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  • Peter Eisenman Re-examines Andrea Palladio's Work

    Contrary to what's accepted about Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio's villas—that they are ideal in form, stable in their part-to-whole ratios—architect Peter Eisenman proposes that their components had become unrecognizable by the end of Palladio's career.

     
  • Portuguese Architecture Firm Turns to Jewelry

    38n9w Arquitectos designs a one-piece resin necklace that mimics some of the angular lines of its building projects.

     
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    The Czar: Santiago Calatrava at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

    The work of Santiago Calatrava finds an opulent match in the State Hermitage Museum’s Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, which is exhibiting the architect’s models, drawings, and sculptures.

     
  • Architects and Artists Design for Swarovski

    LEDs, laser lights, mirrors, and holograms pair with Swarovski crystals at London's Design Museum in order to explore the intersection between the passing fancies of the digital era and the longer-lasting nature of gems and other tangibles.

     
  • Three Tree Sculptures Connect the Urban with the Natural

    Artist Oscar Tuazon, inspired by gritty, urban architecture brings three tree-inspired sculptures to Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York for its first site-specific installation.

     
  • First Retrospective on Thomas Heatherwick

    Is there anything Thomas Heatherwick hasn't designed anew? A first retrospective on Britain's design darling at the Victoria and Albert Museum will feature his fanciful, redesigned London double-decker, Olympic cauldron, and biomass power station, among others.

     
  • Exhibit: 'Field Conditions'

    Architects describe space without buildings, and artists describe space with architectural language in a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that revists Stan Allen's deconstructivist essay from 1996.

     
  • Infographic: 'The Parks of the World'

    Wanting to examine the parks that he visited last year, Brooklyn's Mikell Fine Iles created six infographics that comparatively visualize the size and qualities of seven of the world's parks.

     
  • Book: 'Furniture Studio'

    A survey of the University of Washington's furniture studio by Jeffrey Ochsner reveals the linkage between materials and making that defines the field of architecture.

     
  • Exhibit: ‘Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District’

    Architects in the '20s designed the largest concentration of skyscrapers in the world, to house most of the U.S. clothing-manufacturing business. An exhibit at New York's Skyscraper Museum explores the transformation from then to today's high-end fashion headquarters.

     
  • Exhibit: 'Now Boarding'

    In the post-9/11 era, there is great potential for airports to be soul-sucking, stressful places. Working hard to make the utilitarian pleasant is Denver's Fentress Architects, which has six of its airports now on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

     
  • Object: Gio Ponti's Via Dezza Chair

    One of Italian architect Geo Ponti's armchairs is on exhibit at the Venice Biennale, and re-released in limited quantities by Moteni&Co and Rubelli.

     
  • Exhibit: 'Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge'

    An upcoming exhibit in Toronto highlights what kind of design emerges when buildings are designed for seismic conditions, as well as for aesthetic quality.

     
  • Tongue-in-Cheek Drawings of Olympic Venues

    The Olympics are over, but you can’t stop dreaming about the architecture, you say? No worries. Clo’e Floirat drew “comical-satirical” versions of the 2012 venues for posterity's sake.

     
  • ‘This is Now’ Websites Show Off Cities’ Visual Hallmarks

    Experience major metropolitan centers through an aggregation of Instagram photos, thanks to one Australian startup’s first project.

     
  • Book: ‘Bridges: The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures’

    Author David Blockley dissects bridges as something beyond common infrastructure—more like an architectural suspension of science, art, and craft.

     
  • Book: 'Design for a Vulnerable Planet'

    The future of design must address nature and her vulnerabilities, says Frederick Steiner in 'Design for a Vulnerable Planet,' especially as a larger human population necessarily means more destruction from natural and unnatural disasters.

     
  • Landscape Architecture Put to Music in Film

    A coder and a musician put landscape architecture to electronic music in a film clip that also allows viewers to travel the world.

     
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    Exhibit: 'Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment'

    The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is holding a retrospective of the 1982 Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Kevin Roche. Through Dec. 2.

     
  • Book: 'Citizens of No Place'

    Jimenez Lai’s use of the cartoon as a vehicle for theory helps tone down (and poke fun at) contemporary architectural rhetoric.

     
 
 
 
 

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