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“Jody Quon, the photography director, and her team, saw a version of this picture in their collective heads, and sent Iwan Baan high over New York in a helicopter to try to get it. But when the picture came in, I think we were all startled by just how viscerally it illustrated the divisions we were trying to describe, at some length, in the magazine; also by its beauty. The picture wasn’t at all easy to get, and Baan just nailed it — as message and art.”
-Adam Moss, Editor-in-Chief, New York Magazine

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The new book for the exhibition White Cube, Green Maze is out

Spanning four continents and six countries, this book introduces ‘new art landscapes’ that fuse architecture, the reuse of found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation. Through words and pictures, readers explore six institutions – Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, USA; Raketenstation Hombroich, near Neuss, Germany; Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan; Inhotim, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Jardin Botanico, Culiacan, Mexico; and Grand Traiano Art Complex, Grottaferrata, Italy – dedicated to the experience of culture and nature. Integrating vegetation and non-linear sequences of spaces, the sites offer multiple experiences enticing the visitor to circulate between and within buildings.

Iwan Baan, one of today’s most influential architectural photographers, thoughtfully documents each project. In addition to his stunning images, the sites are depicted with architects’ plans and sketches, historical photographs, and maquettes and sketches by key installation artists. Raymund Ryan’s insightful essay discusses important historical precedents and considers the defining characteristics of ‘new art landscapes’ through descriptions of each of the projects. Brian O’Doherty offers an artist’s critical perspective, while Marc Treib situates the projects in the history of landscape design Architects under consideration include such established masters as Tadao Ando and Alvaro Siza Vieira as well as emerging practices such as Tatiana Bilbao and Johnston Marklee.

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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.

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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.