Call for Proposals: Folly 2015

Courtesy of The

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly, an annual design/build studio program during March and April 2015 leading to a public exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2015.

This program was established in 2011 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture through the framework of an architectural folly. The program includes the design, realization, and exhibition of a public work, including a two-month on-site studio residency. Now in its fourth year, the program seeks to more deeply examine the concept of folly while continuing to challenge architects to create a fully realized public space.

Emerging Voices: Estudio Macías Peredo

Estudio Macías Peredo is led by Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas and is based in Guadalajara, Mexico. In their as one of the winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Corona and Arenas reveal the ways in which the local conditions and building traditions of their country have become creative drivers for their contemporary practice of architecture. They have a shared interest in primitive buildings, seeking to incorporate some of the inherent abstract qualities of primitive structures in ways that address contemporary issues.

Emerging Voices: Joyce Hwang of Ants of the Prairie

Joyce Hwang founded Buffalo-based firm Ants of the Prairie in 2004 as an architecture and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies,” according to the Architectural League. In her as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Hwang explains her fascination with the conflicted perceptions of urban wildlife, and discusses a series of projects that aim to incorporate diverse animal habitats into the built environment.

Emerging Voices: David Benjamin of The Living

In his as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, David Benjamin discusses his unique approach to environmental and computational design and how it manifests itself in the work of The Living, a firm he founded in 2006.

Throughout the lecture Benjamin discusses projects that are fundamentally linked to the natural environment and ideas related to sustainability. To introduce how the firm generates new ideas, Benjamin describes a method of experimentation developed in their practice called flash research: beginning with the idea that architecture could be dynamic and responsive, these are prototypes that operate under self-created constraints such as a budget of $1000 or less and a required time span of three months or less.

Read on after the break for further synopsis of the lecture.

Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft

Courtesy of of

The Architectural League hosts the design party of the year at its annual Beaux Arts Ball on September 20. Held in the recently restored, exquisite interiors of Williamsburg’s Weylin B. Seymour’s, the Ball will feature a projection installation by Nuit Blanche New York that reflects on the theme of “Craft.” In addition to the installation, a series of digital presentations and photographic essays will reveal more information about the building and the team of artisans and consultants behind its restoration. 

With over 1,000 architects, designers, artists, and friends in attendance, the Beaux Arts Ball helps supports the programs of The Architectural League. Hosted each year at unique architectural landmarks throughout the five boroughs of New York, the event features installations, performances, and other engagements with designers and artists. Past venues have included the United Nations, the Seagram Building, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and more. UPDATE: TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE NOW SOLD OUT. To learn more about the event, visit the Architectural League’s website by clicking here.

Title: Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft
Website: http://archleague.org/2014/09/2014-beaux-arts-ball-craft/
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York
From: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:30
Until: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:30
Venue: Weylin B. Seymourʼs
Address: 175 Broadway 

Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014

SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York have announced that Austin+Mergold have won “Folly 2014” – an annual competition among emerging architects to design and build a large-scale project for public exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City – with their project SuralArk, an installation that is “part ship, part house.”

The annual “” program strives to give emerging architects and designers the opportunity to build public projects that explore the boundaries between architecture and sculpture. This year’s proposal beat out 171 submissions from 17 countries; it was selected by a jury made up of Chris Doyle, Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park; Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; Lisa Switkin, James Corner Field Operations; and Ada Tolla, LOT-EK.

SuralArk will open on May 11th through August 3rd. Learn more about the project after the break.

Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Mud Box (Terry Mowers Residence) / Rael San Fratello | Photo: Rael San Fratello

The Architectural League of has announced the winners of their 32nd annual Emerging Voices . The coveted recognition program spotlights eight emerging practitioners in North America whose “distinct design voices” have shown the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

“The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment,” described the League.  “This year, in particular, saw firms entrepreneurial in spirit, pursuing alternate forms of practice, often writing their own programs or serving as their own clients.”

This year’s eight Emerging Voices are…

The Architectural League Spring Events

The Architectural League announced their Spring 2014 calendar of events. ‘First Friday’ events are held at the offices of the hosting firms. It started January 10 with Toshiko Mori and future participants include COOKFOX Architects, SHoP Architects, and GLUCK+.

‘Current Work’ lectures are held at The Cooper Union and are co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. The lectures will start this Thursday, January 23 with Richard Meier, and future lecturers include Yung Ho Chang, Farshid Moussavi, and Sou Fujimoto.

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

Current Work: Richard Meier

Richard Meier & Partners–Jesolo Lido Condominium, Jesolo, Italy | Photo: Roland Halbe

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Richard Meier will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with a moderator and fellow partnersBernhard Karpf, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon in honor of fifty years of independent practice.

Recent projects completed by Richard Meier & Partners include the Arp Museum in Germany; the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse in China; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; and United States Courthouses in San Diego and Islip, New York.  Currently under construction are offices in Rio de Janeiro; a hotel complex is Jesolo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv; a resort in South Korea; two residential towers in Tokyo; and the first phase of a master plan for downtown Newark.

For more information please click here.

Title: Current Work: Richard Meier
Website: http://archleague.org/2014/01/richard-meier/
Organizers: The Architectural League NY
From: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:01
Until: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:00
Venue: The Cooper Union
Address: 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA

Call for Entries: 2014 Architectural League Prize

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition opening in June 2014. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by The Architectural League and Princeton Architectural Press.

Established in 1981 to recognize exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and to provide a public forum for the exchange of their ideas, the Architectural League Prize is organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee.

For submission requirements, eligibility and more details, please click here.

Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism

In 1913, an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country, shattered perceptions of beauty, and shifted the American cultural landscape forever. “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” became known simply and infamously as “The Armory Show,” after its venue­, the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. It was a show of clashing and competing “–isms:” Cubism, Modernism, Realism, Futurism, Fauvism…

On September 28, 2013, The Architectural League of New York will celebrate the centennial of this historic event with a spectacular party in the same space. For one night, an architectural installation, processional performance, and original music will coalesce in a highly charged and evocative environment to transform the Lexington Avenue Armory once again.

For complete information (including a special dress code involving your favorite ism), please click here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets here! See you there!

Title: Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism
Website: http://archleague.org/2013/09/beaux-arts-ball-2013/
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York
From: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:00
Until: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 01:00
Venue: 69th Regiment Armory
Address: Lexington Avenue & East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, USA

Architectural League Prize 2013 Winners Announced

“nonLin/Lin Pavilion” | Permanent collection of the FRAC Centre | Orleans, France | 2011 Design: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY / Courtesy of Francois Lauginie

The Architectural League just announced the winners of Range, the thirty-second annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. One of North Americaʼs most prestigious for young architects, the program exemplifies the Leagueʼs longstanding commitment to identifying and nurturing the development of talented young architects and designers. This yearʼs winners are: Luis Callejas, Lcla Office, Cambridge and Medellín; Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, Matter Design, Boston and Ann Arbor; Marc Fornes, MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, Brooklyn; Rafael Luna and Dongwoo Yim, PRAUDBoston and Seoul; Skylar J.E. Tibbits, SJET, Boston; and Bryan Young, Young Projects, Brooklyn.

More images and information on the winners after the break.

What Cities Can Do with Vacant Lots

Glenwood Green Acres; © Tony Fischer Photography

The bursting of the housing bubble wreaked havoc on cities across the United States causing widespread blight in once-thriving community economies.  Foreclosed, abandoned and condemned homes continue to pockmark neighborhoods and communities, adding to the of populous but affected cities like .  The Mayor’s Office of Philadelphia approximates that there are nearly 40,000 vacant lots throughout the city of brotherly love, about 74% of which are privately owned, making them virtually inaccessible to rehabilitation.  But the city has a strong drive to amend these conditions.  With organizations like DesignPhiladelphia’s “Not a Vacant Lot” and the city’s Redevelopment Authority, some of this land is being put to good use. 

Grand Central Terminal Drawing Competition Winners

Grand Central Terminal elevation drawing, Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stem c. 1910 (Courtesy of Transit Museum)

The Architectural League of New York and the New York Transit Museum recently announced the winners of a competition to select sketches by contemporary architects for a new Grand Central Terminal sketchbook produced in collaboration with Moleskine. The sketchbook features historical images from the Transit Museum’s collections, along with twenty drawings and sketches by contemporary architects and designers who were invited to “submit a sketch or drawing that captures and/or re-imagines Grand Central, representing or evoking what this iconic building means to you.” More images and information after the break.

2013 Folly Competition

“Curtain,” an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park by Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, the winning proposal of the 2012 Folly Competition / © Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park is currently inviting architects to submit proposals for the 2013 Folly Competition, a design/build studio residency, and chance to build an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique urban waterfront park in , NY. Socrates and the League welcome proposals from all emerging architects and designers for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. The deadline for submissions is January 7. For more information, please visit here.

‘Time Light’ Steven Holl Lecture at the Cooper Union

Courtesy of

Hosted by the Architectural League and co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, Steven Holl will in the Great Hall at The Cooper Union on November 28 at 7:00pm. Holl’s architecture and writing has undergone a shift in emphasis, from his earlier concern with typology to his current interest in phenomenology. This “Time Light” lecture is dedicated to Lebbeus Woods and will show both early and recent works by Steven Holl Architects. Following the lecture, Steven Holl will be joined in conversation by Sanford Kwinter. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Architectural League Announces 2012 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Netscape, SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 / © and courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

The Architectural League recently announced the winners of its 30th annual Emerging Voices awards. Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried portfolio competition. The award spotlights individuals and firms based in the , Canada, or with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work that represent the best of their kind, and address larger issues of architecture, landscape, and the built environment. This year’s jury included Henry Cobb, Geoff Manaugh, Paul Lewis, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Annabelle Selldorf, Claire Weisz, and Dan Wood. More images and information on the awards after the break.

Architectural League Prize Competition: ‘No Precedent’

Courtesy of of

With the theme of ‘No Precedent’ this year, the annual Architectural League Prize competition invited young architects and designers to submit their work. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. Driven by the desire to create, to be heard, to keep busy or to fulfill untapped and forbidden niches, young architects are a self-defining generation. They are unwilling to wait their turn or to follow in footsteps. It has become normative for young architects to cast aside unfit precedents, codes, rules, and primitives, restlessly defining their projects, their problems, their methodologies, their users, and their spaces of intervention. Their work becomes uncategorizable, suggestive, and speculative; it’s on the brink. It’s neither here nor there, but fodder for the future. The competition deadline is February 15th. For more information, please visit their website here.