Winners from Spain’s Cevisama expo show off cutting-edge uses for ceramics in design

Design, International, Product
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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(Courtesy Carmen Martinez Gregori, Carmel Gradoli Martinez, and Arturo Sanz Martinez)

AN reported last week on the yearly Cevisama ceramic fair in Valencia, Spain, and the award winning Harvard project, Extruded Tessellation: Ceramic Tectonics, of industrially produced clay extrusions from the university’s Material Processes & Systems Group. But it was not the only award-winning project of architectural interest at the fair.

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Harvard GSD material processes students build an intricate ceramic wall at Cevisama

Dean's List, Design, International
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(William Menking / AN)

(William Menking / AN)

Cevisama is the largest annual ceramic and terracotta exhibition in the world. Architects and designers from the whole world are here, but there is almost no North American representation—either displaying products, media reporting on building advances with the material, or architects looking for new products. Thus it was surprising to run across this Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) project from their Material Processes and Systems Group student studio. It is one of the most advanced and exciting projects in the entire fair. Have a closer look below.

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Thursday! Don’t miss this double book night at AIANY’s Center for Architecture

Architecture, East
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Two of the more challenging texts, at least for the profession of architecture, to appear in the last year will be presented and debated at the AIA New York’s Center on February 4.

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Spanish tile manufacturer San Gines makes its tiles the old fashioned way

Art, International, Product
Monday, February 1, 2016
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(William Menking / AN)

(William Menking / AN)

This week, AN is at Cevisama ceramic tile fair in Valencia, Spain. In day one we visited San Gines, a small tile factory in the village of Talavera de la Reina near Toledo.

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Let’s bring RIBA’s new International Prize to the United States

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The Royal Institute of British Architects has just announced the creation of a new award and you don’t have to be a RIBA member—or even British—to enter or win the prize. It’s called The RIBA International Prize and will be awarded to a building that demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, while making distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.

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Woody and The Donald

East, Eavesdroplet, Urbanism
Friday, January 22, 2016
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(Courtesy Gawker)

(Courtesy Gawker)

Here is a story to file under the Republican presidential primary, celebrity, radical American politics, and affordable housing policies in New York City. The Conversation writer Will Kaufman reports that the “This Land is Your Land” folk singer Woody Guthrie lived in Federal Housing Authority–financed housing in Coney Island‘s Beach Haven. Those residences were constructed by non other than Fred Trump, Donald’s father.

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The tragedy of Mummers Theater and the failed development that spelled its demise

John Johansen's Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

John Johansen’s Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

The sad saga of the destruction of John Johansen’s Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City has just gotten even sadder. AN has reported numerous times on the effort to save Johansen’s 1970 tour de force Stage Center theater, but that battle was lost in 2015 when the extraordinary building was destroyed to make way for a complex of four corporate towers designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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Ian Schrager’s legacy of high design shines in marketing material for Herzog & de Meuron’s 160 Leroy Street

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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A prototype model of Herzog & de Meuron's 160 Leroy tower. (William Menking / AN)

A prototype model of Herzog & de Meuron’s 160 Leroy tower. (William Menking / AN)

Property developer Ian Schrager has supported good architecture in New York City like no other developer. He pioneered distinguished hotel design at a time when “hospitality” design was an afterthought for hoteliers. For instance, in New York, Schrager built the Paramount, the Royalton, and the Morgan hotels.

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Pritzker Jury: Pathway to The Stars?

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

What does it mean when the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize—Chile’s Alejandro Aravena—just came off the jury of the very same award? He was on the jury from 2009 to 2015 and all the jurors from 2015 (The Lord Palumbo (Chair), Alejandro Aravena, Stephen Breyer, Yung Ho Chang, Kristin Feireiss, Glenn Murcutt, Richard Rogers, Benedetta Tagliabue, and Ratan N. Tata) were on the 2016 jury—except Aravena?  Two past winners were on the jury prior to receiving the award, but won 5 years after departing. Shigeru Ban served from 2006-9 and won in 2014. While Fukihiko Maki was a juror from 1985-88 and won in 93.

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School of Night: This small book of poetry and photography speculates on giving form

Other
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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(Courtesy Spuyten Duyvil)

(Courtesy Spuyten Duyvil)

We often have books come into our office that are not necessarily on the topic of architecture or urbanism. Slowly, they move down to the bottom of one of our review piles, topped by new arrivals. One such book is School of Nite by the artist and photographer Nancy Goldring and the writer Peter Lamborn Wilson.

But it’s worth another look…

Review> AN’s William Menking looks back on Miami design week 2015

Art, Design, East, Review
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Gianni Colombo's Spazio Elastico cycle.

Gianni Colombo’s Spazio Elastico cycle.

Large fairs like Art Basel/Miami always include a few galleries selling works by master architects as well as younger artists whose concerns cross into architectural, urban, and spatial territories. The just-concluded 2015 Miami fair didn’t have a great deal of architectural work this year but enough to keep architects pushing through its seemingly endless hallways of gallery stalls.

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On View> Robert Motherwell, Pierre Chareau and the Quonset House of 1947

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Friday, December 4, 2015
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One of the great joys of art and art and architecture fairs is the energy they create for specialized focused architecture exhibitions at alternative sites away from the main venues. This is true for all Venice Art and Architecture Biennales and the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. This week’s Art Basel/Design Miami, perhaps because it is still a relatively young event and focused on art and design and not architecture, is short on these sorts of serious ancillary events. But there is one small yet highly focused and detailed exhibit that stands out this week.

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