Architectural Theory

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Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee by Frank Gesualdi
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The artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial discuss their new Menil Drawing Institute and the role of history in contemporary architecture.

Laura Kurgan by Noah Chasin
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An architect talks about her data maps of urban conflict from Brooklyn to Aleppo.

Sarah Oppenheimer by Alexander Galloway
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Open floor plans are less open than we think—and ripe for intervention. Oppenheimer’s latest effort is on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Conversations in Mexico
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The nth volume of interviews by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist gathers fourteen conversations with surviving luminaries of an era of Mexican culture that in hindsight is nothing short of magnificent, despite its under-recognized or somewhat forgotten status abroad.

The City That Wasn’t by Pierre Alexandre de Looz
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An architect conjures the ghosts of New York’s unbuilt past.

Momentarily Becalmed by Pierre Alexandre de Looz
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This year’s Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers convenes work that probes an “unstable environment.”

Wolf Vostell and Dick Higgins’s Fantastic Architecture by Eva Díaz
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Buildings are big, expensive, and they have a tendency to stick around a long time. So what’s an artist who wants to disturb “the repressive architecture of bureaucracy and luxury” to do?

SO – IL by Troy Conrad Therrien
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“The idea of misunderstanding is very much part of our time. In our firm, we are from all these different backgrounds, working in this Babylonian city, so we are also interested in process and the unintentional things emerging from that. It acknowledges our contemporary chaos.”

Tatiana Bilbao by Terence Gower
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For Tatiana Bilbao, an architectural project’s limitations are opportunities to experiment with new approaches. With artist Terence Gower she revisits recent ventures and Mexico’s architectural tradition.

Paper Clip #22 by Tyler Curtis

Paper Clip is a weekly compilation of online articles, artifacts and other—old, new, and sometimes BOMB-related.

Smiljan Radic by Jose Castillo
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Though we share acquaintances, Smiljan Radic and I have never met in person, nor spoken over the phone. This interview is the result of a series of email exchanges between Smiljan in Santiago and myself in Mexico City during October of 2008.

Informal Architectures by Terence Gower
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Based on a workshop and exhibition at the Banff Centre in 2007, Informal Architectures is more a compilation of documents (artist statements, interviews, and articles by workshop participants and exhibitors) than a typical work of architectural history or criticism.

Architectures of Gender, Sculpture Center, New York by Marjorie Welish

Sixteen Polish installation artists take on the titular theme of Architectures of Gender in varied ways, from confronting viewers with oversized statistics to transforming Bauhaus design principles into a utopic living room.

Alastair Gordon by Roland Legiardi-Laura
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For me, though, what is most engaging about Gordon is the way his mind unravels a thought. 

Dan Graham by Mike Metz
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Metz explores the public work and solitary life of Dan Graham.

Mike Bidlo by Anney Bonney
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Michael Bidlo shares his relation to the “masters” as a copyist of the Modernist canon and at times looses himself in the process, not sure even of his own voice or thoughts at times.

Richard Serra by David Seidner
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Photographer David Seidner talks to the master of sculpture, Richard Serra, whose work continues to be honored and comprehensively exhibited throughout the decades.

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