Daily digest: The world’s first K-pop-only concert hall breaks ground, the Aspen Art Museum will get a monumental facade installation, and more

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Daily digest: The world’s first K-pop-only concert hall breaks ground, the Aspen Art Museum will get a monumental facade installation, and more

An architectural model of My Dear Mountains at Aspen Art Museum by Gaetano Pesce. The piece will be installed on the Aspen Art Museum in 2022. (Photo by Isabella Norris/Copyright Gaetano Pesce, Courtesy of Salon 94 Design)

Good afternoon and happy Friday. With another Daylight Saving’s adjustment ahead this Sunday, here’s your requisite friendly reminder to manually set any clocks that might need it back an hour to avoid  Monday morning confusion.

Here’s what’s going on today:

A 60,000-seat arena for K-pop breaks ground in Seoul

On October 27, ground broke on the first major arena dedicated wholly to K-pop. The 20,000-seat CJ LiveCity Arena is now under construction in Seoul and will be able to hold an additional 40,000 outdoor-slash-flexible seats once complete. Developed by CJ Live City, part of Korean entertainment company CJ ENM, the arena is scheduled to open in 2024 and is expected to host 190 events every year.

H/t to Variety

A massive Gaetano Pesce installation will cover the Aspen Art Museum next spring

Come spring 2022, the facade of the Aspen Art Museum will be getting a massive makeover. Italian architect and artist Gaetano Pesce has been tapped for a monumental site-specific installation which will transform the museum’s entire front facade. My Dear Mountains will turn the building into a dreamy, cartoonish reflection of the nearby Aspen Mountains, placing a rising sun and starry night’s sky behind sculpted mountains that will rise above the museum’s main entrance.

“Very much in the spirt of Pesce’s motto that architecture should be a distinctive portrait of those who inhabit it,” said project curator Stella Bottai, “My Dear Mountains responds to the existing architectural features of the Aspen Art Museum introducing a symbolic figurative image. This three-dimensional inflatable structure, inspired by Pesce’s landscape drawing, will bind the exterior facade of the museum to its iconic surroundings, while celebrating the natural features for which Aspen is so famous.”

Justin Garrett Moore wants to launch an NYC Department of Care

Justin Garrett Moore, formerly executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission and the current program manager of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Humanities in Place program, has unveiled an ambitious proposal for a New York City Department of Care. The new department would be focused on not only building out a community-level apparatus that would help improve public life in every capacity but also build trust among residents traditionally shut out of the planning process. Rather than designating business improvement districts (BIDs), the department would help improve public spaces according to what residents want most—and help with crucial maintenance to ensure those spaces would remain usable.

Cornell University will rehabilitate a historic women’s dorm

Cornell University and architecture firm Goody Clancy will undertake a full gut renovation of the historic women-only dormitory building, Balch Hall, where former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived during her time in Ithaca. The modernization project will leave the facade intact while repairing the hall’s outdated and inefficient facilities, including adding new lounges on every floor and converting the abundance of single rooms into doubles. Work is expected to begin this fall or winter.

H/t to The Cornell Daily Sun

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art will repatriate Benin bronzes

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., will repatriate a set of bronzes looted by the British from the Kingdom of Benin (now southern Nigeria) in 1897. The Benin bronzes have been removed from the museum’s displays and all 38 of the objects in their collection will be returned.

H/t to The Art Newspaper