Weekend Edition: Spirited Away, Metabolism in Brooklyn, and more from this week in architecture news


Weekend Edition: Spirited Away, Metabolism in Brooklyn, and more from this week in architecture news

Rendering of the proposed Studio Ghibli theme park (Courtesy Studio Ghibli)

Missed some of our articles, tweets, or Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy!

Remembering Constance Adams, architect who designed space stations and Mars colonies

Constance Adams, who died last week at age 53, spent over 20 years designing prototype live/work spaces for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

(Courtesy Studio Ghibli)

Studio Ghibli, creator of ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Princess Mononoke’, releases new drawings of its theme park

Miyazaki fans, rejoice: there’s a new theme park coming to Japan built around animation house Studio Ghibli, the Oscar-winning studio known for films like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.

Close-up rendering of the tower’s details, viewing from the east. (Citiscape Consulting/Courtesy YIMBY)

Metabolist-inspired tower with hexagonal facade coming to south Brooklyn

The tower will shun brick and glass for a more ornate facade inspired by the Metabolist movement, setting it at odds with surrounding buildings in Brooklyn.

Now What?! includes a chronological look at the history of the civil rights, women’s and LGBTQ movements within architecture and design. (Sally Rafson)

Traveling exhibition covers 50 years of activism in architecture and asks, ‘Now What?!’

A pop-up exhibition showcasing the little-known history of civil rights movements within architecture was on view at the Pratt Institute through Friday. Now What?! Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 shines a light on the work of the architects and organizations who have advocated for equality and social justice in the profession over the last 50 years, and will travel around the country.

‘With Democracy In The Balance There Is Only One Choice’ by artist Carrie Mae Weems in Colombus, OH, 2016. (Courtesy Wyatt Gallery/For Freedoms)

Nation’s largest public art project funded via Kickstarter and launching in September

The largest public art campaign in U.S. history features 52 artist-designed billboards and will commence in September in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, thanks to more than 2000 backers across 52 Kickstarter campaigns. The publicly-funded campaign is part of the 50 State Initiative, organized by For Freedoms, a project sponsored by non-profit arts service organization Artadia.


Stay cool, and see you next week!