Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Tonight in Los Angeles, Board Member Thom Mayne will be at the Hammer Museum to discuss Culture Now, a new research organization designed to connect academic work to real-world practice; in New York, Mary Miss urges everyone to attend a Hunter College panel discussion with art critics about her Broadway: 1000 Steps project (pictured at left); in Bern, Matthias Sauerbruch will give a lecture at the Architektur Forum; on Wednesday, OHNY hosts their 10th Annual Benefit at Claremont Stables, with Stephan Jaklitsch serving as event co-chair; Susan Chin will discuss women in leadership at the Center for Architecture on 6/8; Meta Brunzema will serve as featured guide as the AIA NY “Around Manhattan” architectural boat tour series continues on 6/10; the Fine Arts Federation of New York, for which Olympia Kazi serves on the Board, holds their Annual Meeting at Van Alen on 6/12 with Carol Coletta as a featured speaker; on 6/13, the AIA NY will hold their 145th Annual Meeting, where Lance Jay Brown is slated as 2013 First Vice President/2014 President-Elect.

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’ 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.

On the Books

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Board President Michael Sorkin’s All Over the Map was just reviewed by Archidose’s John Hill; Frederick Steiner recently sat down to chat with The Daily Texan about his new book Design for a Vulnerable Planet; and an award-winning proposal by Barbara Wilks is featured in the new book Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park, which was edited by Jamie Hand and Kate Orff, and released by Olympia Kazi’s Van Alen Institute.

By the City / For the City @ Van Alen Books

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Next Wednesday, September 28th, we’ll be at Van Alen Books (30 W. 22nd Street) to talk about By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, our newest publication (available for purchase here). The talk, presented as part of VAB’s weekly Brown Bag Reading Series, will take place from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. We hope that you can make it! Bring yourself, your lunch, and some thought-provoking questions, and we’ll see you there.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: August 15-31, 2011

Monday, August 15th, 2011

On 8/24, IfUD Founder Ann Ferebee and Jeff Byles will speak about their book, A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present, at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan branch; another previous IfUD Director, Olympia Kazi, recently launched the Van Alen Institute’s Parks for the People student design competition, with a deadline of 11/1; and Glimpses 2040, an exhibit featuring work (pictured at left) by Barbara Wilks, and recently reviewed in the Times and The L Magazine, will remain on view at the Center for Architecture through 9/10.

Fellows’ Awards & Honors: Hartmann & Rogers

Monday, July 18th, 2011

John Hartmann’s Freecell received an Honorable Mention for their entry to the Life at the Speed of Rail competition organized by Olympia Kazi’s Van Alen Institute; and Rob Rogers‘ firm Rogers Marvel won a competition to re-design Washington DC’s Ellipse (pictured at left)

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: July 1-14, 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Board Member Saskia Sassen will deliver the keynote address at Lift France 11 in Marseille on 7/7; Board Member Tami Hausman will participate in the Center for Architecture panel discussion The Pitch: A Hands-On Workshop on Attracting a Client in Two Minutes or Less on 7/11; Board Member Thom Mayne will participate in the Van Alen Institute’s Los Angeles panel [PDF] for their Life at the Speed of Rail program on 7/12; and you can see BOB, a public art installation (pictured at left) designed by a team led by Galia Solomonoff, at Columbia University in Manhattan through 7/25.

Quoth the Fellows: Kazi, Sassen, & Safdie

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In a chat with the Wall Street Journal about the Van Alen Institute’s new bookstore on 22nd Street, Olympia Kazi said of architects: “They’re books junkies, no matter how many Nooks and iPads. They still love their print, the hard copy.” In an article in the latest Americas Quarterly, Board Member Saskia Sassen detailed the ways that networked cities and citizens are changing the way business is done, stating in no uncertain terms that “There is no such entity as the global economy.” Moshe Safdie, meanwhile, reflected on the international atmosphere at the construction site for his Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore (pictured at left) at a press conference, noting that “One tower was built by Chinese workers, and another tower was built by a Bangladeshi team. It looked like the Tower of Babel.”