The Rubin Museum Is Building an Emotional Wellness Lab, and Other News – SURFACE

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The Rubin Museum hires Peterson Rich Office to build a laboratory for emotional wellbeing.

In response to the emotional conflicts caused by the global pandemic and economic depression, New York’s Rubin Museum is transforming its entire third floor into a space for social and emotional learning. The Mandala Lab will teach visitors how to use contemplation, meditation and other Buddhist practices to direct energy into dealing with turbulent times. Designed by Peterson Rich Office, the lab draws design influences from the mandala – a spiritual symbol that appears in more than 100 pieces throughout the museum and primarily focuses on art and cultural artifacts from the Himalayas. The space is divided into quadrants, each providing resources for managing emotions such as anger and jealousy.

Creating a dedicated physical space for emotional wellbeing feels like a natural evolution to the Ruby that has recently prioritized mindfulness with years of programming around the Buddhist theme Inconsistency. “With the Mandala Lab we want to enable ourselves to face today’s challenges: to expand our imagination, to understand and manage our emotions, to enrich our empathy and to make contact with others”, said Jorrit Britschgi, Managing Director of Rubin Museums, in a statement. “We hope that the Rubin is a museum where art, ideas, research and our emotions are connected.”

Get moving, Pizza Council: Eco-friendly cars are the new treat of choice for rodents.

Large automobile companies are grappling with an unexpected consequence of protecting the environment. It turns out that the eco-friendly, biodegradable wire coating in their cars that contains soy is present delicious treats for rodents. A Volvo owner has reported rats chewing through the wires in her car, and owners of Honda, Mazda and Toyota vehicles cite similar incidents. The common denominator seems to be soy. The good news? There may be a solution: coyote urine, available from Home Depot for $ 24.

Shepard Fairey encourages a vote on his third cover for Time Magazine.

On a new cover for time Shepard Fairey magazine, which created Barack Obama’s famous “Hope” poster in 2008, is encouraging readers to vote. His work of art shows a woman wearing a headscarf that says “Vote!”. under a ballot with elements of the American flag. “Although the subject in the portrait knows that democracy has additional challenges during a pandemic, it is determined to use its voice and power through voting,” Fairey continued Instagram. Mark one of the first times in timeIn the nearly 100-year history in which the logo was replaced, the issue also includes a special report on the final days of the 2020 elections as well as tips on how to vote safely.

Brad Pitt tells a documentary about the restoration of the unified temple by Frank Lloyd Wright.

A new full-length documentary, recording the meticulous restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, will be available for streaming shortly. The film, titled Uniform Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece, is a story by Brad Pitt and delves into the rich history of the famous house of God, which was completed in 1908 after a series of structural, technical and financial difficulties. “I was hoping to provide a window in Wright’s head that goes beyond the oft-repeated mainstream autobiographical material so that we can better understand Wright’s guiding philosophy and the intention that his buildings reflect the people who use them,” said the director Lauren Levine rolled into one statement. “It was important to capture both the tremendous task and details of the restoration itself, as well as the spirit, diversity and community involvement in continuing to bring the building to life.”

The new Greenpoint Library in Brooklyn is switching from books to eco-education.

A new library in Brooklyn rethinks a future beyond paperback books. The new Greenpoint Library, designed by Marble Fairbanks and landscape architecture firm Scape, is twice the size of the original and is considered an environmental education center. “The library is a haven for readers,” says Gena Wirth, Design Principal at Scape, “but also a place where customers can get their hands dirty and understand the less tangible aspects of our fragile earth systems – that attract our attention more than ever need. “The new renovation and expansion now includes more than 15,000 square meters of sun-drenched interiors and solar panels, in keeping with the biophilic design philosophy of bringing nature outside. Other notable additions: a bio-whale that transports and stores rainwater runoff, a rainwater tank and a demonstration garden on the roof for workshops.

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Although not a gas eater, the new electric Hummer can drive diagonally.

Globe is new Skateboard decks are bathed in Pantone’s colors of the year.

Manolo Mesa completes a massive mural of elegant ceramic dishes.

Jane Goodall’s line of furniture aims to teach children something Species protection.

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