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Abbott Miller Named to Surface Magazine’s Power 100

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Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has been named to the Surface Power 100, the magazine’s first annual list of influential figures in art, architecture, design, fashion, real estate, and more. Miller is honored alongside luminaries including Rem Koolhaas, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Liz Diller, Hella Jongerius, Jonathan Ive, Philippe Starck, Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei, among others.

In the accompanying article (print only), Miller previews his first monograph, Design and Content, to be released next month. “The book looks at how designers are constantly staging content for a reader, a user, or a consumer; the whole endeavor of design is so much about making content more effective or more beautiful or more deeply felt,” says Miller.

Check out the full Power 100 in Surface’s June/July issue, available here.

New Work: ‘Paradise Planned’

Trends show that an increasing number of young Americans are eschewing suburban sprawl for life in the big city. Young people have typically moved to cities in their early to mid-twenties, returning to the suburbs years later with new families and new jobs. However, this metropolitan exodus is leaving suburbia in crisis, as many of the suburban ideals that were once appealing—automobiles, sprawl, and isolation—are proving to be less sustainable in a modern world.

Amid these changes, a new trend of retrofitting suburbs is now gaining popularity in metropolitan planning. The garden suburb, a phenomenon that developed in the late eighteenth century in England and the U.S., is regaining prominence as an ideal setting for life outside of, yet accessible to the city.

In their new book, Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City (The Monacelii Press), architect Robert A.M. Stern and co-writers David Fishman and Jacob Tilove make a case for the garden suburb as a model for future suburbs. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, Aron Fay, and Yve Ludwig have designed Paradise Planned as a definitive history of the unique, outlying residential area and its relationship to the development of cities. The book was recently awarded the John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

A Smaller Symbol

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A miniature edition of Symbol is due to be published in August. Authored by Pentagram partner Angus Hyland, with Steven Bateman, it condenses the appeal of the original 2011 book into a new, smaller format.

“The idea behind the book is to explore the visual language of symbols according to their most basic element: form,” Hyland writes. “We have brought together symbols conceived all over the world, in different times and for different purposes, and categorized them by visual types.”

The book lays these symbols out in a manner divested of all agendas, meanings, and messages that might be given by their customary contexts, isolating them so that the reader can enjoy them as a pictorial language in their own right.

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.