Fellows in the News: Angotti, Berke, Bell, Fisher, Floyd, Griffin, Holl, Mayne, Norten, Pasquarelli, Sauerbruch, & Stein

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A study by Tom Angotti and Picture the Homeless revealed that New York City is home to enough vacant lots and buildings to house its entire homeless population–with room to spare; Deborah Berke’s Yale architecture students are designing an urban bourbon distillery in downtown Louisville; Rick Bell was profiled by the Epoch Times; the latest episode of CUNY-TV’s Citywide program features Ken Fisher interviewing Working Families Party leader Camille Rivera; Chadwick Floyd is designing the expansion of Waterford, Connecticut’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; MLive.com interviewed Board Member Toni Griffin about the long-term strategic planning initiative she’s leading for the Detroit Works Program; Patron Steven Holl was selected to design the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Morning News walked through Board Member Thom Mayne’s almost-complete Perot Museum of Nature & Science with the architect; Board Member Enrique Norten gave a presentation on how sustainable architecture can catalyze community development at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos; Gregg Pasquarelli’s firm has just released its first monograph, SHoP: Out of Practice; Matthias Sauerbruch’s Low2No complex in Helsinki’s former docklands (pictured at left) is cited as an exemplary mixed use project in a Telegraph piece on the greening of residential architecture; and Achva Benzinberg Stein’s dazzling new Moroccan Courtyard at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is featured in this month’s Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Quoth the Fellows: Cathcart & Nyman

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Speaking at the Center for Architecture’s Buildings = Energy symposium last month, Colin Cathcart noted that, while New Yorkers’ per capita carbon footprint was quite large when viewed at the metropolitan level, the central city’s high density provided a model for the future–both here and around the world–asserting that “Our first, last, best hope to turn this planet around is right here in New York City.” Speaking in support of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s new report on the need for an infrastructure bank, Jack Nyman noted the need for public education and outreach: “We must help every sector of the economy genuinely understand its own stake in infrastructure issues, and we must engage all sectors fully in building support for new financial models over the long term.”

Quoth the Fellows: Sassen, Sennett, Solomonoff, & Venturi

Friday, August 26th, 2011

In a co-authored NY Times op-ed that cites cuts to government-funded social programs as an underlying cause of the recent UK riots, Board Member Saskia Sassen and Fellow Richard Sennett caution that “Americans ought to ponder this aspect of Britain’s trauma. After all, London is one of the world’s wealthiest cities, but large sections of it are impoverished. New York is not so different.” In responding to a young woman’s question about whether or not to take time to work between receiving her undergraduate degree in environmental science and returning to school to pursue a graduate degree in architecture, Galia Solomonoff noted that “One of the benefits of working in between careers is understanding the life applications of a given practice.” And while being interviewed about his role in shaping Postmodernism by filmmaker John Thornton, Patron Robert Venturi (pictured at left) advised that: “Modernism is about space. Postmodernism is about communication. You should do what turns you on.”

Fellows in the News: Blaik, Gorlin, Libeskind, Palmieri, Safdie, Sennett, Sheffer, Stepner, Walker, & Wong

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Detroit is abuzz with talk about Omar Blaik’s revitalization plan for the historic Midtown neighborhood, which recently got extensive write-ups from the Detroit News and the Free-Press; the latest issue of Dwell features a two-page spread on Alexander Gorlin’s The Brook development in the Bronx; a torquing tower designed by Daniel Libeskind will soon join a new cluster of skyscrapers rising in Jerusalem; John Palmieri recently visited Belfast as a guest lecturer for the city’s State of the City Development Debate; the Architect’s Newspaper recently visited Moshe Safdie’s studio for a look at his current projects, while the Huffington Post featured a slideshow of the architect’s daring Golden Dream Bay Sky Garden Apartments in Qinhuangdao; Richard Sennett wrote an article in the Guardian on the recent funding scandal at the London School of Economics; New York magazine talked to Ethel Sheffer about the uniquely depressing quality of long-vacant storefronts in newer buildings; Michael Stepner spoke to the Voice of San Diego about the challenges presented by “invisible parks”; construction is just getting underway to transform a disused stretch of Sydney’s waterfront into the 15-acre Headlands Park, designed by Peter Walker; and HuffPo visited the serenely swooping gardens (pictured at left), designed by John Wong, at the base of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.