Here are the design headlines you need to know, including Kanye West announcing his plans for the Yeezy brand to establish an architectural arm, RIBA revealing its list of the 20 best new buildings in the world—and much more.
Remember when Kanye West told students that “the world can be saved through design” during a visit to Harvard Graduate School of Design back in 2013? Well, the music mogul has since taken his interest in architecture and design one step further.
In addition to his recent controversial tweet, Kanye West gave a shout out to the architecture/design world when he took to Twitter on May 6th to announce his plans for a new design-focused business venture.
“We’re starting a Yeezy architecture arm called Yeezy home. We’re looking for architects and industrial designers who want to make the world better.”
At the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in the Northern Japanese city of Sapporo, Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando has designed an iconic lavender-covered temple to envelop a 44-foot-tall statue of Buddha.
The original Buddha sculpture presided over the field for 15 years prior to the completion of the temple. Yet, because the stone structure was disproportionately out of scale with its site and unsettling to visitors, Ando was tapped to create a more compelling monument.
The result is a temple that surrounds the statue, leaving only the top of its head visible from the outside. Lavender covers the hill, which allows the landscape to gracefully change colors during the seasons of the year.
Four of the buildings will be shortlisted in September 2018 and the big winner will be crowned in November 2018. More so, Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, founders of the Brazilian firm Aleph Zero, were awarded RIBA International Emerging Architect.