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October 19, 2021

Albertina Museum, Vienna

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OnlyFans’ new hottie: the museums of Vienna

With their “obscene” content hitting roadblocks on social media, Vienna’s cultural institutions are doing what any respectable influencer would do: start an OnlyFans. That’s right, the tourist office has announced that it will share works of art deemed too provocative because they represent nudity on the platform for a monthly fee of $ 3 for 31 days. For example, the Albertina Museum’s TikTok account was suspended and ultimately blocked for showing a work by Japanese artist and photographer Nobuyoshi Araki that included a partially exposed breast. A painting by legendary Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens and a video showing a work by Koloman Moser commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Leopold Museum were flagged by Instagram and Facebook earlier this year as potentially pornographic.

Each subscriber to the Vienna OnlyFans account, @viennatouristboard, will receive a free ticket to one of the participating museums or a city card that offers discounts on everything from transport to restaurants and bars. As for the debate on censorship and art, the tourist office said the city boasts “some of the most famous artists in the world whose works have pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in art and society, so it is not surprising to learn that some of their works are fell under censorship over 100 years ago. Vienna and its artistic institutions are among the victims of this new wave of prudishness.

Fluid student library stuns in UK

It has been a year of many milestones for Grafton Architects, the Dublin-based firm founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. After winning both the Pritzker Prize and the RIBA Gold Medal, the duo rounded out their recent honors with the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded to commemorate the UK’s best new building. Kingston University Town House, which eschews the expectations of a typical university library and instead creates a “cathedral of social interaction. ”

Instead of quiet fireplaces and siled study rooms, the facility gives students the much-needed breathing through wide stairways, wide terraces, and open-plan study areas that overlook a cubic performance space. centrally located and surrounded by stadium seats. “It’s a theater for life, a storehouse of ideas,” says Norman Foster, member of the Stirling Prize jury. “In this very original architectural work, silent reading, performance aloud, research and learning can coexist deliciously. This is not an easy task. ”

Townhouse at Kingston University. Photograph by Ed Reeve

A cloud-shaped ensemble marks Alexander McQueen’s ten-year return to the London catwalk.

The British label launched its latest collection under a transparent dome called “London Skies” and designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić. The bulbous structure capped a 10 story parking lot at Tobacco Dock with a fusion of steel cable stitching and an inflated transparent membrane that allows it to inflate into a taut bubble and deflate for efficient reuse.

Chloé makes history by becoming the first European fashion house to be B-Corp certified.

The sustainable practices of the French label are gaining momentum by joining the DTC Patagonia and Allbirds brands with a “B-Corp” designation. Considered a formal commitment to the best in environmental and social governance, Chloé keeps its promises past promises sustainability through collaborations with certified fair trade suppliers, low impact material selections and the protection of its commitments to women’s equality.

Coldplay will embark on an eco-tour that could set precedents for other artists.

With snapshots of the sold-out stadiums in their minds, the group is preparing to spread the message of the climate crisis with a low-carbon tour through bamboo sets, bicycle production, electric dance floors and planting a tree for each ticket purchased. Despite its potential symbolic marketing, Coldplay’s eco-friendly program could set a precedent for other artists to follow suit with equal respect for the environmental impact of touring.

A tower designed by Adjaye Associates that could rise near Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Image courtesy of Ajaye Associates / The Peebles Corporation

The first supertall ever designed by Adjaye Associates could rise to Hudson Yards.

Responding to a call for tenders to develop a one-block vacant lot near Hudson Yards, the company is partnering with the Peebles Corporation to design a 1,500-foot-tall cantilever tower. Although the structure will accommodate both public and work equipment, the absence of residential units is a departure from a demand for affordable housing from the borough’s community board. If approved, the tower will become the first African-American-built skyscraper in the city’s history.

Steven Horton Jr. unveils a bold redesign of the United States flag for black America.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Horton draws on his racial heritage to reinvent an American flag that speaks to the minorities trip. “The American flag has become a symbol of division,” he says. “It’s a symbol of the past. A past that embraced slavery and racism. Drawing inspiration from Marcus Garvey’s Black Liberation Flag, the Black Justice Flag was informed by its survey of black people’s opinions on stars and stripes. His play on color and form, meanwhile, nods to previous bloodshed, current progression, and future fairness.

Photograph by James Kerwin

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