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Annabelle Selldorf: The Latest Architecture and News

Beijing's Forbidden City to be Opened to the Public for the First Time, with Restoration by Selldorf Architects

11:00 - 29 January, 2019
Beijing's Forbidden City to be Opened to the Public for the First Time, with Restoration by Selldorf Architects, Juanqinzhai Moon Gate after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund
Juanqinzhai Moon Gate after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced Annabelle Selldorf as architect of the new Qianlong Garden Interpretation Center within the iconic Forbidden City in Beijing, China. One of few American architects to lead architectural projects at the site, Selldorf’s scheme will allow the public access to the Qianlong Garden for the first time, permitted through a new Visitor’s Center.

Selldorf, working with her NYC-based firm Selldorf Architects, will design the interpretation center within an existing, restored structure of the Qianlong Garden’s second courtyard. Designed as three distinct halls surrounding an open pavilion, the different spaces within the restoration will offer a unique perspective on the past and present of the Forbidden City.

Juanqinzhai theater room after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund Juanqinzhai theater room after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund Juanqinzhai Moon Gate after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund Fuwangge after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund + 11

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Celebrates 75th Anniversary with $55 Million Expansion

06:00 - 28 October, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Celebrates 75th Anniversary with $55 Million Expansion, Courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) first opened in 1941 in the oceanfront La Jolla home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. In the half century that followed, the museum saw three distinct expansions; now, as it turns 75, MCASD anticipates its latest addition, a flexible new multipurpose design by Selldorf Architects that will quadruple the current gallery space.

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Watch Prominent Architectural Lectures and More from The Architectural League of New York

06:00 - 29 August, 2016
Watch Prominent Architectural Lectures and More from The Architectural League of New York

From architectural lectures to coverage of local projects and events, The Architectural League of New York presents a wide range of topics through its video series to further its goal of advancing the art of architecture. Through this presentation of some of the world’s most interesting and influential architects, designers, and works, The Architectural League draws international audiences to help shape the future of the build environment by stimulating discussion and provoking design-based thinking.

Watch some of The Architectural League’s videos—like a lecture by Annabelle Selldorf or Bjarke Ingels, documentation of a miniature library installation, or a musical heart sculpture in Times Square—after the break.

Tsao & McKown Collaborate with Annabelle Selldorf and Richard Meier on Taipei Residential Community

16:00 - 28 August, 2016
Tsao & McKown Collaborate with Annabelle Selldorf and Richard Meier on Taipei Residential Community, Richard Meier Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown
Richard Meier Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown

Tsao & McKown has designed the masterplan for a residential community outside of Taipei, with contributing designs from Annabelle Selldorf, Richard Meier, and Steven Harris, as well as landscaping by Margie Ruddick.

Named The Master Collection, the project will consist of 28 private residences in the Great Taipei New Town District.

Annabelle Selldorf Residence. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Steven Harris Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Tsao & McKown Residence. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Tsao & McKown Clubhouse. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown + 20

Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 3, Architecture

16:30 - 11 March, 2015
Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 3, Architecture, Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis
Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, “in the shadows,” architecture, landscape architecture, social architecture, urbanism and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Today we present women architects who stand out for the quality of their work. 

Carme Pinós. © Estudio Carme Pinós Jô Vasconcellos. © Beto Novaes/EM/D.A Press Gae Aulenti. © Ernesto Ruscio - Getty Images Europe via Zimbio. Jeanne Gang in front of the Acqua Tower. Image Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation + 32

3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining the Role of Women in Architecture

10:30 - 8 March, 2015
3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining the Role of Women in Architecture, E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014
E1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Eileen Gray. Image © Julian Lennon 2014

"I cannot, in whole conscience, recommend architecture as a profession for girls. I know some women who have done well at it, but the obstacles are so great that it takes an exceptional girl to make a go of it. If she insisted on becoming an architect, I would try to dissuade her. If then, she was still determined, I would give her my blessing–she could be that exceptional one."
– Pietro Belluschi, FAIA from the 1955 New York Life Insurance Company brochure, “Should You Be an Architect?”

With great fanfare, in mid-October 2014 on the opening night of the 6th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in Manhattan, Festival Director Kyle Bergman announced that the festival’s special focus this year was on women in architecture. “We’ve been wanting to feature women in architecture for a while now,” he told me, “and this year we finally have the films to make that happen,” referring to three new documentaries: Gray Matters (2014), Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture (2014) and Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins (2013).