Year in Architecture 2023

John Hill
19. December 2023
Image: World-Architects


The escalators at Grand Central Madison (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In January 2023…

Selected Found: We took a trip down memory lane as we ogled the redrawn floor plans inside Fernando Casqueiro's Mies van der Rohe: The Collective Housing Collection.

Selected Insight: We mourned the passing of Stuttgart architect Arno Lederer, who died on January 21 at the age of 75.


Architecture Now: New York, New Publics at MoMA (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In February 2023…

Selected Found: We toured New York, New Publics, the first in a new exhibition series at MoMA called “Architecture Now.”

Selected Insight: We interviewed New York architect David Hotson after his design for the Saint Sarkis Armenian Church in Texas was voted US Building of the Year.


Rafael Viñoly giving the keynote talk at the 2017 World Architecture Festival. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In March 2023…

Selected Found: We looked, from a distance, at architect Martand Khosla's Cloud and Cloud Burst installations in the third edition of The Sculpture Park that took place at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, India

Selected Insight: We spoke with Nadja and Lukas Frei of Luna Productions after the lookout tower they designed for the Hardwald recreation area near Zurich won Swiss-Architects Building of the Year.


Studio Gang's Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In April 2023…

Selected Found: We took far too many photos of the “shotcrete canyon” at the heart of the the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History designed by Studio Gang.

Selected Insight: We toured Tokyu Kabukicho Tower, the 48-story mixed-use skyscraper designed by Yuko Nagayama & Associates.


Lesley Lokko and Venice Biennale president Roberto Cicutto during a May 19 press conference. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In May 2023…

Selected Found: As part of our extensive coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale, we put together a list of “5 Lessons from Lesley Lokko's The Laboratory of the Future.”

Selected Insight: We made a visit to VOLstudio in Barcelona, speaking with Anna Codina and Toni Casamor about their background, their shared practice, and some of their projects.


Emotional Heritage, the installation by Flores & Prats, at the Venice Architecture Biennale (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In June 2023…

Selected Found: We were impressed with the way architects Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats transported their studio from Barcelona to the Arsenale as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Selected Insight: We took in the the massive monographic exhibition on Norman Foster at the Centre Pompidou, a look back at six decades of arguably the world’s most successful architect.


Divia award winner Marta Maccaglia, third from right, at the award reception at Palazzo Contarini Polignac in Venice. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In July 2023…

Selected Found: We visited the sixth — and last — installment in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s six-part “The Architect’s Studio,” an exhibition on Kenya's cave_bureau.

Selected Insight: We spoke with architect Marta Maccaglia, winner of the inaugural divia award for her work on educational buildings in the Peruvian Amazon region and in settlements near Lima.


The covered pedestrian space at 60 Wall Street in 2013 (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In August 2023…

Selected Found: We spoke with architect Florian Busch, who opened his eponymous practice in Tokyo in 2009, at such great length we presented it in two parts.

Selected Insight: We spoke with architect Christoph Ingenhoven about incorporating progressive and sustainable ideas into the buildings designed by his eponymous firm.


Models of Emilio Ambasz projects on display in Emerging Ecologies at MoMA (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In September 2023…

Selected Found: We took a close look at Emerging Ecologies, the first exhibition from MoMA's Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and Natural Environment.

Selected Insight: We were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Perelman Performing Arts Center, a translucent marble box at the World Trade Center designed by REX.


The Book in the Age of … exhibition at Harvard GSD (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In October 2023…

Selected Found: We trekked to Harvard University to see The Book in the Age of …, an exhibition that came out of a research seminar at the GSD taught by architect Rem Koolhaas, graphic designer Irma Boom, and architectural historian Phillip Denny.

Selected Insight: We spoke with architect Stanley Saitowitz about his background and some of the projects he has worked on in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


SOM's newly restored Lever House (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In November 2023…

Selected Found: We took a virtual, immersive jump into the studio of Es Devlin, the superstar production designer whose first monographic show, An Atlas of Es Devlin, opened at the Cooper Hewitt.

Selected Insight: We spoke with Marta Vall-llossera Ferran, president of the Superior Council of Architects’ Associations in Spain, about the crises Spain is facing and the role of architects in addressing them.


Ed Ruscha's Chocolate Room at MoMA (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In December 2023…

Selected Found: We looked at — and smelled — the Chocolate Room at the heart of ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN, the comprehensive retrospective on Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha at MoMA.

Selected Insight: We watched Denise Zmekhol's award-winning Skin of Glass, the feature-length documentary about her father's masterpiece, the 24-story “Pele de Vidro” (Skin of Glass) in São Paulo.

Wishing wonderful holidays and joyous New Years to everyone — see you in 2024!

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