Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation “The Collectivity Project” To The High Line

The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org

As part of their series of “Panorama” exhibits being presented this year, Friends Of The High Line have announced that they will host Olafur Eliasson‘s installation, “The Collectivity Project” from May 29th until September 30th this year on the High Line at West 30th Street. The installation, which has previously traveled to Tirana, Oslo, and Copenhagen, features an interactive imaginary cityscape made of over two tons of white LEGO bricks, with visitors invited to design, build and rebuild new structures as they see fit.

In a twist to the installation’s usual presentation, High Line Art has invited high-profile architects who are working in the vicinity of the High Line to contribute one “visionary” LEGO design for the installation’s opening, with BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, and Steven Holl Architects all contributing one building which the public will then be able to adapt, extend or work around.

Spotlight: Robert A.M. Stern

As founder of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern is a self-proclaimed modern traditionalist – and no, in his eyes, that is not an oxymoron. When asked about the seeming contradiction in a PBS documentary, he replies by musing, “Can one speak the local languages of architecture in a fresh way?”

Michelle Tianhui Chen Wins Robert A.M. Stern’s 2015 RAMSA Travel Fellowship

Chen’s travel plan. Image ©

Michelle Tianhui Chen, a Master’s candidate at the Yale School of Architecture, has won Robert A.M. Stern Architects‘ $10,000 RAMSA Travel Fellowship. With the award, Chen will travel to India where she will study the architectural shift from a diverse fabric of expressive design languages to a politically and ethnically neutral vocabulary.

“In our world of increasingly ubiquitous gleaming towers, clean in form but cleansed of details, looking to centuries-old traditions might be a means toward reestablishing human attachment to our everyday surroundings,” says Ms. Chen. Her proposal promises to “culminate in a book of drawings and text that attempts to chart a path to a more balanced architecture—one which does not forsake cultural expression for a shallow conception of political order.”

Robert A.M. Stern to Build Britian’s Most Expensive Flats

Rendering. Image © RAMSA

If approved, Robert A.M. Stern will build ’s most expensive flats. Aiming to replace a 1960s car park and a number of other buildings in city’s Mayfair district, the £2 billion “Audley Square House” apartment block is being commissioned by Phones4U billionaire John Caudwell.

As BD Online reports, Caudwell abandoned an already approved £300 million Foster + Partners scheme in favor of Stern’s neo-classical design, saying he chose the New York-based architect for his “ability to design high-quality buildings that do not stand apart from their surroundings but rather fit in comfortably amongst their neighbors.”

Robert A.M. Stern 2015 Travel Fellowship Applications Now Available

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This week, Robert A.M. Stern Architects released applications for its third annual Travel Fellowship. The $10,000 grant is given to an architecture student in the penultimate year of their Master’s degree study. The recipient must be attending one of 18 U.S. and Canadian schools, and show “insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.” The prize money will be used to support travel and research based on Robert A.M. Stern’s own philosophy of reinventing traditional architecture. Check your eligibility and apply for the  here!

Interior Renders of Robert AM Stern’s 520 Park Avenue, NYC’s Most Expensive Apartment Building

© 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com

This news article was originally published by 6sqft.

Robert A.M. Stern‘s 520 Park Avenue has already been called “the next 15 Central Park West,” and like its Stern predecessor, 520 is an ultra-luxury development with a stately façade wrapped in stone. Set to be completed in 2016, it will rise 51 stories high, but contain just 31 units, one of which is the $130 million penthouse, the city’s most expensive apartment. And though most of the attention has been on “the greatest apartment on the Upper East Side,” the fanfare has now shifted to the first batch of interior renderings for the building.

520 Park’s full website is now live, and not surprisingly, the residences have classic layouts, impressive Central Park views, and a host of high-end amenities.

Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

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Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Location: La Défense,
Associate Architect: SRA Architectes (Herve Metge, Partner / Laurence Gorgiard / Pierre-Michel Desgrange)
Client/Owner: Aviva France / Bois-Colombes, France / Joëlle Chauvin, Directeur Immobilier
Area: 45500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Aaron / OTTO

Robert A.M. Stern Awards Master Student with $10,000 Travel Fellowship

Wood Old House / Tadashi Yoshimura Architects © Hitoshi Kawamoto

The Robert A.M. Stern Architects has awarded McGill University Masters candidate Anna Antropva with the 2014 , a $10,000 award presented annually to ”promote investigations of the perpetuation of tradition through invention” – key to the firm’s own work. With the award, Antropva will travel to Japan to further her research into ancient wood joinery techniques and their potential to be transformed and manipulated into modern day construction. “This elegant and efficient mode of construction could meaningfully inform our western building industry,” she stated during her presentation to a jury that included Melissa DelVecchio, Dan Lobitz, and Grant F. Marani.

Robert A.M. Stern Tops NYC Tower with $100 Million Penthouse

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’s luxury 520 Park Avenue condominium tower, which is set to take its place on Manhattan skyline by 2017, will be topped with a 12,400 square foot triplex priced at $100 million – the city’s priciest unit. The penthouse will be one of 31 expansive residences offered in the limestone-clad building which, according to the a recent press release, will be “evocative of the great apartment buildings of the 1920′s and 1930′s.”  Developers William and Arthur Zeckendorf gained approval for the 51-story skyscraper by purchasing $30.4 million in air rights from the neighboring Christ Church. 

Five Crescent Drive / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

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Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Location: Crescent Drive, , PA 19112, USA
Area: 208000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Robert A. M. Stern Architects announces the RAMSA Travel Fellowship

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The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention – key to the firm’s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded every year to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.

Any student in their penultimate year, pursuing a Masters of Architecture degree at a school attended by current RAMSA partners and senior associates is eligible. The application made by the student, must be endorsed by the dean of the school. Each school may pre-select two students, based on their portfolios, and their travel and research proposals.

Eligible Schools:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • MIT
  • Pratt Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Syracuse University 
  • UCLA
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas
  • University of Virginia

Important Dates:

  • 03/25/2013  Deadline for submission of proposal
  • 04/15/2013  Announcement of award
  • 01/10/2014  Deadline for submission of report

More information can be found here.

Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past

Watch Profile of Robert A.M. Stern on PBS. See more from Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past.

PBS producer and host Geoffrey Baer tells the story of Robert A.M. Stern – a Brooklyn boy who grew up to be self-proclaimed Modern traditionalist architect who has not only significantly impacted the streets of but the architectural profession as a whole. Many of his close friends and colleagues describe “Bob” as an intelligent, witty, sarcastic provocateur who is warm, giving person that is always an architect first. Stern has also greatly influenced the profession with his many publications. He believes writing gives architects the opportunity to contribute by describing and explaining the principals behind ones ideas. When referring to his passion for writing, Stern comments, “What would I do on Saturday? I don’t play golf.”

Be sure to check out the complete documentary here on the PBS website and learn about Stern’s influence on transforming a seedy version of New York’s beloved 42nd street into the glamorous place it is today.

Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to . The list of influential architects that have either worked, studied, or taught in is perhaps the only list that challenges the numbers of Founding Fathers that descended on this city of “Brotherly Love.” A brief list includes Sullivan, Kahn, Wright, Pei, Rudolf, Corbusier, Latrobe, Gropius, Mumford, and Furness. That being said, our list of 12 barely scratches the surface of buildings worth seeing in this great city. We would like to hear about your must not miss buildings in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia list and corresponding map after the break!

Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas

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is our destination for the Architecture City Guide series this week.  Some of the most famous hotels and casinos grace the streets of , we’ve included those and much more. We want to hear from you, so take a minute to add your favorite can’t miss buildings in in our comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas list and corresponding map after the break!

Museum for African Art / Robert Stern Architects

What began in a rented townhouse on ’s Upper East Side has grown to become an internationally recognized preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art.   The Museum for African Art will finally find a permanent home along Manhattan’s “Museum Mile” and will be open to the public next April.  Designed by  Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, the museum will bring the prestigious row of museums of Manhattan to Harlem, one of the country’s most important centers of historic and contemporary African-American culture.

More about the museum and more images after the break.