Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: January 15-31, 2012

Monday, January 16th, 2012

On 1/17, the Storefront for Art and Architecture will host an opening reception for artist Allard van Hoorn’s 007 Urban Songline, which will transform the iconic facade designed by Patron Steven Holl and Vito Acconci (pictured at left) into a musical instrument; also on 1/17, Rick Bell’s Center for Architecture will hold a “Breakthrough” party to mark the connection of the existing and new gallery spaces; Ken Greenberg will open a conference on the future of Montreal’s Griffintown neighborhood on 1/20; Rosemary Wakeman’s Urban Studies Program at Forham will host the panel Urban Dialogues II: Making Cities Work on 1/23; and that same day, Gregg Pasquarelli and Board Member Thom Mayne will participate in the Columbia GSAPP’s symposium Where is More Manhattan?

Fellows in the News: Angotti, Balsley, Dart, Drucker, Dykers, Greenberg, Holl, Mayne, Sassen, Sauerbruch, Sollohub, & Weisz

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Vanishing City, a new film on the gentrification of Manhattan, featuring interviews with Tom Angotti and Board Member Saskia Sassen, opened the Staten Island Film Festival; Angotti also spoke to the NY Daily News about his new research project at Hunter College trying to repurpose vacant residential units to shrink rates of homelessness; Mimi Zeiger profiled Thomas Balsley in the latest Landscape Architecture Magazine [PDF]; Jim Dart wrote briefly about progress on the Great Falls Arts + Revitalization Initiative at the Great Falls National Park in Paterson, NJ, a project that also involves Darius Sollohub and Claire Weisz; in nearby Nutley, NJ, Ken Drucker is designing a new pedestrian bridge at the Hoffman La Roche corporate campus; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston announced a shortlist of three firms for its planned expansion: Craig Dykers’ Snøhetta, Patron Steven Holl’s eponymous firm, and Board Member Thom Mayne’s Morphosis; hot off an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Ken Greenberg penned a requiem for a pedestrian bridge proposed in Toronto; Matthias Sauerbruch’s design for an office building on London’s Old Bailey (pictured at left) has been approved; and the Drawing Center has just launched a capital plan for their Claire Weisz-designed expansion.

Quoth the Fellows: Safdie, Stein, & Weisz

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

In a recent profile, Moshe Safdie (whose design for a waterfront tower in Toronto made a big splash last week) explained the genesis of his career thusly: “I proposed a habitat – a sort of a fairy tale – and it got approved and built. That was the beginning of my professional practice”; in a Times article on the Met’s new Moroccan coutryard, architect Achva Benzinberg Stein explained that “This is like the culmination of a life’s work for me. To me it means the possibility of so many things, of peace”; and in the Architect’s Newspaper’s profile of WXY Architecture, Claire Weisz described the firm’s dynamic style in no uncertain terms: “We do believe in a certain amount of excess…Sometimes ‘too much’ is good.”