Beaux Arts Ball 2015: Threshold

18:00 - 15 September, 2015
Beaux Arts Ball 2015: Threshold, Event graphic by Pentagram
Event graphic by Pentagram

Gather this Friday, September 18, for Threshold, the 2015 Architectural League Beaux Arts Ball at the Knockdown Center, a former doorframe factory turned artist/performance space in Queens.

This year’s theme, Threshold, celebrates the building’s specific industrial history, while nodding to the Ball as a kick-off to the cultural year, not only for The Architectural League, but for the entire New York design community. Inside the restored factory’s 50,000 square foot, 40-foot high spaces, the design teams of Alibi Studio, MODU, and Moorhead & Moorhead will create site-specific “threshold” installations. The Ball will take place 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. with drinks, light fare, and dancing. Proceeds from the event help to support the League’s annual series of programs.

Dining With Design: Gather

02:30 - 15 September, 2015
Dining With Design: Gather, Image credit: Bruce T. Martin
Image credit: Bruce T. Martin

Hear the story of Gather restaurant and how it became the seaport’s most inventive eatery in the heart of the Innovation District. Designed with dual functions in mind, Gather is the resident full-service restaurant and bar at District Hall and supports the flexibility of the building by connecting to The Brew Café and the larger assembly space for public or private events. Operator Tom Shea of The Briar Group, and architect David Hacin FAIA and project designer Matthew Arnold Assoc. AIA of Hacin + Associates will discuss the unique challenge of designing a restaurant inside the nation’s first public innovation

Stair House / David Coleman

11:00 - 14 September, 2015
Stair House / David Coleman, © Steve Keating
© Steve Keating
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, USA
  • Structural Engineering

    Evergreen Design Company
  • Area

    2400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Steve Keating © Steve Keating © Steve Keating © Steve Keating +25

New Exhibition at Harvard GSD Focuses on Robin Hood Gardens by Alison and Peter Smithson

07:00 - 14 September, 2015
New Exhibition at Harvard GSD Focuses on Robin Hood Gardens by Alison and Peter Smithson, From the exhibition: Photograph by Peter Smithson, 1972, showing "Shadrach Woods Descending the Central Green mound, Ivor Prinsloo behind." Frances Loeb Library
From the exhibition: Photograph by Peter Smithson, 1972, showing "Shadrach Woods Descending the Central Green mound, Ivor Prinsloo behind." Frances Loeb Library

Set within the wider framework of “Living Anatomy: an Exhibition about Housing,” currently on view at Harvard Graduate School of Design, this exhibition focuses on ‘Robin Hood Gardens’ - Alison and Peter Smithson’s housing project in East London, completed in 1972. Threatened with demolition yet again, despite an ongoing campaign that still hopes to secure its preservation, Robin Hood Gardens stands today with broken windows, vandalized corridors, crippling facades, and a fractured public reputation. While deteriorating with neglect barely 50 years after its completion, this project’s architecture is still striking in its sense of livelihood and innovation.

Open Call: Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP), an SPM Design Competition

14:00 - 13 September, 2015
Open Call: Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP), an SPM Design Competition, Courtesy of Summit Powder Mountain
Courtesy of Summit Powder Mountain

Utah-based community project Summit has announced Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP), an SPM Design Competition, "to select the design of a cabin prototype in an effort to push forward the conversation around what it means to build responsibly at 8,400 feet in the Wasatch [Mountain] Range.”

The competition seeks submissions for a structure of up to 2,500 square feet, which will be located on a 12 degree sloped site at Summit Powder Mountain. Sustainable designs are highly encouraged, particularly with the use of natural materials.

God Is A Verb: A New Play Inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller

19:30 - 11 September, 2015
God Is A Verb: A New Play Inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller

GOD IS A VERB is an urgent portrait of a world - and a man - on the brink. Summer 1969, an eccentric professor gathers a team of offbeat academics to play a game with one goal: make the world work for all humanity. As the clock ticks, the lines blur between the game and the real world and we wonder if we've detached from reality altogether.

Hook & Eye is an ensemble company of theater-makers, actors, dancers, musicians and artists based in Brooklyn, NY. We build totally new theatrical pieces full of joyful athleticism, soul, and song. The mission of Hook & Eye is to build inspiring and inquisitive theater productions to embolden audiences of every age. We are committed to compensating our artists for their work, and offering low-or no-cost tickets to audiences and students.

Obama Awards Everett Fly with National Humanities Medal

12:40 - 11 September, 2015
Obama Awards Everett Fly with National Humanities Medal, Everett Fly being awarded the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Image © Ralph Alswang, courtesy of National Endowment for the Humanities via ARCHITECT
Everett Fly being awarded the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Image © Ralph Alswang, courtesy of National Endowment for the Humanities via ARCHITECT

US President Barack Obama has awarded San Antonio architect and landscape architect Everett Fly with the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Harvard GSD's first African-American graduate, Fly is being recognized for his work in "preserving the integrity of African-American places and landmarks." 

Eastside Uprising: The Architects Shaping the Big, New Burnside Bridgehead

07:00 - 11 September, 2015
Eastside Uprising: The Architects Shaping the Big, New Burnside Bridgehead

Design Week Portland and the University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape with Portland Monthly present an October 12, 2015 evening of discussion about architecture and the east side’s future with architects and principal designers of the Burnside Bridgehead.

It’s been decades since Portland has seen such an architecturally dramatic reshaping of three contiguous, more visible city blocks as what is taking place at E. Burnside and NE Grand Avenue—the Burnside Bridgehead. Designed by Skylab Architecture, Works Partnership, and Guerilla Development, the three buildings—Block 67, Block 75, and the “Fair-Haired Dumbbell”—may not be large (21, 9, and

Rafael Viñoly to Add World's Largest Green Roof to Former Shopping Mall in California

16:15 - 10 September, 2015
Rafael Viñoly to Add World's Largest Green Roof to Former Shopping Mall in California, © The Hills at Vallco
© The Hills at Vallco

Rafael Viñoly and OLIN have unveiled plans to transform Cupertino's Vallco Shopping Mall into a new mixed-use neighborhood that boasts the "world's largest green roof." The current plans call for a 15-block sustainable town center with 625,000-square-feet of retail, two-million-square-feet of office space and 800 residential units. All this, if approved, would be topped by a 30 acre public green space with a 3.8 mile trail network that runs through orchards, vineyards, an amphitheater and play areas.

Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year"

15:00 - 10 September, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year", Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building at Florida Polytechnic University has picked up another award, this time being named "Project of the Year" by Engineering News-Record. The "centerpiece" of the new Floridian university, which was also masterplanned by Calatrava, the 162,000-square-foot building was recently awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by the AISC. 

“Educating, particularly young people, is one of the most noble tasks that exist,” said Calatrava in response to the award. “The Innovation, Science and Technology Building aims to be itself a tool to achieve the highest level of education for young people. 

Lecture: Out of Shadows: Darkness in a New Light

02:30 - 10 September, 2015
Lecture: Out of Shadows: Darkness in a New Light, "Out of Shadows", an AIA CES lecture at Edison Price Lighting Gallery
"Out of Shadows", an AIA CES lecture at Edison Price Lighting Gallery

Juxtaposing lightness and darkness, architectural lighting design draws powerful, personal spaces out of the shadows.

During his lecture "Out of Shadows: darkness in a new light," Abhay Wadhwa of AWA Lighting Designers will explore our psychological, philosophical, and cultural relationship to light.

Lecture: Sergei Tchoban: Drawing a Museum of Drawings at the Cornell University

19:30 - 9 September, 2015
Lecture: Sergei Tchoban: Drawing a Museum of Drawings at the Cornell University, Fantasy drawing for the project of the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin or Evolution of form.
Fantasy drawing for the project of the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin or Evolution of form.

Sergei Tchoban was invited by the Architecture Art Planing at the Cornell University to give a talk about his passion for drawing, what is architectural drawing today and about his beautiful historical drawings that he has collected for his museum in Berlin. He will also discuss the development of the Museum for Architectural Drawing, its realization as a building and his choice in the collection.

Exhibition Opening: Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge

07:00 - 9 September, 2015
 Exhibition Opening: Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge, Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge
Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge

Please join us for the exhibition opening of Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge, and a conversation with author and curator Robert Sullivan, and photographer Elizabeth Felicella. The two will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on the collaborative panorama exploring the past and future of New York City's expansive waterfront.

Compact Modern Duo / The Raleigh Architecture Co.

15:00 - 8 September, 2015
Compact Modern Duo / The Raleigh Architecture Co., © Raymond Goodmon
© Raymond Goodmon
  • Architects

  • Location

    East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
  • Architects in Charge

    Robby Johnston, AIA; Craig Kerins AIA
  • General Contractor

    The Raleigh Construction Co.
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Raymond Goodmon © Raymond Goodmon © Raymond Goodmon © Raymond Goodmon +28

PCH International Innovation Hub / ChrDAUER Architects

13:00 - 8 September, 2015
PCH International Innovation Hub / ChrDAUER Architects, © Mariko Reed
© Mariko Reed

© Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed +24

Symposium: Extreme Heat: Hot Cities - Adapting to a Hotter World

06:00 - 8 September, 2015
Symposium: Extreme Heat: Hot Cities - Adapting to a Hotter World, This day-long sym­po­sium, the first of its kind, will cover top­ics rang­ing from urban cli­ma­tol­ogy to build­ing mate­ri­als, with case stud­ies and rec­om­men­da­tions for the future.
This day-long sym­po­sium, the first of its kind, will cover top­ics rang­ing from urban cli­ma­tol­ogy to build­ing mate­ri­als, with case stud­ies and rec­om­men­da­tions for the future.

“Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World” is a unique, day-long symposium. A broad constituency involved in building and urban design, science, research, policy, innovation, mitigation, and adaptation will come together to discuss how to address this growing risk through planning, design, and construction.

“Extreme Heat” invites architects and landscape architects, planners, engineers, and allied professionals, government, foundations, scientists, researchers, and students – in fact, all interested stakeholders – to discuss essential information and insights. The symposium will cover topics ranging from urban climatology to building materials, case studies, and recommendations for the future. It will revisit prior extreme heat events such as the 1995 Chicago and 2003 Paris category-defining heat waves, and what has changed since then.

Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball

19:30 - 7 September, 2015
Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball, Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball | graphic design by ALLL
Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball | graphic design by ALLL

Aboard a private yacht, this event will break traditional molds of evening public lectures that promote excellence, diversity, as well as engaging the public about the impact and relevance of architecture, good design including providing continuing education. Attendees and guests will come out reenergized, as they mingle, tour Chicago through Lake Michigan and Chicago River in a private yacht, and engage in dialogue with Keynote Speaker, Dr Rachel Armstrong. The evening's topic centers on an ecological age of design and construction that seeks to develop new ways of choreographing space by working along with natural systems. The black-tie and tie-dyed evening cruise will culminate at the rooftop of a secret high rise building location (to be revealed on the day of the event) for a viewing of the Living Ball installation of the Leapfrog Project.

Yulman Stadium at Tulane University / Gould Evans

17:00 - 7 September, 2015
Yulman Stadium at Tulane University / Gould Evans, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +21