The Japanese architectural firm of SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) was recently named as the recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Prize in Architecture.
Archive for March, 2010
I’ve posted some new photos over on quangtruong.com. . .
I haven’t been on Architizer yet, because it seems like every other week a new social networking site pops up and promises to revolutionize how we connect to each other (remember Friendster and MySpace?), even though in my opinion even the 500 pound gorilla of social sites (Facebook) seems to have changed nothing except for how I kill 10 minutes every day. Somebody has got to have a better idea for something to do with the technology we now have to connect each other. But there’s a great article by Alissa Walker of Fast Company here about architect websites. For the most part, I agree with her. Although I designed my websites (this one and this one) over two years ago and haven’t had the time to go back, when I think of how I would change them, I would strip things away as opposed to add them. I’m certainly not about to add one of those schlocky Flash based websites.
Again, I have to point to Lebbeus Woods blog, which is always a joy to read–an amazing ongoing document of a restless and inquisitive mind. Most recently, he posted about his relationship with the late Raimund Abraham (1933-2010). Specifically, about a trip they had made solely to debate architecture while residing at Le Corbusier’s La Tourette. Makes you want a friend like that.
Rest in Peace, Raimund Abraham. Below is a photo I took of his Austrian Cultural Forum on 52nd St. in NYC in the fall.
Greene Street, Soho, New York, as of this morning.
Alexandra Lange over at the Design Observer blog has written a really worthwhile little post about the state of architectural criticism, titled, “Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough.” As someone who writes about architecture, I’ve often wondered about the tenor and tone of what I write. I’ve often wondered why, whenever somebody brings up architecture in daily conversation with non-architects, people are so afraid of offering an opinion on architecture, whereas they’re quick to make pronouncements on movies, music, or books. Lange emphatically argues for passion and emotion in criticism and writing (tempered with experience and a rooted sense of place), and it’s great to read an pointed opinion on the role of architectural criticism. It’s more to think about, talk about, and discuss. It’s an idea. I love ideas.
When I was a painting major in college, I didn’t give much attention to photography. I thought it was just, in the words of Scarlett Johannson’s character in Lost in Translation, “a phase that every girl goes through, you know, horses, taking pictures of your feet.” But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more intrigued by photography. I still have a hard time finding photographers that I like, but I find understanding and making photographs a challenging and interesting pursuit. Towards that end, I set up a little space on my other website, www.quangtruong.com, to explore some photographic ideas. Above and below are some of my first photographs.