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London Calling: The Man Behind the Stirling Prize

A few weeks ago the RIBA doled out the 18th Stirling Prize to London-based architects Witherford Watson Mann. The decision was a good one. It was good for WWM and good for the profession – a youngish practice being recognized for a small but beautiful piece of work. 

The scheme’s application of brickwork and joinery removes the work from the expediencies of modern construction technology and building products, which almost exclusively characterize the contemporary built environment. It genuinely feels like a project made at a different point in history, the result of the quite particular interests of three minds, Stephen Witherford, Chris Watson and William Mann. It is direct and personal. It reminds me of Stirling’s work.. 

And not just for its powerful draftsmanship, plan and restricted palette of materials, but for its intimacy. An intimacy that is apparent in much of Stirling’s oeuvre. I do not refer to the production of intimate spaces per se but the formulation of an architecture that is authored not by a factory but a few minds. 

The latest Stirling prompted me to look back, and reconsider the work of Stirling himself.

WORLD PHOTO DAY: The 13 Architecture Photographers to Follow Now

In honor of World Photo Day, we've rounded up the 13 architectural photographers who have been impressing us most in 2013. From industry heavyweights, like Iwan Baan and Thomas Mayer, to relative new comers, such as Miguel de Guzmán and Fran Parente, these photographers have traveled the world, getting the architectural shots we only dream of. See all 13, after the break...

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego by Eduardo Souto de Moura© Fernando Guerra Guggenheim Bilbao by Frank Gehry © Duccio Malagamba © Christian Richters Image from franparente's Instagram page. Image © franparente

Earl’s Gourmet Grub / FreelandBuck

  • Architects: FreelandBuck
  • Location: Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Client: Yvonne McDonald and Dean Harada
  • Contractor: Vandermeer Contractors
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Esto, Lawrence Anderson

© Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson