Gropius House

by Winnie Yen

Last 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 donated t... Read More

06/28/18

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... Read More

06/07/18

Louis Kahn: The Quintessential Architect

by Robert Rohena

Architecture 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 architectu... Read More

05/31/18

Boston’s Timeless Architecture

by Bailey Mcgrath

Having 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... Read More

05/24/18

Dansaekhwa

by Dora Dmitriev

Through 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... Read More

05/10/18

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... Read More

04/19/18

The Noguchi Museum

by Dora Dmitriev

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 ... Read More

03/29/18

Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles

by Andrew Dolan

At 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 hills popul... Read More

03/22/18

Australian Modernism – Robin Boyd and My Grandparents’ ‘Peninsula I’ Home

by Doug Crisp

Recently 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... Read More

01/18/18

Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

12/07/17

Modern Memphis Movement

by Dora Dmitriev

In 1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of designers led by Ettore Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list... Read More

11/02/17

Art of the In-Between

by Dora Dmitriev

On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above)    Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ... Read More

05/23/17