Sir David Adjaye selects Mariam Kamara as his protégée for Rolex Arts Initiative

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Sir David Adjaye with his protégée Mariam Kamara. Image Courtesy of Rolex Arts Initiative Sir David Adjaye with his protégée Mariam Kamara. Image Courtesy of Rolex Arts Initiative Rolex has announced four new mentors and protégés for the prestigious Rolex Arts Initiative. In the architecture category, Sir David Adjaye was selected as mentor and Niger-based architect Mariam Kamara will be his protégée in 2018-2019. The Ghana-born British architect Sir David Adjaye is renowned for major projects worldwide such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington DC. He heads the firm Adjaye Associates. Mariam Kamara, 38, is founder and Principal of atelier masōmī. Rolex describes Kamara as an architect "dedicated to designing spaces and structures that respond to the needs of people in her homeland, Niger, and all of Africa." In keeping with its tradition of supporting individual excellence, the Rolex Arts Initiative is meant to give emerging artists time to learn, create and grow. This year, the 2018-2019 program will run
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Asif Khan Unveils ‘Darkest Building on Earth’ For Winter Olympics Pavilion

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Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion, the world's first super-black building, will open at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018.

Because Vantablack VBx2 absorbs 99% of light, it is hard for the human eye to make out any depth because no light is reflected back to the viewer. In the absence of color, light and depth, a viewer's perception of space is transformed from every viewing angle. A 3D building can be rendered completely flat.

The Olympic pavilion is entirely coated with Vantablack VBx2 and illuminated by thousands of tiny white light rods. These rods extend from the structure's parabolic super-black facade and create the illusion of a field of stars suspended in space. Looking at the building will be the closest experience to looking into space from a point on Earth.

"From a distance the structure has the appearance of a window looking into the depths of outer space," Asif

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The 2018 Winter Olympics Stadium That Cost $100 Million to Build, Will Only Be Used 4 Times, and Is Roofless

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Traditionally, Winter Olympics stadiums have stuck to a design that obscures the sky and protects against the elements in order to keep the guests warm. This year, the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics organizing team wanted to try something different. Guests will watch the three-hour opening ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Main Stadium – and it will be roofless. 

Pyeongchang, located not too far from the border of North Korea, is notorious for one of the worst winters in the country. Temperatures in the PyeongChang are forecast to top to minus 14 deg C (about 7 deg F), partly due to the powerful, biting winds that barrel down from Siberia and the Manchurian plain. This may be the coldest Olympics since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. And because of the curious roofless architecture, the

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Reebok Teams Up With Gensler to Turn Gas Stations Into Fitness Hubs

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The gas station does not usually catch one’s fancy. It is a ubiquitous building, one built primarily for function instead of for pleasure or community. We see them all the time but barely give them a second glance unless the need arises - and then, we get our fuel, and we are out of the station in minutes.  

With the smell of gasoline and the usual convenience store spread, these service stations do not exude any particular sense of wellness. Neither have their flat, perennial structures captured the imagination of architects - until now. 

Reebok and Gensler are the first to catch on to the enormous potential of the common gas station. These buildings sit on prime real-estate all over the country, from highways to local streets. In their new collaborative project, “Get Pumped,” the global architecture firm and the fitness brand are coming up

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