The Guggenheim’s Architectonic Futurisms

The Guggenheim’s Architectonic Futurisms

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Italian Futurism 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe is a groundbreaking exhibition that endeavors to “convey the spirit of Italian Futurism in all its complexity.” 1 This objective is particularly important in the case of architecture, allowing it to expand its reach beyond the modernist teleology that had boxed it (architecture) within the temporal limits of Antonio Sant’Elia’s exhibition of his Città Nuova drawings of 1913–1914 (the most significant architectural event of the movement) and his death in 1916. At the Guggenheim, a range of Futurist approaches to architecture are on view in a variety of formats: Fortunato Depero’s stage designs, his advertisements inspired by New York, and a large model of his 1927 Bestetti Treves Tumminelli book pavilion, built with oversized typography; Virgilio Marchi’s Fantastic City (ca. 1919), whose scenographic vernacularism accommodates trains and planes; the sophisticated temporary structures by Enrico Prampolini, including his Terminal for a Civilian Airport (1933); the mechanical art and abstractions of Ivo Pannaggi, one of only two Futurists to attend the Bauhaus; and the axonometric drawings of Alberto Sartoris, whose object/buildings float on the white page, promoting an ambivalent agenda for a rationalist avant-garde.

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At MPA we connect practice to research, and publication is the hinge of this relationship. Our projects have been published around the world and in several languages, complementing the significant body of writing published by each of the two partners. This section includes writings categorized into the 'About Us' and 'By Us' lists below.

ABOUT US :
The New York Times: A major Renovation on the Doorstep of Queens, Terry Pristin, 7/2014

Elle Decor, “Duane Street Live/Work Loft”, 5/2014

Lotus International, “Queens Plaza Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project”, Jan Gehl, 5/2014

Staten Island Advance: Building Awards Honor Exellence in Design and Construction, 12/2012

Interior Design Magazine, Centerfold “Staten Island Children’s Museum Lightweight Structures”, 9/2012

a+t, “Reclaim/Remediate Reuse Recycle: Converting a parking lot into a rest area”, spring-autumn, 2012
High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC, Design Trust for Public Space with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, 2011

Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design, New York City Department of Design and Construction, 2010

The L!brary Book: Design Colaborations in the Public Schools, The Bergen School Library," Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, 2010

Ecological Urbanism, Situating Urban Ecological Experiments in Public Space," Alexander J. Felson and Linda Pollak, 2010

Oculus, So Says...Linda Pollak, AIA, Affil. ASLA," Kristen Richards, Winter 09/10

Installations By Architects: Experiments in Building and Design, Sarah Bonnemaison and Ronit Eisenbach, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009

The New York Times, The Doors Are Open, So Snoop Away," Ariel Kaminer, October 4, 2009

The Architect's Newspaper, "Water Works," Jeff Byles, March 19, 2008

Wall Street Journal, "Library Branches in Full Flower," Ada Louise Huxtable, May 17, 2008

Contemporary World Interiors, Susan Yelavich, 2007

Schooldesigner.com, mobile worktables," L!BRARY bench/platform," lighting/ceiling," Queens Outdoor Classroom," Marpillero Pollak Architects, 2006

New York Times, “Let in the Light...,” Fred A. Bernstein, March 23, 2006

Lotus International no.128, “The Landscape for Urban Reclamation,” 2006

Lotus international no.128, Art as Landscape as Architecture", 2006

Contemporary Public Spaces, Aldo Aymonino, Skira, 2006

Integral Urbanism, Porosity," Nan Ellin, 2006

Architectural Record, “Robin Hood Libraries,” September 2005

Lighting Gardens, Creative Solutions for Today’s Gardens, Osborne and Wooster, 2005

Creating the New American Townhouse, "Duane Street Town House," Alexander Gorlin, Rizzoli, 2005

Contract Magazine, “Reading Room,” Katie Weeks, June 2004

Index, American Academy in Rome, "Live Work Loft," June 2004

Places, A Forum of Environmental Design, Vol. 16, #1, “Outdoor Classrooms,” Chris Sensenig, April 2004

Architectural Record, Interiors issue, Clifford Pearson, "Live/Work Loft," September 2003

Architectural Design Magazine, “Home Front: New Developments in Housing,” August 2003

Wood Design Awards "Outdoor Classrooms," Don Griffith, 2003

Dictionary of Today’s Landscape Designers, Pierluigi Nicolin, Skira 2003

Landscape Architecture Magazine, “ASLA Awards,” October 2002

Staten Island Advance, “National Recognition for Outdoor Classroom," May 2002

Design Strategies for Hell’s Kitchen, Plunz and Smiley eds., 2002

10 Projects: Design Trust for Public Space - Improving Public Space for All New Yorkers, "Saving Open Space: Thresholds of Eibs Pond Park," 2002

Oculus vol. 64, #1, “Jacob Riis Houses Youth & Community Center,” September 2001

Oculus vol. 64, #1, “Marked Landscapes: Eibs Pond Park,” Jayne Merkel, September 2001

On the Nature of Things: “MPArchitects’ Urban Morphology,” Gavin Keeney, 2001

Oculus vol. 63, #4, “Architecture Awards / Eibs Pond Park Pavilion,” Jayne Merkel, December 2000

Harvard Design Magazine, “Eib’s Pond Park,” Winter 2000

New York Times, “Coaxing a Staten Island Walden Back to Idyllic Splendor,” Mac Griswold, September 2000

Daidalos No 73, “Strategies for Building City Landscape,” August 1999

Daidalos No 71, "Strategic Thresholds, Learning from Dream Interpretation," May 1999

Archis, “Four Young Architects in New York,” C. Volkman & L. Widder, Fall 1999

Sotheby’s Domain, “Roof Garden as Urban Retreat,” September 1998

Competitions, “National Art and Design Street Tree Competition,” Gavin Keeney, May 1999

House and Garden, “Defining Moments,” Wendy Moonan, April 1998

Harvard Architecture Review, “BCA Space: Gateway Project,” 1998

Swiss Engineer & Architect, “Young Architects from New York,” Nina Rappaport, November 1997

Journal of Architectural Education, “Urban Garden,” February 1997

Design Landscape Forum “Roof Terrace,” Spacemaker Press, 1997

Daidalos N° 63, “In the Flatland; Projects by Linda Pollak,” Lynnette Widder, 1997

Pages Paysages N° 6, “Contained Nature,” Catherine Mosbach, 1997

New York Times, "A Detailed Art Deco Renovation Built Inch by Painstaking Inch," Suzanne Slesin, February 1996

Interior Design Magazine, “A Small Package Contains Many Beautiful Things,” September 1995

L’ARCA Journal, Young American Architects, May 1994

Oculus vol. 56, “Park for Boston’s South End,” 1994

Casabella, “Redefinition of a Marginal Site in Manhattan,” January 1993

Art New England, “Public Art: A Futurist Vision,” April 1991

Art in America, “Report from Boston: Art Around the Hub,” Martha Buskirk, June 1990

BY US :

LP, co-author with Alexander J. Felson, "Situating Urban Ecological Experiments in Public Space," Ecological Urbanism, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Alexander J. Felson and Linda Pollak, 2010

LP, "Courtyards," Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates: Reconstructing Urban Landscapes, Yale University Press, 2009

LP, “Matrix Landscape: Construction of Identity in the Large Park”, Large Parks, Princeton Architectural Press, 9/2007

SM, “Apparatus v. Object,”Constellations: Constructing Urban Design Practices, Columbia University, GSAPP, 2007

LP, "Constructed Ground: Questions of Scale,"The Landscape Urbanism Reader, Princeton Architectural Press, 2006

SM, Environmental Refractions: James Carpenter, Birkhauser/Princeton Architectural Press, 2006

LP, “The Landscape for Urban Reclamation,” Lotus International n.128, 2006

SM, "Art as Landscape as Architecture,” Lotus International n.128, 2006

LP & SM, "Art and Landscape In Difficult Places," Lotus International n.128, 2006

SM, “And: Teaching Landscape in Architecture.” 30-60-90 n. 07, 9/2004

LP, “Fresh Kills–Sublime Matters,”Praxis 4: Landscapes, 2004

SM, “Photo/Drawings as Clues,” Mary Miss, Princeton Architectural Press, 2004

LP, “Zaha Hadid Laboratory,” Constructs, Fall 2002

LP, “Interdisciplinarity in the Downsview Park Competition Teams” CASE: Downsview Park, J. Czerniak, ed., 3/2002

SM, “Architecture as Apparatus” Process n.4, Fall 2001

LP, “Space of Flows: fountain as urban apparatus” Lotus International, vol. 102, 2/2000

LP, co-author with Anita Berrizbeitia, Inside/Outside: Projects between Architecture and Landscape, Rockport Publications, 1999, 2003

SM,"Strategic Thresholds: Learning from Dream Interpretation,” Daidalos n. 71, April 1999.

LP, “American Ground: 4 kinds of disturbances,”Lotus International vol.100, Spring 1999

LP, “Pieces of the World: Yves Brunier’s Landscape Representations”: Storefront for Art and Architecture Newsletter, Spring 1999

LP, “Partially Open Spaces [in the paintings of Berthe Morisot" target="_blank">” Appendx 4, 1999

LP, “Beyond the Box,” Modulus n. 25,1999.

SM, "Tectonic Masks" Lotus International n.102, 1998

LP, “Elevating Nature: the roof garden as urban retreat,”Domain, Fall 1998

SM, "Constructing Space" Daidalos n. 67, 3/1998

SM, "Metropolitan Languages" "42nd Street and Other Stories" "AMNH Inside Narratives" Lotus International n.97, 1997

LP, “Building City Landscape: Questions of Scale,” Works-in-Progress, RISD, Fall 1997

LP, “Pieces of the World: Nature-Object/Nature-Space” Daidalos n.65, 9/1997

LP, “Review Essay on Feminism and Geography, by Gillian Rose” Harvard Design Magazine, Spring 1997

SM, "Photo/Drawings as Clues," Mary Miss Photo/Drawings, Des Moines Art Center, 1996-97

SM, "Four Projects by Mary Miss" A+U n. 315, 12/1996

SM, "Enric Miralles: Dream-work / About Figures" Korean Architect, n. 130, 3/1996

SM, "Tokyo International Forum: Playing the Score,"Casabella n. 625, 7/1995

LP, “Constructing Ground: Notes on Urban Nature Space,” Surface, vol. I UCLA, 1995

LP, “Everyday Outdoor Spaces,” Architronic: Urban Stratagems & Gender Propositions, vol. 5, n. 1, 1995

LP, “Practices: Response to a text by Richard Sennett” Harvard GSD News, Winter/Spring 1995

LP/SM, “Cut Space: Michael Heizer & Gordon Matta-Clark” Casabella #618 12/1994

LP, “Reflections on a Lecture by Vittorio Gregotti” Harvard GSD News, Winter/Spring 1994

SM, "The Well-tempered Transcendentalism of Steven Holl" Casabella n. 604, 9/1993

SM, “Learning from Chaco Canyon," "Interview with Mary Miss," "Empire State Plaza Installation" Progex n.9, 1/1993

LP, “Constructing Ground or don’t sentimentalize outdoor space” Harvard GSD News, Winter/Spring 1993

LP, “Limited Interventions: Paradigms for the Urban Garden,” Public Art Issues 3, Urban Paradise

LP, “Figuring Ground / Site as Program,” Progex, Installations USA, Issue #9, 1/1993

SM, “The Last Generation: figuration/presentation/production” Casabella n. 586-587, 1/1992

SM, "Gehry in Sequence," Casabella n. 581, 7/1991

SM, "The Landing of Icarus," Phalaris 5/1991

SM, "New York wins in Tokyo?" Casabella n. 565, 2/1990

SM, "Art-as-Architecture-as-Town," Ottagono n.93, 12/1989 [Reprinted in Arquitectura n.285, 7-8/1990]

SM, "The Unbearable Heaviness of Architecture," Rassegna n.36, 12/1988

SM, "South Street Seaport: an Inside Narrative," Lotus International n.46, 4/1985

SM, "Renaissance and Illusion: Battery Park City & Other Stories," Casabella n.507, 11/1984

SM, "Skyline. Himmelslinie," Idee Prozess Ergebnis, IBA Berlin, 1984

SM, "New Italian Regionalism – Mitchell Giurgola in Friuli," Skyline, 2/1983

SM, "Production of the Project, Production of the Building," Lotus International n.37, 1/1983

SM, "L'Area Stucky. Un'Esperienza di Didattica," Architecture Institute of Venice, 1983

SM, "Statement" Typology and Morphogenesis, Biennale di Venezia, 1978