Point of View - Point of View July 2008

 

The Van Alen Gets Formulaic

Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist on June 13, 2008 at the Van Alen Institute. Photo by Patrick Hannaway, Courtesy of Van Alen Institute. Switzerland’s Hans Ulrich Obrist may well be the curators’ curator. In the past fifteen years, he has organized over 150 global exhibitions, collaborating with countless figureheads such as Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Danish installation artist Olafur…

Proust Was an Architect

A lot of architects fancy themselves to be writers too, but according to Christian de Portzamparc and Philippe Sollers, architecture itself shares something fundamental with writing. At least, I think that’s the point—or one of the points—of Writing and Seeing Architecture, a slim book that records a long, digressive conversation between Sollers, a novelist and critic, and de Portzamparc, an…

Good Book, Not-So-Good Covers

Didn’t get to mention this in my review of Tom Vanderbilt’s new book on traffic—is it just me, or are both the U.S. (left) and the U.K. book covers rather uninspired? Don’t get me wrong: I love the poodle-in-sunglasses direction; I’m just not sure it does the book justice. On the other hand, the yellow sign makes an excellent favicon…

Behind the Cover- July

The alternate cover, pictured above. “Some ideas come and go, others just won’t go away,” associate art director Dungjai Pungauthaikan says about the design of this month’s cover. “For quite some time, we’d been toying with the imagery produced by the geometric reflections seen in kaleidoscopes. But the visual language never synched up with our editorial content. Then along came…

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