Daily digest: Work on India’s controversial parliament continues, Pittsburgh pushes deconstruction, and more

Tearing Down The Love Lights

Daily digest: Work on India’s controversial parliament continues, Pittsburgh pushes deconstruction, and more

Illustration of the massive planned redevelopment of New Delhi's colonial-era parliament and governmental complex, which was approved at the start of this year. (Courtesy HCP Designs)

Welcome back to another roundup of the news you need to know to get you through this Wednesday. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, here’s hoping that the weather is getting warmer where you are as we head into spring.

Here’s what’s going on today:

Construction of India’s controversial new parliament steams ahead despite the COVID crisis

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing ahead with the $2.7 billion overhaul of the country’s capital complexes in New Delhi even as outrage mounts over the government’s failure to slow the spread of COVID. Hospitals are overflowing, there’s a serious shortage of oxygen tanks, and over 200,000 have died as over 350,000 new infections are reported daily.

With that in mind, construction of the complex, which involves building a new Parliament House and retiring the current 94-year-old building as a museum, as well as adding housing to the 1.8-mile-long central strip, began in January of this year and hasn’t let up despite the countrywide lockdown enacted on April 19.

H/t to Bloomberg CityLab

A theme park in Indonesia is ordered to destroy its knockoff Urban Light installation

Rabbit Town, a popular theme park in Bandung, Indonesia, famous for installing knockoffs of big-name contemporary artworks to attract tourists, has reportedly been slapped down by the Indonesian Commercial Court of Central Jakarta. The piece that was apparently a step too far was their “Love Light” installation, a blatant copy of late artist Chris Burden’s assemblage of street lamps outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Urban Light.

Now Rabbit Town has 30 days to tear down their recreation and issue an apology to Burden’s estate, potentially setting a precedent for protecting intellectual property rights (at least for art, anyways) internationally.

H/t to Artnet News

Tate Modern neighbors are taking their privacy concerns to the Supreme Court

Residents of London’s Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Neo Bankside luxury complex are escalating their fight against the neighboring Tate Modern extension. After a group of residents claimed that visitors to the museum’s 10th-floor platform were privy to, let’s say intrusive views of their at-home life, London’s High Court ultimately sided with the Tate in 2020. (The reason being that residents could simply lower their shades.)

Now, those same Neo Bankside residents are reportedly getting another shot. The U.K. Supreme Court has decided to hear the case later this year. If the suit is successful, it could force the Tate Modern to install privacy shields around the wildly popular observation deck, somewhat defeating the point of its existence.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

Leon Black is replaced as chair of the Museum of Modern Art board

After Leon Black declined to run for reelection as chair of the MoMA’s board over increased scrutiny to his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, Marie-Josée Kravis will replace him starting July 1. Kravis, 71, has served on the board since 1994 and was previously president from 2005 to 2018.

Black will remain on the board even as protests against the museum for his continued involvement, and working conditions at the institution, continue.

Pittsburgh beefs up its push for sustainable deconstruction

Pittsburgh is pushing for increased material recovery and recycling programs in construction. Last week, Mayor Bill Peduto signed an executive order intended to help keep construction waste out of landfills and cut down on the amount of virgin material going into new buildings. With over 1,700 condemned buildings across the city, Pittsburgh will begin a pilot program later this year to begin tearing them down for material reclamation.

H/t to Construction Dive

The Fox Theater in Los Angeles is getting a major makeover

The Fox Theater in Venice, an art deco theater from 1951 that was later closed in 1988 after inspectors found asbestos in the walls and was converted into retail, will be getting a transformative renovation. DFH Architects will reportedly expand the southern side of the building to add more retail space, demolish the northern retail area, and convert the movie theater lobby into a cafe. The “FOX” sign atop the building’s prominent vertical fin will also be restored.

H/t to Urbanize Los Angeles