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Today's archidose #986: PJ Edition

Today is the #saveatt protest over Snøhetta's plans to disfigure Philip Johnson's iconic AT&T Building. Before heading there to observe and maybe partake, I raided my Flickr pool (as well as photos of people I follow and my own photos) to collect images of other Philip Johnson buildings. Show More Summary

Disfiguring a PoMo Icon

On Monday Snøhetta released renderings of their proposed renovation of 550 Madison Avenue, better known as the AT&T Building, designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee and completed in 1984. The main rendering reveals that a section...Show More Summary

Book Review: LOT-EK: Objects and Operations

LOT-EK: Objects + Operations by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano with Thomas de MonchauxThe Monacelli Press, 2017Hardcover, 400 pages [Cover via LOT-EK] If one architecture firm deserves credit for sticking to its guns, it's LOT-EK. The...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #985

Here are some black-and-white photos of UNStudio's Central Station (2015) in Arnhem, the Netherlands. (Photos: Marc Lankhorst) 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

IALab commissioned to build The Edge of Chaos

On October 25th at the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab was awarded an art commission of €15,000 for their immersive installation proposal “Edge of Chaos”.  It is one of three original artworks commissioned from 170 entries from 106 countriesto the... Read More

November Talks

Just a heads up on a trio of New York-centric events taking place next month. Descriptions are courtesy the respective venues.November 9 at the Architectural League of New York at 7:00pm:All the Queens HousesPhotographs by Rafael Herrin-FerriRafael...Show More Summary

Einstein and Wright

I couldn't help being drawn to the fact that a note written by Albert Einsten in November 1922 that just sold at auction for $1.56 million is on Imperial Hotel letterhead.Architects know the Imperial Hotel was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who boasted about it surviving an earthquake in 1923, the year it opened. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #984: Kinda Blue

Just a smattering of recent photos from my archidose Flickr pool that share an emphasis on the color blue. Mouseover/click photos for subject and photographer information. 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

Apple Store Opens in Chicago

Today the Apple Michigan Avenue store opens to the public. Designed by Norman Foster, the store replaces the older Bohlin Cywinski Jackson store a few blocks up Michigan Avenue. Like other recent Apple stores around the world, this one is more lightweight, transparent and outwardly simpler than older stores. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #983

Here are some photos of the exhibition Arniches y Domínguez: La Architectura y la Vida at ICO Museo (until January 21, 2018) in Madrid, Spain. (Photos: Ximo Michavila) 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

Book Talk at the Skyscraper Museum

Next week I'll be giving a talk at the Skyscraper Museum on one of my new books, How to Build a Skyscraper. It will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30pm. More details below the book cover.From the Skyscraper Museum:In How to Build...Show More Summary

My OHNY Weekend

The 15th anniversary Open House New York (OHNY) weekend took place Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15. I was giving a walking tour for the 92Y on Saturday, so Sunday was the only day for me to get out and see some OHNY sites. I decided on one — well actually a few, all in one location: the buildings of McKim, Mead and White, Robert A.M. Show More Summary

Book Briefs #31: A Trio of Wright

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy...Show More Summary

'Scaffolding' at the Center

Scaffolding opened at the Center for Architecture on October 2, 2017, and runs until January 18, 2018. The exhibition is curated by Greg Barton, who "examines the extraordinary applications of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #982

Here are some photos of The Silo (2017) in Copenhagen, Denmark, by COBE. (Photos: 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

Storefront 'Souvenirs'

Yesterday I stopped by the Storefront for Art and Architecture to check out Souvenirs: New New York Icons, which is on display until November 18. The most noticeable aspect of the exhibition design is the transformation of Steven Holl and Vito Acconci's iconic facade by MOS Architects. Show More Summary

Book Review: Álvaro Siza Architectural Guide

Álvaro Siza Architectural Guide: Built Projects edited by Maria Melo, Michel ToussaintA+A Books, 2017Paperback, 240 pagesOn a recent trip to Zurich I came across a couple books on the architecture of Álvaro Siza, both published by A+A Books out of Lisbon. Show More Summary

OHNY Landscapes

Open House New York (OHNY), which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, is taking place on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15. Listings are online and advance reservations for ticketed events start today at 11am. Here are...Show More Summary

Why Is Elon Musk So Conservative?

At the beginning of a TED Talks interview that took place earlier this year, TED curator Chris Anderson asks Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, "Why are you boring?" It's a joke that plays upon Musk's latest undertaking, The Boring Company, which is working toward a 3-D network of tunnels aimed at alleviating congestion in cities. Show More Summary

Facsimile of the Moment

Last night I was trying to show my daughter how one book I own – the first edition of Learning from Las Vegas – is worth so much more than many of the other books in my library combined. But instead of finding a price around $800 orShow More Summary

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