The New York times on the MoMa exhibition, 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 AngelesNoero 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.

Iwan Baan will be presented the inaugural Julius Shulman Photography Award

The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University will honor the legacy of renowned photographer Julius Shulman during an October series of events that coincide with 100th anniversary of his birth. A symposium and exhibition will be held on Saturday, October 9 and a celebration evening will be held on Sunday, October 10. Actress Diane Keaton will receive the 10th annual Julius Shulman Communication Award and photographer Iwan Baan will be presented the inaugural Julius Shulman Photography Award during the October 10 fundraising dinner. Woodbury is home to the Julius Shulman Institute, which focuses on Shulman’s enduring involvement in the issues of modernism.

New York Times: Seeing Things | Julius Shulman’s Legacy

Hamsun, Holl, Hamaroy

Steven Holl has set up a documentation centre for the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (1859 – 1952) on Hamaroy, in northern Norway. This unconventional building reflects the author’s no less unusual personality. The centre in the barren landscape of Hamaroy, where Hamsun lived and worked, the silence and solitude, challenge visitors to involve themselves with him and his work. The book records the connection between Hamsun, the architecture and the landscape. Photographer Iwan Baan relates the landscape and the building to each other, and historical documents illustrate Hamsun’s contradictory life and influential work, et al. the novel Hunger (1890), with which Hamsun achieved his fame. In 1920 the poet was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Brasilia – Chandigargh Living with Modernity

Just released, the book with a visual tour through contemporary life in both cities, With commentary in the form of an essay by Cees Nooteboom on the photographs and by Martino Stierli on the architectural and planning history. 

In 1960, Brasilia was celebrated as the realisation of an urban planning vision based on designs by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. At the same time, the sectoral city of Chandigarh was rising according to plans by Le Corbusier. “The test tube city” arose as an export of modernity from a Western planning euphoria that displayed utopian traits. In both cities, foreign architecture entered into a harmonious relationship with indigenous culture, forming new and independent identities. This publication addresses the question of how modernism has been appropriated in both cities, and how the people who live in them deal with it. Commonalities and differences are identified and images of everyday urban life showcased.

More info at Lars Muller Publishers: Brasilia – Chandigargh Living with Modernity
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