Bing Thom Impromptu book signing today at Van Alen Books · Apr 28, 08:42 AM by Archlog
Vancouver architect Bing Thom charmed his audience at the New York Public Library last night in a conversation about his work with fellow Canadian (and, it turns out, architecture school classmate) critic and writer Witold Rybzincki. If there is an antidote to the current stararchitecture ethos, it will come from architects like Bing Thom. Modest and self-effacing, yet full of conviction, Thom did not shy away from talking about architecture as an art created in the service of both client and society; he is also passionate about the construction of his projects—he refuses to subcontract working drawings and often brings craftsmen he knows to the building site. He related how he’s won commissions by acts as simple as visiting the proposed site for more than a few hours (the average length of stay of a starchitect who flies in and out for a job interview) and asking clients about their vision for the building and, presumably, actually listening. All this might be seen as aw-shucks posturing if the architecture didn’t live up to the anti-hype, but the built works are thoughtful and beautifully detailed and, it seems, well-received by their users and communities.
Today from noon to 1PM, Thom will be signing the first 50 copies of his new monograph, Bing Thom Works, hand-bound specially for last night’s event. These first custom-made books are destined to become collector’s editions, so get yours at lunchtime today at 30 W. 22nd St., between 5th and 6th Avenues, at what is now New York’s only architecture and design bookshop.
Designer Allison Saltzman on her work · Apr 27, 09:01 AM by Archlog
Jane Loeffler at McNally Jackson tonight · Mar 29, 12:18 PM by Archlog
Jane Loeffer, author of The Architecture of Diplomacy, appears tonight in discussion with Frances Halsband in an event sponsored by The Architectural League at McNally-Jackson bookstore, 52 Prince Street in Soho.
Winner of the Architectaul League's 2011 Prize for Young Designers · Mar 28, 10:26 PM by Archlog
Ralph Gardner on Massimo & Leila Vignelli · Mar 13, 01:27 PM by Archlog
In his daily “Urban Gardner” column in the Wall Street Journal, Ralph Gardner shares his visit with the doyens of American design. One quote highlight: “Everything is the product of the mind. Everything that is ugly is the product of ugly minds. Beauty is a by-product of intellectual elegance.”
Studio Gang on Talkitect.com · Feb 4, 09:57 AM by Archlog
Talkitect.com has a video feature this morning of Studio Gang’s new Columbia College Media Production Studio. Studio Gang’s new book, Reveal, is just out now from Princeton Architectural Press. Talkitect describes the firm as “one of the most creative architecture firms practicing in the US today.”
Stop dissing Comic Sans · Jan 21, 06:07 PM by Archlog
This study suggests that students learn more when text is presented in “disfluent” fonts like Comic Sans and when you mix in the italic and bold faces into your typographic soup. Go figure!
What to do with your ashes in an urban environment? · Jan 12, 04:11 PM by Archlog
Ralph Gardner has, as always, an amusing piece from his perch at the Wall Street Journal on the subject of how to scatter one’s ashes if you live in the concrete jungle. The cremains in question are those of Elaine Kaufman, the recently deceased owner/hostess of Elaine’s on the Upper East Side. Sounds like Central Park is your best bet if it really has to be in New York City.
Studio of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Wei Wei torn down by government · Jan 12, 04:02 PM by Archlog
The New York Times reports on a shocking act of destruction, most likely to silence the outspoken artist, who “has come to see his escalating conflict with government officials over the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule as performance art,” so good luck there.