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This Week in Architecture: A Little Less Conversation

07:11 - 2 November, 2018
This Week in Architecture: A Little Less Conversation , Plastic Island. Image Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr
Plastic Island. Image Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr

Kanye West is, according to Kanye West, a reformed man. After months of making headlines over his bizarre political views, he stated on Wednesday that, “my eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

While this most likely means a return to his music career, this statement could also indicate a renewed interest in his design projects. The rapper’s interest in architecture is more than just a passing one; he’s collaborated with noted architects such as Jacques Herzog and Rem Koolhaas and has declared on multiple occasions his desire for everything to be “architected.”

How Hip-Hop Architecture is Making its Own Space

09:30 - 1 November, 2018
PHAT’s (Nathaniel Belcher, Stephen Slaughter) Harlem Ghetto Fabulous, 2003. Image via Metropolis Magazine. Image Courtesy of Courtesy PHAT (Nathaniel Belcher, Stephen Slaughter)
PHAT’s (Nathaniel Belcher, Stephen Slaughter) Harlem Ghetto Fabulous, 2003. Image via Metropolis Magazine. Image Courtesy of Courtesy PHAT (Nathaniel Belcher, Stephen Slaughter)

This article was originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "Hip-Hop Architecture's Philip Johnson Moment".

More than 40 years after it emerged from South Bronx house parties, hip-hop has become a once-in-a-lifetime concussive force reshaping global cultural. But at its most elemental and foundational, hip-hop is a direct, powerful confrontation with the built environment. “Broken glass everywhere / People pissing on the stairs, you know they just don’t care,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rapped on their seminal 1982 track “The Message.” “I can’t take the smell, can’t take the noise / Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice.”

5 Promising Young Firms Selected as 2018 New Practices New York Award Winners

12:15 - 31 January, 2018
5 Promising Young Firms Selected as 2018 New Practices New York Award Winners, Testbed by Agency-Agency. Credit: Agency-Agency
Testbed by Agency-Agency. Credit: Agency-Agency

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture have announced five practices as winners of the 2018 New Practices New York awards, founded to identify and promote the city’s emerging young architects. Established in 2006, the awards are given biennially to practices headquartered in New York and in operation for 10 or fewer years.

Under this year’s theme of Consequences, firms were asked to submit portfolios containing design ideas that promoted “the capacity of architectural practice to offer transformative value within the broader context of the city.”

Grant Opportunity for Mid-Level Career Architects

10:50 - 20 December, 2016
Grant Opportunity for Mid-Level Career Architects

Arnold W. Brunner Grant

Purpose
Advanced study in any area of architectural investigation which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a publicly available written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation to be offered at the Center for Architecture.

EXTRA-ORDINARY: New Practices in Chilean Architecture

19:30 - 21 June, 2016
EXTRA-ORDINARY: New Practices in Chilean Architecture, Courtesy of Center for Architecture
Courtesy of Center for Architecture

The Center for Architecture, in collaboration with CONSTRUCTO, will present the exhibition EXTRA-ORDINARY: New Practices in Chilean Architecture, opening on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 pm, curated by CONSTRUCTO foundersJeannette Plaut and Marcelo Sarovic. The opening will begin with a roundtable discussion between Plaut, Sarovic and MoMA Director Glenn Lowry and will be followed by a presentation by architect Smiljan Radic.

Event: Guess-A-Sketch 2016

18:00 - 28 April, 2016
Event: Guess-A-Sketch 2016

Center for Architecture is proud to present the return of Guess-A-Sketch, a lively evening where architects, architecture enthusiasts, and young professionals gather for an architecture-themed, pictionary-style tournament. Charles Renfro, AIA will host the evening as Master of Ceremonies. Honoree sketchers draw iconic buildings as battling teams guess to win. Enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres served all night. Audience members are encouraged to play by tweeting their guesses. 

New Practices New York Winner Presentation: MODU with estudio Herreros

18:00 - 1 April, 2016
New Practices New York Winner Presentation: MODU with estudio Herreros, Cloud Seeding Plaza Pavilion by MODU, Credit: Aviad Bar Ness
Cloud Seeding Plaza Pavilion by MODU, Credit: Aviad Bar Ness

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, co-directors of MODU, will present their work investigating architecture’s relationship with weather. The work proposes a significant shift in traditional modes of environmental thinking: architecture, as a conceptual and cultural practice, should be informed by and adaptable to weather.

Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square, Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6.

AIANY and Center for Architecture Name Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director

14:00 - 23 November, 2015
AIANY and Center for Architecture Name Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director, © AIANY
© AIANY

Following the resignation of Rick Bell earlier this year, AIANY and The Center for Architecture have appointed Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director. Prosky will assume his new position in early 2016, after stepping down as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

“Ben brings a unique energy, intelligence, and experience to the executive director position,” said Carol Loewenson, incoming president of AIA New York and partner at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, in a statement. “AIANY is poised for great change: more outreach, greater membership value, deeper connections to the academy, and a stronger role in actively impacting the design of our city. Ben is the right person to imagine the AIANY of the future. We are thrilled to have him on board to lead our organization.”

Architectural Photography Workshop at the Center for Architecture

12:56 - 10 November, 2015
Architectural Photography Workshop at the Center for Architecture, Empire State Building, Catherine Teegarden
Empire State Building, Catherine Teegarden

Learn how to create your own eye-catching photographs of the city’s built environment in this hands-on workshop with architectural photographer Matthew Carbone. An introductory discussion about techniques, relevant mobile phone apps and considerations of lighting and composition particular to on-site architectural photography will be followed by an outdoor shooting session in the iconic South Street Seaport neighborhood. Class size limited to allow for individual feedback and instruction.

Open to all levels of experience. Digital SLR cameras or current iPhones / Android phones with high-quality cameras recommended.

Exhibition: Un/Fair Use

07:00 - 16 September, 2015
Exhibition: Un/Fair Use, Un/Fair Use at the Center for Architecture
Un/Fair Use at the Center for Architecture

Un/fair Use is an exhibition of research and proposals related to copying and copyright in architecture.

Appropriation is as much a part of architecture as the expectation of novelty, and so it is at the very core of the discipline. Architecture advances via comment, criticism, parody, and innovation, forms of appropriation that fall under the umbrella of fair use. But what about when appropriation is deemed unfair? Where and how are the lines drawn around permissible use? Un/fair Use probes that legal boundary.

In Un/fair Use, models of common, and therefore uncopyrightable, tropes and formal themes are juxtaposed with those protected under the Architecture Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990.

Viral Voices IV / STORYTELLING: On Media, Representation, and Narrative

05:30 - 22 July, 2015
Viral Voices IV / STORYTELLING: On Media, Representation, and Narrative

How are contemporary architectural narratives created? And what are the various tools / media used to ‘tell the story’?

How is the said story tailored to a varying audience?

What story do journalists/editors/filmmakers like to tell about the architect? And the architecture? How does that profile shape our work, reach and influence?

What is architectural journalism for architects? What is it for the general public?

Are we in a crisis of architectural representation? What is the future of the publication and representation of architecture across various platforms?

Lecture: Architecture as a Way of Life and Placemaking

00:00 - 14 July, 2014
Lecture: Architecture as a Way of Life and Placemaking

Rafiq Azam is the principal of SHATOTTO architecture for green living, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He will introduce us to his work and city, which is also home to works by Louis Kahn. Azam’s “green” is not about global ratings or the current sustainability trend. It is his response to the sky, water, and vegetation that surround him and his city. There is an apparent simplicity in Azam’s work that disguises and belies a complex fabric revealing the wonders of the cosmos.

Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge

00:00 - 27 December, 2013
Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA / Photo © Philippe Ruault
Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA / Photo © Philippe Ruault

Opened to a full house, last year, at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto, Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, explores the elegant, and oftentimes, elusive intersection between the aesthetics of architectural form and the technicality of structural design, through the lens of earthquake engineering. Curated by Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng and founded/curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, this exhibit emerged from their research on the resiliency of emergency shelters and civil protection buildings, such as schools and hospitals, in earthquake zones throughout the world.

Envisioned as a "science center" for design, the exhibition, which is tailored not only for the architecture and engineering communities, but an invested public as well, will feature full-sized seismic technology utilized in buildings, architectural and structural models, seismic testing videos, including clips from Tomas Koolhaas’ new documentary titled REM, and a 500N shake table from North American Wave Spectrum Science and Trade Inc.

Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet, Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi
Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi

Where does architecture and the automobile industry meet? Many architects, including Le Corbusier, have tried to understand how building construction can be more like car manufacturing, with mass-produced parts that can be easily assembled on site. Ford recently explored the idea at their Design with a Purpose: Built Tough panel discussion held at New York's Center for Architecture. Click here to read The New York Times' coverage of the discussion, and check out ArchDaily editor-in-chief's thoughts on cars and architecture here.

Archtober 2013: Architecture and Design Month in NY

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Archtober 2013: Architecture and Design Month in NY

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober, the official New York City Architecture and Design Month.

More than 50 participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Modern Art have curated more than 150 programs, including exhibits, movies, talks, and walking tours. As Rick Bell, Executive Director of the AIA New York said today during the press preview: "There is something for everyone".

More information, including some highlights for the festival after the break.

Winners Proposals Suggest Alternatives for San Francisco's 280 Freeway

01:00 - 7 September, 2013
Winners Proposals Suggest Alternatives for San Francisco's 280 Freeway, Fieldshift by Erik Jensen and Justin Richardson. Image Courtesy of The Center for Architecture + Design
Fieldshift by Erik Jensen and Justin Richardson. Image Courtesy of The Center for Architecture + Design

The Center for Architecture + Design and the Seed Fund announced the winners of the Reimagine. Reconnect. Restore What if 280 came down?, a competition that explored the idea of removing San Francisco's 280 Freeway, north of 16th Street, in an effort to pedestrianize that portion of the city while generating funds for several regionally important transit projects. The open competition, which encouraged designers to submit urban design interventions, from public art to infrastructure, awarded $10,000 in prizes.

'FitNation' Exhibition

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
'FitNation' Exhibition, Red Swing Project / University of Texas at Austin Architecture Students / © Blake Gordon
Red Swing Project / University of Texas at Austin Architecture Students / © Blake Gordon

From Brooklyn to the Bronx, from San Antonio to Cincinnati, communities and organizations across the United States are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases with a dose of powerful medicine: active design. Organized by AIA New York, with the Center for Architecture, their groundbreaking 'FitNation' exhibition. brings together for the first time 33 projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia that showcase the ways design, policy, and grassroots strategies are promoting physical activity as part of daily life. The event began this week and concludes on August 8. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.