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The Week in Social: Artist Ai Weiwei's Good News; Summer Trips; and Art History Emoji

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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.


#WildersteinHouse #hudsonrivervalley #victorianarchitecture #thisusedtobeshocking

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Summer, with its long days and warm nights, is a perfect time to get out and see some architecture! New York gallerist Patrick Parrish clearly knows this, and has been making the most of the season with trips hither and thither. We loved his recent Instagram of the Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, New York, a fabulous 19th-century Queen-Anne mansion fit for, well, a queen.


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Speaking of "thither," this editor went on a long-weekend trip to Stockholm, Sweden, and was very impressed by the incredible breadth of architectural styles to be found along the city's winding, cobblestoned streets. Turrets, gables, and filigree of all kinds were all on offer. Turns out Swedish design is not just about deeply covetable (and/or IKEA) furniture!


Tennessee Grimes, Metropolitan Museum of Art digital guy and owner of a fantastic name, recently gifted the world this "free idea:" Instead of emoji, impress your art history-loving friends by using 17th-century French artist Charles Le Brun's "Heads Representing the Various Passions of the Soul." Don't mind if we do!


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Do you know the stellar work of Atlanta-based painter Trek Matthews? No? Please let this be an introduction for you. Emblazoning the built environment with graphic pastel murals that recall the use of perspective in exploded axonometric drawings, Matthews is making rad colorful spaces from potentially drab ones and we dig it.


As everyone's love it/love-to-hate-it cab-hailing company, Uber, continues to meet resistance from taxi commissions and city officials across the U.S. and internationally, New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum asked a question we'd love to get a convincing answer to. Why Uber? The answers, which Nussbaum retweeted vociferously, may surprise you.


#Eames Tandem Sling Seating c. 1968 #tbt

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The first 'gram—a 1968 photo from the Herman Miller archives of two adorable kids in Eames Tandem sling chairs— is just too cute not to share. The second is of the company's iconic Sweet Corn poster from its picnic series, designed by Steve Frykholm and available now for purchase through SHOP Cooper-Hewitt in NYC. Read all about it right here on Curbed!


Chinese artist and frequent collaborator with Pritzker Prize-winning duo Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Ai Weiwei recently shared some hard-won, long-awaited good news: his passport has been returned. The controversial artist, whose work frequently takes Chinese censorship to task, was detained and had his passport confiscated by officials in June of 2011, on allegations of tax evasion—charges that were quickly decried by Ai's supporters as trumped up. After four years, it seems Ai's travel documents have been restored to him [confetti emoji].


The branding for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was revealed and we are immediate fans of its subtle beauty. It's a far cry from the shivering pink blobs that made up the logo for the 2012 Olympics in London, and for that we are grateful. Excuse us please while we pour one out for Snøhetta's too-fabulous-for-words identity design for the 2022 Oslo Winter Games—a bid that was cancelled by the local government.

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