French artist Daniel Buren has turned the Fondation Louis Vuitton into a giant kaleidoscope for his latest installation, Observatory of Light.
There is always much to make one feel angry and discouraged and the Venice Architecture Biennale (more on that later). But then something unexpected and magical happens to save the day and remind us why this event (and city) is so special and worth coming to every year.
Every year, AIANY honors architects, philanthropists, public servants, and organizations that are committed to improving communities through design excellence. The Chapter’s annual Honors and Design Awards reinforce AIA’s central principle: design matters. In 2016, the AIANY Medal of Honor was awarded to Anabelle Selldorf, FAIA, of Selldorf Architects; the Award of Merit was conferred to Robert M. Rubin; and acclaimed photographer Iwan Baan was honored with the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.
Read the press release from the American Institute of Architects here.
Read the DutchCultureUSA news coverage.
The Dutch Radio 1 program ‘Nooit meer slapen’ interviewed Iwan Baan about his work. Listen to the recording here.
In our current era, one of the most widely recognized photographs of this decade is certainly Iwan Baan’s image of Lower Manhattan flooded and in darkness in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the photograph, taken from a helicopter over the New York Bay, the city grid north of 39th street glows as normal, while Downtown is a black void, except for the World Trade Center site and parts of Battery Park City, lit with an auxiliary generator.
Baan’s image of Lower Manhattan, while not singular in shaping the discussions of a more storm-ready city, has certainly been used as an icon for resiliency measures that will make New York better prepared in the future.
Iwan Baan is an architectural photographer but his buildings are as concerned with people as they are with buildings. He talks to Jonathan Glancey from the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
In the world of architectural photography, the biggest star is Iwan Baan. Routinely tapped to shoot buildings designed by such top architects as Toyo Ito and Chicago’s own Jeanne Gang, Baan has earned particular renown for his evocative aerial images, typically taken with a simple 35 mm camera as he leans out of a helicopter (door open!) thousands of feet up. “I’m interested in stepping away and showing the buildings in a larger context,” says Baan, 40, who hails from the Netherlands but is now more or less a nomad, constantly traveling for his work. “With the high-altitude shot, you start to see the city as a fabric.”