Architecture: A Performing Art

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Part of the Series: Constructing Australia
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City of Dreams
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The Edge of the Possible
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Constructing Australia
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Cox Architecture: Transitions in Landscape
Cox Architecture originated in 1962 with buildings that drew inspiration from the Australian farm and industrial vernacular, most notably Tocal Agricultural College in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. Cox Architecture: Transitions in Landscape traces the evolution over 50 years of a practice that was committed from the outset to…
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Vincent Scully is likely the best-known living art historian in the United States today. Until recently, he was still teaching at his alma mater, Yale University, where a wide variety of students were drawn to his undergraduate history of art and architecture courses. For years, Scully's deep engagement with the…
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Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, revered in his native country of Japan for the design of consummately minimal museums, won the much-coveted commission to expand and renovate the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1997. Opened in 2004, the serenely elegant complex of taut, smooth glass, aluminum, and granite…
Art Deco / Art Moderne
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
Art Deco and Moderne originated in Europe and were marked by stylized ornamental detailing. We will visit homes that stand as works of art, featuring mosaics, detailed metalworks magnificent stained glass. Only a few homes in Canada including Ottawa's French embassy were built during the styles' short life before World…