Building Connections 2010: Exhibition Opening and Open House

The BUILDING CONNECTIONS 2010 exhibition highlights the creative talent and hard work of the K-12 students who participated in the Center for Architecture Foundation’s (CFAF) architecture and design education programs during the 2009-2010 school year. This year’s exhibition also illustrates CFAF’s design education methodology and highlights the benefits of design education.

Teachers, parents, administrators, design professionals and the general public are invited to visit the exhibition, meet program staff and learn how to bring CFAF’s design education programs to their communities. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, visit the official website.

Conference Review: “Typology Redux: Revisiting a theoretical framework for new modes of practice”

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Sun-Young Park, an architecture PhD student at Harvard shared with us a review on the Typology Redux Conference at Northeastern University in . Read the complete review after the break.

Texas Hill Road Residence / Incorporated

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Architects: Incorporated Architecture & Design
Location: Craryville, ,
Project Architect: Adam Rolston
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Peter Murdoch & Drew Stuart

Waukegan Church / STL

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Architects: STL
Location: Waukegan, , USA
Client: The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Project Area: 5,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of STL

Bouldin Residence / Alter Studio

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When the clients for the Bouldin House, a young couple in the music industry, approached they didn’t have an image in mind, or a site, but knew that they wanted a very special home that would embrace the many different things that they liked. The design presents an aesthetic that engages serendipity in many guises, where board-formed , rough recycled wood flooring, and vertical cedar siding is posed against abstract detailing allowing sunlight and shadow from every direction.

Architect: Alter Studio
Contractor: S&W Construction
Landscape: Mark Word and Client
Project Area: 2300 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographers: Paul Bardagjy Photography and Jonathan Jackson Photography

Video: The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University

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Last year we featured the Brochstein Pavilion designed by Thomas Phifer & Partners and The Office of James Burnett. Since then, the pavilion has received a National AIA Award, a National ASLA Honor Award and the ASU Architectural Citation. Today, we’d like to share with you a video that made about the pavilion. Enjoy!

FreshLatino at Storefront for Art and Architecture

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Curated by Ariadna Cantis, curator of the FreshLatino exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Eva Franch.

Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, presents the inaugural event of their new Manifesto Series with the FreshLatino seminar Emerging Latin Territories.

If we accept that America was a laboratory for movement in an unequal and fragmented way, then what is the role of Iberian America today, within the panorama of emerging architecture and contemporary thinking?

Confronting ourselves with this question we came up with the idea to produce a manifesto that diagnoses the world’s architectonical situation within a different [ Iberian American] perspective and at the same time establish certain values that question the current directions within the architectural discourse and propose new projectual material and vectors of thought.

There will be a two days seminar between October 25th and 27th divided in two acts aimed to be held in the following institutions. Simultaneously with the FRESHLATINO video installation exhibition.

ACT 1 | 25 OCT | Opening
ACT 2 | 27 OCT

More information after the break

Video: “A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome”

Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, , was the largest clear-span structure in the world. Based on the engineering principles of the visionary design scientist and philosopher Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic dome was, at 384 feet in diameter, the first large scale example of this building type.

“A Necessary Ruin” tells the history of the Union Tank Car Dome via interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, and artists; animated sequences demonstrating the operation of the facility; and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome’s construction, decline, and demolition.

Visit handcraftedfilms.com for more information and to purchase the DVD.

AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig


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The Case Study House Program produced some of the most iconic architectural projects of the 20th Century, but none more iconic than or as famous as the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 by .  The modern residence overlooks from the Hollywood Hills. It was completed in 1959 for Buck Stahl and his family. Buck Stahl had envisioned a modernist glass and steel constructed house that offered panoramic views of when he originally purchased the land for the house in 1954 for $13,500.  Stahl had originally begun to excavate and take on the duties of architect and contractor; it was not until 1957 when Stahl hired Pierre Koenig to take over the design of the family’s residence.

Project Umbrella / Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak

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Project Umbrella by architects Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak has been awarded first place in the LA Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, presented by SCI-Arc and Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency, along with other public and private sponsors.

More images and descriptions after the break.

Vision for the Great Lakes at TEDxTalks by Philip Enquist of SOM

This past July of SOM spoke to the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota as a part of TEDxTalks Mill City series.  His focus was to raise awareness and also challenge the Great Lake and St. Lawrence watershed residents to “imagine there are no borders”.  This video hits close to home, as I grew up in the Great Lakes watershed region.  His lecture is informative and revealing of the responsibility there is to utilize and protect this great resource of the United States.

At the end of the video you find yourself wondering why haven’t we already created a plan for the Great Lakes region.  Possibly the size of this region or the international boarder running through it has failed to put it on many people’s radar screens.  Either way Enquist lays out an achievable ten point plan (overview after the break) to focus on where this 100 year vision could be a global example of human balance with nature, beyond two nations.

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Following Enquist’s lecture the mayors of the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative voted to approve a regional sustainability program.

Tower House / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Leander, , USA
Project Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Kristen Heaney, Travis Greig
Contractor: Curtis Gravatt, Construction Arts
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray

Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond / Studio Gang Architects

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The project transforms a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. With the design’s improvements to water quality, hydrology, landscape, accessibility, and shelter, the site is able to function as an outdoor classroom in which the co-existence of natural and urban surroundings is demonstrated.

Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Client: Lincoln Park Zoo
Project Area: 4 acres
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Beth Zacherle and Studio Gang Architects

“Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes”, lecture at GSAPP

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The movie “Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes“, is a shortened version of the lecture that will be presented by Thomas Schielke at the Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in (Oct. 26th, 2010). The timeline depicts different international lighting approaches from backlit clerestory windows for spiritual enlightenment to changing pixelated planes based on LED technology.

The overview of international projects from architects like Antonio Gaudi, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Raffael Moneo, Toyo Ito, Christoph Ingenhoven and Karim Rashid or light artists as Peter Kogler and Erwin Redl covers various lighting methods and techniques for luminous walls and their visual appearance.

Yerger Residence / Chen + Suchart Studio LLC

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Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio LLC
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Project Architects: Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Structural Engineering: AED Structural Engineers, Inc. – Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Company: Creative and , LLC
Project Area: 361.40 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Green Mosque / Onat Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem, Uri Tzarnotzky

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‘The Building: Problem or Solution?’ competition, managed by Faith in Place, encouraged the creative design of religious buildings through the re-use and modification of existing structures. Through the collaborative ideas of architects Onat Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem and Uri Tzarmotzky, their Green Mosque won the competition’s, “Best Freestanding Religious Structure”. More on the architect’s description and images after the break.

New Look for the Winter Garden

The New Winter Garden Design. Courtesy Brookfield

Talk about a great public space, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center seems to have it all.   A sudden and much welcomed break from the chaotic streets and hectic bustle of city life, Caesar Pelli’s amazing garden slows down the pace of a passerby’s day for just a second as one may steal a glance of the river, read under palm trees or relax on the grand marble stairs.  This space is so meaningful that it was one of the first things rebuilt after the attack on the World Trade Center back in 2001.  Yet, according to the New York Observer, Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, has proposed a redesign of the winter garden, including the removal of the beloved steps.

More about the proposal after the break.

Woodbridge12 Condominiums / SPF:a

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Architects: Studio Pali Fekete
Location: , USA
Designer: Zoltan Pali
Project year: 2010
Photographs: John Edward Linden