A Daily Dose of Architecture

(Almost) daily architectural musings and imagery from New York City
  1. Of Architecture and Pelicans

    Somehow, in the course of reading email, checking Twitter and doing other things on the computer when I got to work this morning, I got off on the tangent of looking at covers of architecture books — specifically those produced by Pelican in the 1950s and 60s.

    The small paperbacks, of...
  2. Building Tall in Manhattan, eVolo Style

    While four honorable mentions in the eVolo 2018 Skyscraper Competition are focused on Manhattan, only one comes close to approaching a traditional skyscraper. The others, like the
  3. Book Briefs #35: Better Late Than Never

    "Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way...
  4. A305 Complete

    The Canadian Centre for Architecture has just wrapped up posting the series A305, aka "History of Architecture and Design 1890-1939," on its YouTube channel. The 24 programs created by the Open University originally aired on BBC2 between 1975 and 1982. The CCA uploaded them as part of its...
  5. #TBT to NWA

    Last summer I visited Crystal Bridges of American Art in Bentonville, in Northwest Arkansas, but I didn't get around to processing my photographs until this month. An unexpected gem from the visit was the welcome pavilion...
  6. Are You the Next Eva?

    Recently the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Executive Director and Chief Curator Eva Franch i Gilabert was appointed Director of the Architectural Association in London. Her new position...
  7. Book Review: The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion

    The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion by Interboro Partners (Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore)
    Actar, 2017
    Hardcover, 460 pages

  8. Mies, Sitting and Smoking

    Every architect knows this famous photo of a famous architect:

    [Mies in his Chicago apartment, 1964,...
  9. On Arakawa + Gins

    Last Friday, Columbia GSAPP opened Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient at the Arthur Ross Gallery, the same day it convened a conference —
  10. Book Briefs #34

    "Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way...
  11. MIMOA 2.0

    If you're like me, when you travel you consult MIMOA, the user-generated website that functions as a guide to modern architecture. The website is particularly helpful with registration, which enables adding projects but also favoriting them, marking them as...
  12. Eternal Gradient

    Last night I attended a preview of the new exhibition at Columbia GSAPP's Arthur Ross Gallery, Arakawa and Gins: Eternal Gradient. The exhibition opens this evening, after an afternoon symposium I'm...
  13. AIA Guide to New York City, 50 Years Later

    Last week I happened upon and bought a first printing of the AIA Guide to New York City. Edited by Norval White and Elliot Willensky, the guide was first published in 1967/68 and has been updated four times since then. I include both 1967 and 1968, since the book's copyright indicates both...
  14. Today's archidose #1000

    Here are some photos of San Cataldo Cemetery (1971) in Modena, Italy, by Aldo Rossi with Gianni Braghieri. (Photographs: Trevor Patt, who has many more in his Flickr...
  15. Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" Today

    Over at World-Architects I did a write-up of Image Building, an exhibition that opened last weekend at the Parrish Art Museum. Some of my favorite images in the exhibition,...
  16. Map Review: Concrete Chicago Map

    Concrete Map Chicago edited by Iker Gil
    Blue Crow Media, 2018
    Double-sided, 16.54 x 23.39 inches

  17. Nice Adaptive Reuse

    Yesterday, a nice pool struck my fancy. Today it's this adaptive reuse project: a creamery in Buenos Aires.

  18. Nice Pool

    Earlier today I was posting a project to World-Architects – L'Accostée House by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes – and was particularly taken with one aspect of it: the lap pool. Located on the first floor...
  19. Today's archidose #999

    Here are some photos of Art Museum & Library, Ota (2017) in Gunma, Japan by akihisa hirata architecture office. (Photographs: Ken Lee)

  20. Archidose[dot]org Update

    Just some URL news: Yesterday was the last day for my archidose.org URL. I'd had some issues with my webhost in recent years, and it got to the point where most of my blog stuff had moved to Blogger. So without much need for my own server and URL, I decided to ditch archidose.org. Everything here...

Quote of the day

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.

David Allan Coe