The Willis Tower In 150 Years

[Illustrated by Andrew Banks, Judson M.Arch.’11 concentration Traditional Architecture and Urbanism] When Chicago was still celebrating the end of the Civil War, the city had a population of roughly 200,000 people. The most memorable structure from that era, the Water Tower, was still three years from construction. Today, 150 years later, the city’s population has grown by more than 1,200 percent, and the city’s tallest building, the Willis Tower, is more than 1,300 feet taller than the height of Chicago’s tallest building in 1866. This is all to say a lot can change in 150 years. Which makes our question,…

An Alternate Site for London Symphony’s New Hall,and A Long Due Act of Redemption | Future Symphony Institute

Léon Krier: London Music Forum, 2016.AN ALTERNATE SITE FOR LONDON SYMPHONY’S NEW HALL,AND A LONG DUE ACT OF REDEMPTION Source: An Alternate Site for London Symphony’s New Hall,and A Long Due Act of Redemption | Future Symphony Institute

Transforming a suburban church into a neighborhood – Greater Greater Washington

Could developing large parking lots help suburban churches fund improvements? Grenfell Architecture designed this plan to help a parish create a more beautiful church using solid New Urbanist principles and traditional Virginia architecture. The church occupies typically sprawling suburban lot, surrounded by seas of asphalt and low-rise buildings. However, while I was working at Grenfell Architecture, we tried to look at the project in a radical way. We came up with a plan to fix the disorganized sprawl of parking lots and low-rise buildings to create a new neighborhood and to truly make this church the center of a community….

Duo Dickinson: Tech Kills | Boston Society of Architects

… the passing of Charrette is the essence of the murder-suicide pact that all fine-art practitioners have with technology. Sculptures were first chiseled by stone, and then by harder and harder metals, and then—wait! We discovered that we could effortlessly sculpt clay and cast it! Painstaking painted portraiture segued to film photography that is yet sliding into fully digitized hyper-reality. Art and craft done by hand and human effort alone has trended toward systems, mechanisms, and devices made by someone else’s hands that allow the crafter’s hands to spend less time in “busy work” and more time exploring the cutting…

Master architect Michael Graves discusses his 50-year career : Architectural Digest

AD: Do you have any advice for young designers starting out today? MG: They can’t draw enough, and I’m not talking about the computer. I’m talking about drawing with hands and eyes and brain. They can’t draw enough, and they can’t read enough about architecture, especially historical architecture—Vitruvius, Palladio. via Master architect Michael Graves discusses his 50-year career : Architectural Digest.

Gone but Now Appreciated by Jonathan Leaf – City Journal

JONATHAN LEAF Gone but Now Appreciated Classic American illustrators finally gain critical respect, even as their art form vanishes. 12 July 2013 If it’s true, as the great French painter Ingres once remarked, that “what’s well-drawn is well-painted,” then the leading commercial illustrators of the first half of the twentieth century—artists like Norman Rockwell, N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish—must rank among the outstanding American draftsmen. It may no longer be art-world heresy to say this. Once scorned by museums and collectors, the work of these illustrators has recently gained enormously in cachet and value. Indeed, the shift…

Kevin Svensen: Art by Architects Exhibition, Virginia Center for Architecture

Kevin Svensen, M.Arch.’09, will have four pieces in the upcoming Art by Architects Exhibition at the Virginia Center for Architecture, April 11th, 5:30-7:30 at 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA.

Drawing, Painting, and Forever Learning | New York City | United States | Epoch Times

Revering his heroes Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Velázquez, Collins built up his skills over the decades as the art world fluctuated and arts education shifted increasingly into laissez-faire mode. When he founded the atelier in 2006, he foresaw the need to nurture aspiring classical artists against an increasingly tumultuous art market. When asked what role his atelier plays in light of the current contemporary art market and the state of art education in this country, he replied: “I think about this a lot. To remain psychologically healthy, I need to think of contemporary art market as a thing unto…

Otto R. Eggers | jeff stikeman architectural art :: blog

Otto R. Eggers was an architect and delineator most noted for the work he produced when working with John Russell Pope, first as a draftsman, eventually as a partner.  Though he worked for other architects before Pope, and had his own firm after Pope’s death (Eggers and Higgins), he flourished when associated with Pope, and was as much an influence on their work as Pope himself.  It is no small claim that John Russell Pope owed much to Otto Eggers for his firm’s success, its reputation, and the legacy of the work. via Otto R. Eggers | jeff stikeman architectural…