Typology Redux Conference

Organized by Northeastern University and Tim Love, Associate Professor and Principal of Utile, the Typology Redux conference will consider the market-driven building typologies. When architects design office buildings, apartment buildings, and other market-driven building types, an unwritten set of rules establishes the framework for design exploration.

The efficiencies of the double-loaded corridor apartment building and the center-core office building have resulted in a sixty-year legacy around which entire design approaches and building systems industries have been organized. Everything from systems office furniture to the metrics of the real estate market both anticipate and leverage the endurance of these types. From Battery Park City in Manhattan to new commercial districts arising in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, the grain and scale of the urban realm is defined by the irrefutable (and unquestioned) logics of conventional types.

The conference will take place October 16 at 20 West Village F, Northeastern Unviersity. For more information click here.

Sperone Westwater Gallery / Foster + Partners

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Architects: , Foster + Partners
Location: 257 Bowery, New York,
Co-architects: Adamson Associates
Client: Sperone Westwater
Consultants: Buro Happold, Sciame, Edgett Williams, JAM Consultants Inc.
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Nigel Young

Video of Gensler’s office in Chicago

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Photographer Christopher Barrett shared with us a video he shot at Gensler’s office in . Hope you enjoy it!

Alternative to Piano’s Whitney Museum / Axis Mundi

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Axis Mundi … remember that firm?  Back when controversy surrounded Jean Nouvel’s proposed tower for the MoMA’s expansion, the firm offered an alternative stacked design highly different from Nouvel’s metallic creation. It seems  Axis Mundi is back for the shock value as the firm has just released images for their version of the new of American Art.    The current design, led by , utilizes his characteristically light and technical aesthetics (check out his Shard which is under construction) to create an elegant addition critics have challenge may be too “timid” – Axis Mundi’s design is anything but.  Their proposal incorporates a loud exoskeleton that not only seems completely out of scale, but also fights with its neighborhood for attention rather than settling into its context.   The geometry, which has been shaped by the sight lines and street grid of the city, intends to reference Breuer’s Whitney on Madison Avenue.   As The Architect’s Newspaper Blog noted, the proposal mentions nothing of cost – one of the biggest obstacles Piano is facing.

Check out more images of Axis Mundi’s proposal after the break.

Cross Cultivation / Langevin, Cummings and Cuéllar

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Jared Langevin shared with us his project Cross Cultivation. The project, designed along with Joshua Cummings and Gabriel Cuéllar was awarded 2nd place in the 2010 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition (Emerging Professionals category). More images and architect’s description after the break.

Progress on Four Freedoms Park / Louis Kahn

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Although the field of architecture continually  changes with advances in technology and shifts in society and culture, there rest a few names that seem frozen in time, as their ideas will continually influence generations of architects to come.  Of them, has been revered as a master of the 20th century and soon, his memorial park design of the 1970s will finally be completed in .    The memorial is named after FDR’s Four Freedoms speech from 1941 where he declares that “In the future days,….we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want–which, translated into universal terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants–everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.”

More about Kahn’s design after the break.

House in the Garden / Cunningham Architects

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Architects: Cunningham Architects
Location: Dallas, Texas,
Project Team: Gary Cunningham FAIA, Michael Bessner, Tom Dohearty AIA
Landscape Architect: David Hocker
Structural: GroupStructural Engineers, Inc.
MEP: Mark Portnoy
Lighting Designer: Pamela Hull Wilson
General Contractor: Randy Clowdus
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: James F. Wilson & Gisela Borghi

Fishers Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: Fishers Island, ,
Managing Partner: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Donald Cox AIA
Project Architect: Andrew Mazor
Collaborators: Adam Ruffin, Eric Richey, Jonathan Benner, Lisa Tilney, Rebecca Emmons
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mechanical Engineers: Ambrisino, DePinto&Schmieder
Lighting Designer: Office for Visual Interaction
Metal Canopy: Allen Architectural Metals
General Contractor: BD Remodeling & Restoration
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Scott Frances

Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement

Red Location Museum Of Struggle by Noero Wolff Architects. Photograph by Iwan Baan

’s MoMA will be featuring a new exhibition that focuses on architects’ social responsibility. The exhibition, entitled Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, which will open at the beginning of October and run through January, will showcase 11 projects on five continents that “respond to localized needs in under-served communities.” These pragmatic solutions demonstrate how architecture can serve the greater needs of society. From a handmade school in Bangladesh, to a cable car that connects a single hillside barrio in Caracas to the city, these realized projects are infused with passion and a strong drive to uplift society through architecture. “Together, these undertakings not only offer practical solutions to known needs, but also aim to have a broader effect on the communities in which they work, using design as a tool,” explained the .

A list of the projects that will be included in the exhibition after the break.

Logan Residence / Jones Studio

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Architects: Jones Studio
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona,
Principal in Charge: Eddie M. Jones, AIA
Project Team: Matt Salenger, RA; Maria Salenger, AIA; Jenna Rimkes
Structural Engineer: AED Inc. Structural Engineers
Landscape Architect: Bill Tonnesson, LA
Clients: Kent and Vicki Logan
General Contractor: The Construction Zone
Site Area: 59,650 sq ft
Built Area: 4,600 sq ft
Project year: 2005-2008
Photographs: Robert Reck; Ed Taube; , Inc

“Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs” exhibition

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Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs opens September 17 and runs through November 14, 2010. Contemporary Norwegian architecture is among the most vibrant in the world today, and this exhibition features a collection of work by the renowned Oslo-based architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs (see their projects right here). Through photographs and models, the exhibition highlights architectural projects that focus on close relationships with Norwegian nature. Lost in Nature is supported in part by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The exhibition will take place at the Nordic Heritage Museum, , USA. For more information, visit the museum’s official website.

Jovanovic Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

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Architects: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Location: Brentwood, California,
Project Team: Lorcan O’Herlihy (Principal), Pierre De Angelis (PM), Banu Ataman
Client: Dr. Sascha Jovanovic
Project Area: 3,700 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of LOHA

Car Park One / Elliott + Associates Architects

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Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, OK,
Project Team: Rand Elliott, Bill Yen, Miho Kolliopoulos, John Creach
General Contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction
Civil Engineering: Johnson & Associates
Structural Engineering: Walker Parking Consultants
MEP: PSA Consulting Engineers
Lighting: Smith Lighting Sales
Project Area: 298,907 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Scott McDonald

Vote for your favorite Sukkah!

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With 600 participants from 43 countries, the Sukkah City competition has challenged designers across the globe to try their hand at making a temporary structure fusing a traditional religious festival with contemporary architectural strategies.  We’ve shared several different proposals for the competition with you, but don’t forget that your vote at NYMag.com will determine which structure will be displayed until October 2, in Union Square.

Lincoln Center Installation / DS + R

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This just in from Diller Scofidio + Renfro.  The firm has recently completed an installation at that will serve as the primary entrance for over seventy fashion events taking place this week .  The dramatically hovering volume of 50 ft seems to float without support above the plaza.  Constructed to mirror the travertine cladding of the Center, the canopy is a fabric structure that wraps about a structural support system.  Yet, the effect of walking under a seemingly travertine volume is completely breath-taking and leaves people marveling at its construction.  Only when the viewer sees the fabric gently cascading about the bottom of the installation does its flexibility become apparent.

More images from our friend, architectural photographer Iwan Baan.

Global Design Competition

The Global Design Competition of , WA calls for entries of integrated function, high efficiency, low carbon restaurant designs toward the goal of creating a shareware reference resource of design solutions and services directory for participating design teams. Our design objective is low carbon restaurants, by any means possible, including but not limited to reduction in the need for electricity, food menu and ingredient choices, localized power generation and waste energy capture and reuse.

For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.

Joshua Tree Boulder House / W. Garett Carlson

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Trained as a landscape architect, W. Garett Carlson has designed a 1700 sf residence entitled the Joshua Tree Boulder House.  Situated on 2.5 acres in , ,  the residence is intended to seem as though it is emerging from the ground.  This conceptual idea stems from the site’s proximity to the National Park which contains some of the most fascinating boulder shapes in the world, according to Carlson.

More images and more about the residence after the break.

KOSHO / Studiometrico


’s Sukkah City competition was a great success, as both the winning entries and the other proposals developed creative and thoughtful spaces.  Check out Studiometrico’s proposal for the competition which is more of a do-it-yourself sukkah.  People can build their own space using a triangular module that folds over itself to provide a sheltered condition.  Interested in the actual construction of the sukkah, the studio built a 1:1 scale prototype to test its feasibility and decided to present the idea to the Citizens of New York by telling the story of how it was built once upon a time, in a hypothetical place, by three imaginary boys.

More images and information about the sukkah, including a short video after the break.