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OMA Launches New Website

16:40 - 15 September, 2015
OMA Launches New Website, © OMA
© OMA

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has launched a new website in an effort to make their work more accessible. A collaboration with Oslo-based Bengler and NODE, oma.eu "functions as an omnivorous sensor," says OMA, that "redefines the office’s digital presence and offers a tool for many different users." Check it out for yourself, here

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

Brutal Utopias: A National Trust Celebration of Brutalist Architecture: Brutalist Britain by Routemaster

19:30 - 14 September, 2015
Brutal Utopias: A National Trust Celebration of Brutalist Architecture: Brutalist Britain by Routemaster

A tour of Brutalist architecture in London aboard the National Trust’s 1962 Routemaster Coach. Led by architectural and cultural experts Tom Cordell and Joe Kerr, the tours explore the emergence and development of Brutalism in the city.

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.

Summer School: The City and the Water

19:30 - 13 September, 2015
Summer School: The City and the Water, Invite - ph. Paolo Vezzoni ©zero+studio
Invite - ph. Paolo Vezzoni ©zero+studio

Students will be guided by the architect Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas urbanas, Seville), scientific director of the Summer School, and will work in close collaboration with the artists and artisans of the "2 Luoghi". The director of the Summer School is prof. Roberto Pierini, president of the Master Degree Course in Architectural Engineering at the University of Pisa. Among the guest lecturers, the artists Paolo Ulian and Andrea Salvetti, and the architect Alessandra Capanna, professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Università La Sapienza in Rome.

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.

Jan Gehl: "Civic Culture Needs Cultivating and Curating"

16:35 - 11 September, 2015
Jan Gehl: "Civic Culture Needs Cultivating and Curating", © Flickr CC User MK Feeney
© Flickr CC User MK Feeney

Danish architect and urban planning expert Jan Gehl has weighed in on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's threat to remove Times Square as a"kneejerk reaction" to aggressive panhandling. Recounting beloved square's evolution, Gehl argues that public spaces need more than just to exist: "Civic culture needs cultivating and curating... Public spaces like Times Square are the great equalizer in cities: Improvements in the public realm benefit everyone. The city should view the challenge of Times Square’s pedestrian plaza not as a reason for retreat, but as a call to create a diverse, dense, intense experience of public life that we can all enjoy." Read Gehl's remarks, here.

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

Breaking Ground Workshop

19:30 - 10 September, 2015
Breaking Ground Workshop

A workshop on the gradual urban development of Geneva will take place from September 21st to September 25th, 2015 at the Fonderie Kugler. Registration to the workshop is open to all independent and creative minds and motivated people within the limits of the available places.

Event: Blind Date “Urban Realities” in Ljubljana

07:00 - 10 September, 2015
Event: Blind Date “Urban Realities” in Ljubljana, via wonderland
via wonderland

Blind date is a special type of event, when young architects, urban planners and other experts meet for the first time and try to find answers to the pressing issues of the city. Blind date “Urban Realities” will focus on the problem of abandoned construction pits in Ljubljana. A proposal of future uses of these sites will be developed within a discussion of the international teams and local experts. The visions for new urban realities will be presented to and discussed with the audience in a public event at 20.00 in Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana).

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.

Architours 2015: Guided Journeys to Architectural Gems in Singapore

19:30 - 8 September, 2015
Architours 2015: Guided Journeys to Architectural Gems in Singapore, National Gallery Singapore | "The rooftop of the Former Supreme Court under the spectacular light provided by the new veil."  ©Fernando Javier Urquijo / studioMilou singapore
National Gallery Singapore | "The rooftop of the Former Supreme Court under the spectacular light provided by the new veil." ©Fernando Javier Urquijo / studioMilou singapore

A signature programme of Archifest, an annual architecture festival in Singapore, Architours is a series of guided tours to explore and learn about local design and architecture. Participants will get exclusive introduction to unique architecture in our city. Learn about the design strategies that were employed in the projects as told by the architects and architecture associates as they take participants on an experiential journey through the creation. The highly anticipated Architours returns in 2015 with newly curated journeys featuring award-winning as well as hidden gems in Singapore.

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.

British Architect Jonathan Woolf Dies Aged 54

04:10 - 8 September, 2015
British Architect Jonathan Woolf Dies Aged 54, Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel. Image © Helene Binet
Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel. Image © Helene Binet

According to the Architects' Journal Jonathan Woolf, "the much-respected architect and academic" born and based in London, has died aged 54. His practice, Jonathan Woolf Architects, was established in 1990 and has completed more than thirty-five projects in Europe and Africa. Woolf was also a prolific educator, having taught at the British universities of Bath, Kingston (from which he received an honorary doctorate earlier this year), the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, and the Architectural Association.

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.

Event: "Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless - with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura"

07:00 - 7 September, 2015
Event: "Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless - with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura", Photo Credit: FUTAGAMI Bottle Opener
Photo Credit: FUTAGAMI Bottle Opener

The Japan Foundation, New York and The New School’s Parsons School of Design, Design Studies and Industrial Design programs present “Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless ‐ with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura.” Hiroshi Kashiwagi, professor at Musashino Art University and architect/ furniture designer Yoshifumi Nakamura will each discuss the evolution, distinguishing characteristics, and current state of Japanese design today.

NewSchool Architectural Symposium

19:30 - 6 September, 2015
NewSchool Architectural Symposium

Architecture academics and professionals are invited to a free conference. The focus will be on computational processes in the modern practice of architecture and design and how digital technologies are shaping the practice of architecture and its allied disciplines. The conference will feature an exciting speakers list and discussion sessions.