‘Megan Geckler: Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take’ Exhibition

The work of Los Angeles-based artist Megan Geckler lies somewhere between art and design, with architectural installations that are assembled from thousands of strands of multicolored flagging tape, a plastic ribbon typically utilized by surveyors to demarcate space on construction sites.

The end result resembles an updated three-dimensional version of string art that shares the seemingly kinetic territory of the Op Art and Light+Space movements. These site-specific projects are also strongly influenced by minimalism, but retain a sense of play and delight.

The exhibition will be on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union Street, Pasadena CA , from July 17 till October 31. More information can be found here.

ASSEMBLY Launches July 28

Assembly, a new cultural journal featuring a mix of fiction, narrative nonfiction, essays, interviews, poetry, art, design, and architecture, will celebrate the release of its first issue on Wednesday, July 28 in ’s Lower East Side.

Based in and Toronto, the biannual publication explores a wide array of subjects in the social, political and cultural realms. Content in the first issue, which is currently available in bookstores, includes an interview with the Fiery Furnaces’ Matthew Friedberger; an investigation of the cultural and medical factors behind rising maternal mortality rates; a profile of a South African architecture firm working in Johannesburg’s shantytowns; and more.

From 7PM, Assembly will host readings and talks from several contributors at Bluestockings (172 Allen Street). Journalist Kashmir Hill will discuss her experience of cyberstalking a New York man to learn more about the limits of internet privacy, and Philip Irwin and M. A. Wallace will read short fiction excerpts. Following the readings, free drinks and copies of issue one will be available at Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street).

RSVP to events@assemblyjournal.com by July 23.

Uptown Penthouse / ALTUS Architecture + Design

© Dana Wheelock

Architects: ALTUS Architecture + Design
Location: Minneapolis, MN,
Contractor: Streeter & Associates
Project Area: 2,500 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Dana Wheelock &

New Practices New York 2010 Exhibition

New Practices 2010 is the third biennial juried competition and exhibition sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter. It serves as a platform to recognize and promote new, innovative  and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have utilized unique and commendable strategies – both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.

The exhibition opens today at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC. The exhibition will extend through October 23, 2010 and will travel to Sao Paulo in the fall of 2010 and the AIA National Convention in New Orleans in the spring of 2011. For more information, click here.

The Lightcatcher at Whatcom / Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies

Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: Bellingham, WA,
Design Principal: Jim Olson
Project Area: 42,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Bies & Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider

Standard Receives Honors for Hidden House

© Benny Chan

Standard, a -based architecture and design practice, received an award from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), as winner of the Single Family Housing category at the 40th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards for the Hidden House project. The modern single family residence was chosen as an example of local architectural innovation for the home’s eco-friendly construction, which involved incorporating an existing two bedroom cottage into a new, larger structure, without marring the natural context of the home’s expansive and rare 7-acre site.

Tooth & Nail Records / Lead Pencil Studio

© Ben Benschneider

Architects: Lead Pencil Studio
Location: Queen Anne Neighborhood, Seattle,
General Contractor: SR Company – Redmond, WA
Project Area: 3,600 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

Dingbat 2.0 Competition Winners

Professional Winners / First Place

The winning and honorable mention entries from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition were announced at the LA Forum’s Exhibition opening on Saturday, June 19th, at LA Forum Events at Woodbury Hollywood. There were eight professional winners and five student winners selected from over 80 entries from 18 countries (number of ‘winners’ includes honorable mentions in both categories). The work of the thirteen winners is being exhibited at the Exhibition through July 24th.

All the winners and honorable mentions after the break. For complete descriptions of each project, click here.

core.form-ula: Craft Series August 2010

Core.form-ula will begin its first intensive-hands-on craft series workshop at the de Castellane Gallery located in the heart of this August. The workshop will cover the use of Ecotect and Rhino/Grasshopper to develop techniques of evaluating performative form in architecture.

The goal of the workshop is to understand methods of translating geometry from Rhino/Grasshopper into Ecotect, and specifically, the process of shaping geometry that performs optimally within a specific location on earth. The workshop will begin by covering intro + advanced grasshopper techniques, followed by an introduction to using Ecotect to produce solar radiation studies, day-lighting studies, shadow analysis studies, climate analysis studies, and computational fluid dynamics analysis studies. The last stage of the workshop will cover the process of manipulating geometry in grasshopper via analysis/values obtained from Ecotect.

All levels are welcomed (students & professionals), the only requirement is knowledge of Rhino. At the end of the workshop, each participate will be asked to produce a 12in x 12in x 12in physical model along with flat art to be displayed at the de Castallane Galley for public viewing. For more information, click here.

Pinstripe / buildingstudio

© Anastasia Laurenzi

Architects: buildingstudio
Location: Wayne County, TN,
Project Team: Coleman Coker, Jonathan Tate, Anastasia Laurenzi, David Dieckhoff, Ana Zannoni
Engineering: Kevin Poe Structural Engineer
General Contractor: JRB Construction
Project Area: 1,630 sq ft
Budget: $250,000.00
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Anastasia Laurenzi

T Bailey Offices / Olson Kundig Architects

© Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

Olson Kundig Architects share with us the T Bailey Offices in Anacortes, , which explore the idea of using the client’s product— pipes used in wind turbine towers — in the construction of their headquarters. This 11,700 square foot office addition adjoins the existing heavy industrial manufacturing plant of T Bailey. All fabrication and erection takes place in the plant adjoining the project.

“There Will Be Singing”, a music video in Chicago

A reader recommended to us this fantastic video by Berlin-based DJ Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann). You can see amazing pictures and footage for Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments. Video was made by Jutojo and Sollmann himself. Enjoy it!

Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects

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Architects: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location: San Diego, CA,
Builder: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Interiors: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Landscape Architect: Aerea, Leslie Ryan
Structural Engineer: Envision Engineering, Alex Barajas
Site Area: 9,178 sq ft
Project Area: 3,460 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: David Harrison Photographic & Glenn Cormier

1111 E. Pike / Olson Kundig Architects

© Francis Zera

Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: , Washington,
Design Principal: Tom Kundig
Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Tim Bies & Francis Zera

1st Annual ENYA Merit Award

Beginning February 2009, The AIA New York Chapter and its Emerging New York Architects committee (ENYA) launched a pilot Boot Camp Review program to get intern architects in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). In the summer 2009, AIANY added graphic vignette workshops to its class offerings, established an ARE Resource Library and several other classes and events to promote and encourage emerging architects to stay focused on the licensure track. The revenue from these programs was used to expand the existing programs and create new support programs for local ARE candidates.

The purpose of the award is to recognize the significant contributions of interns at an early stage of their career to the AIA Chapter, and to help encourage them to complete their licensure by rewarding them upon completion. Awards are not based on financial need, as much as they are based on contributions the intern has made to their profession, their community and the AIA Chapter.

For more information, click here. Seen at ArchitectureWeek.

New York Designs 2010: Call for submissions

Architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other designers are invited to submit projects to the Architectural League’s New York Designs series. Projects of all types at any scale, either built (completed within one year of submission) or under construction in City, are welcome. Quality is the sole criterion for selection.

New York Designs recognizes accomplished built work in New York City. If your project is selected, League staff will work with you to develop an appropriate presentation, most often taking the format of an on-site tour or brief lecture. We invite designers to include project collaborators, such as consultants, contractors, engineers, clients, and others in the project presentation. Submission assumes the accessibility of the space by a group of 20-30 people and availability of the designer to take part in a New York-based program. For more information click here. Seen at Bustler.

Saint Bartholomew’s Chapel / Kevin deFreitas Architects

© Harrison Photographic

Architects: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location: 2 Mazzetti Lane, Valley Center, , USA
Project Team: Kevin deFreitas & Manish Desai
Structural Engineer: Envision Engineering
Landscape Architect: LandLAB Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Stueven Engineering
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer: BTA Engineers
Contractor: Lusardi Construction Company
Building Area: 6,112 sf + courtyard
Construction Cost: $3.1 million
Completion Date: February 2010
Photography: Harrison Photographic

3rd Coast Atlas – Call for Submissions

Great Lakes Map

3rd Coast Atlas is a platform for research and design initiatives that explore the urbanization, landscape, infrastructure and ecology of the Great Lakes Basin and Great Lakes Megaregion. 3CA was initiated in 2009 by Clare Lyster, University of Illinois, ; Charles Waldheim, Harvard University, and Mason White, University of Toronto.

The research and collection of submissions will lead to a publication manuscript. Please upload your submission to the 3rd Coast website, where details will be published on the website soon. Submissions are due August 30. Seen at Bustler.