Monthly Archives: February 2012

2012 Pritzker Prize Awarded to China's Wang Shu


The 2012 Pritzker Prize has been awarded to Wang Shu. The recipient is a principal member of Amateur Architecture Studio of Hangzhou, China, a firm he founded with his wife Lu Wenyu in 1997. Combining traditional sensibilities with modern form, Wang’s architecture emphasizes the site, the culture and the people that comprise it.

The University of Texas School of Architecture recently hosted Wang Shu in conjunction with the Chinese Architecture Lecture Series on October 14, 2011. Find his lecture in the UTSOA lecture archives. In his lecture Wang expressed his philosophy on architecture and building:

“One problem of professional architecture is, that it thinks too much of a building. A house, which is close to our simple and trivial life, is more fundamental than architecture. Before becoming an architect, I was only a literati. Architecture is part-time work to me. For one thing, humanity is more important than architecture, while simple handicraft is more important than technology.”

Image courtesy of Architectural Record

VAC Presents Experimental 16mm Films


The Visual Arts Center is presenting a special screening of four 16 mm films selected in response to artist Justin Boyd’s exhibition Dubforms. The exhibit focuses on his experimentation and creation of new geometric forms found within architectural space of the galleries. The four films also address on the medium specific properties of cinema and the functions of the camera, film strip and the screen. The featured films include:

Viking Eggeling, Symphonie Diagonale (1924)
Harry Smith, Early Abstraction (1946-1952)
Ernie Gehr, Serene Velocity (1970)
Stan Vanderbeek, Symmetricks (1972)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 6:30 pm
WHERE:  Art Building |Room 1.102
free + open to the public

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US Interstate Highways as a Subway Map


Inspired by the elegant comprehensibility of the London Underground Map, designer Cameron Booth reimagined the United States interstate highway system as a series of linkages and destinations to create the Interstates as Subway Diagram. The Interstates as Subway Diagram utilizes streamlined visual elements to create a direct expression of route and eschew more traditional approaches to mapping by eliminating the emphasis on urban centers and other sites of mass population and privileging the language of the highway network.

VRC Exhibit Opening Tomorrow


Photograph by Shelley Evans

The VRC will host the opening of the spring-summer 2012 exhibit, Afterimage: Black and White Visions, tomorrow, February 28th. The collection features the pinhole photography by students in Judy Birdsong’s Fall 2011 Vertical Studio.

Attend the exhibit opening tomorrow afternoon!

DATE: February 28, 2012
TIME: 2- 4 pm
LOCATION: Visual Resources Collection | Sutton 3.128

Light refreshments will be served.

Guggenheim Expands Online Digital Resources


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum expanded its digital resources, offering greater access to a wide range of content from Guggenheim publications. These materials include the first exhibition catalogue to be published by a museum in an e-book format. The newly digitized selection of essays and other historical materials dating back to the 1937 founding of the museum are also available online.

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ARTstor Bug Fix


Recently, ARTstor users have had difficulty accessing image groups. If you are experiencing a similar issue, ARTstor advises clearing the cache in your browser, closing down the browser and then restarting it. ARTstor is working to fix the problem, but in the meantime this solution should work.

For further assistance with accessing and using ARTstor, visit their Help Page to find step-by-step instructions and video demonstrations.

The Late Night Photography of Michael Kenna


The images of Michael Kenna suspend the world in a quiet stillness. Often working at dawn or through the night, Kenna employs extended exposure times of up to 10 hours that lend his images a touch of the surreal. A seminal visit to Japan in 1987 inspired Kenna to capture stark terrains and graceful landscapes the world over.

His photographs hang in permanent galleries in the Bibliotheque, Paris, The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague,  The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Image Courtesy: Visual News

LLILAS to Host Exhibit by Artist Muriel Hasbun


The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Archive and Memory” by artist Muriel Hasbun tomorrow evening in Sid Richardson Hall. Hasbun’s work engages with the present and the past and examines the intersection of personal memory, cultural identity and collective history. This collection is featured in conjunction with the 2012 Lozano Long Conference, Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America, which opens with the exhibit on February 22.

Hasburn is the current Chair of Photography and Associate Professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

The exhibit will be on display Feb. 22–March 30, 2012.

Opening reception:
DATE:  Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
TIME: 5-7 pm
LOCATION: LLILAS, Sid Richardson Hall (SRH1), 3rd floor

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Afterimage: Black and White Visions Exhibit Opening


Photograph by Laura Edwards

The VRC announces its spring-summer 2012 exhibit, Afterimage: Black and White Visions. The exhibit features photography by students in Professor Judy Birdsong’s Fall 2011 Vertical Studio. Students designed and constructed their own pinhole cameras, and using either film negatives or silver-gelatin print paper, took photographs that they developed and printed in the School of Architecture Darkroom, a facility managed by the VRC.

Attend the exhibit opening next week!

DATE:  Tuesday, February 28, 2012
TIME: 2- 4 pm
LOCATION: Visual Resources Collection | Sutton 3.128

Light refreshments will be served.

ARTstor Adds Images from Ancient Europe and the Middle East


ARTstor’s digital library is now featuring archaeological and architectural photos documenting sites from ancient and medieval Europe and the Middle East. These new images come via Israel based Sites and Photos, whose digital documentation includes ancient archaeology, architecture and art. This collection highlights Classical, Megalithic, Islamic, Crusader, and Gothic archaeology and architecture, as well as Greek and Roman painting, sculpture, mosaics and decorative arts. Religious and Biblical sites of the Mediterranean are especially well represented.

Recent School of Architecture Events and Exhibits Photos Available on Flickr

Image by VRC Photography TA, Selina Ortiz

During the fall 2011 semester, the Visual Resources Collection (VRC) documented a number of School of Architecture exhibits and events including the KieranTimberlake: Inquiry exhibit, the Battle Hall centennial celebration, and the VRC’s very own Illuminating Atmosphere and Materiality exhibit opening. Images of these events are now available through the VRC-managed and moderated School of Architecture Flickr “Events and Exhibits” Collection. For more on these events, click on the following:

Kieran Timberlake: Inquiry
Our Landmark Library: Battle Hall at 100
Illuminating Atmosphere and Materiality

30-Story Building Constructed In Only 360 Hours


The Broad Group erected the 30-story tall, 183,000 square-foot Ark Hotel near Dongting Lake in the Hunan Province of China. The entire process took just 360 hours, or the equivalent of 15 days. The building utilizes prefabricated modules mounted on a steel structure with diagonal bracing. The video documenting the process also shows the seismic testing process of the building, which can withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. The Broad Group, a company that specializes in the construction of sustainable architecture, created a design that is five times more energy efficient with its six-inch think glass curtain wall insulation and four-paned windows with built-in shades and many other architectural feats. Additionally, given the pollution problems in China, each room possesses an air quality monitoring system.

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