Photograph of bright neon signs in Las Vegas

Denise Scott Brown, Signs, Las Vegas, no date, Carnegie Museum of Art: Purchased with funds provided by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. © Denise Scott Brown.

Highlights: States of Becoming

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Architecture model of an organic, donut shaped, building
Kathryn Findlay, Wadi Al Sail Villa, Doha, Qatar, 2003, Carnegie Museum of Art:
Gift of Kathryn Findlay. © Katheryn Findlay.

Kathryn Findlay is best known for houses that use volume and materials in unorthodox ways. For this villa in Qatar, she designed a monolithic concrete structure hollowed out by a succession of cave-like rooms.  The model is made to show quadrants and horizontal layers in sections so that the interior can be examined in multiple ways.

Architectural model of low organic square and rippled forms
Jakob + MacFarlane; Restaurant Georges, Paris, France, 2014, Carnegie Museum of Art:
Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd, Jr. Fund. © Jakob + MacFarlane.

This 3-D print is a recent model of a restaurant interior inserted into the upper floor of the Centre Pompidou in Paris two decades ago. Fabricated by shipbuilders before the building industry absorbed the potential of digital technology, the aluminum floor swells upwards to create cave-like volumes for kitchen, lavatories, VIP room, etc.

A colorful model of a house 
estudio teddy cruz, Manufactured Sites, 2008, Carnegie Museum of Art: Purchase gift of the Drue Heinz Trust. © estudio teddy cruz.

Born in Guatemala and based in San Diego, Teddy Cruz has made critical proposals for the environment extending north and south of the border between the United States and Mexico for two decades. With Manufactured Sites, he envisions a new approach to housing and urbanization based on the reuse of components such as joists and garage doors scavenged from buildings awaiting demolition in the US.

Photograph of bright neon signs in Las Vegas
Denise Scott Brown, Signs, Las Vegas, no date, Carnegie Museum of Art: Purchased with funds provided by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. © Denise Scott Brown.

Denise Scott Brown took this photograph in Nevada in the mid-1960s, casting an independent eye on the exuberance of commercial architecture, advertising, and infrastructure in American cities. These investigations led to a groundbreaking book which brought these new forms of urban life into conversations about architecture.

Architectural drawing with graphic renderings of buildings and other scenes.
Bernard Tschumi; “The Street” set, from the series “The Manhattan Transcripts,” [plan, section, elevation, site plan], 1978-1981; Carnegie Museum of Art: Purchase: gift of the Drue Heinz Trust.
© Bernard Tschumi.

For Bernard Tschumi, architecture is as much about transitory events as it is about static buildings. As part of a larger project titled The Manhattan Transcripts, he notated events and places along the entirety of 42nd Street. Here he depicts the street between 10th Avenue and Broadway using image (typically a film still), section, and plan.