The Ruins of the Purple Hotel

Photographed by Eric Holubow, the unmistakable, can’t-miss-it building on the corner of Touhy and Lincoln in Lincolnwood has housed a number of different hotel chains over the decades, but it has long been known by its most obvious description: The Purple Hotel. Planned as the Hyatt-Lincolnwood, the Hyatt House-Chicago broke ground in January 1961, on…

Minimal Belgrade by Mirko Nahmijas

Minimal Belgrade is an artistic series depicting some of the most prominent pieces of Belgrade’s mid-twentieth century architecture. Often called Socialist Modernism, Soc-realism, Brutalism, Architecture of forced standard etc., the main characteristic of all these astonishing edifices is they will always look not-just futuristic, but as though they were taken from the future and brought…

Do Ho Suh

This solo exhibition by artist Do Ho Suh features work ranging from large-scale architectural installations and sculptures, to works on paper and video. Operating within a distinctly twenty-first century global mode, Suh crafts evocative works that reflect ideas of home, identity, and personal space. In his work, Suh draws on his personal experiences growing up…

The Photographer. Gabriele Basilico

“Monuments embarrass me. I have no friendship for castles” , said Gabriele Basilico. Born in Italy, the land of ancient ruins, the Italian documentary photographer, however, was little nostalgic. He is famous for his obsession of the modern city, with its layers of past stacked with more or less charm and care. Experiences as a…

Zaha Hadid, the best works

Archistar Zaha Hadid is dead at 65. Striving to create a new form of modern architecture, Zaha Hadid has all but abandoned tradition to produce a revolutionary style that emphasizes asymmetrical geometries, unprecedented curves, and a dramatic flair that’s simply amazing, even through the lens of science fiction and fantasy. Equally impressive (and most unexpected)…

Architecture Of Density by Michael Wolf

The focus of the german photographer Michael Wolf’s work is life in mega cities. many of his projects document the architecture and the  vernacular culture of metropolises. wolf grew up in canada, europe and the united states, studying at uc berkeley and at the folkwang school with otto steinert in essen, germany. he moved to…