AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art

View of the gallery complex from the Sculpture Garden. Image © Timothy Hursley

The entrance to the Museum of Modern Art is tucked beneath a demure facade of granite and glass in Midtown Manhattan. Its clean, regular planes mark Yoshio Taniguchi’s 2004 addition to the ’s sequence of facades, which he preserved as a record of its form. Taniguchi’s contribution sits beside the 1984 residential tower by Cesar Pelli and Associates, followed by Philip Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone’s original 1939 building, then Philip Johnson’s 1964 addition. Taniguchi was hired in 1997 to expand the Museum’s space and synthesize its disparate elements. His elegant, minimal solution presents a contemporary face for the MoMA while adhering to its Modernist roots.

In Pursuit of Architecture: A Conference on Buildings and Ideas

To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, Log presents In Pursuit of Architecture, a conference featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions. Join architects and critics for a daylong discussion of architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how we measure the cultural value of architecture.

Some of the offices that will be present include C+S architects, LAN, Neil M. Denari Architects, Preston Scott Cohen, Reiser + Umemoto, and UNStudio. For complete details, please click here.

Title: In Pursuit of Architecture: A conference on buildings and ideas
Website: http://www.anycorp.com/inpursuit/
Organizers: Log
From: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:00
Until: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:00
Venue: The Museum of Modern Art
Address: 11 West 53rd Street, , NY 10019,

MoMA’s Le Corbusier Exhibit is Must-See, Says Critic Alexandra Lange

(Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) with Pierre Jeanneret. Villa Savoye Poissy-sur-Seine, France. 1929–31. Wood, aluminum, and plastic, 16 x 34 x 32″ (40.6 x 86.4 x 81.3 cm). The , New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC. Image Courtesy of MoMA.org

Although critiquing the exhibit for some “critical flaws” – namely the choice of theme and the lack of explanatory text – Alexandra Lange’s review for The New Yorker praises the MoMA’s Le Corbusier exhibit, “An Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” as a “must-see” thanks to its varied displays, which show “the terrific span of Le Corbusier’s career in time, space, and scale [...] If current architects take anything from the exhibition [...]  it should be the power of those big, gestural drawings, where visual and verbal argument vividly come together.” Read the rest of Lange’s critique at The New Yorker. 

MoMA Releases First Storybook: “Young Frank, Architect”

Cover of Young Frank, Architect, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Inspiring builders of all ages, MoMA has released their first storybook, following the adventures of a young, architect and his architect grandfather: Young Frank and Old Frank. The creative pair – with matching bow ties, straw boater hats and, of course, -inspired glasses – optimistically views the world as an endless supply of inspiration and possibilities. Everything, from macaroni to old boxes, inspires them to create – especially after discovering the works of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright at The Museum of Modern Art. Young Frank, Architect was written by the renowned children’s author and illustrator Frank Viva. More information can be found here on MoMA.

AD Round Up: Unbuilt Classics

The Plug-In City by Peter Cook, 1964. Image via Archigram Archives

This AD Round Up is dedicated to unbuilt classics, a selection of projects and ideas that, although never built, contributed greatly to the canon of twentieth century architecture. In 1920, Buckminister Fuller designed the Dymaxion House, which displayed forward-thinking innovations in sustainability and prefabrication. In 1924, Le Corbusier’s radical plan for Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) had an extensive influence upon modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies. In the same year Friedrick Kiesler introduced his “Endless House“, the basis for his subsequent manifesto of Correalism. Eight years later in 1932, Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock curated the “Modern Architecture: International exhibition” at the MoMA, introducing the emerging International Style and laying the principles for Modern architecture. And finally, one of Archigram’s most famous utopian visions, the Plug-In City, proposed by Peter Cook in 1964, offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism and reversed traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.

UMWELT Named 2013 Winner of YAP Constructo in Santiago

Courtesy of UMWELT

Santiago-based studio UMWELT (Arturo Scheidegger & Ignacio Garcia Partarrieu) has been named as winner of the 2013 Young Architect’s Program () in Chile. Their winning proposal, ‘AMBIENT 35 60’, which is scheduled for completion in March 2014, will occupy a 20 x 27 meter site in Santiago’s Parque Araucano with a network of 35, climatically responsive spatial frames that will provide a ‘container for artwork and events.’ 

More on ‘AMBIENT 35 60’ after the break…

SO? Celebrates the Opening of ‘Sky Spotting Stop’ in Istanbul

© Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Modern

Though temporarily postponed due to the Gezi Park protests, SO? Architecture and Ideas has celebrated the opening of their winning entry – Sky Spotting Stop - for the 2013 Young Architects Program () at Istanbul Modern in Turkey. Offering refuge from the historic city’s busy streets, the fragmented canopy of reflective circular discs invites visitors to “sit, rest, gather, play, or skyspot” while overlooking the mouth of the Bosphorus.

CODA’s Skateboard Scrap ‘Party Wall’ Kickstarts MoMA’s Summer Music Series

© Zachary Tyler Newton

The Museum of Modern Art has kicked off the popular Warm Up Summer Music series in the courtyard of MoMA with the grand opening of Party Wall. The towering installation, designed by Ithaca-based studio , was the winning proposal of the 14th annual Young Architects Program in which provides emerging architects a chance to construct an innovative project as long as shades, cools and seats visitors.

With a porous skin made of woven skateboard scraps, the experimental structure has successfully met the challenge by providing a shaded refuge for the crowds with refreshing cooling stations and detachable wooden seats.

See Party Wall in action after the break…

MoMA presents ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’

Urban Plan for Algiers, project Plan and perspective. 1935. / Le Corbusier; The , New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes exhibit at the MoMA opens on June 15th. The exhibit will be centered around Le Corbusier‘s worldview of architecture.  It explores both his most famous architectural projects, as well as the means by which he was able to realize them.  Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curator Jean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier’s journeys and developments as an architect, revealing how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.

More on ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’ after the break.

MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum

© Michael Moran

The has commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro () to design its controversial expansion that will overtake the former American Folk Art Museum in New York. This news comes after an intense backlash from prominent architects, preservationists and critics worldwide pressured MoMA to reconsider its decision to raze the iconic, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-design museum in order to make way for its new expansion.

In response, DS+R has requested that MoMA gives them the “time and latitude to carefully consider the entirety of the site, including the former American Folk Art Museum building, in devising an architectural solution to the inherent challenges of the project,” as stated by Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, in a memo sent on Thursday to his trustees and staff. He added, “We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results.”

More on the DS+R’s commission and the fate of the Folk Museum after the break…

AD Interviews: Pedro Gadanho

is a Portuguese architect, curator, teacher and writer, appointed as the  Curator for Contemporary Architecture at the MoMA in January last year.

Pedro is a prolific writer, who uses a blog as a laboratory for his ideas about architecture and urbanism (sharing his views on the current states of cities and how architecture can transform them), and will surely have an impact on what the Department of Architecture of the Museum focuses on in the future.

During this past year Pedro has been involved in the YAP (Young Architects Program), a platform to discover young architects and foster new ideas through installations at the MoMA PS1 (Queens, NY), the MAXXXI Museum (Rome, Italy), the Museum (Istanbul, Turkey) and with CONSTRUCTO (Santiago, Chile).

He also curated the exhibit “9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design”  (open until Jun 9th, 2013; Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor), where his views of city and architecture come together in the form of a selection of fresh ideas and examples of architects who actively shaped our cities. The opening of the exhibit included the architectural performance “IKEA Disobedients” by Andres Jaque.

Pedro was also a jury for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe award.

In today’s world, where we have access to everything at the the tip of our fingers, the role of the curator becomes more and more relevant for us to understand our new context.

You can follow Pedro on Twitter @pedrogadanho.

Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse Rooftop to Host Contemporary Art Center

Restored Rooftop Terrace of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse © MAMO

When the gym and solarium on the 20-century’s most famous rooftop terrace – elevated 18-stories above Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse - went up for sale in 2010, French designer Ito Morabito of Ora-ïto immediately jumped on the opportunity and purchased the space. With the support of the Foundation Le Corbusier, Ora-ïto initiated a campaign to restore the 1950‘s structure to its original state, by removing an addition that blocked the spaces 360-degree views of the city, and transform it into a contemporary art center, named the MAMO for “ Modulor” – as a nod to New York’s MOMA.

More about MAMO after the break…

MoMA: Applied Design

Dirk Vander Kooij (Dutch, born 1983) Endless Flow rocking chair. 2011. Architecture & Design Purchase Fund Photo:The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Design saturates every facet of our lives. As the new exhibition states: design is a fundamental tool in helping people respond to change.  Applied Design, running from March 2nd to January 31st, focuses on the various means and methods by which we design and the product of those varied paths that lead to innovation.

SO? Wins YAP Istanbul Modern 2013

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SO? Architecture and IdeasSky Spotting Stop has been announced as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) Istanbul Modern in Turkey. Similar to its counterparts - CODA’s skateboard scrap Party Wall in New York and bam!’s buoyant installation He at MAXXI – the shady escape will be constructed in late June in the Istanbul Modern’s courtyard, offering refuge from the busy streets of Istanbul while overlooking the mouth of the Bosphorus.

More on ‘Sky Spotting Stop’ after the break…

My Hair is at MoMA PS1 / TempAgency: Kutonotuk & mcdowellespinosa

2013 PS1 YAP Finalist: TempAgency

“My Hair is at MoMA PS1″ is exactly what it sounds like.  TempAgency, composed of architecture firms Kutonotuk and mcdowellespinosa, has designed an installation that uses human hair from hair salons and barbershops as architecture.  The finalist for 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program found inspiration in the material waste to develop a project of cultural and design significance.  Join us after the break for more images.

bam! Wins YAP MAXXI 2013

Courtesy of MAXXI

With an intention to attract and impress viewers with his massive scale, He has been selected as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome, an annual competition that promotes and supports young and emerging architects in collaboration with MAXXI Architettura, /MoMA of New York, Constructo of Santiago and, for the first time, Istanbul Modern, Turkey.

Turin-based studio bam! bottega di architettura sostenibile, designed He as a grandiose and buoyant installation that transforms the concrete MAXXI facade and expansive piazza into a visual spectacular, while offering a shady escape from the Summer heat.

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Life

(French, 1801-1875). Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1854-1875. View of the reading room. © Georges Fessy

MoMA’s upcoming  Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light  celebrates the impact of this 19th century architect on space, materials, luminosity and on great places of assembly.  The exhibition will run from March 10th to June 24th, 2013 and will be the first solo exhibition of Labrouste’s work in the United States.

More on ‘Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light’ after the break.

CODA wins P.S.1 with Skateboard Scrap ‘Party Wall’

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The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has selected CODA’s (Caroline O’Donnell, Ithaca, NY) large-scale, self-supporting Party Wall, made from leftover shreds of skateboard material, as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP). Drawn from five finalists, the porous skin of CODA’s temporary urban landscape will shade visitors of the Warm Up Summer Music series with its reclaimed woven screen, while providing water in refreshing cooling stations and seating with its detachable wooden skin on the lower half of the linear structure.

“CODA’s proposal was selected because of its clever identification and use of locally available resources – the waste products of skateboard-making – to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1′s courtyard,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “Party Wall arches over the various available spaces, activating them for different purposes, while making evident that even the most unexpected materials can always be reinvented to originate architectural form and its ability to communicate with the public.”

Continue after the break for the complete project description.