Architect: Michael Graves

Michael Graves’ Rooftop Village (1985)

Michael Graves’ Rooftop Village (1985)

By David L. Gilbert

excerpted from The Critical Edge: Controversy in Recent American Architecture (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1985)

ETH Zurich: Casting the Cornice in Ticino

ETH Zurich: Casting the Cornice in Ticino

By Emma Letizia Jones and Erik Wegerhoff

From the fifteenth century onwards, the Swiss region of Ticino was famous for its stuccatori – the skilled decorative plaster workers that migrated down to Italy in search of work ornamenting the great palaces and churches of the Renaissance. Further generations of these craftsmen made their way over the Gotthard pass to… Read More

Alternative Histories: Lütjens Padmanabhan On Michael Graves

Alternative Histories: Lütjens Padmanabhan On Michael Graves

In our office we use a thermos tea pot designed by Michael Graves in 1994. The pot is a joyful, exuberant object made of greenish, bluish plastic. Because of its clunkiness, it remains visible in the midst of our office chaos; it has a presence in friendly dialogue with the models… Read More

Alternative Histories: De Vylder Vinck Taillieu on Michael Graves

Alternative Histories: De Vylder Vinck Taillieu on Michael Graves

Jan de Vylder records that as a child Michael Graves was given a set of painted building blocks by his uncle. The set was made of wooden offcuts found around the yard where the young architect grew up; they remained with him throughout his career. From: Jan De Vylder Sent:… Read More

Michael Graves: Fargo-Moorehead Cultural Bridge

Michael Graves: Fargo-Moorehead Cultural Bridge

By Jordan Kauffman

The Fargo-Moorhead Cultural Bridge is an unrealised project combining infrastructural and cultural programs: a vehicular bridge between two cities over the Red River, a performing arts building in Fargo, North Dakota, the Red River Valley heritage interpretive centre in Moorhead, Minnesota, and at the centre over the river itself, an… Read More

Michael Graves

Michael Graves

By Helen Thomas

When they were made and for a long while afterwards the drawings of Michael Graves were influential for a generation of American, Canadian and British architecture students who coveted their fine papers, delicate colouring techniques and characterful hand-drawn lines in pencil and ink. These all seemed so appropriate to the… Read More

The Lost Art of Drawing

The Lost Art of Drawing

By Michael Graves

The following has been excerpted from Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing, New York Times, 2012. I personally like to draw on translucent … tracing paper, which allows me to layer one drawing on top of another, building on what I’ve drawn before, and again, creating a personal, emotional connection… Read More