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Riz Ahmed Wants Far More, And Far Better, Muslim Rep In Hollywood

And it’s not just Hollywood. In recent USC study, the researchers “combed through 200 popular films from the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand from 2017 to 2019. They found that only six of them had a Muslim in a co-leading role, and only one of those was female. Of the nearly 9,000 speaking parts, fewer than two percent were Muslim. And there none in animated movies.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Australia, New Zealand, Usc, Riz Ahmed, 06.12.21


Planned Film About Jacinda Ardern And Christchurch Mosque Massacre Draws Huge Backlash In New Zealand

The just-announced project They Are Us, to be written and directed by New Zealander Andrew Niccol (writer and co-producer of The Truman Show, writer-director of, among others, Gattaca and Good Kill) and starring Rose Byrne, focuses on the aftermath of the 2019 mass shooting and the national campaign led by Prime Minister Ardern to ban assault rifles in the country. Within a day of the news arriving, many Kiwis reacted with fury to the focus on white politicians rather than the Muslim victims an...
Tags: Art, Media, New Zealand, Muslim, Rose Byrne, Gattaca, Andrew Niccol, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, White Saviour, 06.11.21, Christchurch Mosque Massacre


Modular construction: Using Lego-like blocks to build structures of the future

Modular construction involves building the components of a habitable structure in a factory, and then assembling those components on-site.The history of modular construction stretches back centuries, and it became briefly popular in the U.S. after World War II, but it's never quite caught on.Construction firms like iMod Structures, which constructs buildings that can be modified and relocated, may soon change that.Modular construction is on the rise. Once a marginal sector focused on building a...
Tags: Japan, Design, California, Mexico, China, Environment, Sustainability, Development, Cities, Architecture, South Africa, New Jersey, Innovation, New Zealand, Ikea, Fast Company


Confusion And Upheaval At New Zealand Opera As One-Third Of Board Resigns

Three members of the national company’s governing body (reportedly the three with the most experience with and connections within the industry) stepped down in May. One of them has since spoken up to refute speculation about specific reasons for their departure, but his explanation is less than entirely clear: “What I saw was a huge upswelling of discontent and confusion about the artistic direction of the company. … This is not about editing opera … this is what we saw as a lack of thought and...
Tags: Art, Music, New Zealand, 05.31.21


New Zealand artist brings life to funerals with bizarre coffins

Attendants at Phil McLean's funeral were shocked, but delighted, by their dearly departed's coffin, which was shaped like a giant cream donut. Phil's own cousin, Ross Hall, created the coffin at his business in Auckland: Dying Art. "It overshadowed the sadness and the hard times in the last few weeks," said [Phil's] widow, Debra. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Death, News, Funerals, New Zealand, Auckland, Cremation, Phil, Ross Hall, Coffins, Cream Donut, Phil McLean


Sleep in a far-out UFO that landed in otherworldly Joshua Tree, California

In 1968, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen revealed the Futuro home, a pre-fab fiberglass-reinforced plastic structure just 50 square meters inside. There were fewer than 100 of the homes ever built and 60 to 80 of them survive to this day. (The original Futuro in New Zealand just sold.) — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Design, News, California, Architecture, Homes, New Zealand, Matti Suuronen, Futuro


Here’s One Country Where Print Magazines Have Come Roaring Back From The Dead

Just a year ago, one of New Zealand’s largest magazine publishers decided to shut itself off and sell off its titles (if it could), portending doom for the industry. Not only were all the titles sold (and they’re still publishing), but a new wave of publications dedicated to New Zealand’s tradition of long-form feature journalism. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, New Zealand, Words, 01.16.21


The Era Of The Blockbuster May Be Over, For Now Or Forever

Or perhaps that’s just in the U.S. and other countries that can’t seem to get the coronavirus under control. “Up until now, Hollywood has refused to show its biggest movies first to audiences in Asia, Australia and New Zealand – where many cinemas are open again – partly due to piracy fears … [but] Wonder Woman 1984 will have a full theatrical release in China a week before the film is released in the U.S.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, China, New Zealand, Asia Australia, 11.25.20


Classical Concerts Under COVID: Where Things Stand In Asia, Australia/New Zealand, And the Americas

With governments in China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore mostly able to impose safety measures without too much pushback, case numbers are down and concert numbers are up, though usually with reduced audience. New Zealand is almost back to normal and Australia is getting there, with even a Ring cycle planned for Brisbane this month. Alas, reports David Karlin, “the contrast between Asia and the Americas could not be more stark,” though tentative returns to concert life are happening in Cana...
Tags: Art, Asia, Music, Australia, Singapore, Americas, New Zealand, Brisbane, Audience, Asia Australia New Zealand, China Japan South Korea, Canada Colombia, David Karlin, 11.02.20


Early learning center sustainably embraces rural New Zealand

In the rural New Zealand haven of Dairy Flat, U.K.-based architecture firm Collingridge and Smith Architects has recently completed the Fantails Estate, an early learning center for 154 babies and preschoolers. Designed to sit sensitively within its rural context, the modern building is built primarily of timber and opens up to the outdoors with large windows and areas for outdoor play. Sustainability has also been naturally woven into the design, which includes a rainwater harvesting system, on...
Tags: Design, Education, Schools, New Zealand, Canopy, Natural Ventilation, Timber, Rainwater Harvesting, Thermal Mass, Collingridge, Classrooms, Wastewater Treatment, Learning Center, Natural Materials, Collingridge and Smith Architects, Smith Architects


A McDonald’s in New Zealand Lets Diners Eat Inside a Decommissioned Airplane

Shutterstock Airplane food takes on a slightly different meaning in Taupo, New Zealand. That’s because the small resort town on the North Island is home to one of the world’s most unique McDonald’s restaurants, which happens to be attached to a decommissioned airplane. h/t: insider Eileen Byrnes While you can’t order your food from the old Douglas DC-3 — the counters are located in the McDonald’s... Source
Tags: Travel, Design, Restaurant, New Zealand, Airplane, Mcdonalds, Retro, Douglas, North Island, McDonald, Taupo New Zealand, Eileen Byrnes


Worlds largest Passive House building to open in Kansas City

The largest Passive House building in the world is set to welcome its first tenants this October in the historic River Market of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The luxury apartment community — dubbed Second + Delaware — will offer high-end amenities alongside energy-efficient advantages with 80% to 90% energy savings compared to conventional buildings. Jointly developed by Arnold Development Group and Yarco Development, the apartment complex will offer 276 apartment residences including studios...
Tags: Design, Missouri, Homes, New Zealand, Apartments, Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Kansas City, Green Roof, Triple Glazed Windows, Courtyard, Rooftop Garden, Jonathan Arnold, Airtight, River Market, Passivehouse


New Zealand’s Top Arts Groups Can’t Get Visas For Their Overseas Performers

The New Zealand Symphony, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Auckland Philharmonia all say that key members of their companies, foreign nationals who were abroad when the COVID lockdown began, are now blocked by the government from entering the country and taking up their jobs, even if they willingly enter quarantine when they arrive. – Radio New Zealand
Tags: Art, New Zealand, Issues, Auckland Philharmonia, 08.26.20, New Zealand Symphony Royal New Zealand Ballet


Hollywood Movie Production Restarts (But Not In Hollywood)

Hollywood has been unable to restart production on its own soundstages in California because of surging infections in the state, plodding negotiations with unions over protocols and the time it takes to get test results. So big movie studios, under pressure to get their production assembly lines running again, have focused on overseas shooting. The “Avatar” sequels are filming again in New Zealand. Sony Pictures has “Uncharted,” its adaptation of a popular video game, going in Berlin. – The New...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, California, Berlin, New Zealand, Sony Pictures, 08.13.20


The World’s New Favorite Refugee Writer Tries To Get Comfortable With Freedom And Fame

Far from his native Kurdish village, escaped from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, now released from the Australian internment camp in Papua New Guinea where he wrote his award-winning No Friend but the Mountains on a cell phone, Behrouz Boochani has received asylum in New Zealand and is settled in safe, pretty, tranquil Christchurch, where most Kiwis seem thrilled to have him. It’s driving him a little nuts. – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Iran, People, World, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Christchurch, Kiwis, Behrouz Boochani, 08.04.20


Refugee Who Wrote Award-Winning Memoir Via Texts Sent From Internment Camp Granted Asylum

“Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian exile and journalist who became the voice of those incarcerated on Manus Island” — an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea where Australia maintains a camp for refugees who try to reach the country by sea — “has had his refugee status formally recognised by New Zealand, and granted a visa to live there.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Australia, People, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Behrouz Boochani, 07.24.20


Dixie Chicks Drop The “Dixie”

The band’s social media accounts and website were changed Thursday to reflect the new name for the band, which is made up of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer. “We want to meet this moment,” read a statement on The Chicks’ website, which also noted that the trio recognizes the name was already in use by a band in New Zealand. – CBC (Reuters)
Tags: Art, Music, New Zealand, 06.25.20, The Chicks, Martie Maguire Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, Dixie Chicks Drop


Dancing In The Streets For George Floyd And Racial Justice

The Electric Slide in Harlem and the Cupid Shuffle in Newark; the bomba in Puerto Rico and voguing in Chicago; Ojibwe and Nuhua dances in Minneapolis and haka in New Zealand — those are just a few examples of dancing at recent protests that have been making the rounds on social media. “Some came to the streets with the purpose of dancing. Others were moved to dance more spontaneously, and surprised to find themselves seen by millions online.” Reporter Siobhan Burke talked to several participant...
Tags: Art, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dance, New Zealand, Newark, Harlem, Puerto Rico, Electric Slide, Siobhan Burke, George Floyd, 06.09.20, Nuhua


With Lockdown Lifting, This Country’s Bookstores Are Having A Boom

“Booksellers around the country say they’re experiencing ‘Christmas’ levels of demand post-lockdown, as many readers have sworn off shopping offshore following the Covid-19 crisis, which claimed 21 lives in New Zealand.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, New Zealand, Words, 05.23.20


VIDEO: New Zealand Trio The Starlets Perform Quarantine-Themed ABBA Parody

A New Zealand trio, called The Starlets, have created a quarantine-themed ABBA parody, which has gone viral. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, New Zealand, Abba, BWW News Desk


March linkfest

This month’s book recommendation is I Like to Watch (2019), by the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic Emily Nussbaum. The book collects a decade’s worth of Nussbaum’s reviews and essays for the New Yorker and other publications, including one written especially for the book. Nussbaum is such a good writer that she made me care about shows that hadn’t appealed to me (I’ve watched exactly one episode each, for example, of “The Sopranos,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Lost”). And she made...
Tags: Books, UK, Design, Milan, Television, Medicine, Australia, Women, US, Journalism, Joan Rivers, Harvey Weinstein, Linguistics, New Zealand, Men, Food And Drink


SIX THE MUSICAL Australian & New Zealand Seasons Postponed

The producers of SIX THE MUSICALhave announcedthat as a result of the most recent advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all forthcoming seasons including Melbourne, Adelaide and Wellington are now postponed. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, New Zealand, Wellington, BWW News Desk, Melbourne Adelaide, COVID


Green design at Te Mirumiru center honors Maori history

Architecture encompasses a lot of things. It’s art. It’s function. It’s culture. The Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre is an example of all three, with the added achievement of a low environmental impact.  The setting is Kawakawa, New Zealand, and the client is a Maori tribe looking for a school that represents the history of the land and its people. In coordination with Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA), the project adopted many symbols from the beliefs of the Maori people. T...
Tags: Design, Bali, Architecture, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Green Building, Australasia, Green Design, Green Roof, Passive Design, Green School, Collingridge, Sustainable Architecture, Greenstar, World Green Building Council, Te Mirumiru


Airplane Economy Sleeping Pods

Air New Zealand is developing comfortable and affordable sleeping pods for their economy class air travellers. “Economy Skynest” designed by Air New Zealand for people who dreamed of sleeping and relaxing mid-flight. Your lie-flat dreams could come true. Bunk bed inspired sleeping pods will feature seatbelt, pillow, blanket, ear plugs, USB outlet, LED lights, and […]
Tags: Design, Tech, New Zealand, Air New Zealand


Air New Zealand’s Lie-Flat Beds for Economy Travel

A development that may benefit many passengers on long-haul flights, Air New Zealand has filed patent and trademark applications for a lie-flat sleeping pod prototype designed for economy-class travelers. Referred to as the Economy Skynest, it’s structured like stacked bunk beds. The airline will determine whether or not to proceed with the concept in 2021, after it has assessed the needs of its Auckland–New York …
Tags: Travel, Design, Planes, Tech, Flying, New Zealand, Airlines, Flights, Auckland, Air New Zealand, Linkaboutit, Passenger Planes, Airline Seats, Economy Skynest, Long Hauls


Cabins designed to help you feel at one with nature: Part 2

When it comes to holiday getaways, everyone loves the idea of lounging about in a nice cabin surrounded by nature at its best. Whether it’s in the middle of a forest, by the sea or on a snowy mountaintop, one can never say no to cabin vacations! Architects and designers have been innovating the basic concept of a cabin itself, creating luxurious and cozy holiday destinations. So, we’ve curated a collection of comfortable cabins that will help you reconnect with nature and yourself!The Resort Man...
Tags: Design, Tesla, Architecture, Mexico City, New Zealand, Poland, Norway, Volvo, Cabins, Neste, Helsinki, Doug Aitken, Gstaad Switzerland, Vallisaari, Nolla, YD Design Storm


Why’s New Zealand Rescuing The Classical Radio Station And Not Ours? Ask Māoris

With a public outcry having convinced Radio New Zealand’s management not to eviscerate its classical service, advocates for the country’s Māori-language radio stations are arguing that they have been underfunded for decades and deserve a fair share of broadcasting resources. – The Spinoff (New Zealand)
Tags: Art, Media, New Zealand, Audience, 02.13.20


Protests Over Plans To kill New Zealand’s Only Classical Radio Station

The station draws about 170,000 listeners a week in New Zealand, heavily skewed towards those aged 65 and older, according to the broadcaster. But fans mobilised last week when Radio New Zealand proposed to throw out its classical arm’s FM station in May, replacing it with a youth radio channel in August. Some 18 jobs would be eliminated, with new roles created at the youth station, RNZ said. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, New Zealand, Radio New Zealand, RNZ, 02.10.20


New Zealand To Lose Its Only Classical Music Radio Station

In proposed changes, the classical station will lose its FM frequency, all its presenters, interviews and live programmes. Playout of recordings will only continue as a fully automated playlist on a digital stream and AM frequencies. Under the plans, New Zealand will have no longer have a live-presented radio station dedicated to classical music. – ClassicFM
Tags: Art, Music, New Zealand, 02.04.20


Tiny prefab cabins in Brazilian forest assembled in under two days

Brazilian architecture firm Porto Quadrado has revealed a serene refuge composed of three prefab cabins tucked into the wilderness of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul. The Alpes São Chico Housing Complex is comprised of three tiny cabins, all made out of structural insulated panels (SIP), which were assembled on-site in less than two days. The result is a low impact refuge that lets its homeowners reconnect with nature. According to the architects, they were first approached by a family who was looki...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Brazil, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Minimalist Design, Cabin Design, Prefab Architecture, Rio Grande, Off Grid Cabins, Post-format-gallery, Tiny Cabin Design, Prefab Cabins, Prefab Design



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