She-Hulk bench condemned for anti-homelessness architecture and more

Hello and welcome to another recap of the day’s events, including photoshopped stolen artifacts in a Architectural Summary feature, a fire at the long-abandoned resort town of New York’s Borscht Belt that inspired dirty dance, and the anti-homeless She-Hulk bench sparking an online debate. The A the office is closed tomorrow but we’ll be back in action on Monday with the latest news in architecture, urbanism, art and beyond.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Potentially Stolen Cambodian Artifacts Removed From Photographs Posted By Architectural Summary

A 2020 article published in Architectural Summary featuring a $42 million San Francisco home occupied by a billionaire’s daughter has resurfaced — and with considerable controversy. Glossy photos document the home’s opulent interiors, designed by architect Peter Marino, and showcase the two-story courtyard and expansive views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. However, the published photos are missing a number of ancient Khmer sculptures, believed to have been photoshopped from the AD spread.

Representing the gods of Buddhism and Hinduism, the missing stone relics are of Cambodian origin and date back to the Khmer Empire, which ruled Cambodia from the 9th to 13th centuries. Photograph of the project posted on Peter Marino’s website showed the stone artifacts atop their pedestals, which were empty in footage released by A D.

The Cambodian government says the sculptures were probably stolen. Similarly, at the home of the owner’s parents in Palm Beach, Florida, also published in a previous issue of Architectural Summary, a large collection of Khmer antiquities was on display. The government is now continuing its efforts to return the historic objects to their rightful lands, but it remains to be seen if this will happen. The Washington Post reported that the US Department of Homeland Security has contacted the family in the past about their collection.

As for the doctored photograph, a spokesperson for Condé Nast said The Washington Post objects were deleted due to “unresolved publication rights around selected artwork”.

H/t at The Washington Post

She-Hulk bench condemned for being anti-homeless

A bench at the Disney screening of the new Marvel movie She-Hulk: Lawyer has the Internet in his arms, literally. The recreational seats debuted at the premiere of the new superhero movie and feature She-Hulk, played by Tatiana Maslany, in an advertisement for her character’s full-time job as a lawyer. Many claim that the armrests placed on the bench make it a work of anti-homeless design.

Hostile or anti-homeless architecture places objects, such as bulky armrests, pointed spikes, slanted bars, and rocks in public places. It is intentionally designed to deter homeless people from laying eggs in these places, which often include parks and city streets.

Social media users have spoken out about the stunt, with some saying they would boycott the film because of it. On Twitter, several users compared the design to the benches featured on the show You better call Saulalso about a lawyer who displays his face, phone number, and a catchy slogan on the benches as a form of publicity, the only major difference being that Saul Goodman’s benches are not hostile.

Disney did not post a comment in response.

H/t at Newsweek

HOK will open a new office in Miami

The international architecture firm HOK has announced the opening of an office in Miami. The latest outpost is the company’s 25th location, joining offices in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai, as well as many others across the continental United States. This office, located in downtown Coral Gables, just seven miles southwest of downtown Miami, will be HOK’s second location in Florida, the first being Tampa.

The Miami office will be led by Jonathan Rae, senior regional practice manager; Steven Burgos, regional manager of WorkPlace; and Carla Gomez, senior project manager. The studio space will be designed to accommodate a hybrid work environment, with unassigned desks and large gathering spaces that promote collaborative working. HOK said the workspace’s finishes and furnishings “will reflect the personality of the neighborhood: bright, fresh, diverse and vibrant.”

The firm, which has an extensive portfolio of commercial projects – spanning disciplines such as health, transportation and civics – has already completed a number of projects in the Miami area, including work on the new palace Miami-Dade County Civil Justice, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He previously redesigned the Hard Rock Stadium in the city of Florida.

“We have a long history of strong presence in South Florida and are currently working on significant projects in Miami,” HOK general manager Susan Williams said in the announcement. “As full-time members of the community, we look forward to participating more fully in the tremendous energy and growth of the region.
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An abandoned building at the seaside resort of Catskills that inspired dirty dance is ravaged by fire

Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, a long-abandoned New York getaway with a storied past, suffered a destructive fire on Wednesday, according to local reports. Whatever remnants of the building were left standing after the hellfire were later razed to the ground.

Flames engulfed a three-story wooden building on the site of the long-forgotten Borsch Belt resort near the town of Liberty. Grossinger’s screenwriter provided screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, a frequent guest at the station during her childhood, with the idea for the plot and backdrop of the 1987 film. dirty dance. At its height in the 1960s, the resort consisted of 36 buildings spread over a sprawling 1,200 acres, with a golf course, lake, ski slopes, tennis courts, post office and a small airstrip. In recent years, Grossinger’s had served as a ruined porn destination par excellence following its closure in 1987 after years of decline. Most of the other structures in the mountain complex had already been demolished in 2018.

The past use of the building inflicted by the massive fire is unknown, as is the cause of the flames. The fire, which proved difficult to fight due to the remote and overgrown nature of the site, is currently being investigated by New York State Police and the County of Fire Bureau. Sullivan.

H/t at The New York Times

New York begins accepting applications for adult marijuana dispensaries

The New York Cannabis Management Office will begin accepting applications for Conditional Adult Dispensary Licenses (CAURDs) on August 25. This will bring legal adult marijuana to New York’s main streets, downtowns and malls.

In order to be eligible to open a shop, applicants vying for a license must either have a previous conviction for a marijuana offense, be closely related to someone convicted of a marijuana conviction, or have experience in the management of an eligible business, in accordance with the guidelines. determined by the Seed Opportunity Initiative.

“With the Seeding Opportunity Initiative, New York has affirmed our commitment to ensuring that first sales are made by those harmed by prohibition,” said Tremaine Wright, chairman of the Cannabis Control Board in a press release. “We are writing a new playbook on what a fair launch of a cannabis industry looks like, and hope that future states will follow our lead.”

“This is a monumental step in establishing the fairest, most diverse and most accessible cannabis industry in the country,” added Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director Chris Alexander. . “We have worked to make this application as easy as possible for all interested applicants, and I cannot stress enough that you do not need any legal expertise to complete this application.”

New York became one of 19 US states to legalize pot for public and recreational use in March 2021. The application period for obtaining a CAURD license is one month, ending September 26, 2022 .

University of Toronto Names Architect Marina Tabassum Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design

Architect Marina Tabassum, director of the eponymous Dhaka-based studio MAT, will be the Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design for 2022-2023. The annual post sponsored by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto appoints an international architect to develop programming, through lectures and classroom experiences, shared with students. university students and professors. It was launched in 2000 and is named after Toronto architect Frank Gehry. Past winners have included Daniel Libeskind (2002–03) and Lina Ghotmeh (2021–22).

During her tenure as President of Gehry, Tabassum will lead a MArch research studio focused on the architecture of transition, studying issues such as war and climate-induced displacement.

“The Gehry Chair is a research-based studio. In the age of the Anthropocene, we need to reevaluate the agendas of architecture and explore new roles that architects can adopt as agents of change,” Tabassum said in a statement released by the university. “The studio will explore current exemplary models tested by architects around the world to formulate their own ideas.”

Prior to his appointment, Tabassum taught at schools of architecture in Bangladesh, Europe and the United States, in addition to running his studio MAT, which focuses on humanitarian projects. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for his design of the Bait ur Rouf Jame Mosque in Bangladesh.

“We are thrilled that Marina will hold the Daniels Faculty Gehry Chair this year,” added Daniels Dean Juan Du. “Her work uniquely addresses today’s social and ecological challenges through architectural design. With all of her projects, Marina consistently engages the local culture and environmental context in sensitive and innovative ways to create meaningful and sustainable architecture. for and with communities.

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