Dia : Beacon
past Spring I visited the Dia:Beacon located in Beacon, NY. A hidden treasure
box of modern art, it draws admirers of art and architecture to its remote
location. If you haven’t already been I highly recommend catching the Metro
North train one weekend and making the trip. The Dia:Beacon was originally a
The Poetic Conception of Home
by Luis Jasso
In the summer of 1968, Catalan sculptor Xavier
Corberó began his never-ending pursuit of creating a home.Situated in the Barcelona suburb of
Esplugues de Llobregat, he designed and built a 48,000 sf structure spreading
over nine interconnected buildings with more than a dozen courtyards, all
nestled among more than 300...
by Winnie Yen
month I visited the Gropius
House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Walter
Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School in
Germany, designed the house as his family home when he came to teach at
Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The house was completed in 1938. After Walter’s death in 1969, his wife Ise
Habitat 67 – A Case for City Living
by Doug Crisp
On Memorial Day weekend, I found myself on the beautiful
island of Montreal.
A major reason for my visit was to see Moshe Safdie’s 'Habitat
67', an iconic and experimental housing complex created for the World
Exposition of 1967.Amazingly,
the project was originally conceived by Safdie as his thesis project at Montre...
Louis Kahn: The Quintessential Architect
has always been a monumental statement. Architecture consumes energy and
resources on a global scale and continually pushes the boundaries of what is
physically possible. The product of all architectural endeavors leaves behind
traces of when they were made. This is most evident in the different
Boston’s Timeless Architecture
grown up right outside of Boston, I’ve always understood that all of the
buildings around me are part of history, and some are the oldest architecture
in the country. A fair amount of the homes in my hometown have small
plaques next to their house number that read the years that they were built.
The entirety o...
my search for Asian design inspiration for a project, I stumbled upon the word Dansaekhwa. Dansaekhwa or "monochrome painting" is debatably the most important Korean art movement of the 20th
century.Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue, by Yun Hyongkeun, 1978,
Oil on linenUntitled 72-C, 1972, Tina Kim GalleryThe Da...
Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán
by Alex Colucci
In his 1980 Pritzker
Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that
publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words
Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of
Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o...
The Noguchi Museum
Located in Long Island City, Queens, the Noguchi Museum displays the
sculptures, furniture, and lighting designs of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Over
his lifetime, he created a wide variety of pieces experimenting with steel,
marble, iron, stone, wood, paper, and water. One of the most influential
sculptors and designers ...
Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles
by Andrew Dolan
the end of January, I had the pleasure of going to visit one of my favorite
cities, which in my opinion, gets a bad reputation. I love Los Angeles for
several reasons, one of which is its diverse topography. Los Angeles consists
of a massive desert sprawl of often bizarre and random architecture, fertile
Australian Modernism – Robin Boyd and My Grandparents’ ‘Peninsula I’ Home
by Doug Crisp
I had the pleasure of participating in some architectural detective work,
located on the other side of the globe in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia.The
Robin Boyd Foundation, which represents
one of Australia’s greatest architects, was compiling an exhibition and map database of
his work for display at t...
Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...