The Belgian Buildings Agency and the Department of Justice recently announced the winners of their Brussels Courthouse: Imagine the Future International Ideas Competition. To make the issues of architecture and urban design more widely known, BOZAR Architecture has backed this initiative by hosting the awards ceremony and staging an exhibition of the entries at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels until May 15th. More images and description of winning entries after the break. (more…)
Studio Mode/modeLab is pleased to announce the upcoming Material Matters Workshop in New York City. During the weekend of May 14-16, 2011, the workshop will focus on parametric design to fabrication strategies and iterative development of prototypes on a 3-Axis CNC Mill.
Material Matters will examine the procedural distinctions between two modes of design production: the first relying primarily on cerebral processing (a conceptual domain isolated from the wildness of matter and energy) and the second motivated by material’s capacity to act as an agent in the discovery of form. The workshop will operate through a framework of computational, parametric, and fabrication strategies that hinge on the peculiarities of material and the emergent set of knowledge associated with the work of the hand. Participants will develop multiple instances of parametric prototypes to be represented in digital as well as fabricated output.
For more information on this workshop, please click here.
Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
The research from Architecture 2030 and the EIA has shown both the building industry and general public some staggering numbers; building operations for residential, commercial and industrial structures use 77% of ALL the electricity produced in the USA, not to mention 49% of energy consumption.
Just some additional numbers to take into consideration: transportation accounted for 33.5% of CO2 emissions and the industry field within the USA 19.6%. Even more of a concern is the building sector’s 46.9% reading.
Architecture 2030 has changed the way we look at buildings. Recognizing that the building sector is BOTH the problem and the solution Design By Many has media partnered with ArchDaily to issue the following Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans, sponsored by HP.
Adhering to the Passive House Standard, the challenge is focusing on a single-family housing design solution for communities in New Orleans. Entries must provide a well balanced concept of sustainability including minimal impact on the local environment, affordable to heat and cool, and affordable to build and purchase.
Open to both students and professionals, Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans is combining a lot of key components: The Passive House Standard, 2030 Challenge which has influenced the Better Buildings Initiative issued by President Obama, and the 2011 AIA Convention New Orleans, to name a few.
Prizes include an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP (nearly $10,000 value), a feature on DesignReform on the first day of the AIA National Convention in New Orleans (May 12th), AND the winner will also receive a feature on ArchDaily.
We are looking forward to seeing your design solutions!
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents the major exhibition Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War. On view from 13 April until 18 September 2011, the exhibition investigates the consequences of the Second World War on the built environment and reveals the immense development undertaken and responsibility carried by architecture during these years. Until now, few studies have analyzed the breadth of research, innovation, and building conducted by architects during the war years.
Curator Jean-Louis Cohen fills an important historical gap by investigating the work and achievements of the architects and designers active during World War II across the political battle lines and demonstrates that the war served as an accelerator of technological innovation and production that would lead to the supremacy of modernism in architecture. For more information go to the exhibition’s official website.
Now on exhibit at The Skyscraper Museum, ‘Vertical Urban Factory’ examines over 30 significant factory buildings from the turn of the 20th century to present day discussing the architectural design and structural engineering along with the evolution of mass-production technologies and social issues. Focusing primarily on the verticality of urban manufacturing the exhibition poses the question: Can factories present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities?
‘Vertical Urban Factory’ is guest-curated by Nina Rappaport, architectural historian and critic and Publications Director, Yale School of Architecture with designers mgmt. design, Studio Tractor Architects, and filmmaker Eric Breitbart.
The Museum also is offering a series of corresponding programs including panel discussions, gallery tours, factory tours, and film screenings. More details of this exciting exhibit following the break!
The Industriebauseminar, an exclusive two-day conference at the Vienna University of Technology, is held every two years in May. This year the conference focusses on refurbishment.
The conference is organized by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Building Process Management, Department for Industrial Building and Interdisciplinary Planning, of Prof. Christoph Achammer. 20 speakers will be presenting current topics on “Refurbished Future“ from diverse angles providing the participants an insight as well as mirroring the necessity of broad and interdisciplinary action in the field.
This year, the conference will take place between May 18 and May 20. For more information, please click here.
‘Detroit by Design’, a symposium and exhibition hosted by the AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee, will welcome the architecture and design community to study the unique and challenged urban infrastructure of Detroit through three key issues: urban centers, transportation, urban agriculture over the next three months. This month ‘Detroit by Design’ will address the topic of transportation with an exhibit on April 5th and discussions on April 13th. All exhibits and symposiums will be held at the Detroit Public Library and are free and open to public. Further details of ‘Detroit by Design’ following the break.
Concrete Islands is a group exhibition of photography and video exploring contemporary experiences of utopian architectural projects. For many architects modernism was a physical manifestation of human progress and, as architectural historian Colin Rowe wrote in The Architecture of Good Intentions, “The architect could stipulate an intrinsic connection between the form of his buildings and the condition of society.”
The works in Concrete Islands, by a selection of international contemporary artists, document, celebrate and critique architectural projects designed with inherent social and political values that now exist in various stages of inhabitation, dereliction and destruction.
The exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone for Analix Forever, will feature the works of Andreas Angelidakis, Iwan Baan, Frédéric Chaubin, Mounir Fatmi, and Niklas Goldbach. For more information, please click here.
The recent building boom in New York City has radically altered the look and feel of the city and added considerably to the list of starchitects currently reshaping New York’s iconic skyline. It has also helped redefine boundaries of the eclectic pluralism of postmodern architecture.
How do we label the current architectural style of the last decade? Is there a post-postmodern? Join architect Rafael Viñoly and Julie Iovine, executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, for a conversation about the present and future of architecture in New York.
The conversation will take place Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 pm. Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or e-mail email@example.com. The price is $6 for museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members. Thanks to the Museum of the City of New York, the price will also be $6 when you mention ArchDaily! For more information, click here.
This month the Pratt Institute spring lecture series will include Robert Sanna, Guy Nordensen, Jose Koechlin and Denise Koechlin, and Pualo Portoghesi with Catherine Ingraham, covering topics that range from environmental disaster engineering to eco-tourism in Peru’s Machu Picchu.
Executive Vice President and Director of Forest City Ratner Companies Robert Sanna will deliver a lecture, titled “Development as a Contact Sport,” on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. Sanna’s career has been focused in the New York Metropolitan area for the last two decades and his firm is responsible for many new additions. Sanna currently oversees the pre-construction development of the Atlantic Yards project.
Guy Nordensen, structural engineer and professor at Princeton University, will talk on Thursday, April 14 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Nordensen is commissioner and secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission and is also active in environmental disaster engineering. Nordensen’s firm, Guy Nordsenson and Associates, recently completed projects including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
CEO Jose Koechlin and designer Denise Koechlin of Inkaterra, a Peruvian eco-tourism institution, will speak on Monday, April 18 at 12:30 PM in Higgins Hall South, Room 111, at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Their lecture, “Design of the Pueblo Nature Center at Machu Picchu,” will highlight Inkaterra’s mission to conserve Peru’s natural and cultural heritage. Jose and Denise Koechlin have engineered projects including sustainable hotel development, environmental protection programs, ecology research, and community farming.
Architect and historian Paulo Portoghesi will conclude the spring 2011 lecture series with a conversation with Pratt Professor of Architecture Catherine Ingraham on Monday, April 18 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Portoghesi is professor of architecture at the University La Sapienza in Rome, where he specializes in classical architecture. His latest architectural design nearing completion is the Strasbourg Mosque in France.
This weekend on April 2nd, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio will be presenting a lecture during the Smart Geometries 2011 Copenhagen – an event that focuses on the role of digital parametrics in architectural experimentation and design strategies. van Berkel, an avid believer in computational design, will focus on his firm’s projects, such as the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the Raffles City mixed use development in Hangzhou and the Star Place Luxury Shopping Plaza in Kaohsiung, to illustrate their application of smart geometries. ”"Parametric design is in itself not so interesting. It needs meaning. We need to combine the possibilities of the virtual with how we discipline the real in a new way,” explains van Berkel. With digital modeling allowing for greater innovation, creativity and experimentation, van Berkel explains how such technologies improve communication on projects to such an extent that design and construction can be much more compact, accelerated and efficient. “In the 90s we were fascinated with the potential of these emerging techniques and their ability to control geometry. However our interest was never solely focussed on the geometry, nor on the computational techniques themselves. Our interest lay largely in the possibility to carry out spatial experiments and to see how the resulting structures could actually be constructed,” states van Berkel. For more information about the lecture, check out the Smart Geometries website.
Under his design direction, Hargreaves Associates, offices in San Francisco, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City, and London, has received 34 national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Mr. Hargreaves was an artist in residence at the American Academy of Rome in 2009. He taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University for 20 years, tenured there for 12 years, and served as the chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture from1996 to 2003. He is the co-editor and author of “Large Parks,” a book that explores large urban parks in depth as complex cultural spaces, where key issues of landscape discourse, ecological challenges, social history, urban relations, and place-making.
The lecture by Mr. Hargreaves will be held at Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium from 6:00-7:30pm and AIA credit will be available.
The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects [NYCOBA]has planned a Portfolio + Resume review day for graduating college seniors and young professionals seeking feedback on their portfolio as well as some advice about the interview/job hunting process.
The event will offer one on one break-out sessions and a panel discussion comprised of professionals representing different sectors of the architectural + design community. The event is intended to be practiced for potential interviews and to gain an understanding of current job trends. Come with a complete portfolio and at least 6 copies of your resume and cover letter. If you plan on showing a multimedia presentation then be prepared to have wrk samples in multiple medias & platforms. Prepare your Portfolio and get ready to be engaged!
The event will take place on Saturday, April 16th 2011, between 11:00am and 5:00 pm at the Office of Perkins + Will: 215 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor. Admission is free for NYCOBA/NOMA members. $15 for NON Members up to April 14th and $25 after April 14th. Space is limited, so reserve your space now! Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design will feature lectures from Mohsen Mostafavi, Sarah Whiting and Robert Somol as well as a book launch of Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts featuring Tony Atkin. These events are free and open to the public and PennDesign is a registered provider of continuing education programming for the American Institute of Architects.
Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard GSD
Institute for Contemporary Art
Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is an international figure in the fields of architecture and urbanism.
Book Launch: Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (featuring Tony Atkin)
Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery
Tony Atkin, FAIA, is adjunct associate professor of architecture at PennDesign. He joins co-author Nancy Steinhardt, professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the University of Pennsylvania for a conversation about their latest publication.
Doppler Redux: Whiting/Somol
Meyerson Hall – B3
Sarah Whiting and Robert Somol co-authored “Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism,” arguing against the idea of a “critical architecture” in favor of one that would be “projective.”
V&A at Dundee, housed in a landmark building on the bank of the River Tay, will be Scotland’s leading centre for design. This display will showcase the six outstanding designs shortlisted for the V&A at Dundee building, including the winning submission from Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Upcoming April lectures at Kent State’s CAED will include Michael Meredith of MOS Architects, winners of MoMA’s P.S.1. 2009. Also featured will be University of Kentucky’s Dean of the College of Architecture Michael Speaks and Richard Jackson of the UCLA School of Public Health.
April 7, 2011
April 12, 2011
Dean University of Kentucky
April 20, 2011
UCLA School of Public Health
The AIAS 2011 West Quad Conference ‘Architecture in the Networked City’ raises the question of how a new generation of architects, planners, and designers can explore networked possibilities for the urban environment. Hosted by the New School of Design April 14th-17th, the conference’s three key note speakers include, Chris Genik Dean of NSAD and principle and co-founder of Daly Genik, Miles Kemp founder and president of Variate Labs, and Geoff Manaugh author of BLDGBLOG.
Award-winning designer Karim Rashid will join PennDesign on Monday, March 28th as part of the Integrated Product Design Lecture Series. Labeled as one of the most prolific designers of his generation, Karim Rashid is known for designing the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi.
This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for admission so register NOW!
Karim has collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few.
Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries world wide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.
As he says: “Design is not about solving problems, but about a rigorous beautification of our built environments. Design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally.”
This event is made possible through the generous support of Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer and the Integrated Product Design Lecture Series Fund.
March 30th will mark the grand opening for the Hinman Research Building, Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture (COA) $9.5 million restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historic building.
Events being at 4pm in the Reinsh-Pierce Auditorium with a lecture from the architects, Nader Tehrani of office dA and Atlanta based Lord, Aeck & Sargent‘s Jack Pyburn, FAIA. Following the lecture a ceremony and reception will be held from 5-7pm at the Hinman Research Building.
Designed in 1939 by P.M. Heffernan, architect and later director of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture (1956-1976), the 35,000 sqf building has been artfully preserved and revitalized in collaboration between Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s Historic Preservation Studio and office dA as the architects and The Beck Group as construction manager.
This can’t miss event is free and open to the public! Guests will have a chance to attend the lecture, tour the building, meet the architectural and construction team, and view an exhibition detailing the advanced technology used in the design and construction process. RSVP is required by TODAY, Friday March 25th.
NOGO, with the support of MIARQ from Lusófona University, presents ARCH BATTLE®: NJIRIC vs. BUCCI. Hrvoje Njiric and Angelo Bucci come to Portugal to present their proposals for the Housing Design Project CasaGranturismo, Silves. The event will be moderated by Ivan Rupnik from Northeastern University in Boston.
This event will take place tomorrow, 25th March 2011, 9pm, at Agostinho da Silva Auditorium, Lusófona University, Campo Grande 376, Lisbon, Portugal. Free entrance. More info at www.nogo-studio.blogspot.com.