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.

3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining the Role of Women in Architecture

E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014

“I cannot, in whole conscience, recommend architecture as a profession for girls. I know some women who have done well at it, but the obstacles are so great that it takes an exceptional girl to make a go of it. If she insisted on becoming an architect, I would try to dissuade her. If then, she was still determined, I would give her my blessing–she could be that exceptional one.”
– Pietro Belluschi, FAIA from the 1955 New York Life Insurance Company brochure, “Should You Be an Architect?”

With great fanfare, in mid-October 2014 on the opening night of the 6th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in Manhattan, Festival Director Kyle Bergman announced that the festival’s special focus this year was on women in architecture. “We’ve been wanting to feature for a while now,” he told me, “and this year we finally have the films to make that happen,” referring to three new documentaries: Gray Matters (2014), Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture (2014) and Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins (2013).

Fourteen Tower Proposals Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Development

S9 Architecture’s proposal. Image Courtesy of Corporation via Architects Newspaper

New York City have released images of fourteen tower proposals as part of a controversial scheme to bring affordable housing to the 85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, originally designed by Michael van Valkenburgh and realised in 2004. The schemes, designed to be located on “two coveted development sites” on Pier 6, have been actively met with strong opposition from local community members. The park and surrounding area has seen a number of interesting recent regeneration proposals, from an 11,000ft² beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to a triangular pier proposed by BIG. Read on to see the proposals in detail, including those by AsymptotePelli Clarke Pelli, Davis Brody Bond, and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Clark Art Institute / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates + Selldorf Architects + Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture + Gensler

© Jeff Goldberg - ESTO

Architects: Selldorf Architects, Gensler, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture
Location: 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267,
Area: 97700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg – ESTO, Tucker Bair, Nicholas Whitman, Mike Agee, Betty Sartori, Courtesy of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Kris Qua, Jonas Dovydenas, Reed Hilderbrand

Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility / Selldorf Architects

© Nikolas Koenig

Architects: Selldorf Architects
Location: , NY,
Area: 140000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig, Marc Lins, Jonathan Chesley, John Majors

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion

La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art . Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian

New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s () campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection.

According to the museum, Selldorf was ultimately chosen due to her reputation of designing spaces that enhance, rather than upstage, the subject it serves.

David Zwirner Gallery / Selldorf Architects

© Jason Schmidt

Architects: Selldorf Architects
Location: 537 West 20th Street, New York, NY,
Area: 30,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jason Schmidt

5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture

In a profession all-too-often associated with and dominated by men, women have begun to carve a space for themselves in the architecture world – but still few are recognized as they deserve. 

So Alice Shure and Janice Stanton, the founders of Amici Productions LLC, began work on a new Making Space: a visual register for future generations of architects that will document what is changing in architecture today and how these changes are affecting women. 

After interviewing over 30 architects, Shure and Stanton selected five women, five “rising stars” to hi-light. The documentary will show their day-to-day lives as well as tell the stories of how they achieved success. 

Thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign, this project will soon be a reality. But to get your sneak peek into these five female pioneers, read on after the break.

Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932–1947 at Rooms for Glass / Selldorf Architects

Corroded, 1973 by Carlo Scarpa | via

The new exhibition space Rooms for Glass (Le Stanze del Vetro) in Italy, designed by Selldorf Architects, will open this summer in August 2012.  The first exhibit to inaugurate the space will be Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932–1947, a collection of over 300 glassworks by architect Carlo Scarpa. The exhibit will run until November 29, 2012, after which Rooms for  will continue showcasing the art of Venetian glassmaking in the 20th century with other exhibits.

Read on for more 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

Sagaponack House / Selldorf Architects

© Nikolas Koenig

This 15,000 sqf house is a short walk from the Atlantic Ocean, in an open field typical of eastern Long Island. An oversized garden wall anchors the building to the landscape. The rooms are organized around a large square courtyard. Bordering the courtyard, a marble-lined breezeway separates the public and private spaces.

Architect: Selldorf Architects
Location: Long Island, ,
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

Gladstone Gallery 21st Street / Selldorf Architects

© Nikolas Koenig

Located in Chelsea between 10th and 11th Avenues and situated between two other prominent galleries, this building is a secondary exhibition space for the Gladstone Gallery and was designed to house large installations of sculpture. Respecting the area’s industrial warehouse buildings, the façade is constructed of dark grey hand-cut brick of unusual proportions, laid with filled joints to underscore the monumental appearance. The façade features a large opening on the ground floor and ribbon windows on the upper levels.

Architect: Selldorf Architects
Location: 21st Street, , New York, USA
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

In Progress: Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility / Selldorf Architects

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Situated near the entrance to the Gowanus Canal, formerly the site of a police impound lot, the 11-acre pier will house a new 125,500 sqf facility for recycling and education.  Designed by Selldorf Architects, the Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility was not just conceived as a facility for recycling, but also as an active classroom.  The approximate 2.5 acres of green space, complete with grazing goats, 50,000 sqf of photovoltaic cells and hopeful wind turbine, will offer an observation corridor and educational classrooms for students. The site is currently being raised four feet by construction crews and a completion date of December 2011 is anticipated.

Architects: Selldorf Architects
Location: Brooklyn, , USA
Client: Sims Municipal Recycling
Project Area: 125,000 sqf
Renderings: Courtesy of Selldorf Architects