When a building is an architectural enterprise, it’s a time of celebration, not of despair
When a project takes a long time, a new owner has to find a way to build the thing that’s being built, and that’s usually the hardest part of the process.
For many, that’s how architects build things.
The challenges are enormous.
But, sometimes, that all starts with finding the right building.
The Architectural Alliance of Osrs, which owns the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, recently released a book, Architecture: A Visual History of Design.
The book takes a look at how architects use technology to get at a project and how they look at it in order to improve the way they do business.
In an interview with the Architectural Digest Book Club, architect and founder of the Alliance, Jonathan Krakauer, talked about what the book brings to the conversation.
Interview HighlightsArchitectural Alliance: I want to start off by saying, thank you for inviting me on the podcast.
Architect Jonathan Krahler: Thank you.
Archdiocese: And I was delighted to hear that you were a part of this project.
Arch: I’m thrilled that the Alliance came together.
Archiocar: What inspired you to work on a book about architecture?
Arch: My life and my career has been built on building the right buildings for people.
Arch, how would you characterize the architecture of your organization?
Archi: Architecture is the art of designing things that are right for the community.
ArchDiocese: You mentioned that you wanted to create a book that would provide a visual history of architecture, but in a way that you could relate to people, and also help people understand their architectural work.
ArchK: Yeah, and I’ve done a lot of that with the book, because, for me, that was the most challenging part of my job.
I’m a visual artist, and my work is very, very detailed.
So it’s very hard to do, because the things that you do in that work are so specific.
It’s very detailed, but there are things that we could do with that, and it’s really, really important that we do it in a visual way.
ArchCar: How did the Alliance come to be, and what made it so important to you?
ArchKM: The Alliance of Architectural Agencies is a network of organizations across the world.
The Alliance was founded by Jonathan Krasner, the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and the idea of creating a book was born out of his experience building buildings for his own clients.
So, for many years, I’ve been interested in the history of architectural design.
ArchM: I had an idea for a book.
I thought, why don’t I do a book?
I mean, I was not a visual designer, but I think my own work has been really influenced by architects.
ArchI: I was actually a graphic designer for about 15 years, so I’ve worked on many, many buildings.
I know a lot about design.
But what was most interesting to me was that I found a lot in the archives of the architects and the building designers and the design consultants that I admired that had done these incredible, beautiful, beautiful buildings.
ArchB: I grew up in the suburbs of New York, and we had all these beautiful, gorgeous, ornate, beautiful mansions.
So the idea came to me that I wanted to do a little story about what it’s like to live in a neighborhood that has these amazing, beautiful homes and the people who lived there.
ArchT: And it was really a great time for me because it was the beginning of the end of New Deal New York.
It was a period where New Deal was kind of running amok, and so it was just a time when the New Deal, the New York City government was basically trying to impose its values on New Yorkers.
ArchJ: I wanted a kind of a story about people that lived there, and a place to start.
ArchE: There were people in the community who had lived in these buildings, and they were like, “This is not my neighborhood, this is the most amazing place in the world.”
ArchF: I thought that’s great.
ArchG: So, I started a little journal.
ArchF (architect): So, there’s this guy who lived in this house.
ArchD: He lived here for years, and he’d built these great houses in this neighborhood.
ArchH: And this is just one of the houses that he had built.
ArchN: He was like the mayor of the area, and this was like his mansion, so he was the mayor.
ArchL: He built all these incredible houses in the area.
ArchP: He had a beautiful house.
He lived there for years.Arch