In 2001, the American Folk Art Museum set up shop on W 53rd Street in Manhattan. With Sept. 11 still in recent memory, the museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, became an immediate icon with it’s bronze facade.

Last year, the Museum of Modern Art bought the building and now has plans for its demolition to make room for the museum’s expansion.

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Paolo’s Arcosanti

“The fullness of man’s life may lie in the balance between instinctive longing that reaches down through the flesh of ancestry and an intellectual unrest that seeks an etherealized universe.” _Paolo Soleri

Born on the summer solstice in Turin, Italy, Paolo first came to the States in 1947. For a year he studied under Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin West, Arizona and Taliesin East, Wisconsin. Soleri had dedicated his life to what he called arcology, which was the fusion of architecture and ecology.

“His own lifetime of work is represented in models, drawings, books, lectures and museum exhibits throughout the world. Soleri’s exhibition in 1970 at the Corcoran Museum in Washington DC – and the concurrent publication of his landmark book, CITY IN THE IMAGE OF MAN – changed forever the global conversation about urban planning on our living planet. His term, “Arcology” joining the words architecture and ecology to represent one whole system of understanding human life on the earth is meant to serve as the basis for that conversation.”

In Memoriam

In the last two weeks, Harvard Graduate School of Design students launched an online petition calling for the Pritzker committee to recognize Scott Brown as part of the 1991 award to Venturi. The petition now has more than 5,000 signatures, from some of the biggest names in the business. To date, five Pritzker winners have signed, with Pierre de Meuron adding his comments yesterday morning.

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Why did you decide to relaunch the women’s group?

Caroline James:

 

I was having a discussion with one of my classmates, Mia Scharphie. Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In had just come out. We were casually discussing how women in our school tend to speak up less in class. And when women are confronted with issues in the profession such as salary negotiation or reaching leadership positions, there still seems to be a massive gap.

_Arch Record interview with Caroline James

 

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In Pursuit of Architecture 2003–2013

Since its inception in September 2003, the journal Log has sought to present through writing the kinds of thinking and concepts that drive the making of architecture today. In Pursuit of Architecture, a special tenth anniversary issue of the magazine, will feature ten buildings that have contributed to architectural discourse between 2003 and 2013.

Architects age 59 and younger are invited to submit ONE building project completed or started between 2003 and 2013 for publication in this celebratory issue. In a 2 MB PDF with a maximum of four letter-size pages, please present concept sketches, plans and sections, photographs of the finished work or its construction, a project text, and client contact. Log will only consider permanent work completed or initiated in the last ten years; we will not consider temporary pavilions, installations, or competition entries. Individuals or firms that submit multiple entries will not be considered.

PDFs should be sent to submissions@anycorp.com. Deadline: 11:59 PM, Monday, April 15, 2013.

The ten selected projects will be published in Log 29 in a portfolio format that illustrates the concepts and processes of each building.

The architects of the selected projects will also be asked to participate in an all-expenses-paid special daylong symposium at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Saturday, September 21, to discuss, along with several architecture critics, the issues that weigh on making architecture today.
 
For more information visit http://www.anycorp.com/anycorp/article/133