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Soo Sunny Park’s “Unwoven Light” Installation at Rice

Suspended from the walls and ceiling, 37 individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. Entering the gallery there is no set path to follow. Instead, we are invited to meander slowly as one might stroll along a river’'s edge, stopping to admire the glints of light that dance on the water’'s surface. "Unwoven Light" continues Soo Sunny Park'’s ongoing experimentation with the ephemeral qualities of light and how light affects our perceptions of architectural space. Though immaterial, light is a critical structural element in each of Park'’s works. Here, she has utilized both the gallery'’s lighting…

Light Craft: Art and Architecture Merge at Rice

Architectural Record, July 23, 2012 by Beth Broome Turrell started his series of Skyspaces—enclosed rooms with an aperture open to the sky—in the 1970s, and to date he has created 73 across the world. In the early days, he would often make his works by cutting through existing buildings, such as his Meeting at New York's MoMA PS1. But, to avoid irritating architects, as he says (and perhaps being irritated by them as well), he graduated to creating autonomous structures: buildings with holes designed in them, and no real function, much like a folly or gazebo.   Dubbed Twilight Epiphany,…

Turrell Skyspace Opens in June at Rice University

By Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle May, 6, 2012 Ever twirl yourself dizzy as a kid, with your neck craned toward the sky? That's how I felt recently watching a sunset light show from inside the new James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University. But it was clouds moving — not me. I sat on a granite bench inside a grassy pyramid whose open ceiling hovers like a spaceship, viewing the advancing dusk through a square oculus in the ceiling's center. The sky also drifted by in a long horizontal line between the ceiling and the upper deck. A breeze blew softly…

2012 “Best Architecture and Design Schools” Includes Two in Texas

In its entirety, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” is an annual report comprising several distinct surveys that rank undergraduate and graduate architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design programs. For the 2012 edition, 360 firms in the four professional fields participated. Each respondent has direct responsibility for hiring and/or supervising recent graduate new hires in one or more of those fields surveyed. Practitioners selected to participate were drawn from a DesignIntelligence database of leading firms defined by both revenue and reputation. With regard to architecture programs alone, practitioners from 185 leading U.S. architecture firms participated in the current…