Yeah! New York by Emily Wirt

I went on a wonderful Broadway trip to New York last month. I was able to watch what I think are very revolutionary Broadway shows (and I'll admit this is coming from someone who does not know much about Broadway). We were able to see Fun Home, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and (wait for it) Hamilton. All were amazing and excellent and so worth a ticket if you're able.

So I was also able to view the Met's show China: Through the Looking Glass about Chinese and Western Fashion's influence on one another (featuring Alexander McQueen, my favorite), as well as stop by the new Whitney space. The new Whitney building is an interesting stacking of multiple floors all with different square footages, created a fragmented tapered building structure. The design includes many great rooftop areas to allow of outdoor installations and beautiful views of Chelsea. We also ate lunch at Untitled, the new restaurant in the Whitney, and it is amazing. Highly recommended.

Here are a few bites from my trip.

A Little Creole History by Emily Wirt

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I had the opportunity to visit the Northwest Louisiana History Museum this weekend in Natchitoches, Louisiana. This museum is designed by Trahan Architects of New Orleans. This space utilizes one of my favorite design motifs today: layering of materials and forms. By juxtaposing an outer layer of copper over molded stone shapes that flow into the interior, the space is continually stimulating from entrance to exit. While the fluid form contrasts from the Creole-influenced architecture of Natchitoches, the material choice and site location delicately places this form into the city landscape of downtown Natchitoches. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.

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Photo courtesy of Trahan Architects

Alys Beach by Emily Wirt

Fonville Press in Alys Beach

Fonville Press in Alys Beach

This weekend was Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach, Florida. I joined artist and Curator's Choice winner Adam Forrester on a coastal adventure in this beautifully designed beach town. We agreed the architecture looked like a mixture of Spanish and Italian influences with the geometry and form found in our favorite game, Monument Valley, all while maintaining sleek minimal forms.

The town has successfully implemented this beautiful minimal style throughout all of Alys's homes and buildings. Faced with a soft white stucco, the buildings are accented with dark deep tones or muted colors that accentuate the delicacy of the structures. While Alys is small now, they plan to continue to expand and develop what I think is the most stunning beach town of 30A.

Enjoy these photos from our adventures!

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Bayou City by Emily Wirt

I just got back from my first visit to Houston, and to Texas for that matter. Houston is such an alive and thriving city capturing so many cultures, ages, and food adventures (I highly recommend Poscal for a deliciously authentic Italian meal - chicken liver pate bruschette, oh yes).

There is SO MUCH (free) ART in Houston. Our stops included the Rothko Chapel, the Menil Collection, Houston Center for Photography, Post-Studio, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and my personal favorite, the James Turrell installation at Rice University.

I definitely recommend adding Houston to your travel list.

Signing out from the Bayou City.

 

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The Future of Architecture by Emily Wirt

I recently read this article on the TED blog about the book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings by Marc Kushner. I was hooked and ordered myself the book as an early birthday present. 

One of my favorites so far is the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion designed by Snøhetta in Hjerkinn, Norway. It is a beautiful layering of materials, forms, and transparencies.

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I highly recommend this book for a brief catch up of what is the latest and greatest in Architecture and Design.