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"Freespace"... The One Word of the 2018 Venice Biennale, the 16th Exhibition of Architecture

A survey of just 10 of the 65 national pavilions chosen for their translation of "Freespace" - and in no particular order other than my own itinerary.

 
by Johannes M. P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

June 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia – “Spaces in Between”
(Johannes Knoops)
Kenneth Frampton, a New York Lion ... now a Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale

As the Ware Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he has taught since 1972, he has shaped more than one generation of architects.

 
by Johannes M.P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

June 7, 2018

(l-r): Paolo Baratta, President, La Biennale di Venezia; Kenneth Frampton; Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects, co-curators of the 2018 Architecture Biennale.
(Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia)

Scenes from a Distance: Sanaz Mazinani and Rola Khayyat at North of History, New York

"Appearances & Disappearances" erases the distance of time and place by bringing us face-to-face with the violence of the two women's past, which shapes their present - as well as our own.

 
by Bonnie Clearwater

May 24, 2018

Rola Khayyat: Selkeh W Emneh
(Jason Wallace)
Nuts + Bolts #17: The Dismissal Luncheon (or Breakfast)

If your boss asks you to join him or her for breakfast or lunch during a period of uncertainty and there is no specific agenda, beware. Something is afoot. He or she may want to drop the boom and do the deed in a controlled setting away from the prying eyes of the office staff.

 
by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP

May 3, 2018


(Johnathan Ward)

One-on-One: Architecture is an Endless Process for Learning: Interview with Fumihiko Maki

The multi-award-winning architect talks about why he avoids using exposed concrete outside of Japan, why the Metabolist movement didn't quite catch on, and Yoshio Taniguchi's buildings: "He is our Mies van der Rohe."

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

April 5, 2018

Golgi Structure, 1968
(Tomio Ohashi, courtesy of Maki and Associates)
From the Treetops #3: Is Art Redefining the Architecture of Sacramento?

Temporary, multi-disciplinary arts projects are transforming the proverbial "white cube" gallery town by elevating the discourse around what art can be and the potential spaces it could occupy.

 
by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

March 8, 2018

From the treetops
(© Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture)

One-on-One: Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows: "If a product is designed and crafted well, it should not go out of fashion."

BassamFellows' "Craftsman Modern" is based on the partners' devotion to Modernist architecture, high-level craftsmanship, and the use of beautiful, natural materials.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

March 1, 2018

Tractor Stools in solid carved walnut
(BassamFellows)
Nuts + Bolts #16: What's in a Name?

Branding can be a bit of a foreign concept to established (and even to newer) architecture firms. Here are some central takeaways from a firm rebranding itself after 40 years in practice.

 
by Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP

February 15, 2018


(Johnathan Ward)

Educating Future Architects to Think Like Curious Clients

Expanding architectural education to include more about client consciousness is a key to enriching the profession.

 
by Norman Weinstein

February 8, 2018


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INSIGHT: Thinking Outside the Big Box

Gone are the days when the question was: What retailer can take this large space? The question now is: How can the box be reinvented to create experience and community?

 
by Simon Perkowitz, AIA

February 6, 2018

At Provo Towne Centre, a formerly underutilized area is being redeveloped as an ice rink in the winter and a sports field and concert venue in the summer.
(KTGY Architecture + Planning)

Architectural Education at the Crossroads?

Educators Duo Dickinson and Phil Bernstein look in opposite directions when assessing architecture school quality - but the next architecture school transformation may emerge from where no one is looking.

 
by Norman Weinstein

February 1, 2018


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"Five Artists + Architecture" at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

The variety of works by the five fine artists/teachers illustrates the breadth of opportunity available to students to integrate a range of visual arts studies into their studio design education and design research work.

 
by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA

February 1, 2018

Irma Ostroff: Untitled, 2015-16; oil on linen; 20" x 20" each
(©Lance Jay Brown)

From Warehouse to Wired Green Workspace

The Alliance Center in Denver, designed by Gensler for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, offers a model for how aging buildings can be transformed into thriving, sustainability-focused, collaborative workspaces.

 
by Ashley Lovell, Ph.D.

January 25, 2018

The Alliance Center is centrally located in Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo).
(David Lauer Photography)
Left Coast Reflections #4: Iceberg Architecture

A London cabbie asked if we had heard of the "iceberg houses." We should keep our pencils above grade most of the time. And we should support theories that preserve real icebergs before they trickle away completely.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

January 18, 2018

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)

Q&A: Marwa Al-Sabouni on mass housing, sustainability, and the social role of architecture

"Architects and planners have the responsibility to be engaged in the lives of those for whom they design - and offer solutions. We often lack this in our profession."

 
by Clotilde Angelucci

January 11, 2018

“Tree Unit” is Marwa Al-Sabouni’s submission to the 2014 UN-Habitat Mass Housing Revitalization Competition. It won first place in the national results for Syria.
(Marwa Al-Sabouni)
Best Architecture & Design Books of 2017: The Underside Keeps Turning

This year's best reading subverts shopworn stylistic and historic categories.

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 21, 2017

"WORKac: We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge" by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood
(The Monacelli Press)

Chrysalis of Crystal

The award-winning Bahá'í Temple of South America, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, proffers a new kind of sacred space.

 
by Michael J. Crosbie

December 21, 2017

Bahá’í Temple of South America: At the center of the dome is a small oculus that displays the Arabic words “The Greatest Name.”
(Michael J. Crosbie)
Drama in Architecture: Three Books that Defy Expectations

These choices are well off the beaten path but enjoyable in the views of the road least taken.

 
by Christian Bjone

December 19, 2017

“World Film Locations” series
(Intellect Ltd.)

Time for Jazzing Up Architectural Imagination?

A monumental catalogue of a great exhibition architects need more than they may know - hurry to Cleveland if you missed it in Manhattan. Explore "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s."

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 14, 2017

“The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s” cover: detail of “Muse with Violin Screen” (1930) by Paul Fehér (wrought iron, brass; silver and gold plating).
(© Rose Iron Works Collections, LLC (full credits at end of article))
Arthur Cotton Moore: Bold Citizen-Architect

Some of the ideas seem impractical. Others would be ruinously expensive. Still others are sensible and ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity. A sampling from Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas."

 
by Fred A. Bernstein

December 14, 2017

Pavilion near the National Building Museum to house a Panorama of Washington, DC.
(©Arthur Cotton Moore)


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