“It is good to learn from the ancients,” says IM Pei with a smile. “I’m a bit of an ancient myself. They had a lot of time to think about architecture and landscape. Today, we rush everything, but architecture is slow, and the landscapes it sits in even slower. It needs the time our political systems won’t allow.”
The Case Study Program was the brainchild of John Entenza, who had announced it in the January 1945 edition of Arts and Architecture magazine. Entenza’s goal was to encourage architects to design and build low cost modern houses for real clients, using industrial materials donated by manufacturers.
Over the past decade or so she has gone from being the Architect Who Never Got Anything Built to someone who can’t stop building. At the turn of the millennium […]
“The natural world is extremely complicated and variable, and its systems are fluid – it is built on a fluid world. In contrast to this, architecture has always tried to establish a more stable system. To be very simplistic, one could say that the system of the grid was established in the twentieth century.
“Light is the origin of all being. Light gives, with each moment, new form to being and new interrelationships to things, and architecture condenses light to its most concise being. […]
Located in northern Spain, about five hours from Madrid, the Rioja countryside has become one of the world’s leading laboratories for two seemingly unrelated creative pursuits: architecture and winemaking. But […]
In cinematic terms, if Renzo Piano, Gehry and Meier are the reigning Spielbergs of contemporary architecture, producing successful (or almost as successful) versions of an initial winning formula over and […]
Despite the contradictions and inconsistencies in Rem Koolhaas’ writings and work, there has always been one constant: his love affair with the city. For Koolhaas, the city is marvelously random, “chance-like,” crowded, chaotic, liberal. It’s a celebration of life. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan…
The Art Deco style that is synonymous with South Beach, and Ocean Drive is a collaboration of different styles introduced by the different architects of the time. South Beach has […]
Here is one part of the future that can be predicted: cities are where the world’s population is going to be increasingly concentrated, half now, about three quarters by 2050. […]