51 Million Expansion Designed by Tod Williams and Billie TsienBy: - Jan 13th, 2016
Recently we visited Dartmouth College where we learned that the Hood Museum of Art will close in March for renovations to begin this summer. We discussed these plans with an old friend, John Stomberg, who has just arrived in Hanover as the new director of the museum.
Younger Architectural Firms Expressing Themselves Through Sculptural FormsBy: - Jan 11th, 2016
Contemporary architecture is not an easy fit in Boston. Hoping to stimulate higher quality and innovative design in the region, Design Biennial Boston was introduced during the dark economic days of 2008. Its mission is to showcase the distinctive work of emerging Boston architects, designers, and landscape architects. This past year, four younger firms were chosen to create an architectural statement in the form of a sculptural form. Were these pieces metaphorical or symbolic or something else?
Mundane Rather than MarvelousBy: - Jan 11th, 2016
Seeming to be set in an empty MIT campus corner space, this memorial does not elicit a strongly felt aesthetic or visceral reaction. Perhaps, it was a prose statement expressed too soon rather than physical poetry done with more thought?
Olana '66: Fifty Years of Art & StyleBy: - Jul 07th, 2016
Fifty years ago, Olana was saved from the brink of destruction. The Olana Partnership is celebrating the past fifty years of art and style with a lawn party
Three Years and a VisionBy: - Jul 27th, 2016
After a public 'Appeal' for the renovation of elements of Naumkeag, the first phase of the project has finished. Newly restored Chinese Temple Gardens and an updated landscape project have been completed. The new project opened its doors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently. Yo-Yo Ma and wife Jill Hornor chaired the event.
Aiding Derelict Neighborhoods or Abetting Social InequityBy: - Aug 11th, 2016
For the anti-gentrification critics, urban deterioration should be left the way it is rather than reverse it through the introduction of art galleries, performance spaces, work/live lofts, and museums. This is an issue wrapped in controversy that underscores progress while perhaps marginalizing impoverished residents and pioneering artists. It is hard to determine if everyone is right or everyone is wrong.
Lavish Book by Margaret Supplee SmithBy: - Sep 23rd, 2014
With holiday gift giving approaching consider this book for your ski enthusiast friends. Wake Forest professor emerita Margaret Supplee Smith combined two loves, skiing and architecture in ten years of research. This has resulted in a lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed book American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience. It will be an absorbing read both for skiers and armchair enthusiasts. Her overview from the Depression to the current era goes beyond a chronicle of the sport to address social, economic, envirnomental aspects of architetural and design issues of resort development.
A Visual Journey Through HistoryBy: - Dec 18th, 2016
President Barack Obama officially opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016, on the Washington Mall. It is actually the 19th Smithsonian Museum. My daughter Olivia and I got up early on a December day, to stand in line for one of the circa 100 free daily tickets. Otherwise, tickets can be reserved online months in advance. The short text and extensive photo essay convey our experiences.
Less May Just Be Less At Senatorial MemorialBy: - Apr 16th, 2015
To commemorate the life and service of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a new educational and research institute was recently opened adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dorchester Bay overlooking Boston Harbor. Though created by a star architect Rafael ViÃ±oly, the structure is spare and initially uninviting. If such a thing can exist, it is minimalism light.
Lucky Break After Poor Initial Design IssuesBy: - May 19th, 2015
After less than a decade the land locked ICA on the waterfront has run out of space. There is a desperate plan to expand into two floors of a 17 floor adjacent building which is under construction. It has become ever more obvious that the award winning design by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. is proving to be an utter dysfunctional disaster.