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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 15, 2013


Digital Deception

FEATURED THIS WEEK : BELMONT FREEMAN

Digital Deception

The technologies of representing architecture have advanced steadily over the years, from drawing to photography to digital rendering — and have lately taken a new leap. As Belmont Freeman argues, "the crafts of architectural rendering and photography have now merged into a common activity of digital image-making — so completely that one can conceive a work of architecture and produce a 'photograph' of it without having to go through the expensive, tedious and corrupting intermediate step of actually building the building. Welcome to the world of architectural photography without architecture."
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THOMAS JORION & JOSH WALLAERT

Temple of the Vanities

A century from now, when architectural historians consider how humans lived in the 20th century, most will look to the commercial centers of great cities and read therein a story about the rise of global capitalism. But perhaps a few will take a cue from archaeology and look instead to the modern temples: defense towers, nuclear reactors and industrial facilities sited in remote forests and on rocky coastlines, wherever there was oil to extract or a shipping lane to defend. Paris-based photographer Thomas Jorion has been documenting these structures in a series about vanity; here we present a portfolio of recent work.
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DAVID HEYMANN

Please Save Modernism from the Modern

The Museum of Modern Art's decision to tear down the Folk Art Museum has incited huge controversy and intense debate. But as David Heymann argues, "While some claim the Folk Art Museum should be preserved because it’s a great Modernist building, and therefore part of the MoMA collection, rather than its campus, no one has unequivocally answered the question of why it is so. The discourse remains one of opinions asserted as imperatives: I love it / I never liked it / it must be saved / tear it down. So I think it’s an important question. Here is why I think the American Folk Art Museum is a great Modernist building."
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PETER HOLZHAUER & AARON ROTHMAN

Expect Everything

Since moving to Los Angeles several years ago, photographer Peter Holzhauer has amassed a significant body of work on the city. As Places photo editor Aaron Rothman writes, "because the city has been so heavily mythologized — as paradise or dystopia, or both — it can be difficult to resolve the idea of L.A. with its actual presence. Holzhauer's photographs — a graffitied tree suffused with Southern California light, a Jiffy Lube glowing in the night, a nondescript building with Korean signage topped by a billboard for a luxury condo —are balanced perfectly between materiality and idea." We're pleased to present a selection of Holzhauer's recent work.
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NAOMI STEAD

Child's Play

Architecture is a creative profession. It is also, as Naomi Stead observes, often perceived as a kind of "child's play." "At university," she recalls, "students from other courses felt that we in architecture weren’t really studying at all; to them the studio seemed like some kind of uber-kindergarten, legitimated for academic credit. All that drawing and coloring and making of models! The architecture profession seemed from the outside, and perhaps even to us on the inside, to promise an idyllic eternal childhood of balsa and glue and gee-whiz drawings on computers."
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PARTNER NEWS: GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech's College of Architecture Appoints New Dean

Professor French has been with Georgia Tech since 1992; he will take on the position of dean beginning July 1.
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