This Brutal House

By Tom Ran

Published: March 11, 2014 under Architecture

This Brutal House

Photo: Peter Chadwick

The concrete and fortress-like buildings that emerged during postwar known as Brutalist architecture were monumental properties that have been forgotten in the decades following. But a new site will shine the light on this movement. This Brutal House created by graphic designer Peter Chadwick is set to archive these structures throughout the world. Chadwick is British based but has enlisted photographers from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to contribute to the repository. Along with the photos, Chadwick has designed a series of Swiss styled posters to promote the movement, they’ll be available for purchase soon. The site is set to launch in the coming days. For now, there’s only a holding page with snapshots, teasing what’s to come. (via Creatie Review)

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Hudson Woods

By Tom Ran

Published: January 17, 2014 under Architecture

A rendering of one of the homes at Hudson Woods.

Photo: Hudson Woods

A new development two hours outside of New York City is underway. When completed, there will be twenty-six homes hidden within the forest and meadow. Hudson Woods is a community that is aiming to attract urban dwellers looking for a taste of the countryside without surrendering the amenities they’re used to. It’s “where design meets nature.” Each home will have several acres with modern touches consisting of clean lines and hand crafted finishes. A dramatic floor to ceiling glass wall will take over one side of the house while white oak flooring and paneling with be used throughout. Optional upgrades include vegetable gardens, fruit tree groves, tree house, pool house, beekeeping, solar energy systems and more. For those looking to distant themselves from the city without distancing themselves from creature comforts it can be the perfect refuge. A model home is currently being built and will be completed in April for prospective buyers to view.

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Kirkpatrick House

By Tom Ran

Published: December 12, 2013 under Architecture

Kirkpatrick House designed by George Nelson in 1955

Photo: Herman Miller

Even though George Nelson studied architecture at Yale University, he’s not usually known for his work in the field. His contribution to Mid-Century Modern American design touched upon every aspect of the lives from that era, primarily with his involvement in furniture design with Herman Miller. But his practice also had an important division, one that designed private and public buildings. Sam Grawe from Herman Miller explores the making of the Kirkpatrick House, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A modern masterpiece that is drenched in natural light was fully restored by its current owner, Dave Corner. Grawe gives us incredible insight with several correspondents between Nelson and Kirkpatrick and how the home came to be.

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City Modern

Published: September 19, 2013 under Architecture

City Modern NYC

Photo: City Modern NYC

The design community in New York City is so big that it needed festivals in two seasons to accommodate, one in the spring and the other in the fall. Archtober takes place for the entire month of October featuring programs and exhibitions in architecture and design. We mentioned the film festival several days ago that will take place during this time but another event is worthy of note. New York magazine and Dwell returns with City Modern, a festival that celebrates modern design in New York through tours of private residences and discussions with notable architects and designers. Tours for Manhattan and Brooklyn homes will be offered and scheduled speakers include Paola Antonelli, David Rockwell, Michael Beirut and others are on the schedule of discussions. City Modern starts September 27 and runs through October 4th.

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Architecture and Design Festival 2013

By Tom Ran

Published: September 12, 2013 under Architecture

Architecture and Design Festival

Photo: Architecture and Design Festival

While Hollywood gathers uptown for the New York Film Festival this fall, independent film makers from the architecture and design world will assemble downtown for the annual Architecture and Design Film Festival. The film fest returns to Tribeca Cinemas this October 16-20th with another impressive program. This year’s standouts include documentaries on Tadao Ando, Paolo Soleri, Paul Smith, Richard Neutra’s Oyler House, Walter Gropius’s “Fagus” factory and My Brooklyn, a look at the negative effects of development has on the borough. A line up of speakers will also accompany the festival which will be announced shortly. Tickets will go on sale October 1st.

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Phaidon Architecture Travel Guide

By Tom Ran

Published: August 6, 2013 under Architecture

Phaidon Architecture Travel Guide for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini

Photo: Phaidon

Phaidon Architecture Travel Guide is a new app for architecture and travel lovers. Sourced from Phaidon’s previous over-sized publications, Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture and Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, this app is an abridged and transportable version. That’s not to say that it doesn’t cover enough of the world’s most iconic buildings. The app compiles nearly 1500 worldwide projects from 840 architecture practices. The ease of use lets users explore, discover and share their favorites. Phaidon Architecture Travel Guide is available to download for $3.99 from iTunes.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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