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Hello everyone. Welcome to the latest installment of the B&C newsletter. Special thanks to Megan, Annabel, Zena and Malcolm for sending in links. Keep’em coming.

I had to skip last week which means there are lots of goodies this time around. The links this week start out in architecture and then go into interiors before getting into art (art crimes yay!) and photography. I couldn’t find a good place to fit the first two links but I wanted to include them, so they get to go first. Enjoy.

In historic deal, indigenous traditional owners win back world’s oldest rainforest

Free internet could soon be coming to every New York City home

New supertalls test the limits, as NYC consults an aging playbook

Should architects continue pursuing the tallest and thinnest buildings, even as the myriad technical issues in existing supertalls continue to mount?

NYC’s Rockefeller Centre wants you to simulate historic photo, Lunch atop a Skyscraper

New laws are being passed to mandate bird-friendly buildings

New York approves use of cross-laminated timber for six story buildings

Over 60 top international architectural firms send open letter calling for climate leadership ahead of COP26

LA’s new reflective streets bounce heat back into space

Greening the roof space

In the Netherlands, the first vertical forest applied to social housing

Professional surfer and clothing line founder combine forces to bankroll $130M 93-apartment wellness tower in Australia

Design team redefines Singapore’s increasingly high-rise residential lifestyle by embracing a ‘living close to the ground’ approach with super-low energy bungalows

Is ancient technology better than modern air conditioning?

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a form of concrete that is made from the pollution caused by concrete (🤯)

An epic yet modest concrete home in Perth

Concrete imitates geological layers in Argentine residence

A fortress-like residential building with irregular green terraces stands out in Tokyo

Modern Japanese houses that inspire minimalism and avant-garde living

Architect’s residence in Tokyo is an homage to the bright, 1960s vision of the future

How architects can craft the perfect Airbnb getaway

This prefab floating sauna draws inspiration from both Finnish and Japanese design

Seattle architect crafts a hardworking shed for just over $2K

Bosnian man builds a rotating house to give his wife better views

An island of off-the-grid homes that’s 50 miles from Times Square

Richard Neutra’s architectural vanishing act

After nearly 70 years, a forgotten, unbuilt design by Mies van der Rohe comes to life on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus

Architect reframes the narrative of a 1940s apartment for a writer couple in São Paulo

A modernist gem in Paris is meticulously restored

17th-century Paris mansion reimagined for the future

Tunnel-like vaults house cafes and workshops along revitalized Prague waterfront

Architects revive building's original brutalist identity in Greece

Dormant postwar architectural icon is resuscitated for 10-day art exhibition in Berlin

In the center of Berlin, a partnership between artists, planners, architects, cultural workers, and the municipal government is upending familiar tropes around “urban decay”

The subversive urbanism of Pixar movies

America’s first waterpark is 250 acres of abandoned decay and is selling for $11M

An industrial-style home rises next to a derelict apple-processing warehouse

Architect integrates skate ramp into sustainable home

A slim home amid the maples in Montreal

A NYC loft with soft wabi-sabi neutral vibes

A restored 19th-century row house in Manhattan seeks $1.8M

A cozy Swedish apartment with character and personality in a hundred-year-old building

Ten interiors with window seats for peaceful contemplation

An artist’s Brooklyn home that feels like it’s in the country

A young designer's unconventional home renovation

Wes Anderson designs train carriage in the English countryside

The architectural photographs of Hélène Binet are now on view at London's Royal Academy of Arts

How architecture depends on photography

Architect photographs the candy-colored Tudors and mini mediterranean palaces of Queens, NY

Tokyo-based artist and photographer strips down Tokyo's bustling life to create melancholic images of the cityscape

San Francisco-based painter depicts a vision of the city that is both lived-through and longed-for

Instagrammable Chinese village is a beautiful tourist spot - only thing is, it’s fake

Yale's Vinland Map, once believed to be the earliest cartographic depiction of the New World, has been proven to be a modern forgery

Manhattan gallery owner admits mass-producing fakes he sold for years

NYC antiquities dealer pleads guilty for her role in sale of looted items

Art dealer used offshore accounts to trade looted antiquities which are on currently housed at the Met and the British Museum

A deep dive into the art crimes of Hobby Lobby founder

How collectors can support Indigenous and Native American artists

A new generation of ceramic artists is pushing the medium into strange dimensions

The subversive world of Daniel Arsham

A conversation with Daniel Arsham

Google reconstructs lost Gustav Klimt paintings with machine learning

A never-before-seen Keith Haring mural is unveiled in NYC

New collection of neon signs features notable designs by Keith Haring

Never-before-seen Basquiat drawings inscribed in bartending book

Andy Warhol’s illustrated cookbook from 1959

Recent ruling finds Warhol’s use of Prince photograph a violation of copyright law

Andy Warhol’s portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat is heading to auction with a $20M estimate

A $40M Basquiat painting is headed to auction

New York-based photographer lenses familial histories and narratives of his local community

Photographer spends decades using photography to understand the American way of life

10 things to know about Robert Frank

How Magnum photo agency got back in the picture

Rarely seen black and white photos by Dash Snow now on view in LA (seen above)

7 street photographers you’re going to fall in love with

A guide to this weekend’s Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn

Social media is over (if you want it)

That’s it for this week. I truly appreciate you being here and hope you found something interesting. And if you did, why not forward this newsletter to a friend? Got something to say? Hit me up at murphy@therealmurphy.com.

Thomas