Monthly Archives: May 2011

A new life for the Whitney Museum

From abandoning less than ideal buildings, to building brand new homes: Justin Davidson reports on Renzo Piano’s design for the new Whitney Museum by the downtown end of the High Line. A story can’t help being controversial when it involves … Continue reading

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What is Architecture?

“Gang likens the architect to a cook, a prospector, and a nomad,“ according to a recent piece in ENR about “blooming starchitect” Jeanne Gang. A similarly creative way of describing architects has come from Bjarke Ingels, who describes his role … Continue reading

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Critics on Critics: The American Folk Art Museum

I’ve talked about architecture critics criticizing architecture critics, but this past week, we had an interesting example of cross-disciplinary criticism. It all started with the news that the American Folk Art Museum was relocating to a new smaller space near … Continue reading

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Open House: Droog with Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Last summer, I took a detour on my trip to Huntington , LI and decided to visit Levittown. I was surprised to find it almost unrecognizable. Gone were the rows of identical houses, and I instead found street after street … Continue reading

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On Architects and Engineers

A few weeks ago I discussed collaborations of architects and graphic designers. Two days ago, Ada Louise Huxtable brought up another (more important) partnership: the architect and engineer. The importance of these collaborations usually becomes most noticeable when architecture if … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being There

Can we really properly discuss a design by just looking at renderings, diagrams, even final photos? This month’s Architectural Record starts off with a strong discussion of the current state of architecture criticism. On page 25, the Editors (which included Beth Broome, Suzanne … Continue reading

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Foreclosed: an examination of American housing

Sometimes, critics do their best work when teamed with practitioners. In 2009, MoMA organized a workshop examining New York City’s rising water levels. The two-month program, Rising Currents, gave five interdisciplinary teams the task of re-envisioning the city’s coastlines and … Continue reading

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