Daily digest: Norway’s Momentum biennial fires its curator, Rome’s Colosseum opens tunnels to the public, and more

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Daily digest: Norway’s Momentum biennial fires its curator, Rome’s Colosseum opens tunnels to the public, and more

The innards of Rome’s historic Colosseum are now open to walk through (Ben Lee/Unsplash)

Welcome back to another Friday, but this one kicks off a long holiday weekend. If the weather isn’t too hot, too cold, or too wet, why not get out of the house this weekend?

Here’s what you need to know today:

Rome’s Colosseum opens its underside to the public for the first time ever

Ahead of the planned renovation of Rome’s iconic Colosseum that will add a new retractable floor, 525 feet of new walkways have been added to the subterranean tunnels and now visitors can walk through them for the first time. Now tourists can walk through the same tunnels below the amphitheater that once shepherded gladiators, animals, and Colosseum staff before fights.

H/t to Artnet News

The Momentum 11 biennial in Norway opened without its curator

Momentum 11, an art biennial in Norway, opened last weekend but without its curator—Théo-Mario Coppola was fired in June, and seven participants pulled their work in solidarity. A struggle reportedly arose between the biennial’s organizers and Coppola—Momentum claims that Coppola was sacked over unprofessional behavior and inability to perform, while Coppola told The Art Newspaper that the organizers made coordinating an international biennial impossible. Coppola added that the biennial went ahead and ran with their original plans regardless, and put work on display by artists who had withdrawn from the event.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

Rotterdam’s first timber tower is on hold because of high wood prices

Lumber prices are finally dropping after months of hitting new highs, but that might be too little, too late for some projects. The 164-foot-tall SAWA tower in Rotterdam, designed by Mei Architects, is reportedly on hold as the project team waits for timber shortages to end. The building, which, once completed, will be the first timber tower ever built in Rotterdam, is supposed to use cross-laminated timber for 90 percent of its mass, including the structural elements, and will hold 109 residential units once complete.

H/t to Dezeen

Studio Ma is master planning the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has selected Studio Ma to create a new master plan for its College of Fine Arts in Albuquerque. Aside from providing design services, Studio Ma will also develop a plan to help the college chart its future growth while encouraging student development. The Albuquerque-based architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and arts consultant Greg Esser will also join the team.

The Bronx could get a new museum dedicated to salsa music

Plans to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory, which has sat vacant since 2013 in the Bronx, seem to finally be moving ahead, even if it is in fits and starts. According to Curbed, a group of record producers and the late Tito Puente’s family are pushing to build the International Salsa Museum in the Bronx sometime in the next five years. The group is angling to pick up 50,000 square feet inside the armory as part of a broader redevelopment plan that has sat in legal purgatory since 2013 and is only now starting to unravel, but are also eyeing other sites around the borough in case their first pick doesn’t pan out.

H/t to Curbed