Imagine if the more than 6000 sidewalk sheds in New York City received a makeover – the unsightly wood and steel structures used to protect pedestrians in construction areas, replaced by steel and polymer structures that resemble the tree-lined walkways of Parisian gardens.
urbanSHED International Design Competition, a recent international competition charged designers to do just that: To rethink sidewalk sheds, which have remained relatively unchanged since first introduced in the 1950s, and create a new standard in infrastructural architecture in an effort to “improve quality of life, reduce construction impacts on businesses, increase pedestrian safety and increase available space for pedestrians on sidewalks.”
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Having a coworker send me photos from their vacation could be problematic, but when the photos are of Paris and taken by our creative director, I am once again reminded why I love working at DWR. These shots were taken at the Hermès store on the Left Bank. The former home of the Lutetia Hotel’s indoor swimming pool, the space was transformed by Denis Montel of Rena Dumas Architecture who designed a dramatic selling floor with giant David Trubridge-like pods of bent ash wood and a sinuous staircase. “It’s both primitive and sophisticated,” writes Alain. “Richard Serra’s Cor-10 steel Torqued Ellipses reinterpreted in billowing wood mesh.” (My coworker is quite poetic when he writes from Paris.)
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We’re happy to announce the winner of the Nordic Design Tour Sweepstakes. Linda Glazier and her very lucky guest will fly SAS Airlines to Denmark during Copenhagen Design Week and spend five nights at the stylish Avenue Hotel, courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection, where they will be treated to breakfast each day and receive two VIP Copenhagen city cards for free entry to more than 60 museums and attractions, free transportation, and discounts on shopping and restaurants. Additionally, they’ll enjoy factory tours of Denmark-based design companies.
We followed up with Linda, a Kansas City-based architect, to see how she reacted to the good news.
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DWR is proud to be the sponsor of Conversations in Context at the Philip Johnson Glass House – continuing the legacy of what has been described as “the longest running salon in America” – established as a gathering of great minds in architecture, art, and design in New Canaan, Connecticut at the invitation of Philip Johnson and David Whitney. When the Glass House opened to the public in 2007, it extended the tradition to an invite-only Conversation series that took place at the property.
Tickets are available for the July 21 Event.
Conversations in Context
Hosts: Theodore H.M. Prudon, DOCOMOMO US + Shashi Caan, International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers
Evening begins at 5:30pm
2-hour guest-hosted tour and reception
Purchase tickets ($150 each) at PhilipJohnsonGlassHouse.org.
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