Friday Link Pack — July 1, 2016
We’re always swapping stories in the Studio — an article we read on the way into work, a book we couldn’t put down, even shows we want to see together. We rely on each other to stay in the know. That’s why we’re compiling these stories and happenings into a weekly list of “must reads” for you to join the conversation. This is our inaugural Friday Link Pack. Let us know what you like and what you don’t. We’re always looking to start a dialogue.
Caught a lecture last week at the Mechanics Institute by my friend, author-architect Pierluigi Serraino, where he introduced his new book, “The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study.” Just for fun, Pierluigi had been sifting through UC Berkeley architectural archives, and amongst a lot of material that was culled to be thrown away, he found long-forgotten documentation of a personality study done by the psychology department at UC Berkeley in 1958. Meant to be an evaluation of the personality traits of highly creative minds, architects who participated included included Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, and Louis Kahn. This is juicy stuff.
— Lynn Soleski
“Respondents associated the colour with ‘dirty,’ ‘death,’ and ‘tar.’”
— Gabriella Medina
Image Credit: Cornelia Konrads
Every Monday we try to start the week off right by sharing our favorite artists. As a design first studio, it’s a great way to stay tapped into what’s happening in the art world and spark conversations about overlapping themes in art and architecture.
This week's artist is a recommendation from Daniel Johnson. German artist Cornelia Konrads' work spans site-specific installations indoors and out as well as sculptural objects like her "books." Often stunning and gravity defying, all of her pieces have a little smirk lurking beneath the surface (and sometimes on full display).
— Sam Moeller