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New Yorkers top Architectural Events of 2010

17:30 - 31 December, 2010
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

This years architectural events in New York are bound to have a meaningful effect on the years to come; the decision by NYU to add another tower complementing I.M Pei’s existing Silver Towers complex (rather than their initial plan to demolish them), the opening of the first section of Brooklyn Bridge Park coupled with the completion of the High Line has re-established New York City as a key model to reference when it comes to designing urban public space, and finally construction began on Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, by Louis Kahn, to name a few.

From transportation, urban planning, exhibitions, residential and office buildings follow the break to see the New Yorkers list of some of the most influential decisions surrounding architecture over the past year in New York.

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building / Frank Gehry

18:00 - 23 December, 2010
East façade, view across Ultimo Pedestrian Network, model scale: 1-to-100 / Gehry Partners, LLP
East façade, view across Ultimo Pedestrian Network, model scale: 1-to-100 / Gehry Partners, LLP

The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, part of the University of Technology in Sydney, is Frank Gehry‘s first building in Australia. More images and full press release after the break.

Design + Wine exhibit at SFMOMA

12:30 - 23 November, 2010
Zaha Hadid's Tondonia Vina Pavilion
Zaha Hadid's Tondonia Vina Pavilion

“How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now” is a brand new exhibit at the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art. Co-created and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibit was organized by Henry Urbach, SFMOMA’s Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design. Bringing attention to the wine industry and its integration with the latest artists, designers and architects the exhibit will be on display at SFMOMA until April. A main part of the exhibit is featuring the architectural spaces that house the wine making process, tastings, museums, etc. Some big name architects who have developed designs for cutting-edge wineries include: Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Herzog and de Meuron, Renzo Piano and Alvaro Siza.

In Progress: Beekman Tower / Frank Gehry

10:00 - 8 August, 2010
© David Assael - Arch Daily
© David Assael - Arch Daily

Our director, David Assael, took some shots of Gehry’s latest creation – a wavy residential tower clad in undulating metal panels. While still in the construction phase, it is easy to get the overall idea of the structure. In person, the tower demands attention as its presence, due both to scale and materiality, is unmatched within its context. Throughout the day, the light plays upon the curves making the hard metallic color almost glisten. Some of Assael’s photos capture the tower in the early evening – the perfect time of day to see the reds and oranges of the setting sun against the building. What do you think of Gehry’s skyscraper?

More of Assael’s photos after the break.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health / Frank Gehry

18:48 - 22 June, 2010
© Matthew Carbone, Photographer
© Matthew Carbone, Photographer

A few weeks ago we introduced you one of the latest built projects by Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The center is supported by Keep Memory Alive, and it is planned to become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington ‘s Diseases, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as well as focusing on prevention, early detection and education.

The two buildings together, along with the Reflection Garden © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
The two buildings together, along with the Reflection Garden © Matthew Carbone, Photographer

On our previous feature we got a glimpse of the project, which at first sight might look like just another Gehry project. And now, thanks to these new photos by Matthew Carbone, we can get a better look at it.

The center features three main spaces:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center / Frank Gehry

10:00 - 25 May, 2010
LA Times shot by Isaac Brekken
LA Times shot by Isaac Brekken

LA Times shot by Isaac Brekken

Eisenhower Memorial / Frank Gehry

12:49 - 30 March, 2010
©  Gehry & Partners
© Gehry & Partners

Last year Frank Gehry won the design competition for the Eisenhower Memorial, which included six other firms (Perkins & Will, Krueck & Sexton, Rogers Marvel Architects, Moshe Safdie & Associates, Natoma Architects and PWP Landscape Architecture). After that, the firm was asked to produce three options for the members of the Eisenhower Memorial Commision to choose from, from which the final design was chosen a few days ago.

LA Time’s Culture Monster has more info about the project:

The design, which Gehry and his colleagues will flesh out in the months to come, combines a grove of oak trees, two parallel colonnades of limestone pillars and loosely piled limestone walls carved with sculptural reliefs — elements common to all three proposals — with a series of woven steel-mesh tapestries that will feature images of Eisenhower and his presidency. There is a gap in the colonnade as it runs along Independence, creating an opening framing views of the Capitol and also marking an informal pedestrian entry into the memorial site.

While the oak trees should provide plenty of shade — along with pockets of contemplative space — the tapestries will give much of the memorial the feeling of an expansive outdoor stage set. Gehry came up with the idea for the steel-mesh panels while exploring the tapestry collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where his firm has been working on an expansion.

More images after the break:

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14:37 - 15 March, 2010

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Frank O. Gehry: Design Process and the Lewis House at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

18:29 - 3 February, 2009

The exhibition, that includes 120 architectural models, photographs, drawings, and videos, along with furniture and decorative arts enters its final weeks, and will end on April 5th.