The School of Visual Arts in New York is hosting their Spring 2012 lecture series which began on February 7 and continues until June 18. Their next lecture, Lunchtime Q&A with Michael Kimmelman, will take place on February 14 at 12:30pm. From public housing and community development to issues of social responsibility, The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman has already shaken up our traditional notion of what an architecture critic is supposed to cover. In this intimate lunchtime Q&A, Kimmelman will address questions relating to the role of an architecture critic, discuss the possibilities for the future of criticism, and suggest what a burgeoning generation of critics should take notice of. For more information on the event and the other upcoming lectures, please visit here.
Just last week, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn enacted 29 new recommendations of the Green Codes Task Force that will provide the proper foundation for New York to meet the aggressive PlanNYC Goals for 2030. The impact of these new codes is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent; lower the energy costs for lighting by 10 percent; save 30 billion gallons of water through better plumbing regulations; treat 15 million gallons of toxic construction water; recycle 100,000 tons of asphalt; and save $400 million in overall energy costs. The implementation of such codes is the result of the formation of the NYC Green Codes Task Force, an organization led by Urban Green Council, that proposed over 100 recommendations in 2010 to address a wide range of sustainable issues; and, in the two years since that report, the Mayor’s Office and City Council have made 29 of those recommendations law, and are currently working to codify 8 others.
More about the new building codes after the break.
An event marking the publication of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S’ new book, Embedded brings together authors, contributors, mentors and confabulators to discuss some of the most relevant issues haunting contemporary architectural practice and discourse today, such as the perceived divide between progressive design culture, the politics of form and social responsibility. The event takes place Thursday, February 9th from 6:30-8:30 PM at Studio-X NYC, 180 Varick St. Suite 1610, New York, NY 10014. More information after the break.
As the next installment in the modeFab series and building upon the research developed in Strip Morphologies I + II, this workshop will investigate the morphology of the ’strip’ by cross-linking developable surfaces, ordered grids, and joining strategies. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will identify and exploit the constraints inherent in sheet material and CNC laser-cutting technology to explore and construct highly articulated material assemblies. Furthermore, the workshop will provide participants with instruction in digital fabrication techniques and direct access to CNC equipment. For more information, please visit here.
Launching in fall 2012, Parsons The New School of Design is offering a new graduate program in urbanism in New York City, the MA Theories of Urban Practice. The 2-year, 36-credit research-oriented program is designed for those who want to transform cities through actionable research, strategic knowledge, and critical theories. In other words, knowledge can transform cities! The program will redefine urbanism and urban design as a field of transformative practice.
They are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the academic year, which begins in August. For more information, please visit here.
The Architectural League recently announced the winners of its 30th annual Emerging Voices awards. Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried portfolio competition. The award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work that represent the best of their kind, and address larger issues of architecture, landscape, and the built environment. This year’s jury included Henry Cobb, Geoff Manaugh, Paul Lewis, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Annabelle Selldorf, Claire Weisz, and Dan Wood. More images and information on the awards after the break.
Earlier this week, we shared a great clip of a comparison video betwen Lady Gaga and SANAA’s new Museum – if the comparison has you scratching your head, be sure to check out the video! Great Spaces has also made a short video of UNStudio’s Amsterdam Pavilion. Upon its opening back in the summer of 2009, we had the opportunity to interview van Berkel about his inspiration for the design. Since then, the landscape and hardscape around the pavilion have been completed, giving it a stronger presence in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal as it seems more integrated into the swirls of the bike and pedestrian paths. Thanks to Delaine Isaac for sharing the clip.
Ever likened SANAA’s New Museum to Lady Gaga? We didn’t think so! So, check out this video by Great Spaces and prepare to see the museum in a new light. Toward the end of the video, it was mentioned that only after SANAA won the Pritzker, did some people truly take notice of the museum. Have you visited the New Museum on the Bowery prior to the Pritzker, or have you been influenced to see if after SANAA’s won? And, for more info on the museum, be sure to reference our previous articles.
Architects: Ennead Architects
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Project Architects: Megan Miller AIA (Design), Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre AIA (Construction Administration)
Design Team: Gary Anderson, Darla Elsbernd, John LaBombard, Apichat Leungchaikul, Ken Mito, Saem Oh, Michael O’Meara, Jesse Peck, Alan Slusarenko, Frederick Tang, Maya Weissman-Ilan
Interior Design: Roman and Williams
Design Partner: Todd Schliemann FAIA
Management Partner: Kevin McClurkan AIA
Senior Designer: Amy Lin AIA
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 204,500 sqm
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig, Thomas Loof
Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 25 East 104th Street, New York, USA
Cost: $8.4 million
Client: The Reece School
Project Team: Charles A. Platt, AIA, Design Principal; Ray H. Dovell, AIA, Design Principal; Elissa Icso, AIA, Project Manager; Steven Dodds, Project Architect; Matthew Mueller, AIA, Naomi Touger, Tim Gaiennie
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen
Event: Tom Kundig and Mark Rozzo – Architectural Explorations in Books, a conversation presented by New York Public Library
Tomorrow, the New York Public Library will be hosting a talk between architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects and Town & Country Executive Editor Mark Rozzo that will discuss “the role of place, nature, materials and craft in creating Kundig’s bold and sensitive designs”. The talk is free for the public to attend and will feature Kundig’s most recent collection of houses: Tom Kundig: Houses 2. Continue reading for more details.
The Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University celebrated its topping out last Wednesday. Steven Holl Architects designed the “inviting new gateway” for the Baker Athletics Complex – the primary athletics facility for the University’s outdoor sports program. With the structural frame place, the large interior space and amazing views of the city are already able to be experienced. Construction is two weeks ahead of schedule and the athletic complex is planned to open this fall. Continue reading for more images and information.
Studio Mode / modeLab is pleased to announce the modeLab 2012 Spring Workshop Series. The series starts off with the Agent Forms, a two-day intensive design and programming workshop to be held in Brooklyn during the weekend of February 04-05.
In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, this workshop will interrogate agent-based simulation and strategies for simple, low-level objects to generate higher order, dynamic, and visually rich forms. They will cover technical programming concepts including Control, Modularity, and Development while incrementally building the complexity of our objects and the relationships established across class contexts. Furthermore, they will utilize the power of the Processing environment and its to capacity to compute, visualize, and capture the behavior of large populations of agents. For more information, please visit here.
The origin of Songlines [or Dreaming Tracks] can be traced to Australian indigenous systems for navigation and caretaking of land achieved by mapping space through the creation of music based on the topography of land. For 007_Urban_Songline, the artist, Allard van Hoorn, creates a series of Dreaming Tracks utilizing the changing morphology of Storefront’s façade and the sounds that emerge from the urban sonic context of the gallery. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York taking place at Storefront for Art and Architecture from January 18-February 18. More information on the exhibition after the break.