Briefing

Herzog & de Meuron wins its second commission in a matter of weeks; David Mancuso, pioneer of New York dance culture, passes away

Digital rendering of Herzog & de Meuron's proposition for the Royal College of Art campus, London. Courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron

Digital rendering of Herzog & de Meuron's proposition for the Royal College of Art campus, London. Courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron

Digital rendering of Herzog & de Meuron's proposition for the Royal College of Art campus, London. Courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron

  • Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, which recently completed the Tate Modern Switch House in London and earlier this month won a competition to design a museum of 20th-century art in Berlin, has been selected to design a new GBP£108m campus for the London’s Royal College of Art. Herzog & de Meuron were chosen from a shortlist that also included Christian KerezDiller Scofidio + RenfroLacaton & Vassal, Robbrecht en Daem architectenSerie Architects, and Studio Gang.
     
  • David Mancuso, celebrated DJ, musician and pioneer of New York dance culture, has died aged 72. Mancuso, who in 1970 founded of The Loft, an establishment regarded as New York’s ‘first underground dance party’, and in 2005 was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, will be remembered for his championing of an open, diverse nightlife that could operate away from police interference. Speaking in 2013, Mancuso said: ‘For me, the core [idea behind The Loft] is social progress. How much social progress can there be when you’re in a situation that is repressive?’
     
  • The Paul Hamyln Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2016 edition of its regular Awards for Artists programme, the largest of its kind in the UK. The eight recipients, each of whom will receive GBP£50,000 across a period of three years, include: Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson, Sonia Boyce, Rachel Reupke, Lucy Skaer and Cara Tolmie. Three composers have also been selected: Daniel Kidane, Heather Leigh, and Ailís Ní Ríain.
     
  • The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, has established a new international artist award, which will begin in June of 2017. The BALTIC Artists’ Award, the first worldwide biennial art award to be judged solely by artists, will see selected artists awarded a 13-week exhibition at BALTIC, GBP£25,000 to create new work and a £5,000 artist fee. The first instalment will be adjudicated by Monica Bonvicini, Mike Nelson, Pedro Cabrita Reis and Lorna Simpson.
     
  • The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase the Pulse Nightclub, which in June became the site of the deadliest mass shooting the history of the United States, and turn it into a memorial. Speaking on Twitter, Buddy Dyer, the mayor of the city, said: ‘It has great significance, not just for the LGBTQ community and for the Hispanic community, but for all of us that live and love Orlando. […] I think it is very important that city take control of the site.’

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