Urbanization is more than the growth and physical expansion of cities. It is a process that transforms territories, changes existing reciprocities and establishes new relationships between different places. In the Shadow of the Megacity will address the wider impact of urbanization, both within and beyond the city, in an attempt to trace the present contours of the urban and imagine its future.
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Architect in Charge: Mia Blanchett
Design Principal: Steven Dwyer
Project Team: Alex Terzich, Jesse Zeien, Paula Storsteen, Jennifer McMaster, Rich Firkins, Tony Staeger, Mark Johnson, Scott Lichty, Julie Hagstrom, Ross Altheimer, Erica Christenson, Kenny Horns, Chrysanthi Stockwell, Zac Poynter, Joe Wetternach, Connor Frazier, Robert Johnson Miller
Area: 50000.0 ft2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Corey Gaffer, Paul Crosby
On September 24, the National Academy Museum will present a conversation on architecture between 2015 AIA Gold Medal Recipient Moshe Safdie and acclaimed architectural writer and critic Nicolai Ouroussoff. This public event—presented in conjunction with the National Academy Museum’s exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie (September 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016)—invites audiences to enjoy a spirited discussion on art, architecture, culture and context with two leaders in the field of architecture and architectural criticism.
From Trinity Church to Boston’s “high spine” of skyscrapers, explore how architectural photographers see the cityscape in this dynamic session suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers alike. During this intimate exploration of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, you will learn to produce memorable images that convey a sense of place and a connection to landscape and surroundings. Professional photographer Emily O’Brien will help you and other enthusiastic photographers see Boston in a whole new way.
Pershing Square Renew, a public/private partnership formed by Los Angeles City Council member José Huizar, has launched an international design competition to re-imagine the five-acre urban park at the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Un/fair Use is an exhibition of research and proposals related to copying and copyright in architecture.
Appropriation is as much a part of architecture as the expectation of novelty, and so it is at the very core of the discipline. Architecture advances via comment, criticism, parody, and innovation, forms of appropriation that fall under the umbrella of fair use. But what about when appropriation is deemed unfair? Where and how are the lines drawn around permissible use? Un/fair Use probes that legal boundary.
In Un/fair Use, models of common, and therefore uncopyrightable, tropes and formal themes are juxtaposed with those protected under the Architecture Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990.
Launching the 2015–2016 BSA Space Film Series: Keeping it Reel is Sukkah City. Go behind the scenes of a national design competition that challenged contemporary architects to design a radical sukkah, a small Jewish hut used for the holiday of Sukkot, using new and inventive materials and forms. Inspirational and compelling, Sukkah City is an in-depth chronicle of how architects approach design challenges and creative processes. Arrive early and engage your senses in Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building, an exhibition that explores art installations and architecture. The exhibition closes October 4.
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.
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
Architects: David Coleman
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Structural Engineering: Evergreen Design Company
Area: 2400.0 ft2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Keating
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.
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 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.
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."
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 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 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.
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.