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Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment

FEATURED THIS WEEK : BELMONT FREEMAN

Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment

Earlier this year the Yale School of Architecture staged an exhibition and symposium on the long career of Kevin Roche. In his review of the events and the companion book, Belmont Freeman assesses the value of a body of work overlooked in recent years. Today, he writes, "a growing number of younger architects are looking at the work of the so-called third generation of modernists and are finding much to admire. With his bold form-making, confidence in tackling problems on an urban scale and deft handling of architectural image prior to the media saturation of the profession, Kevin Roche stands out as a visionary."
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MIT

Joichi Ito Named Director of the MIT Media Lab

Internet activist and entrepreneur Joichi Ito, board chair and former CEO of Creative Commons, succeeds Frank Moss as director of the MIT Media Lab.

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NICK SOWERS

Soundscapes: Atlantikwall

Earlier this week we featured selections from Architecture in Uniform, a new exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture that investigates the role of architects during the Second World War. We're pleased to follow with several soundscapes recorded by architect Nick Sowers during a journey along the Atlantikwall, the line of coastal fortifications built by the Nazis to defend western Europe against invasion by the Allies. Sowers found an evocative mix of ruin and renovation: some of the old bunkers are decaying, while others have been repurposed as museums and, at one French resort, as beachfront cabanas.
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MIRKO ZARDINI & JEAN-LOUIS COHEN

Architecture in Uniform

Sixty-six years ago this week the Nazis surrendered to the Allies, ending the European hostilities of the most destructive war in history. On this anniversary of the treaty signing, we present selections from Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War, a new exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture that investigates the effects of the war on the built environment and on the field of architecture. As historian and curator Jean-Louis Cohen argues, architects "proved to be as strategically indispensable as did the scientists and engineers."
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DONALD JUDD & ELIZABETH FELICELLA

101 Spring Street

Earlier this week we featured a review of two new books about Donald Judd, focusing on the relationship between his art and his live/work environments in New York City and Marfa, Texas. We are pleased to follow with an essay by Donald Judd, on the cast-iron building in Soho where he lived and worked for years, and selected images of some of its interior spaces, by New York photographer Elizabeth Felicella.
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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Responsive Architecture Lab Opens at University of Toronto

In March, the University of Toronto launched Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD), a laboratory that provides resources and expertise for project-based research on the spatial ramifications of embedded technology and ubiquitous computing.

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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2007

The Lost Public Art of Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.
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