For his work “Lucid Stead,” artist Philip K. Smith III retrofitted a 70-year-old cabin in the high desert of California with alternating mirrored panels and Arduino-controlled LEDs. The cabin dematerializes into a reflection of the surrounding landscape, capturing the subtle changes in light and atmospheric conditions. In the evening, brightly-hued LEDs light the cabin from within, glowing from its seams and transforming the windows and doors into rich panes of color. By both dissolving and highlighting the distinction between the cabin and its surroundings, Smith asks the viewer to reflect on the broader relationship between architecture and environment—that is, between our manufactured landscapes and our natural ones.
As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.