See highlights from our digital travels this week…

A Brooklyn architect looks to make opera hip

Brooklyn National Sawdust

Williamsburg in Brooklyn has always been at the cutting edge of movements. Now, young architect Peter Zuspan, founding principal of Bureau V, wants to push opera into the spotlight with National Sawdust – a 13,000 sq ft live music and studio space taking over a former sawdust factory in the area. Read about Zuspan’s plans on GOOD Magazine.

Paper sculptures immortalise lost buildings

Drew Leshko bank

At a time when buildings are being demolished and constructed faster than you can say ‘regeneration’, paper holds more weight than bricks and mortar for artist Drew Leshko. Using paper and card, Leshko creates miniatures of buildings in his Philadelphia neighbourhood as a way to preserve their memory before the wrecking ball hits. See Fast Co. Design for more.

A museum fit for a spy…

RSH+P International Spy Museum
Source: Contract

It’s doubtful that the proposed trapezium-shaped building for Washington DC’s International Spy Museum will escape anyone’s attention – unlike the occupation it celebrates. Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners revealed designs this week for the not-so-covert, 100,000 sq ft structure – seen here on Contract.

This Mexican neighbourhood is a living piece of art

Mexican hillside by Germen Crew
Source: designboom

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a work of art? Just ask residents of Palmitas, a hillside village in Mexico. More than 200 of their homes have become a sprawling canvas for Germen Crew – a youth organisation of muralists and street artists. See more on designboom.

Don’t look down…

Skylodge, Peru
Source: iGNANT

These see-through pods – hanging from a 400 ft mountain in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru – aren’t for the faint-hearted. Even if you can handle vertigo-inducing heights, you’ll still need to scale the mountain to get there in the first place. Once there, though, revel in a surprisingly spacious four-bed ‘house’, complete with a dining area and private bathroom. Head to iGNANT for more.

Tomo is a London-based writer covering design and architecture. He contributes to The Spaces.

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