Architecture critic Robert Campbell wrote his January 3, 2010 column in the Boston Globe on the Heroic exhibition.
The double feature Heroic and Publishing Practices appeared in the Architect’s Newspaper blog in October 2009.
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Participating Architects: Barry Price Architecture (Woodstock, NY), Borden Partnership (Los Angeles), Brett Zamore Design (Houston), Collaborative Designworks (Houston), davidclovers (Hong Kong), Dufner Heighes (New York), FAR frohn&rojas (Los Angeles; Cologne, Germany; Santiago, Chile), Garofalo Architects (Chicago), Guthrie+Buresh Architects (Ann Arbor), HouMinn Practice (Houston; Minneapolis), Interloop—Architecture (Houston), Jones, Partners: Architecture (Los Angeles), Keith Krumwiede (New York; Los Angeles), Kiel Moe (Boston), KRDB (Austin), Manifold.Architecture.Studio (Brooklyn; Mainze, Germany), Mike Jacobs Architecture (Brooklyn; Los Angeles), Min | Day (San Francisco; Omaha), over,under (Boston), Project_ (Brooklyn), Roger Sherman Architecture (Santa Monica); Studio Terpeluk (San Francisco), WEATHERS (Chicago), and Zoka Zola (Chicago)
Historian and author Douglass Shand-Tucci’s September 2009 blog on the Back Bay Historical website focused on the topic “I M Pei’s Noble Boston” in conjunction with pinkcomma’s Heroic exhibition.
Issue 22 of the journal Volume includes the Publishing Practices research and graphics by Michael Kubo and Chris Grimley, first created and exhibited at pinkcomma in September 2009.
An Exhibit and Book Documenting Mid-Century Boston
“Heroic” presents the concrete structures that highlighted the era from the founding of the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 1957 to the re-opening of Quincy Market in 1976. These events bracket a remarkable period in which concrete was used as a building material in the transformation of Boston—creating what was eventually referred to as the “New Boston.” Concrete provided an important set of architectural opportunities and challenges for the design community, which fully explored the material’s structural and sculptural qualities. At this time, Boston was shaped by some of the world’s most influential architects: Breuer (be honest, did you know he had a major building here in the Madison Park High School?), Catalano, Cossutta , Gropius, Kallmann and McKinnell, Le Corbusier, Pei, Rudolph, Sert, Stahl, Stubbins, and Yamasaki, among many other luminaries. Full site here.
The Second Exhibit in pinkcomma’s Publishing Series
Michael Kubo’s inaugural exhibit at pinkcomma, the exhibition presents case studies of ten canonical publications by architects and critics in the past century that have had impacts in the architectural field.The case studies are presented through a graphic timeline of influences and afterlives from 1910 to 2010, beginning with Vers une Architecture (1923) and ending with S,M,L,XL (1995).
Coupled with the study of the production of these books (and their strategic role for their producers), a series of data graphics examines the reception and influence of books by architects. Conducted in 2009, a survey of over 150 practitioners, educators, and students in the field attempts to gauge the impact of these and other publications in architectural practice, from the time of their publication until the present. A graphic timeline presents every book named by survey respondents (over 330 unique titles in total), with vertical ‘stacks’ of books illustrating the number of times each was listed. A series of circular charts shows the results of the general questions on the role and value of architecture books today, along with more specific opinions on the two most popular books listed by survey participants, Rem Koolhaas’s S,M,L,XL and Delirious New York.