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Walter Hood, Emmanuel Pratt, Mel Chin take home MacArthur Foundation Genius Grants

Yesterday, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 26 winners of its annual Fellowship program, commonly known as the “Genius” Grant. The “no-strings-attached” $625,000 grant is given to those who exhibit “exceptional originality, insight, and potential” in their creative disciplines. Unlike other fellowships, the recipients do not apply for the grant but are nominated and anonymously selected by a committee of experts from a range of fields.  This year’s fellows include a selection of artists, urban designers, scientists, and musicians, to name a few. Among those selected include landscape and public artist, Walter Hood; urban designer, Emmanuel Pratt; and interdisciplinary artist Mel Chin.  Walter Hood was awarded the grant for creating “ecologically sustainable urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents while honoring communal histories.” He received his MLA and M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently the creative director of Oakland-based Hood Design Studio, a social art and design practice he founded in 1992.  Recent projects that illustrate Hood’s interest in the role of sculpture in public space include his plans for Nauck Town Square in Arlington County, Virginia which includes a towering sculpture that spells “Freed” made of replica slave badges. He is also designing the landscaping surrounding the new International African American Museum, and Hood Design has been shortlisted to reimagine the La Brea Tar Pits. Emmanuel Pratt is an urban designer, and cofounder and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation (SWF). He was offered the award for his integration of “agriculture, education, and design in a resident-driven approach to community development” and “turning neglected urban neighborhoods into places of growth and vitality.” Pratt received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University after studying architecture at Cornell for his undergraduate degree.  SWF was featured in this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial with the project Re-Rooting + Redux which was inspired by the construction method Chicago’s worker cottages. The installation transforms the structure into a gallery space reflecting on the future of the city’s South Side.  Selected for “harnessing the power of art to raise awareness of social concerns,” artist Mel Chin’s work is often said to defy categorization. Whether it is a public installation, animated films, or sculptural objects, Chin’s work utilizes materiality and place as a way to engage diverse groups of people. Chin is the oldest of the recipients, at 67, and resides in Egypt Township in North Carolina.  Speaking with The New York Times, Chin said, “I don’t want to use the word ‘responsibility’ but this felt like an acknowledgment that maybe after a life’s work, you just need to do more.”  The full list of 2019 fellows is as follows:
Elizabeth Anderson, philosopher; Sujatha Baliga, attorney; Lynda Barry, cartoonist; Mel Chin, artist; Danielle Citron, legal scholar; Lisa Daugaard, criminal justice reformer; Annie Dorsen, theater artist; Andrea Dutton, geochemist; Jeffrey Gibson, visual artist; Mary Halvorson, guitarist; Saidiya Hartman, cultural historian; Walter Hood, landscape and public artist; Stacy Jupiter, marine scientist; Zachary Lippman, plant biologist; Valeria Luiselli, writer; Kelly Lytle Hernández, historian; Sarah Michelson, choreographer; Jeffrey Alan Miller, literary scholar; Jerry X. Mitrovica, geophysicist; Emmanuel Pratt, urban designer; Cameron Rowland, artist; Vanessa Ruta, neuroscientist; Joshua Tenenbaum, cognitive scientist; Jenny Tung, anthropologist; Ocean Vuong, writer; Emily Wilson, classicist.
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Graham Foundation announces 2017 Grants for Organizations

As part of its annual Grants to Organizations program, the Graham Foundation has awarded over $400,000 to support architectural projects around the world. Grants went to 41 projects ranging from exhibitions and publications to events and research projects. Winners were chosen from more than 220 submissions from museums, educational institutions, architectural organizations, and architectural festivals. In the past 61 years, the Graham Foundation has awarded more than 4,300 grants. Some highlights from the awardees include the Palais de Tokyo's Singing Stones exhibition, which will be part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Expo Chicago. The Serpentine Galleries were awarded a grant in support of their annual pavilion project, designed by Francis Kéré this year. A film about Stanley Tigerman, entitled TIGERman, produced by the Chicago Architectural Club, was also awarded grant. In the public programs category, 2017 Black in Design Conference: Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions, organized by the Harvard University – Graduate school of Design – African American Student Union was given support. Foreign publications including Paris’s The Funambulist and Buró-Buró from Mexico City also made the list. Along with the Grants for Organizations, the Graham Foundation provides grants to individuals and an extensive exhibition schedule in its Chicago galleries. This year’s Grants for Organizations include: Exhibitions The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art-Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture (New York, NY) Heritage Fund-The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County-Landmark Columbus (Columbus, IN) Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art Ltd (Liverpool, UK) Materials & Applications (Los Angeles, CA) The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) New York Foundation for Architecture-Center for Architecture Foundation (New York, NY) Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France) Queens Museum (Queens, NY) The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL) S AM Swiss Architecture Museum (Basel, Switzerland) Serpentine Galleries (London, United Kingdom) Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY) Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, NY) University of Chicago-Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago, IL) Film/Video/New Media/Web The Architectural League of New York (New York, NY) Chicago Architectural Club (Chicago, IL) Other-Fellowship The University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Architecture, Design (Chicago, IL) Public Programs Association of Architecture Organizations (Chicago, IL) Harvard University-Graduate School of Design-African American Student Union (Cambridge, MA) Illinois Institute of Technology-Graham Resource Center & Master of Landscape + Urbanism Program (Chicago, IL) Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, United Kingdom) Lampo (Chicago, IL) National Trust for Historic Preservation-Farnsworth House (Washington, DC, Plano, IL) Navy Pier (Chicago, IL) The University of Illinois at Chicago-School of Art & Art History (Chicago, IL) Publications Anyone Corporation (New York, NY) Architectural Association School of Architecture – Unknown Fields (London, United Kingdom) Buró-Buró (Mexico City, Mexico) E-Flux Architecture (New York, NY) Flat Out (Chicago, IL) Front Exhibition Company (Cleveland, OH) The Funambulist (Paris, France) Harvard University-Graduate School of Design-New Geographies (Cambridge, MA) Het Nieuwe Instituut-Research Department (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY) Performa (New York, NY) Project: A Journal for Architecture (Brooklyn, NY) Rice University-School of Architecture (Houston, TX) Terreform Inc (New York, NY) University of California, Los Angeles-Department of Architecture and Urban Design (Los Angeles, CA) University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
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The Graham Foundation announces 2016 grants for individuals

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts has announced their 2016 grants for individuals. This year 59 projects by 94 individuals received a total of $490,000 in support for research and production projects by architects, designers, curators, filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and writers. The new grantees join over 4,000 individuals and institutions that have been supported by the Graham Foundation in the past 60 years. The 59 projects where culled from 640 submissions from around the world. Projects from this year’s grantees include: an opera by director, animator, and visual artist Joshua Frankel about the conflict between urban activist Jane Jacobs and New York City Planner Robert Moses, a series of large scale public installations throughout Mexico City dealing with the legacy of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games, and an ongoing research project by Athens-based Point Supreme looking at the “Post-Crisis” city. Other projects range from performances, publications, installations, films, events, and more. The 2016 Graham Foundation Individual Grantees by category: Exhibition Chelsea Culprit, Ben Foch, Jaffer Kolb, Ian Quate & Colleen Tuite François Dallegret Rear View (Projects): Jennifer L. Davis & Su-Ying Lee José Esparza Chong Cuy & Guillermo Ruiz De Teresa Adelita Husni-Bey Farzin Lotfi-Jam & V. Mitch McEwen Anders Ruhwald Quynh Vantu Fo (Folayemi) Wilson Film/Video/New Media Sebastian Alvarez, Andrew Benz, Yoni Goldstein & Meredith Zielke Esther Figueroa & Mimi Sheller LoVid: Tali Hinkis & Kyle Lapidus Prudence Katze & William Lehman Andrea Lewis & Maura Lucking Rob Mazurek & Lee Anne Schmitt Masha Panteleyeva, Svetlana Strelnikova & Nazli Kaya Juan Alfonso Zapata Public Program Joshua Frankel Aaron Landsman, Mallory Catlett & Jim Findlay Publication Michael Abel & Mina Hanna Mai Abu ElDahab & Benjamin Seror Zeynep Çelik Alexander Daniel A. Barber Pierre Bélanger & Nina-Marie Lister Michael Boyd Neil Brenner & Nikos Katsikis Maristella Casciato Benedict Clouette & Marlisa Wise Beatriz Colomina John Comazzi Dale Allen Gyure Leslie Hewitt & Bradford Young Sean Keller Léopold Lambert Alexandra Lange Amanda Reeser Lawrence & Ana Miljački Jennifer Mack Julian Raxworthy Gabriel Ruiz-Larrea Martino Stierli James Trainor Lori Waxman Allan Wexler Mary N. Woods De Peter Yi Jon Yoder Research Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Tatiana Bilbao, Gabriela Álvarez, Nuria Benítez, & Alba Cortés Isabelle Doucet Charlie Hailey & Donovan Wylie Simon Herron & Mark Morris Heinrich Jaeger & Dan Peterman Parsa Khalili & Shima Mohajeri Azadeh Mashayekhi Mariana Mogilevich Yasufumi Nakamori Point Supreme: Konstantinos Pantazis & Marianna Rentzou Damon Rich & Jae Shin Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi Filip Tejchman
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David Adjaye exhibition, Ukrainian urban planners among winners of new Graham Foundation grants

Chicago's Graham Foundation today announced nearly half a million dollars in grant funding for “groundbreaking” architectural projects by organizations, including the first major career survey of architect David Adjaye, an urban planning program in Ukraine, and architecture festivals in Norway and Portugal. The Graham Foundation, whose director Sarah Herda sits on AN's editorial advisory board, will award $496,500 to 49 projects that “chart new territory in the field of architecture.” The award recipients were plucked from a pool of over 200 submissions representing 22 countries. The Adjaye show, titled Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye, opens September 19 at the Art Institute of Chicago and will be “the only North American venue for this globally focused exhibition,” according to the Art Institute. Other grant recipients include a plan to exhibit sound sculptures designed by Harry Bertoia at Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio, the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s biannual World Wide Storefront event, and the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. The announcement follows the Graham's “grants to individuals” program, which in May awarded $490,000 for architectural research to 63 projects. Here's the full list of recipients, organized by category: EXHIBITIONS [23 awards] Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) Chicago Design Museum (Chicago, IL) Columbia College Chicago-Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL) Elmhurst Art Museum (Chicago, IL) The Jewish Museum (New York, NY) MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House (West Hollywood, CA) Materials & Applications (Los Angeles, CA) Monoambiente (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL) Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) Oslo Architecture Triennale (Oslo, Norway) Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art (London, England) Serpentine Gallery (London, England) Slought (Philadelphia, PA) Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY) Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles, CA) Swiss Institute (New York, NY) University of California, Berkeley-Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA) University of Chicago-Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society (Chicago, IL) Video Game Art Gallery (Chicago, IL) Yale University-School of Architecture (New Haven, CT) FILM/VIDEO/NEW MEDIA [2 awards] Wavelength Pictures (London, England) The Wende Museum of the Cold War (Culver City, CA) PUBLIC PROGRAMS [12 awards] Archeworks (Chicago, IL) Architectural League of New York (New York, NY) Association of Architecture Organizations (Chicago, IL) CANactions (Kiev, Ukraine) Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL) Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL) Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago, IL) The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Scottsdale, AZ) Lampo (Chicago, IL) Ohio State University-Knowlton School of Architecture (Columbus, OH) Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, NY) Van Alen Institute (New York, NY) PUBLICATIONS [12 awards] Anyone Corporation (New York, NY) Art Papers (Atlanta, GA) California Institute of the Arts-REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA) Columbia University-Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (New York, NY) LIGA-Space for Architecture (Mexico City, Mexico) Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Lisbon, Portugal) MAS Context (Chicago, IL) Primary Information (Brooklyn, NY) The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL) Rice University-School of Architecture (Houston, TX) Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) Zone Books (Brooklyn, NY)
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National Endowment for the Arts awards nearly $75 million in grants across all 50 states

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on Wednesday announced the latest round of its Art Works and State and Regional Partnerships programs, funding a symphony in Alabama, StoryCorps in Brooklyn, and more than 1,000 different projects across the country. NEA said it will make 1,023 awards totaling $74,326,900 to nonprofit arts organizations in all 50 states—plus the U.S. jurisdictions of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the District of Columbia—by the end of their fiscal year in September. Here's the full list of 1,023 awardees by city and state. The recipients run the gamut from established museums—Tucson Museum of Art will get $15,000 to support an exhibition exploring the art of the American West in popular and mass media, for example—to smaller arts councils and community initiatives. Civic programs are also among the winners. Public Schools systems in Boston, Seattle, and Nashville will receive grants of roughly $100,000 each to expand arts education. Collectively 263 panelists reviewed 1,794 applications for funding, according to an NEA press release. This week's announcement brings NEA funding awarded to date in fiscal year 2015 to $103.47 million.
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ArtPlace America Awards $15.2 Million Grant to Support Art Projects Across U.S.

Non-profit ArtPlace America has awarded creative placemaking grants to 54 recipients who were selected from more than 1,200 applicants. Totaling $15.2 million, the grants will support art projects in 44 neighborhoods across the United States, as well as a statewide project in Connecticut. Grant amounts range from $33,000 to $750,000, with the average grant at approximately $280,000. The idea behind the grants is to assist in turning urban communities into more welcoming and prosperous places for present and future residents through art and design projects. ArtPlace America is a partnership of national and regional foundations, as well as banks and federal agencies dedicated to encouraging creative placemaking. The partnership believes that art can be an essential part of revitalizing neighborhoods. Integrating art and design in public spaces, the theory goes, can help communities imagine new futures, hopefully ones that lead to redevelopment and the strengthening of businesses and the economy. Peruse the complete list and images of ArtPlace America 2013/2014 grants online. Office of Neighborhood Development: $250,000 Performing Arts Center Trust Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL From ArtPlace America: Building on momentum from its publicly-embraced master plan and the burst of public and private investment in its once-dormant neighborhood, the Adrienne Arsht Center will become one of the first major performing arts centers in the country to create its own Office of Neighborhood Development dedicated to accelerating and sustaining the creative evolution of its rapidly-changing, downtown Miami surroundings. Broad Avenue Water Tower Depot: $350,000 Binghampton Development Corp/Historic Broad Business Association, Memphis, TN From ArtPlace America: Binghampton Development Corporation and Historic Broad Business Association will transform an active warehouse loading dock on Historic Broad Avenue into an outdoor arts venue, convert a 140 foot tall water tower into an iconic public art beacon and activate The Water Tower Depot with eight weekends of community dance, followed by eight months of community-based programming. Old Town Artists Residency: $150,000 Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, AK From ArtPlace America: Old Town Artists Residency program will galvanize the community around Homer’s Old Town neighborhood through the creation and presentation of new work by artists in residence that activates the arts center’s space and surrounding outdoor sites including the Old Town People’s Garden Greenway. 12th Avenue Arts: $150,000 Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, Seattle, WA From ArtPlace America: Capitol Hill Housing will develop the new 12th Avenue Arts building, transforming a 29,000 sq ft surface parking lot on Seattle’s Capitol Hill into a vibrant mixed-use development combining arts, housing, retail and public safety uses. The Great Chicago Fire Festival: $250,000 Redmoon Theater, Chicago, IL From ArtPlace America: Redmoon will conceptulize, plan, implement, and produce the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, a city-wide ephemeral placemaking event developed in partnership with the City of Chicago. Pittsburgh Central Northside Artway Connector: $300,000 City of Asylum Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA From ArtPlace America: Through permanent and temporary public artworks, community-based residencies for international artists, and free multi-lingual literary and jazz performances, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh will bring vacant properties and public spaces to life in a joyful walkway that celebrates the liberating power of creative expression and draws residents and tourists to the community’s soon-to-be redeveloped Federal-North business district. CoSign: $200,000 American Sign Museum, Cincinnati, OH and Covington, KY From ArtPlace America: The American Sign Museum will expand its innovative CoSign initiative that pairs artists, small businesses, and sign fabricators to design and install a critical mass of unique handcrafted signage in neighborhood business districts by refining its process and materials and testing implementation in two additional neighborhoods. It will also create a toolkit to help communities replicate CoSign locally and nationally. The Idea Foundry in Franklinton: $350,000 Franklinton Development Association, Columbus, OH From ArtPlace America: The dynamic and acclaimed “makerspace,” the Columbus Idea Foundry will become a partner and anchor tenant in a completely renovated neighborhood warehouse. With neighbors consisting of the Center of Science and Industry museum and a burgeoning arts collective, The Idea Foundry will complete an innovation triangle in Franklinton that blends the arts, the sciences and enterprise. OhHeckYeah: $200,000 Brian Corrigan, Denver, CO From ArtPlace America: OhHeckYeah transforms public space into a temporary street arcade that leverages the power of play to promote Denver’s cultural offerings while amplifying the community’s creative talent. Silent Lights: $33,000 Artist Build Collaborative, Brooklyn, NY From ArtPlace America: Working in partnership with NYCDOT, Artist Build Collaborative will install Silent Lights, a series of six gates that light up sequentially based on the intensity of sound and vibrations from oncoming traffic, to a safer, inviting experience for pedestrian commuters as they traverse a loud, poorly lit and busy underpass linking Red Hook, Brooklyn to its closest subway stop. The Walter Soboleff Center: $475,000 Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, AK From ArtPlace America: The Walter Soboleff Center, a 29,000 square foot cultural arts center, will stand in the center of downtown Juneau, adjacent to the historic district, one block from the waterfront, and in close proximity to the State Capitol and the shops and restaurants frequented by residents, the legislature, and hundreds of thousands of tourists whose cruise ships dock at the wharf each summer. Through its design and programming the Center will establish Juneau as the primary destination for authentic Alaskan Native art experiences.
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NEA Our Town Grants Could Spur a New Economy

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), believes that art can play a major role in improving the economy and our quality of life. A new program of grants called Our Town seeks to spur such economic and civic development by investing more than $6.5 million in 51 projects covering 34 states. Landesman said the goal is to foster creative placemaking through public space design, cultural planning, festivals, public art, and more. "Creative placemaking is a strategy for making places vibrant," said Jason Schupbach, the NEA's Director of Design. "Arts and design are essential parts of the complex work of building a livable, sustainable community." Landesman stressed that the arts are locally produced and locally consumed, noting that arts organizations and local government are the most effective groups for implementing innovative projects across the country. "Mayors are our most natural allies. They are really looking for ways to rejuvenate their communities," said Landesman during a web presentation Tuesday afternoon. "Mayors get this better than anyone." Awards were issued to projects sponsored by an arts group in collaboration with a local government and represent rural communities of only a few thousand people, mid-size cities, and burgeoning metropolises like New York. Landesman said there is no difference between art in rural communities and the big city. He explained that communities big and small are working with local assets, although they may be dealing with different issues. For example, in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the community asset happens to be its farmers while in Kansas City, it's a historic theater. Schupbach noted that foot traffic is a demonstrated economic driver and that the arts are a key component of bringing people together. "It's been shown over and over that arts put people on the street," he said. Secondary economic benefits include patronizing local businesses before or after the art-inspired event or place. Landesman said jobs follow art. Artists come together to form a creative neighborhood, drawing people in and enhancing the image of the place, he said. After a place's popularity rises, businesses move in who in turn create jobs, improving the economy. In all, 447 statements of interest were submitted to the NEA from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico although only 51 respondents received funding ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. In part due to the overwhelming popularity of the program, the NEA plans to hold another round of grants in the future. Below are a few of our favorites from across the country. See a full list at the NEA's web site.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York, NY $200,000 From the NEA: To support Space for Art, a community arts engagement program that places artists in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. Local artists selected through a competitive process will be given free studio space and a stipend in exchange for creating programming for seniors and cultural interactions with the community.
Boone Theater Restoration Kansas City, MO Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City $200,000 From the NEA: "To support the predevelopment, design, and community planning phases of the restoration of the Boone Theater in Kansas City’s 18th& Vine Jazz District. The project is designed to strengthen the existing arts and cultural district by transforming a blighted, vacant space, which currently separates critical venues from each other, into a vibrant cultural center that provides continuous programming in coordination with other live music presenters in the district."
Artspace Hamilton Lofts Hamilton, OH Artspace Projects, Inc. $50,000 From the NEA: "To support the design of the Artspace Hamilton Lofts in Hamilton, Ohio. The Artspace Hamilton Lofts will convert two vacant, four‐story historic buildings in downtown Hamilton into a 36‐unit affordable live/work facility that will serve artists and their families, provide 3,000 square feet of street‐front space for retail activities, and create a new exterior walkway and pedestrian plaza that will physically link the project to the surrounding neighborhood."
Tacoma Art Museum Plaza Tacoma, WA Tacoma Arts Commission $200,000 From the NEA: "To support a collaborative process for the redesign of Tacoma Art Museum Plaza and the surrounding Pacific Avenue streetscape. Pacific Avenue is downtown Tacoma’s main street and a nexus of major cultural and community assets; however, it is currently an underutilized deadzone with limited pedestrian use and long, unattractive stretches of concrete."
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Wilson, NC City of Wilson $250,000 From the NEA: "The City of Wilson, North Carolina will receive $250,000 to support the repair and conservation of internationally recognized artist Vollis Simpson’s original large‐scale "Whirligigs," which are kinetic sculptures. The project will serve as a national model by generating new employment and training opportunities associated with the conservation of these vernacular artworks."
Vizcaino County Park and Drive-In Marfa, TX Ballroom Cultural Arts Foundation $250,000 From the NEA: "To support a multi‐stage improvement plan for Vizcaino County Park. The park comprises several acres of scenic desert on the northeastern edge of Marfa and will serve as permanent home for the Drive‐In, a new outdoor venue for music, film, and performing arts."
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It's seems everybody's on Facebook and Twitter these days (us included—and if you're not already following us, get on it!) while MySpace and Friendster have been all but abandoned. There's the new Google Buzz, but that's been more like Google Glitch. What all these social networks have in common is that they're designed for people. But what if there was a social network designed exclusively for buildings? May we introduce you to STACKD. Started by the fine folks at Supermetric, who just so happened to help design way back when, STACKD takes social networks out of the virtual world and transports them to the real one, a place where the burgeoning site needs our help. Wish it were true that we weren't all so glued to our computers that we had time to meet other people in our building, STACKD helps foster such old-school connections. And with a focus on buildings, and particularly those occupied by members of the creative class, it can not only become a means to meet that cute girl from the ad firm three floors down but also for the video editors on the third floor, the production company on the fourth, and those ad folks to team up on projects—an especially important asset during these difficult economic times. Speaking of which, STACKD has been nominated for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant, which'll net the site 50 grand, assuming it places in the top 10 in its category. As of this writing, it's ranked 113. Which is where you come in. In addition to signing your building and your business up for the site, click over to the Pepsi contest and make the allotted once-per-day vote through the end of the month to help push this awesome crew over the top. Then we'll see what they can really build.