James Casebere by Roberto Juarez

James Casebere’s photographs evoke our deepest fears and longings. He builds tabletop models that mimic the appearance of archetypal institutions (home, school, library, prison), or archetypal architectural tropes (tunnel, corridor, archway). In Casebere’s photographs, these miniatures often...

Raimund Abraham by Carlos Brillembourg

Raimund Abraham is an architect who creates conditions that demand a viewer or inhabitant consider the origins of architecture. His discipline elicits a confrontation between the ideal—imagined notions of perfection—and the real—its physical counterpart. His architecture, anchored...

Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz by Carlos Brillembourg

Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz and I “spoke” via email from fall 2001 to late summer 2002. I have known Jesús most of my life; we became close in 1979 when we and 15 other architects founded the Instituto de...

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto by Andrew Benjamin

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have already produced a body of work that has exerted great influence on the practice of contemporary architecture. While that work reflects the current fascination with form generation that developed with the...

Reforming Space by Jaclyn Alexander

Currently at the Reina Sofía in Madrid there is an exhibition entitled Drifts and Derivations: Experiences, Journeys and Morphologies. It documents Brazilian and Chilean architectural concepts that all espouse humanist ideas concerning ties between public space and collective life.

Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions by Emily Gordon

A swarm of biotechnological robot drones defends a fragile Eden from invasive species. The Earth’s hydrology cycles through a vast suspended infrastructure; 2,000 synchronized parts dance for droughts, rains, and floods. Children don animal superpowers. As the...

Landform Building by Terence Gower

Organic forms and processes, blobs, “growing” buildings, etcetera have dominated architectural discourse for the past decade. But the sophisticated design technology that uses organic models has never found its correlative in the construction process. You can “grow”...

Andrew Blauvelt’s Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia by Clinton Krute

Q Andrew Blauvelt—editor of the beautiful, vast catalogue for the Hippie Modernism exhibit at the Walker Art Center—writes in his introductory essay, “If the utopic potential of art and its integration into everyday life had been the driving force behind...

Sarah Oppenheimer by Alexander Galloway

We live in the age of the museum. Thousands have opened in the US and around the world since 2000, and visitors have answered their call, flocking to them for everything from exhibitions to lectures to children’s...

Hal Foster’s The Art-Architecture Complex by Carlos Brillembourg

“Building contra Image,” an extensive interview with Richard Serra that Hal Foster includes in his recent collection of essays, focuses on the artist’s work and its relationship to space and architecture. Serra recounts how Romanesque churches in...