1. You Will Soon Be Able To Live at New York’s MoMA
If you love New York’s Museum of Modern Art so much that you just never want to leave, there was good news this week. New renderings of luxury apartments that will sit above the MoMA’s new gallery spaces at 53 West 53rd street have been released.
The building is designed by Prizker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, who has previously worked on the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. The residential building is currently under construction, but when finished will measure 1,050 feet tall — 200 feet shorter than the Empire State Building, include 139 “ultra luxury” residential apartments and offer residents the chance to live alongside one of the world’s most renown museums for modern art.
2. Gaudí’s First Home Design to Open to Public
Casa Vicens, the first ever house designed by Antoni Gaudí as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site, will open to the public as a museum for the first time in Fall, 2016.
Gaudí was commissioned to design the Barcelona building’s exterior, interior and garden by a ceramics factory owner. While much of the property surrounding the house, where Gaudí’s garden was once located, has been sold off and built over, visitors will soon be able to see the stunning, refurbished design from the famed architect’s career for the first time ever.
3. Miami Okays Berkowitz Private Museum
Miami hedge-fund manager Bruce Berkowtiz’s private Miami museum has received zoning approval. The design will include both the museum and functional office spaces. While the museum received approval a year ago, the complex was held up by restrictions from the city’s building codes until this past week.
The museum is another important step toward cementing Miami’s place as an international art destination, recognizing the art culture that has grown there organically. Furthermore, the inclusion of office spaces alongside the museum, it demonstrates the ever-increasing intertwining of art and business.
4. Cooper Union Reaches Agreement to Eliminate Tuitions Again
Cooper Union is renown as not only one of the most renown art and design schools in the country, but as also the only schools that offers all students full scholarship. Or at least it was until recent financial troubles forced the school to charge students for tuition.
The school was drastically affected by the 2008 crash, occurring just after the school took out a $175 million loan to build a new engineering building. However, a recent agreement between the college and the New York State’s attorney general (that would include an independent monitor to review and report on Cooper Union’s fiscal practices) has put the school on track to eliminate tuitions once again.
5. Habitat for Humanity Uses Art to Revitalize
ArtPrize, the giant visual arts competition founded by philanthropist Rick DeVos, has paired Habitat for Humanity with SiTE:LAB, a three time winner of the annual award, to reinvigorate Michigan’s Roosevelt Park neighborhood in Michigan.
The $21 million urban improvement plan will use art to revitalize the neighborhood, establishing artist studios and exhibition spaces in former service garages that Habitat for Humanity had already acquired. The spaces will specifically focus on artists form Latin American countries and communities.