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Five things to do today: 8 December

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Paper art - RIBA medals - Swarovski sparkle shady - Ray Mortenson - obnoxious Le Corbusier


More than 50 paper objects created by artists and designers including Ingo Maurer, Ron Arad, Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Yves Behar were sold at a charity auction held by Miami design store Luminaire last week. Dozens of inspired paper creations are on show at the Luminaire website.


The Royal Institute of British Architects has been awarding the President's Medals since the 1850s. See video of this year's awards, including touching impromptu speeches from Andrew MacMillan and Isi Metzstein receiving the Annie Spink award for outstanding contribution to architectural education.


There's a neat new lighting idea from Jamie Hayon, spotted by the hellofrancis blog: 'a little disco lighting via 2008. Swarovski sparkle shady: unlimited possibilities for installation, crystals allow for an amazing game of light, on or off.'


'When Ray Mortenson first started taking his cameras through the most wasted of the wastelands that made up parts of the South Bronx in the early 1980s, he devised a helpful subway mantra: Take the 5, stay alive. Take the 4, dead for sure.' See his pictures inThe New York Times.


Read a review of the disobliging biography Le Corbusier: A Life by Nicholas Fox Weber. 'As becomes clear in great detail in this biography, he was utterly obnoxious.'

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