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Preview: ‘OfficeUS’ at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Pentagram’s Natasha Jen has designed the identity, environmental graphics and publications for the U.S. Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia, opening in Venice on June 7. Titled OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion is a working architecture office that explores 1,000 projects designed by 200 U.S. offices working abroad. Jen is part of a collaborative team—organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with PRAXIS Journal, and with research lead by the MIT Department of Architecture—that were selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the U.S. at the Biennale. This edition of the Biennale is directed by the architect Rem Koolhaas and centers on the theme “Fundamentals.”

New Work: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series

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The “Manifesto Series” of discussions presented by the Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York invites artists, architects, critics and historians to participate in a spirited exchange of ideas about architecture. Established in 2010, the ongoing series is one of Storefront’s signature programs and reinvents the manifesto form as a way to develop and encourage new thinking in short, concise events with a polemical context.

Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and team have designed a new series of books based on the talks. Issued by Storefront in partnership with Lars Müller Publishers, the first two titles in the series are 01: Formless and 02: Double, with more to follow. Jen’s design for the series captures the immediacy and inventiveness of the talks with a dynamic format that rethinks the structure of the book as an object.

New Work: ‘Build, Memory’

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In his new book Build, Memory (Monacelli Press), the award-winning architect James Stewart Polshek chronicles his fifty-plus-year career in a unique “memoir of projects” that tells his story through 16 key works. (The title is a play on Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir, Speak, Memory.) Polshek writes a candid personal narrative that details his experience designing landmark projects such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, the Newseum in Washington, DC, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Pentagram’s Paula Scher and team have designed the book with a clear, cogent format that complements Polshek’s articulate and accessible writing.

New Work: ‘Scenes from the City, Revised and Expanded’

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New York has always been a favorite location for filmmakers, but over the past decade production in the city has exploded, increasing by 25 percent and contributing over 130,000 jobs and $7.6 billion to the economy. Helping to fuel this boom is the New York City Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, the first city agency of its kind in the world. Established in 1966, the office oversees film and television production in New York and fosters the relationship between filmmakers and the local economy.

Produced with the agency, Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York. Revised and Expanded is the new 2014 edition of James Sanders’ history of the past five decades of film and television shot in NYC, from Sweet Smell of Success and “The Honeymooners” to The Amazing Spider-Man and “Girls.” Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have designed the new edition, building on their format for the original 2006 book.

On the occasion of the Tribeca Film Festival, James Sanders will be speaking about the book and signing copies at Barnes & Noble Tribeca tonight at 6 pm.

New Work: Sotheby’s

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Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is one of the world’s oldest and largest auction houses, and the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: BID). From its roots as a book dealership, the auction house has grown over the past three centuries into a global company that ranks alongside the great art museums in the breadth of its influence and expertise. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has been collaborating with Sotheby’s over a two-year period to bring stronger coherence to the full spectrum of the company’s identity and communications, including its website, catalogues, and magazine. Miller and his team worked closely with Sotheby’s leadership, collections specialists, and design and technology teams in New York and London to develop the comprehensive program.