Category: Architecture

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Shigeru Ban’s design for the Japan Pavilion at Hannover Expo in 2000. Executed in collaboration with Frei Otto. (Image courtesy of Shigeru Ban. Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai.)

It seems like I’ve been on a bit of a Shigeru Ban tear in ARCHITECT. Last week I wrote up his design for the new Aspen Art Museum. This week, I was on to his Pritzker win. And the following day I participated in a round table with architecture critics Christopher Hawthorne, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange to talk about what it all means — for Ban and the Pritzker.

Check ‘em out. I am so ready to start building stuff with toilet paper tubes now…


Calendar 01.29.14.

National Life Insurance Company Building. Project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
National Life Insurance Company Building, project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Part of the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of MoMA and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.)

  • NYC: Carrie Mae Weems, The Museum Series, at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
  • NYC: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, at the Metropolitan Museum. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: The Flowering of Edo Era Painting, at the Metropolitan Museum. Opens Saturday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Hassan Hajjaj: Kesh Angels, at Taymour Grahne. Through March 2, in Tribeca
  • NYC: Shirin Neshat: Our House is On Fire, at the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Indie Tech Talks #16: Eddo Stern, at the NYU Game Innovation Lab. This Thursday at 7pm, in downtown Brooklyn.
  • NYC: Resisting surveillance in practical and day-to-day situations, a panel with Adam Harvey, Geneviewe Hoffman, Becky Hurwitz, Ceren Erdem, at Apexart. This Saturday at 4pm, in downtown Manhattan.
  • Northampton, Mass: The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Opens Friday.
  • L.A.: Fictions, with Josh Atlas, Srijon Chowdhury, Guan Rong and Alexandra Wiesenfeld, at Klowden Mann. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: LA Art Book Fair 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Starts this Friday at 11am through Sunday.

The L.A. of the near-future and serial killer books.

Joaquin Phoenix in
Joaquin Phoenix in “Her.” Director Spike Jonze’s meeting with architects Diller Scofidio helped inspire the feel of the movie.

For my latest in ARCHITECT, I talk to Elizabeth Diller about future L.A., deconstructed operas and serial killers. Find the Q&A here.


Concrete Paradise: The history of Miami’s Marine Stadium.

Hilario Candela at the Miami Marine Stadium, 1963

It’s not everyday you get to write an architecture story that brings together Mies Van Der Rohe and Jimmy Buffett. Thankfully, god gave us the Miami Marine Stadium, one of Florida’s modernist masterpieces, designed by Cuban-born architect Hilario Candela in 1963. (That’s him above, posing before the stadium as it was under construction.)

This is a place with a fascinating history (one that is now chronicled at the Coral Gables Museum). Get the full scoop in ARCHITECT Magazine.


Calendar. 10.02.13.

The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini. Part of an exhibition and book signing for Mottalini’s project After You Left/They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes), at The Landing at Reform, in Hollywood. Opens Thursday at 7pm. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

  • NYC: Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, at the International Center of Photography. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Tony Feher, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Sunday, in the Bronx.
  • NYC: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul, at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: William Anastasi: Sound Works 1963-2013, at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: City of Abstractions: Brett Weston in New York, 1944-45, at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. Through January 10, in Midtown.
  • Boston: Amy Sillman, one lump or two, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Opens Thursday.
  • Pittsburgh: 2013 Carnegie International, at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
  • L.A.: Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman,  Interference, at Track 16 (in collaboration with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Opens today at 8:30pm, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Abelardo Morrell: The Universe Next Door, and At the Window: The Photographer’s View, at the Getty Museum. Through January 5, at the Getty Center in West L.A.

A different way of thinking about L.A.’s sprawl.

Andres Jaque at REDCAT in Los Angeles (Photo by C-Monster)

L.A. may be derided for its sprawl, but Spanish architect Andrés Jaque says the city’s in-between spaces make for a unique brand of urbanism — not to mention, some highly creative informal architecture. He has created installations inspired by these spaces in his new show at REDCAT in downtown. You can read all about it in my story in ARCHITECT.