Team USA: Sochi 2014
As an official outfitter of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams Ralph Lauren is proud to announce its roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls which will serve as Ralph Lauren brand ambassadors leading up to and throughout the Games: Evan Lysacek, Hannah Kearney, Charlie White, Meryl Davis, Zach Parise, Julie Chu, Mike Shea and Shani Davis
Takahiro Iwasaki - Out of Disorder (2013)
"At first glance, Iwasaki’s created world Out of Disorder looks a bit odd and doesn’t really make much sense. It seems to be erected out of nowhere: microscopic sculptures are randomly placed amongst the most banal everyday objects such as rolls of tape, a messy towel, or a bunch of sprawled tooth brushes. The tiny detailed miniatures look like real life shrunken objects such as wonder wheels, electricity pylons, etc. The artist even carves topographical maps on thick grey or blue electric tape.
But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that the intricate and almost impossibly small symbols of modern civilization, combined with random everyday objects, create unexpected urban landscapes. Out of Disorder represents our world and how civilization simply occurs surrounded by chaos.”
Fabrice Fouillet - Eurasism (2012)
"Moving a capital city is an important decision. In 1998, Kazakhstan unveiled its new capital and Almaty lost its status to Astana, located 1300 kilometers up North.
As the world’s most recent capital city after Pyinmana (Myanmar), Astana is also the symbol of a new start, a unique initiative in the Post-Soviet region. This colossal project, the challenge to nature that is the construction of a capital city in an extreme climate which requires the laying of specific foundations, shows the will to break up with the past, to implement historic reforms and to encourage an appropriation of identity.
Considerable means have been deployed so that Astana could assume its role as the country’s new showcase city, while promoting the country’s development and insertion into the global economy.
If architecture generally bears the signs of a particular culture, the face of the new capital city is also one of power and, on a symbolic level, of a new political orientation. The new official buildings are sometimes colossal, bordering on disproportion, the skeletons of ill-assorted buildings rise from this suburban-like area, which vacillates between authenticity and artifice, between materiality and imagination tinged with utopia.”