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Jeff Goldberg

In the midst of this year’s world series, there is a new Esto Gallery: Baseball Stadium Architecture. Game 6 of the World Series heads back to Fenway Park tonight.  There are photographs of Fenway and the old Busch stadium in St. Louis, as well as others that haven’t been visible during the post-season.

Of the Gallery, Deane Madsen writes:

Even architects can get antsy waiting for the next game in an unexpectedly contentious World Series. With the Boston Red Sox tying the series with the St. Louis Cardinals late last night, we’re guaranteed another night at Busch Stadium as well as a return trip to Fenway Park in Boston. What better way to decide allegiances between games than with comparisons of baseball stadium architecture? Esto photographers have documented several past and present hallowed halls dedicated to the “national pastime,” from bleachers to boxes, and from lights to locker rooms. If your hometown team isn’t represented here, well, better luck next season!

See the full Esto Gallery at, or see more stadium images at EstoStock.


The AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture has a show at the West 4th Street Subway station called New York New World.

The show presents the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. The images are located in the two southern corridors of the West 4th Street Subway station.

Included in the show are a number of photographs by Esto photographers:

David Sundberg: New Settlement Community Campus by Dattner Architects

Jeff Goldberg: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts by Ennead;  Public Theater NYC by Ennead Architects; Stanford University Bing Concert Hall by Ennead; Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead; Stocking Hall Rehabilitation Cornell University by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects; Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion by Ennead

Albert Vecerka: Harlem Village Academies High School by Cooper, Robertson & Partners; PAVE Academy by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects

The entrance fee to the show is $2.50, and that includes a subway ride.

The New York State AIA has announced its 2013 Design Awards.  

We are pleased that a number of projects photographed by Esto photographers are included among the winners.

In the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category, the Yale University Art Gallery won an Award of Excellence.  Jeff Goldberg recently photographed the Gallery for Ennead.

Francis Dzikowski photographed The Lincoln Center LCT3 Theater by H3Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  The theater received an Award of Excellence in the Institutional category.

Four projects that won Citations for Design in the Institutional category were photographed by Esto as well:  Albert Vecerka documented the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Weiss/Manfredi; David Sundberg photographed the 9/11 Memorial by Frederick Schwartz Architects; both the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University by Ennead and the Collaborative Research Center at Rockefeller University by Mitchell/Giurgola were photographed by Jeff Goldberg.

Dattner and Grimshaw’s Via Verde, with David Sundberg’s images, won the Award of Excellence in the Residential/Multi-Family Category.

Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the East River Blueway Plan by WXY Architects won two awards: The Best in NY State Award and an Award for Excellence in the Urban Planning/Design category.



There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine: Construction of the New Whitney.

Jeff Goldberg has been chronicling the construction of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano.  The museum is in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the High Line and the Hudson River. Details about the project, and more of Jeff’s images, are at Architect.

Jeff will continue to record the museum as it evolves in the coming months; the newest images will be posted here and in the Esto Gallery.

Jeff Goldberg recently returned from Salt Lake City where he photographed the new Salt Lake City Public Safety Building for GSBS.

He sent along this preliminary image with the following narrative about the twilight shot taken from a man lift:

The tricky part about making a twilight photo from a lift is that the photographer can’t be in the lift while the picture is being made.  A person in the lift would make the basket move.

To make the shot, I ascended to set up the framing of the image, and had someone on the ground spot the position of the basket with a frame of reference, in this case, the tower of the nearby County and City Building.

I then lowered the lift, and raised it using controls from the ground.  My helper spotted basket with the County and City tower and the camera was returned to the exact spot to make the finished picture.  I operated the camera remotely, while making other twilight images from the ground.

Jeff sent an additional image of unintended community benefits of the building:


Check back to see final images of this project, as they are finalized in the coming weeks.


“Reality Check”, a film by Leon Gerskovic with time-lapse photography by Jeff Goldberg, chronicles the journey of 16 Virginia Tech design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space in Blacksburg, Virginia. Reality Check is their inspirational story.

The film has been selected for inclusion in the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa and will make its European Premiere on Friday September 27th at 6PM in the Cinema City Alvalade.

The screening will be followed by a talk about “designing for the 99%” with Tiago Mota Saraiva of Ateliermob and a moderated discussion including Marie and Keith Zawistowski of design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech.

A profile of the project, including the trailer for “Reality Check” as well as several other short videos by Jeff, are at Archinect.

Jeff sent us this image last week, with the accompanying story of how he caught the morning light:

When I scouted the interiors at the new Theatre School [designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects] at DePaul University, I found a conference room on the top floor that had a remarkable view of the Chicago skyline.

I began looking for a vantage point to see the building exterior in context with the skyline.  Directly across the street from the school was an old building used by U-Haul for self storage.  On the roof, is a very tall water tower, covered with mobile phone transmission devices.

That tower was my only hope.

Somehow I managed to get access to the roof, but was told that the tower was dangerous because of the radio waves from the transmitters.  After a little more discussion, we climbed four flights up, inside the tower, on a ladder to reach the top.

I wanted to make a twilight photo, but it seemed too dangerous to climb down the ladder, with the camera and tripod, in the dark.  There were no lights inside the tower.  So I left the camera on the tower overnight, with a remote device, so I could make the twilight photo.  I picked up the camera the next morning.  I was glad that it didn’t rain that evening.


Two projects that Jeff Goldberg photographed were among the winners of the 2013 Architecture Lighting Light & Architecture Design Awards.

The Best Use of Daylighting Award was given to the St. Katherine Drexel Chapel at Xavier University of Louisiana.  The lighting  for the Chapel in New Orleans was designed by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design.

The chapel breaks away from traditional churches both in style and in lighting approach. The ramped entrance to the building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has a narrow skylight that introduces daylight into the interior, and natural light is prevalent in the octagonal sanctuary. In the main gathering and worship space, Cline Bettridge Bernstein focused on creating an environment that would shift subtly from daylighting to electric lighting in the early evening hours.

More about the project is at the Architecture Lighting site.  There is also a slideshow of Jeff’s images of the project.


Two projects that Jeff Goldberg photographed were among the winners of the 2013 Architecture Lighting Light & Architecture Design Awards.

A Special Citation for Community Engagement with Lighting was given to the Lantern Field.  The temporary, interactive installation was commissioned by the  Freer and Sackler Galleries and designed and run by students and faculty from the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

The public was involved in building the folded mulberry paper lanterns in a day long workshop.  Once installed, the piece became a highly interactive and multisensory experience. To that end, they positioned a combination of linear, color-changing LED fixtures and ultrasonic sensors along the loggia’s east wall, and a series of white LED spotlights at the base of the loggia arches. As the sensors detected visitors in the space, the luminaires and speakers would activate, projecting reflected light onto the paper lanterns above. The more people who were present, the deeper and richer the color, hue, and tone that they experienced. Once the installation was complete, it pulsed with a spectrum of sound and color—from cool white to deep magenta, encouraging guests to explore the space and activate the light and sound around them.

More about the project is at the Architecture Lighting site.  There is also a slideshow of Jeff’s images of the project.

Jeff spotted this contraption last week.  Where was he?

Jeff was at Stocking Hall at Cornell University.  The building, still under construction, was designed by Mitchell Giurgola Architects.  It contains a dairy bottling plant and labs related to food research. The image above is a detail of the bottling assembly.  An image of the entire room is below, as well as a photograph of the exterior of the building.

The cows that supply the Cornell Dairy are pictured on this month’s cover of Architectural Record.  The barn they live in is the Cornell Teaching Dairy Barn by Erdy McHenry Architecture. Ultimately their milk will end up in bottles at this plant.

Jeff will return to photograph the completed interiors later in the summer.  Check back to see more.