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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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."
Images of Heidi and Peter Wenger’s 1955 Trigon Chalet, Brig, Switzerland, after renovations in 1976. From A-Frame by Chad Randl.
Paul Rudolph drawing
Some copies of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses by Christopher Domin and Joseph King are still available online.
Le Corbusier, Book Dummy for “Une Petite Maison”, (1954)
In 1954, Le Corbusier published the book, “Une Petite Maison”. In it, he describes the house that he built for his aging parents on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is above all about the act of dwelling, an essay on the poetics of space. As Gaston Bachelard explains in his book of the same name, “The act of dwelling arises infallibly as soon as one has the impression of being sheltered.” Le Corbusier’s book is a series of lessons on the poetics of shelter. They begin with the title and dust jacket. “Une Petite Maison” means not simply a quantitatively small house but especially a quantitatively small house. We sleep more soundly”, observes Bachelard in a “little house” than in a large one. The “little house” calls for reveries of coziness associated with miniatures. This cozy seclusion is even suggested in the cover where Le Corbusier has drawn a broad black band around it’s surface, thereby placing it in it’s own sheltered nest.
Also see Le Corbusier and the Maisons Jaoul — the houses are often thought of as the antithesis of everything commonly referred to as “Corbusian”.
The Architect Says
A collection of quotable lines from more than a hundred of the industry’s leading architects throughout history.
Physical architecture models have remained relevant in our age of digital rendering and virtual tours. presents the nuts and bolts of model making, this primer is a must-have for any budding architect.
A Guide to Archigram 1961–74
The brain-child of a group of young British architects, the Archigram Group pioneered a brand of architecture that was visionary, utopian and grounded in social need. As advocates of an industry overhaul, they predicted today’s information revolution years before it happened. This is their story.
Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses
As the only collection of rendered original drawings of all twenty-six of the legendary architect’s residential work, Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses allows readers to experience the houses spatially through plans, sections, and elevations of exterior forms and interior spaces.
The Pocket Dept. Notebooks
Vintage inspired set of soft cover notebooks designed to fit every pocket from your back pocket to your messenger bag.
Excellent holiday gifts from Princeton Architectural Press!
Today over at the always interesting A Daily Dose of Architecture, John Hill reports on the Graham Foundation’s new pop-up bookshop which will open on December 17th. Designed by architect Ania Jaworska, it occupies the former dining room of the foundation’s historic Madlener House on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Photos courtesy of Travis Roozée.
Launch of New Museums in China … in China!
Join author Clare Jacobson at either of these events for a talk and book signing.
Thursday, December 5 at 12:30-1:30pm
China International Exhibition Center, Beijing
Saturday, December 7, 4-6pm
Rockbund Art Museum, YWCA Building, Shanghai
Photos above: Chaoyang Urban Planning Museum in Beijing
More California-based events for The Sea Ranch!
You’re invited to attend these events in celebration of the NEW revised edition of The Sea Ranch.
Book Signing with Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
The Sea Ranch Lodge, CA
November 30, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presentation by Donlyn Lyndon
Museum Lecture Hall at Getty Institute in Los Angeles
December 10, 6:30pm
Edit: POSTPONED to 2014
THE MODERN MODULAR
Joseph Tanney Lecture & Booksigning
Tuesday, November 26
Trespa Design Center
62 Greene Street, New York
Joseph Tanney, principal and founder of Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES 4), will present a program focusing on THE MODERN MODULAR, a systematic methodology of design that leverages existing methods of prefabrication for residential construction. These efforts offer an option of ‘Mass Customization’ to the single-family housing market, thereby potentially transforming the sub-urban fabric of the American domestic landscape. This fall, Princeton Architectural Press published Modern Modular: The Prefab Houses of Resolution: 4 Architecture by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz. The book will be on sale at the event.
In 2003, RES4 won an International Competition for a modern prefabricated home, The Dwell Home. It has been noted by the Washington Post as the “highest profile modern prefabricated home in America”, and is considered the “Holy Grail” for modern prefab enthusiasts by the Wall Street Journal.
Speaker: Joseph Tanneyfounded Resolution: 4 Architecture with Robert Luntz in New York in 1990. Since its inception, their ten-person office has been internationally published and highly acclaimed, completing projects in the residential, commercial, and public realms. Prior to starting his own practice, Tanney was a student and an employee of both Charles Gwathmey and Peter Eisenman. Tanney has lectured throughout the US, and his firm’s work has been exhibited in museums including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Hammer Museum in Los Angles, and MOMA in New York.
Tianjin Museum (Tianjin, 2004)
Shin Takamatsu Architect & Associates with Kawaguchi & Engineers
Architect Shin Takamatsu on his inspiration:
“I was at a loss as to how to find a context—a clue to the design,” he continues. “At that time, I saw white birds flying in the contaminated and mud colored sky that was typical in Tianjin. This appealing sight gave me the direct source of my creation’s inspiration.”
From New Museums in China from PAPress.