Photo courtesy of the Renzo Picasso archive
New York City has many buildings and other infrastructure that were planned by some of the best-known architectural heavyweights in history including McKim, Mead and White, Cass Gilbert and Frank Lloyd Wright. But New Yorkers are less likely to have heard of Renzo Picasso, a 20th-century Italian architect and engineer who created plans for “future New York” among other drawings of the city. The Renzo Picasso archive, which can be found here in digital form, has ensured that Picasso’s drawings and plans remain in the narrative of New York City architecture. The archive has preserved a number of sketches that Picasso drew in the 1920s and 1930s depicting city maps and plans for the New York City transit system.
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Some works of art take a few looks to truly understand. Other works of art take a few looks to simply believe. The latter is the case for most pieces by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, whose illusory installation projects are baffling even when they’re right in front of you. Take a former project of his, Bâtiment: a building drawn to scale right on the ground, allowing visitors to stage photos of themselves walking up its walls and dangling from its windows.
Bâtiment drew crowds to its location in the Cent Quatre cultural center of Paris. Given the former’s worldwide coverage, Erlich’s latest piece, a full-scale house hanging from the arm of an industrial crane in Karlsruhe, Germany, is sure to do the same. It is called Pulled by the Roots. You can probably see why.
Silicon Valley isn’t the only place in the United States that could learn from Seoul (as trumpeted by the New York Times Magazine in early June). So could New York City. Seoul, South Korea, is older by centuries than New York, but it is also younger. Devastated by the Korean War in which whole neighborhoods were demolished, Seoul had to rebuild and recreate itself after the ending of the war in July 1953.
It has since grown into one of the most energetic and compelling of global cities. It is simultaneously gorgeous (sleek skyscrapers lit up nightly in dazzling colors) and ugly (blocks of monumental concrete buildings erected to military standards to withstand bombing).
The British are coming, and this time, it’s not for war. The London Architecture Diary, described as the “go-to repository of all things architectural” taking place in London, recently announced that it would be launching a sister site, The New York Architecture Diary, to collect and advertise exhibitions, talks, shows, and other architecture-related events in New York City. The site is a collaborative effort by various New York architecture firms and societies and headed by Architectural League of New York.
Said Executive Director of The Architectural League of New YorkRosalie Genevro, in a press release: “We are very excited to launch this great new site, which will not only help people zero in on specific events and exhibitions to attend, but will also give an overall picture of the extraordinary breadth and depth and vitality of architecture culture in New York.”
The sites themselves will provide individuals with information on exhibitions, developments, and other architecture-related news going on within the city. The two sites together will be known as the Architecture Diary Network.
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When you first land in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, you may be momentarily disconcerted by the flurry of above ground trams or the beer being the same price as water, but there are amazing secret places just waiting to be found all throughout the city.
The former first floor entrance of a building in Bushwick. Image via Instagram user senorwingleton
Have you ever noticed those fixtures of a building which serve no purpose? Like a staircase with no door, or shutters without a window? These architectural relics are named Thomassons, after the baseball player Gary Thomasson, who missed so many balls he was nicknamed the “Electric Fan.”