‘Elemental Recent Projects: Monoliths and Trees’ Lecture by Alejandro Aravena at MIT

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Alejandro Aravena, based in Santiago de Chile, will be giving a lecture at MIT on the theme of ‘Elemental Recent Projects: Monoliths and Trees’. After the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile in 2010, they have worked in the reconstruction by proposing a mitigation forest as the main infrastructural work, but also dealing with housing, public buildings, productive activities and transportation. In 2011 they were called to perform a similar redesign of an entire city in the Atacama desert, where the Chilean Copper Company, Codelco, commissioned them to intervene at the whole scale of Calama where they are proposing an oasis.

They have been also working in different buildings like the Angelini Innovation Center in Chile and the Mirador del Diablo in Mexico where architecture has become rather monolithic. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm at Building 10, room 250. For more information, please visit here.

‘Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built World’ Lecture by Janine Benyus at MIT

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Janine Benyus, president of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute in Missoula, MT, will be giving a lecture at MIT on the theme of ‘Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built Word’. Janine Benyus is a natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including her latest − Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves, agriculture that models a prairie, businesses that run like redwood forests). The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Thursday, April 5th at 6:30pm at Building 10, room 250. For more information, please visit here.

 

BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Space / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently opened its new headquarters, BSA Space, Boston’s leading cultural institution on architecture and design. The design of the new headquarters by Boston-based firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture is centered around a highly visible “cloud” ceiling and an iconic stair. These two architectural elements act as brand markers for BSA Space and an invitation into the exhibits and meeting spaces above. More images and project description after the break.

Room For Prayer: Mosque and Cultural Center / Studio Ö

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Studio Ö shared with us their first prize design, Room for Prayer, a mosque and cultural center as an extension for the Islamic Center of New England, . The proposed volume is closed to the outside and opens up on the inside. The intricate pattern of concrete facade works with shifting planes, creating shadow effects and an elegant and playful expression. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘REACH: The Architecture of The Freelon Group’ Exhibition

's Anacostia Library / © Mark Herboth

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning will showcase the architecture of The Freelon Group in an art exhibition opening February 15th at the Wolk Gallery at MIT. The exhibit, which runs through April 13th, includes ten projects designed by the Freelon Group, plus a table from the furniture collection designed by founder Philip Freelon. Featured projects include museums, university buildings, libraries and an airport parking structure (we’ve published a few you can see here. And don’t miss our interview with Philip Freelon). More information on the event after the break.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens New Wing Today / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Evening exterior view - Outdoor art installation “Ailanthus” by Stefano Arienti (right) © Nic Lehoux / Building Workshop

The newly constructed wing for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, opens to the public today with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony accompanied by the City of Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Designed to preserve the 1902 historic building, the 70,000 square-foot addition will offer purpose-built spaces for concerts, exhibitions and classes, along with enhanced visitor amenities. The museum will also be kicking off an inaugural season of exhibitions, performances and events that will highlight the buildings wide range of programming.

“This new wing is an extraordinarily elegant workshop, a bustling counterpoint to the historic building’s serenity. Here, the thinking and the work of the Museum is performed, so that the Palace, which had been put to uses for which it was not equipped, can once again give visitors the experience Isabella Stewart Gardner intended: a personal confrontation with art,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Museum.

Continue reading for more images and information.

Center for Life Science | Boston / Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

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Architect: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Location: , , USA
Project Size: 777,600 square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographers: Jeffrey Totaro, Ed Wonsek

Farrar Pond Project – FlexFENCE / Mikyoung Kim Design

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Landscape Architect: Mikyoung Kim Design
Project Location: , Massachusetts,
Commissioning Entity: R. E. Davoli
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Mikyoung Kim Design

Levinson Plaza, Mission Park / Mikyoung Kim Design

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Envisioned as an urban grove, this central gathering space represents the convergence of community in this diverse, mixed income, residential development. The design accommodates a complex program, layering the varied multi-cultural and intergenerational uses with a number of meaningful gathering and recreational spaces for the residents. Tai Chi, chess, children’s play areas, and contemplative seating areas allow for various groups to utilize the garden spaces in different ways. Lawn areas can be used for sunbathing in the summer and also provide the community with areas for flexible programming during larger gatherings, such as celebrations for the Chinese New Year, Russian Unity Day, and other cultural and civic events.

Landscape Architect: Mikyoung Kim Design
Location: Boston, Massachusetts,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Mikyoung Kim Design

South American Project: Hinterland Urbanisms Symposium

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The Hinterland Urbanisms Symposium, curated by Felipe Correa of Somatic Collaborative, Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Ana Maria Duran, Loeb Fellow ’11, looks at the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) as a point of departure for an ample discussion regarding the diverse models of urbanism that emerge at the intersection of resource extraction and regional integration projects (primarily through mobility corridors).

The symposium takes place October 7th and 8th at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. More information on the event after the break.

BSA Lecture Series

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Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently launched their lecture series which opens up on September 21st with Jeremiah Eck, FAIA as he considers a simple way to infuse sustainability and light in homes; Barnaby Evans does something similar for cities while Chee Pearlman enlists design for the betterment of humanity and Audrey O’Hagan, AIA looks boldly toward the future of the profession. All free BSA lectures take place at 6:00 pm at the BSA Space multimedia room (290 Congress Street, ). More information on the series after the break.

Carl J. Shapiro Science Center / Payette

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Architect: Payette
Location: , MA
Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates
Project Area: 137,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography


Truro Residence / ZeroEnergy Design

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Architect: ZeroEnergy Design
Location: Truro,
Consultants: Silvia & Silvia, Light Th!s, Venegas and Company, Eleven Interiors, Helmarck & Foglia
Project Area: 6,200 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Eric Roth Photography, ZeroEnergy Design


UMass Amherst Integrated Science Building / Payette

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Architect: Payette
Location:
Project Area: 173,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Expansion / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley and Jim Labeck, the director of operations, look over a model of the Gardner's new wing (center). The original building (right) sits in front of it. (John Tlumacki / Globe Staff)

Opening in 2012, the $118 million steel, glass, and copper-clad expansion to Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Renzo Piano Building Workshop will more than double the size of the current facility. Included in the project are a new entrance, music hall, gallery space, and other amenities for an institution that has remained largely unaltered since opening in 1903.

AD Classics: JFK Presidential Library / I.M. Pei

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After a nine year process and fourteen possible architects the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was finally finished and dedicated on October 20, 1979. Architect ’s signature geometric shapes of concrete steel and glass created an appropriate stately monumentality. A juxtaposition of spaces and light quality along with a defined and lucid circulation creates a logical story line of its namesake.

Riverside Park Pavilion / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: , , USA
Client: James Wilcox
Structural Engineer: Richmond So
Landscape Architect: Bob Uhlig
General Contractor: Dave Quirk
Photographs: Ed Wonsek

B Street Lofts / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: , Massachusetts,
General Contractor: Fern Vanchon
Lighting Designer: Scott Richardson
Photographs: Stephen Lee