Author: Paul Clemence

Q&A: PAX.ARQ on Starting a Young Practice

Paula Sertório & Victor Paixao, founding partners of PAX.ARQ, Sao Paulo, Brazil Courtesy Paul Clemence The challenges facing a young architecture firm the world over can range from how to structure your office to how to get clients, and every…

The Educated Eye

On a grey Tuesday afternoon, as ICFF exhibitors and attendees prepared to depart the confines of the Jacob Javits Convention Center after the latest edition of the design fair, I went to Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. There I sat down…

Remembrance of Things New

The Milan furniture fair held each spring is, indisputably, the place to get acquainted with the latest innovations in materials, shapes, and cutting edge concepts that the best industrial designers and furniture manufacturers have to offer. It’s a setting where…

Contemplating Art and Religion in Kolumba

As cathedrals were in the middle ages, museums are for today’s architects the grand opportunity for almost unlimited possibilities to create soaring, dramatic, sculptural design. So when the Archdiocese of Cologne decided to build a new museum to house its…

An Appreciation of Mies, in Photographs

All photos courtesy Paul Clemence As we celebrate Mies's 126th birthday, (March 27, 1886) we think of his legacy. If you’re a New Yorker, the Seagram Building (built between 1954 and 1958) comes to mind. I first knew about that…

MAM: Getting it Right, from the Start

Museum design has become synonymous with iconic forms, carved with ground-breaking technology to give the institutional building a visual identity, as strong as the best corporate logos do. But in Miami a project for the new art museum (under construction and…

Gimme Shelter

It is to be expected that an event that combines top art and design galleries and the wealthy crowd that attends it, would have a high index of partying, schmoozing, late nights, debauchery, and chronic overstimulation that result in a…

Welcome to Miami!

Christopher Janney's installation in a walkway at Miami Airport. As Miami prepares to throw a big party for art lovers and design fans to the creative extravaganza that’s Art Basel Miami Beach and DesignMiami, visitors can expect to have memorable…

Together Apart : Designing With Tension

We live in a time of unsettling opposing forces. A time when conflicting interests suggest a hopeless point of no return. But here, in the heart of New York City, Dror Benshetrit has been putting out designs that tell us…

Build It Right, and They Will Come

If you want something well done, do it yourself, so the saying goes. That is exactly what Etel Carmona ended up doing some three decades ago when she started designing furniture pieces and couldn't find anyone to make them the…

First Impressions, Second Thoughts

Sao Paolo, Brazil A few years ago (truthfully, more than a "few") I had formed an idea of Sao Paulo, based on a visit to a project by Lina Bo Bardi, the late Brazilian modernist architect. I was a student…

New Practices Sao Paulo

The exciting and educational exhibit, New Practices Sao Paulo, on view at the Center for Architecture, sheds light on the rising new wave of architects building the new Brazil, more specifically its sprawling urban epicenter Sao Paulo. The talented group…

New Life in the Old Plaza

Just as Seville was about to construct a new parking facility under one of its historic plazas, archeologists discovered Roman ruins below ground. So instead of digging down, officials in the Spanish city decided to build up. In this way,…