Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates’ deeply rooted interest in the aesthetic, cultural, and civic power of architecture has resulted in a portfolio of stunningly tailored buildings fitted to their specific set of conditions, and conveying both conceptual consistency and individual character. Made to Measure, the firm’s first monograph, captures the handcrafted spirit of their work. The practice has built a reputation for its ability to meet extraordinary building challenges with uncommon design clarity, elegance, and refinement. They approach highly constrained and technically demanding design problems with a clear set of modernist core principles, a passion for material and detail exploration, and a desire to create meaningful places for social interaction.
Mike Perry Presents PULLED A Catalog of Screen Printing
Book Release Party & Exhibition at Brooklyn’s 3rd Ward
TONIGHT! Friday, April 29, 7pm - 10pm
Come celebrate the world release party of Mike Perry’s PULLED, the first book to collect the most innovative contemporary screen printing.
3rd Ward will display nearly all the works from this ground-breaking book, including boundary-pushing artwork from Aesthetic Apparatus, Deanne Cheuk, Steven Harrington, Maya Hayuk, Cody Hudson, Jeremyville, Andy Mueller, Rinzen, Andy Smith, and other artists and graphic designers from around the world.
Mike Perry is an artist and best-selling author (Hand Job, Over and Over). He was chosen as Print magazine’s New Visual Artist award in 2008, a “Groundbreaking Illustrator” by Computer Arts Projects, and works regularly with editorial and commercial clients including Apple, The New York Times, Dwell, Target, Urban Outfitters, eMusic, and Nike.
With complimentary drinks from Brooklyn Republic and music from DJ King Pop.
RSVP at www.3rdward.com/rsvp
**Enter to win a print by Mike Perry, Josh Cochran, Rachel Domm, Craig Redman, Justin Fines and more at http://www.3rdward.com/pulledraffle.
from the pages of Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food, Water, Life
Since founding Studio Orta in 1993, the Paris-based husband-and-wife team of Lucy and Jorge Orta has produced an extensive body of work that addresses universal concerns about community, shelter, migration, and sustainable development. Beyond merely addressing these issues artistically, their work suggests solutions by modeling fresh approaches to social dilemmas. Their often-playful projects incorporate elements of fashion, art, and architecture, which they combine with performances, multimedia events, and public debates. Featuring hundreds of drawings and photographs, Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food, Water, Life presents recent works that fall into the categories of food, water, and the environment. An interview by curator and critic Hou Hanru provides insight into the artists’ processes and motivations.
Flip through Princeton Architectural Press’ stunning Fall 2011 Calendar
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From the pages of Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography by @Namdev Hardisty
The beauty of contemporary graphic design is that dozens of movements emerge and re-emerge from view. Yet, too often we are left with only the vague impression that something is going on. To appreciate what that might be requires us to slow down, ignore superficial trends, and take a more in-depth look. This is the approach taken by Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography, a survey of minimalist and brutalist typography in contemporary graphic design. This international collection documents the work of more than twenty-four graphic designers who engage in an aggressively simple typography. Lavishly illustrated with commentary by author J. Namdev Hardisty, the book explores the innovative posters, books, signage, and other forms of print design by such well-known designers as Daniel Eatock, Experimental Jetset, Spin, the Walker Art Center’s design studio, as well as those just beginning to make a mark on the design world, including MGMT., Project Projects, SEA, Xavier Encinas, Manuel Raeder, YES, and more.
Namdev Hardisty is the founder, with Kimberlee Whaley, of The MVA, through which he has worked on print, web, and signage projects for a variety of clients, including Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, The Weisman Art Museum, and Analog Clothing. Namdev’s work is featured in Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-drawn Patterns and Hand Job: A Catalogue of Type, both published by Princeton Architectural Press. He is also the author and designer of New Skateboard Graphics (2009). He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2003.
Mingering Mike, an outsider artist apt for April Fools…
“Mingering Mike spent years creating fake albums, complete with hand-drawn covers and liner notes, which were only seen by his family and friends. The book features all of the outsider artist’s fake ‘records’ in their full-color glory.” - Spin, May 2007
One cold December morning, Dori Hadar—DJ by night, criminal investigator by day—was digging through crates of records at a flea market in Washington, D.C. There he stumbled into the elaborate world of Mingering Mike—a soul superstar of the 1960s and ’70s who released an astonishing 50 albums and at least as many singles in just 10 years. But Hadar had never heard of him, and he realized why on closer inspection: every album in the crates was made of cardboard. Each package was intricately crafted, complete with gatefold interiors, extensive liner notes, and grooves drawn onto the vinyl. Some albums were even covered in shrinkwrap, as if purchased at actual record stores.
The crates contained nearly 200 LPs and 45s by Mingering Mike, as well as other artists like Joseph War, the Big “D,” and Rambling Ralph, on labels such as Sex Records, Decision, and Ming/War. There were also soundtracks to imaginary films, a benefit album for sickle cell anemia, and a tribute to Bruce Lee.
Hadar put his detective skills to work and soon found himself at the door of the elusive man responsible for this alternate universe of funk. Their friendship blossomed and Mike revealed the story of his life and his many albums, hit singles, and movie soundtracks. A solitary boy raised by his brothers, sisters, and cousins, Mike lost himself in a world of his own imaginary superstardom, basing songs and albums on his and his family’s experiences. Early teenage songs obsessed with love and heartache soon gave way to social themes surrounding the turbulent era of civil rights protests and political upheaval—brought even closer to home when Mike himself went underground dodging the Vietnam War. In Mingering Mike, Hadar tells the story of a man and his myth: the kid who dreamed of being a star and the fantastical “careers” of the artists he created. All of Mingering Mike’s best albums and 45s are presented in full color, finally bringing to the star the adoring audience he always imagined he had.
From the pages of Young Architects 11: Foresight
Foresight is the eleventh in an annual series of publications that features the best young practicing architects as selected by the Architectural League of New York in their annual Young Architects competition. This year’s theme, “Foresight,” refers to an ability to survey, research, and engage the present toward particular, desired outcomes in the future. Our lives are inundated by forecasts about the world climate, the economy, sociopolitical trends, the housing market’s rise and fall, and all kinds of bubbles bursting. Everyone has become an expert in predicting the future, just as the very idea of a better future has, for the first time in recent memory, come into question. The competition winners—Bureau E.A.S.T., Ether Ship, ex.studio, Fake Industries, Frida Escobedo Lopez, and Phu Hoang Office—present forward-thinking projects that imagine an effective role for architecture in the future.
Introduction by Anne Rieselbach
Anne Rieselbach is the Program Director at the Architectural League of New York
Foreword by Jesse Reiser
Jesse Reiser has been practicing architecture with Nanako Umemoto as Reiser + Umemoto, RUR architecture since 1986. He currently teaches at Princeton University. He is also the author of Princeton Architectural Press’s Atlas of Novel Tectonics.
It seems that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than anywhere else in the world. Japanese designers regularly implement radical experiments in new materials and building systems that successfully address imminent energy and resource challenges. These technological achievements are combined with an acute awareness of the ephemerality of materials as well as an engagement with the “floating world” of changing cultural behaviors and shifting societal patterns.
In Matter in the Floating World, materials guru Blaine Brownell (author of the bestselling Transmaterial series) travels to the offices of twenty leading material and design innovators in Japan, including Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma,and Kazuyo Sejima, to find the connections between materiality and transience in their work. The dialogues in Matter in the Floating World are organized into four sections—lightness, atmosphere, flow, and emergence—that embody various approaches to materiality and evanescence in Japanese architecture and design. There is also a companion website that includes samples from the book as well as exclusive online interviews.
from the pages of House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally
Most homes built in the United States over the last fifty years were merely plopped down on a piece of land without any real integration of house and site. The result is a suburban sprawl of homes that are as uninspiring as they are environmentally unsustainable. House in the Landscape offers a viable alternative for landowners who want to build in a more thoughtful manner. Twenty-two houses by some of today’s best-known residential architects illustrate nine site types from all over the United States. Each site, the issues it posed, the solutions the architects found, and the resulting house design are discussed and explained in detail, providing a wealth of siting information for the reader.
Jeremiah Eck is the senior partner of Eck|MacNeely Architects, a Boston-based firm specializing in residential and private school work. Eck is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows, a former lecturer in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a landscape painter, and author of two previous books, The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design and The Face of Home: A New Way to Look at the Outside of Your Home.
He has lectured extensively across the country on the nature of good home design and how important the relation between architect and homeowner is in designing a good house. His recent lectures have also emphasized the importance of art education as a major influence in designing and building better homes. His annual summer seminar on the house in Executive Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for architects, contractors, and homeowners was often one of the best attended seminars. He has built or renovated every home he has ever lived in.
From the pages of Publish Your Photography Book
by Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson
We live in the golden age of the photography book. Since the early 1990s, the number of photography book publishers has continued to grow while technological developments have placed more tools for bookmaking directly in the hands of photographers. For the students and working artists who have chosen photography as their primary means of expression, having their own photography book is seen as a passport to the international photography scene. Yet, few have more than a tentative grasp of the component parts of a book, an understanding of what they want to express, or the know-how needed to get a book published. Publish Your Photography Book is the first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. This expert guide is organized in six sections covering the rich history of the photo book; an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world. Publish Your Photography Book also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.