Monday: Russian Fairytales, Nick Lachey

  • Russia’s capital faces a battle for its landmark sites too. Except, unlike New York, Moscow’s mayor is knocking down the avant garde to build the “fairy-tale version of Russia.” (The New York Times)
  • Bloomberg this week said that immigrants are essential to the US economy because they take on the jobs that Americans won’t, many associated with construction and building or property maintenance. But if those jobs came with salaries and benefits, mightn’t there might be more takers? (The New York Times)
  • New York ‘s guide to the rest of the world, all six cities.
  • The new residential trend: living in cars. (The New York Times)
  • Who doesn’t want a Batmobile? What if your home could do that? (We Make Money Not Art)
  • An anonymous donor pledged $4 million to Judson College so that the school could finish building an “environmentally friendly architecture designed to allow the building to heat and cool itself without mechanical intervention six months out of the year.” Who is this donor … Brad Pitt? (Daily Herald)
  • Every week New York magazine offers a designers an outlet in the back of the book’s “High Priority” illustration. (Design Observer)
  • The most expensive states to insure a home suffer from mold. (Forbes)
  • Nick Lachey licked MTV VJ, and Derek Jeter’s girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo at the W Union Square, a Starwood hotel. Joke overload… (Hotel Chatter)
  • Grassroots street reimagination comes by way of George S., a graffiti scenester who drops homemade clay figurines around town and Mark Gorton, who rallies officials for wider sidewalks. (Metropolis)
  • Exit, the mega nightclub of choice for many high schoolers, was closed down by police for the illegal sale of alcohol, possession of marijuana and allowing minors to enter. (Page Six)
  • Rogers Marvel Architects and Ken Smith Workshop will receive a MASterwork award from The Municipal Arts Society of New York this week for their design of the park at 55 Water Street. (Tropolism)
  • Someone is building Noah’s Ark. That is all. (BBC)
  • The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts will open in downtown Brooklyn by mid-May at 80 Hansen Place and S. Portland Avenue in the same eight-story building as Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, Cool Culture and Fulton Area Business Association. (Crain’s)
  • - Riva Froymovich