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Architecture Misfit #23: André Lurçat

Architecture Misfit #23: André Lurçat
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André Lurçat was born three years after Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris and died five years after Le Corbusier’s final swim. Lurçat was not only a French modernist architect active over the same period, but also a landscape architect, furniture designer, urban planner and founding member of CIAM. His and Le Corbusier’s careers were mostly parallel until the late 1920s when they diverged as much as it is […]

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Architecture Misfits #22: H Arquitectes

Architecture Misfits #22: H Arquitectes
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For too long, Lacaton & Vassal have been the only living architecture misfits, consistently producing buildings of high utility, great economy and stark beauty. H Arquitectes readily admit to being influenced by Lacaton & Vassal and their readiness to acknowledge it immediately marks them as different. Their Casa Gualba appeared in the Dec. 2012 post The New Architecture of Austerity. It’s time for a better look at what H […]

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Architecture Misfit #21: Tōgō Murano

Architecture Misfit #21: Tōgō Murano
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Some of the buildings of Tōgō Murano [村野 藤吾] are incomprehensible and indescribably beautiful at the same time. It makes me want to believe in architecture as Art. My personal cynic tells me that positing the existence of a higher logic is primitive human response to anything resisting easy comprehension, but still … Some of Togo Murano’s designs resist […]

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Architecture Misfit #20: Edward T. Potter

Architecture Misfit #20: Edward T. Potter
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Another New York post. We can call this one Serious New York, or perhaps New York in the Time of Cholera. The link between poor housing and diseases such as yellow fever and cholera was established in 1820 by a Dr. Richard Pennell but squalid conditions in tenements continued to result in major outbreaks in 1822, 1823, 1832 and 1834 and even larger […]

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Architecture Misfit #19: Illarion Ivanov-Schitz

Architecture Misfit #19: Illarion Ivanov-Schitz
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Since 2010, misfits’ architecture has identified eighteen architecture misfits who seem to have little in common. Not all are or were architects. No.16: Douglas Haskell, had a life in architecture, but mostly as journalist and commentator. No.5: The Futurists, had little interest in architecture but nevertheless managed to greatly influence it. No.1: Hannes Meyer, No.2: Irving Gill, No.8: Hassan Fathy, and No.12: Nader Khalili, […]

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Architecture Misfit #18: Ignazio Gardella

Architecture Misfit #18: Ignazio Gardella
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Ignazio Gardella (March 30, 1905 – March 16, 1999) The following list of buildings isn’t comprehensive but it should provide a flavour. 1934-38 Dispensario Antitubercolare, Alessandria 1944 The Milano-Verde (Green Milan) Plan 1944-47 Casa del Viticultore 1946–1953 Casa Tognella, also known as Casa al Parco 1947-54 Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea 1952 Casa Borsalino, Alessandria 1953-58 Casa alle Zattere, Venice 1958 Mensa Olivetti, Ivrea. […]

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Architecture Misfit #17: Moisei Ginzburg

Architecture Misfit #17: Moisei Ginzburg
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This fails to mention Ginzburg “came into contact” with The Futurists during his time in Milan. As a 20-year old architecture student, it’s unlikely he’d have been hanging out with them but, in arty circles Marinetti would’ve been as difficult to avoid as Alma Mahler in Vienna. Ginzburg disagreed with The Futurists’ total rejection of history because, for […]

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Architecture Misfit #16: Douglas Haskell

Architecture Misfit #16: Douglas Haskell
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Douglas Putnam Haskell (1899 –1979) For much of the mid 20th century, Douglas Haskell had a voice in the major architectural and urban debates of the day. As writer and editor, he weighed in on events and issues ranging from the 1932 International Style exhibition at MOMA to Expo ‘67 in Montreal, from public housing to suburban communities, […]

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Architecture Misfit #15: Knud Peter Harboe

Architecture Misfit #15: Knud Peter Harboe
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Architecture Misfit #14 was Eladio Dieste, back in March 2014. There’s not many out there. Here’s one more. Knud Peter Harboe (2 november 1925 i København – 27 oktober 2002) var en dansk arkitekt og professor. There’s very little information to be found but we can learn a lot from a few drawings and images. Here’s a list of Harboe’s works translated from Danish wikipedia. Own […]

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Architecture Misfit #14: Eladio Dieste

Architecture Misfit #14: Eladio Dieste
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Eladio Dieste (1917 – 2000) Eladio Dieste was a Uruguayan engineer and architect who made his reputation building a range of structures from grain silos, factory sheds, markets and churches, all in Uruguay and all of exceptional elegance. I can’t say it better than that. Or this. Dieste, was one of the few Modernist architects [working in […]

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Architecture Misfit #13: Georg Muche

Architecture Misfit #13: Georg Muche
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Georg Muche  (8 May 1895 – 26 March 1987) Why’s he here? Basically, for not being Walter Gropius. 1895 Born 1914 Failed the entrance examination to the Royal Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. 1915 Moved to Berlin, resumed study of painting.   1916-1918 Taught painting at the Sturm Art School; Participated in three exhibitions 1913–1923 […]

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Architecture Misfit #12: Nader Khalili

Architecture Misfit #12: Nader Khalili
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Nader Khalili (1936–2008) Nader Khalili is a good example of an architecture misfit. He really only had one idea. Put whatever sandy stuff is available, into bags, clad it and bingo you have a structure. In 1984 NASA was suitably impressed. In 1984, Lunar and Space habitation became an integral part of his work. He […]

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Architecture Misfit #11: Laurie Baker

Architecture Misfit #11: Laurie Baker
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This is not Laurie Baker. It is Charles Correa. A first draft of this post was about him because, since he announced his retirement earlier this year, I’ve been reading much about him as a man of the people coming up with ideas for low-cost buildings in India. He’s been receiving much attention in both […]

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Architecture Misfit #10: Colin Lucas

Architecture Misfit #10: Colin Lucas
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Colin Anderson Lucas (1906–84) was an English architect and pioneer of reinforced-concrete construction. He formed a company to build concrete structures in the style of International Modernism, including Noah’s House at Spade Oak Reach, Bourne End, Bucks. (1930), and Hop Field House, St Mary’s Platt, Wrotham, Kent (1933—with Amyas Connell and Basil Ward (1902–76). In 1933 […]