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Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. 
Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.

Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. 

Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.

Happy Birthday Jorn Utzon!

Pritzker Prize winning architect Utzon (1918-2008) is the celebrated designer of the Sydney Opera House among other stunning works. Here  he is with his family in his house in Denmark, along with his most famous building, as seen in our recently published monograph Jorn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings.

April is National Landscape Architecture Month!

It’s also the month that The American Society of Landscape Architects New York announces the winners of their Annual Design Awards. We are thrilled to report that this year’s winners include James Corner Field Operations.

On May 20th, we will publish The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010. In his follow up to the acclaimed Recovering Landscape, Corner discusses two decades of projects, including Tongva Park & Ken Gensler Square, the High Line and Fresh Kills Park in NYC, University of Puerto Rico Botanical Garden in Puerto Rico, Qianhai Water City in China, and competition entries for parks in Helsinki, and Toronto.

Know where to find some Guastavino tile work? Take a photo and upload it to PalacesForThePeople.com, and don’t forget to tweet it with the #Guastavino hashtag! Through Sept. 7, The Museum of the City of New York is holding an exhibition on Rafael Guastavino called Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, curated by G. Martin Moeller Jr. and John Ochsendorf, and you can help uncover Guastavino’s spaces!

For more information on the work of Guastavino, pick up a copy of Ochsendorf’s book, Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile, and check out this article in the New York Review of Books! More info on the exhibition in the New York Times.

Discussion - free and open to the public
April 11, noon-2 p.m.
Butler Library, Room 523, Columbia University

Guastavino’s Palaces for the People: from archive to exhibition

The speakers will discuss the history of the Guastavino archive, from its last-minute discovery and rescue by Columbia University professor George R. Collins to the creation and design of the exhibition, Palaces for the People. 

• John Ochsendorf, MIT: 
The Guastavino Company and the exhibition, Palaces for the People

• Janet Parks, Avery Library, Columbia University: 
The Guastavino Archive: from acquisition to exhibition

• Chysanthe Broikos, National Building Museum: 
Nature of Architectural Exhibitions

• Daniel Fouad, C&G Design: 
Designing for architectural exhibition

We join an international chorus of well wishers when we say congratulations to Shigeru Ban for his much-deserved 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

A very revealing interview with the architect appears in our 2011 book of conversations with leading Japanese architects and designers Matter in the Floating World.

Here is just one gem from the discussion:

"I believe the strength of a material has nothing to do with the strength of a building. Even a paper tube structure can be made to withstand an earthquake that a concrete building cannot outlive."

Happy Birthday Mies van der Rohe!

He was born on this day in 1886. From our own Conversations with Mies van der Rohe are his Lake Shore Drive apartment buildings under construction in Chicago and the master himself staring out through a just completed window. 

A hearty congratulations to PAPress author Lois Weinthal who just received the 2014 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Book Award for Toward a New Interior!
It was also a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011:
"If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthals massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa.” —Paul Makovsky of Metropolis magazine

 

A hearty congratulations to PAPress author Lois Weinthal who just received the 2014 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Book Award for Toward a New Interior!

It was also a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011:

"If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthals massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa.” 
—Paul Makovsky of Metropolis magazine

 

Outtakes from The Greenest Home Exhibition
RISD, BEB Gallery, Providence, RI
March 17 through April 3, 2014

The exhibition will include thermal images from The Greenest Home and student photos of local architecture through an IR camera, map of Belgium at a country-wide scale with vast amounts of Passive House projects, The Greenest Home page spreads on display, three project models, and much more!

Panel Discussion, RISD Architecture Spring Lecture Series
RISD, BEB Gallery, Room 106, Providence, RI
March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Julie Torres Moskovitz, Fabrica718 (author and moderator)
Laura Briggs, BriggsKnowles A + D
Jordan Goldman, ZeroEnergy Design
Bill Ryall, Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects
David White, Right Environments 

The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design is written by Julie Torres Moskovitz and published by
Princeton Architectural Press.

Sea Ranch Events — California and Texas

Illustrated presentation by Donlyn Lyndon and Tito Patri
Moderated by Alex Bergtraun
Artefact Salvage & Design, Sonoma, CA
Thursday, March 13th, 5:30 pm
$20 / person
Wine reception and book signing to follow the presentation

Presentation by Donlyn Lyndon
Charles Moore Foundation, Austin, TX
Saturday, March 8th, 10 am – noon
Must RSVP to director@charlesmoore.org
$80 / individual (1 book, coffee, lunch)
$95 / couples (1 book, coffee, lunch)
$15 / students (coffee, lunch)

How a Brooklyn brownstone became a low-energy passive house

"It’s a ‘machine for living’. The air within the house changes once every three hours with the ventilation system".

Nice article in The Financial Times where Julie Torres Moskovitz, designer of the passive house in Park Slope, Brooklyn, discusses her energy-efficient home. Torres Moskovitz is also the author of The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, available now.

ruralstudio:

Newbern Town Hall wins Building of the YearArch Daily announced their Building of the Year award winners today and we’re glad to announce that Newbern Town Hall won the Building of the Year award in the category of Public Architecture. We are honored to receive such an accolade and so proud of the team: Brett Bowers, David Frazier, Mallory Garrett and Zane Morgan. Congrats, ya’ll!

A well-deserved honor! The story behind the Newbern Town Hall and the ever-expanding program in rural Alabama are featured in the upcoming Rural Studio at Twenty, from Princeton Architectural Press.

ruralstudio:

Newbern Town Hall wins Building of the Year
Arch Daily announced their Building of the Year award winners today and we’re glad to announce that Newbern Town Hall won the Building of the Year award in the category of Public Architecture. We are honored to receive such an accolade and so proud of the team: Brett Bowers, David Frazier, Mallory Garrett and Zane Morgan. Congrats, ya’ll!

A well-deserved honor! The story behind the Newbern Town Hall and the ever-expanding program in rural Alabama are featured in the upcoming Rural Studio at Twenty, from Princeton Architectural Press.

dezeen:

Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects used dynamite, chippers and saws to bore through the huge boulders of a rocky outcrop on a North American island to make room for this raw concrete house

This project and more profiled in Tom Kundig: Houses 2.

In late 2008, after the real estate crash, architect Dennis Wedlick decided to design, with his staff and collaborators, an economically feasible and sustainable home that could serve as a prototype for home buyers. Thus the Hudson Passive Project was born, a 1,650-sq-ft model residence in Claverack, New York.

From The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, available from PAPress here.

Studio Life — Theaster Gates

In 2009 Gates (a Chicago artist and urban planner) acquired an abandoned two-story house and expanded his major community organization, Dorchester Projects. A work in progress, the structure houses a library, slide archive, and soul-food kitchen. On the second floor of the house, Gates installed a library purchased from Prairie Avenue Bookstore, an important art, design, and architecture bookstore in the South Loop of Chicago that had gone out of business: 

"I recall going in the store as it was having its final days sale—folks were mournful. It seemed my abandoned building would be the perfect home for the collection… It’s a fountain of amazing knowledge about the built environment."

More on Theaster Gates in the New York Times and in Studio Life.

Images of Heidi and Peter Wenger’s 1955 Trigon Chalet, Brig, Switzerland, after renovations in 1976. From A-Frame by Chad Randl.