A Los Angeles street artist who goes by the moniker “ABOVE” collaborated with local children in Lavender Hill, South Africa to create a stunning public artwork. The kids painted tires in an array of colors; the tires were then stacked to make a totem pole in the town’s center that symbolizes the nation’s racially diverse population. The piece is titled “UBUNTU,” after the South African belief in the relationship between the individual and the community.
Two students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design have started an online petition calling for the recognition of Denise Scott Brown as the joint winner of the Pritzker Prize alongside her husband and partner Robert Venturi, who won the award in 1991. The petition has collected more than 9,000 signatures from both leading and emerging practitioners. It’s a hopeful sign for all who feel that women deserve far more credit than they currently receive for their influence in the field.
One of Seattle’s latest commercial developments—the Bullitt Center, designed by Miller Hull Partnership—opened on Earth Day to present itself as the greenest architectural innovation to date. The $30 million project strives to be an attractive and easily applicable model that supports commercial business operations while maintaining energy efficiency.
As a continuation of his global public art initiative Inside Out Project, French street artist JR has launched Inside Out New York City. The goal? Take headshots of people who inhabit any given place, and paste the photos around that place, bringing attention to the lives being lived in the community. In addition to roaming New York’s Sandy-affected neighborhoods in a photo booth truck, creating and displaying portraits of the locals, JR has installed a photo booth in Times Square. There, he aims to capture the dynamic personalities of New Yorkers (and visitors) and paste them on the pavement nearby.
The industrial 3-D printing company Shapeways has received a $30 million investment from the venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz. The company—a platform for buying, selling and producing ideas—represents one more step away from the traditional commercial retail industry, and towards self-dissemination and manufacturing of products.Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!