Born in 1932, James Wines is an American artist and architect. A graduate of Syracuse University in 1956, he taught at the New School for Social Research between 1963 and 1965, in the department of Arts and arts professions at New York University in 1974. In addition, he has performed numerous teaching missions at the University of Wisconsin, the New Jersey School of Architecture and the Domus Academy in Italy. He is currently a professor at Pennsylvania State University. James Wines began as a sculptor and graphic designer, exhibiting his work in Rome and at the Marlborough Gallery in New York. In 1970, he founded SITE, Environmental Design (Sculpture in the Environment). Between 1972 and 1984, the firm gained increasing visibility on the international scene thanks to its development of a series of eight commercial buildings in the United States for the Best Products retail company.
Each one of these stores provided the opportunity for expressing a genuine artistic manifesto addressed directly to the city and its habitants through elements such as unfinished brick walls, “peeling façades”, green walls, etc. James Wines is influenced by radical Italian architecture, Robert Smithson and the artists of the land art movement. He experiments with the relationship between the built object and its context by blurring the lines between architecture and its environment. His artistic background in sculpture has also clearly left its mark on his work. Through SITE, he is developing architecture subject to mutations by incorporating the social, psychological and ecological dimensions of the environment. In 2000 he published Green Architecture, in which he discusses these relationships between architecture and environment.
© James Wines
this video :
James Wines speech video
Thursday, 1st October 2009
at The Centre Pompidou.
In pictures :
1. Urban Forest, New World Plaza, Pékin – Beijing, 2008
2. Résidence Antilia et jardins publics – Residence Antilia and Public Gardens, Mumbai, IN, 2004