Tectonics (Architectural Theory)

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Stan Allen by Nader Tehrani
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Stan Allen’s seminal essay, “Field Conditions,” written almost 15 years ago, still resonates among architects. He confers with Nader Tehrani on landscape urbanism as well as building and teaching “from a position of uncertainty.”

Landform Building by Terence Gower
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Terence Gower opens the gray flannel cover of Stan Allen and Marc McQuade’s Landform Building, an architectural manifesto that rethinks “organic” as “geologic.”

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.

James Timberlake by Deven Golden
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“People define iconic buildings as being these singular things that transform everything else around them.” James Timberlake 

Paulo Mendes da Rocha by Ruth Verde Zein
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“Applying a thoughtful design in the first place prevents the destruction of space. Avoiding disasters is a far more important action.” Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz by Carlos Brillembourg
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Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz and I “spoke” via email from fall 2001 to late summer 2002. I have known Jesús most of my life; we became close in 1979 when we and 15 other architects founded the Instituto de Architectura Urbana (IAU) in Caracas.

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.

Louis Kahn by Carlos Brillembourg
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“It’s impossible to anticipate the future, but it is possible to anticipate the lasting quality in what you do today!” Louis Kahn

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