BY RICK SHEFCHIKFreelance writer and former reporter and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press Minnesota is blessed to be the home of golf courses designed by some of the best golf course architects who ever drew a blueprint, laid out a fairway or placed a bunker. Scotland native Donald Ross has six examples of … More A little love, and a little luck, helped create the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Rochester Country Club members know today.
Heard of Phone Booth Libraries? They’ve been popping up around NYC thanks to the work of architect John Locke. Across the world, libraries struggling with dwindling budgets are finding creative ways to engage their communities. Image source. BY SHANNON MATTERNAssistant professor at The New School It was only a decade ago that America’s public libraries … More How do libraries keep up with their communities as their work changes with the times?
BY JENNIFER JOHUNGAssistant professor of art history and director of the Art History Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee With snow tracing the frozen ground, it is the first week of February in Milwaukee, WI – a high of 15 degrees and a low of -5 (give or take a few) – and I … More On Home: Writing, performing, curating, replacing
The Occupy San Francisco movement in full swing. Jessica Ellen Sewell recalls how just a century ago, women were using spaces elsewhere in the city to campaign for women’s suffrage. BY JESSICA ELLEN SEWELLMember of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey As I was leading a walking … More Occupy Wall Street: A reminder of how radical spatial politics have changed.
Click for more info.
A Zurn plumbing pamphlet features men planning for 194X. An exhibit at MoMA has chosen to tackle the ways in which the post-9/11 era might mirror 194X in terms of architectural revolution. (Image from A New Era of Building is Only Marking Time, Erie, Penn., J.A. Zurn Manufacturing Company, 1944.) BY ANDREW SHANKENAssistant professor of … More 194X and 9/11: Are the repercussions really that easy to compare?
Construction photo of “Mountain of Despair” with Jefferson dome in background. Photo taken Aug. 11th, 2011, in advance of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial debut on Aug. 28th, the 48th anniversary of the day King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Photo by the author. BY KELLY QUINN Quadrant fellow and assistant … More Reflecting upon Mary McLeod Bethune in light of this weekend’s MLK Jr. Memorial debut.
BY THOMAS FISHERProfessor and dean at the College of Design, University of Minnesota When I started to write about architect David Salmela’s buildings more than a decade ago, I never knew I would end up becoming his chronicler. My previous career as an editor for one of the leading journals in my field meant that … More Making a place’s invisible elements visible: The architecture of David Salmela
BY JOHN HARWOODAssociate professor of modern and contemporary architectural history at Oberlin College As IBM is celebrates its centenary today, one might be tempted to ask how IBM actually settled on a birthday. To hear IBM tell it, emerging from the key patents for punched-card storage and information processing written and held by Hermann Hollerith, … More Happy 100th Birthday, IBM
In 1961, reacting to U.S. government plans to survey, design, and build fallout shelters, the president of the American Institute of Architects told the organization that “all practicing architects should prepare themselves to render this vital service to the nation and to their clients.” Here, David Monteyne, author of Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense … More Preparing for an apocalypse: Government officials, architects, and the history of the fallout shelter