Benthem Crouwel Architects have completed the new extension to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. According to the official press release we were sent, the new levitated superstructure contains
“With this reopening the Stedelijk Museum repositions itself as one of the leading arts institutes. It puts Amsterdam in the spotlight as center of artistic renewal and brings new life to the Museum Square, one of the most important cultural landscapes in the world”, stated Ann Goldstein, Director of the Stedelijk Museum. The museum maintains a collection of modern contemporary art and design of 90,000 objects dating from the seventies of the nineteenth century to the present. The historic part of the museum houses the permanent collection, including art from the oeuvre of Karel Appel, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. In addition, the museum offers a permanent design presentation including industrial design, graphic design and applied art. The new building offers temporary exhibitions. As of 23 September, the museum will be open to the public. [Information provided by Arup Europe Press Office]
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Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, AT&T revealed grand plans for LTE expansion that’ll continue through the end of the year and the Galaxy Reverb for Virgin Mobile officially went up for preorder. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of September 3rd, 2012.
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We’ve had some indication that Valve would soon be expanding its Steam offerings beyond games thanks to a new batch of categories that briefly turned up in its Android app last month, and the company has now made the move official. While not discussing the mobile app specifically, Valve has confirmed that the first set of non-game titles will be hitting Steam on September 5th, offering a variety of (as yet unnamed) applications that the company says “range from creativity to productivity.” As you’d expect, those will all be able to be installed and updated through Steam, and you’ll be able to save your work in the Steam Cloud and access it on any computer. Valve also says that titles will continue to be added in an “ongoing fashion” after the initial batch, and developers will be able to submit their own applications through the Steam Greenlight system.
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It’s reasonably well known at this point that Apple is looking to line up partnerships for some sort of a streaming video service. We’ve heard again and again that it’s coming, so get ready to hum along with that ‘ol tune one more time. Reuters is reporting that Apple has been in negotiations with Epix since earlier this year, hoping to secure access to films from Lions Gate, MGM and Paramount Pictures. There’s no indication of when such a service might come to light, but Reuters indicates the company’s current deal with Netflix, which expires on September 1st, could be a conflict (though that hasn’t stopped Google TV in the past). So, no proper Apple-branded TV until the fall? Stay tuned…
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Dear Freshome readers, it is time for us to draw a line and see who created what in the month of September. We are happy to see that each posts gets your appreciation expressed through voting, sharing, comments and relevant advice. We are certain you guys want to see the best of the best, so here are the 10 most popular posts presented in September 2011, according to your Facebook shares. Remember that by clicking on the pictures, you can see more photos and details about each project.
#1. According to you Facebook shares, the top project presented in September pays tribute to …pets. By combining upcycled, vintage and hand-made, Oregon-based Atomic Attic has created fantastic furniture for your favorite pets. Vintage suitcases and TVs were transformed into fascinating pet furniture that add color and style to your pet’s favorite corner of the house. Just click the photo for the original post and more details.
#2. Japan’s water fountains are in touch with technology. Have a look at this incredible display of patterns as the succeed in Osaka City Station. You have to admit this is an original why to find out what time it is. Aside from showcasing a collapsing digital clock, this Osaka water fountain displays plenty of other patterns (some of them quite artistic), made up of a variety of shapes.
#3. This impressive residence is located in a modern residential tower called “100 11th Avenue” and designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Offering expansive 360 degree views of Manhattan, the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, the penthouse also features 14 foot ceilings in a successful attempt to match the grandeur of the panoramic view.
#4. We are extremely proud to see this project that was completed in Timisoara, Romania (aka the city where most of the Freshome team is located) on number 4 in the monthly Freshome “most popular posts” list. The photos below were taken in the X3 offices, an international web design company. The people responsible with the interior design were Stefan Lazar si Alexandra Avram from Ezzo. The X3 office in Timisoara has a total area of 250 square meters, two levels and a design that is fresh and rewarding in itself.
#5. The collaboration between German architectural studios Karl Dreer and Bembé Dellinger Architects gave birth to this amazing residence that borrows its name from the natural acrylic stone used in its construction. The residence located in Bavaria, Germany, very close to the Ammersee Lake and overlooks the green forests of Upper Bavaria displaying a contemporary architecture spread over 395 square meters on a 1,200 square meters property.
#6. In at number 6, we have a beautiful comntemporary residence displaying an inspiring layout. 57Studio designed the impressive Fray Leon House, located on the east side of Santiago, Chile. The residence was built around native trees an in relationship with them.
#7. Pitsou Kedem Architect completed a home restoration above the harbor in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. One could easily resemble its exterior with a medieval fortress, as inspired by its centuries-old facade. But the similarities stop there. When redesigning this home, the architects kept its mysterious stone exterior, but combined it with state of the art modern details. Just click the photo below for more.
#8. We found this Scandinavian apartment that is quite different from the Swedish cribs we usually publish. With a total living area of 185 square meters, consisting of four rooms plus kitchen, you could say this crib is addressed to those used to an opulent style. And did you notice the silver stag?
#9. With a total area of 98 square meters and a beautiful terrace, this two bedroom apartment found on Oskar-Makleri displays quite a few inspiring details. The most spectacular part of this crib is the attic, where a bedroom, bathroom and roof terrace are located. Exposed beams enrich the design of the upper duplex level, creating a feeling of warmth.
#10. Black Beauty Tierra Villa is an impressive modern residence located in the Black Beauty Village in Ostional, Costa Rica. The 2,992 square foot project features three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and has unique surrounding landscapes. And here is a photo that will definitely make you want to see more.
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Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging to get updated. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery from the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!
Official Android updates
- Verizon was spitting out new refreshes left and right this week, as we saw Gingerbread begin to roll out as OTA downloads on the Motorola Droid 3, HTC Droid Incredible, and — get this — even the Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 edition. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
- Interestingly enough, Android 2.3 for the Droid 2 Global was already getting pushed out, but was pulled just a couple days later after a Microsoft Exchange encryption issue was discovered. We’ve been told the updates will resume “soon.” [via Droid-Life]
- Finally, Verizon also pushed out one other software upgrade — this time on its 4510L LTE MiFi. (Thanks, Matt)
- HTC continues to expand its bootloader unlock tool to more phones, region by region. This week the company enabled support for the EVO 3D in Canada and Europe. [via Phandroid]
Unofficial Android updates / custom ROMs / misc hackery
- The Motorola Droid 3 and Droid X both now have access to an SBF — System Boot File — to act as a safeguard for anyone who manages to brick their phones. [via Droid-Life (1) and (2)]
- Recently we heard about the Honeycomb ROM for the HTC Flyer getting leaked by MoDaCo, but no screenshots were available at the time. This week, however, someone successfully grabbed a few images to share with the world (shown in the above image). The ROM appears to run on Android 3.2 with HTC Sense 1.1 for tablets as the featured UI. [via AndroidBugle -- thanks, Dennis]
- Let’s talk a little more about leaked Sense ROMs. We’ve already seen Sense 3.5 working on the Desire HD, and now we have another device to add to the list: the EVO 4G. [via XDA]
- The first kernel for unlocked bootloaders on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is now waiting for your download, so head over to the link for instructions. [via XDA]
- If you’ve been waiting and hoping for CyanogenMod 7 on your HTC Sensation or EVO 3D so you can shed the Sense UI, that time may be very close at hand. According to a member of the CyanogenMod team, an early alpha build for both devices may be available by the end of this weekend, so keep an eye out. [via Phandroid]
- Two new unofficial ROMs — one for Windows Phone Mango and another for NoDo –are now available for the Samsung Omnia 7. The Mango ROM improves the device’s radio, camera drivers and motion sensors, in addition to a few other enhancements. [via WPCentral]
Refreshes already covered this week
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Kacper Kasprzyk photographs Alyona Subbotina, Camille Rowe Pourcheresse, Lauren Buys, Merilin Perli, Liu Wen, and Terese Pagh for the ‘Collections’ editorial in the September 2011 issue of Dazed & Confused. Styled by the collabortive effort of Karen Langley, Katie Shillingford, and Robbie Spencer.
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Another year, another Imagine Cup. The annual competition, sponsored by Microsoft, gives students the opportunity to apply technology to tackle hunger, poverty, and other global problems, thereby making the world a better place (for you and for me, and the entire human race). We’d say the finalists deserve a pretty cool reward for their efforts, right? According to a status update on the Cup’s Twitter account — an update that’s conspicuously been pulled — one of the prizes for finalists is a Windows Phone with Mango pre-loaded, a jackpot they’d receive by September. We’re not completely certain if this will be a pre-release version intended for developers or if it’s an indication that the final iteration will be ready for public use by this time; we’ve only heard that Mango’s slotted for a fall release, so both are definite possibilities. Since many of these students are developers, however, it’s entirely possible they’ll receive a prototype device with an early version of the firmware. No phone could replace the warm feelings in their heart for such a great accomplishment, but at least they can share their joy with built-in Twitter integration.
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