Tectonics (Architectural Theory)
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.”
Terence Gower opens the gray flannel cover of Stan Allen and Marc McQuade’s Landform Building, an architectural manifesto that rethinks “organic” as “geologic.”
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.
“People define iconic buildings as being these singular things that transform everything else around them.” James Timberlake
“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 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.
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.