The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) completed an extensive renovation in 2008 that transformed its building on Dundas Street in Toronto. Work began in 2004 and cost $276 million. Led by Frank Gahry, Instead of starting afresh, Gehry took the existing building and its somewhat chaotic slew of previous expansions and unified it into a… Continue reading Gehry’s Art Gallery of Ontario is Retro Frank Gehry at His Finest
Ranking Architectural Academics: Suspect Methodology
I came across a link to a paper titled “Rating the Architecture Professors in Research: 2010 Report” by Garry Stevens, PhD from the Key Centre for Architectural Sociology this morning on Twitter by David Neustein (@dneus). Stevens compiled this report by obtaining lists of the faculty in every architecture department in a variety of predominantly… Continue reading Ranking Architectural Academics: Suspect Methodology
Castle Overload: a trip to Cardiff and Swansea, Wales
Wales has a slogan that is something along the lines of “Wales has more castles per square mile than probably anywhere else in the world.” While they do use the “probably,” (to avoid a lawsuit I’m sure) I did manage to see four of them on a three day trip last week. The trip began… Continue reading Castle Overload: a trip to Cardiff and Swansea, Wales
Recent books: “194x” by Andrew Shanken and “Militant Modernism” by Owen Hatherley
Review of two books that cover early 20th century modernism from different viewpoints- Andrew Shanken’s 194x and Owen Hatherley’s Militant Modernism.