Andrés Jaque on ‘Outing Mies van der Rohe’s Basement’

This essay by Andrés Jaque is about the Barcelona Pavilion, which is an iconic building of modern architecture. The art installation ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society‘ displayed objects and working tools from the pavilion’s basement. The essay discusses this intervention as a way of enhancing architectural knowledge through mundane things.

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Image via E-book: Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society (research and drawings: Office forPolitical Innovation. Graphic design: David Lorente and Tomoko Sakamoto) 

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Image via E-bookPhantom. Mies as Rendered Society (photo: Andrés Jaque, 2012) 

Andrés Jaque’s text is about The Barcelona Pavilion. Built in 1986 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, the Barcelona Pavilion is a copy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Repräsentationspavillon des Deutschen Reiches’ for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.  Continue reading “Andrés Jaque on ‘Outing Mies van der Rohe’s Basement’”

Guerilla Public Service

A short version of the story
Richard Ankrom is an artist and sign painter. One day he was driving north on the 110 freeway in LA. He missed the exit to the Interstate 5 North he wanted to take and got lost. He later understood that the I-5 exit was not indicated on the green overhead sign. In 2001 he crafted the I-5 North sign himself. With a group of friends he assembled the sign at the place where it supposed to be.

The nice part of the story
The company running the freeway found out about the sign from an article in a local newspaper. Ankrom had hoped he could get his sign back after they took it down; he wanted to hang it in an art gallery. However, the company didn’t take the sign down. The guerrilla sign had passed the inspection.

The full story and an update on the replacement of the sign with improvements in 2009.