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September 28, 2021

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The highly anticipated Obama Presidential Center opens in Chicago.

Following a Supreme Court leave order in August, the Obama Presidential Center is today inaugurating the South Side of Chicago. Designed by architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, the $ 700 million structure was due to be built earlier in the year after a full federal review, but was delayed by several roadblocks, including opposition groups who campaigned against its location next to Jackson Park. Overcoming consecutive obstacles since its announcement in June 2016, development is finally underway with a special ceremonial event broadcast live.

To reduce waste, the European Union is proposing a mandate for universal chargers.

Tech brands often trade uniformity for innovation, but a new European Commission program may foresee a dramatic change in their approach to manufacturing. The potential law requires tech brands to produce standard USB-C charging ports on all hardware and discourages companies from packing chargers with their devices under the guise of reducing waste and easy access to consumers. Although some smartphone giants such as Samsung and Huawei have formulated devices with this charging configuration in the past, Apple’s recent launches rely on Lightning connectors. To this end, the impact of the policy remains ambiguous as the proposal must pass a vote in the European Parliament to become law.

Versace and Fendi close Milan Fashion Week with a one-of-a-kind fashion show.

Heritage fashion brands have gained prestige for their distinctive styles, and the essence of post-pandemic friendliness has sparked a historic partnership between Versace and Fendi. Marking of a world premiere With its memorable closing show, the Versace by Fendi collection – coined “Fendace” – saw Donatella Versace switch roles with Fendi lead designers Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini-Fendi, to create harmony between the two labels. The result: the Fendi monogram anchored by Versace’s iconic Greek key in a range of silhouettes that pay homage to the history of the two Italian brands. Polished with the walks of models like Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, this shared catwalk has been etched in the fashion history books as two luxury firepowers joined forces to celebrate each other.

Influential performing arts leader Kristy Edmunds joins MASS MoCA as director.

MASS MoCA has established itself as one of the country’s leading contemporary art museums since its inception in 1999 under the direction of founding director Joe Thompson. The void since his departure in October has now been filled by the recent appointment by the institution of Kristy edmunds. After directing at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Edmunds stepped into his role with an emphasis on artistic dialogue. “A whole creative ecosystem exists in North Adams to realize the artists’ vision, from creation to monumental scale completion, and everything in between, while enhancing economic benefits for the community,” she said.

ODA transforms a former parking lot into a multipurpose office complex in Buenos Aires.

A dated car park located between the Hipodromo and Rosedal de Palermo is to be renovated by the American architectural firm ODA. Named after its eponymous rider, the mixed use The Playa Gigena development recovers 80 percent of the original skeleton and expands the property to approximately 160,000 square feet, of which 43,000 are centered around green terraces, to fill the two interrupted neighborhoods. Home to a public park, offices, a 250-space garage and a mix of retail and gourmet restaurants, the reconfigured site exerts a new typology that celebrates the post-pandemic back-to-work state of mind.

The Han Nefkens Foundation partners with three Asian museums for a $ 100,000 work of art.

In an effort to spotlight veteran artists of Asian descent who have yet to take part in a major international exhibition, art collector and novelist Han Nefkens called on the Mori Art Museum, M + Hong Kong and the Singapore Art Museum to sponsor a screen illustration title Moving Image Commission 2021. At the beginning of October, the finalist will be selected by a jury made up of Nefkens and the three museum directors. “I am excited about this new project because it allows us to broaden our scope beyond younger artists,” says Nefkens. “I am convinced that by sharing our knowledge, our expertise and our belief that art is an important catalyst for change, this commission will have an impact that will not be limited to Asia.

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

Expect to see retro, escape, punch, and music baby names in 2022.

Supreme’s collaboration with the Hästens mattress brand extremely predictable.

Ai Weiwei’s hand-painted face masks are more worthy of a frame, not a face.

Some lucky amateur divers discover an extremely precious treasure of roman coins.

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