Emilio Ambasz. Grand Rapids Art Museum, project Grand Rapids, Michigan Perspective. 1975. Cut-and-pasted sepia diazotype with color crayon on paper and airbrush, 30 x 40" (76.2 x 101.6 cm). Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation
Wikipedia entry
Emilio Ambasz (born June 13, 1943, in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina) is an Argentinian-US architect and award-winning industrial designer. From 1969 to 1976 he was Curator of Design at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Ambasz has been labeled as "the father, poet, and prophet" of the green architecture by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Ambasz's trademark style is a combination of buildings and gardens, which he describes as 'green over grey'. He bucked the trends of the 1970s, hiding his buildings under grass or putting them on boats.The MOMA established in 2020 the Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment. Curator, writer, and educator, Carson Chan was appointed as its first director.
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Born in Argentina, Ambasz was educated at Princeton, and from 1969-1976 was Curator of Design at MOMA, in New York City. He works include the Banque Bruxelles Lambert offices in Milan, Lausanne and New York (1981), and the offices of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company in New York (1986) which won him the International Interior Design Award. Argentinian architect; educated and act. in U.S. from 1960's.
American, Argentine, South American
Artist, Architect, Curator, Designer, Industrial Designer
Emilio Ambasz
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  • Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 224 pages
  • Emilio Ambasz/Steven Holl Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 24 pages
  • The Taxi Project: Realistic Solutions for Today Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, pages
  • Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, pages
  • Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Exhibition catalogue, Clothbound, pages

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