I just made a Sub-Studio Twitter account…late, I know! I come across so many great links throughout the week that I don’t have time to make full-blown posts for here, and Twitter seems like a great medium for sharing all of those…so if you want to follow us on Twitter, our username is substudio…Also – any must-add Twitterers that you love? I checked out Twitter’s suggested users and am now following Rainn Wilson, Ashton Kutcher, and Jimmy Fallon…:). Ashton sure updates his a lot!
// archive for February 2009
The music video for Royksopp’s “Remind Me”, directed by H5, is one of the coolest videos I have ever seen. Though it came out in 2002 and won best music video at MTV Europe’s 2002 Music Awards, I hadn’t seen it until just the other day. Check out the H5 archives and see what else they’ve done. Be sure to watch the Areva commercial as well.
He then filed a lawsuit against the AP, who have accused him of copyright infringement regarding his HOPE Obama poster, objecting to his use of Mannie Garcia’s photo of Barack Obama. It’s hard to imagine that the AP could win in a court of law – while Garcia’s photo was clearly used as Fairey’s starting point, his final work is a translation of the photo, with new meanings and intent fueling the piece, and it should fall under the Fair Use copyright law.
You might also recall that last year Shepard Fairey filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Austin-based artist Baxter Orr, stating that his work violated Fairey’s trademark. Orr took Fairey’s iconic Obey Giant face and covered it with a SARS respiratory mask, titling it “Protect”, and also modified his HOPE poster, creating a DOPE poster with Obama’s portrait. While I don’t think that Orr’s work is all that great, I do think that his artwork has the same repurposing/recontextualizing spirit as all of Fairey’s work, so it surprises me that Fairey filed a suit against Orr. What do you all think – is this a double standard, or was Shepard Fairey justified in filing this lawsuit against Orr?
I’m not sure how many Cornell architects/alumni actually read this blog, but I know a number of our readers are architects, so I’m reaching out for your support and assistance – a friend from architecture school sent me a link to Archinect’s post on how the fate of Milstein Hall, Cornell’s new architecture building, hangs in the balance.
The design, by OMA, is ready to begin construction, having received final approvals from the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission and at the Ithaca City Planning Board. However, some local community folk and Cornell non-architecture faculty are looking to stop construction on Milstein, citing “extravagant expense”, a “provocative and setting-discordant design” and the fact that it is currently designed to LEED Certified standards, rather than LEED Gold standards. The opponents of the new building would like for it to be “designed in a much greener, more attractive and more economical way” suggesting that an alternative to the current design is to “renovate the existing classic buildings…done so impressively in White, Sage and Lincoln Halls” (to see the “impressive” architecture examples they are referring to, please click here). A Faculty Senate meeting to debate whether or not the building can move forward as designed is happening today.
Besides the fact that it would be a huge embarrassment to the program if the design were delayed yet again (OMA is architect #3, after Steven Holl and Barkow Leibinger were each fired), what’s really at stake here is the accreditation of Cornell’s architecture school. Paul Petrunia sums it up:
“…I should point out what any delay at this point would mean. THe NAAB has warned us for over a decade, and have explicitly stated that the last accreditation we got is the FINAL one they will grant without compliant facilities. They have just denied us an accreditation review for our new M.Arch 1 program this spring because of delays to the final approval process. When they return next year, they plan to review both the M1 and B.Arch programs — if we don’t have a building in process at that point, the B.Arch will LOSE its accreditation, and the M1 will be denied the same. As you can imagine, losing accreditation will be catastrophic.
To help, please do on of the following as soon as possible:
1. Send a letter to the editor of local media outlets.
- Cornell Daily Sun: Newsfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Cornell Chronicle: SSL4@cornell.edu
- Ithaca Journal: email@example.com
- Ithaca Times: firstname.lastname@example.org
- News10 Now: email@example.com
- WHCU: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WVBR: email@example.com
2. Post your online comments to articles already written. Go to the article and add your comments where indicated at the end of the page.
- The original Op-Ed by Cornell Professors urging a stop to construction on Milstein Hall
- Dean Kent Kleinman’s (Dean of the School of Art, Architecture and Planning) Op-Ed in support of Milstein Hall
- An Op-Ed written in support of Milstein Hall by the architecture professors at Cornell.
Thank you for your help!
We are pleased to announce the launch of Arboreal, a new limited-edition print inspired by our recent hikes in the Cascade Mountains, and imagined as a pair to our Abyssal print. Each 2-color print is 8″ wide by 20″ high (print size is 4″ by 16″), and is silk-screened by hand on 300gsm archival Fabriano Magnani Pescia White paper. Check it out here.
How awesome is this? Kenji Miyazaki designed these EAT wallet for Erect. They help keep the environment clean by providing portable storage space your cigarette butts, until you can dispose of them permanently in a garbage can. No offense to smokers, but discarded cigarette butts are one of my pet peeves, and this provides a nice solution to the problem! I would imagine this could be a great coin wallet, as well.
Via MoCo Loco.
I was watching a show about restoring an old International Harvester Scout on tv and I figured I’d look up what else they make. Turns out they make some pretty badass equipment. One example is the Steiger + Quadtrac tractor that features four independent tracks instead of tires. Tracks offer increased traction and flotation over soil, even though they look like they would do far more damage than tires. Not everything we feature here is as purpose-built as this tractor, but I think it is just as beautiful as all the other things we feature.
Though I’m not a super Zaha Hadid fan, her recently revealed Regium Waterfront project looks interesting. The complex includes the Museum of the Mediterranean History and a performing arts center for the Italian city of Reggio Calabria.
I like how the building mimics the boats in the harbor and how the sleek form reflects the serenity of the water.
Via Zaha on BDOnline:
“The project will be a gathering place for people of all ages – presenting the Mediterranean’s rich and diverse history with visual and performing arts to enhance the cultural vitality of the city,” she said.
She added: “This connection between culture and public life is critical – as what differentiates museums of the 21st century from the previous century is that the client is no longer simply one patron. The client is the public – it’s many people.”
Wow…OMA’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, part of the China Central Television’s new headquarters burned down today. The building was apparently set on fire by stray fireworks from Chinese New Year celebrations. Luckily, it seems that no one was hurt, but it’s a real shame to have so much hard work go down the drains in a matter of hours. More at the NY Times and Arch Daily. Above photo credit: David Gray/Reuters.