Strange Atlas 01: Get Lost

Photo by Mallory Scott Cusenbery

“That thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you is usually what you need to find, and finding it is a matter of getting lost.”
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Renzo Against Corbu

Aerial photo of Ronchamp today. Photographer: Iwan Baan (Bauwelt)

When Renzo Piano was commissioned to make some additions and adjustments to Le Corbusier’s iconic Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp, it caused an uproar. Now that the scaffolds have been removed, Richard Ingersoll wonders what the controversy was about.

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Richard Serra: A Retrospective

Picture 1: Richard Serra, Abstract Slavery, 1974; paintstick on Belgian linen; 114 x 212 inches; collection of Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands; © 2011 Richard Serra / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Robert Mates and Paul Katz


Richard Serra is the quintessential modern artist. The exhibition Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art makes obvious that he’s immune to convention, a follower of no movement, and firm against authority—occasionally even his own. > Read More


Random Selection, or Intelligent Design?

1020 Pine, Kennerly Architecture; Photo Tim Griffith


Kennerly Architecture’s 1020 Pine, San Francisco, received a Merit Award for Architecture from the AIA California Council this fall. Justly so: it’s a handsome project. > Read More


Working in San Francisco & Hawaii: An Interview with Craig Steely

Lavaflow 2. Photo: JD Peterson


Earlier this year I went to the big island of Hawaii to see the lava landscape and the houses that San Francisco and Hawaii based architect, Craig Steely has put down on them. > Read More