Architectural photography – Maxkol http://maxkol.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://maxkol.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-30T235614.367-150x150.png Architectural photography – Maxkol http://maxkol.org/ 32 32 Maine’s Portland Museum of Art Unveils Shortlisted Design Proposals https://maxkol.org/maines-portland-museum-of-art-unveils-shortlisted-design-proposals/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:16:16 +0000 https://maxkol.org/maines-portland-museum-of-art-unveils-shortlisted-design-proposals/ The four design teams vying for the commission to double the size of the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), in Portland, Maine, unveiled their visions as part of a public comment period. Pre-selected design teams led by Adjaye Associates; LEVER Architecture; MVRDV; and Toshiko Mori Architect + Johnston Marklee + Preston Scott Cohen were announced […]]]>

The four design teams vying for the commission to double the size of the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), in Portland, Maine, unveiled their visions as part of a public comment period. Pre-selected design teams led by Adjaye Associates; LEVER Architecture; MVRDV; and Toshiko Mori Architect + Johnston Marklee + Preston Scott Cohen were announced in August following a Request for Qualifications, launched in June, which invited architects and designers from around the world to submit their qualifications and intentions of interest for the design of the expanded museum.

Founded in 1882 as the Portland Society of Art, the PMA currently spans four historic buildings, including the Payson Building designed by Henry Cobb. The planned renovation will give the museum – the state’s largest and oldest art institution – a much-needed addition to expand its exhibition and collection space in the form of a new wing, while unifying the buildings existing belonging to the museum. Currently, the museum spans approximately 40,000 square feet, and after renovation it will be nearly 100,000 square feet.

As previously explained by the PMA, the Campus Unification + Expansion International Design Competition – developed and run by Dovetail Design Strategists in partnership with PMA – is to solicit designs for an addition that will house museum collections, exhibition space, a room to host events, performances, workshops and administrative offices, not to mention a rooftop sculpture park, café, photography studio, commercial-grade kitchen and loading dock.

While the design competition focuses on expanding the museum, existing historic buildings, including the remarkable Payson Building and adjacent Clapp House, the McLellan-Sweat Mansion and the Sweat Memorial Galleries will also undergo renovations.

Since the announcement of the shortlisted design teams, Phase II of the unification and expansion project has been completed. The architects visited the site, met with stakeholders and museum staff, submitted interim reports and presented their conceptual designs, which have now entered a public comment period.

The designs, models and videos produced by the shortlisted teams will be viewable at the PMA until December 11, with the winning team to be announced by the end of the year. Each of the shortlisted teams will receive compensation of $50,000 for their contribution and work during Phase II. The winning concept design will be further refined, taking into account community feedback.

Although at first glance the design proposals are visually quite different, they each promote similar themes, use sustainable materials, and wholeheartedly embrace the unification of campus buildings and the surrounding streetscape. The four design proposals are listed alphabetically below, with more information on each available online. The form for submitting comments is open until December 11. If you are in Portland within the next three weeks, designs are also available for in-person inspection.

Adjaye Associates (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)
staircase rendering
Adjaye Associates (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)
section showing the programming of the rooms
Adjaye Associates (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)

Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates, in collaboration with KMA, Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture, Atelier Ten and 2×4, envisions expanding the museum with recycled materials that complement the existing masonry. In a project statement, the design team explained that their concept was “guided by indigenous knowledge systems” and, therefore, uses local and earthly materials such as rammed earth and wood.

Inside, a grand staircase creates a focal point and guides circulation and movement through the museum, ultimately taking visitors to the roof where the design team proposed the installation of a roof garden, a sculpture park and a view of the Casco Bay and the city. At street level, a reimagined entrance on the High Street invites visitors into the existing Shaw Sculpture Garden.

rendering of the museum expansion with a bentwood structure
LEVER Architecture (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)
rendering of the museum expansion with a bentwood structure
LEVER Architecture (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)
rendering of interior wooden structure
LEVER Architecture (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)

LEVER Architecture

LEVER Architecture, alongside collaborators Scott Simons and Unknown Studio, Chris-Newell-Akomawt Educational Initiative, Openbox, Once-Future Office, Atelier Ten and Studio Pacifica, also produced a concept designed by Indigenous peoples. Drawing inspiration from the “connection with people and place” of the Wabanaki tribe, the design uses nature as an architectural element, visible during the summer solstice when the roof of the expansion is shaped to frame the sun and during the winter months when sunlight penetrates inside. Court.

Materials such as locally sourced wood, terracotta and granite feature prominently throughout. The expansion matches the height and shape of the existing Cobb-designed building with a curved, angled structure covered in wide swathes of windows that invite the outdoors in.

The project proposes to replace the administrative wing with an accessible public space, called “Free Street”. In addition to linking structures and programming, this open space will bring a living room, creative spaces and a performance hall to the museum.

render of expansion stacked on top of building
MVRDV (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)
rendering of the front view of the museum expansion
MVRDV (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)
museum interior with artwork hanging on the walls and ceiling
MVRDV (Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art)

MVRDV

MVRDV, leading a team consisting of Simons Architects, STOSS, Institute for Human Centered Design, Pentagram, Atelier Ten and DVDL, is approaching the expansion with a “light touch”. Instead of designing horizontally, as other finalists proposed, the venture went vertical, with the addition comprising a series of volumes stacked on top of the existing building. Each of the volumes would host a unique function and be constructed with distinctive facade materials, resulting in a collage-like effect.

Throughout the design, underused or traditionally sparsely programmed spaces such as hallways, stairwells and lobbies are activated with artwork and installations. These movement zones merge to create programs and are vertically connected throughout the interior. This public thoroughfare – and its interstitial spaces – “provide Portlanders with space for creativity, display, gathering, and all manner of public expression.”

The new wing, given its proposed height, would become a highly visible part of the city. The use of informal spaces for art exhibition indicates an attitude that presents a contemporary art institution as “unpretentious, messy, transparent, expressive and a continuous work in progress”.

jagged roof with landscaped entrance
Toshiko Mori Architect + Johnston Marklee + Preston Scott Cohen (Courtesy Portland Museum of Art)
rendering of a glazed building
Toshiko Mori Architect + Johnston Marklee + Preston Scott Cohen (Courtesy Portland Museum of Art)

Toshiko Mori Architect + Johnston Marklee + Preston Scott Cohen

The team led by Toshiko Mori Architect, Johnston Marklee and Preston Scott Cohen, in collaboration with Simons Architects, Cross Cultural Community Services, Arup, Buro Happold, Hargreaves Jones and WeShouldDoItAll, offers an angular addition with a jagged roofline.

In a description of the project, the team – each of the well-known architects in their own right, now working together – said artists’ studios and the influence of natural light, as well as Maine’s marine industry, were the sources of inspiration for the design. The addition, an all-glass structure, pours sunlight into the galleries and exhibition spaces.

The original Cobb-designed portico of the building would be surrounded by the transparent addition, tying the contemporary design to the existing built fabric. Similar to other competing companies, the design also references Indigenous artwork and materials with a face of the addition clad in custom-designed glazing by artist Jeremy Frey that mimics the pattern of woven Wabanaki baskets.

A will report once the winning team has been announced.

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Design teams unveil visions for Portland Museum of Art expansion https://maxkol.org/design-teams-unveil-visions-for-portland-museum-of-art-expansion/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 09:07:07 +0000 https://maxkol.org/design-teams-unveil-visions-for-portland-museum-of-art-expansion/ November 18—Four design teams submitted concept plans for the expansion of the Portland Museum of Art, each including a contemporary new building that would stand out rather than blend into the architectural landscape of one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city. Members of the public had a chance on Friday to see design mockups […]]]>

November 18—Four design teams submitted concept plans for the expansion of the Portland Museum of Art, each including a contemporary new building that would stand out rather than blend into the architectural landscape of one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city.

Members of the public had a chance on Friday to see design mockups installed inside the existing museum. A more formal presentation with representatives from the four teams that were chosen in August as finalists was held for paying guests at Hannaford Hall on the University of Southern Maine campus. The drawings will remain on display at the museum until December 11, and the materials will also be shared on the museum’s website as officials collect public feedback over the next month.

One of these four finalists will be chosen by the end of the year: Adjaye Associates, based in Ghana with offices in London and New York; Portland, Oregon Lever Architecture; MVRDV, a Dutch company; and a team of Toshiko Mori of New York, Preston Scott Cohen of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Johnston Marklee & Associates of Los Angeles.

“We always get great results when we do research, so I’m not surprised, but it’s been wonderful to see how the design community has responded. The (designs) are all beautiful, thoughtful and thought-provoking “, said Susanna Sirefman, president. of Dovetail Design Strategists, the New York-based consulting firm the museum hired to lead its search for an architect and design team.

Museum officials announced plans in February to redevelop the campus and add 60,000 square feet of space, more than doubling the existing size. Those plans include constructing a six- or seven-story building on the site of the former Children’s Museum, which the Portland Museum of Art purchased in 2019. The building at 142 Free St. is likely to be renovated, added or demolished. , museum officials said, pending a review of the city’s historic preservation ordinance.

As planned, this new building would have a ground floor with free art galleries, classrooms and community space, and room on the remaining floors for an auditorium, traveling exhibits, offices, a ” creative space” for all ages and a photography center. The rooftop would include a restaurant and a sculpture park.

Each of the four designs unveiled on Friday depicts a large contemporary and architecturally striking building that would be built on this site adjacent to the so-called Payson Building. The museum campus also includes McLellan House, the Sweat Memorial Galleries, and Clapp House, which collectively form a block at the corner of Congress and High streets.

Three of the museum’s four main buildings are over a century old. The newest building, Payson, opened in 1983.

The $100 million project, which is expected to be completed by 2026, would also include upgrades to existing buildings and add money to the museum’s endowment for future acquisitions and improvements. The capital fundraising campaign is underway and has raised over $30 million.

PMA director Mark Bessire said in February that the museum did not have enough space to display its growing collection of artworks or to accommodate growing numbers of visitors.

“Right now, because of our growth, the real risk is not building,” he said. “If museums don’t continue to grow, if you go back, it can take a generation to recover.”

The museum project coincides with an ongoing redesign of Congress Square that includes a redesign of the intersection and the park that sits directly across from the museum.

“The four models are somewhat drastically different, but they also made a lot of similar moves,” Sirefman said. “They’re all sustainable and all use Free and Congress streets in different ways to invite people in.”

Adjaye Associates’ design appears the most traditional, a massive rectangular building connected to the Payson Building with a section that wraps around behind the existing building to create a handsome new entrance to the High Street.

MVRDV’s concept envisions a vertical design, with each floor staggered in some way, leading to a rooftop area adorned with greenery.

Lever Architecture presented a plan that would create a curved, mostly glass building abutting Free Street, matching the height of the Payson Building.

Toshiko Mori’s design appears to be the tallest, a glass-fronted building that rises to a peak above Congress Square and a covered roof that overlooks Casco Bay.

Each of the chosen design finalists has relevant experience.

Adjaye Associates recently designed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Lever Architecture supervised the construction of the School of Art+Design at Portland State University.

MVRDV’s portfolio includes Depot Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the world’s first fully accessible Art Depot and Book Mountain, a huge library and monument to reading in Spijkernisse, the Netherlands.

And Toshiko Mori’s team designed, among others, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building in Israel (by Cohen), the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston (by Johnston Marklee) and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art here in Rockland ( by Mori).

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Learn About Matryoshka Nesting Dolls, Kayaking in Alaska: This Week’s Events https://maxkol.org/learn-about-matryoshka-nesting-dolls-kayaking-in-alaska-this-weeks-events/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:23:44 +0000 https://maxkol.org/learn-about-matryoshka-nesting-dolls-kayaking-in-alaska-this-weeks-events/ Civil War presentation, General Fitz John Porter STRATHAM – On Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., the Stratham Historical Society and the Wiggin Memorial Library will present a program on the life and military service of General Fitz John Porter of the Union Civil War. Presenter, Professor Kimberly Alexander, will present her research on her […]]]>

Civil War presentation, General Fitz John Porter

STRATHAM – On Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., the Stratham Historical Society and the Wiggin Memorial Library will present a program on the life and military service of General Fitz John Porter of the Union Civil War. Presenter, Professor Kimberly Alexander, will present her research on her career, as evidenced by a Strawbery Banke exhibition she curated in 2011. She is also the author of a book, “Hero or Coward: The Story of General Fitz John Porter”.

This presentation is free and open to the public, at the Morgera Community Hall, Stratham Fire Station, corner of Winnicutt Road and Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham. A 6:30 p.m. meeting of members of the Stratham Historical Society will precede the program.

Stratham Historical Society Open House

Stratham Historical Society

STRATHAM – The public is invited to stop by the Stratham Historical Society Open House on Tuesday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m. at 158 ​​Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the historic 1911 building of the Stratham Historical Society, see the museum’s many artifacts and various collections. Learn more about what they are doing to preserve Stratham’s history.

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Holiday House NYC 2022: discover all the rooms of the designer’s show house https://maxkol.org/holiday-house-nyc-2022-discover-all-the-rooms-of-the-designers-show-house/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 23:32:17 +0000 https://maxkol.org/holiday-house-nyc-2022-discover-all-the-rooms-of-the-designers-show-house/ In the New York design world, a long-established barometer for welcoming the impending holidays and end-of-year celebrations is Holiday House NYC, an elegant event where show home design meets fundraising for the breast cancer research. The venture is the brainchild of founder and creative director Iris Dankner, an interior designer and breast cancer survivor who […]]]>

In the New York design world, a long-established barometer for welcoming the impending holidays and end-of-year celebrations is Holiday House NYC, an elegant event where show home design meets fundraising for the breast cancer research.

The venture is the brainchild of founder and creative director Iris Dankner, an interior designer and breast cancer survivor who started the program in 2008, along with design chairs Amy Lau and Thom Filicia. This year, the participating design talents — 18 of them, to be exact — imaginatively produced a penthouse-level presentation on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

“It’s great to be back!” says Dankner, of the show’s in-person return after two virtual editions. “People are so excited to come out and be together. Being here tonight is beyond anything I dreamed of. Open to the public until December 11, Holiday House NYC includes two penthouses at The Kent on 95th Street. While the sleek interiors and impressive views are well worth the trip, here’s a look at our favorite moments at Holiday House NYC 2022.

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In the large living room, Susan Glick Interiors accentuates the spacious footprint with round, voluptuous shapes to create a soft, minimalist essence. Among them is a curved sofa by Thayer Coggin, as well as a porcelain ring light fixture by Ted Bradley Studio that visually enhances the room with sculptural interest.

Photo: Marco Ricca

Taking a grayscale approach to the lobby, Katie Brandt Interiors channels a cool downtown vibe with a dramatic John Lyle carved metal mirror and edgy grasscloth wallcovering. “I was inspired by the incredible views of the Hudson River and the beautiful city skyline. We don’t have that in Minnesota,” says Brandt.

Photo: Alan Barry Photography

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Water Street Tampa’s ‘Season Spectacular’ Holiday Kicks Off Month of Winter Celebrations | Events and Movies | Tampa https://maxkol.org/water-street-tampas-season-spectacular-holiday-kicks-off-month-of-winter-celebrations-events-and-movies-tampa/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:47:04 +0000 https://maxkol.org/water-street-tampas-season-spectacular-holiday-kicks-off-month-of-winter-celebrations-events-and-movies-tampa/ Click to enlarge Photo via waterstreettampa/Facebook Water Street Tampa’s first-ever Season Spectacular includes plenty of Santa Claus photo ops. Water Street Tampa is ringing in the holidays with a new neighborhood-wide holiday celebration, plus events throughout the season. The first-ever Season Spectacular will transform Water Street in downtown Tampa into a family-friendly vacation destination, full […]]]>
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Water Street Tampa’s first-ever Season Spectacular includes plenty of Santa Claus photo ops.

Water Street Tampa is ringing in the holidays with a new neighborhood-wide holiday celebration, plus events throughout the season.

The first-ever Season Spectacular will transform Water Street in downtown Tampa into a family-friendly vacation destination, full of festive decor, events, treats and more, kicking off a new tradition of area.

The Season Spectacular takes place Friday, November 18 from 6-9 p.m. on Water Street. Families can enjoy plenty of Santa and holiday-themed photo ops, a silent disco, live music, seasonal cocktails and treats, and, of course, tons of festive decorations.

Immediately after, guests can head to Sparkman Wharf to enjoy the annual Winter Wonder Wharf event and the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree.

The new event will help kick off a season of Water Street festivities, including the Sparkman Wharf holiday remix on December 3, a Holiday Promenade outdoor market on December 8, a comedy show on December 10 and more.

A portion of Season Spectacular food and beverage proceeds will be donated to the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation as part of its Bolts Giving campaign, which benefits Feeding Tampa
Ministries of the Bay and the Metropolis.

More information about Season Spectacular and a complete list of Water Street Tampa holiday events can be found via waterstreettampa.com.

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HOUSEofCARDS, Arnaudville – e-architect https://maxkol.org/houseofcards-arnaudville-e-architect/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 12:18:31 +0000 https://maxkol.org/houseofcards-arnaudville-e-architect/ HOUSEofCARDS, Louisiana Real Estate, USA Artist Retreat, American Folly, Architecture Photos November 6, 2022 Design: UL Building Institute Location: Arnaudville, Louisiana, United States Photos courtesy of Chad Chenier HOUSEofCARDS, Louisiana The CARD CASTLE is a design/build project in Arnaudville, Louisiana. The project was conceived as a splurge on rural land and serves as an artist’s […]]]>

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HOUSEofCARDS, Louisiana

The CARD CASTLE is a design/build project in Arnaudville, Louisiana. The project was conceived as a splurge on rural land and serves as an artist’s retreat for a non-profit community organization.

HOUSEofCARDS Arnaudville Louisiana

The concept is that of a 16’x16′ freestanding Thoreau cabin on a Cajun Walden pond. Concrete was chosen as the main material for its longevity and durability.

HOUSEofCARDS Louisiana

HOUSEofCARDS Louisiana

In this way and on this small scale, concrete is a durable material because it will not require maintenance and will last indefinitely. Twenty-nine third-year and graduate architecture students designed and built the HOUSEofCARDS over two semesters. The concrete was mixed in small batches on site and poured in 12-inch increments. The 10″ thick walls are insulated in the middle with 2″ polyisocyanurate foam insulation providing a vapor barrier and thermal break.

HOUSEofCARDS Arnaudville Louisiana

HOUSEofCARDS Arnaudville Louisiana

The walls were stained the color of the earth to blend in with the site and contextually textured with plank formwork salvaged from a barn dismantled on site. The walls lean at 8 degrees against each other on the angles like a house of cards achieving forced perspectives and changes of scale. Paradoxically, even if the structure is heavy and monolithic, the vast windows and skylights imbue the space with lightness as if it had been built with giant hands from a deck of cards.

HOUSEofCARDS Arnaudville Louisiana

HOUSEofCARDS Arnaudville Louisiana

Polished concrete floors and reclaimed pine butcher block counters and desk provide a relaxing space for artists and scholars to produce their work. The building has water from a well, electricity from a planned solar panel, a mini-split heat pump and a compost toilet ensuring self-sufficiency.

HOUSEofCARDS Arnaudville

In addition to hands-on experience with material properties and processes, students gain expertise in client and consultant relations, coordination of subcontractors, budgeting, and planning. Within this small rural outpost, solitude and community come together.

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5 art exhibitions to look forward to in Kochi, Goa, Vadodara and Hampi https://maxkol.org/5-art-exhibitions-to-look-forward-to-in-kochi-goa-vadodara-and-hampi/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 04:35:49 +0000 https://maxkol.org/5-art-exhibitions-to-look-forward-to-in-kochi-goa-vadodara-and-hampi/ For our final issue of the year, we recap the upcoming art and design festivals and exhibitions taking over Kochi, Goa, Vadodara and Hampi, as well as the opening of a much-anticipated private museum in Bengaluru. Kochi-Muziris Biennial There is optimism even in the darkest absurdity,” reads Shubigi Rao’s curator statement for the fifth Kochi-Muziris […]]]>

For our final issue of the year, we recap the upcoming art and design festivals and exhibitions taking over Kochi, Goa, Vadodara and Hampi, as well as the opening of a much-anticipated private museum in Bengaluru.

Kochi-Muziris Biennial

There is optimism even in the darkest absurdity,” reads Shubigi Rao’s curator statement for the fifth Kochi-Muziris Biennale; it captures the spirit of the post-pandemic ready mega showcase with a cast of 80 artists and collectives from 30 countries. As this year’s Commissioner,
Rao is ready to champion stories and voices from Asia, Africa and Latin America, responding to the powerfully evocative theme: “In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire”. At Aspinwall House, the traditional home of the biennale, there are an array of large-scale projects and installations, including those by art world bigwigs like Vivan Sundaram and Joan Jonas, and rooms for paintings by Arpita Singh, Richard Bell and Vasudevan Akkitham. Yet it is Sahil Naik’s life-size landscape of the Goan village of Kurdi that steals the show. Arranged in a central shed, the visitor is invited to wander and inhabit the landscape of the site now submerged under water since the construction of the Selaulim dam in the 1970s, which comes alive for a brief moment each summer.

Everywhere in the city, it is as if the very soul of Kochi is on display. Beyond the main venue are a series of collateral exhibitions, including ‘Tangled Hierarchies’, which explores lesser-known stories of India’s independence struggle, curated by Jitish Kallat, and new projects curated by the Bangladesh-based Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts and the Chennai Photo Biennale. As the art seamlessly blends into its surroundings, the townspeople and thousands of visiting art lovers will come together to celebrate the magic. The Kochi-Muziris Biennial will be held at multiple venues in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam from December 12, 2022 to April 10, 2023. By Gautami Reddy

All is water and to water we must return, Sahil Naik, 2022 — The Goa Village of Kurdi, photographed by Naik, remains submerged for most of the year. Yet miraculously, for nearly a month each summer, the waters of the reservoir recede and the whole village returns to sing and celebrate – sounds that can be heard in the background at Naik’s facility.

Sahil Naik/Kochi Biennale Foundation

Serendipity Arts Festival

There is yet another reason to visit Goa. After skipping an edition during the pandemic, the otherwise annual Serendipity Arts Festival is back and bigger than ever. Crossing disciplines and creative boundaries, this year’s program will cover music, dance, theatre, craft, and visual and culinary arts, with each section curated by an expert in the art form. More than 10 sites across Panaji have been transformed into cultural hotspots. Facing the Mandovi River, the Goa Medical College and Hospital in the heart of the city – one of Asia’s oldest medical institutions built in 1927 – will house exhibits including an immersive library of art books curated by Pramod Kumar KG, as well as the beloved Goa Familia Project, a success of the 2019 edition of the festival, in a room filled wall to wall with charming photographs of local residents and Goan families. A contemporary black box space in the complex will stage striking dance and theater performances (pictured) led by Mayuri Upadhya and Quasar-Thakore Padamsee respectively, while the outdoor courtyard will become a playground for gatherings and experiences intimate farm-to-table dinner hosted by Goa-chef Prahlad Sukhtankar.

“In many ways, the festival aims to go beyond accepted notions and conventions of art and culture,” says Smriti Rajgarhia, director of Serendipity Arts Festival. Indeed, from craft corners in public parks to live music on moving piers to hip-hop and jazz takeovers in multi-level parking lots, it’s as if the festival has seeped into every corners of the city. There is something for everyone at Serendipity. Serendipity Art Festival runs from December 15-23, 2022 at multiple venues in Panjim, Goa. By Gautami Reddy

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Photographers capture stunning photos at the 2022 Urban Photo Awards (30 photos) https://maxkol.org/photographers-capture-stunning-photos-at-the-2022-urban-photo-awards-30-photos/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:13:08 +0000 https://maxkol.org/photographers-capture-stunning-photos-at-the-2022-urban-photo-awards-30-photos/ The photographer began his journey in 2017, “I started street photography in 2017 after discovering the works of Fan Ho – Hong Kong’s master street photographer who produced beautiful, poetic images of Hong Kong street scenes. Kong in the 1950s-60s. His evocative black and white photos inspire me deeply. When I started I was only […]]]>

The photographer began his journey in 2017, “I started street photography in 2017 after discovering the works of Fan Ho – Hong Kong’s master street photographer who produced beautiful, poetic images of Hong Kong street scenes. Kong in the 1950s-60s. His evocative black and white photos inspire me deeply. When I started I was only doing snapshot-type street photography. It wasn’t until 2020 that I I started taking photos with strong geometric contexts and developed my photographic style, then suddenly my photo series, “Hong Kong Lines and Patterns” and the well-received image “Social Distancing” emerged.

When it comes to looking for inspiration in other art forms, I always love looking at old master paintings. I love paintings by masters like Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer. They taught me about the chiaroscuro effect and how to effectively use and edit lights and shadows in my photos.

We also asked Jason to name some of the influences that might have helped him develop his photographic style. “Fan Ho (1931-2016), a master photographer from Hong Kong nicknamed the “Henri Cartier-Bresson of the Orient”, has always been my main influence. His fascinating works introduced me to street photography in 2017. Until now, I am still deeply inspired by his striking images, full of geometry, lights and shadows. I would say that Fan Ho strongly influences my style of photography, but I have been working on developing my own “visual signature”.

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Crooked Tree Arts Center Elects New Board Members and Recognizes Volunteers of the Year https://maxkol.org/crooked-tree-arts-center-elects-new-board-members-and-recognizes-volunteers-of-the-year/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:10:57 +0000 https://maxkol.org/crooked-tree-arts-center-elects-new-board-members-and-recognizes-volunteers-of-the-year/ PETOSKEY — On September 27, the Crooked Tree Arts Center held its annual meeting of members. A new list of leaders was elected, as well as six new board members representing various professional backgrounds. New members include: Kathleen A. Davis: Having previously worked with a non-profit manufacturing organization, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and later […]]]>

PETOSKEY — On September 27, the Crooked Tree Arts Center held its annual meeting of members. A new list of leaders was elected, as well as six new board members representing various professional backgrounds.

New members include:

Kathleen A. Davis: Having previously worked with a non-profit manufacturing organization, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and later with The Dow Chemical Company, Davis and her husband, Matt, now reside in Bay Harbor. She is involved in several organizations within the community, including serving as co-chair of CCAT’s Dart for Art fundraiser.

John Fergus-Jean: Professor Emeritus of Photography, former museum curator and photographic printer, Fergus-Jean is a resident of Harbor Springs. He was also Director of Education for the Bay View Association and a member of the board of directors for the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society.

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Celebrating 100 years of Bowral Bricks https://maxkol.org/celebrating-100-years-of-bowral-bricks/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 04:13:03 +0000 https://maxkol.org/celebrating-100-years-of-bowral-bricks/ Bricks have shaped our architecture, our cities and our lives for more than ten thousand years. Along with our evolution, we have seen brick transform from a mere building block into a dynamic resource that can be used to create masterpieces of architectural fantasy, pleasure, protection and status. The oldest dating back to 8,300 BC, […]]]>

Bricks have shaped our architecture, our cities and our lives for more than ten thousand years. Along with our evolution, we have seen brick transform from a mere building block into a dynamic resource that can be used to create masterpieces of architectural fantasy, pleasure, protection and status.

The oldest dating back to 8,300 BC, these colossal bricks from Jordan, resembling a contemporary loaf of bread, were fashioned from a mixture of earth, clay and water, dried in the sun and joined with a similar mixture.

Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre, Liquid Blu Architects, Bowral 76 bricks in Chillingham White, photograph by Christopher Frederick Jones.

100 years later, in 7300 BC, Neolithic bricks from Jericho (Turkey) approached in dimensions our contemporary bricks at 400 x 150 x 100. Made from Varve clay, found on river beds and lakes, the material was composed of hydrated aluminum silicates. (A typical contemporary brick is made from a mixture of silica, alumina, lime, iron oxide, magnesia, sulfur trioxide, and water.) Jordan bricks are the oldest resembling our bricks, but there is ample evidence that bricks were being developed throughout Europe, North Africa and China around the same time.

Around 5900 BC. J.-C., wooden formwork was used, and from 3000 BC. BC, the Egyptians (who used a mixture of clay and straw for their first bricks) introduced moulds.

Bowral Bricks - 100 years
18 Loftus Street, Loftus Lane, Silvester Fuller, Bowral 76 bricks in Chillingham White, photography by Rory Gardiner and Thomas Walk.

Around 5000 BC, shooting was developed by the Mesopotamians, but the process was difficult.

Around 4400, fully fired red clay bricks were produced in sufficient quantity to build a round-walled settlement in Chengtoushan, China. Built by the people of the Daxi culture, the village has lasted untouched for 2 millennia, serving three distinct cultures. Well done! The remains of the settlement are now preserved as an archaeological park.

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Antica Pizzeria E Cucina, Studio Genesin, Bowral 76 in Simmental Silver, photography by Brendan Homan.

In 2111 BC, bricks shape the world we live in with temples for gods, kings and nobility. Moreover, they were used with increasing architectural and technical skill, and by 604 BC. J.-C., an architecture of great importance, such as the hanging gardens, was carried out.

From the medieval period there was a constant cycle of improvements to the presses and drying, although the drying process took a month, instead of the 2–4 days currently required. Then in the 9th century standard sizing began to appear and more recently it has become less relevant as custom and large format bricks have appeared.

Fish Lane Town Square, Richards and Spence, Bowral 76 Bricks in Capitol Red, photography by David Chatfield.

Australia’s first bricks arrived by ship, with riverbed bricks being formed by convicts soon after. In 1908 a group of investors, led by William Dawes, recognized the need to industrialize brick making and formed Austral Brick Company, today a brand of Brickworks. By 1914 he was sufficiently established as a major contributor to the brick industry to survive the coming depression.

More recently, under Lindsay Partridge, Brickworks and its brands Austral Bricks, Bowral Bricks, Nubrik and Daniel Robertson, have been transformed into a national organization with manufacturing operations in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Australia -Western and Queensland. Continually upgraded and modernized, the world’s best environmental protection technologies and features are implemented to enable the introduction of highly innovative new products.

Bowral Bricks - 100 years
18 Loftus Street, Loftus Lane, Silvester Fuller, Bowral 76 bricks in Chillingham White, photography by Rory Gardiner and Thomas Walk.
Bowral Bricks - 100 years
18 Loftus Street, Loftus Lane, Silvester Fuller, Bowral 76 bricks in Chillingham White, photography by Rory Gardiner and Thomas Walk.
Antica Pizzeria E Cucina, Studio Genesin, Bowral 76 in Simmental Silver, photography by Brendan Homan.
Fish Lane Town Square, Richards and Spence, Bowral 76 Bricks in Capitol Red, photography by David Chatfield.

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