(clockwise: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Gehry), National Museum Abu Dhabi (Foster), Museum of Islamic Art (Pei), Louvre Abu Dhabi (Nouvel)
NEW MUSEUMS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
In "Blueprints for the Mideast," New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff explores two cities on the Persian Gulf, Doha and Abu Dhabi; the settings for vast construction projects, including major new museums designed by some of the world’s most celebrated architects. Have a look at these fascinating interviews with the architects, conducted by Ouroussoff.
Related articles include Ouroussoff's Critic's Notebook entries, "Building Museums, and a Fresh Arab Identity", and "In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises"
Members, Supporters and Friends -
At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn to you with deep appreciation. May the beautiful things of life be yours in abundance on Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year.
Enjoy a warm and wonderful holiday. Cheers!
The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City by Ennead Architects, the Firm Formerly Known as Polshek Partnership.
On June 24 Polshek Partnership, a prestigious 50-year-old architecture practice, changed their name and are now known as Ennead.
Check out Robin Progrebin's interesting 9/29 New York Times piece, Architecture Now Building New Names, discussing the evolution of architects' approach to identifying themselves and their firms, and the various reasoning behind it.
More reading about Polshek's name change may be found here.
The day has arrived for city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good!! Our friends from Sezio and Holiday Matinee may be found hanging out on a stretch of NewGrass on India Street in the vicinity of Burger Lounge (listening to some music, no less), and our friends from Agitprop Gallery will be grillin' up some eats at the Corner of Fairmount Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights.
We encourage you to get out there and take part in the creative adaptation of pavement and painted lines!!
Nothing is worth more than this day.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are so many exciting events around town this weekend as part of Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair! We're excited about all of them, and will be making the rounds tomorrow night including stops at Orchid nominee The Periscope Project and Set & Drift's show Current at The Bakery in beautiful Barrio Logan. This is a perfect weekend to get out there and drink in some innovation and art!!
Arts Month San Diego is a collaboration between dozens of local visual and performance art organizations, arts and civic leaders, artists, philanthropists, and committed public and private partners.
Leaders from numerous arts organizations in San Diego joined together to launch of Arts Month San Diego / September 2010. Arts Month San Diego will unite a broad array of the city's arts and performance entities under one marketing umbrella. A diverse cross-section of arts and culture programs will be showcased throughout the month with participating galleries, artist-run initiatives, public art museums, performing arts events, and festivals. The month’s events will be kicked-off at the Opening Night of ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair on Thursday, Sept. 2nd, 2010.
There's so much going on that it may be hard to comprehend, so we suggest you click here for a comprehensive event listing - and make it a point to check out as much of it as you're able, for as Lauren Buscemi writes in the above linked Contemporary Art Fair program, "SAN DIEGO: The city’s wide-ranging art scene is finally making waves … and hitting critical mass." We agree, and couldn't be more pleased.
He inspires awesomeness, always.
Holiday Matinee keeps us informed
and makes us happy.
He is the host with the most.
He possesses incredible, infectious energy.
He Swears to Good We Are God At This.
He has the coolest shoes.
"Love your work, work your love." He coined it.
He is open to whatever comes next.
And because he tirelessly donated his time and energy to both Team D3, and emceeing PechaKucha Nights, the San Diego Architectural Foundation supports celebrating and declaring this August 24, 2010 Dave Brown Day.
Celebrate Dave Brown and his Day at Starlite tonight.
Happy Day, Dave Brown.
Big love, many thanks, and a fond adieu to you!
Leslee Schaffer with Dave Brown, David McCullough and Dave White (a.k.a. D3)
Newschool of Architecture & Design welcomes new Dean Chris Genik on October 4. Taking over for Gil Cooke, Genik is principal of the Santa Monica-based Daly Genik Architects.
This passing of the torch promises the start of an exciting new era for NewSchool, as Genik’s vision involves infusing its curriculum with “innovative and experimental practice.”
“Schools today are confronted by a profession that is in flux.” Genik stated in an interview with The Architect’s Newspaper; something that’s been on the minds and lips of many architectural educators of late. His first course of action to offset the instability? Encourage innovation.
We like him already.
We've just stumbled across a handy little research site that tells you what products were used with which building and by whom.
WhoWithWhat.com makes it easy for Architects, students and other interested parties to learn about contemporary architecture, who's doing it well, and what products are being used to create those special structures.
Another reason to visit? It’s free for Architects to publish projects on WhoWithWhat.com. If you are part of a firm or product sales company, and are interested in publicizing your latest projects or products (and let's face it - who isn't these days?), send a note to email@example.com - you may just get some on-the-house hype!
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