Video: PARK(ing) Day 2010 in San Francisco

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PARK(ing) Day is a world-wide attempt to draw attention to how much space is taken for parking in our cities. STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group have developed some site furniture that pixilates views of the city through plotter paper tubes and binder clips.

The site was at the intersection of 1st and Howard in , .

Greenwich House / Julian King Architect

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Architect: Julian King Architect
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut,
Project Team: Julian King, Christina Lyons, Sean Barry, Julie Boynton, Marc Levin
Structural Engineer: Alnour Consulting Engineering PC
Mechanical Engineer: AltieriSeborWiebor LLC, (Adam Trojanowski project engineer)
Lighting Consultant: Melanie Freundlich Lighting Design
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Julian King Architect

AD Interviews: Bradley Khouri / b9 Architects

Urban Canyon, © William Wright Photography

Sustainability has become one of the main issues when designing for any architecture practice around the world, and not only thinking in technological aspects but also in the quality of the community environment. Awarded with the Young Architect Award by AIA Seattle, b9 Architects creates innovative, sustainable, modern architectural solutions utilizing open, connective spaces and maximizing access to natural light. Working through a comprehensive design process, they translate initial concepts into form through text, drawing and modeling, utilizing rhythm and pattern in order to create moments of contrast and difference. Through thoughtful site planning, energy considerations, daylighting and material choices, are committed to working towards achieving carbon neutrality in our built environment.

With this introduction, we would like to present an interview we made to , AIA, the Principal and founder of b9 Architects inc. Their work focuses on creating positive change in the urban environment through innovative place-specific modern architecture. Supporting sustainable, transit oriented, walkable communities, b9’s completed works include urban single- and multi-family housing projects, live-work dwellings and commercial interiors.

Sugar Hill Housing / David Adjaye

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David Adjaye’s new affordable housing building for Sugar Hill, is expected to strengthen the community with its mixed program on the base level and impvero the poverty-stricken neighborhood by providing quality housing for 124 families. In addition to apartments that will house some of the city’s poorest residents, a new educational, cultural and arts space will also be incorporated into the scheme. Resting at the bottom of Adjaye’s stacked and shifted volumes, the 18,000 sqf Faith Ringgold Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling will hold a permanent exhibition of Ringgold’s quilt art in addition to temporary exhibitions. As reported, “Ringgold, who grew up in the area, has developed the museum in order to provide local children with early education through art. The museum will, in particular, attempt to foster pride in Harlem’s own artistic legacy.” The building’s construction is projected for later this year.   We’re hoping this building has the potential to uplift a burdened community; what do you think?

Denver Art Museum / Daniel Libeskind

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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Denver, ,
Joint Venture Partner: Davis Partnership
Contractor: M.A Mortensen Co. (Colorado)
Structural Engineer: Arup (Los Angeles)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Mechanical Air: Arup-Los Angeles
Mechanical/Electrical: MKK Engineers and Arup (Los Angeles)
Structural Engineers: ARUP (Los Angeles)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Interior Designers: Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
Landscape Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
Lighting Consultant: George Sexton and Associates
Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Acoustical Consultant: ARUP (Los Angeles)
Exterior Façade Consultant: Gordon H Smith, ARUP, BCE;
Project Area: 146,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Bitter Bredt, DAM, SDL, Michele Nastasi

Architecture and Design Film Festival

Architecture and Design Film Festival

If you find yourself in Manhattan for the weekend of October 14-17, be sure to check out the Architecture and Design Film Festival on Varick Street in Tribeca.   Films running anywhere from a quick 2 minutes to 80 minutes will feature popular pieces such as Citizen Architect about Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, to a film about the Kimbell Museum, an interview with Oscar Niemeyer and even a film about dumpster pools.   The event will also include discussions with some of the filmmakers and architects about the design process.  As  this will be the first film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design in the United States, be sure not to miss it!

For more ticket information, visit the Architecture and Design Film Festival website.

A+D Museum presents Stephen H. Kanner FAIA: A Retrospective 1955-2010

Stephen H. Kanner FAIA (1955-2010)

The Architecture and Design Museum, and Kanner Architects (see their projects here) present a retrospective and official public memorial service for Stephen Kanner, FAIA, on November 4, 2010, from 7-10 pm. The show continues until Jan 16, 2011.

With his passing on July 2, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, the Los Angeles architectural and design community loses one of its most prominent advocates. A thirdgeneration architect and principal of Kanner Architects, Stephen was a native Angelino known for his reinterpretation of Southern Californian modernism and for his unique imprint on LA’s urban landscape.

His contributions to the Los Angeles built environment reach from Santa Monica to East Los Angeles, as his firm completed more than 150 projects throughout the city. In addition, Kanner earned national and international stature with residential projects across the US and, most notably, PUMA retail stores worldwide.

Full press release after the break.

Samitaur Tower / Eric Owen Moss Architects

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Architects: Eric Owen Moss Architects
Location: Culver City, CA,
Owner: Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith
Builder: Samitaur Constructs
Structural Engineer: Arup,
Project Year: 2006-2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Eric Owen Moss Architects & Tom Bonner Photography

Hillside House / SB Architects

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Architects: SB Architects
Location: Mill Valley, , USA
Builder: McDonald Construction
Project Area: 2,116 sq ft (interior spaces), 1,567 sq ft (decks & balconies)
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Mariko Reed

First Monographs: Young Design Firms and the Experience of Publishing

In spite of the rise of social and electronic media, architects are under increasing pressure to establish themselves through the publication of monographs. This panel discussion will present the perspectives of four “young” firms (those in business for about 10 years) and will explore the importance – and potential pitfalls – of publishing a monograph for a young firm. Why publish? When is the correct time to publish? How much work does a firm need to justify a monograph? What are the benefits?

This talk gives the opportunity to a group of younger architects – those just published for the first time – to talk about their work and about the process of publishing. The event will serve the dual purpose of giving the audience an opportunity to learn about the careers of a select group of architects whose practices are about ten years old AND to act as a guide to publishing for the first time.

The discussion is co-produced by the AIA NY Marketing and PR Committee and the Oculus Committee, and it will take place this Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm. For more information and registration, please click here.

Millbrook House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer
Location: Millbrook, NY,
Project Manager: Stephen Dayton
Project Architect: Andrew Mazor
Project Team: Len Lopate, Joseph Sevene, Andrew Deibel
Structural Engineering: Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Lighting Designer: Fisher Marantz
General Contractor: Robert Bump Construction
Project Area: 6,600 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Scott Frances

M Cabana / Bernbaum Magadini Architects

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Architects: Bernbaum Magadini Architects
Location: Highland Park, , USA
Project Architect: Bob Borson
Contractor: John Austin Construction Company
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

Tidal Resonance Chamber / Robert Horner


The Tidal Resonance Chamber, designed by Robert Horner is an experiment between human perception and nature; it also serves as conduit for the development of sustainable construction techniques. The Tidal Resonance Chamber provides a harbor for the contemplation and reflection on the manner in which human beings have utilized and manipulated the natural environment.

Update: The City+The Arch+The River 2015 / MVVA

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In the summer, we introduced the proposals for The City + The Arch + The River competition that challenged designers to revive the urban fabric surrounding ’ iconic arch.  The proposals offered differing views on ways to activate a park system and attract the public.  We’re excited to share the news that the proposal by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and his multidisciplinary team has been selected to move forward!

Check out a cool video of MVVA’s proposal and more about the project after the break.

Long Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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For Thomas Phifer + Partners’ latest residence, the firm takes inspiration from the envisioned site’s proximity to the water. The seemingly repetitious simplistic form is actually one continuous surface that undulates to carve spaces underneath it.

More images and more about the residence after the break.

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: Norman Foster, Foster + Partners
Location: 257 Bowery, ,
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 Chicago. Hope you enjoy it!