FEATURED THIS WEEK : BRIAN ROSA & ADAM RYDER
Bifurcated by the Utah-Nevada state line, Wendover seems to straddle, as Brian Rosa and Adam Ryder put it, "the border of nowhere and nowhere." It doesn't look like a place where history happened. But during a residency at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the photographers explored the ruins of the airfield where the Enola Gay crew trained for the bombing mission over Hiroshima and immense salt flats — so vast you can see the earth’s curvature with the naked eye — where decades of land speed records were set and broken. Here we present Rosa's and Ryder's nighttime photographs, an "effort to document the ambient light from commercial, municipal and residential sources and find a mythical 'edge of light' in the high desert."
South Africa Week
In celebration of Design Indaba, the annual international design conference in Cape Town, the Designer Observer Group will post articles related to South Africa throughout the week.
It has been almost two decades since the end of apartheid in South Africa, and since then, as architect Lisa Findley writes, the nation has been exploring ways to "commemorate and curate an era that will define all that came before and after." Here Findley analyzes two very different apartheid museums, both of which reflect the difficulties of memorializing a complex and terrible history.
DAVID CLEMENTS & DOUGLAS HALLER
"For two decades David Clements has roamed the neighborhoods of Detroit, looking at the city from multiple perspectives: as advertising agent, film location scout and photographer," writes photography curator and Detroit native Douglas Haller. "Clements has discovered a style of folk art signage unique to Motown, that city obsessed with automobiles and music." Last year we featured Clements's photographs in Borderland / Borderama / Detroit
. Here, as part of our continuing focus on the city, we're pleased to present a selection of his images of hand-painted signs and murals.
This spring the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrates its 150th anniversary with a series of events and exhibits honoring the Institute's past and envisioning its future. The School of Architecture + Planning will play a central role in the festivities.
For several years now architecture professor Wes Janz has been taking his students to Flint, Michigan, once a thriving manufacturing center — the birthplace of General Motors — today a struggling survivor of post-industrial disinvestment. The city's decline is deep and certainly no longer news, but for urban designers it prompts pressing questions. As Janz puts it: "How should architectural education acknowledge the breakdown of the Rust Belt? What is the place of an architect in a setting where few building permits are issued, where many more buildings are being demolished than designed?"
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
The Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto has announced its Spring 2011 Lecture Series, featuring practitioners and theorists in architecture, landscape and design.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2006
In the Seattle Public Library, Rem Koolhaas and OMA work to transform architecture into media interface.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning
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