Ezra Stoller

April 4, 2011 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Modern Design · Comment 

Ezra Stoller is my latest hero.  What beautiful images.  It sealed the deal when I saw the shot of Richard Meier’s Douglas House.

2011 Pritzker Award Winner: Eduardo Souto de Moura

March 31, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design · 1 Comment 

pics via Architizer

Congratulations to Mr. Eduardo Souto de Moura on receiving the Pritzker Prize for 2011.  He’s the second Portuguese architect to win the prize.

It's Friday and It's Snowing

March 25, 2011 · Posted in Architects · Comment 

With all of this snow today I’m in no mood to blog.  And if I’m not going to blog I guess the only thing left to do is a little shameless self-promotion:

I’ve never cared for building-bashing on my blog because I don’t feel it’s constructive- BUT Twitter is a whole different thing.  I’m dedicating my Twitter account to the world’s most awful architecture (amongst a few other things).  I figure that if we don’t know what the really bad architecture is, how are we ever going to know what the great architecture looks like?  So, if you’ve ever got the bug to laugh at someone’s unfortunate design decisions check us out- @TheAProgram.

Throwback Thursday: Fagus Factory

March 24, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design, Throwbacks · Comment 

I wish that I had more time to post about this building.  The Fagus Factory, by Walter Gropius in 1911, is recognized as one of the very first examples of “modern” architecture.  It was finished almost 15 years before Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroeder House and Gropius’ own Bauhaus- and 20 years before Corbusier’s Villa Savoye.  Contrast this factory with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House (and I love the Robie house), which was built about the same time, and it’s easy to see how progressive Gropius’ design is.  Most “modern” architectural designs today can find roots in the vocabulary of this building.

Carrasco International Airport

March 21, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Architecture Around the World, Modern Design · Comment 

Rafael Viñoly’s International Airport at Carrasco, Uruguay.  Interesting to me that there are no lights on the ceiling- it’s such a clean look.  Thanks Nate!

Emergency Support for Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

March 18, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Construction, Modern Design · Comment 

Shigeru Ban is known for disaster relief projects, finding appropriate local solutions for the Kobe earthquake (1995) and the tsunami in Sri Lanka (2007), among others. For last weekend’s earthquake and tsunami in his home country, he is deploying the latest investigation: a paper partition system for gymnasiums and other large spaces used to shelter people after natural disasters. The main goal is privacy. As Ban describes it in Matter in the Floating World by Blaine Brownell, “A few days [in a gymnasium] are OK, but after a week or a few weeks people really suffer, because there is no privacy between families.” The system primarily uses paper honeycomb board and cardboard tubes.

[PAPER PARTITION SYSTEM – Fukuoka, Japan, 2005 and Fujisawa, Japan, 2006 | image source]

From Shigeru Ban Architects’ web page:

On March 11, 2011, 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Tohoku, JAPAN.

We are currently preparing to deploy simple partitions for evacuees taking shelter at gymnasiums in the Tohoku region.

From now on, for people taking shelter in these sites, it is necessary to avoid distress from the lack of privacy and high density.

We ask for your support of this important disaster relief endeavor.

Donations made to the [bank account with information listed on his web page] are very much appreciated.

People interested in donating can also click over to Architecture for Humanity and Red Cross.

via Archidose

Throwback Thursday: Lloyd's Building

Lloyd’s Building by Richard Rogers.  It’s not too far back to 1978, but I love the building so much that I threw it in anyway.  Most of the mechanics of the building are placed on the exterior to keep the inside as open as possible.

Tavern House

March 16, 2011 · Posted in Modern Design · Comment 

Former tavern in Bucktown.  Via Dwell.  Bathroom floor sparkles with shattered vinyl records!

HOK Architects

March 15, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design · Comment 

HOK Architects.

Throwback Thursday: Richard Neutra's Singleton House

March 10, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design, Throwbacks · Comment 

Photos: Todd Eberle

I was pleased as punch this week to find a Richard Neutra house in the latest Architectural Digest.  The Singleton House had been found in poor repair on Mulholland Drive, and was purchased by none other than Vidal Sassoon and his wife Ronnie.  They did a beautiful job remodeling and restoring the home (using Neutra’s own “vocabulary and materials”), and when Ronnie was asked what she had to say about some “purists” that were criticizing them for moving walls, etc. she responded:

Unless the house is a museum, or you only spend a few weeks a year there, you just can’t live this way today.  And given how valuable the land is, the house would have been torn down.

Not a bad point Ronnie, not a bad point.  And how about that steely-marble sculpture??

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