Theories of Urban Practice Graduate Program at Parsons The New School for Design

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Launching in fall 2012, Parsons The New School of Design is offering a new graduate program in urbanism in , 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.

 

Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster and Partners

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Architect: Foster and Partners
Location: Midtown Manhattan, , New York,
Project Design: Norman Foster
Structural Engineer: WSP Cantour Seinuk
Construction: Turner Construction
Project Area: 46 stories; 860,000 sq ft 
Project Year: 2003-2006
Photographs: Chuck Choi

Architectural League Announces 2012 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Netscape, SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 / © and courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

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 , 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.

Video: New Amsterdam Pavilion / UNStudio / Great Spaces

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Earlier this week, we shared a great clip of a comparison video betwen Lady Gaga and SANAA’s – if the comparison has you scratching your head, be sure to check out the video!  Great Spaces has also made a short video of ’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.

2 North Moore / Turett Collaborative Architects

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Architect: Turett Collaborative Architects – Wayne Turett
Location: 2 North Moore, , USA
Square Footage: 11,500 S.F
Interior Designer: TCA
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

Video: New Museum / SANAA / Great Spaces


Ever likened SANAA’s 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 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 ’s won?   And, for more info on the museum, be sure to reference our previous articles.

The Standard New York / Ennead Architects

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Architects: Ennead Architects
Location: City, , 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

The Reece School / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

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Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 25 East 104th Street, , USA
Cost: $8.4 million
Completed: 2006
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

   

New York Apartment Remodelation / INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH

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Architect: INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH
Location: 459 West 18th Street, 10011, ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Schauer

Event: Tom Kundig and Mark Rozzo – Architectural Explorations in Books, a conversation presented by New York Public Library

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Tomorrow, the New York Public Library will be hosting a talk between architect 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.

In Progress: Steven Holl Architects’ Campbell Sports Center Tops Out

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The Campbell Sports Center at 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.

 

modeLab Agent Forms Workshop

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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 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.

’007_Urban_Songline’ Exhibition / Allard van Hoorn

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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 taking place at Storefront for Art and Architecture from January 18-February 18. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Princeton School of Architecture / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: ,
Project Team: Principal-in-charge: Adam Yarinsky; Project Manager: Megumi Tamanaha; Project Team: Jennifer Park, Tina Hunderup, Adrian Wu, Arthur Chu
Completion: August 2007
Photographs: Paul Warchol

R House / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: Syracuse, New York,
Project Team: () Principals: Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky; Project Manager: Megumi Tamanaha; Project Team: Melissa Eckerman, Jane Lea, Neil Patel, Anne-Marie Singer. (Della Valle Berheimer Architects) Principals: Jared Della Valle, Andrew Bernheimer; Project Architect: Garrick Jones; Project Team: Lara Shihab Eldin, Janine Soper
Project Year: 2008-2011
Area: 1,100 sf
Construction budget: $150,000
Clients: Home HeadQuarters, Inc., Syracuse University Center for Excellence, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Photographs: Richard Barnes

Poly Prep Lower School / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

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Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, , USA
Cost: $20 million
Completed: 2007
Client: Poly Prep Country Day School
Landmark Status: Park Slope Historic District
Original Architect: Montrose Morris, Romanesque Revival Hulbert Mansion
Project Team: Samuel G. White, FAIA, Design Principal; Serena Losonczy, Project Manager; Matthew Mueller, Job Captain; Leonard Leung; Marie Marberg; Charles Melansen; Tomo Tsujita; Julie Janiski, LEED AP
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen

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.

Cuomo to rethink Jacob Javits

Existing Jacob Javits Center

In his State of the State address last week, New York Governor Cuomo introduced the notion of replacing the Jacob Javits Center along Manhattan’s West Side with a new convention center in Queens.  Such a plan envisions a 3.8 million-square-foot exhibition center at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, Queens – a project that would become the largest convention center in the and a major urban redevelopment project.   Through a joint-partnership with Genting Americas, the government would provide the land and Genting would provide the $4 billion to finance the convention center.  “Let’s build the largest convention center in the nation, period,” Mr. Cuomo said. “It will be all about jobs, jobs, jobs, tens of thousand of jobs.”

More about the Convention Center after the break.