In this fascinating post for Salon, Thomas Frank holds nothing back on the topic of so-called “McMansions“. Charting their history from the 1980s to today, he reveals the economics and government policies which made them possible, concluding that they are not just a symptom of the inequality in modern US society, but the very cause of it: “Everything we do seems designed to make this thing possible… This stupendous, staring banality is the final outcome for which we have sacrificed everything else.” You can read the full article here.
Building resilient and sustainable urban centers. That’s going to be the main issue that over 30 speakers will be addressing at the Cities for Tomorrow Conference next Tuesday, April 22 at TheTimesCenter, NY. The event, hosted by NY Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, will feature Shigeru Ban‘s first public appearance since winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His presentation will be on the eve of the conference, on Monday, April 21. Although the reception is invitation-only, we will be live-tweeting the presentation.
Title: Conference: Cities for Tomorrow
Organizers: The New York Times
From: Mon, 21 Apr 2014
Until: Tue, 22 Apr 2014
Address: 242 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036, USA
From the Publisher. Christoph Gielen’s aerial views offer a look at America’s most aberrant and unusual sprawl forms in ways we usually don’t get to see them: from far above the ground—a vantage point that reveals both the intricate geometry as well as the idiosyncratic allure of these developments. Here, encountering sprawl becomes an aesthetic experience that at the same time leaves us with a sense of foreboding, of seeing the “writing on the wall”. At once fascinating and profoundly unsettling, these photographs detail the potential ramifications of unchecked urbanization. When these settlements were developed, neither distance from work place nor gasoline prices much mattered in determining the locations of new constructions. These places are relics from an era that was entirely defined by a belief in unlimited growth, of bigger is better. The startling extent of those practices, and their inherent wastefulness, come to light in Gielen’s pictures—as if looking at a microcosm of non-sustainability through a giant magnifier.
Contributing essays by Johann Frederik Hartle, Galina Tachieva, Srdjan Jovanic Weiss, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris contextualize Gielen’s work by focusing on a range of aspects, from aesthetics to climate change and futurology. They also examine why taking a closer look at these places is particularly crucial at this juncture, when we are faced with a new wave of building booms in developing nations such as in China.
Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, will be hosting a public lecture at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on Monday, April 28, 2014. The lecture, named ‘What Mammals Want’, will start at 5:15pm and seating is first-come, first-served.
Title: Lecture: ‘What Mammals Want’, by Jeanne Gang
From: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:15
Until: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:30
Venue: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Address: 915 East 60th Street, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Text by Isaac Wilhelm:
“Patrons of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles may want to consider wearing comfortable socks to view the new exhibit Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964, on display from April 11, 2014, through May 11, 2014. Providing a deeper appreciation for the family heirloom bowling trophy on the fire mantle, the exhibit showcases the architecture of bowling in the 1950s. The retro design style and obsession with the sport of bowling at this time generated a desire for architecturally intriguing bowling centers.
Commonly open 24 hours a day in the 1950s, bowling centers incorporated features such as fine restaurants, cocktail lounges, and live entertainment. The projects of this exhibit are not about the sport of bowling or the centers, but rather the culture that emerged. Do not contemplate how many lanes are in the exhibit’s bowling centers, but instead imagine the blonde beauty sitting at the cocktail bar sipping on a martini during the local men’s league championship tournament.”
Title: Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964
From: Fri, 11 Apr 2014
Until: Sun, 11 May 2014
Venue: Architecture and Design Museum
Address: 6032 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
The editors of PROJECT invite you to celebrate the release of Issue Three at common room, 465 Grand St., New York, NY, this Wednesday, April 9 from 7pm to 9pm. PROJECT investigates the possibilities for developing a a critical position in contemporary architecture. Publishing both visual and written work, the goal of PROJECT is to provide a platform for disseminating ideas.
Issue Three of PROJECT features contributions from common room & Kim Förster, Reinier de Graaf (OMA/AMO), Neil Denari, Edward Eigen, Formless Finder, Adam Fure, John May, Magnus Nilsson, Valerio Olgiati Architect, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Lola Sheppard (Lateral Office), Jill Stoner, Tom Wiscombe and more. Refreshments will be served, and issues of PROJECT will be available for sale.
Starting this week,The Princeton University School of Architecture will hold until May 14 a retrospective exhibition on the work of Andrés Jaque and his architectural practice Office for Poitical Innovation. It includes their production since 2000, including several projects we’ve published in the past like the Plasencia Clergy House, Sweet Parliament Home, Escaravox and the Never Never Land House.
In the last 10 years the Office for Political Innovation has explored the question: ‘What happens to architectural practices when common notions of the urban (as something confined in cities) are replaced by others in which the urban is contained in urban enactments (ordinary interactions in which politics are produced)?’
More after the break.
The event will take place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture April 8, at 7pm. This event is open to all. If you are a Storefront member and would like to reserve a seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to reserve a seat by becoming a Storefront member, click here.
This event will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/storefront-tv.
Title: Definitions Series: Risk, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
From: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:00
Until: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:00
Venue: Storefront for Art and Architecture
Address: 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012, USA
UPDATE: Deadline for submissions extended to April 14, 2014!
Submissions are invited for the 2014 ACADIA ‘DESIGN AGENCY’ conference at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California on October 20-25, 2014. Architects, designers, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers, researchers, students and educators and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit proposals.
The conference theme is intended to highlight experimental research and projects that exhibit and explore new paradigms of computing in architecture. The theme is a purposeful instigation of work that looks at re-defining the term “Agency” through the lens of computational design strategies such as simulation, fabrication, robotics, and novel integrations from science and the media arts.
For more information, including the specific themes and topics, please go to the event’s official website.
Critical Shifts is a one-day, student-organized symposium dedicated to exploring the ongoing transformations of critical practice in architecture. The event brings together a diverse group of practitioners in order to investigate how their work (which often combines the activities and approaches of curation, editing, writing, design, teaching, and research) can begin to trace a nuanced map of the fieldʼs current critical terrain.
Critical Shifts will be held at Studio-X NYC in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 1-6pm and confirmed guests include Aaron Levy, Adam Bandler, Cynthia Davidson, Felicity D. Scott, Justin McGuirk, Ligia Nobre, Marina Otero Verzier, Mark Wasiuta, Mark Wigley, Matteo Ghidoni, and Tina Di Carlo.
More information can be found here.
Title: Symposium: Interpretations / Critical Shifts
Organizers: Columbia University GSAPP
From: Sat, 05 Apr 2014
Until: Sat, 05 Apr 2014
Venue: Studio-X New York
Address: 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, USA
The construction of Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in the history of the United States and currently the largest development in New York City since the Rockefeller Center, is gaining momentum. The vast infrastructural project in the heart of the city is set to enclose an active rail yard with an expansive platform, paving the way for 28 acres (and 17 million square feet) of commercial and residential space. Housing over 100 commercial units, 5000 residences, 14 acres of open public space, an enormous school and luxury hotel all on top of a working train depot, the project will directly connect to a new subway station and meet with the High Line.
In a symposium at the AIA New York Chapter, seismologists, earthquake engineers, seismic code experts, emergency response managers, and architects conversant in seismic design will assemble for a conversation on available technologies and testing capabilities that, surprisingly, are located in New York State. They will “clarify the evolving role of design professionals, the building industry, and municipal and federal agencies in safeguarding our local communities”, as well as “educate the audience about the earthquakes, subsurface conditions, and construction approaches.”
UPDATE: We’ve updated this post with newly released images.
The new space at Mana Contemporary replaces Richard Meier’s 3,600-square-foot model museum in Long Island City with a 15,000-square-foot suite on the art center’s 2nd floor. The grand space will feature The Richard Meier Model Museum, as well as the architect’s personal studio and research library. A gallery will rotate exhibitions of his art, such as prints, sketches, renderings, photographs, and sculptures.
The AA Visiting School is a satellite programme of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and will be taking place in Los Angeles for the first time, from June 16 to June 27. The programme is broken up into research clusters that will be led by individual tutors based on the theme of “Machining Adaptive Living.”
Confirmed design instructors include Marc Fornes, Jenny Wu, Adam Marcus, David Freeland, Kevin Patrick McClellan and Alvin Huang. Guest lectures include Neil Denari, Heather Roberge and Tom Wiscombe. For more information, including registration please click here.
Title: AA Visiting School Los Angeles
Organizers: Architectural Association
From: Mon, 16 Jun 2014
Until: Fri, 27 Jun 2014
Venue: University of Southern California (USC)
Address: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. Built on the grounds of cancer hospitals, they are designed to be warm, welcoming places that provide practical, emotional, and social support. Conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, along with her husband Charles Jencks, as a direct response to her own experience with cancer, the first Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh opened its doors to the public in 1996. Since then, Maggie’s has grown to 17 centers across the United Kingdom and beyond, with many more to follow.
This exhibition will focus in depth on five centers: Maggie’s Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry; Maggie’s Gartnavel, designed by Rem Koolhaas; Maggie’s Nottingham, designed by Piers Gough with interiors designed by Paul Smith; Maggie’s West London, designed by Richard Rogers; and Maggie’s Barts, designed by Steven Holl (not yet realized). In exploring the unique architectural elements of each center, from the undulating roofs of Gehry’s Dundee to Holl’s musically inspired space at the future Maggie’s Barts, the exhibition illustrates the importance of user-focused design in creating an environment of help and healing. By design, Maggie’s combines aspects of healthcare and treatment that are often separate in to a single hybrid building type; a space that is part-hospital, part-church, part-museum, and part-home.
Title: Exhibition / Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care
From: Fri, 07 Mar 2014
Until: Fri, 25 Apr 2014
Venue: NYSID Gallery
Address: 161 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA
Foster + Partner’s controversial renovation plans for the New York Public Library (NYPL) are currently in a state of limbo while the city decides their course of action. Foster’s proposal for the 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years.
Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of “city” and “citizen” in parallel.
Cities and Citizenship is a three-day symposium, consisting of a conference series and workshops, that explores how the design of cities can promote a more engaged citizenry.
The event will engage leading designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, urbanists, historians, and scientists. Cities and Citizenship is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut New York, Parsons The New School for Design, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Global Design NYU.
Title: Symposium: Cities and Citizenship
From: Thu, 13 Mar 2014
Until: Sat, 15 Mar 2014
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Wyoming Building / New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Address: 5 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003, USA
Among last year’s winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in “Brazil: Night & Day”, at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., New York.
Sponsored by Banco do Brasil and the Year of Brazil at Queens College, CUNY, the exhibition will include photographs from Niemeyer’s Brasilia, panoramic cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro at night, landscapes from Rio’s Botanical Gardens, and Rio street scenes. It will be on display from April 3 to April 25.