Archinect - News 2014-07-31T03:28:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/88135440/phyllis-lambert-steps-down-from-canadian-centre-for-architecture Phyllis Lambert steps down from Canadian Centre for Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-05T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-07T06:28:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/fowy0g68655paepw.jpg" width="514" height="592" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Phyllis Lambert, 86, announced Wednesday she is retiring as chair of the board of trustees of the museum and research centre she founded in 1979. A tireless defender of Montreal&rsquo;s built heritage, Lambert has taken an active role in every major urban planning debate in the city in the last four decades, from redeveloping the Old Port to protecting Mount Royal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Phyllis Lambert, founder of the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46248430/canadian-centre-for-architecture-cca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Centre for Architecture</a>, is stepping down as chairperson. She had also served as Director of the CCA until 1999. Toronto architect <a href="http://www.kpmb.com/index.asp?navid=15&amp;fid1=35&amp;fid2=1&amp;offset=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Kuwabara</a> will succeed her as chair of the world-renowned museum and research center.</p> <p> Before becoming an architect in the 1960s, Lambert established herself as Director of Planning for the Seagram Building, where she was responsible for hiring Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the designer. She recently published a book, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73106772/fred-bernstein-reviews-phyllis-lambert-s-building-seagram" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Building Seagram</em></a>, chronicling the experience.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73106772/fred-bernstein-reviews-phyllis-lambert-s-building-seagram Fred Bernstein reviews "Phyllis Lambert’s Building Seagram" Archinect 2013-05-13T18:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T18:39:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e05b993ae7ea20f7f512560426f6e08.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Seagram&rsquo;s director of planning, Lambert visited the site daily. &ldquo;I had intended to go back to Paris, but I stayed in New York, convinced that if the one person who really cared about the building was not there, Mies would not build Seagram,&rdquo; she says. With Lambert as his protector and Johnson as his assistant, Mies went on to create in 1958 the Seagram building, a landmark of 20th-century architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/70868290/the-story-behind-the-seagram-building The Story Behind the Seagram Building Places Journal 2013-04-08T13:43:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T00:25:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3u2jpkudm14u1jh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reading this was for me an epiphany. I could see, almost in a flash, the unity of building and landscape developing throughout Mies&rsquo;s building art, ultimately morphing into the podium that binds the Seagram tower to the urban landscape &mdash; plaza, platform, an oasis amid the chaos of New York. This led me to reevaluate the importance of surrounding context, in Mies&rsquo;s architecture throughout his career and to understand in a new light some of his statements, drawings, and photomontages.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "What led Mies to create the union of skyscraper and plaza on Park Avenue, a binding together so profoundly important in his oeuvre?" On Places, in an excerpt from the new book <em><a href="http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300167672" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Seagram</a></em>, Phyllis Lambert recounts the evolution of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's architectural philosophy, from his early years in Berlin to the postwar American projects; in particular she explores his deep concern for the interrelationship between architecture and landscape, which culminated in his design for the Seagram Building.</p>