Rensselaer Spring 2012 Lecture Series

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The spring 2012 lecture series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture started on February 13th with Patrik Schumacher and concludes with the ‘Transactions’ lecture on April 9th. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center at 6pm unless otherwise noted. More information on the lecture series after the break.

2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: Virtual Water / UrbanLab + endrestudio + Method Design

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) earlier this month. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s WendyVirtual Water, a collaborative design brought to you by UrbanLab, endrestudio and Method Design, formally manifests what is hidden in plain sight: RAIN. The project reveals and plays with thousands of gallons of summertime rainwater that would otherwise be discarded from the PS1 courtyard.

Virtual Water refers to water hidden in everyday products. A pair of jeans, for example, has a 3000 gallon Virtual Water footprint because 3000 gallons of water are consumed in the various steps of its production chain (growing the cotton, dyeing the fabric, etc).

2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: PS1 Moments / AEDS

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) earlier this month. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s Wendy. AEDS’s (Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio) proposal creates a 21st century urban oasis in the fabled courtyard of PS1. The design encourages visitors to meander through a maze-like field of objects, enticing them to take up different paths, creating distinct experiential moments. This anti-monumental, anti-plop art approach is acutely attuned to both the human scale and the elemental senses.

For perhaps the first time, the entire courtyard will be activated throughout the day and long into the night, inspiring a voyeuristic curiosity, a desire to explore and inhabit hidden “moments.” A stream of water carves a path between the objects, stitching together three main spaces defined by the experiences of Water, Mist and Vegetation. At night, diffused light is fragmented through the digitally fabricated patterns that perforate the surface of the objects.

Ocean Guest House / Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

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Architect: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects
Location: Bridgehampton, NY,
Design Team: Frederick Stelle, Viola Rouhani, Greg Tietjen, Esra Unaldi, Jonathan Subject
Interior Design: Eleanor Donnelly, Stelle Architects
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Carbone

Pratt Institute 2012 Spring Lecture Series

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Globally recognized for its distinguished academic reputation and one of the world’s most prestigious independent colleges, Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture will present their spring 2012 lecture series from February 13 through April 9, 2012 at the Institute’s and campuses. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, seating priority will be given to current students with Pratt identification. More information on the event after the break.

Video: Brooklyn Bridge / John Roebling / Great Spaces

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Check out Great Spaces’ clip on the Bridge, one of New York’s amazing infrastructure feats.  The construction of the bridge was a family affair as it was designed by  in the late 1860s and then completed by his son and daughter-in-law.  One must imagine New York’s “skyline” of the 1800s to fully understand the innovation and the magnitude of such a massive project.  For more about Roebling’s bridge, be sure to view our AD Classics coverage.

McGee Art Pavilion / ikon.5 architects

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Architect: ikon.5 architects
Location: Alfred,
Project Area: 19,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

HWKN wins the 2012 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 in New York

Rendering of ’s Wendy, winning design of Young Architect’s Program 2012. Image courtesy of .

The Museum of Modern Art and PS1 have announced the New York based office HWKN (HollwichKushner) as winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. As winners of the 13th edition of the program, HWKN will construct an outdoor summer installation at the PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, Queens. The winning proposal, known as Wendy, was selected from five finalists and will provide a unique setting for the popular Warm Up summer music series.

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‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

Co-sponsored by the AIA NY Marketing and PR Committee and the Oculus Committee, the Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today discussion will take place Monday, February 27, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Center for Architecture in City.

In the first of a four-part series, architecture critics discuss the role of criticism in the field of architecture and how it informs the general public’s understanding of design. They also answer a vital question: as a project comes to life, at what point(s) should critics weigh in? In this panel discussion, prominent editors and writers will discuss the overall trends and shifts in architecture criticism today. More information on the event after the break.

“Building Intelligence Project” Think Tank

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Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) sixth International Think Tank on February 24, 2012, at the powerHouse Arena in , .

Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors, owners, and other industry experts will gather to explore solutions that could change the building industry for the better as part of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP). More information on the event after the break.

In Progress: Barclays Center / SHoP

Photograph by Roger Edwards.

We have been keeping close watch on the progress of Barclays Center, SHoP’s 650,000+ stadium for at .  The project has an interesting history as the client, Bruce Ratner, originally looked to Gehry to design an urban solution and iconic image for the 22 acre site, prior to teaming with  Ellerbe Becket and SHoP.   As we’ve reported earlier, SHoP’s response has developed to become a sweeping pre-fabricated volume, with a perforated latticework steel skin and a transparent ground level.   Photographer Roger Edwards has shared some recent photos with us of the construction process as the building is quickly beginning to take shape.

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‘What Is Foreclosed? Housing, Suburbanization, and Crisis’ Forum

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The Buell Center will be hosting a public forum entitled What Is Foreclosed? Housing, Suburbanization, and Crisis, which marks the opening of Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, an exhibition co-organized by the Museum of Modern Art and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012, in the Low Memorial Library Rotunda at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary group of scholars, activists, and architects, will debate the future of American housing, cities and suburbs and the cultural narratives that have accompanied the home foreclosure crisis and the economic crisis more generally. More information on the event after the break.

SVA MFA Design Criticism Spring 2012 Lecture Series

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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.

The New York Public Library / 1100 Architect

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Architect: 1100 Architect
Location: , NY
Completion: Date 2010
Size: 10,500 SF
Photographs: Courtesy of 1100 Architect

  

New Building Codes to Meet PlaNYC Goals

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 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. 

PATTERNS Book Launch: ‘EMBEDDED’

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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, , NY 10014. More information after the break.

modeLab Strip Morphologies III Workshop

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Strip Morphologies III is a two-day intensive design, prototyping, and fabrication workshop put on by Studio Mode / modeLab to be held in New York City during the weekend of March 03-04.

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.

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 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.