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Kent State Breaks Ground on WEISS/MANFREDI-Designed Center for Architecture

00:00 - 2 October, 2014
© WEISS/MANFREDI (Competition Renderings)
© WEISS/MANFREDI (Competition Renderings)

Ohio’s Kent State is set to break ground tomorrow on its New Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. The $48 million building was designed by New York-based WEISS/MANFREDI following a collaboration with Richard L. Bowen & Associates which won first in the project’s national competition

The design, dubbed the “Kent State Design Loft,” transforms the notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that unites all the college’s programs, including construction management, under one roof. 

New images of the building, after the break.

Proposals Unveiled for Kent State's new Architecture College

01:00 - 18 January, 2013
 Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. proposal; Courtesy Kent State University
Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. proposal; Courtesy Kent State University

Yesterday, the shortlisted teams for Kent State’s new, $40 million College of Architecture and Environmental Design pitched their designs to the Kent community. From “simple and functional to splendidly provocative”, these proposals offer a range of innovative solutions that will satisfy Kent’s mission to create a modern campus that offers an outstanding academic experience and enriches the greater community of Kent, Ohio.

The four finalists, which were selected from 37 international teams, were challenged to design a 122,000 square foot, sustainable exemplar, possibly capable of achieving net-zero energy, that unites Kent State’s architecture program under one roof, while inspiring interdisciplinary collaboration within flexible learning spaces.

Get a sneak peak of each proposal after the break.

2011 matR Project: "The Passage"

13:00 - 10 September, 2011
© Victoria Capranica
© Victoria Capranica

A team of graduate students recently created a temporary installation on the Kent State University, Kent campus in Ohio. The project grew out of an internal challenge in the matR design competition. Designed by graduate students Brian Thoma, Carl, Veith, Victoria, Capranica, Matt Veith, and Griffin Morris, the tunnel-like structure called “The Passage” was a study to support the conceptualization and actualization of innovative and experimental material research. The students created the initial form in Rhinoceros with a couple Grasshopper definitions as a waffle structure of 26 vertical ribs and 24 horizontal struts. More images and information after the break.

Kent State CAED 2011 Spring Lecture Series

19:00 - 28 March, 2011

Upcoming April lectures at Kent State’s CAED will include Michael Meredith of MOS Architects, winners of MoMA’s P.S.1. 2009. Also featured will be University of Kentucky’s Dean of the College of Architecture Michael Speaks and Richard Jackson of the UCLA School of Public Health.

Kent State CAED 2011 Spring Lecture Series

13:00 - 19 February, 2011

Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design recently shared their Spring Lecture series with us. This series includes speakers such as Elena Manferdini of Atelier Manferdini. All lectures are free admission and begin at 7pm, locations vary.