Oh how I love this: Moleskine the legendary notebook is publishing a new series of illustrated notebooks of contemporary architects. It must be like reading a secret diary, the drawings, sketches, scribbles and notes look so personal. What a great insight into the mindset of these architects. The first four books of the series called 'Inspiration and Process in Architecture' have been published in December 2011 and feature Zaha Hadid, Bolles+Wilson, Alberto Kalach and Giancarlo de Carlo (what a great name).
You can win one of the booklets here.
If you are not a lucky winner you can order the books online at the Moleskine shop from their website.
Whoever happens to be in Los Angeles at the moment should pop into the ACME Gallery. Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is exhibiting images of his latest publication "Brasilia - Chandigargh - Living with Modernity". Baan is amazing when it comes to architectural photography, his client include Koolhaas, Herzog de Meuron, Hadid, Holl, Ito...the list seems endless. He is great in capturing the interaction between architecture and its inhabitants.
While you are there just go across the road and have a look at the new Renzo Piano addition to LACMA. When I was there in 2009 it had not been finished, so I am not sure how good or bad it is, let me know.
The Rich and Famous
Who does not know and appreciate the photographs of Julius Shulman. Some of my favourite shots are of the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946. For all the real fans there will be a festival celebrating the modernist architecture in Palm Springs later this month.http://www.modernismweek.com/
There will be talks and tours, unfortunately the Kaufmann house can only be viewed from the outside, it is privately owned.
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