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Los Angeles Architect Francois Perrin Passes Away

13:00 - 3 April, 2019
Los Angeles Architect Francois Perrin Passes Away, Francois Perrin. Image Courtesy of Jacqueline Booth Di Milia
Francois Perrin. Image Courtesy of Jacqueline Booth Di Milia

Los Angeles based architect and curator Francois Perrin has passed away. Perrin was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in January, 2019, and passed away on April 1, 2019, in Ventura County, California. As the founder of Air Architecture, the Paris-born architect worked in Southern California while remaining professionally active in France. He is known for his creative and inventive approach to materials, and for his ability to rethink everyday life through his work.

Hollywood Hills House. Image © Michael Wells Air Houses: Design for a New Climate. Image © Steve Hall Skatehouse. Image © Sam McGuire Airhouse. Image © Nills Timm + 5

Ed Kaplan Family Institute / John Ronan Architects

20:00 - 12 February, 2019
Ed Kaplan Family Institute / John Ronan Architects, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

© Steve Hall © Steve Hall © Steve Hall © Steve Hall + 49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, IL, United States
  • Category

  • Director, Lead Designer

    John Ronan FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Marcin Szef
  • Project Team

    Danielle Beaulieu, Sam Park, Eric Cheng, Laura Gomez Hernandez
  • Area

    72000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Sun City Kobe Tower / Richard Beard Architects

23:00 - 5 October, 2018
Sun City Kobe Tower / Richard Beard Architects, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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Wicker Park Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects

13:00 - 19 July, 2018
Wicker Park Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes with Over 500,000 Attendees

14:30 - 17 January, 2018
Second Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes with Over 500,000 Attendees, © Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the figures for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which closed its four month run on Sunday, January 7th.

The second edition of the event, helmed by Artistic Director Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, was able to match the success of the inaugural edition, seeing 554,866 visitors from around the world.

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History

08:00 - 20 December, 2017
At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History, Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying
Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

When we think of contemporary architecture in China, we often refer to the megaprojects by international architecture studios that tend to get covered most in the design media. From OMA’s CCTV Headquarters and Shenzhen Stock Exchange to the recently completed Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV and Poly International Plaza by SOM, these projects dominate urban skylines at a singular scale that suggests they were built to impress.

Beyond individual buildings, China’s mega-architecture boom is rapidly developing entirely new cities, a process designed to relieve the country’s principal metropolitan areas of their high density, while offering new prototypes for urban life. These highly branded environments are prompting displacement – as a form of rural exodus – and social stress throughout the country, while also ignoring the legacy of traditional Chinese architecture in urban centers.

Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre in the Dashilar neighborhood of Beijing, designed by ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image by Shengliang Su Installation view of Archi-Union projects at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image by Steve Hall © Hall Merrick Photographers Five Dragons Temple by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying Fab-Union in Shanghai’s West Bund neighborhood, designed by Archi-Union. Images by Hao Chen (left) and Shengliang Su (right) + 8

Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train

13:00 - 10 November, 2017
Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

© Steve Hall © Barbara Karant © Steve Hall © Tom Harris + 38

10 Tips To Perfect Your Architectural Photography

09:30 - 6 February, 2017
10 Tips To Perfect Your Architectural Photography

Our modern day, image-obsessed culture has got us consuming a large quantity of architecture through photographs, as opposed to physical, spatial experiences. The advantages of architectural photography are great; it allows people to obtain a visual understanding of buildings they may never get the opportunity to visit in their lifetime, creating a valuable resource that allows us to expand our architectural vocabulary. However, one must stay critical towards the disadvantages of photography when it comes to architecture. Jeremy Till, author of “Architecture Depends,” summarizes this in his chapter “Out Of Time”: “The photograph allows us to forget what has come before (the pain of extended labor to achieve the delivery of the fully formed building) and what is to come after (the affront of time as dirt, users, change, and weather move in). It freezes time or, rather, freezes out time. Architectural photography ‘lifts the building out of time, out of breath,’ and in this provides solace for architects who can dream for a moment that architecture is a stable power existing over and above the tides of time.”

The following tips aim to not only improve the visual strength of your architectural photography, but also the stories that they can tell—going beyond the individual images in order to communicate buildings’ relationships with their contexts, space and time.

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The University of Kansas DeBruce Center for the Original Rules of Basketball / Gould Evans

15:00 - 7 December, 2016
The University of Kansas DeBruce Center for the Original Rules of Basketball / Gould Evans, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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  • Architects

  • Location

    1647 Naismith Dr, Lawrence, KS 66044, United States
  • Category

  • Project Designers

    John Wilkins, Managing Principal; Steve Vukelich, Project Architect; Kelly Dreyer, Project Designer; Tony Rohr, Design Principal; Sean Zaudke, Architect; Jonathan Holley, Architect
  • Area

    48000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Gordon Parks Arts Hall / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

12:00 - 16 February, 2016
Gordon Parks Arts Hall / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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Epsilon / Eastlake Studio

14:00 - 8 April, 2015
Epsilon / Eastlake Studio, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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Gary Comer College Prep / John Ronan Architects

00:00 - 19 December, 2010
Gary Comer College Prep / John Ronan Architects, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center / Studio Gang

01:00 - 4 July, 2010
Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center / Studio Gang, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

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  • Architects

  • Location

    1600 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Studio Gang Architects
  • Owner

    Columbia College, Chicago
  • General Contractor

    W.E. O’Neil
  • Consultant

    David Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencik Associates
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Photographs

SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center / Studio Gang

00:00 - 13 July, 2009
SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center / Studio Gang

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, IL, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Studio Gang Architects
  • Owner

    SOS Children's Villages
  • Project Year

    2008

Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture

00:00 - 5 May, 2008
Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture

Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Category

  • Structural Engineer

    Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
  • Environmental Engineer

    Atelier Ten / Design Plus, Inc.
  • Lighting Consultant

    Isometrix Lighting + Design
  • Curtain Wall Consultant

    W.J. Higgins & Associates
  • Landscape Design

    Design Plus
  • Light

    POETIC and PRACTICAL
  • Client

    Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • General Contractors

    Rockford / Pepper Construction
  • Concrete Contractor

    Grand River Construction
  • Lanterns

    URBAN SYMBOLS and Light for art
  • Area

    125.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007