Exhibition at Chicago's Graham Foundation to Examine African Modernism

07:00 - 21 January, 2016
Exhibition at Chicago's Graham Foundation to Examine African Modernism,  Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, 1973, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Image © Iwan Baan
Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, 1973, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Image © Iwan Baan

new exhibition opening later this month at Chicago's Graham Foundation seeks to explore the complex history and legacy of modernist architecture in sub-Saharan Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Architecture of Independence: African Modernism will feature nearly eighty buildings in commissioned photographs by Iwan Baan, Alexia Webster, and Manuel Herz. Alongside archival material, the exhibition "imparts a new perspective on the intersection of architecture and nation-building in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia and investigates some of the most compelling yet under-studied examples of 1960s and 1970s architecture worldwide."

Graham Foundation Announces 49 Grant Winners for 2015

08:00 - 13 August, 2015
Graham Foundation Announces 49 Grant Winners for 2015, Florian Joy, Bawadi, 2006. Image Courtesy of the MoCP
Florian Joy, Bawadi, 2006. Image Courtesy of the MoCP

The Graham Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2015 Grants—49 innovative architectural projects from a global range of “major museum retrospectives, multi-media installations, site-specific commissions, and documentary films to placemaking initiatives, e-publications, and academic journals.”

All of these newly funded project designs, chosen from over 200 submissions, show great promise in respect to impact on the greater architectural field. Overall, the Graham Foundation has awarded the projects $496,500 in an effort to help chart new territory in the future of architecture.

Out of the 49 projects, 12 are “public programs and exhibitions that will coincide with the inaugural Chicago Biennial, opening this fall.”

Learn about a few of the winning projects with descriptions via the Graham Foundation after the break.

Lebbeus Woods, Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993. Image Courtesy of the Estate of Lebbeus Woods, New York P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S (Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich), digital image, Keelung Crystal, 2013, Taiwan. Image Courtesy of James Vincent and Karim Moussa Noritaka Minami, B1004 I, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. Image Courtesy of the artist Meredith Miller, detail view of Half-Acre/Half-Life, a decomposing landscape installation, 2012, Ann Arbor, MI. Image Courtesy of the author +12

Graham Foundation Awards Grants for 63 Outstanding Projects

16:30 - 28 May, 2015
Graham Foundation Awards Grants for 63 Outstanding Projects, Noritaka Minami, "Facade I," 2011, Tokyo, Japan. Courtesy of the artist. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami and Ken Yoshida for "1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower.". Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation
Noritaka Minami, "Facade I," 2011, Tokyo, Japan. Courtesy of the artist. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami and Ken Yoshida for "1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower.". Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation has awarded over $490,000 in "Grants to Individuals" of 63 "outstanding projects" that "engage original ideas in architects." From a photographic survey of Le Corbusier's completed works to an online oral history regarding efforts to building housing for homeless individuals living with HIV and AIDS in New York City, the awarded projects range from participatory workshops to exhibitions and documentary films.

As The Graham Foundation says, each awarded project "advances new scholarship in the field of architecture, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society."

View all 63 awarded projects, after the break.

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, 1928–32, Poissy, France. Photo: Richard Pare. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Richard Pare for “Le Corbusier, The Built Work.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation Ying Xiao and Shengchen Yang, “Occupy Skyscraper,” 2012, New York. Courtesy of the artists. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter for “Architecture is All Over.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation Group Ludic, playground, “Quartier de la Grande Delle,” 1968, Herouville St. Clair, France. Courtesy of Xavier de la Salle. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Gabriela Burkhalter for “Group Ludic’s Visionary Urban Landscapes, 1968–1979.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation Craig Hodgetts, collage from “Design Quarterly 100, Inside James Stirling,” 1976. Courtesy of Craig Hodgetts. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Todd Gannon and Craig Hodgetts for “Biography of a Teaching Machine and Other Writings.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation +11

Treatise: Why Write Alone?

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Treatise: Why Write Alone?, Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Drawing inspiration from Steven Holl and William Stout’s brainchild Pamphlet Architecture, a new collaborative project, Treatise: Why Write Alone?, unifies fourteen design firms to examine the architectural treatise as a method of exploring theoretical questions and sparking discussion. The project was developed by designer Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular in response to receiving a grant from the Graham Foundation. His unconventional ideas on the architectural process made him wonder, "Why write? And, why write alone?" The resultant collection of publications delves into these questions, both collectively and individually, with a collaborative piece as well as submissions from each firm.

Andrew Kovacs, "Guggenheim Helsinki Model," 2014. Found objects. 48 x 96 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist Design With Company (Stewart Hicks & Allison Newmeyer), "Midwest Culture Sampler (Department of Quantity, Scale, Image)," 2014. Three archival inkjet prints. 26 x 11 1/4 inches each. Courtesy of the artists. is-office (Kyle Reynolds and Jeff Mikolajewski), “Javits, Javits,” 2012. Archival inkjet print. 56 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artists. SOFTlab (Michael Szivos), "Shizuku," 2009. Plywood. 72 x 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Jessika Creedon. +5

Places Journal Relaunches With a Fresh Commitment to Accessible Architecture Scholarship

00:00 - 8 October, 2014
Places Journal Relaunches With a Fresh Commitment to Accessible Architecture Scholarship, Courtesy of Places Journal
Courtesy of Places Journal

After a five-year stint as part of the Design Observer Group, Places Journal has now struck out on their own with a fresh, modern website and a renewed commitment to their editorial goal of publishing "rigorous and lively public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism." As explained by Places Journal's editor and executive director Nancy Levinson, "what drives our editorial enterprise is the publication of excellent work that combines the narrative power of serious journalism with the precision and depth of scholarship — work that advances the cause of equitable cities and sustainable landscapes." Read more about the new Places Journal after the break.

The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32

19:00 - 6 October, 2012
Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Photograph © Richard Pare 2007.
Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Photograph © Richard Pare 2007.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will be hosting an exhibition on Russian Modernist Architecture starting October 11 through February 16, 2013. Featuring a wealth of rarely published material on architecture that spanned the empire of the Soviet Union, the 80+ large-scale photographs – documented by British photographer Richard Pare – provide unique insight into the movements of the Soviet revolutionary period.  More photos and information after the break.