Architecture + Water

Architecture + Water

Van Allen Institute,
New York, NY, 2001
The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
UCLA, Department of Architecture
Los Angeles, 2002
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA, 2002

Architecture + Water celebrates the extraordinary design possibilities elicited in the coupling of these apparently contradictory entities. Although typically conceived as opposites - architecture is understood as fixed and stable, while water is seen as fluid and dynamic. The tension between architecture and water can provide the constraints and limitations through which imaginative architecture occurs. The projects selected for this exhibit negotiate this contradiction as the catalyst for architectural invention. These projects directly incorporate water as a critical component in the orchestration of the design rather than relegating it to its conventional role as an aesthetic feature - engaging its multiple forms, as a functional, physical and transformative medium.

Curators:  Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis
Project team:  Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis; Troy Ostrander, David Takacs, Kevin Oliver, Hye-Young Chung, Garrick Ambrose, Erik Gerlach, Young-Hye Yoo

Van Alen Report, Architecture + Water, May 2001