Fellows’ Awards & Honors: Jahn, Sauerbruch, & Sorkin.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The colorful KfW Westarkade tower in Frankfurt (pictured at left), designed by Matthias Sauerbruch, was named the Best Tall Building in Europe for 2011 by the CTBUH (Sauerbruch’s Oval Offices in Cologne were also featured in Architectural Record & Surface); the World Architecture Festival announced that they have named IfUD Board Chair Michael Sorkin the head of its ‘Super-Jury’ for 2011; the opening of Helmut Jahn’s Mansuetto Library was cited as one of the most important design events during the first half of 2011 by Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin.

Call for Entries: OIKODOMOS Project

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Fellow Kris Scheerlinck (who will participate in BEAU XI later this month) is on the Scientific Committee for the 2011 OIKODOMOS Project conference, which recently put out an international call for contributions. The gathering brings together professionals, academics, and experts to provide a forum for discussion of contemporary housing issues. The event will take place in Brussels this October. Good luck to all who submit!

By the City / For the City: ONE WEEK LEFT!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Use this weekend wisely — entries to the By the City / For the City design competition are due by midnight a week from today on Thursday, July 14. If you still haven’t had time to select a site from the 550 ideas New Yorkers shared during our crowdsourcing phase this spring, we’d recommend checking out our blog, which features posts that take a deeper look into some specific ideas. You can register here; we look forward to seeing what you come up with for New York City’s future!

I Want My IfUD-TV!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Executive Director Anne Guiney was recently interviewed by Brian Lehrer about By the City / For the City design competition–don’t miss the clip (pictured at left). Meanwhile, LandmarksWest talked to Richard Dattner about adventure playgrounds, Ken Fisher interviewed NYC Comptroller John Liu, and Board Member Thom Mayne took an Architectural Record camera crew on a tour of his San Francisco Federal Building.

Fellows in the News: Alschuler, Enquist, Gans, Greenberg, Holl, Libeskind, Norten, Nyman, Rogers, Safdie, Sassen, Sennett, Stastny, & Wilks

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Over at Fast Co.Design, Karen Alschuler wrote an article comparing buildings to sandwiches, asking: “What makes them tasty?”; Design Intelligence featured the full text of Phil Enquist’s PennDesign commencement address; Deborah Gans reports on her work in New Orleans’ Plum Orchard neighborhood in Places: Design Observer; Ken Greenberg (whom Dow Marmur recently called a Canadian national treasure) is leading the planning process for the redevelopment of Boston’s waterfront; Patron Steven Holl‘s Vanke Center in Shenzhen received high praise from Nicolai Ouroussoff, who calls the building “a triumph of sustainable design” in a new piece out this week; Daniel Libeskind released renderings of the design for a new synagogue in Munich; Villahermosa, Mexico, recently celebrated the opening of a new public building by Board Member Enrique Norten set in a new public park by Barbara Wilks; Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Director Jack S. Nyman commented on his organization’s collaboration with CUNY’s Building Performance Lab in creating the just-launched Building Performance Toolkit; the National Capital Planning Commission released design renderings for DC’s Ellipse by the five firms competing for the job, including Rob Rogers’ firm Rogers Marvel (whose SandRidge Energy complex in Oklahoma City was also recently approved by the city); the New Yorker wrote about Moshe Safdie’s soon-to-open Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas; Rowan Moore reviewed Living in the Endless City, a new book featuring essays by Richard Sennett and Board Member Saskia Sassen; and Don Stastny is leading the visioning process for the redevelopment of Saint Louis’ historic Grand Center entertainment district (pictured at left).

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: July 1-14, 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Board Member Saskia Sassen will deliver the keynote address at Lift France 11 in Marseille on 7/7; Board Member Tami Hausman will participate in the Center for Architecture panel discussion The Pitch: A Hands-On Workshop on Attracting a Client in Two Minutes or Less on 7/11; Board Member Thom Mayne will participate in the Van Alen Institute’s Los Angeles panel [PDF] for their Life at the Speed of Rail program on 7/12; and you can see BOB, a public art installation (pictured at left) designed by a team led by Galia Solomonoff, at Columbia University in Manhattan through 7/25.