White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Today a new type of museum is emerging-one that fuses inventive architecture and landscape design with radical conceptual and installation art. These sites typically mix old and new, featuring collaborative plans by several designers and encouraging exploration outdoors. White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes presents six such sites from around the globe: The Olympic Sculpture Park (USA); Stiftung Insel Hombroich (Germany); Benesse Art Site Naoshima (Japan); Instituto Inhotim (Brazil); Jardin Botanico de Culiacan (Mexico); and Grand Traiano Art Complex (Italy). The exhibition includes models and drawings by architects and landscape architects (see list below). Renowned photographer Iwan Baan has photographed all six sites for the exhibition and for the catalogue, which also features texts by Raymund Ryan, Brian O’Doherty and Marc Treib.

A Conversation with Photographer Iwan Baan
Where Is Iwan?
September 21, 2012 6:30 pm – Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Golden Lion, Venice Biennale

Our installation with Urban Think Tank and Justin McGuirk: ‘TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE’ won the Golden Lion for the Best Project of the International Exhibition Common Ground

The Golden Lion for the Best Project embodying the theme of Common Ground goes to Torre David / Gran Horizonte by Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillenbourg, Hubert Klumpner) Justin McGuirk, Iwan Baan and to the people of Caracas and their families who created a new community and a home out of an abandoned and unfinished building.
The jury praised the architects for recognizing the power of this transformational project. An informal community created a new home and a new identity by occupying Torre David and did so with flair and conviction. This initiative can be seen as an inspirational model acknowledging the strength of informal societies.

See the exhibition.
See the book.

Designboom: urban think tank + iwan baan win golden lion at venice biennale
New York Times: Projects Without Architects Steal the Show

MoMa New York – Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement


My images will appear in the upcoming exhibition at the MoMA in New York, titled Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. Organized by Andres Lepik, Curator, and Margot Weller, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Architecture and Design, the exhibition presents eleven architectural projects on five continents that respond to localized needs in underserved communities. I documented three intricate, inspiring and beautiful projects located in vastly different contexts: Michael Maltzan’s Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, Noero Wolff’s Museum of Struggle in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Urban Think Tank’s Metro Cable in Caracas, Venezuela. The projects expressed a deep interconnection to community and place, making them a joy to document. The exhibition opens October 3 and runs through January 3, 2011.