Fellows’ New Projects

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Craig Dykers presented Snøhetta’s designs for a library in Far Rockaway to Community Board 14; Board Member Enrique Norten will overhaul a park in Villahermosa, Mexico, hoping to rid it of crime and pollution (left); the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, lead by Jack Nyman, has created the first certificate program focused on energy asset management.

Fellows in the News

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Weighing in on the Loci Architecture blog about the contentious debate regarding NYU’s expansion in Greenwich Village, David Briggs questions if new buildings could strike a balance with the existing community; in the latest issue of The Architect’s Newspaper, Jeff Byles profiles Meta Brunzema’s “Building Exhibition Hudson Valley/Erie Canal” project; Susan Chin wrote an op-ed for the New York Observer about the Design Trust for Public Space’s collaboration on the “Taxi of Tomorrow”; also in Design Trust news, the organization’s “Made in Midtown” project is featured in the newly released book, Designing for Social Change; an HOK team led by Ken Drucker is a finalist to design the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY-Buffalo; work done for Marc Jacobs by Mark Gardner and Stephan Jaklitsch’s firm is profiled in Interior Design (pictured above); Laurie Kerr discussed cutting building energy use for an article by the Urban Land Institute; Lebbeus Woods published an extensive transcript of his conversation with Board Member Thom Mayne; Mercedes House, a new residential building by Board Member Enrique Norten, was profiled in The Real Deal; Grahame Shane wrote an article in Bauwelt magazine about restoring the urban dream through affordable housing; Don Stastny oversaw a competition to redesign Austin’s downtown Waller Creek, with Robert Rogers’ firm coming in as a finalist.

Board Members-as-Jurors

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This week, the Open Space Alliance of Northern Brooklyn’s OSA Presents announces winning proposals for the construction of a temporary concert venue and recreation area, decided by a jury that includes Winka Dubbeldam; Enrique Norten headed a panel that determined the winners of the Global Holcim Awards last week (Gold award winner pictured at left – secondary school in Burkina Faso); Michael Sorkin will be one of the judges for the new Design Writing and Commentary category of the Core77 Design Awards.

Quoth the Fellows

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In an article looking at the politics of New York’s MTA subway construction in The Indypendent, Tom Angotti commented, “from a long-term planning perspective, the only rationale is real estate development.” The most recent issue of MAS Context features an essay by Patron Denise Scott Brown, who writes that “America is far more different from Europe than most visiting Europeans realise. This is in part due to the emigrants’ search for a new world, which they defined as the counterform to the unsatisfactory old world.” As the New York Times examined the strange bedfellows of starchitecture and the recession, Board Member Enrique Norten opined, “Developers were not just looking for architecture brand, they were looking for any brand. Of course I love Mick Jagger, but does that make a good apartment?”  In a Times op-ed exploring architectural writing, Board Chair Michael Sorkin’s 1985 description of the Whitney Museum (pictured at left) – “to which are affixed the winning ‘eyebrow’ windows, apt symbols of museum going” – is lauded as an exemplary piece of criticism.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits

Friday, March 16th, 2012

On 3/6, Board Member Winka Dubbeldam celebrated the German launch of her recent book, Archi-Tectonics, with a party at the Berlin branch of Soho House; last Wednesday, 3/7, Board Member Enrique Norten gave a lecture at the Center for Architecture in New York entitled “This Will Kill That,” asking ‘What has happened to physical space in the age of mass media?’; today, Robert A.M. Stern participated in the commemoration ceremony for the Edward Durell Stone House on New York’s Upper East Side; Board Member Toni Griffin will speak on a panel about architecture, gender and space at the Brooklyn Museum (3/17); on 3/19 at UPenn, Michael Manfredi will present the evolution of the Diana Center at Barnard (pictured at left); a documentary about John Portman, entitled John Portman: A Life of Building, will screen at the Atlanta Film Festival on 3/26; Gregg Pasquarelli will deliver the Graduate Architecture Open House Lecture at the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis (3/30).

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: March 1-15, 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Meta Brunzema will discuss her contribution to the new book “Feminist Practices” at Van Alen Books tonight (3/1) and at Bluestockings Bookstore tomorrow (3/2); also this evening, Tom Angotti will give a lecture at Parsons, as part of the new “In the Urban Crisis” series; Theo David will lecture at Pratt tonight, in advance of the opening of his exhibit, “Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action,” at the Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery in Brooklyn; Olympia Kazi’s Van Alen Institute will hold its next Open House Brunch and Design Speed Dating event on 3/3; on the same day, “Los Límites de la Forma”, a new exhibit of work by Board Member Enrique Norten, will open at the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico; on 3/8, Board Member Claire Weisz will be at the National Building Museum in D.C. to participate in a panel entitled “Architecture and the Great Recession” organized by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (lead by Wanda Bubriski); the next day on 3/9, Weisz will be at The Cooper Union in New York to introduce the latest “Emerging Voices” lecture; an exhibit of work by Craig Dykers‘ Snøhetta is currently on display at the Reykjavík Art Museum and will close on 4/3; and back at the National Building Museum, the exhibit “Unbuilt Washington” features work by Board Member Thom Mayne (picture at left) and is on view through 5/28.

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.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: February 1-15, 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at St. Louis’ Washington University announced its spring lecture series, with Craig Dykers set to speak tonight (2/1), and visits from Gregg Pasquarelli and Richard Sennett scheduled for later this semester; Rob Rogers will speak about Rogers Marvel’s recent work (including President’s Park South, pictured at left) at the National Building Museum in Washington on 2/2; Denise Hoffman Brandt and Board Member Toni Griffin have organized a panel, Defining Cultural Landscapes, at CCNY on 2/3 (with opening remarks by Olympia Kazi); the Center for Architecture will host the panel Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today Redux on 2/4, with Thomas Balsley, Rick Bell, Lance Jay Brown, and Susan Chin all participating (Brown will be back at the Center, with David Dixon, for a discussion about Climate Change on 2/17); Bruce Fowle will speak at the Center’s Active Design 201 on 2/7; Board Member Claire Weisz will speak in New York, also on 2/7, at the Studio-X panel Trash Tubes of the Future; Board Member Enrique Norten will give a talk at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach on 2/9; that same day, in New York, Ernie Hutton will moderate a discussion on the Miami21 zoning initiative; and a new exhibit at the National Academy, featuring work by Robert A.M. Stern, has just opened and will remain on view in New York through 4/29.

Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Gans, Griffin, Guiney, Mayne, Norten, Rogers, Wakeman, & Willis

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Deborah Gans‘ new rose window for the Museum at Eldridge Street, designed in collaboration with artist Kiki Smith (and pictured at left), received a 2011 Faith & Form award from the IFRAA Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture; the Land Art Generator Initiative design competition announced its kickoff, with Executive Director Anne Guiney on the jury (deadline: 7/1/12); recipients of the 2012 AIA Honor Awards were announced–among the winners are Rob Rogers and Board Members Toni Griffin, Thom Mayne, and Enrique Norten; Rosemary Wakeman was awarded a EURIAS Senior Fellowship, and will spend the next academic year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies completing her book on the New Town Movement; Womens’ E-News will honor Beverly Willis as one of their 21 Leaders for the 21st Century at a gala reception this May.

Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Bell, Crispino, Holl, Enquist, Jahn, Norten, Portman, Sassen, & Steiner

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The AIA’s New York chapter, led by Rick Bell, has just put out the call for entries for the 2012 AIANY Design Awards (deadline: 2/3/12); Francis Cauffman, led by James Crispino, has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing A/E/C industry firms on ZweigWhite’s annual Hot Firms List; Patron Steven Holl was named as the winner of the prestigious 2012 AIA Gold Medal; SOM’s Chicago Office, where Philip Enquist is the Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, received AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year award; Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin included the opening of Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago (pictured at left) in his round-up of the best architecture of 2011; Board Member Enrique Norten will serve as a juror for this year’s Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which will focus on Cape Town, South Africa (deadline: 2/24/12); AmericasMart founder John Portman will receive a special honor, the “Legend for Life” award, in recognition of his five decades of entrepreneurship and service to the home decor industry; Board Member Saskia Sassen made Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for her “passionate advocacy of an urban-based society”; and the undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture, led by Frederick Steiner, was ranked second in the nation by DesignIntelligence.