Baku: Oil and Urbanism is the first architectural study of the relationship between oil and urbanism. Its focus is Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and formerly part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. Since the late 19th century, oil and urbanism have been intertwined in the spaces of the city. Later, Baku was the site of one of the most spectacular experiments in Soviet urban and infrastructural design—“Neft Dashlari,” the first off-shore drilling facility in the world, a city built on trestles in the Caspian Sea. Today, Baku is undergoing its second major oil boom. The book examines how urban design, planning, and architecture have dealt with the issue of oil in varying political conditions. Working with maps and archival photographs, the book analyzes sites, buildings, urban fabric, plans to understand the evolution of the city.
Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition “Photography and Language” at the Camerawork Gallery and La Mamelle’s Art Center in San Francisco in 1976. Includes essays by Lew Thomas, James Hugunin, Robert Leverant, Allan Sekula, Donna-Lee Phillips, John Brumfield, Geoffrey Cook, Sam Samore, Harley W. Lond, and James Hugunin. With photographs by Peter D’Agostino, John Gutmann, Steven Langehough, Joan Ferrell, Lew Thomas, Robert Leverant, Fred Lonidier, Phil Steinmetz, Ricki Blau, Jack Butler, Nancy Gordon, Meryl Meisler, Richad Newton, David B. Stanton, Lisa Kahane, Harry Wilson, Donna-Lee Phillips, Victor Landweber, Bart Parker, Johnny Indersen, Carl E. Loeffler, David Watanabe, Susie Reed, Christine Oatman, Iris Landig, Janet Fries, Tom McLaughlin, Susan Grieger, Stephen Laub, Scott Goodman, Richard Mock, Lutz Bacher, John Kline, Jim Melchert, Robert Cumming, Sue Kubly, John Baldessari, Stan Strembicki, Steven J. Cahill and Dennis Kraft.
The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. Portrayed alternately as a middle-class domestic utopia and a dystopic world of homogeneity and conformity–with manicured suburban lawns and the inchoate darkness that lurks just beneath the surface–these stereotypes belie a more realistic understanding of contemporary suburbia and its dynamic transformations. Organized by the Walker Art Center in association with the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art, Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapesis the first major museum exhibition to examine both the art and architecture of the contemporary American suburb. Featuring paintings, photographs, prints, architectural models, sculptures and video from more than 30 artists and architects, including Christopher Ballantyne, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Gregory Crewdson, Estudio Teddy Cruz, Dan Graham and Larry Sultan, Worlds Awaydemonstrates the catalytic role of the American suburb in the creation of new art and prospective architecture. Conceived as a revisionist and even contrarian take on the conventional wisdom surrounding suburban life, the catalogue features new essays and seminal writings by John Archer, Robert Beuka, Robert Breugmann, David Brooks, Beatriz Colomina, Malcolm Gladwell and others, as well as a lexicon of suburban neologisms.
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