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Nicholas Olsberg

Nicholas Olsberg was formerly chief curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and is a prolific writer and historian.


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    The mirage of an ideal metropolisSubscription

    13 June, 2016

    The unattainable shore of utopia spurs great feats of discovery

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    Flat-pack WrightSubscription

    4 September, 2015Comments (2)

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s most ambitious project was to design his more modest buildings – cheap family dwellings – so that they could be mass-produced on a vast scale, transforming the USA. It offers a vital lesson to us today

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    Bad Screen Resolution: DS+R's Doomed SculptureSubscription

    6 January, 2015

    A doomed installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro revealed the secret life behind the facades of San Francisco

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    It's a Small World, After AllSubscription

    17 June, 2014

    Nicholas Olsberg reflects on the history of the now rehabilitated Ground Zero site through the story of Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center

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    Cut and Print: Emerson College, Los Angeles by MorphosisSubscription

    1 April, 2014

    Drawing on the history and typology of its Hollywood milieu, Morphosis’s new media college abstracts and synthesises ideas about surface, space and social connectivity in an ambitiously scaled urban stage set

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    Architecture and Sculpture: A Dialogue in Los AngelesSubscription

    11 March, 2014

    Sculptural architecture can be moving, monstrous, or just plain arbitrary: a group of exhibitions in LA explores the borderline between the two spatial disciplines

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    Shattered glass: the history of architectural photographySubscription

    22 December, 2013

    Exploring photography’s obsession with architecture as motif and metaphor, a cluster of exhibitions in Los Angeles ended by questioning the neutrality of the camera in the architectural assignment

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    Alvaro Siza (1933- )Subscription

    9 November, 2013

    Looking back at key buildings and moments in Siza’s career

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    Los Angeles: Reflecting on six months of showsSubscription

    25 September, 2013

    As LA’s architecture season comes to close, Nicholas Olsberg reflects on experimental housing, lacklustre public buildings and an exciting ‘reconsideration’ of civic failures

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    Letting Loose Los angeles in the seventiesSubscription

    10 July, 2013

    Fantastic mirrored pachyderms coexist with an all too real landscape of strip malls and freeways in a new exhibition on Los Angeles that examines the city’s capacity to stimulate radical responses to space, structure and patterns of use