Growing up Modern with Harry Bertoia
I didn’t really realize Harry was a well-known sculptor/designer until I was an adult, so his fame did not affect me growing up. I knew he was doing important work when we would visit the shop and see one of his monumental architectural commissions. The way he spoke about his sculptures with a sort of humble pride, how comfortable he seemed in the shop and how he joked with his assistants all indicated to me that he loved his work.
Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman: The House that Love Built
It never occurred to me that growing up modern or Ackerman was special. I’m still surprised and touched when people express admiration for my parents and their designs. Like most children of well-known designers, it took me years to realize the significance of their contributions.
A Wake for a Landmark’s Lost Designation
It had all the earmarks of a wake: people dressed in black, lamenting an unexpected loss, then toasting the departed one at a nearby pub. But the mourners in this case were members of Docomomo US/Philadelphia, who gathered on June 28th to protest the rescinding of a familiar site’s historic designation.
Monuments to a Japanese Era
1993 in Japan saw the end of an era of excess, of the Japanese miracle, but it also saw the completion of many of the greatest architectural monuments to that period, in an architectural style of such strangeness and intensity, that it stands apart from every period that had come before.
Partly Modern and Partly “Other”: Architecture of the 1990s
The focus of this essay is ultimately a brief investigation of architecture of the 1990s, culminating in a list of important works of the last decade of the 20th century, so that we might better comprehend the context within which architecture of that era can be understood and evaluated.