Banal Sex Mansion: talking about sex and architecture with Aaron Betsky, on Archinect Sessions #62
This week we’re joined by special guest co-host Aaron Betsky, author of Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire and Building Sex: Men, Women, Architecture & the Construction of Sexuality. As a strong presence in the architectural discourse of gender and sexuality since the 1990s... View full entry
Let's be Frank: Archinect Sessions Episode 15 with Aaron Betsky, Taliesin's new Dean
It seems as if the tumult and intrigue that ran through Frank Lloyd Wright's life has lived on at Taliesin. After being embroiled in accreditation issues, suspending Fall 2013 enrollment, and working through rocky fundraising plans, Taliesin recently appointed Aaron Betsky to lead the school and... View full entry
Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition
This episode is a doozy. Paul and Amelia left the temperate sunshine of Los Angeles for Washington, DC's frigid monumentality, to interview Bjarke Ingels on the eve of his "Hot to Cold" exhibition at the National Building Museum. The 40-year old architect shared some quick-won wisdom about scaling... View full entry
Weekly News Round-Up for January 19, 2015
Sunday, January 25:Aaron Betsky To Lead Taliesin West: Effective immediately, Betsky will "set the intellectual tone or the School " as it undergoes a rough and potentially definitive funding period.Friday, January 23:Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February: So... View full entry
Aaron Betsky To Lead Taliesin West
“I look forward to continuing the tradition of experimental architecture he did so much to define.”
Betsky seems to be the man of the hour these days, writing popularly discussive articles in defense of architecture and participating in social media. Congratulations and looking forward to seeing what becomes of the heavily branded institution in need of a new life. View full entry
All those new museums? Now, the facts…
In 2010, the Fondazione di Venezia—a well-endowed and entrepreneurial foundation with its historic roots in Italy’s regional banking system—launched an architectural competition for a cluster of buildings in the centre of Mestre, one of the mainland urban areas of Venice. [...]
The three accompanying essays, by Marco De Michelis, Aaron Betsky and M9 architect Matthias Sauerbruch, are less granular. They provide an overview of and perspectives on the museum-building boom [...].
Archinect rounds up critical reactions to Koolhaas' biennale
This year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened on June 7, under the theme "Fundamentals". The deluge of criticism and reporting coming out of the Biennale will surely continue until it closes November 23, but so far reactions from the architectural... View full entry
Book Launch: "L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s" author in conversation with Aaron Betsky, Sylvia Lavin
Last Tuesday's book launch for L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s at the A+D Museum brought author Stephen Phillips in conversation with the book’s publisher, Lars Müller, and architecture critics (among other things) Aaron Betsky and Sylvia Lavin. The book... View full entry
A Gathering of Student Work: My Studio at the University of Cincinnati
This fall, I co-taught such a studio (with Eli Meiners) at the University of Cincinnati. The project was a real one: the conversion of a former Kroger supermarket building into an open storage facility for the Cincinnati Art Museum, a Montessori school, and studios and display space for artists. The rules of the studio were a bit different: you could do anything you wanted, as long as it was begged, borrowed or stolen; your design did not have to be efficient or buildable...
— Aaron Betsky, architectmagazine.com
Postage Stamp Architecture
I know I have been on a Dutch rag as of late, but where else can you buy postage stamps that honor not just architects, but architecture, and not just timeworn monuments, but experimental work that has not even been built? As a kicker, the stamps are designed so that, if you hold them up to a Web cam, they turn into 3D models floating in front of your screen.
— Aaron Betsky, Architect Magazine