Kickstarter: Cosmic Quilt – Interactive Installation + Student Workshop / The Principals

The Principals, a -based practice that work on industrial design and interactive environments, are posing a question to the design community: What would it be like if the environment we inhabit responded to our present in an active way? What if we shift the scale of the way in which our devices operate to the way our buildings function? The questions posed by The Principals are the considerations of a project called Cosmic Quilt that is planned to be exhibited on on May 19-21. In order to create a mock-up of this type of space, the group is enlisting the help of 20 students from the Art Institute of New York and the help of financial backer’s through Kickstarter.

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Video: Carmody Groarke


The architects behind Carsten Höller’s The Double Club and Pablo Flack and David Waddington’s Studio East, Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke have been responsible for the creation of several cultural structures across over the past few years. The duo first met while working at David Chipperfield Architects and opened their own practice in 2006 upon winning a competition to design the Coney Island Parachute Pavilion in New York. This year Carmody and Groarke were commissioned to design the Frieze London 2011 space. Crane.tv met with Kevin Carmody and Anna Nilsson ahead of the venue’s launch to talk about their aims for the space, the importance of the materials used and the preparation that went into the project.

Video: Manuelle Gautrand Studio Visit


Architecture is seen by many as a man’s game, but Parisian Manuelle Gautrand is one woman who’s making her mark on the design world. Designing such architectural feats as the Citroën showroom in the Champs-Elysées and the new La Gaîté Lyrique, an interactive space for music and digital art, Gautrand is renowned for innovation in contemporary design. Here. Crane.tv visits Gautand at her studio to find out why she sees beauty in inner city spaces, and how to lose yourself in Paris.

Video: Matthew Grzywinski of Grzywinski + Pons on Hotel on Rivington


Architect Matthew Grzywinski gives Crane.tv a tour of the Lower East side boutique establishment, Hotel on Rivington. Offering panoramic views of ’s skyline through its floor-to-ceiling windows, this chic hotel plays part in the gentrification of the district du jour, the Lower East Side, once the city’s poorest and grittiest of areas.

499.SUMMIT Reimagines U.S. Prisons

Courtesy of Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch

With the guidance of their instructor Matthias Hollwich, students Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch from ’s School of Design have proposed an alternative to the traditional prisons seen throughout the United States. The innovative high-rise penitentiary acknowledges the fact that nearly two-thirds of the 14,000 inmates released annually from New Jersey correctional facilities will return to prison within five years. 499.SUMMIT offers a solution that intends to reverse that statistic and help inmates successfully transition back into society.

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Video: The Story behind MAD Architects Absolute Towers

The curvaceous Absolute Towers of Mississauga, a suburb located in the Greater Toronto Area, is a residential landmark many of you may be familiar with. Also known as the Marilyn Monroe Towers, the 56-story condominium tower serves as a gateway into the city and is known for its unique curves that correspond to the surrounding scenery. Residents are offered 360-degree views with continuous balconies that wrap the entire building, eliminating vertical barriers that are typically seen in conventional high rise architecture.

Absolute Towers were the first international win (2006) for the Beijing-based MAD Architects. First seen on Design Intelligence, this video shares with you the entire story behind this project. Want more? Follow these links to check out the towers in progress and more photos of them nearing completion back in June of 2011. (more…)

Video: Nathalie Rozencwajg of Rare Architecture on Town Hall Hotel


Architect Nathalie Rozencwajg tells Crane.tv the story behind the refurbishment of the imposing Town Hall that has been in the heart of the East End since Edwardian times. Now christened Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, the hotel is old-world elegant but with a modern touch.

Largest Rooftop Farm Coming to Brooklyn, NY

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BrightFarms CEO, Paul Lightfoot is obsessed with efficiency.  Spending most of his career improving market supply chains he has now turned his attention to the market supply chains of America’s produce.  BrightFarms is an innovative and straight forward program whose goal is to eliminate the wasted energy expended on travel times between the farm and the shelf, to provide more nutritious and safer produce that is grown for the table and not for the endurance of days and weeks of transport, and to create a local market where consumers know their farmers and where the food is coming from and who is responsible for growing it.  Littlefoot describes the blatant problems with the food industry today – efficiently factory farming and preserving produce that moves from one and end of the country to the other and inefficiently providing nutritious and tasty produce.

The challenge is to create a model that ensures quality while keeping costs down and BrightFarms appears to have found a strategy that works: hydroponic rooftop gardening near supermarket distribution centers or local markets.  The newly renamed Federal Plaza #2, soon to be known as Liberty View Industrial Plaza to be developed by Salmar Properties, in , NY is set to be the world’s largest rooftop garden which will reportedly grow “1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs”.  Find out how it works after the break! (more…)

12 DESIGNERS, 12 VISIONS / Harvard GSD

Upon finishing their second film, Waterline: Chicago’s Urban River Corridor, Adam Gross from Spirit Of Space shared with us the third and final film of the series on the Phil Enquist Studio. As a walk through the students’ final designs, 12 DESIGNERS, 12 VISIONS presents the culmination of an intense research-based design project for this eclectic group of students.

In this studio, the students of the GSD have embraced and maximized the latent potential of the South Branch with inventive and resourceful urban proposals in which existing vacancies are transformed into fresh, vibrant urban conditions. Highlighting each individual’s visionary plan for the South Branch of the Chicago River, this film captures the students’ carefully-crafted presentations and the insightful comments of the guests invited to the final critique.

Illustrating both the energy and power found in the academic design studio, the film demonstrates why it is essential to document, distribute, and preserve the inspiring ideas that are generated through the imaginative realism inherent to the design education. Provocative ideas spark meaningful conversation, and this short film encourages the scholarly discourse to continue well beyond the final critique.

 

 

Lecture: Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular

Known as an architect, artist and cartoonist, has lectured on and exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He is known for his imaginative cartoon narratives and architectural installations. He is the founder of Bureau Spectacular and currently an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. His graphic novel, Citizens of No Place, will be published by the Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation this year.

Check out his past installations, previously featured here on ArchDaily.

Video: Central Saint Martins / Stanton Williams


Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London, has a new home quite different to the buildings it inhabited previously. Designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, the brand new campus behind King’s Cross is a space certainly worth exploring. Crane.tv took a tour of the building speaking to architect Paul Williams and Head of College Jane Rapley along the way to hear more about the new campus and why the building will induce even more ambition from staff and students as they move into the future.

Video: Panel Discussion on Filming Architecture

Imagine Jeanne Gang’s Starlight Theater. You are standing under the origami-shaped roof as it begins to open like petals on a flower. One moment you are sheltered by a heavy metal roof and the next you are staring up at the blue sky. Many expect architectural filmmakers have the goal of recreating architectural experiences such as these, however architectural filmmaker Red Mike disagrees. He believes film is not meant to compete with the actually experience of architecture, but rather “help communicate architecture for the betterment of architecture.”

In this panel discussion architecture critic Edward Lifson, architecture film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, architecture filmmaker Red Mike and architecture critic Lee Bey discuss the different art forms of architecture, film and digital photography. Join the discussion and share your thoughts as they compare an architectural filmmaker to a “bird watcher”, an architectural photographer to a “hunter” and question whether architectural film and photography has physically changed the way we design.

Video: Manhattan Memorious / Reiser + Umemoto

Created by Reiser + Umemoto for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, “Manhattan Memorious” explores what Manhattan could have been. The film visualizes several unrealized projects from Manhattan, including Buckminster Fuller’s dome over Midtown, Rem Koolhaas’ City of the Captive Globe, RUR’s East River Corridor, ’s Eastside Redevelopment Corridor, ’ West Side Yard and others.

Jesse Reiser, Principal of Reiser + Umemoto, explains; “Before a city becomes a thing of steel, concrete and glass it is a theater of visions in conflict. As a city ages, the visions do not die but come up against the physical and ideological resistance of the place and its people. The city we see today is the direct result of radical visions, gradually changing the way the future is realized. This is an account of a Manhattan that could have been – might have been. A phantasmagorical Manhattan where the visionary meets the everyday – the absurd and the sublime. The island as we know it is but a pale reflection of a city designed by visionaries – a city of mad, incongruous utopias.”

Video: Nigel Coates


Last year, architect and designer Nigel Coates retired as head of architecture at the Royal College of Art after 16 years in the post. Before he officially stepped down, Crane.tv catched up with Coates to talk about what makes for good architecture and what’s the one advice he gives all of his students.

Video: 1920s New York

Filmed in 1921, Manhatta reveals a typical day in Lower in the early part of the 20th century. Painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand created this silent film to discover the relationship between film and photography, while exploring their love to the City. Just as it is today, the City is amidst endless chaos.

The excerpts interspersed throughout the film are from Walt Whitman. We first spotted this video Urbanophile and the Architects Newspaper.

Oceanic Living: Floating City Apps / Koen Olthuis

’s Dutch practice, Waterstudio, has been preparing for the environmental impacts on architecture for ten years now – building a practice on the assumption that a new solution for inhabitation is on the water.  Having lived in Amsterdam, Olthuis has intimate experience with the battle against water that people have posed for themselves.  In an interview with Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat, Olthuis describes how Amsterdam was settled, what it means to have a city built upon water and the maintenance required.  Olthuis’ desire to colonize the oceans is not new, but his techniques, which he touches upon in this TEDx Talk in Warwick, focus on a refined and innovative way of approaching this strategy that is progressive in that it requires far less maintenance.

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Video: Pernilla & Asif


Critically acclaimed architects Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan are a duo that take innovation to the next level. Despite having known each other for years and having collaborated on various projects in the past, their partnership was only recently made official with the launch of their -based practice Pernilla & Asif. Crane.tv met with the charming duo at their studio in Hackney before heading over to their most recent installation, Cloud, in Bethnal Green’s York Hall where we see the two in action, learn why they work so well together, and their plans for the future including an exciting new project at next year’s Olympics. Photo Credit: James Harris.

Video: Architecture Venture Lab at IE

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Professors, students and practitioners such as Peter Orborn at AEDAS participated in the above video to give a perspective on a reality for the practice of bridging entrepreneurship and architecture on the Master in Architectural Management and Design at the Architecture Venture Lab at IE University.

Interesting facts of the class of 2012 include 28% entrepreneurs, practitioners starting their own practice and 80% of architects are entrepreneurs but very few of them receive any management training. The Architecture Venture Lab allows students to conceptualize their own architectural practices or improve on their existing one, through the creation of a business proposal integrating all acquired management and design skills.