Works that Work, Issue 2
Described as “a kind of National Geographic of design,” the second issue of the new magazine Works That Work looks at inventions as deceptively simple as the shipping container and as staggeringly complex as an intercontinental aircraft, technologies that are closing the gaps between continents and cultures at an ever-increasing rate.
Timothy Hyde, Jorge Otero-Pailos
How does architecture make its appearance in civil society? How did architectural modernism function as a political and social instrument? Constitutional Modernism pursues these questions by exploring architecture, planning, and law as cultural forces in mid-century Cuba. Author Timothy Hyde’s analysis of the complex entanglements between these disciplines reconstructs how architects joined with other professionals and intellectuals in efforts to establish a stable civil society, from the promulgation of a new Cuban Constitution in 1940 up until the Cuban Revolution. Join Hyde in conversation with architect and theorist Jorge Otero-Pailos.
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Project: Issue 2
In response to today’s proliferation of media platforms that indiscriminately celebrate the imagery and culture of design, Project distinguishes the architects, ideas, and works that take a critical stance on architecture and the world in which it is produced. Publishing both new work and writing, Project is a forum for critical thought in architecture and a platform for architects to articulate their ambitions for the discipline today. Project: Issue 2 addresses issues from sustainability to legibility, the city to the celestial with contributions by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, the Architectural Association, Kelly Bair, Joe Day, Nathan Hume and Abigail Coover, Caroline O’Donnell, Michael Osman, Jason Payne, Albert Pope, Productora, Peter Trummer, and Andrew Zago. Please join the editors of Project at Van Alen Books to celebrate their latest release.
Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City
Constance Rosenblum, Boris Fishman
There may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but there are also nearly three million dwelling places, ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian garrets and encompassing much in between. The doorways to these residences are tantalizing portals opening onto largely invisible lives. Habitats offers 40 vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, their apartments, their mansions, their lofts, and as a whole presents a rich, multi-textured portrait of what it means to make a home in the world’s most varied and powerful city.
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design joined us at the bookstore to celebrate the relaunch of the LA Forum Newsletter with a panel discussion between editor Mimi Zeiger, architect John Southern, and graphic designer Neil Donnelly, followed by a live interview with author Hitha Prabhakar, to be published in their fall issue.
DS+R: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line
Liz Diller, Ric Scofidio, Muffie Dunn, Tom Piper
On Thursday, June 20, we welcome Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Van Alen Books for a film screening of Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line, a 54-minute documentary offering insights into the firm’s history, completed projects, and unique process of reimagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces. The film includes commentary from the architects as well as interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden as well as critics and theorists Mark Wigley, Anthony Vidler, Martin Filler, and more. Before the film, Liz Diller and Ric Scofidio will join directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper for a conversation about their work, moderated by VAI executive director David van der Leer. Stop by for the screening, and pick up a signed copy of DS+R’s latest book Lincoln Center Inside Out.
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Last week’s launch party at the bookstore celebrating the 2nd volume of PLOT, the student-edited journal of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program at the CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture!
June Williamson, Jocelyn Wenk, Rob Lane, and Kazys Varnelis joined us at the bookstore on March 16th for conversation on Williamson’s new book Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb.
Arts for Living
common room and Kim Förster
Arts for Living takes a close look at the Abrons Arts Center, a community art facility in the Lower East Side, as a case study for an architecture designed to address issues of public space and community life.