For photographer Bill Guy downtown Chicago is a dark and moody landscape, especially at dusk, and in the winter, when the sun starts setting in the late afternoon. In a series of images taken in the past couple of years, he focuses on figures — people and also mannequins — that heighten the sense of anonymity and even unease that large and complex cities can arouse. The black-and-white photographs here, he says, seek to describe "urban landscape and
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Arizona State University's School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The celebration will be held on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 6pm in Neeb Plaza at ASU's Tempe Campus.
For several years now the British director Peter Greenaway — creator of such idiosyncratic films as The Draughtsman's Contract
and The Belly of an Architect
— has been engaged in an ambitious series of digital video installations, "Nine Classic Paintings Revisited." The first, in Amsterdam, explored the drama and imagery of Rembrandt's The Night Watch
; the second, performed in Milan, focused on Leonardo's The Last Supper
. The most recent, shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale, recreated Paolo Veronese's The Wedding at Cana
in its original location in the refectory at San Giorgio Maggiore. Architectural historian and Places contributing editor Barbara Penner describes an experience that blends — and bends — genres.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008
is a bold proposal by a team of Chicago urban designers for how cities can ensure the availability of an increasingly scarce resource.
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.