MUST KNOW: Zaha Hadid to receive Royal gold Medal for Architecture
British architect Zaha Hadid is to become the 2016 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture, marking the first time a woman has won the prize in her own right.
Awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the medal is presented annually in recognition of a significant contribution to the profession. Hadid is the first women without a male partner to win the award in its 167-year history.
Hadid said she was proud to be the first woman to receive the honour in her own right. "We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn't mean it's easy," she said.
"Sometimes the challenges are immense," she continued. "There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress. This recognition is an honour for me and my practice, but equally, for all our clients. It is always exciting to collaborate with those who have great civic pride and vision."
"Part of architecture's job is to make people feel good in the spaces where we live, go to school or where we work – so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence – that shouldn't be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues."
MUST SEE: Trippy Animation: Alice in Wonderland as Animated by Van Gogh, Picasso
Ever wondered what Alice in Wonderland would’ve looked like if it were animated by Pablo Picasso or Frida Kahlo? Well artist and programmer Gene Kogan has saved you the trouble by using a neural-style algorithm. Check out Kogan’s reanimation of the tea party scene (in 17 different iconic styles) below!
MUST HAVE: Upcycled chairs inspired by traditional Nigerian parables & African fabrics
London-based The Shop at Bluebird has worked with artist/designer Yinka Ilori over the last six months on a solo installation called ‘If Chairs Could Talk’. Ilori, known for upcycled furniture, was inspired by African fabrics and traditional Nigerian parables, both of which played a part in his childhood. Merging parts of his Nigerian heritage with contemporary design, the collection results in colourful chairs that have stories to tell.
They’re presenting the collection of chairs during this year’s London Design Festival and will be on display until November 27th, 2015.