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Opening Up an Original Eichler Home

Opening Up an Original Eichler Home

Architect John Klopf is hanging ten on a wave of midcentury moderns in California. After graduating with a masters from U.C. Berkeley, he set up his practice in 2001, and restored his first Eichler home in 2002. Since then, his firm has taken on almost 100 Eichlers and other midcentury homes. “About 2007, we really [...]

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Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power

Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power

Two seminal bodies of photography by one of the great American portraitists of the 1960s and ’70s soon will be on display in Philadelphia. Richard Avedon: Family Affairs will open on April 1 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in that city. The two projects include Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May [...]

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At Chicago’s Kids Science Labs: Why?

At Chicago’s Kids Science Labs: Why?

The pivotal question at the Kids Science Labs in Chicago, designed by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, is simple enough: Why? As in: Why are the walls made of plywood? Why is there no ceiling? Why is it okay to write on the walls – or to throw things at them or even over them? Because it’s [...]

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Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s success as a photographer can be attributed to his insistence on one non-negotiable term from his subjects: Access to everything. “He’d rather not be paid and not eat than not have total access,” says Amelia Davis, his former assistant. A number of his heretofore unseen photos are about to be published in a [...]

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Gaetano Pesce at Allouche in SoHo

Gaetano Pesce at Allouche in SoHo

Gaetano Pesce is a 21st-century Renaissance man. It seems inevitable. His mother was from Venice, his father from Florence, and he grew up between the two, eventually attending the University School of Architecture in Venice. As a result, he defines his work in an all-encompassing, classical sense. “During the Renaissance, there were poems, sculpture and [...]

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Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

A poem, a chair, a mirror, and a memory. That’s the essence of Mohamad Kanaan’s newest project, called Mirror Chairs The 25-year-old, who studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and earned his MFA from the Art Institute in Chicago, has created three odes to his childhood. The poem narrates a personal memory, like [...]

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A Sukkah City in Union Square Park

A newly released documentary film by director Jason Hutt examines a one-of-a-kind architecture competition in New York. Sukkah City, to be released March 24 by First Run Features, takes a 67-minute look at an competition to design and build sukkahs, the huts that are part of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. “It’s very much about [...]

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ODA: Factory to Condos in DUMBO

ODA: Factory to Condos in DUMBO

The condos at 51 Jay Street are all about a turn-of-the-20th-century industrial aesthetic. Where boxcars once rolled in and out of a factory floor in what’s now Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, residents will soon come and go as though in a train station. “It’s a transportation hub, if you will,” says architect Eran Chen, owner of [...]

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On Lake Michigan, Rethinking the ’80s

On Lake Michigan, Rethinking the ’80s

A Peter Lik photograph provided the thematic tones that tie together Shane Inman’s recent redesign of a Lake Michigan retreat. “He takes pictures of landscapes and infuses them with bold color that’s almost shocking,” the interior designer says. “I built the whole home around it.” In this case, the color was a bluish slate gray [...]

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In Paris, Looking Back to Hausmann

In Paris, Looking Back to Hausmann

Paris-based LAN (Local Architecture Network) recently completed the Building rue de Saussure, a mixed-use project that looks to the city’s past, present and the future at once. A+A recently interviewed architect Umberto Napolitano about his design for the structure: The project’s precise location? What was there before? Lot 4.2 is part of the new Clichy-Batignolles [...]

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