A great read: Le Corbusier, Architecte parmi les...
The Life and Times of Le Corbusier, the most influential, yet controversial, architecture figure of the 20th century, now in graphic novel form. Obviously the next step should be a biopic. Le Corbusier, Architecte parmi les hommes, by Frédéric Rébéna and Jean-Marc Thévenet.
Prepping for Venice
Well, I’m packing suitcases for my trip to Venice, so as of tomorrow you can expect fewer posts and far between (or not—since Venice has been transformed into a WiFi hotspot more than a year now). I’ll be visiting the Biennale, among other things, so hopefully I’ll be writing something about it, for anyone interested. So, that’s that. See you soon. (The accompanying...
Rem Koolhaas has his say in the most heated...
Not willing to let Ruskin’s and Viollet-le-Duc’s followers preserve (pun intended) their 150–year–old arguments into the 21st century, Rem Koolhaas picked the Venice Biennale as the fertile ground to put forward his own opinion, complete with historical analysis and recent examples (as OMA & AMO often do). CRONOCAOS by OMA at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Saturday Night Classics: Round 9
Since we remembered the wonders of Louis Sullivan this week, enjoy the first American curtain wall building. Hallidie Building (1918) by Willis Polk; San Francisco, CA.
Go into law.– Charles Renfro on what advice he would give to a student who is thinking of becoming an architect.
Critics sing Kazuyo Sejima's praises for most...
This is one of the most purely enjoyable architecture biennales I’ve been to, and I’ve been to a fair old few over the years. Why so? Because, for once, it’s not all about the next big icon building.[…]you’ve got a fine architect in charge of this show - Kazuyo Sejima of Japan - who has marshalled a force of similarly thoughtful people who seem to be leaning over...
In Memoriam: Louis Sullivan
Louis Sullivan, father of modernism, mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago School frontman and steel skyscraper pioneer, was born on September 3, 1856. Guaranty Building (1894); Buffalo, New York.
I find that sort of salon socialism naive, where you stand against the politics...– Bjarke Ingels, “Can Designing for a Dictator Actually be Virtuous?”, Fast Company Co.Design
There are some things in life you can be certain...
(photo by Fernando Guerra; via dezeen) …like expecting Álvaro Siza to bring home the bacon. Mimesis Museum by Álvaro Siza (with Carlos Castanheira and Jun Sung Kim); Paju Book City, South Korea.
In Memoriam: Otl Aicher
Otl Aicher, graphic designer, font creator, grandfather of Helvetica Man and stick figures in general, passed away at the age of 69 on September 1, 1991. Above, he poses in front of his iconic creations for the pictogram series used in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.