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.
Olly Wainwright, architecture and design critic at The Guardian, is in North Korea right now—for reasons not immediately clear at the time of this writing. (Seriously, Olly, hit us up; we want the deets.) But no matter! Wainwright's photo documentation of his trip to a place few Westerners have seen with their own (gasp! Capitalist) eyes is nothing short of mesmerizing. As one of Wainwright's Twitter followers puts it: "I know so little about daily life in DPRK, and have so few visual references for it. I'm glad for these." We couldn't agree more.
Iwan Baan, who we daresay needs no introduction (but, for the un-initiated, is an acclaimed architectural photographer) posted this photo from a recent (and likely last) visit to Tokyo's Hotel Okura and our hearts really can't stop breaking. If you're not familiar with the sad story of the 1960s Hotel Okura—the work of Japanese architects Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka—there's a Curbed primer for that.
Warning: shameless self-promotion! If you're not following us on Instagram (yet), you really should be! Here's a look at a Harry Bertoia-designed, gilded screen (some 70 feet high!) in what is now, controversially, a Joe Fresh clothing store in NYC. The 1954, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill building was once home to the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Have a look.
In Seattle, where #BlackLivesMatters protestors interrupted Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a healthcare rally, it seems one small victory for recognition was won. According to the Seattle Times, several crosswalks in the city's Central Area are getting painted in the colors of the Pan-African flag, to celebrate the neighborhood's legacy as an African-American enclave.
Back in June, Curbed NY reported that Danish starchitect, mastermind behind 2 World Trade, and quotable person of note Bjarke Ingels purchased a pad in Brooklyn's trendy, price-y DUMBO 'hood. And sure enough, earlier today, Ingels posted this snap, which looks a lot like the terrace in the listing photos. In other words, we told you so.
Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange has been zoomin' around the U.S., reporting on renewal in Buffalo, New York (which you should really read about—just sayin'), and more, photographing all the while. Here's a moment of beauty captured by Lange: sunset reflected off the broad windows of the 1962 Hopkins Center at Dartmouth.
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