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The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change

00:00 - 10 November, 2013
via Josh Barndt, Alexandra Castillo Kesper, Braden Crooks, Aubrey Murdock, Joel Stein, and Charles Wirene. This year Parsons formed a partnership with New York City’s Center for Social Innovation to incubate design-led social innovation projects by Parsons students and alumni. One of the projects in development is Citysteading, a community-driven process for empowering and engaging marginal-ized communities. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
via Josh Barndt, Alexandra Castillo Kesper, Braden Crooks, Aubrey Murdock, Joel Stein, and Charles Wirene. This year Parsons formed a partnership with New York City’s Center for Social Innovation to incubate design-led social innovation projects by Parsons students and alumni. One of the projects in development is Citysteading, a community-driven process for empowering and engaging marginal-ized communities. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Although university is meant to be a place of educational exploration, paths, particularly for architects and designers, tend to be extremely prescribed. In "Notes from the Dean," originally published in Metropolis Magazine, Executive Dean Joel Towers describes how the Parsons New School for Design is pioneering a new design program that is more reflective of modern design approaches: "The world has changed; the role of design has changed. And the way that designers are taught to engage with the world must change, too."

Every generation is presented with challenges specific to its time and place. We live in a world changing in ways that were unimaginable at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when design education first began to take shape. Technology (aided and abetted by design), advances in scientific knowledge, and shifts in social and cultural norms shaped design in the twentieth century. Our problems today involve more complex and interconnected systems—climate, cities, resources, networks, flows—and call for a new paradigm. Design in the twenty-first century is of critical importance in both addressing these challenges and transforming them into opportunities to remake the world around us. To do so, design education must change.

Design schools have traditionally adhered to a model that builds programs based on a foundation year, a well-defined and contained introduction to the basics of material, form, and color. And while that foundation is an important cornerstone of design education, it leaves little room for the more exploratory methods of cross-disciplinary and technology-based learning, and for understanding and applying design in the context of the larger world. That old model needs to evolve to reflect design’s enhanced role as a catalyst for innovation and creativity.

ArchiLab, Naturalizing Architecture: The Architects

00:00 - 10 November, 2013

After taking a hiatus while the new FRAC Centre was being built, ArchiLab has returned for its ninth edition. The lab started as an opportunity to question the practice of the architect, the diversification of the field, and the new urban challenges of our changing, globalized world. Founded by Marie-Ange Brayer (Director of the FRAC) & Frédéric Migayrou (Deputy Director of the MNAM-Centre Pompidou), it has shaped the architectural debate and served as a launch platform for many architects. 

DIALOG and Snøhetta to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

00:00 - 10 November, 2013
DIALOG and Snøhetta to Design Calgary’s New Central Library, Site. Image Courtesy of DIALOG
Site. Image Courtesy of DIALOG

The search is over: DIALOG and Snøhetta have been selected from a shortlist of four to design a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Planned for a prime location adjacent to City Hall, the 280,000 square foot “landmark” will “strengthen the fabric of community life by weaving East Village, the original heart of Calgary, back into the story of Centre City.” Once complete in 2018, the new library will serve over 140,000 workers and students who travel downtown every day.

How to Design for Disasters (The Experts Weigh In)

00:00 - 10 November, 2013
How to Design for Disasters (The Experts Weigh In), Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio have proposed Wetlands in Lower Manhattan to deal with the next Hurricane Sandy. Image Courtesy of Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio
Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio have proposed Wetlands in Lower Manhattan to deal with the next Hurricane Sandy. Image Courtesy of Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio

In this article on Fast Company, seven leading architects in the field of designing for disaster - including Peter Gluck, Michael Manfredi, and principals of James Corner Field Operations and Snøhetta - give their take on what lessons Hurricane Sandy, one year on, has taught us. Their responses raise a number of issues, but above all share one common theme: urgency.

Elementary and Primary Public School in Roldán / Estudio Huma

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
Elementary and Primary Public School in Roldán / Estudio Huma , © David Frutos
© David Frutos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 1 Residencia el Alba, Torre-Pacheco, Murcia, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Alberto Amoros Martinez y Jose Amoros Martinez
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +27

From STEM To STEAM: The Value of Art

00:00 - 9 November, 2013
From STEM To STEAM: The Value of Art, Edison High School Academic Building. Image © Paul Mullins
Edison High School Academic Building. Image © Paul Mullins

In a recent article for the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Barney Mansavage champions the idea of transforming STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, ART, and Mathematics). He argues that overlapping science and art helps launch cross-disciplinary conversations and relationships, and in turn, promote experimentation; he thus suggests that educational spaces be designed to bring these fields together. Check out the article here, and more about the TED talk that inspired it, here.

VIDEO Interview: Chris Baribeau of Modus Studio

00:00 - 9 November, 2013

Chris Baribeau of Modus Studio is the exemplar of a “community builder.” With a mantra that moves beyond the building and believes the architect to be responsible for the creation of healthy and thoughtful places, Baribeau and his Fayetteville-based practice have built works that transcends ordinary design. Embodying everything in which drives Modus Studio, the award-winning Eco Modern Flats serves as a prime example of community-based, sustainable design. 

Venice Biennale 2014: Morocco to Participate with First Pavilion

00:00 - 9 November, 2013
Venice Biennale 2014: Morocco to Participate with First Pavilion, Courtesy of Foundation FADA
Courtesy of Foundation FADA

Morocco will host its first pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by the Foundation FADA’ (Fondation pour l’Art, le Design, et l’Architecture) and directed by architect Tarik Oualalou, the concept for the Moroccan pavilion will be based upon Morocco’s role as an urban and architectural laboratory in the twentieth century. The project, entitled “Fundamental(ism)s,” will be organized in two parts: 

BGU University North Campus Master Plan / Chyutin Architects

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
BGU University North Campus Master Plan / Chyutin Architects, Courtesy of Chyutin Architects
Courtesy of Chyutin Architects

Chyutin Architects have won a competition to design a new campus for the Ben Gurion University in Israel. Planned for a 30 hectare site in Beer Sheva, the 300,000 square meter campus will double the University’s existing facilities, both of which will be connected. Once complete, the new campus will include a welcoming public square with commercial and cultural facilities, as well as students dormitories, a congress center, academic and research facilities, sports facilities and more. 

The New Warehouse Depot / Heinrich Böll Architekt

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +12

AD Architecture School Guide: University of Minnesota

00:00 - 9 November, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: University of Minnesota, Courtesy of UMinn College of Design Facebook Page
Courtesy of UMinn College of Design Facebook Page

For most schools, receiving an M.Arch requires 2 to 3 years, and, according to NCARB, IDP towards licensure takes an average of slightly over 5 years, excluding the time to take the exams themselves. 

The University of Minnesota School of Architecture is offering two degrees that will significantly reduce IDP requirements—pending approval by NCARB— and thus reduce the time it takes to attain one’s architecture license. Two M.S. programs, an M.S. in Architecture Research Practices and an M.S. in Architecture Metropolitan Design are designed as additional year-long degrees attained while students pursue their M.Arch’s. Even better, both are structured to not only help students attain up to 930 IDP hours toward completing the degree, but to defray tuition while doing it. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Building from 1939 Finally Built

00:00 - 9 November, 2013
Frank Lloyd Wright Building from 1939 Finally Built , Courtesy of tbo.com
Courtesy of tbo.com

54 years after the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, Florida Southern College, home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, opened another structure designed by the famed architect last Friday. Originally called the Usonian house, it was envisioned as a professor's home in 1939 but wasn't built until this year using blueprints left by Wright.  

School of Communication, San Jorge University / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
School of Communication, San Jorge University / Taller Básico de Arquitectura, © Xabier Ilundain Madurga
© Xabier Ilundain Madurga
  • Architects

  • Location

    Universidad San Jorge, A-23, km299, 50830 Villanueva de Gállego, Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Javier Pérez-Herreras, Javier Quintana de Uña
  • Collaborators

    Edurne Pérez Díaz de Arcaya (arquitecta directora de proyecto), Manuel Antón Martínez (arquitecto), Joseba Aranburu Barrenetxea (arquitecto) y Xabier Ilundain Madurga (arquitecto)
  • Project Area

    5338.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Xabier Ilundain Madurga

© Xabier Ilundain Madurga © Xabier Ilundain Madurga © Xabier Ilundain Madurga © Xabier Ilundain Madurga +41

Home Studio / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
Home Studio / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados
© Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados
  • Architects

  • Location

    puerto fuy, Pirihueico Lake, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Horacio Schmidt C. , Horacio Schmidt R. , Martin Schmidt R.
  • Project Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photography

    Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

© Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados +14

255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, © Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida de La Rioja, 30, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architects

    María José Aranguren López, José Gonzalez Gallegos)
  • Technical Architect

    Jacobo Arenal Frías
  • Project Area

    34178.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Hisao Suzuki, Carlos Lozano

© Hisao Suzuki © Carlos Lozano Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos +23

3xLP Winner of SKIN Digital Fabrication Competition

00:00 - 9 November, 2013
3xLP Winner of SKIN Digital Fabrication Competition, Courtesy of TEX-FAB
Courtesy of TEX-FAB

TEX-FAB Digital Fabrication Alliance’s 2013 international digital fabrication competition titled - SKIN is announcing the overall winner: 3xLP.

A total of 68 entries from across the globe representing 14 countries on 5 continents were narrowed down to 4 finalists and 4 honorable mentions in July by the First Round jury consisting of Phil Anzalone, Maria Mingallon, Gregg Pasquarelli, Randy Stratman, and Skylar Tibbits. The Second Round juried by James Carpenter, Neil Denari, Mic Patterson and William Zahner conferred and selected from the finalists 3xLP. All four finalists were  exhibited at the ACADIA Adaptive Architecture Conference at the University of Waterloo in October, 2013.

AD Interviews: Jakob + MacFarlane / FRAC Centre

01:00 - 8 November, 2013

During the opening of the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, France, we had the chance to interview architect Brendan MacFarlane, one of the founders of the Paris-based firm Jakob + MacFarlane (the architects behind the building).

Green Infrastructure: Not Enough For Storm Protection

00:00 - 8 November, 2013
Green Infrastructure: Not Enough For Storm Protection, WXY Studio's East River Blueway Plan. Image Courtesy of WXY Studio
WXY Studio's East River Blueway Plan. Image Courtesy of WXY Studio

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, much has been made of "green infrastructure" and its potential to defend cities against waves and floods. Now though, two articles, from the New York Times and Grist, claim that green infrastructure would actually protects us very little. But, since engineered "gray" solutions, such as storm-walls, also have their limitations (namely just moving the surge elsewhere), it seems the solution is a combination of both "gray" and "green" (moving the surge to where it can safely release its energy). Read the original articles here and here.