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Historic tiara stolen from the Welbeck Estate

Plus: school in Brazilian rainforest is the world’s best new building | Victorian Society criticises high-rise development plan in East London | MAD Architects to design panoramic viewpoint in Rotterdam | Plus recommended reading

23 November 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Portland Tiara stolen from Nottinghamshire estate | The Portland Tiara has been stolen from the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, after thieves used power tools to break into the Portland Collection Gallery on Tuesday evening (20 November). The tiara was commissioned by the 6th Duke of Portland from Cartier, and worn by Winifred, Duchess of Portland, at the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

School in Brazilian rainforest is the world’s best new building | The Children Village, a dormitory at the Canuaña school in northern Brazil, has won the RIBA International Prize 2018. The 25,000-square-metre complex was designed by the architecture firms Aleph Zero and Rosenbaum, and is constructed from locally sourced materials on the edge of the Brazilian rainforest.

Victorian Society criticises high-rise development plan in East London | The Victorian Society has publicly criticised an application for a 19-storey development in Whitechapel, London, which would involve the demolition of a number of 19th-century buildings. The society expressed concerns that, if approved, the development would set a precedent for more high-rise buildings in the East End.

MAD Architects to design panoramic viewpoint in Rotterdam | MAD Architects has been commissioned by the Droom en Daad Foundation to create a panoramic viewpoint on the Fenix warehouse in Rotterdam – the first cultural project by the Chinese firm to be commissioned in Europe. In March, the city of Rotterdam approved the foundation’s plan to acquire the warehouse on the Katendracht docks and turn it into an exhibition space that will tell the story of emigrants who sailed from here in the 19th century.

Recommended reading | In the New Yorker, Rumaan Alam reviews Camille Laurens’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, finding it an ‘elliptical and odd’ reflection on Edgar Degas’ sculpture of the same name. In the Guardian, Oliver Wainwright reports on Norman Foster’s proposal for a new London skyscraper beside the Gherkin, finding that the proposed design is reminiscent not of a tulip, as its name might suggest, but rather a ‘cocktail cornichon’, a ‘coconut shy’, or ‘an egg perched at the top of an etiolated egg cup’. 

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