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Book Review: Two Monographs

Renzo Piano: The Complete Logbook by Renzo PianoThames and Hudson, 2017Hardcover, 420 pagesThis Building Likes Me: The Work of John Wardle Architects by John Wardle ArchitectsThames and Hudson, 2016Hardcover, 440 pagesThe cover of the...Show More Summary

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, or what is officially known as World Book and Copyright Day, started in 1995 by UNESCO. Although there doesn't appear too much in the way of celebrating this day – unlike, understandably so, yesterday's Earth...Show More Summary

Auditing POPS

I've been infatuated with POPS (privately owned public spaces) since at least early 2008, when I read and reviewed Kristine F. Miller's Designs on the Public. One chapter in her book is all about three adjacent, contemporaneous POPSShow More Summary

Kenneth Frampton on Global Architectural History

[Editions of Kenneth Frampton’s Modern Architecture: A Critical History in multiple languages | Image via CCA] The Canadian Centre for Architecture has just posted a video of a conversation held at the CCA on April 6: "A Conversation...Show More Summary

Apple's Almost Done

According to the drone footage embedded at the bottom of this post,Apple Park is the official name for the company's 175-acre headquarters in Cupertino, California, what was previously referred to as Apple Campus 2.0 and "The Spaceship."...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #957

Here are some photos of Chi She (2016) in Shanghai, China, by Archi-Union Architects, featuring a robotic-built brick wall by Fab-Union Intelligent Engineering. (Photographs: Trevor Patt) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

The Persistency of Architecture: Many Classic Ideas are Always in Style

On a recent trip to Italy to visit family living overseas, it was hard not to acknowledge the treasure trove of building methods and techniques started by the Greeks and Etruscans, refined by the Romans, and copied ever since throughout the world. Show More Summary

Book Review: The Rule of Logistics

The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment by Jesse LeCavalierUniversity of Minnesota Press, 2016Paperback, 282 pagesThink about Walmart and most likely architecture does not spring to mind. The company Sam Walton...Show More Summary

'100 Years, 100 Buildings' Book Talk

On Tuesday, May 23 I'll be giving a book talk at the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan. The event takes places from 6:30pm to 8pm and is free. Head to the Skyscraper Museum website to reserve a ticket.

Today's archidose #956

Here are some photos of the Building 27E Marine Base in Amsterdam by bureau SLA. (Photographs: Ken Lee) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Spring Break

With a major deadline approaching, I'm taking a break from this and my other blogs. Posts will resume the week of April 10th.

Today's archidose #955

Here is a photo of MVRDV's Roosevelta 22 (aka BA?TYK) nearing completion in Pozna?, Poland. Photographer Przemys?aw Turlej has many more photos of the project in his Poznan - R22 Flickr set.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Spring 2017 Architectural Walking Tours

I have four architectural walking tours in April and May, including a brand new one taking place along 57th Street. Click on the links below to purchase tickets from the 92Y.Saturday, April 1, 11am - 2:30pmBrooklyn G Train TourHop on...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #954

Here are some of my photos of Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Lenfest Center for the Arts (2017) on Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus in New York City. The photos were taken during yesterday's press preview of the building, which opens to the public next month. Show More Summary

Where's Nouvel?

Today a rendering of Zaha Hadid Architects' design for the redesign of Kushner Companies' 666 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan has been making its rounds in many of the usual places. The 1,400-foot-tall tower, if built, would site prominently...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #953

Here are some of my photos of the New York City AIDS Memorial (2016) at St. Vincent’s Triangle in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, by Studio AI Architects. (Photographs: José Carlos Melo Dias) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

The Future Will be Automated: How Will That Impact Housing?

During the year leading up to the last Presidential election, we heard a lot about bringing back jobs to the United States. But what we didn’t hear much about was the increasingly important role that automation and artificial intelligence...Show More Summary

25 Reasons to Keep the NEA

Last week Donald Trump released a proposed budget that would nix the National Endowment for the Arts and other government sources for arts programs. A few weeks before that, with hints that he would be including such cuts, I put together...Show More Summary

Book of the Moment: A Forward-Minded Retrospective

On Thursday evening I attended a book launch for Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. The event, which took place in MoMA's library, celebrated the release of the huge, two-volume,...Show More Summary

The Big Bend

Gotta love the absurdity of oiio's The Big Bend, a none-too-serious proposal for "the longest building in the world" that happens to look like a synthesis of Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue and a croquet wicket. [Image: oiio] I'm reminded...Show More Summary

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