Daily digest: Gensler unveils a new Flight Test Museum in California, Basquiat’s home was whitewashed, and more

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Daily digest: Gensler unveils a new Flight Test Museum in California, Basquiat’s home was whitewashed, and more

The angular roof of the prospective Flight Test Museum slopes to the ground to guide visitors to the main entrance. (Courtesy Gensler)

Good morning and welcome back to even more of this week’s news. There’s plenty going on (and plenty of reasons for anxiety this week in particular), so let’s dive into what’s happening in the world of architecture, art, design, and planning.

Gensler reveals conceptual designs for a future Flight Test Museum

Gensler has released a first look at what could become the new Flight Test Museum in Southern California, an institution slated to sit just outside of the Edwards Air Force Base. As this is the first publicly unveiled design, the building could change, but Gensler and the Air Force Flight Test Museum Foundation have envisioned a swooping structure that would take the rectangular footprint of an airplane hangar. Once complete, the museum will host more than 80 historic aircraft, a bar, gallery space, libraries, classrooms, and a gift shop.

The foundation is still fundraising to realize the museum, and if everything proceeds as planned, the full building and adjacent hangar could be completed by summer 2024.

Basquiat’s former home, now a graffiti mecca, is whitewashed

The former Manhattan home of Jean-Michel Basquiat at 57 Great Jones Street where the street artist lived, worked, and eventually died in 1988 has become a haven for graffiti artists, who have turned the white-walled building into an impromptu memorial. That is, until the building was whitewashed earlier this month without any indication of who ordered it. The current occupant, the high-end, referral-only restaurant Bohemian, reportedly refused to comment when asked if they were responsible.

H/t to Artnet News

Roy Lichtenstein’s former New York studio building gets a new life thanks to the Whitney

In other New York art news, the Greenwich Village building where pop artist Roy Lichtenstein lived and worked will become the new home of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program (I.S.P.). The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation will donate the building to the museum, and the I.S.P. program will move into the studio in 2023, just in time for the 100th anniversary of Lichtenstein’s birth. Throughout his lifetime, the artist was a frequent collaborator with the museum, and it’s only fitting that the building will become the permanent home for a program that has produced a generation of well-known artists, writers, and curators.

H/t to the New York Times

How are states spending funds from the American Rescue Plan?

Of the $1.9 trillion doled out in the passage of the American Rescue Plan last year, $350 billion has already been allocated to states and municipalities directly. So, how is it being used? Apart from Alabama’s plans to build two prisons at a cost of $400 million, rolling out broadband to underrepresented areas and bolstering water infrastructure have been popular choices. States have until 2026 to spend the money, meaning construction should continue for quite some time.

H/t to Construction Dive

Miami’s neglected Brutalist stadium is threatened as the city booms

The fate of the Brutalist Miami Marine Stadium, built in 1963 and shuttered since 1992 in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, hangs in the balance. Today, the National Register of Historic Places-listed stadium that once held packed concerts and was a site of pilgrimage for Cubans arriving in Miami, is crumbling. The city will decide whether to offer another set of bonds and restore the building, or let it fall further into neglect—and ultimately, demolition. A $45 million bond issuance was laid out in 2016 for the stadium’s restoration, but work progressed so slowly that financing expired.

H/t to The Washington Post

This neoclassical country home could be the largest built in the U.K. in a century

Plans have been unveiled for a country home that could be the largest in the United Kingdom in a century if built: a 72,000-square-foot neoclassical mansion that would sit on a sprawling 60-acre parcel near Chipping Norton, a market town in the Cotswold Hills of Oxfordshire, England.  It’s unclear if the home, designed by Robert Adam, director of the Winchester- and London-based Adam Architecture, would pass planning approval or ever get built, as a modernist home designed for the site won approval in 2004 and was ultimately never realized.

H/t to Dezeen