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The Week in Social: Very Strong Words on Rem Koolhaas, The Serpentine Pavilion Opens, and Honoring the Late Charles Correa

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Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors actually read last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.

#SummerFriday, chair edition. (Actually a one-off made for the @pilgrimsurfsupply installation in January).

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A photo posted by Olly Wainwright (@ollywainwright) on

Guardian architecture guy Oliver "Olly" Wainwright captured the inside of the trippy, newly opened Serpentine Galleries pavilion by Spanish firm selgascano. His snap is one of many that lit up Instagram this morning at the official opening of this year's folly, the 15th in the annual installation. Curbed was there this morning and you can read our take this way.

#JeanProuvé gas station @ #Vitra

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Instagram superstar and New York gallerist Patrick Parrish has been hittin' the road and his travels have taken him all the way to Vitra's sprawling campus in Weim Am Rhein, Germany, where Parrish shot this lovely little photo of the side of a Jean Prouvé-designed gas station. Please excuse us while we book our flight.


Trailblazing Indian architect Charles Correa passed away last Tuesday evening, and British starchitect David Adjaye tweeted this touching note and photograph of the two.

@noguchimuseum reconstruction of an installation of Noguchi's Akari by Arata Isozaki, 1985

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Curbed's architecture critic, Alexandra Lange, visited the Isamu Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, a few days ago and snapped this contemplative shot of a new installation at the 30-year-old institution that is basically the epitome of design Zen.


This one's a doozy: Blair Kamin, architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune, dropped a bit of a bomb on the Twittersphere in the form of this invective against Rem Koolhaas. Expectedly, a member of the public took Kamin to task, tweeting this response, which elicited an incisive back-and-forth you have to check out.


The office of Francis Kéré, a Berlin-based architect who does stellar work in his home country of Burkina Faso, created a pop-up shop for shoe company Camper in a Bucky Fuller-designed dome on the Vitra campus. Yes, we know, more Vitra campus, but just look at the thing!


Architectural lensman and world traveler Iwan Baan stopped by the archives of Pritzker Prize winning Swiss architects Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog. While there, he snapped this model shot, including what look like facade studies for their Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

#SummerFriday, chair edition. (Actually a one-off made for the @pilgrimsurfsupply installation in January).

A photo posted by Todd St. John (@toddstjohn) on


We fell hard and fast for the work of furniture designer Todd St. John this past NY Design Week, and our periodic checking in with the New York-based designer's Instagram feed did not disappoint. We don't know exactly what's happening with this lounge chair (which is, sadly, a one-off specially made for an exhibition) and its sporty, graphic pattern of pastels, but we are digging it.

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