Foster + Partners reveals New York City boathouse featuring zig-zag roof

Row New York by Foster and Partners

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to build a timber boathouse on Manhattan’s Harlem River for a non-profit that teaches local teens to row.

The British firm designed the boathouse for Row New York on a plot on the banks of the Harlem River, located in the uppermost tip of Manhattan.

“This timber boathouse will fit naturally into the landscape of the riverfront and will transform this stretch of the Harlem River into a lively gathering place for people from all communities,” said Foster + Partners founder Norman Foster. Continue reading

The Line Between Reality and Animation Blurs in a Motion Capture Music Video for Ed Sheeran

Pop singer Ed Sheeran flaunts his star power in an incredibly complex music video that combines motion capture, computer generated extras, and a guest appearance by Chance the Rapper to boot. The colorful video for “Cross Me” starts off with a professional dancer, Courtney Scarr, in a motion capture suit. Scarr becomes the sole real-life character in the video revisited throughout the song. Teeming animations of human figures, light effects, and a shower of sprinkles fill a dance hall, outdoor track, baseball field, and video game. Sheeran and Chance both appear as animated versions of themselves, navigating these computer-generated worlds and thoroughly blurring the line between real and imagined. Continue reading

IKEA is bringing its low-cost modular housing units to the UK

Seventy Agency

Affordable developer BoKlok, which is co-owned by IKEA and Skanska, has signed a deal with Worthing council in West Sussex to build low-cost housing in the south of England.

Worthing council has approved plans for the IKEA subsidiary to build 162 apartments on land it owns, reported the Worthing Herald.

The first apartments will be available from early 2012.

The council will be given 30 per cent of the 162 homes at cost value to be used as social housing, in return for use of the land.

 

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A Collaboratively Painted ‘Mural of Brotherhood’ Stretches for Over a Mile on Mexico’s Border

All photographs courtesy of Enrique Chiu

Over the past two and a half years, nearly 4,000 volunteers have converged on the US/Mexico border to assist artist Enrique Chiu with painting a mural. Chiu began the project on Election Day in 2016, and once his collaborative project is complete, the “Mural of Brotherhood” will span a mile of Mexico’s border frontage in Tijuana. Shorter segments will also be created in other regions to connect the project to the southern edge of the border. The wide range of styles, including written phrases and more illustrative narratives reflects the diversity of those who have worked alonside Chiu to complete the expansive mural. Continue reading

Ermenegildo Zegna releases latest customisable sneaker My Claudio

My Claudio by Ermenegildo Zegna

Dezeen promotion: Ermenegildo Zegna has unveiled My Claudio, its latest range of personalised trainers available in a striking array of colour combinations.

It is the luxury Italian fashion brand’s second collection of customisable sneakers, following the recent launch of My Cesare, which it dubbed as “the future of luxury streetwear”.

Ultralight, versatile, and instantly iconic, My Claudio is characterised by an intricately hand-threaded lace that weaves in and around the entire sneaker, nodding to “the craftsmanship that defines Ermenegildo Zegna“. Continue reading