PLACES : KEN MCCOWN
Last December we published a portfolio of photographs by Ken McCown, professor of landscape architecture at Arizona State University. Those photographs focused largely on found landscapes, on unselfconscious scenes — a grain silo in a field in Missouri, mining machinery in a California ghost town, a family at a gelateria in Venice. This selection of images focuses on designed structures and landscapes — places that designers journey to see, from Marfa to La Jolla, from Storm King to Hadrian's Villa.
PLACES : UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Symposium: 4.9.2010 – 4.10.2010
The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is hosting the Schumacher Symposium: A Celebration of Life and Career. The event will kick off with reflections of Tom and a Keynote Lecture by Michael Graves, FAIA, FAAR.
CHANGE OBSERVER : KAOMI GOETZ
A new website follows the increasingly familiar model of funding socially progressive design and technology projects a few dollars at a time.
OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER
What's the point of reviewing a design book that is over 40 years old, long out of print and tied to the style and technology of 1968? Well, S. Neil Fujita's Aim for a Job in Graphic Design / Art
(Richards Rosen Press, New York) is a fount of professional intelligence for an emerging field. It is also a slice of lost graphic design history worth reprising.
CHANGE OBSERVER : LYLE OWERKO
Samburu tribe members from Kenya.
PLACES : NANCY LEVINSON
Alexandra Lange began her recent Observatory essay, "Why Nicolai Ouroussoff is Not Good Enough," with a provocative allusion to the possibility that the job of architecture critic "might be doomed," and that the current critic for the New York Times
might be "the last architecture critic." Lange then concentrates on Ouroussoff's sensibility and approach, arguing eloquently that he is "making a poor case for keeping the breed." She doesn't really delve into whether the field has a future. So here we'd like to take up this thorny topic, and to suggest that architecture criticism, at least as practiced by our paper of record, is
doomed, that in fact it's been losing force for years — and for reasons that have to do not just with the quality of the critical players but also with the rules of the critical game.
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
PLACES : ROBERT BRUEGMANN
Here, following this week's earlier articles on Paul Rudolph, is the second and last part of Robert Bruegmann's searching analysis of the late career of Paul Rudolph, especially the projects in southeast Asia. Part 1 of "The Architect as Urbanist" paid particular attention to the work in Hong Kong. Part 2 focuses on the work in Singapore and Jakarta, and is accompanied by a slideshow.
PLACES : ROBERT BRUEGMANN
Earlier this week we featured Ian Baldwin's review of Paul Rudolph: Writings on Architecture
. Now, continuing the focus on Rudolph, we present, in two parts, an essay by architectural historian Robert Bruegmann, originally published several years ago in a monograph on the architect's late work, by Roberto da Alba. "The Architect as Urbanist" reviews the architect's unusually volatile career, and offers a close and deeply observed reading of several of Rudolph's projects in southeast Asia. All were designed in the last decades of his life, and all have been comparatively neglected in the literature on an architect whose career is now exciting renewed interest — even as the built works continue to be demolished and threatened.