Casablanca Chandigarh Exhibit in Montreal
- Wandering the streets of downtown Casablanca, one sees a whole other use of tile on building facades.
Isamu Noguchi began using small paper models in the 1940s to help visualize his larger sculptures. He continued doing so for the rest of his career, transitioning into plaster maquettes in order to envision larger stone or metal works. This small exhibition will showcase a selection of Noguchi's maquettes, as well as photographs and finished sculptures.
- Architect Pierre Jeanneret masterminded furniture to embody India’s progressive architecture.
swissnex San Francisco invites a panel of experts to discuss the past and future of urban planning in India, highlighting two examples: Chandigarh, a city mandated by the Nehru government in the 1950s and designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier, and NanoCity, a yet-to-be-built metropolis initiated by entrepreneur (and Hotmail co-founder) Sabeer Bhatia and designed by the Berkeley Group for Architecture and Planning.
In many ways, these two cities suggest a shift from municipalities planned by governments to ones dreamed up by influential individuals. They may also herald a transition of power from the hands of political decision-makers to those of the business world. Even the function of cities themselves seems up for reinvention. Where Chandigarh was established as an administrative capital, NanoCity aspires to be a hub for education and high-tech.
Moderator Mark Jarzombek, Associate Dean at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, leads the discussion with panelists Sabeer Bhatia, founder of NanoCity; Nezar AlSayyad and Susan Ubbelohde, both professors of architecture at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and design directors of NanoCity; and Vikramāditya Prakāsh, architecture professor at the University of Washington and author of Chandigarh's Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India. An exhibition about Chandigarh and NanoCity accompanies the discussion and travels to swissnex Bangalore later this year.
- "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990," on view at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum through January 15th 2012, is the first major exhibition to take a long, hard look at…
Harger photographs objects, scenes and spaces in the everyday urban environment such as highways, cranes, bridges, airplanes, power lines, factories and other structures behind the massive forms of production that shape American culture. The earlier works exhibited are grids, which show his conceptual development and his negotiation of the dynamic visual experience of a city [Untitled (Overpass), Queens, NY, 2007]. The recent works are high contrast black-and-white photographs, such as Untitled (Process Tank), Brooklyn, NY, 2010. The industrial spaces in the outer boroughs of New York City, New Jersey and Western Pennsylvania where Harger photographs are not tourist sites; they are often restricted areas around factories, power plants and airports at the fringes of the city.
- By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop.
- From a tiny transparent retreat on San Juan Island in Puget Sound to a cozy cottage nestled north of Drag Lake, these five residences demonstrate the myriad ways in which glass can enhance the modern…