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Architecture & Auschwitz (Evidence Room)

Evidence Room is now showing at the Venice Architecture Biennal. It’s a small and simple room the center of which are reconstructions of objects from the gas chambers at Auschwitz. A work of art put together by historian Robert Jan van Pelt … Continue reading

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Glass and Stone (New Ways Alongside Around St John the Divine)

I’ve been tracking this project since they broke ground. With people moving in, the new real estate alongside the north wall of St John the Divine proceeds apace. It looks like the space is about to open up in a … Continue reading

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East Side Ziggurat

Walking up Lexington Avenue, I stumbled across this architectural marker, calling attention to this building at the corner of E. 81st Street. Cued by the landmark plaque, I looked up. You can already see low to the ground the start … Continue reading

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Endless House (Frederick Kiesler)

I saw this the other week at the Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture exhibition at MOMA.  Among the many models on exhibit, this one, Kiesler’s eponymous Endless House, stood out as the most simple and direct. There are … Continue reading

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Trump Place (Upper West Side)

Trump Place alongside Riverside Drive in the 70s are a series of super ugly, faceless rich residential towers, but without the garish orange hair.

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Glass, Stone & the Space in Between at St John The Divine Construction Site

Along the north wall of St. John the Divine, construction of the new residential towers proceeds apace. The old stone cathedral look is brought up close into the modern glass construction. With a lot of landscaping, this thing might turn … Continue reading

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“A Simple House” in Syracuse

This little house stands at E. Fayette and Westcott, a working class corner in Syracuse. Not like the now rundown spectacular houses just to the south of Genesee, this house was never meant to be more than it is. The … Continue reading

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Brutalist Synagogue (Beersheba)

Poking around the internet for more Beersheba Brutalism, I found this and other pictures of this synagogue, which seems to go by two names. The Pyramid Synagogue refers obviously to its external form, whereas the Synagogue of the Babylonian Community … Continue reading

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Beersheba Brutalism (Mid-century Modern Architecture)

What Bauhaus is to Tel Aviv and the Garden City to the Rehavia neighborhood in Jerusalem, it turns out that Beersheba is a world capital of Brutalist Architecture. From the French béton brut (raw concrete), Brutalism refers to a rough … Continue reading

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Whitney-High Line (Gesamtkunstwerk) (Distraction)

Aficionados of Richard Wagner and Walter Benjamin take note. Walking out of the new Whitney Museum of Art out to and up the High Line extends the museum experience. You’ve actually left the building. You’re outside, but remain inside –i.e. … Continue reading

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