Running through May 17th at the Northwest Labs, the much anticipated Harvard University Graduate School of Design exhibition, The Divine Comedy, features major works including Ai Weiwei’s ‘Untitled’. The Divine Comedy exhibition is an “exploration of the emerging domain of experimental spatial practice where the concerns of art, design, and activism are powerfully converging today.”
Curator’s Statement from Sanford Kwinter
The work Untitled, presented here, makes public the findings of a year-long “Citizens’ Investigation” of the May 2008 Sichuan Province earthquake initiated by the Ai Weiwei Studio on behalf of the thousands of student victims of the disaster.* The survey covered 150 schools in 74 towns to amass the names of the deceased children, their birth dates, and the name of the schools they attended and in which they were killed. The investigation uncovered the subsequently widely reported fact that the defective “tofu construction” of school buildings played a principal role in the disproportionately high mortality rate of schoolchildren, a fact that was strenuously covered up by government authorities. Five thousand three hundred thirty-five backpacks are arrayed here, each in commemoration of a child documented by the “Citizens’ Investigation.” In a sound piece accompanying the work titled Remembrance, the names of the victims are recited.
BIG, Martha Schwartz Landscape, Buro Happold, Speirs & Major, Lutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management are today announced as the winning team of the international design competition for a new 27.000 m2 cultural complex in Albania, consisting of a Mosque, an Islamic Centre, and a Museum of Religious Harmony.
More images and complete press release after the break.
The Rio 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic games, together with other large events scheduled for upcoming years, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2011 Military Games, generate enormous opportunities for the development of Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games represent a celebration of sports and will be a source of transformation for the city, promoting an environmental, architectural, cultural and sustainable economy legacy, benefiting the urban environment and the quality of life of citizens.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Park is located in one of the four Olympic centers scheduled for development of the 2016 Games, and concentrates the greatest number of sporting equipment and installations. It is a fundamental space for the development of the Olympic Games and for the vitality of Rio de Janeiro. During the Games, this center will concentrate the main sporting events and offer large meeting spaces for the public, sponsors and athletes. Built in Barra da Tijuca, the Olympic Park will be centrally located in relation to the other sporting arenas in Deodoro, Maracanã and Copacabana. It will also be the largest new development built exclusively for the Games.
The International Competition aims to reach a wide range of professionals and seeks creative solutions that unite quality, functionality, and sustainability, which should be joined by use, social, cultural and environmental values. The Competition should favor wide-ranging contributions and establish an integrated approach that ensures that the Project’s requirements are incorporated into the planning, development, and delivery of the Olympic Park installations, from concept to construction of all of its elements. It is expected that the Competition result in a high-quality Olympic Park not only for the sporting events, but also for the region and for the city, as expressions of contemporary culture.
For more information, and to download all the necessary documents, please refer to the competition’s official website.
The McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center was designed with respect and sensitivity to its location. The design process included a Municipal Use Master Plan and encouraged broad community involvement in the planning and design phase. A series of community meetings were held to gather community input during the programming phase and then presented conceptual designs for input prior to finalizing the Master Plan.
Architect: Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio
Location: 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Project Architect: Philip Weddle, AIA, LEED AP
Landscape Architect: JJR | Floor
General Contractor: Ry-Tan Construction
Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineering Corporation
Mechanical Engineer: Kunka Engineering
Civil Engineer: Kland Engineering
Project Area: 24,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Chris Brown
Israel’s government, with the agreement of the Russian government has proposed erecting a monument to mark the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany. Taking on the design challenge, TheHeder Partnership draws your eyes to the horizon as you are overcome with openness and freedom and the spirit of the moment of victory. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The 2011 AIA National Convention, Regional Design Revolution Ecology Matters is fast approaching. Next week, May 12th-14th architects will be heading to the Gulf Coast where host city New Orleans, Louisiana will offer over 200+ programs, including pre-convention workshops, theme presentations, continuing education learning units and expo education. Thomas Friedman and Jeb Brugmann will provide the keynotes, and Fumihiko Maki, Hon FAIA, will be in attendance as he is the 2011 AIA Gold Medal recipient.
The AIA New Orleans chapter will also be providing a variety of educational tours that explore the soulful flavor of the city’s architecture. There is still time to register for the convention, more information can be found here.
ArchDaily won’t be missing out on this exciting annual event. We will be in attendance interviewing some of your (and our) favorite architects and reporting on the Convention happenings. Be sure to stay tuned to ArchDaily.com next week!
In preparation for this year’s 2011 AIA National Convention our Architecture City Guide is headed to the Big Easy. For the attendees, next weekend, the New Orleans AIA chapter has prepared an architecture city guide with 250 buildings worth seeing. Therefore our meager list of 12 hardly covers the wonderful buildings to visit. Lets us know your favorites that are not on our list in the comment section below.
The Architecture City Guide: New Orleans list and corresponding map after the break
Last week we told you about our interview with Richard Meier, and his opinion on the importance of white for contemporary architecture. We invited you to give us your opinion for the chance to win one of three signed copies of Meier’s book Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. The deadline is now over, and among the more than 200 comments we randomly selected the three winners! Congratulations to Madeeha Merchant, Sarah Hall, and Terry Williams! You are the winners of the three signed copies of the book! Check your emails as we will contact you to send you the books.
Live life for every moment, outreach sensations, inhale fully, and go forward with speed. There can only be one place where people can be aware of this transience, and New York is just that! Life, it lives the speed of light and brilliance, always new and undiscovered, requires constant innovation. This complex project, by Ivan Filipovic, is just this: Forms that heighten one’s sensations, where lights and functionality can only be understood by someone who lives a prestigious blend of pragmatism and lasting gratification. The combination of profitable operation and enjoyment of consumption is clearly targeted and a focused effort that leaves no doubts as to the meaning of zeal and pleasure. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Articulating defined spaces in retrofitting a 20-year-old residence through a punctuation of natural daylight, exterior spatial relationships and a reduction in use of finishes. Desert House is a modern, sustainable intervention in the desert. The single-family residence renovation represents a forward thinking approach to desert life.
Architect: Circle West Architects
Location: 4812 E Berneil Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
Project Team: Peter M. Koliopoulos AIA
General Contractor: Urban Edge Builders
Structural Engineer: BDA Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Tiglas Engineering Assoc.
Electrical Engineer: CR Engineers
Landscape Architect: Arcadiascape, LLC
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Circle West Architects
The AIA New Orleans welcomed a record number of entries for the 2011 Design Awards, 100 Years of Excellence in Design. The categories included Interior Architecture, Master Planning, Divine Detail, Project, Architecture, Adaptive Reuse, and Juror Favorite. A complete list of the 2011 AIA New Orleans Design Awards and jurors comments following the break.
The architecture firm studioWTA renovated this existing space in an historic building into an art gallery. The primary concern in the design was to highlight historic elements, while providing a clean, crisp surface on which to display artwork.