Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Frank Gehry tells all!

02/02/2009


Conversations with Frank Gehry
is the result of twenty years of conversations between the brilliant Barbara Isenberg- she’s a friend of mine- and Frank Gehry. It’s revealing and entertaining; if you even liked the film, Sketches of Frank Gehry, you’ll love this.

Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry’s subjects range from his childhood—when he first built cities with wooden blocks on the floor of his grandmother’s kitchen—to his relationships with clients and his definition of a “great” client. We learn about his architectural influences (including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright) and what he has learned from Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Rauschenberg.

We explore the thinking behind his designs for the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the redevelopment of Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn and Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, the Gehry Collection at Tiffany’s, and ongoing projects in Toronto, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere.

And we follow as Gehry illuminates the creative process by which his ideas first take shape—for example, through early drawings for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, when the building’s trademark undulating curves were mere scribbles on a page.

Sketches, models, and computer images provided by Gehry himself allow us to see how so many of his landmark buildings have come to fruition, step by step.

Read it, to come to know a great artist better than you ever thought you’d know him. It’s the best book of the year. You won’t be able to put it down. Then you’ll wish for more.
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What is it about Obama and columns?

10/03/2008

Dr. Freud, can a column sometimes be just a column?

It started way back when


at least as far back as Harvard.

Small columns adorn the front of my house


on Chicago’s south side.

And yet, I keep dreaming about bigger ones.

I took my campaign to Berlin; guess where I ended up?


I don’t find Middle East politics particularly sexy, but

And to humbly accept my party’s nomination at the convention in Denver, I erected 


The Washington Post got close enough to see they were made of drywall and laminated plywood.  I will etch in stone that as President, I’ll be more solid and honest.  

Doc, do you think I like these things because like them I’m tall and thin?   

I figured I liked them because columns connote strength, and democracy


and exactly what I’m hoping for – victory!



Dr. Freud, is that why we have yet to have a female president?

Grow up, I’m interested in how columns project Humanism 


Like these, copied from the Erechtheum on Athens’ Acropolis. These ladies call out to me from the Museum of Science and Industry on the south side of Chicago, a major monument, just a few blocks where I live. For now.  Until

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Like Obama? Like Frank Lloyd Wright?

10/03/2008

Combine “Left” and Wright

here, with this.

I’m sure the evening will look like

By the way, what is Obama’s arts and culture policy? Or McCain’s?

More photos of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Clarence Sondern house here, (where the top two are from also.)

Yesterday I was at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ravine Bluffs development in Glencoe, Illinois; there’s bad news and there’s lots of good news.

Tomorrow morning I’ll visit Wright’s Barnsdall Residence (Hollyhock) and his Freeman Residence, both in Los Angeles. Photos will follow.
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04/24/2007

Soon when you need a good kosher knish downtown, you’ll know where to find it. The
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

in Chicago on South Michigan Avenue, overlooking Grant Park.
Our fearless architects

Ron Krueck (l) and Mark Sexton (r)

a facade like the facets of a diamond.

Some say it protrudes too far out from the historic steetwall. Especially since it’s in glass, rather than stone as the other buildings are on South Michigan Avenue.

The projections and the faceting give views up Michigan Avenue


Here’s what you see from a balcony on 10. Also on this floor – the Board Room and Sky Garden.

Above this, greatly pleasing the Mayor, a green roof.

The glass (American-made), has markings which purposely make it less than completely transparent.

Glass on the left, no glass on the right. I’m curious how transparent it will look when it’s finished, washed and the protective coating removed.

And the 400-seat theater space looks large and promising, a two story space.


The exhibition spaces will also feature a two story atrium, to connect the Museum’s Core Collection on 9 and the Changing Exhibition Galleries on 10. Plus space for Spertus College , the Asher Library, a children’s center, site-specific art and more. Plus, when you need a good

kosher knish downtown, you’ll know where to find it. (Though Wolfgang makes it a little different than they did in the shtetl.) A kosher cafe by Wolfgang Puck, on the second floor, overlooking the park at tree top level.

At night the building is supposed to emit ‘a warm glow.” Spertus literature says

“This emphasis on light echoes the Spertus logo, a falme accompanied by the biblical phrase yehi or, let there be light, symbolizing both physical light and the light of learning and truth.”

This new $55 million Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is set to open on November 30, 2007. They’ll host a week-long public celebration with tours, music and more.

No full review of the building from me until it’s complete and occupied. But now you have today’s photos. I’m hungry, how about you?

Spertus President Howard Sulkin wanted a home for this multi-faceted institution that would be open, transparent and dynamic; and he’s getting it. He should be commended for building a downtown Jewish institution that projects not fear, but optimism, enlightenment, joy, culture and learning. The building also expresses assimilation. The glass should make everyone feel welcome, and through the glass all visitors will feel still connected to the city, to the park, to Michigan Avenue, to Soldier Field, Lake Michigan and the midwestern sky. It’s an intimate connection I felt today, looking from Spertus to the rest of my town. And I saw the city anew, from fresh angles, which is the mark of a great city, to be able to offer new perspectives, on itself, and on life.

-Edward

03/02/2007


Have you always driven or jogged past the Elks National Veterans Memorial in Lincoln Park in Chicago and never gone in? This guy must have stopped in there for a while, to capture what it looks like in 360 degree VR. Make sure you move your cursor to see the ceiling. Then watch it rotate!
-E for Elks

03/02/2007


Have you always driven or jogged past the Elks National Veterans Memorial in Lincoln Park in Chicago and never gone in? This guy must have stopped in there for a while, to capture what it looks like in 360 degree VR. Make sure you move your cursor to see the ceiling. Then watch it rotate!
-E for Elks

02/08/2007

America’s Favorite Architecture
according to the people, according to a poll by the American Institute of Architects.

It shocks like a barrel of cold water on the head.



The people’s favorite #22 Bellagio Hotel and Casino (1998)
Las Vegas, NV; Deruyter Butler; Atlandia Design

Surprising perhaps post 9-11, many tall buildings are people’s favorites, mainly those with a high “wow” factor,

42. Sears Tower (1974)
Chicago, IL; Bruce Graham, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


And of course, many “feel good” places were named, such as

# 31. Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium (1914)
Chicago, IL; Zachary Taylor Davis


And “feel safe” and united


# 4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial (1943) – Washington, D.C., John Russell Pope

An airport made it!

# 57. Denver International Airport (1995)
Denver, CO; Fentress Bradburn Architects


That’s kind of amazing, airports can be such horrible places these days.

And many old and new
religious buildings.

# 65. Crystal Cathedral (1980) – Garden Grove, Calif., Philip Johnson, Johnson/Burgee


And a lot of great stuff, by Louis Kahn, H.H. Richardson, eight buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, including Fallingwater, make the grade, and, no – surprise, nothing, (not “almost nothing” as he wished to design, but nothing) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

So even though architecture in some ways has become so hip in recent years, at least as far as sexy forms are concerned, we still have a way to go to reach America the Beautiful.

You can see and comment on the entire AIA “People’s list” here.


America’s Favorite Architecture is the result of an AIA and Harris Interactive poll of 1,800 Americans naming their 150 favorite structures across the nation based on nominations from AIA member architects. … In the months ahead, we will continue to engage the public in a discussion of the built environment as part of a year-long celebration of The American Institute of Architects 150th anniversary, including 156 Blueprint for America community-service projects at the local level.

02/08/2007

America’s Favorite Architecture
according to the people, according to a poll by the American Institute of Architects.

It shocks like a barrel of cold water on the head.



The people’s favorite #22 Bellagio Hotel and Casino (1998)
Las Vegas, NV; Deruyter Butler; Atlandia Design

Surprising perhaps post 9-11, many tall buildings are people’s favorites, mainly those with a high “wow” factor,

42. Sears Tower (1974)
Chicago, IL; Bruce Graham, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


And of course, many “feel good” places were named, such as

# 31. Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium (1914)
Chicago, IL; Zachary Taylor Davis


And “feel safe” and united


# 4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial (1943) – Washington, D.C., John Russell Pope

An airport made it!

# 57. Denver International Airport (1995)
Denver, CO; Fentress Bradburn Architects


That’s kind of amazing, airports can be such horrible places these days.

And many old and new
religious buildings.

# 65. Crystal Cathedral (1980) – Garden Grove, Calif., Philip Johnson, Johnson/Burgee


And a lot of great stuff, by Louis Kahn, H.H. Richardson, eight buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, including Fallingwater, make the grade, and, no – surprise, nothing, (not “almost nothing” as he wished to design, but nothing) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

So even though architecture in some ways has become so hip in recent years, at least as far as sexy forms are concerned, we still have a way to go to reach America the Beautiful.

You can see and comment on the entire AIA “People’s list” here.


America’s Favorite Architecture is the result of an AIA and Harris Interactive poll of 1,800 Americans naming their 150 favorite structures across the nation based on nominations from AIA member architects. … In the months ahead, we will continue to engage the public in a discussion of the built environment as part of a year-long celebration of The American Institute of Architects 150th anniversary, including 156 Blueprint for America community-service projects at the local level.

01/30/2007

You sexy architect you !


Got this in the mail today. FastLife.com sends this card to the media, no doubt for Valentine’s Day. They say their studies show that for women the top five sexiest professions are

1. Athlete
2. Fireman
3. Doctor
4. Architect
5. Model

I knew I should have been an athlete.

67% of women think architects are sexy! And 89% of women think architects are “dateable”! Only 68% of men want to date an architect.

What do men really want? Acc. to FastLife men find the following sexy:
1. Model
2. Dancer
3. Flight Attendant
4. Athlete
5. Musician

Hm, dunno about that. But tell your spouse/partner, in case he/she, doesn’t know/forgot, just how sexy architects are.

-E

01/30/2007

You sexy architect you !


Got this in the mail today. FastLife.com sends this card to the media, no doubt for Valentine’s Day. They say their studies show that for women the top five sexiest professions are

1. Athlete
2. Fireman
3. Doctor
4. Architect
5. Model

I knew I should have been an athlete.

67% of women think architects are sexy! And 89% of women think architects are “dateable”! Only 68% of men want to date an architect.

What do men really want? Acc. to FastLife men find the following sexy:
1. Model
2. Dancer
3. Flight Attendant
4. Athlete
5. Musician

Hm, dunno about that. But tell your spouse/partner, in case he/she, doesn’t know/forgot, just how sexy architects are.

-E