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Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

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'Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable' Exhibition

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

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

Todd Saunders, 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

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 Cornell University 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.

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

  • Architects: I.M. Pei
  • Location: Ithaca, New York
  • Architect: John L. Sullivan
  • Additional Team Members: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
  • References: Cornell University, Chronicle Online.
  • Project Year: 1973
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Cornell University, Wikimedia Commons

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  • Architects: EPIPHYTE Lab
  • Location: Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Architects: EPIPHYTE Lab
  • Design Principals: Dana Čupková, Kevin Pratt
  • Design Team: Man Kim, Jamie Pelletier, Travis Fitch, Monica Freundt, Kyriaki Kasabalis
  • Structural Engineer: Gary Bush P.E.
  • General Contractor: Paul Hansen Construction
  • Stair Fabrication: BuildLab
  • Mass Wall Form Work Fabrication: SCCM, LLC; Frank Parish
  • Area: 3900.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Susan & Jerry Kaye

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Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium 2010

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.

Cornell Ornithology Laboratory / RMJM

  • Architects: RMJM
  • Location: Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Architects: RMJM
  • Principal In Charge: Nicholas Garrison
  • Engineering: Van Zelm, Heywood & Shadford, Inc., West Hartford, Conn.
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, PC, New York, NY M/E/P
  • Lighting Design: The Mintz Lighting Group, Inc.
  • Cost Estimating: Daedalus Projects, Inc., Boston, Mass.
  • Construction Management: Christa Construction LLC, Victor, NY
  • Area: 7400.0 sqm

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