Welcome to the start of another work week (if you’re in the US and just finished a long Memorial Day weekend). There is a lot of art, architecture and town planning news to catch up on, and A usefully rounded it off to bring readers back into the picture.
Here’s what you need to know today:
Digital “portals” now link Vilnius, Lithuania, and Lublin, Poland
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is keeping international travel to a minimum for now, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the city of Vilnius, Lithuania to install a digital ‘window’ on Lublin, Poland. Apparently under development for five years by engineers from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and recently installed at the city train station, cameras and screens built into the circular gate (reflected 375 miles away in Lublin) allow views two-way live, rain or shine. . The project organizers (who explicitly drew references Portal games in their branding) plan to bring similar portals to more cities in the future.
H / t at The edge
Biden administration wants to increase funding for National Endowment for the Arts to highest level ever
Last Friday, the Biden administration revealed its Budget of $ 6 trillion for fiscal year 2022, which included a surprising increase in federal funding for arts and culture. The typical trend is to float cuts in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) –the Trump administration wanted to completely suppress the agency[…]but if the proposed budget is passed as is and $ 201 million is allocated to the NEA, that would be the most money the agency has received since its founding in 1965.
H / t at The art journal
Tariffs on imports of Canadian lumber could increase further
US Department of Commerce plans to increase tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber, even as lumber prices continue to hit rock bottom. started to have a negative impact on the housing market. By examining Canadian lumber prices up to 2019, the Department investigated whether these products were “dumped” (or exported at a loss to undercut domestic lumber prices) and came to a conclusion. the conclusion that the tariffs on these products should be doubled from 9% to 18%.
Court ruling clears way for Billionaires’ Row homeless shelter
Opponents of plans to build a homeless shelter in the former Park Savoy hotel on West 58e Street in Manhattan would have lost his candidacy in the New York Court of Appeals. A group called the West 58th Street Coalition filed a lawsuit in New York City in 2018 to prevent the men’s shelter from being realized directly behind the ultra-expensive One57 tower on Billionaires’ Row (West 57e Street), but now that the costume has reached the end of the road and can no longer be climbed, residents openly expressed their grievances in the To post.
H / t at Bloomberg
Peter Marino’s Southampton Arts Center opens to the public
First announced in 2018 but delayed by the COVID pandemic, the Peter Marino Museum and Art Foundation in Southampton, New York, will finally open for the summer. Marino purchased the Victorian Gothic Rogers Memorial Library, formerly an annex of the Parrish Art Museum, in 2018 with the intention of renovating the 125-year-old building into the new home of the Peter Marino Art Foundation. With help from the nearby Southampton Arts Center, this work is finally done, and the building will host cultural events throughout the year and showcase Marino’s extensive personal collection.
H / t au New York Post
101 Freeway Wildlife Crossing Receives $ 25 Million Boost
Plans to build the world’s largest wildlife passage in southern California have reportedly received a big fundraising boost. The Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, which would cross a ten-lane section of Highway 101 in the Santa Monica Mountains, received a $ 25 million grant from Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation. This brings the project total to $ 44 million raised so far and puts the campaign to create a 210-foot-long bridge for cougars, rabbits, coyotes, bobcats and other endangered native animals, a no more towards the field.
H / t at ABC7