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08.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
Why do you feel you were chosen for this project? One of the reasons I think [Discovery World] was interested in our work was because our firm is interested in research and work which has its root in the geomorphology of lands—the shaping and geographic considerations of land formation—and with questions like: Why does a hill look like a hill? Why does land settle that way? How does wate...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Harley Museum Honors Biker History

In 2006 Harley-Davidson delivered the kind of strapping spectacle only Milwaukee’s motor company could muster: It broke ground on the site of its new museum using a sportster motor bike mounted by a track-racing champion. That knack for flair culminates on July 12, when the finished museum opens its doors to the public in time for Harley’s 105th anniversary bash in August.
06.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
On Monday evening I had my first glimpse of the Harley Davidson Museum – albeit one restricted to its exterior (thanks to the tenacious resistance of its staff to all of my passionate entreaties to take a peek at its interior). My first impression was one of surprise. For one thing I didn’t know where the actual entry-point was into the museum; for another it was far from the brassy, glassy, s...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Courting the Cool Factor

Some of the most prestigious awards in architecture were handed out earlier this year. But while the initial flurry of excitement greeting the annual American Institute of Architects awards or the much coveted Pritzker Prize has subsided, one set of accolades still remains for Milwaukee’s design:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Architecture Review

Hollyhock House, a residence in Los Angeles that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for oil-rich heiress Aline Barnsdall in 1919, is not among the architect’s most celebrated works. Indeed, it belongs to what has been considered by some historians as a less illustrious, almost anomalistic period of his career. However, within the last decade or so, there has been a resurgence of interest in the building, culminating in an exhibit by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs that includes the Hollyhock House drawings in its possession as well as photographs by Edmund Teske, a friend of both Barnsdall and Wright. Through June 15, some of these drawings and photographs can be seen at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.
04.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
  Ever heard of the terms “Thin Urbanism” or “Thick Urbanism”? They were used by Sarah Dunn, one half of the husband and wife UrbanLab architecture team based in Chicago, when she came to deliver a lecture to students at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning on Friday afternoon. She began her lecture by introducing the idea of thin and thick urbanism in terms that,...
04.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
It’s difficult for any exploration of the Oriental-inspired 19th-century Victorian interiors to remain entirely uncolored by the strident assertions of Edward Said on the subject. Even the mild-toned lecture which John Eastberg, the Pabst Mansion’s senior historian delivered on Tuesday began by framing the Victorian’s obsession with the East through the jaded lens of imperialism – offering...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Light, air and architecture

Just more than a month from now the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibit “Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945” will come to a close. In a review of the show, which brings together an enormous collection of works by Central European photographers active in the interwar period, I pointed out that one of its few failings was the lamentable omission of any references to modern architecture flourishing in that period.
03.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
  Almost more than any other discipline, students of architecture are overworked (and eventually underpaid), overstretched and, it has to be said, overindulged. So when architect Matthew Frederick recently published his survival guide for architecture students he might have extended the courtesy to the instructors who cause their students’ egos to fluctuate so unhealthily from the miniscule t...
03.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
Though its still uncertain whether March will go out like a lamb there's still a lionshare of artwork to be seen in Milwaukee before the month ends. Here are a few things to catch while you can: - VJAA Case Study at UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning: You only have until March 28 to see plans, sections and models of Telluride House designed by award-winning architecture firm Vincent...