Category Archives: Architecture

La Fábrica: Barcelona’s Architectural Gem

The legendary La Fábrica in Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona is an architectural “tour de force” to be reckoned with, and a definite must-see when visiting the Spanish city. Without a doubt, this cement factory conversion, authorized by well renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, is one of the most impressive examples of adaptive architectural reuse ever seen. [...]

American Pie

This is such a weird, thoroughly American story. In 1962, modernist architect Richard Neutra designed a visitors’ center for the Gettysburg site, where the Civil War’s most infamous battle was fought – and many say the war was won. The entire area is a major tourist attraction, with hundreds of historical buildings, including a working [...]

A Look at Frieze New York

London’s perennially popular Frieze Art Fair descended on New York City for the first time last week with a roar, bringing with it Frieze’s famous custom-designed tent (this iteration designed by Brooklyn-based SO-IL), and unique programming around the fair’s temporary home on Randall’s Island. The Frieze Art Fair, organized by the inimitable duo Amanda Sharp [...]

The Living Ruins of the Uranian Phalanstery

The current vogue for “ruin porn” – the sensationalized and aestheticized images of dereliction and decay – was on our minds when Salome Oggenfuss and I visited the Uranian Phalanstery on a hot and humid day last September. Salome had heard from a colleague about two decrepit old interconnected brownstones on East 4th St, between [...]

Lacoste La Machine L.12.12

Stop by Grand Central Terminal this afternoon to catch the final day of the Lacoste La Machine L.12.12 installation. Constructed by world-renowned high-tech collective Tronic, the innovative hexagonal sculpture melds animation and architecture with experiential and interactive design, with the purpose of introducing Lacoste’s Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 fragrance collection. It also allows up the [...]

Friends of The High Line

Photographer Joel Sternfeld gave a lecture on Wednesday night titled What the High Line Meant and Means to Me. Currently there is still a half-mile section of the structure that has not been turned into a public park, because ownership of the property is still in limbo. The organization Friends of the High Line have [...]

Re-Thinking the Big Box Store

Have you ever wondered would what would happen to the urban environment if big box stores weren’t behemoth rectangular structures? How would their shapes alter the visual landscape? These are questions answered by The Peeling Project, produced by SITE design in the 1970s and 80s. Named for a building in which the facade appeared to [...]

La Biennale di Venezia, Italian Style

Giardini della Biennale. All images by Silvia Bergomi. This year the theme of La Biennale di Venezia is “Illuminazioni,” which lends an even-more-magical-than-usual atmosphere to a seminal exhibition and city already saturated with charm and decaying elegance. Surpass the masses and get to the heart of the matter: the creativity with these notes from a [...]

Ball-Nogues

Gaston Nogues and Benjamin Ball joined forces in 2004 and formed Ball-Nogues. In 2007 they won The Museum of Modern Arts PS1 Young Architects Program Competition and recently their work became part of the permanent collection of MoMA. Ball-Nogues work embodies monumental deterioration – personal humor, contemporary scenarios and nostalgic ideals. It is simultaneously rough, urban, [...]

Heavy Rays

Its happy space out time. Take a 15 minute trip into unknown landscapes and structures with our friend and Dossier collaborator Josh Slater. So sit back, relax, and strap on your seatbelt. You’ve never been on a ride like this before, with a producer who can rap and control the maestro. Original score by Sahra Motalebi.