Work wrapped up this summer on Bittertang Farmsâ€™ installation at Ragdale, the nonprofit artistsâ€™ community in Chicagoâ€™s North Shore suburbs, and true to its plans the straw amphitheater springs forth from a lush hillside in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Allan Houser: A Celebration
Philbrook Museum of Art
116 East Brady Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Through November 2
Allan Houser: A Celebration is an ongoing exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa that honors the paintings and sculptures of late Native American artist Allan Houser. The exhibition commemorates Houserâ€™s 100th birthday this year and highlights his contributions to Native American painting and sculpture during his time as an active artist.
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A thin shell pavilion with an audio feedback program invites engagement.
Apertures, the amorphous pavilion designed and fabricated by Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) with students from SCI-Arc, challenges two of architectureâ€™s defining dualities: the distinction between wall and window, and the division between exterior and interior. â€œConceptually, we were looking at objects that are multi-directional and have apertures as their main theme,â€ said partner Herwig Baumgartner. â€œThat was one aspect of it; the other was the barriers between inside and outside and how we can dissolve these. Weâ€™re interested in architecture thatâ€™s responsive through either movement or sound.â€ As visitors pass through or otherwise engage with the 16-foot-tall, 1/8-inch-thick structureâ€™s many rounded openings, attached heat sensors trigger sounds based on human bio-rhythms, creating a feedback loop that encourages active exploration of the space. Read More
An abandoned, decaying Miami stadium that once hosted the likes of Gloria Estefan, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon may finally be coming back to life. SinceÂ AN visited the 6,566-seat Marine StadiumÂ last yearÂ there is new momentum to revitalizeÂ the iconic venue. And just as graffiti symbolized the stadium’s decline, street art could help secure its future.
One of the insiderÂ landmarks of Beverly Hills is the Tower of Hope, an art-covered oil derrick that sits at the edge of Beverly Hills High School, clearly visible from Pico Boulevard. Covered with fabric panelsÂ painted with colorful flowers by young hospital patients, the 155-foot-tall towerÂ isÂ a remnant from the days when the area was covered with oil fields (the high school once contained almost 20), and it’s become a popularÂ visiting spot. It also still pumps oil, for Denver-based Venoco, withÂ someÂ of the proceeds going to the school. But Beverly Hills High’s major expansion plansÂ call for removing the well altogether.
The Architecture LobbyÂ is a new organization that advocates for the value of architecture in the general public but also to raise awareness inside the profession of working conditions for the majority of its practitioners. It also focuses on working conditions for young designers as they leave school and enter the professionâ€”most with little awareness of the actual conditions of their labor and pay. The lobby has just staged two actions where it publicly read its manifesto of architectural labor-first at the Venice Architecture Biennale and recently at the AIA’s national convention in Chicago. In Chicago, the lobby was thrown off the convention floor by testy AIA officials who don’t want to think about the meaning of the Lobby’s protest.
Are you an architect seekingÂ a growth sector? How about billboards? A trailblazing firm in this fieldÂ isÂ Lorcan O’Herlihy ArchitectsÂ (LOHA), who recently designed a new 68-foot-tall sign atÂ Sunset and La Cienega on the Sunset Strip for the City of West Hollywood and Ace Advertising. Instead of the usual featureless, boxy armature, LOHA has designed a blue, wishbone-shaped, steel structure thatÂ one could even call (gasp) sexy.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced that Martino Stierli has been appointed as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. Mr. Stierli is currently a professor at the University of Zurich where he teaches the history of modern architecture. Previously, he has organized or co-curated exhibitions at prestigious venues around the world, taught at multiple Swiss universities, and published multiple essays on variousÂ topics relating to design.Â He steps into his new role in March, 2015.
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Composite materials are on display in the undergraduate-built FIBERwave PAVILION.
Carbon fiberâ€™s unique properties would seem to make it an ideal building product. Untreated, carbon fiber cloth is flexible and easy to cut. After an epoxy cure, it is as hard as steel. But while the automobile and aerospace industries have made widespread use of the material, it has gone virtually untouched by the architectural profession. Alphonso Peluso and his undergraduate students at the IIT College of Architecture set out to change that with their FIBERwave PAVILION, a parametric, sea life-inspired installation built entirely of carbon fiber. “We want to make the studio an expert resource for people trying to get into carbon fiber in terms of architecture,” said Peluso, whose students designed, funded, and built the pavilion this spring. “Thereâ€™s a studio in Germany thatâ€™s in their second year of working with carbon fiber, but I donâ€™t think anyone in the United States is working with it.” Read More