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A German Architectural Firm Embraces Sustainable Building Practices

Technology, World
This article is part of a special report on Climate Solutions, which looks at efforts around the world to make a difference.There was a time, including when Martin Henn’s grandfather and father were at the peak of their careers, when many architects lived by a simple creed: bigger was better. But with a growing awareness of how that thinking contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are linked to climate change, a new vocabulary has sprouted in many firms: sustainability, circular economy, organic design.That is the kind of language that Martin Henn, 41, said he brought into the German architecture firm HENN that his grandfather, Walter Henn, founded in Dresden in 1947 and that his father, Gunter, joined in 1979 and later expanded into Munich. It is in line with a growing awareness ...
How the Memphis Design Movement Made a Comeback

How the Memphis Design Movement Made a Comeback

LifeStyle
This article is part of our latest Design special report, about creative people finding fresh ways to interpret ideas from the past.To call an armchair or a bookcase “revolutionary” might seem like a stretch, but for the design world, the original show of the Memphis design movement was as genuinely shocking as the first Sex Pistols performance. But unlike his revolutionary punk predecessors, Ettore Sottsass, this design moment’s founder, certainly knew the rules he was breaking when the Memphis group debuted in Milan 40 years ago.He was as enthusiastic about designing businesslike computers and typewriters for Olivetti as he was about producing phallic-looking ceramics. There had been nothing quite as disruptive in the design world as the Memphis collective since Walter Gropius opened the...
Emmanuel Olunkwa: A Multifaceted Designer Gets a New Platform With Pin-Up Magazine

Emmanuel Olunkwa: A Multifaceted Designer Gets a New Platform With Pin-Up Magazine

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Name: Emmanuel OlunkwaAge: 27Hometown: Los AngelesNow Lives: In a one-bedroom apartment in the Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.Claim to Fame: Mr. Olunkwa is a filmmaker, independent magazine editor and furniture designer who was just named the new editor of Pin-Up magazine. He views his cross-disciplinary practice as keeping with the mantra of Marshall McLuhan, the communication theorist who taught that “the medium is the message.” “I am of the Tumblr generation,” he said. “I have always been able to kind of curate my world.”Big Break: Growing up in Los Angeles, Mr. Olunkwa first became interested in design by looking at his hometown’s real estate with a critical eye. “I was always engaged in who built friends’ houses or what extensive remodels had been done,” he said.He moved ...
Want to Increase Your Home’s Value? Start With the Entrance.

Want to Increase Your Home’s Value? Start With the Entrance.

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The entrance to your home is often its public face, communicating your sense of style to the world. It’s also a transition space that can be either inviting or forbidding — a source of pleasure or frustration.“I think of it as an outdoor room, and it’s the first room you come into contact with, which sets the stage for everything you’re going to experience in the house,” said Scott J. Sottile, a partner at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, a New York-based firm whose latest book, “Collaborations: Architecture, Interiors, Landscapes,” will be published next month.So getting the design right, Mr. Sottile said, is “incredibly important.”The front entrance is also a place where a few inexpensive changes can boost a home’s overall value. “In a very direct way, we think curb appeal increases ...
Rebuilding Ground Zero Was a Mess. Lower Manhattan Bloomed Anyway.

Rebuilding Ground Zero Was a Mess. Lower Manhattan Bloomed Anyway.

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The architects Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss took to walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Others started bicycling. For a while, a small flotilla, Dunkirk-like, ferried neighbors across the East River, colonizing the waterways as a sixth borough.After Sept. 11, New Yorkers did what they do — coped, improvised, found one another in public spaces, reimagined the city. Two decades on, Lower Manhattan, still a work in progress, is mostly better than it was. The outcome seemed unlikely for a time. The reconstruction at ground zero was a mess and remains a massive, missed opportunity.But it may well be the mess, not the memorial or the office towers — half conceived to reignite the economy, half as middle fingers raised to Osama bin Laden — that has ended up being the ultimate retort to Sept....
The Trouble With Airports, and How to Fix Them

The Trouble With Airports, and How to Fix Them

Travel
During this summer of frequent flight delays and cancellations, many travelers spent more time in airports than expected, often subjected to blaring TV news, rock-hard seats and scarce electrical outlets. Add anxiety over Covid-19 and disagreements regarding mandated masking and it’s little wonder incidents of bad behavior have surged in the air. The Federal Aviation Administration reported more than 4,000 cases of unruly passenger complaints this year through August, initiating more than 700 investigations to date, compared to 183 in 2020.Deep into a six-hour travel delay recently, as I was pondering the role of airports in aggravating travelers, I found my way to Denver International Airport’s Concourse B-West and a set of new gates with floor-to-ceiling windows, modular furniture, high-...
Where Home Blends With Community

Where Home Blends With Community

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This article is part of our latest Design special report, about homes for multiple generations and new definitions of family.Not long ago, paying a visit to grandparents in state-supported housing for older adults seemed to satisfy everyone’s emotional needs in the Netherlands and allowed young couples to focus on raising their children and working at their jobs.Now, with changes in the country’s liberal welfare state and expectations that seniors will remain at home longer, it can be quite a challenge to support aged family members, who might even live on the other side of the country.This and other socioeconomic developments have contributed to a rising interest in communal living, which can be observed not only in the Netherlands but also around the world.In February 2020, I began photo...
Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Jekyll and Hyde Year

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Jekyll and Hyde Year

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Hiroshi Sugimoto laughs.He laughs a lot.On a Zoom call from Tokyo, the 73-year-old artist laughs at his first reaction to the avant-garde while living in New York in the 1970s: “It’s a very twisted-mind art, so this kind of twisted mind — it can be applied to myself! I’m the same kind of animal!”On a dime, he turned from working in commercial photography to shooting the “twisted-mind” conceptual photos that went on to make him famous: Dramatic shots of animals in the wild that turn out to show stuffed beasts in museum vitrines; photos of Madame Tussauds waxworks that look alive — but also seem to depict sculptures or other photographs. “My art has a kind of punchline at the end,” says Sugimoto.He laughs at a Japanese identity he says he had to learn during years living in the United States...
A Glowing Shrine to the Printed Word

A Glowing Shrine to the Printed Word

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Muddling along for four decades in a nondescript former department store, the Mid-Manhattan library, at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street, served a growing swarm of local residents and commuters even as the branch steadily became a dilapidated “embarrassment” to the New York Public Library system, as Anthony W. Marx, its president, put it.After three years of construction and $200 million, the library system was ready to reopen its largest circulating branch in spring 2020. Instead, the pandemic extended the closure. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, or SNFL, as it is now known (after a $55 million gift), finally threw open its doors to unlimited browsing in June.Its theatrically expressive heart is a dramatic atrium billowing upward from the second floor, where book lovers will delight ...
They Turned the ‘Ugliest Rundown Condo’ Into a Hawaiian Dream

They Turned the ‘Ugliest Rundown Condo’ Into a Hawaiian Dream

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When Nicole Hollis and Lewis Heathcote began making regular trips to Hawaii a decade ago, their visits invariably mixed business and pleasure. The married couple, who run NicoleHollis, a San Francisco-based interior design firm where Ms. Hollis is the creative director and Mr. Heathcote is the chief executive, were looking to break out of the Bay Area.“We were starting to hear more and more of our clients say, ‘Yeah, we’re building, or we’re buying, or we’re spending time in Hawaii,’” said Mr. Heathcote, 46. “So about 10 years ago, we had a real intention to spend time here.”“We had our honeymoon here,” added Ms. Hollis, 49. “But we also wanted to work here.”Their many visits over the years helped them build a network of professional contacts and demonstrate that they were serious about wo...