Daily digest: An Eames Office retrospective in Tokyo, Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street tower is for sale, and more

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Daily digest: An Eames Office retrospective in Tokyo, Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street tower is for sale, and more

The twisting top of the Frank Gehry-designed 8 Spruce Street, also known as New York by Gehry. (Chris Barbalis/Unsplash)

Good afternoon and welcome back to another aggregation of the day’s happenings.

Here’s what you need to know today:

An 80-year retrospective of Eames Office will open in Tokyo tomorrow

Opening tomorrow, November 5, in design gallery ISETAN THE SPACE in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, is an 80-year retrospective of Eames Office, complete with never-before-seen models and sculptures. 80 Years of Design, which runs through January 5, 2022, will cover the entirety of Charles and Ray Eames’ careers, just in time for the office’s 80th anniversary. The show is broken into three sections—Art & Technology, Architecture & Interiors, and Play & Learn—that cover the couple’s prodigious output of designs from screens to toys to entire buildings.

“The Eames Office actively seeks to both preserve historical work and create innovative designs and experiences that extend the Eames legacy into the future. We’re thrilled to be able to present iconic works alongside special projects and collaborations that continue to bring Charles and Ray’s powerful ideas to life today,” said Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, in a press release.

An enormous Keith Haring mural was shipped and re-erected at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works

Keith Haring’s 1987 Boys Club Mural has had a long history full of twists that one wouldn’t typically associate with wall art. Originally painted for a Lower East Side chapter of the Boys’ Club of New York, the colorful composition remained until the building closed in 2003. Nonprofit Common Ground, now Breaking Ground, announced plans to raze the original structure and build affordable housing on the site. After an expensive conservation and removal, the mural was sold to a still-unnamed collector and shipped to a warehouse in New Jersey. Now, the full 12-foot-by-12-foot wall has been carefully relocated to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, where it will remain on display until May 12, 2022. Artsy traces the work’s lineage and how it ended up in Brooklyn.

H/t to Artsy

Frank Gehry’s undulating (and divisive) Lower Manhattan tower goes up for sale

Frank Gehry’s sole New York City skyscraper, 8 Spruce Street, evokes strong love-it or hate-it reactions from New Yorkers. The 76-story residential tower looms over City Hall and the nearby Manhattan Municipal Building with its metal facade referencing both billowing cloth and the nearby Woolworth Building. Now the unique tower is for sale; owner Brookfield Property Partners through Nuveen have put the building on the market for $850 million. Residency at the approximately 900-unit tower is reportedly at 94 percent at the time of writing.

H/t to The Real Deal

A festival dedicated to Bruce Goff kicks off in Tulsa

Architect and Tulsa fixture Bruce Goff is finally getting his due. The self-taught Goff’s myriad contributions to the Oklahoma city’s landscape will be celebrated at the first annual Goff Fest—events are currently ongoing and run through November 7. That includes a litany of talks and tours of Goff-designed homes and Tulsa landmarks.

H/t to Tulsa World

The case for cutting back on museum storage

Are museums simply hoarding art and other precious historical artifacts, sequestering valuable cultural objects away from the public when these institutions know they have nowhere near enough display space to ever show it all? That’s the argument of Anindya Sen for Hyperallergic, as he breaks down how a museum’s storage often dwarfs its viewing space by magnitudes of order. With the pandemic still ravaging their financials, calls for repatriation growing, and the growing environmental costs of maintaining massive climate-controlled rooms, should museums reevaluate whether to downsize their holdings?

H/t to Hyperallergic

FBR’s block-laying robot will build up to 5,000 new homes in Mexico

Perth, Australia-based robotics company FBR has signed an agreement with GP Vivienda, the housing department of one of Mexico’s largest construction companies, to robotically fabricate between 2,000 and 5,000 new homes. Using FBR’s Hadrian X block-laying robot to construct the walls, the new homes will be built in greenfield sites.

H/t to Archinect