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Exhibition: The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe

The Newark Museum presents The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe, featuring large-scale, site-specific installations, sculptural works and works on paper by internationally known multi-media artist Gabriel Dawe. Born and raised in Mexico City and now based in Dallas, Dawe creates site-specific environments from colored thread that explore connections between textiles, architecture and the human body. For The Shape of Light, he will create two temporary large-scale installations, Plexus no. 30 and Plexus no. 31, which will engage with the Newark Museum's historical architectural spaces, taking over the main galleries for the run of the exhibition.

Reading Images Series: After Belonging and the Spaces of a Life in Transit

“Reading Images: After Belonging” reflects on a group of images that frame new objects, spaces, and territories that define our transformed condition of belonging under global regimes of circulation.

The increasing movement of people, information, and goods in a global context has destabilized what we understand by residence, undermining spatial permanence, property, and identity. Circulation brings greater accessibility and more diverse goods to remote territories, transforming the way we own, exchange, and share them, but simultaneously grows inequalities for large groups, who are kept in precarious transit. These transformations concern both our attachment to places—where do we belong?—, as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—how do we manage our belongings? Being at home has a different definition nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries.

Naples Botanical Garden Visitor Center / Lake|Flato Architects

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AFHny's Day of Impact

This Archtober, join over one hundred architects and design professionals in making an impact in their local communities through AFHny’s annual city-wide service day.

Participants will work alongside some of the region’s leading community­-focused organizations through hands-on painting, planting, and rebuilding projects, all of which will improve New York's neighborhoods on both physical and social levels.

Call for Submissions - PLAT 5.0: License

License can bind and it can liberate. A fantasy of disciplinary finitude, a professional architectural license bestows liability and autonomy in equal measure. In an abstract sense, to take license is to disregard established limits, to undermine the very idea of a closed and comprehensive disciplinarity that sustains licensure.

If licentiousness is derived from license, how do architects leverage this polemical condition to balance - or not - responsibility and invention? How does architecture's periphery change when license ceases to be a telos/terminus? What kind of authorities, criteria, and protocols emerge to determine whether an architect is fit to practice?

Vilalta Arquitectura Designs Granite Excavated Chapel in Raleigh

Barcelona-based Vilalta Arquitectura has unveiled the designs for the Ebenezer Chapel, a granite excavated chapel in Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon completion, the chapel will be excavated 15 meters below ground in a sloped forest terrain next to Richland Creek, and will be built completely from the natural granite on the site.

From the lowest point of the site at the creek, a continuous ramp will slope down around the chapel, and into the foyer, as the main entrance to the space, all of which provides natural light and ventilation in addition to chapel access.

Symposium: "A Constructed World" at Yale School of Architecture

The world is constructed. It is the product of material realities, philosophical concepts, and imaginary ideals. No part of the world remains unaffected by the cumulative impact of human activity. Through complex processes of exploration, habitation, cultivation, transportation, consumption, and surveillance, the world has become increasingly interconnected. According to ongoing scientific research, the world appears to have crossed the threshold of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Scientists, geologists, and environmentalists acknowledge that humans are transforming the world at an unprecedented scale. This assertion begs the questions: How is the world constructed? What is the role of design?

Exhibition: SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape

An award-winning anthropological case study by designer Stephen Fan, SUB URBANISMS explores the controversial conversion of suburban single-family homes into multi-family communities by immigrant Chinese casino workers in Connecticut. Addressing the norms, cultural values, and public policies that determine how most Americans live, the exhibition juxtaposes immigrant cultural beliefs and pragmatism with suburban American social, aesthetic, and financial codes. With a regional focus and global reach, it also provides insight into the long-term effects of 9/11 on the New York Chinatown service industry as a significant factor behind the influx of Chinese labor seeking employment at the region's casinos, and the formation of this satellite suburban Chinatown. With creative implications for the future of housing design and habitation in response to cultural, social, and ecological challenges, SUB URBANISMS offers a powerful inquiry into the ways in which culture shapes our lives and homes.

Philadelphia Navy Yards / James Corner Field Operations

  • Architects: James Corner Field Operations
  • Location: Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Design Director: James Corner, RLA, Founding Partner
  • Project Manager: Sarah Weidner Astheimer, Senior Associate
  • Project Designer: Matt Grunbaum, Associate, Kimberly Cooper, Associate, Sanjukta Sen
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Halkin Mason Photography, Courtesy of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, James Corner Field Operations

© Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography Courtesy of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

Before and Further: DABSMYLA & Modernica

For their most ambitious exhibition to date – artist duo DABSMYLA presents Before and Further, a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building, located on the Modernica factory property. DABSMYLA have fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica. The already rich history of this building and Modernica create a fitting compliment for DABSMYLA’s spectacular experience. This long awaited solo show will be

UNL College of Architecture 2015/2016 Hyde Lecture Series

2015/2016 Hyde Lecture Series opens another exciting chapter for the design disciplines as speakers take a fresh, in-depth look at What’s Next.

The College of Architecture’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed public program. Each year the College hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

Columbus Museum of Art Expansion and Renovation / DesignGroup

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6 Shortlisted for U.S. Embassy Project in Brasília

In June, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) released a call for architects interested in designing a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in BrasíliaBrazil's federal capital. Of the 48 firms deemed eligible to compete, 6 practices have been shortlisted to move on to the second and final stage of the international competition. 

These 6 shortlisted teams include: 

United States Allocates $160 Million to Smart Cities Initiative

In the continuing quest for smarter cities, the White House has announced the dedication of 160-million dollars toward the integration of sensors and data collection in cities across the United States. The new initiative strives to produce better, real-time data for local organizations, companies and governments to improve responses, both in time and effectiveness. The initiative broadly covers various organizations and federal grants, but hopes to address issues like crime, traffic congestion and climate change. Read more after the break.

RE-Form Design Competition

The AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee (AIA|DC EAC) has partnered with Price Modern, a national furniture solutions dealer, to announce its inaugural RE-Form Competition. RE-Form aims to bridge the boundaries of the design industry and promote a multidisciplinary dialogue towards design solutions. Through an industry-wide design competition, RE-Form helps widen the definition of design work creative professionals do throughout the country. The design competition launches nationally through AIA|DC EAC’s online platforms on August 31st 2015, with entries due on October 19th 2015. Award winners will be announced at a gala reception at Washington, D.C.’s District Architecture Center (DAC) on November 12, 2015. Winning entries will be showcased at DAC’s gallery space and online via Architect Magazine.

August ABI Contracts Slightly

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) declined in August, following fairly healthy business conditions so far this year. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, down from a reading of 63.7 the previous month.

“Over the past several years, a period of sustained growth in billings has been followed by a temporary step backwards,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fact that project inquiries and new design contracts continue to grow at a healthy pace suggests that this should not be a cause for concern throughout the design and construction industry.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break. 

Niche Tactics Book Launch

Niche Tactics: Generative Relationships between Architecture and Site (Routledge 2015), the first book by architecture's Edgar A. Tafel Assistant Professor Caroline O'Donnell, explores architecture's relationship with site and its ecological analogue: the relationship between an organism and its environment.

The launch event on Monday, September 28 at 5 p.m. will replicate the order of the book itself, with experts responding to particular chapters: Catherine Ingraham will represent the self-authored "Introduction"; Greg Keeffe will respond to chapter 1, "Niche Tactics"; Val Warke will respond to chapter 6, "All Dressed Up"; Mark Morris will respond to chapter 9, "Duck Jokes"; and O'Donnell will conclude with the CODA. In addition, an array of mixed meats and eggs will represent chapter 11 "Hopeful Monsters." 

Competition Challenges Architects to Reimagine New York's MetLife Building

Metals in Construction magazine has launched a competition for architects, engineers, students, designers, and others from all over the world to submit their vision for recladding 200 Park Avenue, built a half-century ago as the world’s largest corporate structure, the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building).

The mandate is to reimagine this New York City icon with a resource-conserving, eco-friendly enclosure—one that creates a highly efficient envelope with the lightness and transparency sought by today’s office workforce while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic of its heritage. Entrants may now register on the competition's official website. The deadline for final submission is February 1, 2016.