_archive for the ‘architecture’ category

UnDesign: LA Edition

08/28/08 :: by allismarkham

As a frequent pedestrian, I am a user of the Los Angeles subway. (Ok, it’s called the metro, but this former New York resident cannot make the switch.)  Like most every civic structure in LA, the train stations are a masterpiece of design. High ceilings, open spaces, art installations and a different theme at each stop. It’s quite remarkable really and I suggest taking a ride. No one uses it but me it seems, so the view is never obstructed by passengers.

However, one very badly designed element at my local stop, Vermont/Sunset, bothers me each day. Let’s go to the photo and maybe you can guess.

Yes, I am Captain Obvious and it is the placement of the trash cans.

With a spacious passenger area, why would you have people dispose of refuge next to where they are seated? In fact, it’s not next to it’s actually placed along with passengers. 

How does this make passengers feel? What is the city saying about them? Or, is this a terrible oversight by the designer?

What do you think?

Bernd & Hilla Becher (and August Sander)

07/21/08 :: by admin

This week end, I went to the Getty and I re-discovered Bernd and Hilla Bechers work.

Their pictures looks like layout to me : a calculated front or profile angle provide a clear and objective documentation of each structure. 40 years of archiving different kind of anonymous architecture…

Next to B&H Becher, there is August Sander’s pictures.

He also made something like 30 years of archiving, showing German people of the beginning of the XXth century.

A+D presents: Atmospheric Conditions

10/29/07 :: by brocksteady


My good friend Kiel Johnson has a month-long show at the A+D Museum. Opening party Nov 9.

Tunnel House

07/03/07 :: by brocksteady


No way.

Steven Holl

06/25/07 :: by brocksteady


It might be worth a trip to Kansas City to check out Steven Holl’s new addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I spent countless summer days hanging out, drawing and playing frisbee in the sculpture garden where this new addition went up, so I’m super excited to go back home and check it out.

…The New Yorker’s Paul Goldberger wrote that the museum is “not just Holl’s finest by far, but also one of the best museums of the last generation;”