Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Skyscrapers of Wood

0 Commentsby   |  04.03.13  |  Architecture

I just read an interesting article in Architect about the potential for skyscrapers to be constructed from wood. Michael Green, a Canadian architect, collaborated with engineer Eric Karsh to envision how wood could be used to create structural systems that typically utilize steel or concrete, both of which are responsible for significant carbon emissions globally. Not only would the use of wood drastically reduce those emissions, it would also provide massive amounts of carbon storage. Here’s a link to a TED article (no video yet) and an ArchDaily article. Green and Karsh compiled their findings in a white paper that was published last March. You can download the paper here.

Prefab Lattice Construction

0 Commentsby   |  09.26.11  |  Architecture, Reference

While I’m thinking about Studio Gang, the architecture firm designed a 1,400-square-foot open-air pavilion in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. This is a beautiful example of prefabrication, understanding material properties and fabrication technology.

Here’s a short film by Spirit of Space.


Jeanne Gang named MacArthur Fellow

0 Commentsby   |  09.26.11  |  Architecture, Reference

Jeanne Gang is the 47-year-old founder of Studio Gang Architects in Chicago. Here is a link to a short article/interview with Jeanne and below you’ll find a short interview produced by the MacArthur Foundation.


The Third & The Seventh

0 Commentsby   |  09.19.11  |  Architecture, Film

I came across this film a couple of years ago. Beautiful cinematography and architecture!



Renzo Piano’s Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel

0 Commentsby   |  09.16.11  |  Architecture, Reference

The article linked below provides a brief synopsis of Renzo Piano’s expansion to Le Corbusier’s chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, which many consider to be the epitome of modern architecture – a masterpiece. A little closer to home, Piano is currently designing the addition to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, which was designed by Louis Kahn and considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture as well. Piano’s sensitivity to these modern masterpieces is through his understanding of the site and the experience of those visiting these places. Both projects incorporate portions of the building that are below grade (buried) and landscaping to help reduce the visual impact of the structures. Which one is more sensitive given the existing context and “purity” of the sites?

A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano\\\’s Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel | News | Architectural Record.

8 Spruce Street | Gehry Partners | New York City

0 Commentsby   |  09.02.11  |  Reference


8 Spruce Street by Frank Gehry (supposedly)
this is one of the few things of his i don’t really hate (another being the DZ Bank in Berlin) and it’s a skyscraper! double surprise. as with DZ Bank, i think it’s the way he works within certain constraints here that i enjoy.

Frank Gehry’s first skyscraper clad (or “draped”) in stainless steel curtain wall panels. Definitely more interesting as you get closer. Notice the use of any flat planes – including window planes – to reduce complexity (and cost) of the curtain wall.

You can read an article here and see a video about the creation, and coordination, of the curtain wall system.

The Making of a Memorial

0 Commentsby   |  09.01.11  |  Architecture, Reference

Below is a link to an article posted on about the National September 11 Memorial. It discusses the process, and the problems, inherent with creating such an emotionally-charged monument. Toward the end of the article, mention is given to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial designed by Maya Lin – then a young architecture student at Yale University. I remember one of my architecture professors saying that architecture is only truly created when we design a monument or memorial. Maybe that is due to the significance (social, political, cultural, etc.) of such an artifact and the symbolism – meaning – it holds.

The making of a memorial: Reshaping ground zero –

A Strong Clear Vision is a good documentary about Maya Lin that discusses in some detail the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.