On View> Cao Fei’s “Shadow Plays” explores the rapid pace of Chinese development

Art, Development, On View, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

Cao Fei: Shadow Plays
The Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St., Los Angeles
Through November 21, 2015

Cao Fei’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Shadow Plays, features a chaotic conglomerate of contemporary urban forms in Chinese life. Focusing on the obscurities, Fei’s work offers a surreal sideways glance at China’s rapid development.

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On View> Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968–2003

Architecture, On View, Preservation, West
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Denver Art Museum (Wayne Thom)

Denver Art Museum (Wayne Thom)

Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968-2003
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through December 20, 2015

Best known for his keen documentation of Late Modernism, Wayne Thom’s architectural photography brings drama and beauty to a period marked by corporate and developer-driven design. Now, the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University presents an exhibition of Thom’s work at the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood.

View a gallery of Thom’s work after the jump.

On View> The Cooper Union presents “Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky & the Architectural Association”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Friday, November 6, 2015
Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 984. (Zaha Hadid / Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive)

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 984. (Zaha Hadid / Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive)

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky & the Architectural Association
Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square, New York
Through November 25, 2015

Boasting a remarkable array of artwork from both past and contemporary architectural figures such as John Hejduk, Michael Webb, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Bernard Tschumi, Drawing Ambience reflects and encourages the late Alvin Boyarsky’s assimilation of architectural drawings.

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Tigerman’s Epiphany: New photomontage update of “Titanic” unveiled at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Stanley Tigerman's follow up to his iconic 1978 "Titanic" image. Courtesy Chicago Architecture Club

Stanley Tigerman’s follow up to his iconic 1978 “Titanic” collage. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Club)

On October 22nd, marking the 130th anniversary of the Chicago Architecture Club and as part of the ongoing Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s Currencies of Architecture exhibition, Stanley Tigerman unveiled a follow up to his 1978 “Titanic” photomontage. Entitled “The Epiphany,” the new image, somewhat ironically, is a protest against what Tigerman sees as a contemporary infatuation with icons.

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Sou Fujimoto’s search for lightness at the Chicago Architectural Biennial

Sou Fujimoto find architecture in everyday objects at the Chicago Architecturee Biennial. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Sou Fujimoto finds architecture in everyday objects at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Just like every other major architectural exhibition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is a massive undertaking filled with large scale models, full size mock- ups and room sized installations. However, the most light-handed approach in the main exhibition can be found sandwiched between two full scale houses. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto placed about 40 different found objects on five-inch-by-five-inch plywood bases.

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On View> SURPLUS! explores Cairo’s housing crisis through the lens of photography


Cairo’s Townhouse gallery is hosting an exploration of Egypt’s housing crisis through the lens of 18 photographs by Anthony Hamboussi. The views encapsulate urban and architectural vistas that tell the story of “housing real estate in all sectors of the economy, formal and informal, from high-end developments to state-built “affordable” housing and piecemeal private investments.”

But act fact, SURPLUS! Housing from the Periphery closes on November 4.

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Theaster Gates’ ‘Sanctum,’ a 552-hour continuous performance, will run through November 21

Art, International, On View
Monday, November 2, 2015
Max McClure via Situations

(Max McClure via Situations)

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates launched Sanctum, a 24-day performance in Bristol, England that will have continuous programming 24 hours a day.

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30 Years in the making, land artist Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto in Sicily finally complete

The "Large Crack" in Gibellina, Sicily

The “Large Crack” in Gibellina, Sicily. (Fondazione Burri)

Memorializing the quiet town of Gibellina that was destroyed by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in 1968, Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto has finally been completed after some 30 years of planning. Occupying over 86,000 square feet, the concrete piece of land art is now open to the public and coincides with the artist’s 100th birthday.

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On November 10, the Institute for Public Architecture celebrates architecture and affordable housing in New York City

East, On View
Thursday, October 22, 2015


Today it seems that every civic and philanthropic organization in New York City is promoting and sponsoring events on affordable housing. But one organization, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), has been there since the beginning of the current debate on affordability and architect-designed housing.

Details after the jump.

Rudolph’s Walker Guest House replicated at the Ringling Museum of Art

Architecture, East, News, On View
Friday, October 16, 2015
A replica of the Walker Guest House (Courtesy Jenny Acheson)

A replica of Rudolph’s Walker Guest House (Courtesy Jenny Acheson)

It’s no Palace of Versailles, but the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) has reproduced Paul Rudolph‘s 1952 Walker Guest House on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art. Using Rudolph’s plans and Ezra Stoller‘s interior photographs, the foundation commissioned a faithful replica, down to the magazines on the coffee table.

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See iconic architecture (for free!) at Open House New York Weekend

Architecture, East, News, On View
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Stanford White's Gould Memorial Library and Hall of Fame (Courtesy Bronx Community College)

Stanford White’s Gould Memorial Library and Hall of Fame (Courtesy Bronx Community College)

This weekend, 256 public and privately-owned sites across New York City will open their doors to thousands of architecture and history nerds for the 13th annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend. All sites are free to visit, though some require registration in advance.

More info after the jump.

Open House San Diego launches Saturday, October 17, 2015

Architecture, On View, West
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
(Courtesy OHSD)

Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing by architect Clive Wilkinson. (Courtesy OHSD)

San Diego, California, is about to launch a public celebration of its architecture, infrastructure, and public urban design. It will become the third city in the United States to be designated as an official “Open House Worldwide.”

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