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2012 in Review: Top 10 Curiosities

2012 in Review: Top 10 Curiosities

Yayoi Kusama’s couture polka dots, Google’s augmented reality glasses, and Nick Cave’s wildly fun soundsuits made our list of favourite curiosities in 2012.

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December 25, 2012

Section: Curiosity

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Best bets at Design Miami 2012

Best bets at Design Miami 2012

The global art-design extravaganza kicks off officially on December 5 with exhibits, installations and cocktail parties happening over five days. Here’s what not to miss.

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November 29, 2012

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Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes

Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes

The role of architecture in our experience of nature is at the heart of this exhibition at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre.

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November 28, 2012

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Portal of Awareness by Rojkind Arquitectos

Portal of Awareness by Rojkind Arquitectos

Along Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, a sculpture made from painted mugs encloses the sidewalk in a sweeping arch of colour.

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November 27, 2012

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Crowdsourcing a cancer cure

Crowdsourcing a cancer cure

Salvatore Iaconesi, an Italian artist, hacker and TED Fellow, created a website to garner feedback on how to treat his illness, then mapped out the suggestions from 50,000 artists, doctors and fellow patients, and made them accessible to all.

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November 19, 2012

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Arik Levy’s man cave for the Bisazza Foundation

Arik Levy’s man cave for the Bisazza Foundation

The renowned glass-tile company is adding a new showpiece to its foundation in Vicenza, Italy: Arik Levy’s rock-shaped pavilion, cloaked – Darth Vader-style – in black tiles.

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November 14, 2012

Section: Design

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Andrea Zittel wins Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts

Andrea Zittel wins Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts

The prestigious Austrian award, which comes with a 50,000-euro cash prize, recognizes one exceptional artist every other year whose work transverses the boundaries between art and architecture.

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November 2, 2012

Section: Curiosity

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Warming Huts for a weird winter

Warming Huts for a weird winter

The Warming Huts competition, now in its third year, invited winning architects from Drøbak in Norway, Liberec in the Czech Republic and New York — not to mention special guest Frank Gehry — to create innovative huts along Winnipeg’s Assiniboine river trail.

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March 2, 2012

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IDS 2012: RAW makes an entrance

IDS 2012: RAW makes an entrance

The five-storey-tall entrance installation at IDS–created by Toronto architecture firm RAW Design–is a massive curtain made of felt off-cuts and embedded with interactive technology.

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January 24, 2012

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Molo’s Softshelter creates privacy in relief shelters

Molo’s Softshelter creates privacy in relief shelters

We spoke with Todd MacAllen of Vancouver studio Molo about a series of paper walls that can be easily assembled to form private spaces inside emergency relief shelters.

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September 19, 2011

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