Mark Rakatansky Studio

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Mark Rakatansky Studio, a multidisciplinary practice that focuses on the transformative capabilities of design, has received a diverse range of awards in architecture, urbanism, landscape and graphic design. Mark Rakatansky is the author of Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt, published by the Architectural Association in their Architecture Words series, along with design works and essays published worldwide. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and visiting faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute.

Awards

2013

Selected Project, Little Free Libraries/New York, Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival.

2007

Grant, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

2007

Grant, Architecture, Planning and Design Program, New York State Council on the Arts

2000

Selected Project, Città: Terzo Millennio / The City: Third Millennium, International Competition, Venice Biennale: 7th International Exhibition of Architecture.

1998

Award, Digital Design & Illustration Annual 7, PRINT.

1998

Award, Second Prize, National Art and Design Competition for Street Trees, Center for Human Environments (City University of New York) in association with the Cooper-Hewitt (National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution) and Trees New York.

1998

Award, Twenty-First Annual 100 Show, American Center for Design.

1996

Award, Nineteenth Annual 100 Show, American Center for Design.

1995

Award, Emerging Voices, The Architectural League of New York. Invited competition.

1995

Award, Design Distinction in Graphics, International Design 41st Annual Design Review.

1992

Award, Architectural Design (Special Citation), Progressive Architecture 39th Annual Awards.

1992-1993

Grant, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

1992

Cited, 1991 Awards Program in Health Facilities Research, Health Facilities Research Program, American Institute of Architects/Associated Collegiate Schools of Architecture Joint Council on Architectural Research.

1988-1989

Fellowship, The Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism.

Exhibitions

2009

Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea.

2003

First Step Housing Competition, Common Ground, New York.

2003

Reconfiguring Space, Art in General, New York.

2002

>redirect, Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany. Group exhibition, part of haus.0 series, curator: Fareed Armaly.

2002

Arverne: Housing on the Edge, Yale University School of Architecture Gallery.

2001-2002

Arverne: Housing on the Edge, Urban Center, New York.

2001

Arverne: Housing on the Edge, Urban Center, organized by the Architectural League of New York, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Group exhibition. Columbia University Team (Michael Bell Architecture, Marble/Fairbanks Architects, Mark Rakatansky Studio).

2000

Città: Terzo Millennio / The City: Third Millennium, Venice Biennale: 7th International Exhibition of Architecture, Italy. Group web exhibition.

1999-2002

Footnote Library / Fußnotenbibliothek: Spatial Narrative / Räumliche Erzählungen, Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany. Solo exhibition, part of haus.0 series, curator: Fareed Armaly.

1998

Mark Rakatansky: Works, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of the Arts and Architecture, University of California at Los Angeles. Solo exhibition.

1998-1999

National Art and Design Competition for Street Trees, traveling group exhibition.

1996

Walking and Thinking and Walking, Now Here, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Humlebæk, Denmark. Group exhibition, curator: Bruce Ferguson.

1998-1999

Twenty First Annual 100 Show, American Center for Design, Chicago, traveling group exhibition.

1992

Architexturally Speaking, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago. Group exhibition.

1992

Halftime: A Cerebration of 75 Years of Chicago Architecture, The Arts Club of Chicago. Group exhibition.

1989

The Institute of, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts. Solo exhibition.

1985

The Passage of Witnesses, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California. Solo exhibition, part of Inter-Arts of Marin’s Small Project Series.

1982

Curator and participating artist, 14 Proposals for Battery Hill 129, Clorox Company Lobby, Oakland, California (in conjunction with the Twelfth International Sculpture Conference). Group Exhibition.

Press

2015

“Mark Rakatansky,” Anne Reiselbach, ed., Emerging Voices 30: Form, Idea, Resonance at the Architectural League (New York: Princeton Architectural Press): 30, 35, 137.

2015

“Mark Rakatansky, Mark Rakatansky Studio,” Conversation with the Editors, Project: A Journal for Architecture Issue 4: 94-103.

2014

“M. Rakatansky’s Favorite Favorite Things,” Radio Interview with Manuel Cirauqui, Symposium, Transmission Arts, Wave Farm, WGXC 90.7-FM, first broadcast 1 September on Symposium, second broadcast 6 September on Saturday Morning Serial.

2014

“From 199C to 199D: The exhibition by Liam Gillick, at Le MAGASIN in Grenoble, calls attention to the curatorial training programs, here in association with the Session 23 of the École du MAGASIN,” Domus.

2014

“Little Free Library Helps Build Community in Two Bridges,” PBS Video Channel Thirteen.

2013

“Seen in NY: Little Free Library,” EdLab, Teachers College Columbia University, New Learning Times, Vialogues

2013

“Little Free Library/NYC,” Architectural League Video

2013

Vivian Yee, “With Tiny Libraries, Bringing Free Literature to the Streets,” The New York Times

2013

Marcelo López-Dinardi, “Narrating Anxieties,” CC: A Global Report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

2012

David Vanderhoff, “All Of The Season’s Best Architecture And Design Books From Van Alen Books,” Architzer

2010

Fareed Armaly, “Some thoughts about the künstler in the haus: the haus.0 program (1999-2002) in Künstlerhaus Stuttgart,” Produktion und Schwesterfelder

2006

Television Interview, “Museum: The Infinite Space of Imagination,” History Special KBS 1TV (Korean Broadcast System).

2006

Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove, New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium (New York: Monacelli Press): 1345, 1347.

2006

Jon Goodbun, “The Critical Legacies of Manfredo Tafuri, Columbia University, New York, 20-21 April 2006,” Radical Philosophy, no. 138: 64.

2006

Britt Eversole, “Tafuri’s Long Wake,” The Architect’s Newspaper, vol. 4, issue 9: 24.

2006

Bob Suter, “A Hollywood Bowl for Flushing,” Q: The Magazine of Queens College, vol. XI, no. 2: 12.

2004

Michael Bell, Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City (New York, Monacelli Press): 133.

2002

Dilip da Cunha, Kenneth Frampton et al., “September 10th: A Roundtable Discussion,” Parsons School of Design Scapes 1: 11.

2002

K. Michael Hays, Lauren Kogod, and the Editors, “Twenty Projects at the Boundaries of the Architectural Discipline Examined in Relation to the Historical and Contemporary Debates over Autonomy,” Perspecta 33: Mining Autonomy, 55-71.

2002

“My Favorite Favorite Things (2002), Mark Rakatansky,” >REDIRECT, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany: 39-45.

2002

Jayne Merkel, “Taking the A train to Queens: Housing alternatives for a new seaside community,” Architectural Record: 107-8.

2001

Herbert Muschamp, “The New Season: Architecture,” The New York Times, Section 2: 82

2001

Helmut Draxler, “Der Allegorische Impuls des Kuratierens / The Allegorical Impulse of the Curator,” Springerin, issue 3/01

2001

“Arverne: Housing on the Edge,” Constructs (Yale University School of Architecture), vol. 4, no. 2: 22.

2001

“Columbia: Michael Bell Architecture, Marble/Fairbanks Architects, Mark Rakatansky Studio,” Arverne: Housing on the Edge, Architectural League of New York: 7-8.

2000

“Rakatansky (USA),” Città: Terzo Millennio / The City: Third Millennium, Venice Biennale: 7th International Exhibition of Architecture (Venezia: Marsilio Editori): 322-325, 617, and CD-ROM.

2000

Robert Neuwirth, “Civil Rights by Design,” Metropolis: 29.

2000

“Assemblage Assemblage Poster,” 21st Annual 100 Show of Excellence (Chicago: American Center for Design): 7, 20, 49, 64, 127.

1999

Greg Kochanowski, “Stalking Streep (and Walken and Daffy and Cow/Chicken and Godard and Piglet and Kramer . . . ),” Faultlines, no. 5: 1-3.

1999

“1995 Summer Institute in Architectural Theory Poster,” Design Year in Review: The Nineteenth Annual of The American Center for Design (Crans-Près-Céligny, Switzerland: RotoVision Press): 78, 90.

1999

Thomas Fisher, “De-polarizing Architecture,” Iowa Architect, no. 98: 227: 16-17.

1998-1999

Jane Braxton Little, “National Design Competition Inspires Creative Concepts for Street Tree Protection,” Trust for Public Land’s California Trees, vol. 9, no. 4: 1-3, 10.

1997

Anne Susskind, “Reflective Design: Anne Susskind meets an architect for whom God is in the detail of daily life,” Sydney Morning Herald.

1997

Louise Adler, Radio Interview, Arts Today, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National.

1996

Richard Vine, “Report from Denmark: Part One: Louisiana Techno-Rave,” Art in America: 40-47.

1996

“Mark Rakatansky, ‘Rates of Exchange/Udvekslingsformer,’ 1996,” NowHere, Volume I, Louisiana Revy, vol. 36, no. 3: 32-3, 35, 36, and 38.

1996

Greg Lynn, “Blobs, or Why Tectonics is Square and Topology is Groovy,” ANY 14: 60 (republished in Greg Lynn, Folds, Bodies and Blobs (Brussels: La Lettre Volee, 1998): 176).

1995

Alex Wall, “Movement and Public Space: Equipping the City for a Mobile Culture,” Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 49, no. 1: 26.

1995

Lynn Spears, “This is Not About Handrails and Shelving: Two Installations by Mark Rakatansky and The Committee on Physical Thought,” Iowa Architect, no. 95: 212: 20-23 (and cover).

1995

Anthony Aziz , “Picturing the City: Meditations on Public Space,” Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, vol. 22, no. 1: 2.

1995

Ila Berman, “Strategies of Exteriority: The Precondition of the Political,” Tulane School of Architecture News 5: 4-5.

1994

John Pierson, “Rails That Invite You To Come and Sit a Spell,” The Wall Street Journal: B-1

1994

Maureen Picard Robins, “Through the Ages: Design Help for Senior Living,” New York Newsday: B31, 34-35.

1993

Saskia Sassen, “Analytic Borderlands: Economy and Culture in the Global City,” Columbia Documents of Architecture and Theory 3: 16.

1993

John Pierson, “Access for the Disabled Often Ignores Aesthetics,” The Wall Street Journal: B-1.

1992

Nicolai Ouroussoff, “Still in Denial,” Metropolis: 59.

1992

Architexturally Speaking, University of Illinois at Chicago.

1992

“Interventions into Adult Day Health Center,” American Institute of Architects / Associated Collegiate Schools of Architecture Joint Council on Architectural Research’s Health Facilities Research Program Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 2: 4-5.

1992

“What can a handrail do? A lot, says awards jury,” National Council on the Aging Networks, vol. 4, no. 2: 6.

1992

M.W. Newman, “Day care for grownups gives seniors new life,” Chicago Sun-Times: 4.

1992

Halftime: A Cerebration of 75 Years of Chicago Architecture, The Arts Club of Chicago.

1992

“Prototype Handrail,” Progressive Architecture: 80-81.

1989

“The Institute of,” Art New England, vol. 10, no. 7: 16.

1989

Mark Rakatansky, exhibition document, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts.

1985

Kris Brandenbruger, “The Progressive Process,” Métier: 4.

1983

Andrea Liss, “Art Views,” Artbeat: 18.

1982

Charles Shere, “Twelfth International Sculpture Conference: The politics behind two exhibits,” Oakland Tribune: E-4.

Design: LeClair Lucas