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Children’s Library at Concourse House / Michael K. Chen Architecture

18:00 - 2 January, 2019
Children’s Library at Concourse House / Michael K. Chen Architecture, © Alan Tansey
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Upper Eastside Townhouse / Michael K Chen Architecture

11:00 - 27 June, 2018
Upper Eastside Townhouse / Michael K Chen Architecture, © Alan Tansey
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    New York, NY, United States
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    Project team:Michael K Chen, Alan Tansey, Justin Snider, Elena Hasbun, Braden Caldwell, Natasha Harper, Robinson Strong, Michelle Frantelizzi, Julian Anderson
  • Area

    9600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
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Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

09:30 - 30 April, 2017
Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

Whether architecture is a form of art or not has often been a controversial topic of conversation within the architecture world. If one goes by the general definition of the word "art," architecture could potentially fit within the umbrella term: "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." As anyone involved in the architectural discipline probably knows, there is an abundance of varying definitions of the word "architecture," so whether its primary purpose is to achieve beauty or to organize space is evidently up for discussion.

Ask Jay A. Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Prize, and he may say that "architecture is intended to transcend the simple need for shelter and security by becoming an expression of artistry." Ask The Guardian's Jonathan Jones and he may tell you that "architecture is the art we all encounter most often, most intimately, yet precisely because it is functional and necessary to life, it's hard to be clear about where the 'art' in a building begins." But this ambiguity is part of what makes the field of architecture challenging and exciting. To celebrate this complicated aspect of architecture, below we have collected a list of just some of the works that could be seen as art, architecture or both, depending on who’s looking, to provide some context to those blurry boundaries.

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New Paltz House / AlexAllen Studio

15:00 - 25 October, 2016
New Paltz House / AlexAllen Studio, © Alan Tansey
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COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE TRAINING CENTER / Jane Kim Design

01:00 - 31 October, 2013
COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE TRAINING CENTER / Jane Kim Design, © Alan Tansey
© Alan Tansey

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