183 posts categorized "Architecture"
September 14, 2012
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the "Ivy League look" in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
The Museum at FIT
Denver Art Museum
What is Modern?
September 04, 2012
Architecture critic Paul Goldberger names Zaha Hadid as one of the top architects defining our era. In last week's Q&A by Catherine Osborne for Azure magazine, Goldberger goes on to also name Jean Nouvel, and he praises Norman Foster for being "more successful than anybody in creating a huge office and doing enormous projects and maintaining a high level of quality." Read the entire piece at Azuremagazine.com.
July 19, 2012
Designed by Jürgen Mayer-Hermann, the Metropol Parasol in Seville claims to be the world's largest wooden structure. Overlooking the city's old quarter, this 490-foot-long structure was completed in 2011. There are four levels to explore, and fantastic views to enjoy from the panoramic terraces. The elegant furnishings include Jesús Gasca's Onda stools, which are the same stools we use in DWR headquarters.
July 03, 2012
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From 100 years of chairs in Florida to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Tampa Museum of Art
A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs: Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum
June 08, 2012
"Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances," said Frank Lloyd Wright who was born on this day in 1867. An architect, interior designer, writer and educator, Wright designed more than 1000 structures, including Fallingwater, Taliesin, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and even a Doghouse. What's your favorite building by Wright?
June 05, 2012
On the shore of Lake Michigan, two buildings are at the heart of a custody battle. One of them, the War Memorial building designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1950s, is in need of repairs. The other, the Milwaukee Art Museum with its stunning pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava in 2001, would like control of the project to better ensure that the outcome is in keeping with the Museum’s plans.
National Building Museum
House & Home
International Center of Photography
Gordon Parks: 100 Years
May 30, 2012
I thought these birdhouses were simply part of an art installation, being that they are on the High Line in New York City. Then I heard a "chirp." One google search later, I learned that the birdhouses are the work of Sarah Sze, who wanted to create an artwork that is "simultaneously an observatory, an experiment, and a metropolis, evoking urban construction, scientific models, and attempts to capture nature in situ." Translation: lucky birds.
April 26, 2012
The Glass House is the 14-structure, 49-acre, private residence that Philip Johnson designed for himself in New Canaan, Connecticut. The site is now managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and tours for the 2012 season begin May 2. Tickets are also available for the Conversations in Context program, which includes the following lineup of guest speakers:
April 23, 2012
“A chair is the first thing you need when you don’t really need anything,” wrote Ralph Caplan. “And is therefore a peculiarly compelling symbol of civilization. For it is civilization, not survival, that requires design.” One of the best design critics of our time, a fantastic writer and an inspiring teacher, Ralph Caplan can now add AIGA Medalist to his list of titles.
April 20, 2012
The students at Singapore Polytechnic’s Design School are literally climbing the walls with ideas. As participants in the Design Facility – an extension of the Experience and Product Design Diploma – they asked themselves: “Can wall painting depart from mere cosmetic and surface protection?” Confident that the answer is “yes,” they designed Moldable Paint. A 3D material, this paint allows the user to mold shelves and hooks right onto the surface of their walls. What do you think about their idea? How would you use this material?
March 16, 2012
March 10, 2012
At the age of 12, Jim Berger wrote the famous architect requesting a house for his black lab, Eddie. Expenses would be covered by the wages earned from his paper route, and the boy’s only requests were that it “would be easy to build and would go with our house.” Located in San Anselmo, California, “the house” was the Robert Berger House, built by the boy’s father and the plans for which Wright had designed in 1951. At first, Wright declined the boy’s request, but Berger kept writing him, and in 1956 he received a set of plans for Eddie’s “canis domus.” Read the whole story and see the plans at Architizer.com.
Santiago Calatrava has designed more than 40 bridges around the world, and his latest was completed just days ago in Dallas. The cable-stayed bridge features a 400-foot-high arch of steel wrapped in a concrete skin, and a web of steel diagonal stays that give the bridge its unmistakable Calatrava look.
In what looks like the demise of the bridge, check out the fireworks show (above) that Dallas put on for the Bridge’s opening celebration (the drama begins after the first 45 seconds).
March 08, 2012
The architecture world was abuzz last October when Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs revealed that the Apple CEO grew up in a house designed by Joe Eichler. Unfortunately, most bloggers shared the news with a photo of Jobs’ Los Altos house (site of the famous garage, shown above), which is not an Eichler. The house Isaacson was referring to is in Mountain View, California, where the family lived until Steve was 14. However, that isn’t an Eichler either. Rather, it is the work of Eichler’s original architectural team, Anshen and Allen, for Mackay Homes. Eichlers and Mackays are similar, but there are major differences in the foundation, heating, materials and style.
February 25, 2012
With growing concern over environmental pollution and energy consumption more and more people are trading in four wheels for two. As a result, New York-based architecture firm Manifesto is already working on a solution to an anticipatory problem: overcrowding at the bike rack. The firm looked at existing bicycle storage systems and found that many of them rely on space or the use of electricity. They then examined urban landscapes and discovered that narrow pockets of urban space were underutilized, which led to the development of the Bike Hanger, a vertically oriented bicycle storage system that has the capacity to store up to 15 bicycles and operates without electricity. By pedaling a stationary bicycle at the bottom of the hanger, a central wheel rotates and cyclists can retrieve their bike. Manifesto Architecture has completed the prototype.Its BH6 model recently made its debut at the Gwangju Design Biennale in Korea and is nominated for London Design Museum's Designs of the Year Transport Award 2012. Winners will be announced in April.
Check out the Manifesto Architecture website for more information the project.
February 06, 2012
Milwaukee Art Museum (shown above)
Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum
Ends Feb. 12
Less and More: The design ethos of Dieter Rams
Ends Feb. 20
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion
Ends March 25
February 03, 2012
Last evening, DWR Soho Studio hosted more than 200 guests for the 2012 Metropolis Game Changers awards reception. The Awards, now in their second year, celebrate individuals who are breaking conventions across various disciplines such as architecture, business, education, graphic design, healthcare, technology and typography.