A Daily Dose of Architecture

(Almost) daily architectural musings and imagery from New York City
  1. Book Review: Sun Path House and Other Cosmic Architectures

    Sun Path House and Other Cosmic Architectures by Christian Wassmann
    Koenig Books, 2017
    Hardcover, 136 pages

  2. Ecological Living Module at the UN

    This morning I visited the United Nations to see the Ecological Living Unit. The "tiny house," which was designed to be "efficient, multi-functional and engineered to operate independently," is a collaboration between UN...
  3. Book Review: Downward Spiral

    Downward Spiral: El Helicoide's Descent from Mall to Prison edited by Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore
    UR (Urban Research), 2018
    Paperback, 268 pages

  4. Today's archidose #1008

    Here's a photo of the Amager Resource Center (2017) in Copenhagen, Denmark, by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. The photo, by Jeff Reuben, is...
  5. Rosario Candela, Sutton Place, and 'Elegance in the Sky'

    [All photos by John...
  6. Today's archidose #1007

    Here are some photos of the SWEETS hotel Wiegbrug (2017) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by Space&Matter. The larger SWEETS hotel project consists of the conversion of 28...
  7. Hard Hat Tour: The Forum

    Set to open in September, The Forum is third building to open on Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the 56,000-sf building follows the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for...
  8. Today's archidose #1006

    Here are some photos of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill (2008) at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, by Tadao Ando. (Photos: Hassan Bagheri)
  9. Piet Oudolf's 'Five Seasons'

    Last month I caught Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf at IFC Center, when director Thomas Piper and his subject, planting designer Piet Oudolf, were in attendance. Just today I wrote about the film for World-Architects.

  10. AB and FOOD

    Although I've lived in Astoria, Queens, for twelve years and worked in nearby Long Island City for a few years, I'd never been to Brooklyn Grange until earlier this month. Although the name points to that hipper borough to the south, the Grange's...
  11. Hiding and Seeking at MoMA PS1

    Dream the Combine's 2018 YAP-winning Hide & Seek opened today at MoMA PS1. I work a few blocks away, so I went there at lunch to see what it's like and take some photos.

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  12. Today's archidose #1005

    Here is a photo of Frank Gehry's LUMA Arles under construction in Arles, France. (Photo: Jacqueline Poggi)

  13. Hunters Point South Park Phase 2

    I'm still catching up on things after the AIA Conference on Architecture last week and a walking tour over the weekend. The latter, of Brooklyn Bridge Park, led me to take the East River Ferry home. On the ride I noticed the second phase of Hunters Point South Park was open, so I hopped off the...
  14. Storefront's Empty Bookshelves

    I'm still swamped with the AIA Conference on Architecture being in town this week, so here's something to tide people over until I'm able to post about it or something else. Here are some photos from the opening of...
  15. 'Architecture Books' Opens at Storefront

    In September last year I attended the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Architecture Books / Yet to be Written / 1982-2017-2052 at the Cooper Union. The five-hour-long event marked the beginning stages of...
  16. Milstein Center Nears Completion

    This week I'm busy with, among other things, preparing for a "critic's tour" of Barnard College and Columbia University that I'll be giving during next week's AIA Conference on Architecture. With that, here are some photos...
  17. Transport and Climate Change

    Every time I fly — which amounts to three or four round trips per year — I think about how much fuel planes use to transport people and/or goods from one place to another. Combined with the fact that one plane takes off somewhere in the world once every second, I can only shake the thought out of...
  18. Book Review: Cook's Camden

    Cook's Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton
    Lund Humphries, 2017
    Hardcover, 328 pages

  19. Biennale Slideshow

    Below is a slideshow of 234 photos from my trip to Venice last month for the 2018 Biennale. The photos move from the International Architecture Exhibition, FREESPACE, in the Arsenale to the same in the Central Pavilion, the national pavilions in the Giardini, some collateral events, and...
  20. Book Briefs #36: Biennale Publications

    "Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews (though some might go on to get that treatment), but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention...

Quote of the day

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.

Arthur Erickson