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New Exhibition Showcases Stunning Pieces by the Wiener Werkstätte

The Neue Galerie's "Wiener Werkstätte 1903–1932: The Luxury of Beauty" opens October 26.

Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) Centerpiece, 1924, Execution: Wiener Werkstätte, Brass Courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) Centerpiece, 1924, Execution: Wiener Werkstätte, Brass Courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota Show Caption Hide Caption Josef Hoffmann ((1870-1956), Table, 1904, Execution: Wiener Werkstätte, Ebonized oak with pores…

Why Architectural Collage is Important to These Three Chicago Architecture Biennial Participants

The recent popularity of architectural collage has led to a lot of cloning and some groaning. But collage is more than an aesthetic—it helps reconceive space in new, often scenographic ways.

The recent popularity of architectural collage has led to a lot of cloning and some groaning. But collage is more than an aesthetic—it helps reconceive space in new, often scenographic ways.

The Architectural “Blob” is Dead, Long Live the “Pile”

The blob ostensibly obliterated the culture of tectonics within architecture, but it was a short-lived fad. Interest has shifted again toward a loosely “aformal” approach—the pile. What are the consequences of architects piling it up?

The blob ostensibly obliterated the culture of tectonics within architecture, but it was a short-lived fad. Interest has shifted again toward a loosely “aformal” approach—the pile. What are the consequences of architects piling it up?

Should Architects Work With Nature or Resist It?

Frank Lloyd Wright famously urged architects to follow nature's lead. But as the planet warms, and with sustainability an inadequate response, they may need to pursue a more defensive, “resilient” position.

Frank Lloyd Wright urged architects to work with nature. But as the planet warms, they may need to pursue a more defensive, “resilient” position.