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My Visit to Glenstone

As promised when I posted a slideshow of my photos last week (but a bit later than I expected), here is a link to my review of Thomas Phifer & Partners' Pavilions at Glenstone Museum. Short take: it's a masterpiece, if a highly controlled one.

Glenstone Museum

The Forum Is Open

Columbia University opened the third building on its Manhattanville Campus yesterday. The Forum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, who is also responsible for the first two buildings on campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Below is a slideshow of photos I took at yesterday's opening of The Forum, which I had a hard-hat tour of in July.

The Forum, Completed

Glenstone Museum

Here is an interactive slideshow with 74 of the photos I took last week at a press preview of the Pavilions at Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. The slideshow moves from the Arrival Hall, along the Main Path, to the Pavilions and its various Galleries that are organized with Passages around a central Water Garden. It's an amazing building that is well worth seeing in person.

Glenstone Museum

The Pavilions at Glenstone open to the public on October 4; visit the Glenstone website for information on tickets, which are free but must be reserved in advance. My review of the building will be on World-Architects later this week, linked from this blog for convenience.

So You Want to Learn About: 'Learning from Las Vegas'

The "So You Want to Learn About" series highlights books focused on a particular theme: think "socially responsible architecture" and "phenomenology," rather than broad themes like "housing" or "theory." Therefore the series aims to be a resource for finding decent reading materials on certain topics, born of a desire to further define noticeable areas of interest in the books I review. And while I haven't reviewed every title, I am familiar with each one; these are not blind recommendations.

Well before the death of Robert Venturi last week at the age of 93, I'd planned a "So You Want to Learn About" post on Learning from Las Vegas, the classic text by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour from 1972. It's only now that I finally got around to finalizing it. Last year I noticed that MIT Press had released a facsimile version of the hard-to-find and extremely expensive first edition; a couple years before that I came across and bought a cheap copy of the first edition; and over the years I'd amassed a few titles that analyze and critique the influential book. I can't think of any other book that has given rise to so many book-length investigations. Therefore Learning from Las Vegas -- and Robert Venturi -- deserves, at the very least, the "So You Want to Learn About" treatment.

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Book Briefs #38: Houses

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews (though some might go on to get that treatment), but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than find their way into reviews on this blog. This installment features five coffee table books on contemporary single-family houses.



Architects' Houses by Michael Webb | Princeton Architectural Press | 2018 | Amazon