Frida Escobedo’s 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion courtyard opens in London’s Hyde Park on 15 June, and the anticipation is high for several reasons. First, Escobedo is the youngest architect tapped for the prestigious project. The material—a British-made, gray cement—maintains her love of locally sourced components. And it certainly brings a powerful display of Mexican modernism to the park for its 18th pavilion commission. Every year …

The Maracanã Blow

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Brazil’s gut-wrenching 1950 World Cup defeat at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro has stayed with the country in the form of “The Maracanã Blow.” With sound effects, chirpy music, gorgeous photos of various places in Brazil and lots of sweet and moving illustrations, Christoph Niemann personifies the Maracanaço for the New York Times, telling the story of the historic final match and the …

The Serpentine’s Unearthly Summer Pavilion

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For well over a decade now, London’s Serpentine Galleries have annually commissioned a different architect to create a temporary structure in the famous Hyde Park space, and this year’s concept from Chilean designer Smiljan Radic presents what’s sure to be the project’s most obscure offering to date. Radic’s cocoon-like alien structure presents a great juxtaposition of materials and textures; massive boulders strewn about set the …