Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: June 15-30, 2011

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Center for Architecture’s next Oculus Book Talk will focus on Michael Crosbie’s New York Dozen, featuring work by Andrew Bernheimer and Claire Weisz, on 6/22; and Board Member Thom Mayne will deliver the opening address at the International Architectural Education Summit on 6/26.

Quoth the Fellows: Kazi, Sassen, & Safdie

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In a chat with the Wall Street Journal about the Van Alen Institute’s new bookstore on 22nd Street, Olympia Kazi said of architects: “They’re books junkies, no matter how many Nooks and iPads. They still love their print, the hard copy.” In an article in the latest Americas Quarterly, Board Member Saskia Sassen detailed the ways that networked cities and citizens are changing the way business is done, stating in no uncertain terms that “There is no such entity as the global economy.” Moshe Safdie, meanwhile, reflected on the international atmosphere at the construction site for his Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore (pictured at left) at a press conference, noting that “One tower was built by Chinese workers, and another tower was built by a Bangladeshi team. It looked like the Tower of Babel.”

Spring is Book Launch Season!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Looking ahead and preparing your summer reading list? Ken Greenberg’s new book Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder was just released last week, and you can visit the Random House website to purchase a copy; Board Member Thom Mayne has just self-published the book Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form; meanwhile, the latest issue of Texas Monthly features an excerpt from the introduction to Fred Steiner’s Design for a Vulnerable Planet, which was published last month. If that’s not enough to keep you busy, check out Designers and Books, a website that features the reading lists of many great architects, planners, and urbanists—including Patrons Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Holl, Fellow Daniel Libeskind, and Board President Michael Sorkin.