As you approach Thomas Phifer and Partners’ house in upstate New York, the long, steep climb up a winding country road ends not with a dramatic structure, nor a sweeping panorama; its denouement is merely a prelude to the multifaceted spatial sequence to come.
Alfred Swenson and his late wife, Pao-Chi Chang, were drawn to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for one reason: Mies van der Rohe. Both studied architecture there under Mies during the 1950s.
Retrospectives, by their very name, entail a lengthy look back at an artist’s career. But Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, which was conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery and opened on November 16 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), in North Adams, is looking ahead — 25 years ahead. This semipermanent exhibition will be on view at least that long.
Following two decades of prison and exile, Luyanda Mpahlwa is now a founding partner in the award-winning South African firm MMA Architects. He spent two decades in prison and in exile, but Luyanda Mpahlwa is now a partner in a thriving architectural practice. MMA Architects—his Cape Town, South Africa, firm—has gained international recognition for projects both at home and abroad. The firm’s work on an innovative housing project in the impoverished Mitchell’s Plain Township has just been honored with the Curry Stone Design Prize, a $100,000 humanitarian award established this year to pay tribute to designers tackling the needs of
Similarly, Johnsen Schmaling Architects’ Downtown Bar, a beacon along Milwaukee’s celebrated Riverwalk, draws you in—its deep orange glow radiating over this emerging stretch of the waterway is at once alluring and menacing.
Swiss designer Hannes Wettstein was not as well known as some of his contemporaries. But his work reached a wide audience, with designs that ranged from high-tech innovations and high-end furniture to more accessible consumer products like bicycles, lamps, pens, razors, and watches. His products, while simple and straightforward in appearance, were the result of a rigorous design process. On July 5, his life was cut short at the age of 50 after a lengthy battle with cancer.