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Thursday, October 13, 2016

October Hiatus

This and my other two blogs are going on break for the rest of October so I can focus on wrapping up my next book, which is due to my publisher at the beginning of November. I'm sure you, my dear readers, can manage to keep yourselves busy with the rest of the Internet between now and November. For those print-inclined, here's another plug for my brand new book, 100 Buildings, 100 Years, which can also keep you busy this month!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mark Yr Calendars: Exhibition Models at GSAPP

On Friday, November 11, Columbia GSAPP is hosting Exhibition Models, a conference not on physical, architectural models, but on "new curatorial practices, scholarship, and institutional experiments that are redefining the agency of architecture exhibitions." Unfortunately this event coincides with MoMA's Complexity and Contradiction at 50 symposium, but I'll be out of town that weekend so, unlike you, I don't have to decide which one to attend. Details on Exhibition Models are below.

[Photo courtesy of Columbia GSAPP]

From the Columbia GSAPP website:
Exhibition Models examines new curatorial practices, scholarship, and institutional experiments that are redefining the agency of architecture exhibitions.

Presentations and panels offer case-studies and consider the format, role, and impact of exhibitions in different settings ranging from academic venues, alternative spaces, and well-established institutions to project-based architecture biennials and triennials.

This panel considers the role of exhibitions in academic institutions as both pedagogical resource and platform for groundbreaking new research.

Mark Wasiuta, Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery
Nina Stritzler-Levine, Bard Graduate Center
Andres Lepik, Architekturmuseum TU Munich
Vanessa Norwood, Architectural Association
Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia GSAPP


U.S. Pavilion, 2016 Venice Biennale:
Cynthia Davidson and Mónica Ponce de León, curators
Oslo Architecture Triennale:
Lluís A. Casanovas, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez, Alejandra Navarrete, Marina Otero Verzier, After Belonging Agency, curators
Moderated by Felicity Scott, Columbia GSAPP

Innovative approaches to architecture exhibitions across scales: from independent experimental spaces to new strategies at established institutions.

Michael Govan, LACMA
Rory Hyde, V&A
Wonne Ickx, Isabel Martínez Abascal, LIGA DF
Fernando Portal, Mil M2
Moderated by Irene Sunwoo, Columbia GSAPP


Istanbul Biennial:
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, curators
Lisbon Architecture Triennale:
André Tavares, curator
Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia GSAPP


Beatrice Galilee, The Met
Joseph Grima, Ideas City, New Museum
Sarah Herda, Graham Foundation
Sylvia Lavin, UCLA, Architecture & Urban Design
Moderated by Amale Andraos and Galia Solomonoff, Columbia GSAPP

Registration is recommended - please register here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Today's archidose #926

Here are some photos of the Drieburcht Multi Sport (2013) in Wagnerplein, Tilburg, Netherlands, by VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, with drawings by Jean-Luc Moerman. (Photographs: Klaas Vermaas)

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Friday, October 07, 2016

5 OHNY Picks

The 2016 Open House New York (OHNY) weekend is just over a week away. The list of the 275+ participating sites for the 2016 OHNY Weekend was released on Wednesday (PDF link). Below are a handful of the sites – one per borough – that stand out to me. These don't require any reservations (those that do sell out quickly), but nevertheless be prepared for lines at these and other venues.

And for those interested in the OHNY Weekend Launch Party, it's taking place on Thursday, October 13, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, at A/D/O, a former warehouse renovated nARCHITECTS as a new design space that will open later this year. Tickets can be purchased here. Maybe I'll see you there: my new book will be one of the items being raffled off during the party.


CUNY Bronx Community College: Marcel Breuer Buildings
Sunday, October 16: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Architect: Marcel Breuer, 1961

[Photo: Vicente Muñoz, via Curbed]


Naval Cemetery Landscape
Saturday, October 15: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects with Marvel Architects, 2016

[Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects]

Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Saturday, October 15: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Architect: Selldorf Architects, 2013


Westbeth Artist Housing
Saturday, October 15: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 16: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Architect: Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz, 1896-98; Renovation, Richard Meier, 1970
Note: Visit includes some artists' studios and the rooftop, not just the courtyard pictured here.

[Photos: John Hill]

Barnard College: Diana Center
Sunday, October 16: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Architect: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, 2010


New York State Pavilion
Sunday, October 16: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Architect: Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, 1962-64

[Photo: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks]

Marine Air Terminal
Saturday, October 15: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 16: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Architect: William Adams Delano, 1939; Restoration, Beyer Blinder Belle, 2005

Staten Island

Battery Weed
Saturday, October 15: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Architect: Joseph Gilbert Totten, 1847-1864
Note: This site is part of the special series celebrating the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary.

[Photo: via NYCGO]

Thursday, October 06, 2016

YTAA Shortlist

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe have announced the 30 shortlisted projects competing for the inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA).

Head over to World-Architects to read my post on the YTAA and see the 30 shortlisted projects.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Book Briefs #27

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on my daily or weekly pages.

Adjaye Africa Architecture by David Adjaye, edited by Peter Allison | Thames & Hudson | 2016 | Amazon
Five years ago David Adjaye's seven-volume, slipcased survey of architecture in African cities was released. Retailing for $100, the book was out of reach for many people interested in the subject, so it's good news that Thames & Hudson has put out a miniature version of the book. At 408 pages and a page size of around 8 by 10 inches, it's not a tiny book, but too much smaller and Adjaye's numerous photos would have been too small. As is, the photos that make up most of the book are small but big enough to reveal the characteristics of the cities. Each city is presented across six pages, with two devoted to an overview, data, and maps, and the rest given over to photos categorized by typology: civic, commercial, residential, university, etc. Adjaye's quick, drive-by photos will not win him any awards, but the passion and thoroughness of his documentation is hard not to applaud, particularly in a package that more people can learn from.

Form & Data: Collective Housing Projects: An Anatomical Review by a+t research group | a+t | 2016 | Amazon
The research group at a+t continues its tradition of excellent project documentation with this collection of twenty collective housing projects. The approach here is anatomy (hence the x-ray elephant on the cover), so each project is documented with, in addition to the usual photos and plans, isometrics that peel away the walls to look within. Color coding enables the different parts of the isometrics to be grasped easily, while side-by-side diagrams at the back of the book allow different criteria (size and land use) to be compared easily. As in other a+t titles, the projects are primarily in Europe, where collective housing is very important, though it does include nARCHITECTS' Carmel Place in New York and OMA/Ole Scheeren's Interlace in Singapore, among other non-European projects.

The New Pavilions by Philip Jodidio | Thames & Hudson | 2016 | Amazon
I'd say this is the latest book by prolific architectural writer Philip Jodidio, but by the time this post is online another book of his will probably be released. Like other books by Jodidio, this one collects a bunch of contemporary buildings, in this case pavilions, be they temporary, like the annual PS1 and Serpentine pavilions, or permanent, as in the cover project by Snøhetta. Pavilions are a perfect subject for a contemporary collection, since they enable young and established firms alike to experiment with form, program, and other features. The numerous projects are put into seven quasi-typological chapters: gather, objets d'art, learn, exhibit, look/listen, live/work/play, and shelter. I say quasi-typological, since many pavilions are devoid of programmatic functions, and therefore projects in this book can fall easily into one or another chapter.

This Is Frank Lloyd Wright by Ian Volner, illustrations by Michael Kirkham | Laurence King | 2016 | Amazon
Frank Lloyd Wright is the first architect to be given the "This Is" treatment from Laurence King, which previously published illustrated biographies on a number of artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gaugin, and Andy Warhol, to name a few. Writer Ian Volner is paired with illustrator Michael Kirkham, and together they created an accessible biography of the great architect, one that touches on just about every major event and project of his long career. The cover and the short page length (80 pages) make it seem like the book is geared to children, but Volner's descriptive, info-packed writing is hardly something my eight-year-old daughter could get into – yet. Kirkham's drawings, which recall Chris Ware at times, help to pull people along on a beautifully told story of an architect who had one of the most captivating lives imaginable.

The Weltanschauung as an Ersatz Gestalt by Jan Turnovsky, edited by Eva Guttmann, Gabriele Kaiser, Claudia Mazanek | Park Books | 2016 | Amazon
Jan Turnovsky was not a name I was familiar with before receiving this book in the mail. A victim of suicide in 1995, the Czech-born Turnovsky attended London's Architectural Association in the late 1970s and there produced the thesis that this book reprints alongside a German translation (Park Book is based in Zurich). It's an enigmatic text that fans of theory will appreciate. So will some graphic designers, since the facsimile edition includes the author's typescript pages, which feature titles and borders formed by repeated "m"s.

What Makes a Great City by Alexander Garvin | Island Press | 2016 | Amazon
Add a question mark to the title of this new book from New York-based planner and educator Alexander Garvin and you have the impetus for the book and the two years of travel and writing that went into it. Without the question mark, the title is a statement, meaning Garvin has answered the question with this book. If the chapters are any indication – Open to Anybody, Attracting and Retaining Market Demand, Sustaining a Habitable Environment, Nurturing and Supporting a Civil Society, etc. – the answers are an almost equal mix of social, economic, and environmental concerns. With so much being written about cities these days, many people will take exception to Garvin's lack of coverage in Africa, Asia, and South America. This is something Garvin addresses early on, indicating that he traveled to cities he was familiar with rather than trying to grasp new lessons from new (for him) places. So the resulting book is a personal view of cities through his eyes (literally, with most of the photos taken by him) that focuses on the most successful parts of European and North American cities.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Today's archidose #925

Here are some photos of the Mosaic Tile Museum (2016) in Tajimi, Japan, by Terunobu Fujimori. (Photographs: Ken Lee)

Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi, Japan
Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi, Japan
Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi, Japan
Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi, Japan

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Inside Holl's Hunters Point Library

Yesterday Queens Library held a topping-out ceremony at the Hunters Point Community Library in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the library is set to open in summer 2016, seven years after it was unveiled. Below are a half-dozen photos, but to see more shots and find out what exactly is going on inside this block of concrete, check out my post at World-Architects.

Hunters Point Community Library
Hunters Point Community Library
Hunters Point Community Library
Hunters Point Community Library
Hunters Point Community Library
Hunters Point Community Library

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


From September 28 to October 2, the Architecture and Design Film Festival is taking place in New York City.

I haven't seen any of this year's 30+ films, but based on what I know and have heard, these sound the most promising:

Today's archidose #924

Here are a couple photos of the Young Workers' Hostel (2015) by Stéphane Maupin, part of the Entrepôt Macdonald in Paris. (Photographs: Julianoz Photographies)


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