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,

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 City. The November issue of WSJ. will hit newsstands on Saturday, October 29, as part of WSJ Weekend.

The winners of the 2011 WSJ. Magazine’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 New York, on November 5, 2011 at 5pm. The ceremony will include discussion with local clergy on the condition of religion in the city of New York, 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

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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

Sundaram Tagore Gallery / Katz Architecture

© Julian Olivas of Air-to-Ground Photography

Architect: Katz Architecture
Location: 547 West 27th Street, , New York,
MEP Engineer: Lilker Associates
Schematic Design: Charles Hemminger Associates
Lighting: Lighting Collaborative
Expediting: William Vitacco Associates
Custom Concrete: The Concrete Impressionist
Photographs: Julian Olivas of Air-to-Ground Photography

Update: BOFFO Building Fashion / Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson


Photograph by Evan Joseph

We’ve been taking you through the two week installations at the BOFFO Building Fashion event, and this week marks the third installation by Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson. It is quite remarkable to see the transformation that takes place at 57 Walker Street every few days (remember how last time, the fashion and architecture pair Irene Neuwirth + Marc Fornes / TheVeryMany resulted in a crazy atmosphere of organic metallic forms dancing across the room?). Now, visitors will experience a space with crumbling walls, rubble, scaffold and re-bar designed by Hudson in response to the Ervell’s design brand of innovative materials and unconventional application throughout his collections. “Overall, the environment that has been created where destruction —the decay and the beautiful—are transformed into art and design, both literally and figuratively,” explained BOFFO.

More about the designers and the installation after the break.

200 Eleventh Avenue / Selldorf Architects

© David Sundberg | Esto

Architect: Selldorf Architects
Location: , ,
Project Area: 61,000 gsf
Project Year: 2010
Photographer: David Sundberg | Esto

Urban Planning Visionaries Discuss ‘Design in New York City’

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The MAS Summit for New York City, which occurs at 9:15am on October 14th, will bring together four icons of urban planning, design and architecture to explore today’s challenges and opportunities in creating a well-planned and well-designed city.

Delivering keynote speeches will be Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, an urban planner and civic activist, who serves as the Planning Commissioner and Chair of the Planning Commission, and Witold Rybczynski best-selling author, Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania and architecture critic at Slate. More information on the event after the break.

SUNY Institute of Technology Student Center / QPK Design

© Dave Revette Photography

Architect: QPK Design
Location: Utica, New York,
Project Team: Nicholas C. Lindabury, R.A., LEED AP, Partner-in-Charge; Paul Vaivoda, R.A, LEED AP BD+C, Project Designer; Matthew Klucznik, LEED AP, Project Manager; Erin Sirianni, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Interior Designer
Collaborators: Argus Engineering, PLLC, Plumb Engineer, P.C., John P. Stopen Engineering Partnership, Roth Consulting Group (Food Service), Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation
Project Area: 43,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Dave Revette Photography,  Chris Pitulej

Park Avenue Armory / Herzog & de Meuron

© Herzog and de Meuron. Rendering for exterior expression.

Built in 1861, the Park Avenue Armory Park functioned as both a military facility and a social club for the prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard of President Lincoln’s volunteer militia.  Now, the 210,000 sqf five story building (which occupies an entire city block) serves as the home for a not-for-profit cultural institution where visual and performing arts can take place within a not so traditional setting.  In 2007, the building began a comprehensive revitalization project as it had fallen into a state of disrepair with Herzog & de Meuron as the lead designers (by the way, have you seen their new website?).   Herzog & de Meuron have embraced the history, craftsmanship, and the inherent contrast of the Armory’s spaces to restore the interiors to their original elegance.   “Park Avenue Armory is a richly layered building of outstanding historical significance that we are treating like a monument, revealing the physical traces produced over time, preserving it for the future and above all reinventing it,” explained Herzog & de Meuron.

More about the restoration after the break.

Stone River / Jon Piasecki

© John Dolan

recently received a 2011 Honor Award from ASLA for his Stone River project. The magic of this project lies in the details. You need to watch the video (after the break) to appreciate the painstaking effort and attention to detail that went into this project.

Video, project description, and more photographs after the break.

Landscape Artist: Jon Piasecki
Location:
Collaborators: Rob Davis
Text: Jon Piasecki
Photographs: Jon Piasecki, John Dolan, David Borden

Johnson Museum New Wing / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

© Robert Barker

Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners LLP
Location: , , USA
Project Director: Cornell University
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
MEP Engineer: ICOR Associates, LLC
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: ~16,500 sqf
Photographs: David O. Brown, Robert Barker

nycobaNOMA 2011 Membership Drive and Design Talk

The Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, nycobaNOMA, is excited to kick off their 2011 Membership Drive! Take the survey, win amazing prizes, and come out to support nycobaNOMA at their Fall Design Talk/Networking Mixer at Wilkahn’s Showroom October 25th!

For more information, please go to the event’s official website.

Kissing vs Komplex: The relations between art and architecture

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On October 18th, starting at 7pm, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Kissing vs Komplex, a Productive Disagreement Series Event with Sylvia Lavin and Hal Foster on conversation about contemporary relations between art and architecture, and the forces that bring them together.

For more information on the event, visit their website here.

Architecture for Free?!

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Architecture, in its most idealistic sense, is always geared towards the construction of the public good. Thus, the notion of architecture pro bono appears as a redundant affirmation. However, the real meaning lying behind the beautiful latinism of pro bono, is the contemporary capitalist counterpart and less exotic “for free” and more precisely, for free for those who are unable to afford it.

Architecture for Free!?, put on by Storefront for Art and Architecture on October 14th, aims to expose what is that that architecture offers pro bono and explore the possibilities lying within this rampant practice in order to see how architecture might be able to find new opportunities for reinvention and territories of exploration. For more information, please visit their website here.

Update: BOFFO Building Fashion / Irene Neuwirth + Marc Fornes / TheVeryMany

Irene Neuwirth + THEVERYMANY. Photograher: Evan Joseph.

We introduced BOFFO’s fashion + architecture collaborative project, and began the week with the first installment by Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects.  As each pair of fashion designer and architect shows their project for  two short weeks, the second team of Irene Neuwrith and Marc Fornes is now in place.  Neuwirth, a leading US jewelry designer, has transformed the 1800 sqf space at 57 Walker Street into a crazy biomorphic playground to display her designs with the hep of  Marc Fornes, one of the leading figures in the development of computational protocols applied to the field of design and fabrication.

More about the temporary gallery after the break. 

Coleman Oval Skate Park / HAO

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HAO (Holm Architecture Office), along with five other design offices, have been invited to participate in the re-design of the Coleman Oval Skate Park and the master planning of the Coleman Oval Park. The competition is sponsored by Architecture for Humanity.

The Coleman Oval Park, situated partly under the Bridge, has long suffered from lack of exposure, little upkeep, and the “off the beaten path” factor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

What’s Your Story? Build Narratives that Boost Your Business

People have been communicating through storytelling since they lived in caves and sat around campfires. Today, businesses use narrative to convey their companies’ messages and stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace. So how does storytelling apply to design firms? What distinguishes one firm from another is not only its portfolio, but messages conveyed through creative and compelling stories. These speakers will demonstrate how design firms can use multimedia tools and different platforms to create effective stories that boost marketing, communications, and public relations programs.

Presenters for this event include Denise Ramzy, LEED AP BD+C, Adjunct Professor, Parsons The New School of Design and Principal, Field Dimension, Richard Cook, AIA Partner, Cook+Fox Architects, and Helen Dimoff, Communications Director/Principal, NBBJ. The event takes place at The Center for Architecture in from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

For more information, visit their website here.