Monterey Becomes Eclectic: Lessons from the Monterey Design Conference

Architecture, Design, West
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Architects gather for the 2015 Monterey Design Conference held at Julia Morgan's Asilomar. (Courtesy @rjcarch/ Instagram)

Architects gather for the 2015 Monterey Design Conference held at Julia Morgan’s Asilomar. (Courtesy @rjcarch/ Instagram)

A weekend at the 2015 Monterey Design Conference (MDC) held at Asilomar leads to a wealth and variety of insights about architecture and design. Including a lesson in “uglyful,” says Guy Horton.

Read about the conference after the jump.

SiTE:LAB Announces 54Jeff Competition Winners

1st Prize, Danielle Berwick (54Jeff)

1st Prize, Danielle Berwick, Reforestation (54Jeff)

SiTE:LAB has revealed the winners of 54Jeff, its open ideas competition pursuing compelling concepts for the future of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum in the hopes of educating the community on the unique potential of site at 54 Jefferson. The competition objective was based on repurposing the building as a public space while considering both the surviving showcases from when the museum relocated and the site’s proximity to the neighboring structure in which the museum holds the bulk of its collection. Entries were judged on innovation, quality and clarity of presentation, and sensitivity to the site and its context.

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Kroloff Leaves Full-Time Post at Cranbrook

Midwest, National
Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Reed Kroloff will leave his full-time position as director of Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum for a part-time role, the academy announced Tuesday. In his stead, Cranbrook Trustee and Academy Governor Allan Rothfeder will serve as a special advisor to assist Cranbrook President Dominic DiMarco during the transition period.

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Only in Venice, kids, only in Venice!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

From our roving correspondent Alex Gorlin, who was party-hopping the other night:

Among the guests at Aaron Betsky’s 50th birthday celebration on Thursday were Henry Urbach, curator of Architecture at SFMOMA, Laurie Beckelman, UCLA’s Sylvia Lavin (who was complaining to Jeff Kipnis about the mosquitoes), Susan Grant Lewin the PR Queen—she barely made the “haj” to the party—the Modern’s Barry Bergdoll with Bill Ryall, his partner, Reed Kroloff and Casey Jones. Last and certainly not least was Katherine Gustafson, the Zaha of landscape design, who appeared in a regally flowing white toga-like gown. The setting was her “Garden of Paradise” at the Arsenale,  a coyly-renamed installation in the Garden of Virgins, with vegetables and flowers culminating in a swirling ridge of grassy mounds above which floated giant white ballons and what looked like the remains of a parachute. All in all, an elegant evening, although with no lights on, it was pitch black and so far away that one can only imagine half the guests, a little tipsy perhaps, falling into canals on the trek home.

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Writer’s Block

Friday, September 12, 2008

Obviously when we saw that the first event of the first panel discussion on the first day was titled “Writing Building” and was billed as going beyond criticism and academic writing in an effort to recapture a lost audience (Are you still with me here?), we pricked up our ears.  Read More

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