Guy Horton

Designing Beijing

From the Smart Cities, Healthy Cities Exhibition of sustainable Dutch design, Breathing Cloud by Dorette Sturm. Courtesy: Beijing Design Week In addition to being the political hub of China, Beijng has long been a city on the global art and…

Steven Ehrlich Receives Maybeck Prize

Dubai Federal National Council building. Courtesy Ehrlich Architects Steven Ehrlich was recently named this year’s recipient of the Maybeck Award for achievement in architecture. The award is given by the American Institute of Architects California Council for an outstanding body…

Chipperfield Receives Mies van der Rohe Award

© Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz / David Chipperfield Architects, Photo: Jörg von Bruchhausen On June 20, British architect Sir David Chipperfield took center stage at a ceremony in Barcelona to officially receive the much-coveted European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –…

Successful Blue Ventures

courtesy Blue Ventures Buckminster Fuller was an architect, but in the truest sense of the title, he was a problem-solver who viewed complexity with the eyes of a scientist. Upon his death in 1983, his family established the Buckminster Fuller…

JR's TED Wish Unfolds in Pakistan

Photo courtesy 18% Grey for TEDx Karachi At this year’s TED Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the highlights was a skinny, sunglass-donning Frenchman who goes by the moniker, JR. Being the recipient of the TED Prize is clearly…

Julius Shulman's Unseen Los Angeles

Julius Shulman knew everybody. That’s how he worked. He moved through the city not merely photographing, but orchestrating and choreographing images that helped define what it meant to be modern and in Los Angeles through the buoyant optimism of the…

Eduardo Souto de Moura

Eduardo Souta de Mora. Photo: Francisco Nogueira At the youthful age of 58, Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has won architecture’s most prestigious award, the Pritzker Prize (regarded as architecture’s Nobel Prize). He now enters the ranks of an…

Q&A: Frances Anderton

Los Angeles radio host Frances Anderton is the voice of architecture and design. In fact, through her radio show on KCRW, DnA: Design and Architecture, she has become the voice of design for the city. Architecture is one of those…

China Before Architecture

[Army Pants] My first trip to China was in 1988. Ironically, this was the same year sweeping land reforms were instituted by the government. It was very simple, really. It was like a massive stimulus package. Though, at the time,…

Why We Look at Architecture

The Broad Art Foundation with its parametric concrete “veil”.  Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro "It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."  -- Oscar Wilde I’m…

I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

The 2011 TED Prize-winner is the artist who goes by the tag, JR. His enormous photographic installations obscure the facades of buildings, overlay streets, and sometimes collage to cover clusters of buildings in one massive broken image. While some shy…

When SPOT Dreams of Electric Sheep

Sheep 16850 by drunkenbutterfly Scott Draves (aka SPOT) produces software art that makes my brain melt. I’m almost positive it’s doing something neurological similar to the pink beam of light fired at Horselover Fat’s brain in Philip K. Dick’s novel,…

My Robot

Deep in suburban southern California, the future of architecture has already arrived. This future is not just about more complex forms and compound geometries. It is not simply about software but how to make what is generated with software a…