A Plea For Modernism

Prior to its destruction in June 2011, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Tremé since it opened in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design – the structure had sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. DOCOMOMO Louisiana advocated for its restoration… Continue Reading


A Necessary Ruin

[Evan Mather’s] riveting new documentary A Necessary Ruin … manages not only to make engineering sexy and preservation politics compelling, but succinctly tells the tale of one of the most tragic architectural plunderings in recent memory. – The Architect’s Newspaper Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton… Continue Reading


So What?

A landscape architectural firm shreds three months worth of its waste paper and creates a provocative art installation about sustainability. Creative, innovative, surprising and unexpected! An incredible message that speaks beautifully to designers and the public about an important issue. – ASLA 2008 Professional Awards Jury


The Image of the City

This short film is an adaptation of the classic urban design tome – The Image of the City – by Associate Professor Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. *** – At a first glance, you may think that The Image of the City is a… Continue Reading


Expressions

Imagination. Innovation. Abstraction. When is a river not a river? What are the impacts of temporary landscapes? Can plants be moved like furniture? “Expressions” is a portrait of Calvin Abe, a landscape architect and founder of AHBE Landscape Architects. This short film traces the personal development of Calvin and three of his award winning projects,… Continue Reading


A Fool’s Errand

Drawing upon the Korean penchant for elaborate public art, A Fool’s Errand documents the construction of a recent installation by artists to celebrate the season of Lent and the temporal nature of decay. *** – After watching Evan Mather’s short documentary A Fool’s Errand, one is very tempted to think, so what? Running only five… Continue Reading