Column | Mar 24, 2014 | 1:32 PM
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Column | Jun 17, 2014 | 6:40 AMJaume Plensa visited his giant heads the other day. He arrived at a corner of Madison Street and Michigan Avenue, found a park bench and reflected. His giant heads appeared to be doing fine, he said. The older heads hadn't aged very much, and the newer heads, despite a long trip in shipping containers from Spain, looked serene and comfortable in Chicago. The two older heads — or rather, the two older faces: 50 feet tall and 23 feet wide, gargoyle-esque and spitting water — stood where he left them a decade ago. Plensa is the Barcelona artist who created Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. For a few moments he watched the faces etched in video within the fountain's twin pillars transform into different faces.
Story | Dec 7, 2011 | 4:32 PM
In their classic study of commercial-strip architecture, 1972’s “Learning from Las Vegas,” Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour defined two kinds of ornamented buildings: the “Decorated Shed,” a plain shell...
Story | Feb 27, 2012 | 4:33 PM
Pritzker Prize: The Pritzker Prize, architecture's most prestigious award, on Monday was awarded to Wang Shu, a Chinese architect. Wang Shu is in Los Angeles for an appearance at UCLA.
Story | Oct 6, 2009 | 4:32 AM
Robert Venturi, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect and lifelong resident of Philadelphia, has written a stinging letter in opposition to a controversial plan to dismantle the suburban Barnes Foundation and relocate its unparalleled collection of...