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The Value Of Putting Design First In Social Housing Projects

The 20th century’s social housing “calls to mind towering blocks of flats, poorly maintained with dark, pokey and cold units. But alongside a rise in community living, the 21st century has brought quality construction, sustainability, and quality of life to the forefront of social housing design.” - The Guardian (UK)

To Make His Films, This Georgian Director Risks Everything

“Making queer-themed work in a country like Georgia is a perilous affair,” the writer-director says. “For And Then We Dance, his production had to lie about the plot in order to secure locations. … When details got out, the crew received death threats.” - Los Angeles Times (MSN)

Berklee College Chooses New President

Jim Lucchese most recently worked as CEO for the music event startup Sofar Sounds. He also led Spotify for Artists, a program helping artists access and maximize fan engagement. - Boston Globe

University Argues It Should Never Have Bought The O’Keeffe Paintings It Wants To Sell

An Indiana judge is facing that very question as Valparaiso University contends that it should be able to sell high-value paintings it owns, including a Georgia O’Keeffe landscape of the New Mexico desert, in order to finance a renovation of freshman dormitories. - The New York Times

What Art Gets Saved When The Artist Dies

“Whether or not the artist is internationally celebrated, the art is still valuable.” Yet, so much of it gets lost to history. - The Guardian

Boston Reconsiders What Public Art Could Be

The city of Boston announced Thursday a major, citywide campaign to reimagine public art.  - NPR

What Stories The Literary World Tells About Itself

Among publishers, editors, scholars, critics, and even writers themselves, the stories we tell about literature are more and more stories of the economy of prestige, of one generation’s preferences righteously overturning those of its predecessors. - Granta

University Of The Arts Unions File Labor Complaint

The complaint, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, alleges that the school declined to “furnish information” following attempts the negotiate severance pay and other matters in the wake of the school’s closure this past June. - ARTnews

On “The Gulag Archipelago” At 50

"Why doesn’t Solzhenitsyn’s catalogue of horrors grow boring? You read three volumes about boots trampling on human faces and your attention never flags. One reason is that Solzhenitsyn is a master of ironic narration. … But the nature of Solzhenitsyn’s 'experiment in literary investigation' explains why this book remains riveting." - The New Criterion

Eurovision Music During War Time

Eurovision, like the Olympics, touts itself as an apolitical event. Fans and jury members are asked to vote for the best song, not the country that sings it. But neutrality is impossible. Politics are ingrained in the event’s makeup—from the finances of hosting to the concept of the “Big Five” countries. - LA Review of Books

Béla Tarr Hates It When People Call His Films Pessimistic

Indeed, he says his films are comedies like Chekhov's plays. "If you are really pessimistic, you go up to the roof and hang yourself, not wake up at four in the morning and go into the countryside to film!" - The Guardian

Trove Of 16th-Century Murano Glass Found Off The Coast Of Bulgaria

It is speculated that the glass artifacts fell from the cargo of a ship battered by a storm in the shallow, rocky area of the sea. The ship’s wreckage is expected to be discovered in the vicinity. - Artnet

The Wizardry Of Shigeru Ban, The Architect You Want When Disaster Strikes

"As a virtuoso of pavilions, temporary structures, emergency shelter, and post-disaster community spaces, he’s developed designs that are quick, cheap, and clean to build, radiate elegance for as long as they last, and can later be recycled." - Curbed (MSN)

Steppenwolf Vet Laurie Metcalf Reflects On TV Versus Theatre

The need for stamina, combined with memorization and the commitment of a run. This run is short; I am used to being asked to do five or six months. But the live theater is still where I find all my creativity. The rehearsal room is the one place I love to be and where I feel most at home....

Cross Dorothy Parker With Mae West, Have Her Date Frank Serpico And Then Run A Dive Bar. Who Do You Get?

Betty Cooper, that's who. "For decades she lived at the center of a bohemian New York that long ago faded into mythology. … Betty mingled with artists, writers and entertainers. She even had a romance with one of the most famous undercover cops of all time." - The New York Times

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