Writer: Tim Abrahams

Better with Sun from West: US Embassy Moscow, The Commons

Better with Sun from West: US Embassy Moscow, The Commons

By Tim Abrahams

In an interview for the Chicago Architects Oral History Project, architect Charles Edward Bassett, the design lead in SOM’s San Francisco office, was asked by Betty J. Blum how architectural education changed in the US when modernism became accepted in architectural schools and the Beaux-Arts tradition side-lined. What happened when the… Read More

Carlos Diniz: Weyerhaeuser Project

Carlos Diniz: Weyerhaeuser Project

By Tim Abrahams

This remarkable drawing is a rendering by Carlos Diniz of the headquarters for the timber company Weyerhaeuser in Washington State from 1969, which he drew for the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The completed building is stunning, of course: the concept of office design known as bürolandschaft, extended out into… Read More

Paolo Soleri

Paolo Soleri

By Tim Abrahams

Over an advertisement for a series of workshops in the Arizona desert in 1979 ran the legend: ‘Soleri is in the desert not to escape the city for some pastoral dream but to create a wholly new urban civilization.’ It is not known when he started referring to himself in… Read More