Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Morphosis Architects
Location: Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, , Campus Road, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Area: 9425.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe, doublespace photography

‘Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable’ Exhibition

© AWP , Bosheng Gan, Marchand & Meffre, Anna Positano

Taking place at the Hartell Galley at Cornell University, ‘Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable‘ is an exhibition by AWP Architects focusing on the nocturnal face of architecture – how buildings contribute to the urban nightscape. From August 26 – September 16, the exhibit features both realized and proposed projects by AWP while revealing the practice’s in depth research on the many ways in which the intangible dimensions of architecture – such as atmosphere, climate, and light – materialize in buildings. Part of AWP ’s ongoing challengeis to translate recurrent themes of impermanence, evolution, and the uncontrollable into design. More architects’ description after the break.

2013 Design for Biodiversity Symposium: Architectural Approaches to Urban Ecology

Courtesy of , Department of Architecture

Taking place February 1-2 at Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall at Cornell University, the Design for Biodiversity Symposium will focus on the extended threshold between building and environment. Since its emergence in the 1970s, the field of Urban Ecology has investigated relations between living organisms and their urban environments, and has primarily addressed the city at the scale of urban planning. Within this framework, architecture, at the building scale, has thus far not been extensively tackled. How might architecture actively support multi-species habitats? Can these habitats help us replace existing, fossil fuel dependent, mechanistic systems with low impact, ecologically integrated systems that leverage natural sources? How does reimagining the city in this way change how we think about urban form and phenomenology? And finally, what are the appropriate models to study? These questions will be answered at the event and more. For more information, please visit here.

Todd Saunders Lecture at Cornell University

Fogo Island, Long Studio © Saunders Architecture

, founder of Saunders Architecture, will be delivering a lecture at Cornell University on the topic of ‘Architecture in Northern Landscapes’ on October 15. Bringing together dynamic building and material experimentation with traditional methods of craft, the Bergen, Norway–based practice has worked on cultural and residential projects in Norway, as well as England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, and Canada. Led by a strong contemporary design sensibility, the studio believes that architecture plays an important role in creating place, using form, materials, and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction. Fore more information on the event, please visit here.

Design Tactics and the Informalized City Symposium

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Informality, which was first categorized and described in the 1970s, is now pervasive — across cities, in the places we live, work, and move through the everyday. For many, the informal is no longer a discrete sector appended to the workings of the “formal” city, but an integral effect of the structuring of cities and landscapes by contemporary economic, political, and technological change. Self-built architectures and urban agglomerations, ambivalent landscapes, nomadic and temporal spatial manifestations of informalized are situationally specific, but globally ubiquitous. Design Tactics and the Informalized City symposium, being put on by Cornell University on April 13-14, brings a discussion of this reality to disciplines that work on the city in material and spatial terms: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, engineering, media and product design. More information on the event after the break.

Video: Rem Koolhaas Lecture, Opening Milstein Hall

Just recently, the author of architectural videos blog shared with us a video on OMA’s founding partner Rem Koolhaas‘ lecture which he gave at on October 20th. His lecture was given on the occasion of opening Milstein Hall, the new extension to the faculty of Architecture, Art and Planning designed by OMA.

Cornell Plantations Welcome Center / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

© Tom Arban

Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, ,
Project Team: Jon Neuert (Partner-in-Charge),Yves Bonnardeaux (Project Architect) and Project Team: Harvey Wu, Andrea Macecek, Ian Douglas, Teddy Benedicto, Winda Lau, Cyril Charron, Hugh Clark, Jesse Dormody
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,900 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

Johnson Museum New Wing / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

© Robert Barker

Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners LLP
Location: Ithaca, New York,
Project Director: Cornell University
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
MEP Engineer: ICOR Associates, LLC
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: ~16,500 sqf
Photographs: David O. Brown, Robert Barker

AD Classics: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University / I.M. Pei


With a desire to make a dramatic statement while maintaining an optimal amount of scenic views, transparent open spaces and windows beautifully contrast the heaviness and boldness of the rectangular forms of concrete.

More on the at Cornell University by I.M. Pei after the break.


© Susan & Jerry Kaye

Architects: EPIPHYTE Lab
Location: Ithaca, ,
Design Principals: Dana Čupková, Kevin Pratt
Design Team: Man Kim, Jamie Pelletier, Travis Fitch, Monica Freundt, Kyriaki Kasabalis
General Contractor: Paul Hansen Construction
Structural Engineer: Gary Bush P.E.
Stair Fabrication: BuildLab
Mass Wall Form-work Fabrication: SCCM, LLC; Frank Parish
Landscape: The Plantsmen
Project area: 3,900 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Susan & Jerry Kaye

Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium 2010

This year’s Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium (August 27-28) will re-examine concepts central to the teaching of architectural design. The symposium draws on the experiences and insights of a core group of challenging educators and will address a matrix of critical issues: teaching arrangements and ideologies of foundational programs in architecture, techniques and theory as determining factors in the design processes, and the effect of architectural discourses on larger social constructs.

A significant part of the conference will be dedicated to discussions among speakers, faculty, and students, and is intended to amplify and interrogate the presentations. The conference is coordinated and led by Dagmar Richer, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Christian Otto, Professor of Architectural History. For details and participant abstracts, click here.