The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

July 22 2016 8:54 AM

New York City Turns an Abandoned Military Base Into a Sprawling Public Park

On Tuesday, a 10-acre public park opened on Governors Island in New York City. Once an abandoned military base in New York Harbor, the island is being transformed into a 21st-century destination for urban dwellers in need of some wide-open green space. Designed by landscape architect Adriaan Geuze and his team from West 8 (which won an international design competition in 2007 for the design of the Governors Island Park), the Hills is the newest addition to the park and public spaces on the 172-acre island (the first 30 acres opened to the public in 2014).

July 21 2016 8:49 AM

A Dutch Artist Made a Gigantic Bear From Conifer Tree Branches

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is known for making cartoonish, larger-than-life animal sculptures of rubber ducks, aardvarks, bunnies, and other creatures that he has displayed in public spaces around the world. The latest work of the man who sent an immense floating hippo down London’s River Thames is a giant bear made of conifer tree branches, set on the grounds of a former aviation school in the Netherlands.

July 20 2016 8:51 AM

Giant, Interactive “Icebergs” Take Over D.C.’s National Building Museum

To offer a respite from the jungle heat of summer in Washington, the National Building Museum has mounted Icebergs, an immersive 12,540-square-foot installation designed by James Corner Field Operations (whose work includes New York City’s High Line) that transforms the museum’s Great Hall into a chilly, nature-inspired simulacrum of a glacial field.

July 19 2016 8:41 AM

A Swiss Artist Puts His Own Stamp on a World Heritage Site by Le Corbusier

Over the weekend at its annual meeting, UNESCO added 17 works in seven countries by Le Corbusier to its list of World Heritage sites for the late architect’s “outstanding contribution to the Modern Movement.” (The meeting, held this year in Istanbul, was temporarily suspended after a failed coup attempt in Turkey.) Perhaps the most iconic of these buildings is the late architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France.

July 18 2016 8:49 AM

A Historic Building Gets a 21st-Century Update With Playful, Interactive Lighting Design

New York City–based ESI Design, which has a penchant for using clever lighting design as a noninvasive strategy for re-animating existing architecture, recently transformed the lobby of an office building in downtown Washington by adding 1,700 square feet of motion-activated media displays on the walls that bring the historic building into 21st-century relief.

July 15 2016 8:48 AM

Oakland Transformed a Parking Lot Into Award-Winning Apartments for Homeless Seniors

A light, airy refuge for 91 low-income, special needs seniors in Oakland, California, won the Excellence in Affordable Housing Design category in the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards on Thursday.

July 14 2016 8:37 AM

One of the Best Examples of Modern Architecture Is a Former Livestock Pavilion in North Carolina

When you hail from one of the magnificent capital cities of New England, such as Boston or, in my case, Providence, Rhode Island, it’s sometimes a little hard to admit that there are worthy architectural landmarks anywhere else. But on a recent trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, I discovered what might be one of America's greatest examples of modern architecture: Dorton Arena, the livestock pavilion at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

July 13 2016 8:53 AM

A German Artist Spray-Painted a Building Destroyed by Sandy Before It’s Demolished

MoMA PS1 commissioned German artist Katharina Grosse to spray-paint a post–Superstorm Sandy ruin at the Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, New York, for the 2016 edition of its ongoing series “Rockaway!

July 12 2016 8:53 AM

This Award-Winning London Homeless Shelter Is Based on a 10th-Century Design

Like many cities around the world, London is constantly preoccupied with solving its ongoing housing crisis. The overall winner at this year’s New London Awards from New London Architecture is the recently completed Holmes Road Studios, a beautiful riff on the 10th-century poor houses known as almshouses. The transitional studios, designed by Peter Barber Architects, shelter 59 homeless people in London’s Camden borough, with individual housing units, counseling spaces, and educational and training facilities all based around a courtyard garden.

July 11 2016 11:56 AM

New Zealand Turned a Former Highway Offramp Into a Shocking Pink Bike Path

While a project is underway to make a bike path that would stretch along the East Coast of the U.S., in Auckland, New Zealand, some clever designers have covered a former highway offramp with a shocking pink nonslip resin to create a bike path that has just been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Awards.