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February 14, 2022

Casa Dani. Photograph by Nikolas Koenig

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Andalusian Spirit Infuses New Manhattan Dining Room

Housed inside the Citizens food hall in Manhattan West, the Rockwell Group–the designed Casa Dani evokes the feeling of a traditional Andalusian courtyard with hanging plants, olive trees and lantern-style table lamps decorating the 160-seat mezzanine space. Details like walnut parquet and terracotta tiles reinforce the tone of the European villa.

The design language reflects the heritage of Michelin chef Dani Garcia, famous for his progressive interpretations of Spanish cuisine. He returns to New York after a seven-year hiatus with a less fussy menu that balances house classics (croquetas de jamón ibérico; salt cod) with expertly prepared dishes (calamari in ink sauce; egg noodlefish fried and roasted peppers). In partnership with Sam Nazarian’s Sbe Hotel Group, sherry-based cocktails are offered in the dining room, along with an 11-seat bar and lounge area.

Venice Biennale 2019

Activists are protesting plans by the Venice Biennale to expand into the historic Arensale.

Last week protesters gathered in Venice to expression the Venice Biennale’s plans to occupy more space in the city’s historic Arsenal. Members of the Forum Futuro Arsenale (FFA) have sketched out an alternative vision, which prioritizes residents over tourists by proposing that the space be revitalized into a boat maintenance site, a maritime museum and workshops for local artists. “Since ownership of the Arsenale complex was transferred to the Municipality of Venice by the State in 2012, the FFA has identified the regeneration of this area as perhaps the last chance to forge a healthy future for Venice in as a city,” their proposal reads. “Until now, isolated from the negative effects of mass tourism that manifest themselves in the rest of Venice, the Arsenale is an area large enough to significantly influence the socio-economic development of the city and yet sufficiently autonomous to be administered with a unified and integrated vision.

Conservatives are speaking out against Instagram’s supposed ‘moving grid’ feature.

Last month, app developer Alessandro Paluzzi may have discovered Instagram’s next big feature: allowing users to rearrange posts on their own Instagram grid, which has long been chronological. While refreshing old content has its benefits, curators are skeptical on the outlook. “It’s misleading and inauthentic,” curator Noura Abla told Art Newspaper, noting that Instagram has been an effective way to follow events in real time. Others, like curator and collector Huma Kabuki, said the new feature would simply be “another way to make people procrastinate”.

Parisians will soon be able to travel around the city thanks to a system of aerial gondolas.

Residents of the Parisian suburb of Créteil may soon be able to crisscross the city aboard public transport gondolas. the cable car, which recently approved pre-construction feasibility studies, will connect several neighborhoods in the southeastern suburbs of Paris to the terminus of metro line 8. Gondolas are being considered instead of more conventional public transport options as the area is hilly and criss-crossed by highways, a high-speed rail line and tracks leading to a rail freight depot. On the other hand, the gondolas will be able to navigate over obstacles and will be electric to minimize emissions.

Affirmation Tower by Adjaye Associates

Plans for David Adjaye’s stacked skyscraper in Manhattan are in question.

In October, Adjaye Associates unveiled the visuals for the Affirmation Tower, a super-tall cantilever located across from the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. If built, the skyscraper would rise to 1,663 feet to become the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the city’s first black majority developed, designed and built projects. Despite these milestones, the two-million-square-foot tower could be shelved due to its scheduling. The developers originally planned for the tower to include offices, hotels, an ice rink, an observation deck and a new headquarters for the NAACP’s Mid-Manhattan branch. Residents grew concerned about the lack of affordable housing, prompting officials to to cancel the call for tenders to develop the site at the end of December.

Beijing has gone to great lengths to create artificial snow for the Winter Olympics.

In order to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, officials went to great lengths to create enough artificial snow, including flooding a dry river bed and diverting water from a reservoir. which supplies the Chinese capital in lack of water. The mountains around the city of Zhangjiakou, located 100 miles northwest of Beijing, also stopped irrigating thousands of acres of farmland to conserve groundwater and resettled farmers in high-rise flats. . Chinese officials have also been tasked with delivering 35 million cubic feet of water – enough to fill 400 Olympic swimming pools – to the mountains via pumping stations to create enough artificial snow for the events. Fabian Wolfsperger, a researcher in Switzerland, told the New York Times that “it’s definitely not environmentally friendly” to build a ski resort near a water-scarce place like Beijing. “But winter sports have never been that in general.”

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