Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts some great lectures featuring some of the world’s most important architects. Here are some of their May events:
May 3 / Ecological Urbanism Book Launch Reception
May 6 / Jaime Moreno lecture
May 6 / Michael Rock of 2×4, “A Brief History of Screens”
May 7 / Bob Peck, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration, Loeb Fellow ’78, “From the Federal Government and here to help”
May 8 / Palladio Oggi: Palladio and the Present Symposium (*in New York City)
You can find more on each event on the GSD official website, which is constantly adding new events. Every event is free and open to the public.
Young architect William O’Brien Jr was one of the practices invited to this years P.S.1 competition (awarded to SO-IL). He shared with us this cabin project based on an extruded A-frame. Interesting wall configuration, take a look at the section.
Check all the images, some drawings and description after the break.
DesCours is a free, public, week-long architecture and art event now in its fourth year, held the second week of December in New Orleans. This event invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create 14 architecture installations within ‘hidden’ locations in the heart of New Orleans, including private courtyards, rooftops, abandoned buildings and walkways, all locations normally unseen, inaccessible or unused by the public.
AIA New Orleans is presenting the event in partnership with the Downtown Development District (DDD), the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Architecture Foundation and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals. AIA New Orleans is proud to present this event free of charge and open to the public.
You can find more information and download the request for proposals details in the official website.
100 first year students in the Department of Architecture are developing proposals to design and construct a minimal dwelling unit that they will occupy for a period of 24 hours. Each unit must accommodate an entrance, internal circulation, and sleeping areas for a minimum of three people. Individual units are placed adjacent to one another and share boundaries thus creating a party wall condition between adjoining structures where unique structural and programmatic conditions might begin to evolve.
Once transported to the site projects will be reassembled and assume their final position as a linear community of buildings, titled the Living Wall. The students will have a unique opportunity to spend a 24-hour period in their structures after they are reassembled on site. This experience will enable the students to better understand the consequences of their decisions and to explore the successes and shortcomings of their structures.
The proposed structures that you see on exhibit have been studied at progressively larger scales and various modes of representation. They will ultimately be constructed at full-scale and transported to the Griffis Sculpture Park (Located in Cattaraugus County between Ashford Hollow and East Otto) where they will remain on display through October 23, 2010. More information can be found here.
d3:dialog is a hybrid publication that combines the depth and format of a journal with the flexibility of a magazine. Each issue will explore a focused aspect of current architectural theory and production.
The first volume of New York-based d3’s dialog series calls for work in architectural theory, design postulations, and built form that blurs the boundary between mapping and making of cities, buildings, spaces, and objects. Through d3:dialog>assemble, we shall collectively explore how such fusion occurs and how conventional methods remain relevant.
For more information click here.
What began in a rented townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has grown to become an internationally recognized preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art. The Museum for African Art will finally find a permanent home along Manhattan’s “Museum Mile” and will be open to the public next April. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, the museum will bring the prestigious row of museums of Manhattan to Harlem, one of the country’s most important centers of historic and contemporary African-American culture.
More about the museum and more images after the break.
Last week we told you about Christian Bay–Jørgensen’s idea to turn the famous Hollywood Sign into an hotel. Today, we feature another idea designed by Danish and Belgian architects Bart de Lege, Frederique Hermans, Jan Bloemen, Joep Verheijen, and Steven van Esser. You can find more information here.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
We found out through Archpaper’s Twitter (@archpaper), they are calling everyone to sign a petition to help save Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport, a Tate-worthy redbrick beauty. The Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut is a spectacular 1.5 million-square-foot structure of 13 interconnected buildings stretching over 76 acres. Now its future is imperiled.
In 1920, General Electric purchased the property, and produced thousands of small kitchen appliances in the plant, but GE slowly pulled manufacturing from the building, and closed it entirely in 2007. The company claims to have looked for development opportunities for the shuttered factory, but concluded that it is “functionally obsolete (and) inappropriate for modern uses.” Now GE plans to demolish the structure, leaving a huge vacant property in Bridgeport—a city that can ill afford more dereliction.
The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition invites you to join in for the first view of Minds in the Gutter, a juried exhibit of stormwater management designs for the public right-of-way. We invite you to view the selected designs and participate in a panel discussion among expert dreamers and do-ers in the field of stormwater management.
Architects: atelier V
Location: Santa Monica, CA, USA
Structural Engineer: Berkoz and Associates , Mr. Ertunga Berkoz, Mr. Naci Berkoz
MEP Engineer: Shamim Engineering, Inc., Mr. Mark Shamim, Mr. Kevin Shamim
Civil Engineer: Warren Goeke and Associates, Mr. Warren Goeke
General Contractor: Alpha Construction, Mr. John Ambicki, Mr. Louise Laxineta
Budget: US $11.20M
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Mark Vaghei and Nataliaphotostudio
Back in December we told you about the international design competition to re-invigorate the park and city areas surrounding “one of the world’s most iconic monuments”, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The five finalist teams have been announced, and the winner will be selected on September, 2010. The finalist teams are:
- Behnisch Team
- MVVA Team
- PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas
- SOM, Hargreaves, BIG
- Weiss/Manfredi Team
For more information, go to the competition’s official website.
Last year, we told you about the party pavilion designed by students at SCI-Arc for the Coachella Music Festival. This year, Crimson Collective – a Los Angeles-based consortium of creative artists, architects, and designers – have unveiled their project “Ascension”, based on the Japanese legend of a Thousand Cranes (or Zenbazuru) for the inauguration of the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, April 16th through April 18th.
Universally accepted as a symbol of grace, wisdom, peace, and prosperity, Ascension is a 150-ft wide, 45-ft giant white origami crane crafted from soaring planes of white fabric and a modular aluminum and tension wire skeleton. Physically, the giant creature will serve as a living art installation; a beacon, a shelter, and a destination for visitors. Metaphorically, the giant crane carries a universal message of peace meant to be for and from the over 100,000 attendees at the annual 3-day music festival.
More images, a video and description after the break.
Every now and then, we find some crazy ideas around the web. What about this one? Christian Bay – Jørgensen, owner of Bay Arch, has an idea to turn the famous Hollywood Sign into an hotel. This could solve the money/land issues that have been sorrounding the sign lately. The plan calls for the famous letters to be enlarged to double the size, building them out from the back, allowing guests to stay inside the Hollywood sign itself.
Seen at Slashfilm. More images after the break.