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Today's archidose #935

Here are some photos of the Peanuts Hut (2016) at the Setouchi Triennale 2016 in Shodoshima, Japan, by Nagisa Kidosaki Semminer. (Photographed by 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

The Galleria, a POPS Oddity

Yesterday, in preparation for a new walking tour I'll be giving in the spring, I stopped by the Galleria, a residential tower from the 1970s on East 57th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. Specifically I went to see the thru-block...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #934

Here are some photos of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza | Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos (2014) in Madrid, Spain, by AMID.cero9. (Photographed by 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 Review: The Difficult Whole

The Difficult Whole: A Reference Book on the Work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown edited by Kersten Geers, Jelena Pan?evac, Andrea ZanderigoPark Books, 2016Hardcover, 208 pages"The Difficult Whole" of this book's title refers...Show More Summary

Book Review: MONU #25

MONU #25 - Independent UrbanismMindaugas Reklaitis [All images courtesy of Bernd Upmeyer/MONU] Sociologist Wendy Griswold wrote in her book Cultures and Societies in a Changing World that "the social world always changes first, withShow More Summary

Today's archidose #933

Here are photos of two public toilets in Shodoshima, Japan, each photographed by Ken Lee.Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture, 2016: Tato Architects, 2013: 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

Cognitive Enhancement through Computational Technology

Computational technologies are becoming inherent to our thought processes. We are exposed, nowadays, to computational technologies at an increasingly young age, for growing time spans. We live in an era of highly accessible information through an enormous number of triggers, on various... Read More

Restoring Justus van Effen

On Monday I attended the lecture and award presentation for the 2016 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize at the Museum of Modern Art. This year the biennial award was given to the team of Molenaar & Co. architecten, Hebly Theunissen...Show More Summary

Book Review: Contemporary European Architecture ATLAS

Contemporary European Architecture ATLAS: European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 1988-2015, edited by Celia Marín Vega, Marina RomeroFundació Mies van der Rohe, 2016Hardcover, 864 pages [All photos...Show More Summary

ACB and '100 Years, 100 Buildings'

I've been a fan of ACB's (Art & Culture Bureau) half-hour architecture documentaries ever since I discovered them back in 2006. The series, directed by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann (individual docs are directed by them but sometimes...Show More Summary

From Responsive to Adaptive Environments

  This article aims at speculating on the differences between the terms “responsive” and “adaptive” architecture, starting from the work of Gordon Pask. The project Musicolour is an interactive installation in which the author played with the concept of synaesthesia.... Read More

Book Review: Two WTC Books

9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition by Lester J. LevineMcFarland, 2016Paperback, 248 pagesOne World Trade Center: Biography of the Building by Judith DupréLittle, Brown, 2016Hardcover, 286 pagesAt first blush it makes perfect sense to review these recently published books together. Show More Summary

From Responsive to Adaptive Environment

  This article aims at speculating on the differences between the terms “responsive” and “adaptive” architecture, starting from the work of Gordon Pask. The project Musicolour is an interactive installation in which the author played with the concept of synaesthesia.... Read More

Act React Adapt

Architecture is a machine or architecture is perceived as an output of a machine. Both are justified in their respective ways. The entity judging this is the observer who uses or passes by this. The relationship of the observer and... Read More

Today's archidose #932

Some more photos from my recent trip to Berlin, this time two housing projects by Bruno Taut that are part of UNESCO's "Berlin Modernism Housing Estates" listing. The photos were taken during an architectural tour, "Bruno Taut's Colorful...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #931

Here are a few photos of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (1984) by James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates, taken by me (on my smartphone) on a recent trip to Stuttgart, Germany. See more photos in my Flickr set on the building. To...Show More Summary

Immersion, Creation & States of Mind

Anyone must at some point in his life have felt so absorbed to an experience or task that forgot about the world around him. As creators, we intend to create spaces which engage people and evoke the feeling of wonder... Read More

2016 Holiday Gift Books

This year I'm highlighting 32 books by the same number of publishers, arranged alphabetically by publisher – from Actar to Yale University Press. Titles and covers link to Amazon for easy gift-buying.ActarMCHAP Book One: The AmericasEdited...Show More Summary

2016 in Review: Continued Recovery from The Great Recession

At this same time a year ago, I wrote about a housing rebound that had continued its slow yet gradual climb back to normal. The good news has continued in 2016, so much so that it’s widely expected for the Federal Reserve to hike its benchmark interest rate by the end of the year.U.S. Show More Summary

In DE

I'm heading to Berlin to cover the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for World-Architects, so posts here will be on hold until after Thanksgiving. [Photo: Arena Berlin, WAF venue]

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