Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK Architect Darren Chan, other members including Emily Lau (Architecture Graduate) and Jonas Sin (Netherlands Architect), their project, Helios Rehab Sanctuary, innovates in the application of sustainable technologies to create a new and exciting typology. More on this project after the break.
Architects: Prentiss Architects
Location: San Juan Island, Washington, USA
Project designer: Geoff Prentiss, Brandon Woodward
Design team: Geoff Prentiss, Brandon Woodward, Johanna Schorr, Dan Wickline, Seth Grizzle
Consultants: Perbix Bykonen (structural), Holly McKinley (interiors), Wocka Hubber (landscaping), Definitive Audio (Audio/Visual), Lighting Supply (lighting), Alpha Radiant (HVAC)
Builder: Jerry Price; Joe Cooper; Peter Kilpatrick; Ravenhill Construction
Project area: 2,800 sqf
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jay Goodrich, Prentiss Architects
This month the Pratt Institute spring lecture series will include Robert Sanna, Guy Nordensen, Jose Koechlin and Denise Koechlin, and Pualo Portoghesi with Catherine Ingraham, covering topics that range from environmental disaster engineering to eco-tourism in Peru’s Machu Picchu.
Executive Vice President and Director of Forest City Ratner Companies Robert Sanna will deliver a lecture, titled “Development as a Contact Sport,” on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. Sanna’s career has been focused in the New York Metropolitan area for the last two decades and his firm is responsible for many new additions. Sanna currently oversees the pre-construction development of the Atlantic Yards project.
Guy Nordensen, structural engineer and professor at Princeton University, will talk on Thursday, April 14 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Nordensen is commissioner and secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission and is also active in environmental disaster engineering. Nordensen’s firm, Guy Nordsenson and Associates, recently completed projects including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
CEO Jose Koechlin and designer Denise Koechlin of Inkaterra, a Peruvian eco-tourism institution, will speak on Monday, April 18 at 12:30 PM in Higgins Hall South, Room 111, at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Their lecture, “Design of the Pueblo Nature Center at Machu Picchu,” will highlight Inkaterra’s mission to conserve Peru’s natural and cultural heritage. Jose and Denise Koechlin have engineered projects including sustainable hotel development, environmental protection programs, ecology research, and community farming.
Architect and historian Paulo Portoghesi will conclude the spring 2011 lecture series with a conversation with Pratt Professor of Architecture Catherine Ingraham on Monday, April 18 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Portoghesi is professor of architecture at the University La Sapienza in Rome, where he specializes in classical architecture. His latest architectural design nearing completion is the Strasbourg Mosque in France.
Architects: Christian Kronaus + Erhard An-He Kinzelbach
Location: Sankt Poelten, Austria
Project team: Sigrid Müller-Welt, Lukas Staudinger, Manuela Wind, Jakub Smagacz
General planner: ARGE Vasko+Partner Ingenieure and Kronaus Kinzelbach Architekten
Client: BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.
Project area: 2,633 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2011
Photographs: Thomas Ott
The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the second of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. This competition calls for critical observations of border regions as laboratories from which to imagine new paradigms of urbanization and democratization. These critical thresholds amplify the politics of migration and citizenship, labor and surveillance, the tensions between sprawl and density, formal and informal urbanisms, wealth and poverty and the collisions between natural systems and political jurisdiction, exposing conflict as operational tool to re-think artistic practices.
They seek other geo-political border ‘hot spots’ in and out of the Political Equator that need to be interpreted and engaged. These geographies of conflict need to be understood through the radicalization of the existing in order to imagine new models of the possible. For more information please visit the competition’s official website.
JDS Architects together with KLAR, Creo Architects and Sloth-Møller engineers has presented us their latest project, the Faaborg Harbour Bath and Blue Bass in Faaborg, Denmark. This was the winning design among the invited entrants to the Faaborg compeition and the execution process is ongoing. Follow after the jump for a few additional images and a short project briefing.
Dominique Ghiggi, a landscape architect and academic assistant at the Institute of Landscape Architecture in Zurich, has published a book examining the changing relationship between man and nature over the course of history. The work is perfect for those connected with the environment as it examines tree nurseries scattered across the world and their social, economical and contextual significance.
More about the book after the break.
130 Bloor Street West / 155 Cumberland Street is an integrated mixed-use project that includes below-grade parking, high street grade retail, featuring Gucci, Hermes, LuluLemon, 10 floors of premium office space and 10 floors of 15 premium condominium residences. The office building is accessed from Bloor through a newly renovated lobby.
Architect: Quadrangle Architects Limited
Location: 130 Bloor Street West / 155 Cumberland Street, Toronto, Canada
Developer: KingSett Capital Inc.
Project Management: PHA Project Management Inc.
Residential Interior Design: J.F. Brennan Design/Build Inc. and Taylor Hannah Architect Inc.
Landscape Architect: Holbrook + Associates
General Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada
Photographs: Courtesy of Quadrangle Architects Limited
In 2002, the United States Department of Energy initiated the Solar Decathlon – an intense competition challenging collegiate teams to create residences that fuse the most sustainable technologies with functionality, comfort, and of course, aesthetics. Over the course of the past decade, interest in the Decathlon has grown dramatically [be sure to read our previous Solar Decathlon coverage] as the competition has piqued the interest of students from top universities, as well as millions of public followers learning the advantages of energy-efficient, cost-effective housing.
Team New Jersey, a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, has designed a handicap accessible net-zero energy prototype featuring low-maintenance concrete construction and the latest green technologies, complete with a striking beach-inspired aesthetic.
More about the residence, including a great video, after the break.
This weekend on April 2nd, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio will be presenting a lecture during the Smart Geometries 2011 Copenhagen – an event that focuses on the role of digital parametrics in architectural experimentation and design strategies. van Berkel, an avid believer in computational design, will focus on his firm’s projects, such as the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the Raffles City mixed use development in Hangzhou and the Star Place Luxury Shopping Plaza in Kaohsiung, to illustrate their application of smart geometries. ”"Parametric design is in itself not so interesting. It needs meaning. We need to combine the possibilities of the virtual with how we discipline the real in a new way,” explains van Berkel. With digital modeling allowing for greater innovation, creativity and experimentation, van Berkel explains how such technologies improve communication on projects to such an extent that design and construction can be much more compact, accelerated and efficient. “In the 90s we were fascinated with the potential of these emerging techniques and their ability to control geometry. However our interest was never solely focussed on the geometry, nor on the computational techniques themselves. Our interest lay largely in the possibility to carry out spatial experiments and to see how the resulting structures could actually be constructed,” states van Berkel. For more information about the lecture, check out the Smart Geometries website.
Under his design direction, Hargreaves Associates, offices in San Francisco, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City, and London, has received 34 national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Mr. Hargreaves was an artist in residence at the American Academy of Rome in 2009. He taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University for 20 years, tenured there for 12 years, and served as the chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture from1996 to 2003. He is the co-editor and author of “Large Parks,” a book that explores large urban parks in depth as complex cultural spaces, where key issues of landscape discourse, ecological challenges, social history, urban relations, and place-making.
The lecture by Mr. Hargreaves will be held at Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium from 6:00-7:30pm and AIA credit will be available.
Architects: Oficina Informal - Antonio Yemail + Michel Pineda
Location: Sisga, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Design: Antonio Yemail and Michel Pineda
Construction: Informal Office, Carlos Picón (master builder), Benjamín González (metal structures)
Project area: 240 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2008
Photographs: Mateo Pérez
Compensation is, let’s be blunt, a controversial and touchy subject in the architecture profession. It’s taboo to even bring it up. If you are working in architecture there’s a good chance you don’t even want to tell people how little you make because it’s just embarrassing. If you are an employer you don’t want to admit how little you pay your people because it looks bad and is equally embarrassing. So, let’s all be embarrassed together, employees and employers alike. After all, we are all in this together and we all depend on one another.
“What sort of salary range are you seeking?” This was an email a former colleague shared with me. After he sent them his resume and portfolio this is all they asked in reply. What is one supposed to do with a question like that? It used to be that firms would tell prospective employees what they were paying for certain positions. Now, they want you to tell them what you expect. They are banking on you telling them some ridiculously low amount, something way below what you might have been making before the recession.
More after the break.