Author Archive for Liza Langer
Yesterday Polshek Partnership announced to the office that the firm will officially change its name to Ennead Architects. Ennead describes the group of nine deities in Egyption mythology but refers to the nine partners of the firm.
The New York Times wrote an article about the firm check it out in “What is a Name? Firm Will Find Out”
Architect Magazine also has an article but describes how Ennead hopes to “avoid the fate of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, which people still think of as I.M. Pei’s firm, 20 years after Pei retired”.
In today’s New York Times, the front page article in the Arts section is an article about the addition that Renzo Piano will propose for the Kimbell Arts Museum by Louis Khan. The article describes the conversation of the addition including the change in promenade that the addition will create, the ghostly duplicate (in plan) that the addition will appear to be, and how the buildings reflect who the respective architect looked up to. While Louis Khan looked up to the architects of antiquity, Renzo Piano worked with Louis Khan early in Piano’s carrer. The question I have for the addition is why the addition is all glass. While the Kimbel Art Museum is careful with its light manipulation, the glass addition is, well, just glass. What do you think?(via the NYTIMES )
I stumbled upon these animated stereo views of old Japan by Japanese Photographer T. Enami (1859-1929). Simple gif animation that oscillates between the positives of a stereoscopy. I think the digital animation helps the analog stereographic cards without needing immediate use of a stereoscope. What helps one see the power of the stereo views in animation is the extreme contrast between foreground, middle ground, and background. Because the image was taken to show far distances, the parallax shifts show up dramatically in those with extreme contrasts in ground. (from top to bottom “sumo wrestlers”, “clam diggers having lunch”, “along the Fuji River”, “firewood dealers”. via pinktentacle)
Perhaps appropriately proceeding Kai’s parametrics blog post, I came across Sukkah City:NYC 2010In an attempt to jump start culture and creative thing, Reboot is organizing Sukkah City:NYC 2010
Sukkah City: NYC 2010 is a competition with parameters as dictated by the old the old testament and reinterpreted by 21st century thinkers.
My favorite rule is “At night, one must be able to see the stars from within the sukkah, through the roof”
I also enjoy their “hand breadth” units of measure.
Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.
(via: Sukkah City: NYC 2010