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ALEX CALDERWOOD, WE WILL MISS YOU.
There are no words to describe our loss, but we will never forget his…these are from the current issue of Surface. Read on.
Alia | Commune Postcards
For the architecture admirer in your life, we present: the Alia | Commune postcards. LA artist Alia Penner celebrates some of our favorite architectural wonders in her very own inimitable style. Beautifully printed by Paper Chase Press, these 8 full color postcards are glossy on one side and matte on the other. Send them to your friends, they’ll think you are in architecture heaven!
Purchase a set from the Commune Shop.10 notes
Bruce Conner: The Godfather of Music Videos
We are very excited about the new MOCAtv produced documentary series BRUCE CONNER: The Godfather of Music Videos. In this series, iconic film works from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, such as Breakaway (featured below), are supported by delightful backstory and conversation about the artist, his life and his work. Nice job guys!
See others (such as Mongoloid and Mea Culpa) at MOCAtv.1 note
New York’s Architects dressed up at the 1931 Beaux-Arts costume ball as the buildings they designed. From left to right: A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building, Leonard Schultze as the Waldorf-Astoria, Ely Jacques Kahn as the Squibb Building, William Van Alen as the Chrysler, Ralph Walker as 1 Wall Street, D.E.Ward as the Metropolitan Tower and Joseph H. Freelander as the Museum of New York.1 note
Saloua Raouda Choucair
Many feel Saloua Raouda Choucair (born 1916, Beirut) was the first abstract artist in Lebanon. She attended Fernand Léger’s studio in Paris in the late 1940’s, and was widely unknown before concentrating on sculpture in the 1960’s. Her work is considered one of the best examples of purely abstract Arabic visual art to date. We agree!
This is one of those rarities where the natural is all the better with the man made than without it. Sea Ranch is truly organic (with roof lines that allow for unobstructed sea breezes, and few street lights for maximum star-gazing) in that its relationship with the place is about a perfect dialog between space, form, light, shadows, and the expenditure of human time. Already an iconic architectural landmark in 1976, merely ten years after it’s creation, Sea Ranch’s hybrid style of modern and vernacular architecture was constructed almost entirely out of locally sourced Douglas Fir and Redwood trees. The landscaping team at Sea Ranch: a herd of sheep.
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Marcel Breuer’s Trains
Drafted by legendary modernist Marcel Breuer in the mid-fifties, these trains caught our attention due to their astonishing geometric patterns. In addition, it turns out the logo below was designed by Herbert Matter! Unfortunately, the commuter’s revolted, and Patrick McGinnis, who hired both Breuer and Matter based on his wife’s suggestion, was later named by Life magazine as one of the most “wildly unpopular” men in the country. He was fired before the first trains were delivered.
We recently completed another Farmshop for our friends Jeff Cerciello and Kira Cunningham. This one is in Marin County and it’s a bit of an evolution from the concept we created in the Brentwood location. We designed a 50 ft. long bar with a top created by sculptor Alma Allen, and a chic lounge area with furniture by Michael Boyd and Trip Carpenter, and a photographic mural by legendary local photographer, Pirkle Jones. Heath is once again responsible for the beautiful wall tiles and lighting designer Robert Lewis outdid himself with the custom light fixtures. If you are ever in the Bay Area stop by for a drink or a delicious dinner, the place feels even better than it looks.
Located in the Mojave Desert, Cal-Earth, otherwise known as The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, has spent decades creating and teaching sustainable architecture using sand bags, barbed wire, fired brick, and “magma-like ceramic concrete.” Founder Nader Khalili believes sound shelter is a basic human right and that everyone should be able to build their own house. You know what they say: “There’s no place like dome!”
For more information on Cal-Earth and their workshops visit Cal-Earth.org24 notes
Photographs by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. 1997-2004.
From Al Manakh (Dubai Guide, Gulf Survey, Global Agenda) by Rem Koolhaas, Ole Boumann, and Mitra Khoubrou.14 notes
Rammed Earth House.
The Rauch family home by Boltshauser Architekten in Austria was literally made out of the hill it sits on. Rammed Earth, when prepared correctly, insulates extremely well (better than concrete), maintains a warm, natural appearance, and can last for decades without any maintenance. If you ever had any doubts, just feast on these images and we think you’ll be looking at dirt in a whole new light.
Notable Stationaries Part II.
See more (in)famous stationaries at Letterheady.158 notes
Notable Stationaries Part I.
Frank Lloyd Wright.
Hunter S. Thompson.
Martin & Lewis.
Stay Tuned for Part II…29 notes
William Lamson’s Sugar Solarium.
The 162 panels used in William Lamson’s greenhouse were made out of sugar cooked to different temperatures and then sandwiched between two panes of glass. Within the structure grows three species of miniature citrus plants. Sweet stuff, William!