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At Strand Books in NYC on June 26, 2014, Ellen Lupton and her students from MICA spoke about the book they wrote, Type on Screen: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students, available now from Princeton Architectural Press.
Three fun and summery designs from Pattern Box, a postcard box curated by the Textile Arts Center, released in 2013 by PAPress.
In 1971, Marguerite Hart, the first children’s librarian at the Troy Public Library, contacted a number of public figures asking them to write about the importance of libraries and about their experiences of reading. This was author E. B. White’s response.
More reflections on the significance of libraries can be found in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.
Happy 4th of July!
We’re celebrating with a look at Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, published by PAPress in 2013.
Big congratulations to Andrea Cochran—she has been honored with the 2014 Design Medal, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Design Medal recognizes an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years. Also, a belated congrats for winning the 2014 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published the monograph Andrea Cochran: Landscapes.
With renewed support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pamphlet Architecture announces its 2014 competition.
To promote and foster the development and circulation of architectural ideas, Pamphlet Architecture is again offering an opportunity for architects, designers, theorists, urbanists, and landscape architects to publish their projects, manifestos, ideas, theories, ruminations, insights, and hopes for the future of the designed and built world. With far-ranging topics including the alphabet, algorithms, machines, and music, each Pamphlet is unique to the individual or group who authors it. This call for ideas seeks projects that possess the rigor and excitement found throughout the rich history of Pamphlet Architecture.
More information and submission guidelines at pamphletarchitecture.org
Great article over at Metropolis Mag by Alexandra Lange: “Why Charles Moore (Still) Matters”. The Moonraker Athletic Center (above), completed by MLTW/Moore-Turnbull in 1966, was as much landscape as architecture, protecting the pool from sea breezes and containing small, skylit changing rooms. Barbara Stauffacher Solomon painted highly influential supergraphics inside the Swim Club, further altering perceptions of its small scale. Moore is one of the architects profiled in The Sea Ranch, a new revised edition was released in 2013.
Some nice words for our book: Manhattan Classic—
“If you’re a real estate hound, Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments is either a twist of the knife or a handy resource, depending on your point of view and your bank account.”
—New York Times
“A whirlwind tour of more than 80 of the most lavish homes in the city.”
“In Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments, New York City architect Geoffrey Lynch presents photo-heavy histories on 84 of Manhattan’s ritziest apartment buildings. His lens is a historic one; Lynch is looking to tell the story of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century golden age of New York architecture and the architects that shaped it.”
“Geoffrey Lynch has tracked down the best examples of New York’s very particular breed of stately homes, with sumptuous photography and plans for the armchair snooper to peruse.”
“The residential buildings Geoffrey Lynch has chosen for this beautifully laid-out book meet the definition of ‘classic’ in every way. Of enduring worth, they have stood the test of time. Here’s to the architects and builders, and to the lucky New Yorkers who get to live within those gracious walls.”
—Charles Osgood, CBS News
Over the course of 18 years, Robert Dawson has photographed hundreds of public libraries across the United States, from the monumental to the modest. Check out more portraits of the vibrant but threatened American institution in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
BEE — An artist looks at the honeybee through the lens of an electron microscope.
Work on BEE, the handsome and inspiring book by artist and photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher, began the first time she peered at the magnified image of a bee’s eye and realized that its 6,900 hexagonal lenses looked shockingly similar to a honeycomb. Was this a coincidence or a clue, she wondered? Was there a deeper connection between the structure of a bee’s vision and the structures that it builds (“corresponding frequencies expressed in corresponding forms,” as Fisher puts it)? This set her off on a quest which resulted in this award-winning book (2010 International Photography Awards).
Beach Houses: Andrew Geller — back in print!
Geller’s inspired vacation homes fuse functional living, playful shapes, and an abiding love for sun and sand. Modest in scale but bursting with optimistic energy, they are icons of carefree leisure and breezy summer fun. Check out more in Beach Houses — now available in paperback.
And don’t forget — Stephen Powers new book is out now!
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A letter from Paul Rand to Ladislav Sutnar, via @michaelbierut.
For more of the master’s acerbic perspective, pick up a copy of Paul Rand: Conversations with Students and be amazed at the quantity and quality of its contents.
Polaroid inventor Edwin Land, the Steve Jobs of his day, was born on this day in 1909 – here are some timeless lessons in ingenuity and innovation from the story of Polaroid
Happy Birthday Dr. Land! Read more in Instant: The Story of Polaroid.