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Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Fumihiko Maki" by Fumihiko Maki, Kenneth Frampton, Mark Mulligan, and David M. Stewart

Hardcover, 320 pages, color and black & white illustrations, 11.378 x 9.875 inches.

ISBN-13: 9780714849560, June 2009.

Published by Phaidon:

Fumihiko Maki (b. 1928), who was honoured with a Pritzker Prize in 1993, is known for subtle but technologically innovative buildings that thoughtfully relate to the people who use them and to their surroundings. This volume includes over 40 key projects selected by Maki, each of which is illustrated in detail and described by Maki himself, including analysis of how they have influenced his design thinking. Three prominent historians, Kenneth Frampton, David Stewart, and Mark Mulligan, have contributed essays on different aspects of Maki's life and work. The inclusion of a wide range of projects, from early experimental work to buildings under construction now, allows the reader to understand 50 years of the work of this master architect.

Fumihiko Maki (b.1928) is principal of Maki & Associates in Tokyo and a 1993 recipient of the Pritzker Prize. Major projects have included the National Museum of Art in Kyoto, the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Visual Arts Center in San Francisco. Maki's current projects include Tower 4 at the former World Trade Center site (scheduled to open in 2011), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's media lab and the Aga Khan Development Network's Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada.

Kenneth Frampton is an internationally respected architectural critic who holds the Ware Professorship at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, New York. He lectures extensively in the US and Europe, and has also written, edited and contributed to numerous publications on contemporary architecture. He is the author of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (1980; revised 1985 and 1992) and Studies in Tectonic Culture (1997). His collected essays Labour, Work and Architecture were published by Phaidon in 2002.

Mark Mulligan is a registered architect and a faculty member at the Graduate School of Design. His practice focuses on modern houses in the US and abroad that are sensitively related to their local climate, environment and culture. Mulligan teaches courses in architectural technology, focusing on the relationship between design, detail, and construction, as well as design studios at the GSD. He has written and published articles about contemporary Japanese architecture as well as translating Japanese authors into English.

David B. Stewart has taught in Japan as Ministry of Education Foreign Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology since 1975. He was trained as an architectural historian at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London by the late Professor Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, under whose supervision he earned his Ph.D. Dr. Stewart is widely known in Japan and abroad as an architectural commentator and contributor to a number of specialist publications, as well as for his Making of a Modern Japanese Architecture: from 1868 to the Present (Kodansha International, l987).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Patrick Dougherty's "Double or Nothing"

Photo by T. Renner

The photos in this post were taken in January 2012 from the interior of an installation by Patrick Dougherty then on view on the campus of Washington University in Saint Louis.

From an article on "Double or Nothing" by Liam Otten on the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts web site:
There is an undeniable romanticism to the sculpture of Patrick Dougherty. Working with the simplest of materials -- sticks, branches, and saplings -- the North Carolina-based artist creates playful architectural forms that variously suggest nests, primitive shelters, and fairy-tale castles.

This fall, Dougherty enlisted dozens of students to help construct Double or Nothing, a new commission for Washington University in St. Louis' Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Located along Forsyth Boulevard, on the south lawn of Givens Hall, the piece consists of two large woven-wood structures, each rising approximately 20 feet in the air.

"I think of myself as a sculptor, and I think of sticks as worthy sculptural material," says Dougherty, the Sam Fox School's 2011 Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence.

"People have a visceral response and connection to sticks," says Dougherty, who to date has created approximately 200 "stickworks," as he calls them. "People tell stories about their favorite trees. I just had to figure out what birds and beavers already knew about fitting sticks together."

"Double or Nothing" grew out of a master class, titled "Stickwork on Campus," co-taught by Dougherty and Ron Fondaw, professor of art. (Funding for the project was provided by the Sam Fox School Dean's Office and by the Colleges of Art and Architecture.)

Sixteen graduate and advanced undergraduate students—drawn from art, architecture, and the new Master of Landscape Architecture program—met with Dougherty for an initial site visit last August, then attended a series of lectures on public art and architecture.

Photo by T. Renner

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Le Corbusier & Lucien Hervé: A Dialogue between Architect and Photographer" by Jacques Sbriglio

Hardcover, 296 pages, black & white illustrations, 14.1 x 10.1 inches.

ISBN-13: 978-1606060889, September 2011.

Published by Getty Publications:

In 1949, the photographer Lucien Hervé (1910-2007) took a picture of an innovative apartment building in Marseille, France, and sent it to the buildings architect, Le Corbusier (1887-1965). Le Corbusier responded by asking Hervé to become his official photographer. This book recounts the collaboration between these groundbreaking Modernists.

The author takes the reader on a tour of sixteen of Le Corbusier's most iconic buildings using Hervé's edited sheets of contact prints as visual guides. These sheets,which became an effective tool in the collaborative dissemination of Le Corbusier's work, capture Hervé's dynamic perspectives and dramatic use of light. His sequencing of the individual prints creates an exhilarating rhythm that powerfully showcases the architects novel forms and materials.

Jacques Sbriglio is an architect and professor of architectural theory and projects at Lécole nationale superieure d'architecture de Marseille-Luminy. Quentin Bajac is head of the photography department at the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, in Paris, and author of The Invention of Photography (Thames & Hudson/Abrams, 2002). Béatrice Andrieux is a freelance curator who has organized several exhibitions of Hervé's photographs in France. Michel Richard is director of the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Where Am I? #2

"Supermannerism" by C. Ray Smith

Paperback, 354 pages, color and black & white illustrations, 8.1 x 5.8 inches.

ISBN-13: 978-0525474241, August 1977.

Published by Plume, out-of-print.

From the inside front cover:
Supermannerism is concerned with the new attitudes that provide the contextual background of design and architecture in America today. It is the first book about the revolution against the style called "Modern" and the development of the current period in architecture and design that is now more and more being called "Post-Modern."

Supermannerism catalogues the beginnings of this movement -- a period from about 1960 to 1970 -- its protagonists and their works, their educations and inspirations, and their influences on students and their works. It outlines the new attitudes that many diverse architects and designers shared in opposition to the Modernists. Among these attitudes are: ambiguity and disorientation; with and whimsy; the pop acceptance of symbols; historicism and decoration superimposition and layering; and adaptability and open-endedness.

The words and works of many spokesmen for these attitudes are presented -- not as they remember them a decade and more ago -- but as they said and designed them while the movement gained momentum. Among these spokesman are Charles Moore, Robert Venturi, Hugh Hardy, and a host of others. The collection of these words and works (illustrated in over 200 halftones and color plates) is by an eyewitness reporter who did much to bring the movement to the attention of professionals in the mid-1960s and who coined the term Supermannerism and supergraphics.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Jewel Box, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

From the web site of the City of St. Louis:
The Jewel Box, located on a 17-acre site in Forest Park, was built by the City of St. Louis in 1936 and is operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. It is listed on the National Historic Register. The designation was given by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The application was submitted by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis on behalf of the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. The Jewel Box was given the designation on the National Register because it is, “locally significant in the area of architecture. The Art Deco building is an outstanding example of greenhouse design.”

The Jewel Box was dedicated Nov. 14, 1936 and cost about $117,000, with about 45 percent coming from Public Works Administration (WPA) funds. It was designed by city engineer William C. E. Becker and Robert Paulus Construction Co. was the contractor.

With its unconventional, cantilevered, vertical glass walls rising majestically 50 feet high, the Jewel Box opened in 1936 to national acclaim. The Post-Dispatch called the Art Deco-style structure, "the latest word in display greenhouses."


Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Reveal: Studio Gang Architects" by Jeanne Gang

Hardcover, 256 pages, color and black & white illustrations, 9.9 x 8 inches.

ISBN-13: 978-1568989938, March 2011.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture. Now Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects, is giving the epithet "Chicago School" a new meaning. Her recently completed 82-story Aqua residential tower is already an icon of the Chicago skyline and has been universally hailed as a masterwork for the young firm. Reveal presents an in-depth look at the firm's unique work and working process through drawings, diagrams, sketches, and photographs that illuminate the evolution of each of the book's eight featured projects, both public and private, and ranging in size from exhibition to high-rise.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention," Edited by Alison Fisher, Elizabeth Smith, and Sarah Whiting

Hardcover, 92 pages, color and black and white illustrations, 8 x 11.5 inches.

ISBN: 978-0300167047, October 25, 2011.

Published by the Art Institute of Chicago:
Bertrand Goldberg (1913-1997) was a visionary Chicago architect whose designs for housing, urban planning, and industrial design made a distinctive mark in the modern era. This handsome publication, the first to focus in-depth on the entirety of Goldberg's life and work, traces his development from his early Bauhaus training to his notable architectural achievements. Featuring previously unpublished material, it also includes Goldberg's plans for unrealized projects as well as his collaborations with other prominent modern architects, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Buckminster Fuller.

Goldberg's interest in the social dimension of architecture was reflected in many of his cutting-edge designs. In 1959, he conceived the plan for his most iconic structure, the sixty-story Marina City residential towers, in the heart of downtown Chicago. He created a number of hospitals that offered a new paradigm for how patients and staff interacted within the space. Goldberg's progressive designs also extended to schools, prefabricated structures, and furniture.

Alison Fisher is the Harold and Margo Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture and Zoë Ryan is acting chair of the Design Department of Architecture and Design and Neville Bryan Curator of Design, both at the Art Institute of Chicago. Elizabeth Smith is executive director of curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sarah Whiting is dean of the Rice University School of Architecture.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"101 Things I Learned in Architecture School" by Matthew Frederick

Hardcover, 128 pages, black & white illustrations, 7 x 5 inches.

ISBN 978-0-262-06266-4, September 2007.

Published by the MIT Press:
This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom.

These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation — from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory — provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum. Each lesson utilizes a two-page format, with a brief explanation and an illustration that can range from diagrammatic to whimsical.

The lesson on "How to Draw a Line" is illustrated by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on the dangers of awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a drawing of a building split neatly in half between the two.

Written by an architect and instructor who remembers well the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School provides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum.

Architecture graduates — from young designers to experienced practitioners — will turn to the book as well, for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving a complex design problem.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Testify! The Consequences of Architecture," Edited by Luka Feiress

In association with the Netherlands Architecture Institute, with the support of the Friends of the NAI.

Design: De Designpolitie, illustrated (color and black & white), Paperback, 240 pages, size: 20 x 25 cm.

English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-823-9, June 2011.

Exhibition at the NAI in Rotterdam from 1 July to 13 November 2011
A skateboarding school in Kabul, a cinema in Jenin, murals in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a garden in Paris and a museum in Japan –- what difference do such projects make to the daily lives of the people who use them? Lukas Feireiss has brought together about 30 examples from five continents to literally present the proof of the ways architecture can transform our everyday surroundings. The major social and sociopolitical themes of today call for innovative solutions. The 200-plus pages of Testify! The Consequences of Architecture showcase a new approach in architecture, urbanism and other creative urban practices at the start of the twenty-first century.