I started this blog around the time I began to study architecture, as a way to track ideas of whatever scope and complexity, from a sketch to a building. Over time the site has become a chronicle and chronology of my thinking about architecture, from early experiments and speculative proposals to completed projects and buildings currently in progress. It is, inevitably, also a timeline of my professional education: studying with some of the best minds in architecture, working in influential practices, co-founding Bureau V, and eventually starting my own studio, PINCUS A+D.

I'm on the Cover of Imbibe

Via Imbibe, written by Miranda Rake:

Take one painstakingly restored 1942 Grand Banks schooner, add the Manhattan skyline at sunset and former Milk & Honey bartenders, and you've got a recipe for a perfectly blissful evening. Alex Pincus – who created Grand Banks in partnership with his brother Miles and Adrien Gallo as a way to promote maritime culture – was inspired by the oyster barges that lined Manhattan's coastline in the 1700's, serving liquor and oysters and largely defining the city's drinking culture at the time. Several centuries later, New Yorkers still delight in liquor and oysters (and in cocktails like the Jungle Bird and the Negroni Sbagliatio, and bites like lobster rolls and ceviche), and Grand Banks draws crowds for its shipboard shindigs to its spring-and-summer berth on the Hudson River, at Pier 25 in Tribeca. Money earned by Grand Banks is poured back into the maintenance and preservation of the historic, on-of-a-kind vessel. Keep an eye out for the return of the floating bar to New York once the weather turns warm, likely in April or May.

Grand Banks

My latest project is Grand Banks, a seasonal oyster bar on deck of the historic F/V Sherman Zwicker. Docked at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in Tribeca, the 142 foot sailboat is a museum quality example of traditional boat building and the largest wooden vessel in New York City. 

The project was conceived and developed with Mark Firth, founder of Diner and Marlow & Sons, my brother Miles, who is my partner in the development firm Arts & Leisure, and Adrien Gallo, our director of operations; and designed in collaboration with Eric Cheong head of design for Ace Hotels. 

Operating in conjunction with the not-for-profit Maritime Foundation, Grand Banks presents on-board exhibitions on maritime history and a curated lecture series with notable speakers on topics ranging from seafaring culture to aquatic sustainability.

We will be opening in the next few weeks.

Intel and Vice Magazine's Creators Project Interviews Eli Sudbrack about Original Music Workshop


The Creators Project blog just posted a great interview of Eli Sudbrack of Assume Vivid Astro Focus about his new work on the facade of Original Music Workshop.

What Is Form?

Martha Graham What is Form
Martha Graham Book Cover

Searching for interesting letterhead design work, I came across AMASSBLOG, and then these great words from a book on Martha Graham:

What is Form?
Form is the
Memory of Spiritual
Content. When
do Form and
Content Meet?
Form and Content
meet in Action

Funnily enough, "What is Form?" is the title of my forthcoming book of interviews with architects, designers, and theorists on the nature of form.

Smart Design:MW  

Looking into who was behind the blog, I discovered the amazing graphic studio DESIGN:MW run by JP and Allison Williams. They have a 20 year history fantastic work, and I'm sorry I was not aware of them until now.