The architecture community recently lost Chicago architect Douglas Garofalo, FAIA. Founder of Garofalo Architects, he was a University of Notre Dame graduate and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, serving as director (2001-2003) and co-founded the alternative design school Archeworks. Garofalo also was known for pioneering the use of computer technology in building design within the United States. His award-winning Korean Presbyterian Church in New York, a collaborative project with Greg Lynn and Michael McInturf, received international attention with its digital media approach and alternative solution to adaptive reuse.
Garofalo has received recent professional honors including a Chicago AIA Distinguished Building Award, Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design (for Hyde Park Arts Center), the united States Artist Fellowship, and he was named a University Scholar for 2009-2012 by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bob Somol, “In addition to his professional accomplishments and teaching excellence, Garofalo is tireless in his service to the University and larger architectural community. Along with his increasing national and international acclaim, Garofalo continues to be one of the most generous and dedicated members of the University and School community.”
Executive Director of AIA Chicago Zurich Esposito shared, “Doug was a shooting star and always ahead of most. We are only just now starting to understand everything he was moving forward in design. His recent absence from the practice was palpable. His death is a huge loss for our community.”
The Libyan Museum of History located in Tripoli, Libya proposes a unique twist on the traditional museum typology. Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects has taken an approach that blends the building experience into the existing urban fabric through the integration of two surrounding pathways that define both experience and building geometry and massing. Unfortunately, the project has suffered numerous setbacks since concept approval including delays related to property issues, which was followed by a six month delay. Construction of the project is currently undetermined as the current national conflict within Libya continues. More details after the break.
The neighborhood of Corso Lazio, in the city of Frosinone, Italy, can finally enjoy its first public space,that it has been expecting for 25 years now. The sensational garden represents the starting point of a big masterplan to renew and integrate the public spaces and the services to the housing neighborhood. This lack of public spaces generate an absolute degrade of the entire area, and the neighborhood has become an unsustainable dormitory. For this reason the project for the sensational garden amplifies the idea of a relational space filling the social void with an explosive, playful, sensorial and interactive intimate room, like a personal living room in a public realm. The garden is constantly in tension between artificial and natural elements.
Architect: Nabito Architects
Location: Frosinone, Italy
Project Team: Alessandra Faticanti, Roberto Ferlito, Luca Faticanti, Damiano Bauco, Gianluca Sanità
Collaborators: Davide Fois, LucioAltana,Joanna Rodriguez Noyola, Agita Putnina, Furio Sordini
Contractor: EDILCM (Fr)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Nabito Architects and Partners
Comprehensive, Integrated, Sustainable Water Management System for the Greater New Orleans Region / Waggonner & Ball Architects
Waggonner & Ball Architects have been chosen to develop the water management strategy for Greater New Orleans. It was announced on March 21 that they were awarded the contract from Greater New Orleans, Inc. to develop the Comprehensive, Integrated, Sustainable Water Management System for the Greater New Orleans Region which includes the east banks of Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.
The Earthscraper, designed by BNKR Arquitectura, is the Skyscraper’s antagonist in the historic urban landscape of Mexico City where the latter is condemned and the preservation of the built environment is the paramount ambition. It preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Central Public Library / RDH Architects with David Premi Architects
The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Public Library project is a major renovation and addition to an existing facility located in the city of Hamilton. The existing building is located on the south side of york boulevard at a key entry point to downtown Hamilton. York Boulevard is a major one way, east / west artery which traverses the downtown core and the city.
Architect: RDH Architects Inc. with David Premi Architects
Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Project Team: RDH Team: Bob Goyeche, Partner; Tyler Sharp, Associate, project designer; Scott Waugh, Bunty Sambhi, Cara McGibbon; David Premi Architects Team: David Premi, Partner; Sam Garagello, Magdalena Kieslowski
Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Kemp Construction
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects
Developer Hines “quietly filed” plans for a shortened, 1050 foot-version of Jean Nouvel’s “Torre Verre” earlier this month. The tower, on 53rd St. in Midtown Manhattan, will be located on land sold to Hines by the Museum of Modern Art in exchange for$125 million and three floors of new gallery space. Originally designed in 2007, the tower has seen numerous setbacks including a 200-foot “haircut” by the City Planning Commission in July 2009 in response to its impact on views from the nearby Empire State Building. The plans are compliant with two special permits filed in fall 2009. According to a department spokesperson the application is “chair certification,” which doesn’t require public approvals.
The giant, Brazil, has awakened from its design leader nap and is once again a player in the creative world, be it design, art or architecture. BoomSPdesign, a series of conferences taking place yearly in Sao Paulo, has quickly established itself as a catalyst for connecting this exciting Brazilian moment to the global experience, bringing together designers and artists from all over the world to showcase and discuss their work and passion.
The event will take place in Sao Paulo from August 29th to September 2nd, 2011 at the Centro Universitario Belas Artes de Sao Paulo. More competition information after the break.
AETER Architects shared with us their competition entry, titled Eco-Land, for the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building. Between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the PTB (Passenger Terminal Building) is a transitional area interrupting the waterfront of the adjacent cities. The proposed PTB abandons its rights of the waterfront and becomes ‘in between’. More images and architects’ description after the break.
STREET WORKS is a competition to create temporary installations that transform under-utilised public spaces into vibrant places. An initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW, STREET WORKS invites you to re-imagine spaces in the City of Sydney as dynamic, innovative and sustainable temporary public places that will bring people together in unique ways.
Landscape architects, architects, artists designers, musicians, performers, digital media artists and other creative professionals from complementary fields are invited to imagine new city places and submit a proposal by 19 August 2011 for a temporary installation that builds on the aspirations of City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030. Places should be dynamic, innovative and sustainable. For further information, visit the competition website here.