On Ground Zero

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Our Fellows have been heavily involved in the reconstruction of Ground Zero–Michael Arad and Peter Walker designed the memorial, while Craig Dykers designed the adjacent museum pavilion, and Daniel Libeskind the master plan for the site. Reviews by Justin Davidson, Inga Saffron, and Christopher Hawthorne have appeared in advance of the memorial’s opening this September 11th. Libeskind’s role has also been the subject of some great coverage. Ethel Sheffer contributed an article, “Ground Zero a Decade Later,” to the most recent issue of Planning, Bloomberg Businessweek featured a cover story entitled “The Saving of Ground Zero,” and Architectural Record includes an extensive write-up on the site in their special feature “The Death and Life of a Great American City: New York 2001-2011.” Tomorrow, the Center for Architecture will host the conference Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2021, which features an excellent line-up including Arad, Dykers, Libeskind, and several other Fellows: Rick Bell, Bruce Fowle, Ernest Hutton, Jack Nyman, and Donna Walcavage.

Fellows in the News: Alschuler, Enquist, Gans, Greenberg, Holl, Libeskind, Norten, Nyman, Rogers, Safdie, Sassen, Sennett, Stastny, & Wilks

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Over at Fast Co.Design, Karen Alschuler wrote an article comparing buildings to sandwiches, asking: “What makes them tasty?”; Design Intelligence featured the full text of Phil Enquist’s PennDesign commencement address; Deborah Gans reports on her work in New Orleans’ Plum Orchard neighborhood in Places: Design Observer; Ken Greenberg (whom Dow Marmur recently called a Canadian national treasure) is leading the planning process for the redevelopment of Boston’s waterfront; Patron Steven Holl‘s Vanke Center in Shenzhen received high praise from Nicolai Ouroussoff, who calls the building “a triumph of sustainable design” in a new piece out this week; Daniel Libeskind released renderings of the design for a new synagogue in Munich; Villahermosa, Mexico, recently celebrated the opening of a new public building by Board Member Enrique Norten set in a new public park by Barbara Wilks; Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Director Jack S. Nyman commented on his organization’s collaboration with CUNY’s Building Performance Lab in creating the just-launched Building Performance Toolkit; the National Capital Planning Commission released design renderings for DC’s Ellipse by the five firms competing for the job, including Rob Rogers’ firm Rogers Marvel (whose SandRidge Energy complex in Oklahoma City was also recently approved by the city); the New Yorker wrote about Moshe Safdie’s soon-to-open Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas; Rowan Moore reviewed Living in the Endless City, a new book featuring essays by Richard Sennett and Board Member Saskia Sassen; and Don Stastny is leading the visioning process for the redevelopment of Saint Louis’ historic Grand Center entertainment district (pictured at left).

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.

Fellows Kick Off Major Projects

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Fellows have launched a number of exciting new projects recently: Craig Dykers released the much-anticipated initial renderings of Snøhetta’s addition to SFMOMA’s iconic Mario Botta-designed building last week. Board Member Enrique Norten debuted his own set of renderings of the planned renovation of the Amparo Museum in Puebla, Mexico (pictured at left), and Robert A.M. Stern was announced as the architect of a new Chapel for the Ages at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. Meanwhile, just down I-95 in Richmond, Patron Steven Holl was tapped to design a new home for the Institute for Contemporary Art within days of revealing the design for a new university building in Bogotá. 

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 Events & Exhibitions: May 15-31, 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

SOM Chicago principal Philip Enquist will speak about ‘The Endless City’ at Penn Design’s 2011 commencement ceremony on 5/16; Rick Bell and Laurie Kerr will both participate in Fit City 6 at the Center for Architecture on 5/17; Lance Jay Brown will participate in the Better City/Better Life: North-South Initiative symposium at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan on 5/18; a reception for the exhibit Downtown Brooklyn Commons [PDF], featuring design proposals from the Rus en Urbe studio led by CCNY’s Denise Hoffman Brandt, Elisabetta Terragni, and Barbara Wilks, with a model created in charette with Michael Sorkin’s graduate urban design studio, will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall on 5/19; Deborah Berke will speak at the Miller House Symposium in Columbus, Indiana on 5/20 (the titular modernist residence is pictured at left); Peter D. Cavaluzzi will join a panel on Firm Identity in an Age of Mergers & Acquisitions at the CfA on 5/23;  Enquist will join David Dixon and other noted urbanists for a series of discussions at the Detroit Public Library’s Detroit By Design event on 5/24; and Toronto’s Urbanspace Gallery will host a book launch party for Ken Greenberg’s aforementioned Walking Home on 5/25.

Quoth the Fellows: Fowle, Kerr, & Sheffer

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Said Bruce Fowle, president-elect of the National Academy Museum and School, on the recovery and re-opening of that once-threatened institution: “The doors are reopening on a whole other world there;” in a recent article on the many ways in which New York City is attempting to become a cleaner and greener place, AM New York spoke with Laurie Kerr (pictured at left), who noted that “Buildings have an enormous impact on the environment; building codes should reflect that;” and speaking of her involvement in the aforementioned Riverside Center project in The Villager, Ethel Sheffer noted that it was getting involved with her Community Board that led her to become a professional planner: “You have to become citizen experts.”

Fellows in the News: Balsley, Berman, Cathcart, Dubbeldam, Harwick, Holl, Kelley, Norten, Stastny, & Stepner

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Thomas Balsley will design the landscapes for the new Gotham West development in Hell’s Kitchen; Houzz visited a stunning Nantucket cottage designed by Matthew Berman; The Lee, a green supportive housing center designed by Colin Cathcart, opened on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; Elle Decor chatted with Board Member Winka Dubbeldam about her 12 “must-haves”; Ron Harwick’s JHP participated in the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA charrette in Atlanta, re-imagining the area around a subway station in the southern metropolis as a Transit Oriented Development; Green Source featured a case study of Patron Steven Holl’s Vanke Center (aka the Horizontal Skyscraper) in Shenzhen; William Kelley introduced his agenda as the new Director of the Village Alliance BID in New York with an article in The Villager; Board Member Enrique Norten (whose Guggenheim Guadalajara—pictured at left—was recently called one of the best museums never built) unveiled designs for not one, but two sleek new buildings in DC’s West End; Donald Stastny was selected to lead a design competition re-imagining Waller Creek area in Austin; and Michael Stepner cheered the development of a long-term regional plan for San Diego in the Union-Tribune.

Fellows in the News: Durst, Holl, Jahn, Manfredi, Orff, Pasquarelli, Sassen, & Weisz

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Developer Douglas Durst revealed the hotly-anticipated renderings of his W57 development (pictured at left), which is being designed by Danish rising star Bjarke Ingels; Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote a rave review in the Times for Patron Steven Holl’s design for a new Long Island City library; Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin spoke with Helmut Jahn about the unique pleasures and perils of airport terminal design; the University of Pennsylvania recently broke ground on the Michael Manfredi-designed Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology; Kate Orff’s “oyster-tecture” project has been popping up everywhere recently: in Grist, the Guardian, Metropolis, the PSFK blog, and on TED.com; Gregg Pasquarelli’s SHoP Architects was named as the architect of the first residential tower at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards megadevelopment; Board Member Saskia Sassen made a splash with the cheekily-titled (and highly-enjoyable) article “Talking back to your intelligent city”; and the Architect’s Newspaper took a virtual walk through Claire Weisz’s plans for the revamp of NYC’s Cooper Square/Astor Place, while the Times announced Weisz as the architect for an expansion of Soho’s Drawing Center.

Fellows In The News: Caples, Cathcart, Dykers, Flint, Griffith, Jambhekar, Safdie, Stigge, & Weisz

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center, designed by Sara Caples and her partner Everardo Jefferson, was recently featured on the FastCo Design blog; the Architect’s Newspaper recently looked at several innovative proposals for the future of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, including a green canopy by Colin Cathcart; Snøhetta, the Oslo-based firm led by Craig Dykers, was announced [pdf] last week as the winner of a design competition for the new Museum of Environmental Sciences in Guadalajara; Anthony Flint explored the world of PILOT programs in a piece at Crosscut; the Columbia Daily Spectator’s blog The Eye recently took a long hard look at the University’s plans for a new campus in Manhattanville, and Board member Maxine Griffith had plenty to say on the matter; ConstructionWeek recently spoke with Sudhir Jambhekar about his design for the KAFD Mosque in Riyadh (pictured at left); Moshe Safdie was selected to design a rather astoundingly-shaped apartment complex in Quinhuangdao, China; in case you missed the announcement in the Times this past weekend, Board Member Byron Stigge recently married Catherine Gaul at a ceremony in Manhattan; and Claire Weisz spoke to the FastCo Design team about her firm’s re-design of the Times Square Visitor Center in Manhattan.