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

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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

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Architects: a + i architecture
Location: , New York, USA
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 Charles and Ray Eames 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

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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 .

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 Hudson Yards 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

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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

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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

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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 , 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

Sukkah ‘In the Field’ Installation / BanG studio

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As a temporary installation at Park Slope, for the Jewish Sukkah holiday, the design by BanG studio for this new sukkah, titled, “In the Field” reflects both the symbolic nature of the design as a pastoral escape to a transitional and temporary space in line with the holiday’s spirit and the in situ design principal where all aspects of the specific development of the form were resolved in the actual assembly. More images and project description after the break.

“Close The Gap” Competition Winners

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d3 and Transportation Alternatives are pleased to announce the winners of the “Close The Gap” design competition, which invited architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers and students worldwide to envision the completion of the East River Greenway. Submissions from pla.net Architects and the design team of James and Madeline Stokoe were selected by the jurors for their outstanding work. The competition called for proposals that fundamentally transform how people move through Manhattan by filling in a 22-block gap along the East River. More information on the competition awards after the break.

AIA Long Island & Daniel J. Rowen Memorial Architectural Design Awards / Bates Masi + Architects

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Bates Masi + Architects of Sag Harbor, is pleased to announce the receipt of three AIA Long Island Awards and three AIA Peconic Daniel J. Rowen Memorial Architectural Design Awards. The AIA Long Island Awards were presented on October 19th at Oheka Castle, in Huntington, NY. The AIA Peconic Awards were presented on October 22 at an Award Symposium located at the Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton, NY. More information on the awards after the break.

WSJ. Magazine’s 1st Annual Innovator of the Year Awards

'Mountain Dwellings' by architect, Bjarke Ingels

WSJ. Magazine recently announced its inaugural Innovator of the Year Awards, honoring the most creative, disruptive, and influential individuals in the world today. In conjunction with the November issue of WSJ., seven winners will be honored at a dinner on Thursday, October 27, at the Museum of Modern Art in . The November issue of WSJ. will hit newsstands on Saturday, October 29, as part of WSJ Weekend.

The winners of the 2011 ’s Innovator of the Year Awards are: Ai Weiwei (Art); Katie Grand (Fashion); Elon Musk (Technology); Bjarke Ingels (Architecture); Steve Ells (Food); Joris Laarman (Design); and The Giving Pledge, founded by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (Philanthropy). More information on the awards after the break.

Closing Reception: Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings

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Storefront for Art and Architecture will host a “closing ceremony” for the exhibition, Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings, an exhibition by Matilde Cassani that explores secret, sacred territory throughout , on November 5, 2011 at 5pm. The ceremony will include discussion with local clergy on the condition of religion in the city of , focusing on the religious spaces that are built in non-traditional places to worship. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, visit here.

MPD Office / StudioLAB

Courtesy of StudioLAB

Architects: StudioLAB, LLC
Location: Meat Packing District, City, NY,
Design Team: Matthew Miller, Ryan Ho
Contractor: D&D1 Corp.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of StudioLAB