New book tells the story of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center.

Last year, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a 1.28 million-square-foot complex built into an artificial hill in Athens, was inaugurated to great fanfare. The building will provide two institutions, the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, pristine new homes, and it is a significant addition to the Athens cultural landscape.

Read the complete article in The Architect’s Newspaper.


Chaos and Culture: Architect Renzo Piano and Victoria Newhouse, the author of “Chaos and Culture,” tell the story of the design and construction of a new cultural center in Athens, Greece at the Charlie Rose show.


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MASS at Scale

Why devote an entire issue to the MASS Design Group? Not only is the nonprofit firm bringing architecture to communities in need, it’s piloting a profoundly more sustainable and ethical model of professional practice.

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See also:

Manifesto: The New Empowerment – Architect Magazine special issue featuring all the work of MASS Design Group

Architect Magazine did a special issue featuring all the work of MASS Design Group whose work Iwan Baan has been covering for the last 8 years or so.

Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group have a vision for how architects can better serve their clients and communities by exploring and embracing the social and political implications of design.

Read the complete article in Architect Magazine…

A new book explores John Portman’s influence on American architecture with photos by Iwan Baan

Photographer Iwan Baan traveled to Portman buildings around the United States, documenting his work in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and, of course, Atlanta.

The images reveal a humanism that’s lost in the Hunger Games films and the Walking Dead television series, which exposed Portman’s work to most of America. Lush shots of Entelechy I and II, the Georgia houses the architect built for his family, coexist among now-classic takes on his supersized atria and their stacked balconies. Amid the drama, Baan’s work captures the everyday: a woman on her phone outside the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, a guy perched on a curved red banquette at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in L.A., and the sculptures and furniture Portman created to enhance the spaces he developed and designed.

Four essays (including one by Portman himself), a conversation between the architect’s close friends and family, plus student work from a Portmanian architecture class at the GSD, complement Baan’s images.

Read the complete article in Architect’s Newspaper…


Huang Gongwang Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio

By Clifford A. Pearson – Since early in his career, when he worked on construction sites and got hands-on experience with vernacular building methods, Wang Shu has drawn inspiration from traditional Chinese attitudes toward architecture’s place within the larger context of landscape. So he and Lu Wenyu, his wife and partner in Amateur Architecture Studio, were logical choices to design the Huang Gongwang Museum, named after an important landscape painter who lived from 1269 to 1354.

Read the complete article in Architectural Record…

‘Architecture of Independence’ in Africa’s Fast-Growing Cities

By Jason Farago – Did you make it to the eighth episode of “The Young Pope,” the one which sees our saintly Jude Law bring his pontifical dog-and-pony show to a country called Africa? Astounding, in 2017, that you can still get away with this: the anonymous land ruled by a military dictator, where children are starving, dust rises in the heat and there isn’t a skyscraper or cellphone in sight. (“The Young Pope” was actually shot outside Cape Town, which has no shortage of both.) You would not know, from most Western media, that Africans live in a whole range of places, bucolic or bustling — and that Africa is urbanizing faster than anywhere on earth.

Read the complete article in the New York Times…


Other news coverage:

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville by OMA

A crisscrossing library in France marks the spot for a regional center along a redeveloping riverfront.

By Josephine Minutillo – Books are over,” Rem Koolhaas asserted slyly at the opening of the Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen, France, on January 13. “That’s what everyone kept saying. Happily, on the contrary, books will probably exist forever.”

Read the complete article in Architectural Record…