Monday March 10, 2014
Want to live in an apartment building like this one
designed by Walter Gropius?
How about Alvar Aalto? Frank Gehry? Renzo Piano? Jeanne Gang? Moshe Safdie?
We live and work in architecture, and some of the most interesting buildings are designed by high-powered architects. Pritzker winner Jean Nouvel's luxury condos at 100 11th Avenue, New York City are built right next to Pritzker Laureate Frank Gehry's office building for IAC.
Browsing the portfolios of our favorite architects got us thinking about famous architecture we can live in. We put together a gallery of possibilities — and now we want to move.
Sunday March 9, 2014
Stone has been on my mind lately. I mean Edward Durell Stone
the 20th century architect who rejected the International Style after meeting Frank Lloyd Wright.
Born on March 9, 1902 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Stone designed the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the General Motors Building in New York City, and many university buildings, including my alma mater, the University at Albany in New York.
Every time I walk the campus, I see Frank Lloyd Wright's influence in Edward Durell Stone's organic architecture.
Photo of SUNY Albany © Scott McLeod, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Saturday March 8, 2014
Building near the water has its perils.
In the U.S. we think of the great hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast and the eastern shores. In Japan we think of tsunamis.
On March 11, 2011 a great wave swept away the villages of northeastern Japan. Three years later, rebuilding continues. The architecture of healing that has come from Japan's tragedy includes the Minna no Ie (Home-for-All), places for survivors to gather and share. Toyo Ito, last year's Pritzker Laureate, actualized the idea of community spaces designed and built by architects. Learn more about Home-for-All from our Toyo Ito Architecture Portfolio.
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Photo of Buddhist monk praying toward the sea on March 11, 2013 in Ootsuti, Iwate prefecture, Japan by Ken Ishii/Getty Images News/©2013 Getty Images
Thursday March 6, 2014
Today is the birthday of the original Renaissance Man, Michelangelo Buonarroti
born March 6, 1475.
Throughout his career, Michelangelo did a little painting (think ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), did a little sculpting (think Pietà), but some say his greatest achievements were in architecture (think St. Peter's Basilica dome).
What is Renaissance architecture?
Photo of Michelangelo's dome at St. Peter's Basilica ©Visions Of Our Land / The Image Bank / Getty Images