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A Personal Canon: Nicholas Adams on Five Influential Texts

Why would anyone write a book about the architect Gordon Bunshaft? The consensus is that he was a rude and unpleasant man and, though he was responsible for the design of prominent buildings (Beinecke Library, for one), there’s a chorus of disdain in the background saying that as the chief

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Silence and Gordon Bunshaft

Nicholas Adams– At times, writing about the architect Gordon Bunshaft (1909–1990), former chief designer for the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), was like writing about a sulky teenager. Architects, of course, have lots of ways of talking. Philip Johnson was garrulous––people liked to say that he talked a

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Ep. 76 – The complex relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and New York City

Architectural historian Anthony Alofsin offers us an entirely new way of looking at role New York City played in the life and career of Frank Lloyd Wright — and a new way of looking at the city, as well. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Ep. 71 – Lina Bo Bardi

A conversation with Zeuler Lima about the extraordinary Brazilian architect, designer, illustrator, writer, editor, and curator Lina Bo Bardi. Lima’s book, Lina Bo Bardi, is newly out in paperback. Subscribe:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Don’t Get up, Win a Copy of Lina Bo Bardi From Your Chair

Follow @yaleARTbooks Although Lina Bo Bardi was not registered as a professional architect in Brazil until 1955, she played an integral role in designing and building her house in São Paolo, built between 1951 and 1952. The Bardi residence was the first house built in São Paolo’s Morumbi neighborhood and

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Lina Bo Bardi: Points in Narrative

Follow @yaleARTbooks Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima— The fact that Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) has so far received less critical and popular recognition in the US than in the rest of the Western world perhaps reveals more about the architectural culture in this country and elsewhere than about the

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The Houses that Louis Kahn Built

Follow @yaleARTbooks The Houses of Louis Kahn, by George H. Marcus and William Whitaker, a book about which Witold Rybczynski recently wrote “[an] exemplary study… If you thought you knew all there was to know about Kahn, read this splendid book—there is still more to learn about the greatest American

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Reading Architects, Designers, and Their Books

You don’t have to be a designer or an architect to be interested in what they’re reading. Many of the things they like are the kinds of things everybody reads. They are people, too, after all, though it might seem daunting to approach the libraries of those who have envisioned

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Hands on with “Unpacking My Library”

Urban Center Books has posted some wonderful videos related to Jo Steffens’s Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books. A co-publication of the Municipal Art Society of New York and Yale University Press, the book and its accompanying exhibit delve into the personal libraries of twelve of the world’s leading architects,

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“Why Architecture Matters” on the Colbert Report

Paul Goldberger more than held his own while discussing Why Architecture Matters with Stephen Colbert last night. The critic kept a cool head and even lent his expert opinion to the host’s proposed “half Parthenon, half White House” design for the Colbert estate. In reference to his book, Goldberger also

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