Recording America is an investigation into American architecture, generating a multimedia archive of photographs and films as well as maps, interviews, essays, exhibitions and lectures. With a main interest in the relation between architecture, society and subculture, between the post-war era and today, R.A. tries to draw a connection between the history of building in the US and issues relevant for today’s society in America and beyond. The platform presents the ongoing research since 2014. Engaging with people, projects and places in a subjective and Gonzo-esque approach, R.A ensures a contemporary chronicle of America, which in retrospect can help understand the interest of this time. R.A. is rooted in academic and historic research and makes use of stylistic devises taken from photography-series, media art and New Journalism. R.A. is an attempt to communicate the cultural value of American architecture/architecture in America within the discipline itself and beyond.
New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey 2019
Florida, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine 2018
California, Nevada 2017
Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York 2015
Ellena Ehrl, Dipl.-Ing. Arch. TUM, is an architect and editor based in Zurich and Basel. She works with office Christ & Gantenbein and is co-founder and editor of architecture periodical Superposition. Previously, she was part of the editorial board of architecture magazine Planphase from 2013 - 2019 where several of her essays and interviews have appeared. In 2014 she co-edited the documentary film “Im Windschatten von Olympia“ as part of a research on the urban development of Munich in the 1960s and 70s. Ellena was invited to critiques at Princeton University, School of Architecture, Cornell University AAP and SoA University of Miami and holds a Diploma degree in architecture (2014) from Technical University Munich.
Tibor Bielicky, M.A. TUM, is an architect and photographer based in Zurich. He works with Caruso St John Architects and is co-founder of architecture periodical Superposition. Tibor’s essays and interviews have appeared in magazines such as Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, Archithese and Planphase, where he was the magazine’s co-founder and editor between 2010 - 2019. He was invited to critiques at ETH Zurich, Technical University Munich, Princeton University School of Architecture, Cornell University AAP and SoA University of Miami. Tibor’s photographs were exhibited and published in magazines, blogs and exhibitions. He holds a M.A. in architecture (2015) from Technical University Munich and participated in the Erasmus Programme at IUAV in Venice (2011/2012).
Ellena Ehrl & Tibor Bielicky collaborate on various projects. In addition to working as practicing architects, they self-produce and publish zines connected to their research productions and produce self-initiated, multi-disciplinary research on architecture, urbanism, design and subculture. As part of that, Recording America was initiated in 2014.
Selected exhibitions, lectures and contributions & publications