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Charles Gwathmey dies in NY


Noted Modernist architect Charles Gwathmey died in Manhattan on August 3, 2009. He was 71. Among his many works was his recent award-winning renovation of the Art & Architecture Building by Paul Rudolph at Yale University which was rededicated as Paul Rudolph hall in November, 2008. For more details on his life and work, see the following articles.

Theory of Architectural Space


“We need desperately to relearn the art of disposing of buildings to create different kinds of space: the quiet, enclosed, isolated space; the hustling, bustling space, pungent with vitality; the paved, dignified, vast, sumptuous, even awe-inspiring space; the mysterious space; the transition space which defines, separates and yet joins juxtaposed spaces of contrasting character.

Bronx tour includes Tracey Towers, other projects by Paul Rudolph


Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009
Cool, Green Edge: Mosholu Parkway and Norwood
Projects designed by the 20th-century modernists Paul Rudolph and Philip Johnson can be seen alongside 18th-century architecture during this tour of the North Bronx. 4-6 pm. Municipal Art Society members, $10; non-members, $15. Meet at the Mosholu Parkway Station token booth, the Bronx, NY.

Lunch With Preston Phillips


Well known modernist architect discusses his work and pays homage to Paul Rudolph. "He’s, in my view, the greatest American modernist that ever lived."



“Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks,” an exhibition organized by the World Monuments Fund and sponsored by Knoll Inc., will travel to design schools and other venues across the United States beginning with the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning.

Cerrito Residence Blueprints Given to the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth


A set of 8 blueprints of the Cerrito Residence, formerly in Watch Hill, a village in the town of Westerly, RI has been given to the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth, the sponsor of this web site. The blueprints depict the floor plans, interior elevations and landscape plan of the house designed by Paul Rudolph in 1955 for Dr. & Mrs. Louis Cerrito. The house was demolished in 2007.

The library received the plans courtesy of the architectural firm via the client, that designed the house that was built to replace the Cerrito Residence.

Harold Bubil and Marty Hylton on "Modernism at Risk"


Marty Hylton, an organizer of the "Modernism at Risk" exhibition at the University of Florida, talks about the efforts to save modernist buildings and the difficulties in doing so in this podcast. Among projects discussed is the demolished Riverview High School in Sarasota FL by Paul Rudolph.

Modernism Alive and Well in Singapore


Check out this project being developed in Singapore by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture Beijing) architect Ole Scheeren. The "Interlace" project employs a bold modular look that is being compared to the Colonnade Condominiums of Paul Rudolph as well as other innovative projects in Singapore.

The Architect must be uniquely prejudiced.


“The Architect must be uniquely prejudiced. If his work is to ring with conviction, he will be completely committed to his particular way of seeing the universe. It is only then that every man sees his particular truth. Only a few find themselves in such a way.”
Rudolph, Paul Marvin, 1918-1997. "For Perspecta." Perspecta 7 (1961): 51-63.



Exhibit Explores Brutalism, Paul Rudolph


"The Westport Arts Center will present Aggregate: Art and Architecture – a Brutalist Remix, Friday, September 25 through Sunday, November 22. WAC will host a public opening reception on Friday, September 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, Connecticut. Exhibition programming includes a talk on the spirit of Brutalism by architect John Johansen at Westport Arts Center on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 pm. Curator Terri C. Smith will also give an informal talk about the exhibition on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm.


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