Architecture and Design

The Man of Steel Returns

Richard Serra has not one, but two, shows at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, New York this year. The 21st gallery has one monster sculpture you can get lost in — "Inside-Out":

My only quibble are the visible spot welds at the base of some of the plates. The 24th Steer gallery has four installations, all worth the visit — "7 Plates 6 Angles":

These are solid chunks of forged steel, rough edges and all- "Grief and Reason (for Walter)":

This field of plates was really wonderful to walk through-

The last piece was the most disappointing only because of the tape on the floor, don't touch! — "Counterweights":

Up through March 2014 — go see.


Design Review at Pratt Institute

Richard Scherr's Design Studio invited McAuliffe + Carroll Architects to the end of year design review- graduate architecture. Some of our colleagues included Adam Kushner and Theo David, who always have stimulating comments and observations.

The project was for a mixed used, artists live/work building on the East River in Astoria Queens. The waterfront of New York has become the new frontier of developement, so this project is timely.

Some of the 11 designs we reviewed...:

That was "after". Here is the "before":


Re-Cycle Re-Purpose

My summer project was to take down our falling down fence. I took down each fence board, removed all the nails, and stacked them for trash removal. There were a lot of boards:

I left small stacks on the curb for the weekly waste pickup. Sometimes, though, the stacks would just disappear. Some time later I found out that a neighbor would take the boards to make birdhouses. Just last week he gave us one of the fruits of his hobby labor:

Yes, that is the remains of some of our fence, and that is a little bell. The roof- evidence of his refreshments:

 It made us smile!