Dutch Mountains: People, Place, Purpose

Courtesy of Mecanoo

Francine Houben of Mecanoo will present Dutch Mountains: People, Place, Purpose, a lecture on the design of the new Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility, as part of the Fall 2013 Student Lecture Series on September 25, 2013 in Cascieri Hall.

Francine Houben directs her Mecanoo team with the ambition to design buildings with a strong respect for context; physical, historical and environmental. In her lecture Dutch Mountains: People, place, purpose, she presents her vision and philosophy as well as the participatory planning and design process that is fundamental to her work. Houben guides you through Mecanoo’s increasingly international portfolio, which features the recently opened Library of Birmingham integrated with the REP Theatre in the UK, as well as the Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and the Dudley Municipal Offices in Boston – both currently under construction.

All three projects serve as catalysts for their respective cities and neighborhoods; however, Boston’s Dudley Square Municipal Center serves as a unique North American example of the reinvigoration of a community. With a long history of participatory planning and community engagement, Francine worked with Sasaki Associates, Boston’s Property & Construction Management, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, along with neighborhood efforts, to produce a building that binds this community together. This lecture will present key moments in the process which lead to design solutions.

More on the lecture, including a short documentary on the project after the break.

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City Modern Home Tours

SkyHouse by David Hotson Architect / © Eric Laignel

Visit some of the city’s most gawk-worthy homes designed and furnished by ’s top architects and interior decorators. From a penthouse with a three-story slide to the ultimate man cave, these private residences exemplify ingenuity, innovation, and forward-thinking .

The week kicks off on September 27 with a Meet the Architects celebration, followed by a weekend of mag-worthy City Modern home tours in Manhattan and Brooklyn. From real life chutes and ladders at the Skyhouse – the four-story penthouse in the Financial District, complete with an 80-foot-long mirror-polished stainless steel slide – to the decked out, James-Bond-meets-Barbarella Brooklyn pad of Flavor Paper kingpin Jon Sherman – this tour is sure to stir the senses as well as great design ideas for any home. 

An A-list of notable firms bring ticket-buyers 10 breath-taking homes, including David Hotson Architect, Architecture in Formation, Leone Design Studio, Asfour Guzy Architects, Resolution: 4 Architecture, James Cleary Architecture, Skylab Architects, Christian Hubert Studio, Bergen Street Studio and Ben Hansen Architect. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Architecture for Humanity. The Meet the Architects opening event on September 27 in Soho offers the chance to meet them all and to get a sneak peek of the homes.

Re-inventing Shoes Workshop at AAtelier Paris

The AA () is one of the world’s most renowned Schools of Architecture. It offers twice a year, since 2011, AAtelier: a 10-day highly international AA visiting school in . What makes this course unique in the world today is its crossover approach between architecture and fashion.

The course is an intensive studio-based program that requires full-time participation and is run by Jorge Ayala whom graduated from the Architectural Association School in 2008. An AA certificate will be awarded upon completion.

More information after the break.

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IS ARCH Awards for students

The ISARCH Awards are international awards targeting students of architecture. The aim is to provide a platform for debate surrounding the architecture solutions students contribute within the framework of their university studies.

A further objective of the ISARCH Awards is to encourage young people to join the debate on architecture, contributing their unique vision and opinions.

More info after the break.

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A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America

Vishaan Chakrabarti. Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP

Last monday, Columbia University’s Avery Hall was buzzing.

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) hosted a highly attended event that welcomed respected academics and professionals from architecture and real estate to what the dean, Mark Wigley, warned might take the form a a celebrity roast. Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner at SHoP Architects and director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia, was on deck to deliver an abridged, more “urban version” of a longer lecture on his new book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. Proceeding the twenty minute lecture, an “A-list” panel of architects and historians -  that included Kenneth Frampton, Gwendolyn Wright, Bernard Tschumi, Laurie Hawkinson and Reinhold Martin – lined up to discuss Chakrabarti’s work.

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Spotlight on Design: Toyo Ito

Tama Art University Library (Hachioji Campus) / Courtesy Ishiguro Photographic Institute

The innovative work of the 2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate Toyo Ito is often driven by an internal critique and struggle towards perfection. In this translated program, the principal of & Associates, Architects will discuss his design philosophy and remarkable work, which includes the Sendai Mediatheque in Miyagi, Japan, and Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library and TOD’S Omotesando Building.

This program is presented as part of Architecture Week. Additional support for this program is provided by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information and tickets please click here.

Title: Spotlight on Design: Toyo Ito
Website: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1506336692?view=Detail&id=115401
Organizers: National Building Museum
From: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:30
Until: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:00
Venue: National Building Museum
Address: 401 F Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC 20001,

Watch TEDCity2.0: Dream me. Build me. Make me real.

Live Stream

Calling all urban innovators, organizers, stewards and builders: Today, September 20th, from 9am to 5pm EST, curators Chris Anderson, John Cary and Courtney Martin will kick off TEDCity2.0: Dream me. Build me. Make me real. The day-long event, which will be live-streamed for free, will share stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, while featuring an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including walkability expert Jeff Speck, world renowned architectural photographer Iwan Baan, and several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners. View the event program for more details.

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Online Master Class: “The Road Ahead, a different world for architectural practices” by IE Master in Architectural Management and Design

For design professionals interested in business, the new international IE Master in Architectural Management and Design program offers pioneering training in business management for the AEC sector.

The program teaches designers the skills they need to become successful, understanding the design implications of business decisions and vice-versa. With a diverse group of instructing practitioners and advisers from unique academic backgrounds, the IE Master in Architectural Management and Design program allows students to access a wide network with deep industry expertise.

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Andres Jaque/Office for Political Innovation: Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool

Andrés Jaque, "Different Kinds of Water Pouring Into a Swimming Pool (Wilma & Juan & Harriette)," 2013. Architectural drawing. Courtesy of the artist.

In this first solo project by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation in Los Angeles, the architect prepares an exhibition, with a series of architectural case studies based in the city of L.A., in which he problematizes the importance of such cases as places of socialization and community, leaving behind the stereotypes that characterize them as disconnected spaces, symbols of ultra-individuality and comfort.

In an interview with Orson Welles in 1964 about the witch-hunt being carried out against Hollywood celebrities during the McCarthy-era, the filmmaker pointed out a strange paradox: while many people during the Second World War had betrayed their friends to save their own lives, in the golden-age of Hollywood, people did it to save their swimming pools. Far from downplaying Orson Welles’ observation, it is nonetheless interesting how these aquatic scenarios and backyard gardens have always been seen as something superficial, destroyers of social cooperation and enemies of the political.

For Andrés Jaque, it is in these interior spaces where decisions are made, the heterogeneity that underlies the garden city is casually discussed, and the conflicts and negotiations of domestic space are established. These are almost invisible architectures, hidden betweenpalapasand high hedges, conceived from the rhythms of the human body and its daily choreography. In that sense, Andrés Jaque understands his work in a way that is very similar to performance art that since the 70s has focused on the body and its relationship to its surroundings, as the main site of artistic practice. This is a dynamic architecture, one that is in constant tension, and that prioritizes its performative quality to engage daily transformations and conflicts.

In the architect’s installation, the body is present through its absence, and the performative quality is represented symbolically by water—one of the main actors in the Californian backyard gardens. It is not arbitrary that this exhibition takes its name from David Hockney’s drawing, “Different Kinds of Waters Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Santa Monica,” 1965, made during his first years in the city. Fascinated by the way people in Los Angeles used water to help shape their private gardens into social spaces, the painting shows a series of simple pipes pouring water into a swimming pool that can’t be seen. Although the material quality of water is elusive, its representation reaches a quasi-architectural dimension, without losing its ephemeral and dynamic aspect. As such, each waterfall becomes an exclusive portrait of a common situation. This might read as a metaphor for the everyday stories that the great narratives of urbanism have left out, but these are certainly places where certain forms of citizenship and interaction essential to architectural processes occur.

The exhibitionDifferent Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Poolis accompanied with a small publication by the same name that features an essay by the architect, further discussing the ideas presented in the gallery.

Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation was founded in Madrid in 2005. This architecture office explores the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices.

They are authors of reference buildings including Plasencia Clergy House, awarded with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize and finalist of the VIII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo; House in Never Never Land, finalist of FAD Awards and Mies van der Rohe European Award. Recently, the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) acquiredIKEA Disobedientsas the first architectural performance piece to be included in its collection. In 2012, they presented their interventionPHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Societyat Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Their work has been featured in Gwangju Biennale, 2011, and the Biennale di Venezia 2010.

Andrés Jaque has been Tessenow Stipendiat in Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS, and he is now professor at GSAPP Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York.

Opening: Saturday, September 21 | 7–9 PM 
Artist talk: Saturday, September 21 | 6 pm

Funded in part with generous support from Acción Cultural Española AC/E. The Standard is the official hotel of REDCAT.

Exhibition: Far-out Voices

“Desert Cloud”, 1972, Courtesy Graham Stevens. Photo © Archive photographique FRAC Centre, Orléans

Far-out Voices presents a selective insight into the pioneering, counter-cultural origins of what we today call green design. Organized around a series of oral histories (filmed interviews) collected by Caroline Maniaque-Benton in 2002, the exhibition offers a point of entry into the thinking of some of the advocates of “sustainable” planning within the alternative architecture movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

DIY-manuals, photographic documentation, artifacts and ephemera linked to the work of Steve Baer, Mike Reynolds, Jay Baldwin, Graham Stevens and others reveal a legacy of direct action and experimentation driven by a desire for autonomy from the state and its infrastructures.

The National Museum is one of six partners co-producing the Architecture Triennale. The 2013 triennale, titled Behind the Green door – Architecture and the desire for Sustainability, features an innovative and critical examination of the concept of sustainability in architecture, urban development, and design. The Belgian group Rotor are curators for the main exhibition at DogA (the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture). For further information, see oslotriennale.no.

Title: Exhibition: Far-out Voices
Website: http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en
From: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:00
Venue: National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design
Address: Sankt Olavs plass bedriftssenter, 0164 Oslo,

Arkimeet 2013: Architects meet in Istanbul

Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture center that has been dedicated to sustain a better architectural practice, enhance the architectural culture and to raise the architectural quality in Turkey.

ARKIMEET, one of the brands created by Arkitera Architectural Center, is developed as the most significant meeting platform among the architects in Turkey. With the motto “ARCHITECTS MEET in ISTANBUL”, the event will comprise national and international conferences, panels and award ceremonies to honor individuals and institutions which contribute to the improvement of the urban quality. In addition to these activities and awards, it is aimed to provide opportunities to establish one-to-one connections among the participants and providing appropriate meeting occasions.

This year speakers include Julien de SmedtDurmuş DilekçiAnne Marie Galmstrup, and Josep Lluis Mateo among others.

Complete information after the break.

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—Scape Adaptors: Maria Alessandra Segantini Lecture at Columbia

, principal of C+S Architects will be giving a lecture on Thursday, September 19, 1:00pm at Columbia GSAPP, New York. The lecture, called -Scape Adaptors, will be introduced by Kenneth Frampton.

More information can be found here.

Archtober 2013: Architecture and Design Month in NY

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober, the official Architecture and Design Month. 

More than 50 participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Modern Art have curated more than 150 programs, including exhibits, movies, talks, and walking tours. As Rick Bell, Executive Director of the AIA New York said today during the press preview: “There is something for everyone“.

More information, including some highlights for the festival after the break.

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In Pursuit of Architecture: A Conference on Buildings and Ideas

To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, presents In Pursuit of Architecture, a conference featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions. Join architects and critics for a daylong discussion of architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how we measure the cultural value of architecture.

Some of the offices that will be present include C+S architects, LAN, Neil M. Denari Architects, Preston Scott Cohen, Reiser + Umemoto, and UNStudio. For complete details, please click here.

Title: In Pursuit of Architecture: A conference on buildings and ideas
Website: http://www.anycorp.com/inpursuit/
Organizers: Log
From: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:00
Until: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:00
Venue: The Museum of Modern Art
Address: 11 West 53rd Street, , NY 10019, USA

Workshop by Ma Yansong (MAD Architects) at Ajman University

Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architects, will be having a workshop at Ajman University of Science & Technology, UAE from October 7 to October 10. For registration you need to contact Dr. Jihad Awad at j.awad@ajman.ac.ae.

The Photon Project launches at the London Design Festival

Courtesy of The Building Centre

A large scale architectural installation, informative exhibition and free two day conference will take place at The Building Centre WC1 during the 2013 London Design Festival to launch a four year study into the effects of natural light.

A typical new home in the UK has an average of only 12% of the walls glazed. Natural light in the home and workplace can reduce energy costs and improve health and wellbeing, so why do we have so little natural light in our buildings?

The Photon Project is a major four-year scientific study to investigate the impact of natural light on biology and wellbeing. To launch the project a prototype fully-glazed ‘Photon Pod’ will be built in Central , complete with seating and landscaping. The installation and exhibition will be in place during the Design Festival (14 – 22 September). During this week the public are invited to experience ‘life under glass’ and take part in simple scientific tests, designed specifically for the event by Harvard University to test the effects of daylight on the human body.

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Fall 2013 Public Programs at SCI-Arc

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce its schedule of public lectures, discussions and exhibitions for Fall 2013, when the school welcomes an international roster of award-winning architects, urban historians, critics, writers, designers, and artists for programs that span from innovative theory to contemporary architecture and technical practice.

The semester’s public programs includes lectures by GRAFT, Antón García-Abril, Tom Wiscombe, and a debate between Kenneth Frampton and Eric Owen Moss.

Lectures are free and open to the public in the W. M. Keck Hall and are broadcast live on www.sciarc.edu/live. For additional information including lecture updates and gallery hours, please visit www.sciarc.edu.

Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism

In 1913, an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country, shattered perceptions of beauty, and shifted the American cultural landscape forever. “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” became known simply and infamously as “The Armory Show,” after its venue­, the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. It was a show of clashing and competing “–isms:” Cubism, Modernism, Realism, Futurism, Fauvism…

On September 28, 2013, The Architectural League of New York will celebrate the centennial of this historic event with a spectacular party in the same space. For one night, an architectural installation, processional performance, and original music will coalesce in a highly charged and evocative environment to transform the Lexington Avenue Armory once again.

For complete information (including a special dress code involving your favorite ism), please click here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets here! See you there!

Title: Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism
Website: http://archleague.org/2013/09/beaux-arts-ball-2013/
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York
From: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:00
Until: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 01:00
Venue: 69th Regiment Armory
Address: Lexington Avenue & East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010,