Remembering Ada Louise Huxtable

Thursday, January 17th, 2013


“I think my approach works for a changing field. I’m not dogmatic or doctrinaire. I stay open-minded. If you’re rigid, you can’t be a good critic. I wouldn’t be in it if I didn’t feel optimistic. I’m still full of wonder, I still love it. I like seeing what’s going on with vernacular architecture now, for example. And the arguments over 2 Columbus Circle show that the preservation movement is upside down right now. When they compare its loss to that of Penn Station—I’ve got smoke coming out of my ears! It’s not being lost, it’s being transformed. I live and believe in the present. I don’t live in the past and you can’t live in the future. That’s why I’m basically a modernist.”

In 2005, Board member Cathy Lang Ho interviewed Ada Louise Huxtable for an issue of The Architect’s Newspaper devoted to criticism. Read the full interview here.

Fellows in the News: Dattner, Dubbeldam, Guiney, Hartmann, Ho, Holl, Norten, Rice, & Rogers

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Renderings of Ocean Dreams (pictured at left), a mixed-use complex of high-rises on the Coney Island Boardwalk designed by Richard Dattner’s firm, was unveiled; the April issue of Interior Design magazine features an eight-page spread on Board Member Winka Dubbeldam’s new Ports 1961 flagship in Shanghai; Executive Director Anne Guiney was interviewed about how changes in zoning and policy in New York are impacting the East Village; Alison Arieff called John Hartmann’s Bright Dawn Farm project “a glimmer of hope” for the future of suburbia in a New York Times Opinionator article on Droog’s recent Open House event in Levittown; the latest Architect magazine features a survey of national architecture policies by Board Member Cathy Lang Ho; construction is wrapping up on not one, but two new museums designed by Patron Steven Holl, in France and China; Board Member Enrique Norten’s zig-zagging Mercedes House tower opened in Manhattan; the New York Public Library kicked off construction on Lyn Rice’s Hamilton Grange Branch Teen Center; and Rob Rogers’ firm was named as one of five finalists in the competition to re-design DC’s Ellipse, in front of the White House.

Fellows in the News: Baldwin, Bee, Berke, Drucker, Hand, Ho, Jahn, Libeskind, Portman, & Rice

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Metropolis recently interviewed Gregory Baldwin about ZGF’s design for a piazza in downtown Portland, OR; the Wall Street Journal spoke with Carmi Bee about his Berry Street residential project in Brooklyn; Deborah Berke, who recently wrapped up work on the master plan for the ECLA in Berlin, was named one of Elle Decor‘s Five Women in Design; Kenneth Drucker spoke to the Huffington Post about China’s plan to build 50 cities of one million people in the next two decades; Jamie Hand has accepted a new position as a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC; Board Member Cathy Lang Ho’s full review of the Venice Architecture Biennale is up at Architect; Helmut Jahn’s ambitious proposal for the revamp of Navy Pier (pictured at left) has been stirring up debate in the Windy City; Daniel Libeskind has been selected to design Finland’s second-largest arena; John Portman will design a new 250- to 500-room hotel as part of the $700MM expansion of the San Diego Convention Center; and Lyn Rice’s work on the New School’s Manhattan campus was featured in gb&d Magazine‘s November issue (see p. 48).

Fellows in the News: Berke, Gans, Ho, Stern, Venturi & Scott Brown

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The commission for the renovation and expansion of the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia was awarded to Deborah Berke (pictured at left); the Architecture + Design Film Festival (October 14–17) announced Robert A.M. Stern as a member of its advisory board; Deborah Gans took an in-depth look at the use of permaculture in Haiti in DesignObserver; Board Member Cathy Lang Ho reviewed Dominique Perrault’s French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architect magazine; Patrons Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown will be presented with the Society of American Registered Architects’ International Award in October.

Board of Directors Expands

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

A new and expanded Institute board of directors was appointed, comprising media artist Maria Antelman, urban planner Maxine Griffith, attorney Craig Kaplan, writer Cathy Lang Ho, sociologist Saskia Sassen, and the architects Thom Mayne, Enrique Norten, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Michael Sorkin (chair). Institute founding director Ann Ferebee took an emerita role.

Cathy Lang Ho Wins Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Institute board member Cathy Lang Ho won the Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize for Design of the 112th annual Rome Prize Competition with her research Broadband Architecture: A study of how new media outlets are challenging the authority of