collection Pinault – Paris)

Missed some of our articles, Tweets, and Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy!

Tadao Ando chosen to build a new art museum inside former Paris stock exchange. (Courtesy Collection Pinault – Paris)

Tadao Ando chosen to build a new art museum inside former Paris stock exchange

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has been tapped to design a new museum inside one of Paris’s historical buildings, the former stock exchange Bourse de Commerce. The ambitious project takes on additional political significance in “tumultuous times,” where recurring terrorist incidents and Brexit cast doubt on what the future holds, as Ando described in a press release. “This is a project that calls on the people to recall France’s proud identity as a country of culture and art and to renew their hopes for the future.”

Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. (Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.)

Immersive installation by Jenny Sabin Studio opens at MoMA/PS1 

This year marks a new direction for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), and it shows in Jenny Sabin Studio’s Lumen, the series’ 18th annual installation. After a few years focused on creating awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, the program has taken a slightly different course, as the brief has expanded to include a more rigorous engagement with the popular Warm Up summer music series, now in its 20th season of sweaty, raucous parties in the museum’s courtyard.

The Getty Conservation Institute and architects Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. have completed restoration work on the teak window walls of Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute complex. (Courtesy Elizabeth Daniels)

Restoration work on teak paneling at Salk Institute is complete

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and New York–based architecture firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) have completed restoration work on the iconic Southeast Asian Teak window wall assembly units at Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute.The scope of intervention on the existing components spanned from mere cleaning and minor repairs to complete removal and replacement using like-for-like materials. Certain portions of the window assemblies were also redesigned to better reflect the vast improvements in insulation and energy conservation practices that have taken place since the Salk Institute was originally built.

Zillow drops its legal crusade against McMansion Hell. (McMansion Hell / Image via domain.com.au)

Zillow drops legal crusade against McMansion Hell

This week the architecture internet was awash in articles about the temporary shutdown of McMansion Hell after the real estate site Zillow threatened legal action. Today, though, the company announced it has dropped its legal claims against the site’s creator, provided she doesn’t use any more photos from its site.

Cataloging Detroit over 25 years, Camilo Jose Vergara has documented the city’s decline and decay. Image: View West from the corner of Michigan Ave. and Lafayette, on the right is the Book Cadillac Hotel and on the left the Lafayette Building. Detroit, 1993. (Courtesy Camilo Jose Vergara)

Cataloging Detroit over 25 years, Camilo Jose Vergara has documented the city’s decline and decay

Every so often, images of abandoned buildings circulate cyberspace, populating blogs or other online outlets in the form of slideshows and photo series. Chances are that if you have come across such photography, that you have seen the work of Camilo Jose Vergara. The photographer and writer specializes in capturing ruins and settings in states of decay and has become known for revisiting sites and producing a chronology of their fate.

Costumes, capitalism, and poetry: new exhibit re-examines Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. Seen here: Galerie Vivienne, 1916. Photograph by Charles Lansiaux. (© Charles Lansiaux/DHAAP, Courtesy The Image Works)

Costumes, capitalism, and poetry: new exhibit re-examines Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades Project”

The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at The Jewish Museum is perhaps appropriately a jumble of elements: it explores Benjamin’s unfinished Arcades Project while featuring contemporary artworks—by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Chris Burden—alongside the project’s fragments.

AC Martin and developers Korean Air have completed work on the Wilshire Grand Center tower, now the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. (Courtesy AC Martin)

Tallest tower west of the Mississippi River debuts in Los Angeles

After three years of nearly round-the-clock construction, AC Martin’s Wilshire Grand Center in Downtown Los Angeles has finally opened to the public.

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