The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it will raze the American Folk Art Museum building on West 53 Street in New York. Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, completed in 2001, the building interferes with MoMA expansion plans. The headline in The New York Times reads, “Overshadowed, and Now Doomed”.
In the weeks since the initial announcement, there has been a flurry of outcry about the decision. Of special note, and few minced words are the following articles:
Martin Filler’s article in the New York Review of Books;
an open letter from the Architectural League;
and Ned Cramer’s editorial in Architect Magazine.
To honor the building there is a new Esto Gallery, also at Architect Magazine.
Francis Dzikowski has photographed the new GlaxoSmithKline headquarters for the architects Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
The new building in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard redevelopment has been awarded double LEED platinum status. The building offers a range of innovation from natural light; low-VOC finishes; energy-efficient lighting, desks offering a range of working positions from sitting to standing, a fitness center and health clinic, as well as a rooftop garden—which provides thermal insulation and retains storm water, while supplying herbs and vegetables to the office cafeteria
The project appears on ArchDaily as well as at Architect Magazine where there is also a project gallery with more of Francis’ images.
In addition to the Architect article and gallery , the project appears in inHABit, in Building Design and Construction and in a regional Philadelphia business journal
In response to the news that MoMA will demolish Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architect’s American Folk Art Museum, Architect Magazine has created a new Esto Gallery. The gallery has images by Peter Mauss, showing both the interior and exterior of the imperiled jewel of a building.
The Esto Gallery can be seen at Architect.com.
In addition to the piece written in conjunction with the gallery, there is more about the building and the decision to raze it in an article at the NY Times and in a scathing article in the New York Review of Books. Additionally there is a letter from the architects, on their website, concerning the decision.
“From whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures; from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals” the newest Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine shares a varied collection of photographs of doors and entries from the Esto collection.
The photographs range from early images by Ezra Stoller, to newer projects by the current Esto photographers Albert Vecerka, David Sundberg, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss and Francis Dzikowski.
In the introduction, Deane Madsen writes that
Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within.
Visit Architect Magazine to see the new Esto Gallery.
There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine that looks at train stations – domestic and international, new and old.
These images are all available through the Esto archive and are from both assignment and contributing photographers.
The full Train Station article and accompanying slideshow is at Architect Magazine.
All of the past Esto Galleries are also at Architect Magazine.
The upcoming show of Ezra Stoller‘s photographs at Yossi Milo Gallery anchors the Architect Magazine compilation of the Best Architecture Exhibitions of 2013. The exhibition opens on January 24 at the Yossi Milo Gallery and features many photographs from the monograph Ezra Stoller Photographer.
Architect Magazine has a book review of Ezra Stoller Photographer. The review “Picturing Two Sides of Modern American Architecture” looks the new books Ezra Stoller Photgrapher and Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography. Both books look at modern architecture, where Parker and Stoller’s views are meant to feel all but inevitable, as if their creator merely executed a technical necessity. But the books afford glimpses behind the scenes that expose the photographers’ conceit—and their great creativity within narrow constraints. Further, both heavily illustrated books invite us to appreciate architectural photography as an art in itself.
Francis Dzikowski photographed a winning project in Architect Magazine’s 2012 Design Awards.
H3 Hardy Collaborative‘s LCT3 Theater at Lincoln Center is the opening spread in the magazine’s award announcement in the December issue. LCT3 adds theater space on the roof of the original Eero Saarinen Vivian Beaumont Theater.
There are earlier EstoNews posts about the Theater from when Francis’ photographs were in Vanity Fair and at NPR.com.
Congratulations to the architect and the photographer.
There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine. It marks the release of Ezra Stoller Photographer, describing the book as showing the breadth of Stoller’s range, from iconic images to lesser-known industrial prints.
See the full posting and slideshow at Architect Magazine.