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’ Awards & Competitions: Brown, Dykers, Griffin, Handel, Harwick, Hoffman Brandt, Holl, Jahn, Kazi, Libeskind, Manfredi, Rogers, Sorkin, Stastny, Wakeman, & Walker

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Lance Jay Brown will serve as a juror for the AIANY State 2012 Honors Awards, to be presented this coming April; the teams proceeding to the third and final round of the National Mall Design Competition, managed by Donald Stastny, were announced, with Craig Dykers, Michael Manfredi, Rob Rogers, and Peter Walker all still in the mix; Dykers was also just announced as the chair of the jury for the 2012 Steedman Fellowship in Architecture International Design Competition; Ron Harwick’s Columbia Parc neighborhood in New Orleans (pictured at left) had a banner year, taking home multiple honors–click here to download a full list of awards and more information on the project; Patron Steven Holl’s Cité de l’Océan et du Surf in Biarritz, France, won the sole award in the Play category in Architect magazine’s 2011 Annual Design Review; critic Lee Bey cited the opening of Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library on his list of the best Chicago architecture of the past year (echoing Blair Kamin’s list from earlier in the month); the Parks for the People competition, organized by Olympia Kazi’s Van Alen Institute and with Steven Handel sitting on the jury, just announced the selection of nine teams to move on to the second round–one of which is led by CCNY’s Denise Hoffman Brandt and Board Member Toni Griffin; Daniel Libeskind’s Crystals at CityCenter project in Las Vegas won Gold and Sustainable Design Awards in the ICSC’s annual US Design & Development Awards; Urban Omnibus announced an essay competition to complement the Architectural League’s exhibit The Unfinished Grid, with our own Board President Michael Sorkin on the jury (deadline: 2/1/12); and Rosemary Wakeman has received a EURIAS Senior Fellowship to spend the next year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies completing her book on the New Town Movement.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: January 17-30

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Jack Nyman will moderate the panel Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development at Baruch College on 1/19; Olympia Kazi will moderate the panel Plywood, Concrete, Paint 2! at New York’s Center for Architecture on 1/20; Jim Venturi, son of Patrons Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, will screen his new documentary Bob and Denise at the Las Vegas Market on 1/25; Gregg Pasquarelli will present SHoP’s recent work (pictured at left) at an Architectural League lecture on 1/26; Peter Walker will present conceptual landscape plans for the Point Wells development in Snohomish, WA, on 1/27; and Craig Dykers and Claire Weisz will take part in the discussion Reimagining Times Square Through Design on 1/27.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: November 8-14, 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Omar Blaik and Board Member Toni Griffin will both participate in CEOs for Cities’ Urban Leaders Summit 2010 in Detroit on 11/8/10 (and while we’re on the subject, don’t miss this excellent profile of Griffin’s work in Detroit in Architect); Kate Orff will speak about Living Cities at the NY Botanical Garden on 11/8/10; Michael Manfredi will join an Architectural League-organized panel in New York about Muju, Korea’s planned Taekwondo Park on 11/9/10; Barbara Wilks will join another League panel discussing Hudson River Park on 11/13/10; Las Vegas Studio, an exhibition of images from the archives of Patrons Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (pictured at left), opened at Chicago’s Graham Foundation on 10/28/10 and will run through 2/19/11; and Chris Hardwicke’s Ravine City is featured in the urban-ag exhibition Carrot City at Parsons in New York now through 12/15/10.

(Image provided courtesy of Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, Inc.)