Habitat 67 – A Case for City Living
by Doug Crisp
On Memorial Day weekend, I found myself on the beautiful
island of Montreal.
A major reason for my visit was to see Moshe Safdie’s 'Habitat
67', an iconic and experimental housing complex created for the World
Exposition of 1967.Amazingly,
the project was originally conceived by Safdie as his thesis project at Montre...
Louis Kahn: The Quintessential Architect
has always been a monumental statement. Architecture consumes energy and
resources on a global scale and continually pushes the boundaries of what is
physically possible. The product of all architectural endeavors leaves behind
traces of when they were made. This is most evident in the different
Boston’s Timeless Architecture
grown up right outside of Boston, I’ve always understood that all of the
buildings around me are part of history, and some are the oldest architecture
in the country. A fair amount of the homes in my hometown have small
plaques next to their house number that read the years that they were built.
The entirety o...
my search for Asian design inspiration for a project, I stumbled upon the word Dansaekhwa. Dansaekhwa or "monochrome painting" is debatably the most important Korean art movement of the 20th
century.Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue, by Yun Hyongkeun, 1978,
Oil on linenUntitled 72-C, 1972, Tina Kim GalleryThe Da...
Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán
by Alex Colucci
In his 1980 Pritzker
Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that
publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words
Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of
Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o...
The Noguchi Museum
Located in Long Island City, Queens, the Noguchi Museum displays the
sculptures, furniture, and lighting designs of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Over
his lifetime, he created a wide variety of pieces experimenting with steel,
marble, iron, stone, wood, paper, and water. One of the most influential
sculptors and designers ...
Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles
by Andrew Dolan
the end of January, I had the pleasure of going to visit one of my favorite
cities, which in my opinion, gets a bad reputation. I love Los Angeles for
several reasons, one of which is its diverse topography. Los Angeles consists
of a massive desert sprawl of often bizarre and random architecture, fertile
Australian Modernism – Robin Boyd and My Grandparents’ ‘Peninsula I’ Home
by Doug Crisp
I had the pleasure of participating in some architectural detective work,
located on the other side of the globe in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia.The
Robin Boyd Foundation, which represents
one of Australia’s greatest architects, was compiling an exhibition and map database of
his work for display at t...
Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...
Modern Memphis Movement
1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of
designers led by Ettore
Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional
modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of
Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list...
Art of the In-Between
On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above) Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ...
More than a Reading Room
by Rachel C.
With the Industrial Revolution (literally) gaining speed throughout the US and Europe, the mid-1800s ushered in a new era of architectural expectation, design, and construction. French architect Henri Labrouste embraced the technical and architectural questions of this era and essentially redefined modern architecture ...