Design publisher Taschen will release Ando: Complete Works 1975 - 2012. The book is by Phillip Jodidio, who also authored the previous collection, which documented Ando’s work through 2010. The new book will be available through Taschen Press in May 2012, although Ando was at Cal Poly Pomona to sign limited edition advance copies at the end of March. Philippe Starck describes Ando as a "mystic in a country which is no longer mystic," and Philip Drew calls his buildings "land art" that "struggle to emerge from the earth." Ando is the only architect to have won the field’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize.
Entries in architecture (11)
The AIA Los Angeles is hosting Architecture Month in October this year, focusing on “Designing Healthier Lifestyles.” Events aim to educate the public about architecture and architects, and to encourage public-interest and professional groups to come together to celebrate the built environment.
Among the events will be an AIA|LA design symposium on improving the health impacts of the built environment. In this conference supported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, experts in health and design will discuss ways to build communities promoting physical activity and healthier lifestyles. As health professionals consider new design features, architects and designers will explore ways to broaden their range of professional services and become experts in preventative care. They will identify opportunities for greater collaboration and determine methods of applying urban planning in the current health crisis.
In September of 2008, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that the Los Angeles-based philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick would donate $55-million dollars toward LACMA's Transformation, a renovation and expansion project. On October 2, the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will open to the public with three new exhibits, Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.
The 12th International Architecture Exhibition, themed People Meet in Architecture, will be directed by Kazuyo Sejima, of the 2010 Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA, and organized by La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will be held from August 29th to November 21st, 2010, at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as other locations in Venice, Italy.
Seijima, the first woman to direct the exhibition, says, "This show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture." Forty-eight participants from around the world will display their work in the Giardini in individual spaces, so that "the atmosphere of the exhibition will be achieved through multiple points of view." In addition, the Biennale will host Architecture Saturdays, a series of conversations with architects and critics, and Universities Meet in Architecture, where students can visit the exhibitions for credit.
Highlights and Lowlights ...
The AIA convention in Miami finished on June 12th and was mostly memorable for the 90+ degree heat and 75% humidity. There was a good crowd and, as always, many old friends in attendance but it had nothing like the energy of the good old build-fests of San Diego and Chicago. Exhibit booths this year seemed to be dominated by software and products appropriate for institutional and public work. I always salivate over the elegant Italian pavilion featuring the world's prettiest ceramic tile and the best free chocolate. Retro highlights of the residential lines were a fantastic Zoom-Room hide-a-bed display with an automated bed retractor and a cool new line of appliances by Electrolux, a solid name from the past. Lowlights included the huckster pitching smoothie blenders. Yeeeks.
Educational sessions featured green design and government projects, which are old hat in California but I suspect there are states where government work is the only game in town. The press room was truly deluxe, and I appreciated the hospitality between my long stints of walking and sitting. Surprise sighting on the exhibit floor was Michael Graves in his wheelchair with a lovely child on his lap. I was very glad to see him out and about after taking such a low profile for the last several years. The convention, and the AIA in general, would benefit from more notables showing up in support and reminding us of the large and creative tent we all live under.
Keynote speaker Daniel Pink received very high marks from all who attended his presentation, "Building Design for the New Decade: The Role of Right-Brain Thinking in a Modern Economy." We must all rush out to purchase his book, A Whole New Mind.
Next year New Orleans! Pray for good weather and a clean coastline.