Second Wave of Modernism Conference

Courtesy of MoMA & The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in , all are invited at attend the Second Wave of Modernism conference on Friday, November 18th at the Museum of Modern Art. The conference will examine modernism at the residential, urban and metropolitan scales, ranging from Richard Neutra’s Kun 2 in LA to the High Line. Participants include James Corner, Charles Renfro, Kathryn Gustafson, Michael Van Valkenburgh and many others. More information about the event and how to register, please visit here.

JWT Headquarters / Clive Wilkinson Architects

© Eric Laignel Photography

Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: 466 Lexington Avenue, , NY 10017,
Executive Architect: HOK NY
Client: JWT NY, formerly J. Walter Thompson NY
Project Area: 250,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Eric Laignel Photography

Amplifying Creative Communities: North Brooklyn

Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design

The DESIS Lab (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) at Parsons The New School for Design presents Amplifying Creative Communities in NYC: North Brooklyn from November 7–20 at Arts@Renaissance. This exhibition and workshop series, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s City Cultural Innovation Fund, are part of a two-year, design-driven initiative aimed at helping neighborhoods and communities to support social innovations that create a more sustainable City. These activities range from healthy and local food initiatives, to environmental efforts, alternative modes of transportation, and sharing economies such as co-housing, food cooperatives, and bartering. For more information about this exhibition and workshop series, please visit here.

 

Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo

© Harrison Atelier, 2011

Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo, the latest in a growing body of Harrison Atelier (HAt) collaborations bridging design with performance. The new dance-installation work is conceived, dramaturged and directed by HAt founder Seth Harrison, designed by his partner, Ariane Lourie Harrison, choreographed by Silas Riener and performed by Merce Cunningham Dance Company members Silas Riener, Rashaun Mitchell, Jamie Scott and Melissa Toogood.

The installation will be on view November 22 – December 3. The opening event, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on November 22, will include a brief “teaser” performance. Full performances will take place nightly, November 25 – 30, at 7:00 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. For more information, including ticket information, please visit here.

[global] Crisis & Design ver.1.0: Living in the Crisis Era Exhibition

Courtesy of I:M
The Institute of Multidisciplinarity for Art, Architecture and Design (IM) and Artgate Galleryare pleased to present an exhibition, [global] Crisis & Design ver.1.0: Living in the Crisis Era, between Anxiety and Desire. The exhibition is on view at Artgate Gallery from November 17, 2011 through December 3, 2011. The exhibition and publication is made possible by the funding program for Next Generation Design Leaders supported by Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea and Korea Institute of Design Promotion.

Commissioned and curated by Changhak Choi, architect and founding director of IM, [global] Crisis & Design ver.1.0: Living in the Crisis Era enlists twelve ‐based architects and designers to envision solutions to issues of global crisis and examine its influence on daily routine. More information on the exhibition after the break.

CANSTRUCTION® Exhibit in NYC

The Candard Hotel by DeSimone Consulting Engineers

On November 9th at the World Financial Center, all are invited to watch twenty-six of City’s top architecture, engineering and design firms will spend one adrenaline-filled evening configuring over 100,000 cans of food into gravity-defying sculptures for Canstruction, an exhibition, design competition and canned food drive to help feed hungry New Yorkers in need during the Thanksgiving season. While admission is free, visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to support the cause by contributing high-quality non-perishable foods, such as tuna, beans, and canned vegetables.

An annual art show, design competition, and food drive all rolled into one, Canstruction® raises hunger awareness by challenging teams of architects and engineers to create larger-than-life pop art masterpieces made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The eye-popping results will be displayed from November 10 through 21 before being donated to City Harvest for delivery to local community food programs. More information on the exhibit and images of last year’s winners after the break.

B*Sessions: LEEDing Affordable Housing Seminar

Courtesy of The Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Join a critical discussion on the architect’s role in shaping sustainable buildings and communities. Panelists Terrence O’Neal AIA, LEED AP [Terrence O'Neal Architect, LLC]; Victor Body-Lawson AIA [Body Lawson Associates]; and David Danois AIA [Danois Architects] will use case studies in sustainable and LEED certified buildings to offer effective measures of encouraging design solutions to clients and the public while reviewing ’Codes vs. Standards vs. Rating Systems’ and ‘NYC Energy Conservation Code and IGCC overviews Tactics on ratings/ points achieved’. The event takes takes place at the Steelcase Showroom at 4 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019. B*Session is free with rsvp by Monday November 7, 2011 and $10 for non-members by November 14th to events@nycoba.org.

Reconsidering Postmodernism Conference

Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art announces a two-day conference on November 11-12 dedicated to a rigorous examination of Postmodernism both as expressed in theory and as put into practice in the fourth quarter of the 20th century in America and abroad. The conference’s goal is to bring together top architects, scholars, and critics to discuss why and how Postmodernism occurred, why and how it was soon largely eclipsed, and why and how it has nonetheless continued to influence the field and broader culture – including its lasting impact on the theory and application of urban planning and design. More information on the conference after the break.

Cornell Plantations Welcome Center / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

© Tom Arban

Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, , USA
Project Team: Jon Neuert (Partner-in-Charge),Yves Bonnardeaux (Project Architect) and Project Team: Harvey Wu, Andrea Macecek, Ian Douglas, Teddy Benedicto, Winda Lau, Cyril Charron, Hugh Clark, Jesse Dormody
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,900 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

Parsons Launches New Urban Graduate Programs

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Parsons The New School for Design has announced new graduate programs including a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies and a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice. What makes these programs unique is their focus on urban designers and planners as agents of social change: What kind of deep knowledge do urbanists need to be able to design cities in a much more effectively manner? And how do urbanists use their creative training and visionary skills to engage with the deeper structures of society?The programs represent a wider initiative at Parsons, one of the world’s leading schools of art and design, to offer graduate programs that define the next phase of global design. The programs will launch in Fall 2012. More information on the programs after the break.

Horizon Media Office / a + i architecture

© Magda Biernat

Architects: a + i architecture
Location: New York City, New York,
Project Team: Dag Folger – Principle, Bradley Zizmor – Principle, Sommer Schauer – Senior Associate, Anastasia Amelchakova – Project Manager, Amy Mielke – Designer, Phil Ward – Designer
Client: Horizon Media
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 115,000 sqf
Photographs: Magda Biernat

EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

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The husband-and-wife team of are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life — from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age — has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work opening November 18th at the IFC Center in .

Stakeholders Pledge to Complete High Line

Rendering by KPF

The stakeholders have publicly committed to develop the third and final section of the at the West Side Rail Yard, between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The private rail company and owner of the , CSX Transportation, Inc, have agreed to donate the last remaining section to the City of New York.

The city, along with the state and Related Companies, has pledged to “preserve the entire historic structure of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, including the spur over 10th Avenue.” This ensures the protection of the rail line as development begins in the historic area. Coach’s new 1.7 million square-foot global headquarters will be the first to break ground in mid-2012.

Part One of the High Line officially opened in the summer of 2009 and Part Two just opened this past summer. As announced yesterday on ArchDaily, you can now digitally walk though the High Line with Google Street View.

Update: Jean Nouvel Jewelbox Houses Historic Carousel in NYC

© Roland Halbe

Since it’s opening on September 16th, the Jean Nouvel acrylic encasement and historic Jane’s Carousel has become a landmark in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park for families. The welcoming public pavilion offers spectacular views of the East River, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and the Manhattan skyline.

Continue reading for more detailed information and images.

WEISS/MANFREDI receives 2011 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Courtesy of Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

The Diana Center, a 98,000 square-foot multipurpose arts building at Barnard College designed by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, is the winner of a 2011 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award. The project will be exhibited in Buenos Aires at the 13th International Architecture Biennial in October, and will be on display throughout Europe in the next year.

Established in the 1990s by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd., the awards program honors and celebrates the most outstanding new achievements and innovations for new architecture. Past recipients of the award include Renzo Piano, Perkins + Will, Eric Owen Moss and other leading architecture firms with distinguished projects designed and built in the . which makes this award such an honor.

The Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life on campus and within the city. Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story structure that rethinks the conventions of a mixed use building. The building is home to the departments of architecture, art history, visual arts, and theater and includes architecture and painting studios, a 500-seat events space, black box theater, cafe, dining room, reading room, classrooms, and exhibition galleries.

Moroccan Court / New Galleries at the MET / Achva Benzinberg Stein

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art ‘New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia’ with Achva Stein on its opening day.  Stein, a principal of an ASLA award-winning landscape architecture and design firm Benzinberg Stein Associates and the founding Director of the Graduate program in Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of , was asked to join the ’s endeavors after her noted publication, Morocco: Courtyards and Gardens, showcased her passion for and understanding of the country’s varied garden types found in regions such as Marrakech and Fez.  For the new wing, Stein has created a fantastic 14th century Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard that goes beyond a mere representation, and truly infuses the spirit and essence of a Moroccan court into a small interior space of the MET.

More about our trip to the MET after the break.

AD On The Streets: The Highline, New York


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This week AD On The Streets takes you deeper into the project, thanks to a new set of destinations announced by Google a couple of days ago, which includes some of the world’s greatest urban parks.

By using trikes, Google has been able to capture one of the most acclaimed urban projects of the last years: The Highline park in New York, by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

This project has been the igniter of a larger scale urban renovation in Manhattan, benefiting not only the neighbors, and local store owners, but also the real state sector and tourism. It’s like the Guggenheim Bilbao effect, now cities wants their own “highlines”.

Part Two of The Highline was opened this summer, and Part Three has just been announced (more on that on another post in a few).

modeLab Strip Morphologies II Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab is pleased to announce the first installment of the modeFab workshop series: Strip Morphologies II. As a continuation of the Strip Morphologies workshop held in June 2010, Strip Morphologies II is a two-day intensive design, prototyping, and fabrication workshop to be held in City during the weekend of November 12-13, 2011.

In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, this workshop will investigate the morphology of the ’strip’ by cross-linking developable surfaces and joining strategies. 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.

This workshop will consist of a series of instructional lectures, open work sessions, and guided exercises, beginning with an introduction to Computational Geometry and Grid-Based Modeling. The workshop is structured to allow each participant time to iteratively develop design prototypes, moving quickly from digital design environments to material artifacts and back again throughout the weekend. To register or for more information: http://modelab.nu/?p=5159