Five on Friday: April 8, 2022

World View wants to take passengers to space in zero-pressure balloons, the American Museum of Natural History is getting a new science center, and don’t miss HD Expo + Conference 2022. All that and more in the five of this week Friday.

Artists call for climate action in California

Californians stuck in highway traffic will soon have new focal points beyond the license plates in front of them. The new A Cool Million initiative will commission 14 artists to create large-scale climate-related works that will adorn billboards and other public spaces across the state. The arts journal reports that the campaign is the brainchild of art collectives For Freedoms, Art + Climate Action and Art into Acres. Scheduled to launch April 22 on Earth Day, the project will also support the conservation of one million acres of biodiverse landscapes. Participating artists include Katherine Bernhardt, Petra Cortright, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Josh Kline and Hugo McCloud. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Broad, the Getty Museum and the SFMoMA are also among the project’s partner institutions.

Balloon spacecraft flights will begin in 2024

PriestmanGoode showed renderings of his capsule design for World View. The space tourism company is already accepting reservations for passengers wishing to fly through the edge of Earth’s atmosphere in the sleek new ship, Dezeen reports. Maiden voyages, which will last between six and 12 hours, are planned for 2024. Attached to a giant zero-pressure stratospheric balloon, each spaceflight capsule will carry eight passengers and two crew more than 98,000 feet in the air. , where the curvature of the planet , the blue line of the atmosphere and the darkness of space will be visible. The interiors will be distinguished by geometric details and pearl white surfaces to promote thermal management.

Studio Gang Teases AMNH Expansion

The entrance to the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, shown in a rendering; courtesy of Neoscape, Inc./© AMNH

New renderings shed light on Studio Gang’s plans for its expansion of the American Museum of Natural History. Scheduled for completion in the winter of 2022-2023, the future Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will increase the New York museum’s footprint by 230,000 square feet. New design details reveal the extension will house a four-story civic space, as well as a research library and learning center on the fourth floor, writes ArchDaily. A high-tech theater, butterfly vivarium, insectarium and nearly 4 million scientific specimens will also be housed in the Gilder Center.

Old BART cars find new life

Rendered courtesy of Hernandez-Eli Architecture

A fleet of decommissioned Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) cars will be given new life, including overhauls that will serve as an arcade and sports bar. Following the introduction of Bombardier’s new fleet, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the contest winners will pay $8,000 each to relocate and upgrade the 22-ton cars and reinvent them. Among the winners is the Oakland A’s, which plans to turn a car into a new beer garden and sports history museum. Other plans will see former BART cars revitalized into an arcade, a Scraper Bike Team clubhouse, a BART museum, a posh rental house and an F+B and workspace concept. The Hayward Fire Department and Contra Costa County Fire Prevention District will also use two new cars for training purposes.

Last call for HD Expo registration!

The NEWH Young Entrepreneurs Breakfast at HD Expo + Conference 2021; photo by PWP Studio

Registrations are still open for HD Expo + Conference 2022! Taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from April 26-28, this year’s show will feature another round of inspirational sessions, networking opportunities, exhibit activations and new product showcases. In addition to product innovations from hundreds of companies, highlights will include over 30 dynamic conference sessions featuring over 150 key industry professionals, all hosted at the show in one of three exciting spaces: the Social Hub, designed by 21c Museum Hotels; the DesignWell Pavilion, designed by INC Architecture & Design; and the HD Park (with a Willliams-Sonoma, Inc. Business to Business concept). HD Expo+Conference is also bringing back its Owners Roundtable, where more than 30 brand executives and hotel owners will share their views on the industry. To register and buy tickets, go to

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