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Aug 31

Albert Vecerka Getting Ready

Albert just sent this image made by his friend Julian Olivas, the helicopter pilot who is himself a photographer.

Albert was preparing for a NYC fly-over, photographing a number of sites around the city for WXY Studio including Pier 40 for a study on public access to the waterfront.

In addition to the job, they got to see New York from the cloudless sky on a beautiful August morning.

Aug 30

Jeff Goldberg in New Orleans

Jeff Goldberg was in New Orleans recently and photographed buildings and empty lots the Lower Ninth Ward.

As we prepare this piece, Hurricane Isaac is hitting Louisiana and causing concern about more devastation in the already-damaged areas.

When Jeff was there, the scars of Katrina were still clearly visible along with numerous new homes built with the support of the Make It Right Foundation and participation of many important architects including KieranTimberlake, Frank Gehry, Morphosis and others.

We’ve created an online gallery of Jeff’s New Orleans photographs.  Have a look.

Aug 27

Sculpture by Dee Briggs, Photographs by Albert Vecerka

On a recent trip to Pittsburgh, Albert photographed a new sculpture by Dee Briggs at the Warhol Museum.

The exhibition, Factory Direct, will be on display through September 9. More information on hours and directions are the Museum’s website.

Dee’s piece is made of high-performance concrete by Taktl ®.  One of Albert’s close up images, shown here, appears in a Taktl advertisement in the August issue of Architect Magazine.

More of Albert’s photographs of Dee Briggs’ sculptures at the Warhol can be seen at EstoStock.


Aug 21

McCarren Pool Renovation, photographs by David Sundberg

The McCarren Pool Renovation  is featured in The Architect’s Newspaper.

The renovation by Rogers Marvel, brings back a public pool that was designed during the era of Robert Moses.  The project is described by Thomas de Monchaux in AN:

The original pool was funded by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.   McCarren was one of ten city pools that opened in the summer of 1936, the hottest on record at the time. It closed in 1984, the victim of recession and a flashpoint for tension and crime in neighborhoods going through demographic change and economic decline. This summer’s reopening, following the well-known hipster-driven development of the area, is the first of eight large-scale park refurbishments planned between now and 2030 under the city’s PlaNYC program.

The success of the pool in anchoring both neighborhood and community puts the McCarren Pool clearly in the realm of what designer Jonathan Marvel describes as “spaces that inspire community involvement and face time.”

And, an additional perk is that all the NY City Public Pools are free!  Enjoy the end of the summer.

But, if you can’t get there to see it for yourself, more of David’s images of the McCarren Pool are at EstoStock.  And there is an earlier post on EstoNews.

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Aug 17

New Esto Gallery on Architect: Brutalism, with Photographs by Goldberg, Stoller, and Andrews

There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine.

This gallery looks at Brutalism, the genre that has recently been steeped in controversy.  The gallery shows buildings by Rudolph, Kahn, Breuer, Saarinen and others.  The photographs are by Jeff Goldberg, Ezra Stoller and Wayne Andrews.  In addition to the buildings is the image of Paul Rudolph on the roof of his Miami parking garage.

While Ezra Stoller and Wayne Andrews’ images are older, Jeff Goldberg’s photographs of the Orange County Government Center were taken earlier this year.  They show the strength of the project as well as it’s current condition as it’s never been seen before.  These images have energized the preservation effort for the building.  More of Jeff’s images of this Louis Kahn building are at EstoStock, and there is an earlier EstoNews post.

Accompanying the gallery Deane Madsen writes that “Given recent controversy over Brutalist buildings being put in the path of the wrecking ball, it seems appropriate to re-examine some of these structures that, while often lauded in their heyday, are currently demonized by the public. ARCHITECT Editor-in-Chief Ned Cramer, Assoc. AIA, noted in a recent editorial that “it’s a bad time to be a Brutalist building.” But as supporters of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center learned when they won a vote to not tear down the building (albeit by a narrow margin), the tide may be turning.

Brutalism as a concept evolved, according to architectural critic and theorist Reyner Banham, from “reference[s] to béton brut (raw concrete), which had been one of the most controversial features of Le Corbusier’s recently finished Unité block in Marseilles … and, not least, the art brut of Dubuffet.” [quoted from Reyner Banham’s Historian of the Immediate Future, page 125]

Admirers of the genre celebrate Brutalist buildings for their precast concrete walls with rough, unfinished surfaces; detractors tend to see only their massive forms, which can seem leaden, heavy, and overbearing. Take a look at these pictures, and decide for yourself whether you’re in favor of preservation or demolition.”

Aug 16

Wyckoff Exchange, Photographs by Francis Dzikowski, on Architect

The Wyckoff Exchange appears in Architect Magazine in the Project Detail Section.  Francis Dzikowski photographed the renovated retail and cultural space in Bushwick Brooklyn, designed by Andre Kikoski Architect.  The article includes a slideshow of Francis’ images, and the full project can be seen at EstoStock.  There is also an earlier EstoNews post of the Wyckoff exchange.

The project is described by Andre Kikoski:

The Wyckoff Exchange is an economical and adaptive re-use of two abandoned warehouses to create 10,000 square feet of retail and cultural space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This place is marked by the strong traces of a gritty industrial past, and is rapidly transforming into a center of art and creativity.

Our design solution offers an innovative response of what a modest retail building could be. We designed a trademark façade that responds to the place and purpose of this commission, paying careful attention to the resolution of formal and technical issues with extremely modest means. The choice of materials and technologies in this project is highly considered.

The design relies upon five pairs of motorized scissor doors/panels, whose technology is adapted from warehouses. The position of the façade panels creates a dynamic expression of purpose within: by day the panels fold up to create awnings for the stores and to shelter pedestrians; by night they fold down to secure the shops.

The panels consist of a steel frame that is clad in a double layered skin. The outer layer is textured Cor-Ten steel. The inner layer is shimmering light-gauge stainless steel. Each layer is laser cut with a different gradient pattern. And each double-layer panel is internally illuminated by LEDs.

While industrial in nature, the texture of the Cor-Ten steel responds to the modulation of daylight. The sun set transforms the richly oxidized surface into a Rothko-like canvas. At night these simple materials and technologies create a contemporary glowing mural of light, 100 feet long, eighteen feet tall, and only two inches deep.

The Wyckoff Exchange is dramatic and highly tactile. At once both simple and complex, the design uses a modest kit of parts of technology, material and light to create a sophisticated yet playful building, offering a fresh, bold, and different understanding of a retail venue.

Aug 15

David Sundberg Photographs in Casabella

David Sundberg’s photographs of the Signature Theatre in New York are featured in a 14-page story in the August edition of Casabella.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the complex houses new theatres, rehearsal studios, offices, a café and bookstore. In all three theatres, plywood is used to create distinctive walls with a craftsman finish. In its new home, the company continues it’s world-renowned, award-winning programs and productions.  And best of all, tickets are $25 each.

More of David’s photographs of the Theatre can be seen at EstoStock and his full portfolio at EstoPortfolios.

Aug 3

Jeff Goldberg Photographs Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

Last month Jeff Goldberg ventured to the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY to record the endangered complex for the Esto archive.  Jeff’s photographs appear on Docomomo and in an online portfolio.

The building, designed by Paul Rudolph, has been the subject of a bitter controversy surrounding its future.

The World Monuments Fund describes the building: “the structure is a testament to the era when civic architecture was forging new avenues in design and construction. From its textured concrete exterior to its open floor plan, the building has all the hallmarks of Rudolph’s unique architectural style. Preservationists see the artistic value of the building and the legacy of previous county administrators wishing to present Goshen as a thriving and dynamic community. The Orange County government should be responsible stewards of this legacy.”

Docomomo  has an update on the situation, writing that it’s been “relatively quiet on the Brutalist architecture front in Goshen, NY since the Orange County legislature failed to pass a $14.6 million bond resolution that would have funded the demolition of the Paul Rudolph designed Government Center (1967) and construction of a new building.”

Even in its current state—years of neglected maintenance, storm damage and vacancy since last Fall—the Orange County Government Center embodies a caliber of Modern civic architecture rare in the 1960s and rarer today.

The World Monuments Fund has an online petition to support saving this important building.


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