What we’re reading about this week

Troy Cook, a baritone with the Philadelphia opera company solos in Reading Terminal Market as part of a Random Act of Culture performance. (Ryan Collerd for The New York Times)

Knight Foundation‘s Random Acts of Culture: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation focuses on promoting engaged communities. To this end the foundation supports public media and has endowed professorships in journalism across the country. This weekend the foundation’s Random Acts of Culture initiative was featured in the New York Times. The foundation underwrites pop-up performances in eight cities where Knight Ridder operated newspapers. The Times’ article features a performance by the Opera Company of Philadelphia in Reading Terminal Market. MFTA helps support public art in New York City by making free materials available to our registered recipient groups. Kudos to the Knight Foundation for engaging communities by making culture accessible.

Located in an industrial area near the city centre the new Waste-to-Energy plant will be an exemplary model in the field of waste management and energy production, as well as an architectural landmark in the cityscape of Copenhagen. (Image credit: realities-united)

realities:united is a Berlin-based firm that has designed a fantastic waste processing facility for Copenhagen. This is taken from realU’s website:

Instead of considering the new Amagerforbraending as an isolated architectural object, the building is conceived as an opportunity to create a destination in itself and thereby reflecting the progressive vision to create a new type of waste treatment facility. The roof of the new Amagerforbraending is turned into a 31.000 m2 ski slope of varying skill levels for the citizens of Copenhagen, mobilizing the architecture and redefining the relationship between the waste plant and the city.
The slope is ecological using a recycled synthetic granular, upending the convention of the energy intensive indoor ski resort. Access to the slopes is via an elevator along the plant’s smokestack providing views into the plant, giving glimpses of its internal workings finally reaching an observation platform 100m above giving sightseers an unobstructed view from one of the tallest structures in Copenhagen.

The facility's ski ramp (Image credit realities:united)

Check out more pictures of this facility here.

Detail from La princesse du pays de la porcelaine, 1863-64, by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903). Oil on canvas, 199.9 x 116.1 cm. Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1903.91. Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

This unbelievable detail view of Whistler’s The Princess from the Land of Porcelain comes from Google Art Project, a great new partnership between Google and 17 of the world’s leading museums, including three MFTA recipient and donor organizations: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Collection in New York City. The project uses Google’s Street View technology to allow users to virtually walk the museums’ galleries online. In addition each museum has provided a high-resolution scan of one work of art from their collection. The scans are incredible, they allow online viewers to see details they wouldn’t be able to see even in person. We hope this great online resource will encourage people to visit the museums in person.

Detail from St. Francis in the Desert. Giovanni Bellini, ca. 1430-1516. Oil and tempera on poplar panel. The Frick Collection, New York.

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