At FORM, we really like to know what makes architects and designers tick. What inspires them, delights them, even what aggravates them. It helps us understand their own work and gives us a better understanding of the current states of the profession. We're pleased to inaugurate a new series on FORMmag.net today—brief conversations with architects and designers, where we take their pulse—and the pulses of their industries. Up first is a q-and-a with Griz Dwight, the principal and owner of Grizform Design Architects, based in Washington, D.C. He gives us plenty to think about.
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While Modulo Prep Library’s footprint may be small and its construction budget tiny, its mission is anything but. Instead, the library, located in Tijuana and designed by CRO Studio partners Adriana Cuéllar and Marcel Sanchez (along with a design team of Gabriela Bendeck, Arturo González and Joseph Ruiz Tapia), represents a major re-thinking of the idea and function of a library and its role in a public space. So compelling was the project and the ideas behind it recently received the 60th annual Progressive Architecture Award.
Registration is now open for the 2013 AIA National Convention, June 20–22, in Denver, Colorado. See and be seen at the industry’s premier event and immerse yourself in this year’s theme—Building Leaders.
Besides education sessions that will challenge attendees to sharpen their own leadership skills, the event’s organizers have gathered a remarkable group of keynote speakers to discuss leadership from a range of perspectives. Featured will be TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie considering leadership from a business standpoint; Cameron Sinclair, the Architecture for Humanity co-founder, who will focus on the intersection of design and leadership; and former secretary of state, Gen. General Colin L. Powell, who will address political and military leadership. “This combination will give attendees unique perspectives on leadership applicable to their own lives and our profession,” says John Rogers, the 2013 AIA Convention Chair.
Don’t miss a minute! Sign up now to get reduced registrations rates and access to the widest selection of education sessions and tours—they fill up quickly! And, if you reserve your hotel room by January 31, you can take advantage of special early bird discounts.
See you there!
Art Direction: Federico Gonzalez
Music: The Butterfly from Eugene C. Rose and George Ruble
FORM contributor and newly-minted honorary AIA member Michael Webb has been doing some serious reading, checking in with a trio of book reviews over on the Views tab of the FORM Mag website. First is White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes, which documents a succession of inventive exhibitions at the Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsbugh curated by Raymund Ryan. Next is The Iconic Interior: Private Spaces of Leading Artists, Architects, and Designers, which Webb describes as a "gorgeous indulgence." Finally, Webb reviews Taschen's latest update of its collection of works by Pritzker Prize winning Japanese Architect Tadao Ando, Ando: Complete Works 1975-2012. The November/December print issue of FORM Magazine includes an interview with Ando, for those craving more of Ando's unique perspective.