New Railing Commission for Gallery Nina Johnson
Archinect features Trace Elements:
“Benjamin Aranda said, “The making of a book—like the making of a building—imposes a striking finality, or decisions that one needs to commit to. I think that’s why architects love making books, it’s a kind of rehearsal”
Aranda\Lasch’s success in assembling this title to convey their values and inspiration in an utterly unpretentious and accessible manner is a testament to their roots as a process-based practice.”
Cecchi, Nick. “Aranda\Lasch’s ‘Trace Elements’ Outlines the Seeds of Their Design Process.” Archinect. 10 April 2018. https://archinect.com/features/article/150058675/aranda-lasch-s-trace-elements-outlines-the-seeds-of-their-design-process Accessed 10 April 2018
Quartz covers Exhibit Columbus.
“Another Miller Prize-winning installation, called Another Circle, is presented in a grassy knoll at Columbus’s main public park. From afar, the shrapnels of limestone look like a contemporary Stonehenge or perhaps an avant-garde graveyard. Architects Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch used a GPS device to choose the precise spot of each stone and allowed artisans to decide on the shapes. The result, they explain, creates an assortment of seats, stools and picnic tables for park goers”
Quito, Anne. “A tiny town in Indiana is a must-see mecca of mid-century modern design.” Quartz. 3 September 2017. https://qz.com/1064746/how-columbus-indiana-became-a-living-museum-of-modern-architecture-and-design/. Accessed 5 September 2017
Pemberton, Michelle. “Exhibit Columbus art and design inaugural biannual exhibition.” IndyStar. 25 Aug. 2017, http://www.indystar.com/picture-gallery/life/2017/08/25/exhibit-columbus-art-and-design-inaugural-biannual-exhibition/104943064/. Accessed 25 Aug. 2017
“That people have vastly different interpretations of art and design was not lost on Mr. Aranda. “One of the most interesting things about doing the project here is that it’s deeply divided politically — it’s purple,” he said. “You have to shoot for a universal message, and that’s more challenging.”
The atomization of the elements in “Another Circle” seemed to reflect the trajectory of design — and the rest of the culture — since the days of soaring, confident, Saarinen-style modernism.
As Mr. Aranda put it: “The world is broken. What do we do with the pieces?””
Loos, Ted. “Columbus, Ind., Renews Its Big Design Legacy” The New York Times. 19 August 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/arts/design/columbus-ind-renews-its-big-design-legacy.html. Accessed 18 August 2017.
Terrol Dew Johnson and Chris Lasch interviewed for a Chicago Architecture Biennial article about the upcoming basket exhibit.
“In everything that I try to do on a personal and professional level, I always bring along the idea of cultural revitalization. I always try to work towards opportunities that will benefit the work that I do in the community,” said Johnson. “I’m grateful that Aranda\Lasch understood that I was more than just a basket-weaver and wanted to use this as a tool to educate people who will probably never ever set foot on the reservation where I live.”
Shaw, Leo and Huang, Eric. “Reinventing basket-weaving traditions to sustain Native culture and community” Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog. 17 April 2017, www.chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/blog/aranda-lasch-terrol-dew-johnson/. Accessed 18 August 2017.
We are delighted to announce the publication of our new book Trace Elements by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. It’s about our work but it’s not a monograph, rather a book of stories that tie new and old work together and point to where we’re headed next. Designed by Hardworking Goodlooking.
Gassmann, Gay. The KAWS and Aranda/Lasch Collaboration in China Produces Alchemy. June 15, 2017, http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/kaws-arandalasch-collaboration. Accessed June 15, 2017.
Aranda\Lasch quoted for Exhibit Columbus in Architectural Digest:
“Until I visited Columbus I didn’t realize the density of quality architecture in this small town. It feels like an alternate, best possible universe where everyone gets the value of design.” – Benjamin Aranda, cofounder Aranda\Lasch
Mckeough, Tim. “Why Every Design Fan Should Visit Columbus, Indiana.” Architectural Digest. 12 April 2017, www.architecturaldigest.com/story/why-every-design-fan-should-visit-columbus-indiana. Accessed 18 April 2017.
Sacchetti, Vera. “Independent Thinking.” Metropolis Magazine, April 2017, pp.74-80.
Didero, Maria Cristina. “Arte, il ruolo del curatore nell’industria creativa contemporanea.” L’Uomo Vogue. April 4 2017, www.vogue.it/l-uomo-vogue/people-stars/2017/04/04/arte-ruolo-del-curatore-nellindustria-creativa-contemporanea/. Accessed 7 April 2017
Arizona Public Media highlights the grassroots community activism of our long time collaborator Terrol Dew Johnson.
“Terrol Dew Johnson is a complex figure living in multiple intersecting realities. He is perhaps most well known for his grassroots community activism with the group Tohono O’odham Community Action, which he helped found over 20 years ago. Johnson is also an accomplished artist with work in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Heard and the Smithsonian. This story catches up with Johnson in October 2016 after returning from Standing Rock as he prepares for a new exhibition with design firm, Aranda/Lasch for the Museum of Contemporary art in Tucson.”
Artist Spotlight by Nicole Bray featuring Aranda\Lasch in Ali Ebrahimi’s artReal.
Bray, Nicole. The Mastery of Nature and Technology. 11 March 2017, http://artrealny.com/artist-spotlight-arandalasch/. Accessed 17 March 2017.
Aranda\Lasch is selected to be part of the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial: Make New History.
The announcement is featured in Architectural Record.
Coil and Cloud exhibition at Volume Gallery announced on designboom.
“building off their recent show in moca tucson, design studio aranda\lasch has worked with weaver terrol dew johnson of the tohono o’odham tribe to explore the practice of coiling.”
Aranda \ Lasch
Study of Shingling, 2017
Photo: Paul Barbera
More Trees and the installation by Aranda\Lasch featured in Vogue and Designboom.
Aranda\Lasch’s Shingling work made in support of More Trees. The Tsumiki Blocks are designed by Kengo Kuma. The More Trees project is conceived by Ryuichi Sakamoto to encourage sustainable forest regeneration.
Benjamin Aranda lectures at FIU Architecture School in Miami on February 23, 2016.