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December 14th, 2007
Newhouse III Opens At Syracuse
Bradley in east coast Architecture review
The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University recently opened the third addition to their college amid much fanfare. The building designed by the Polshek Partnership at around $31.6 million features state of the art facilities to educate, study and advance the ideals of free speech within the digital age. A statement from the firms website regarding the project appears below: "This new addition for the Newhouse School of Public Communication's complex, Newhouse III, will allow the school to expand its education and research missions with a new facility focused on interdisciplinary study. It will house community spaces such as dining facilities, student lounges, and an auditorium, an executive education suite that functions much like a professional conference center, classrooms, offices, editing suites, and numerous interdisciplinary media labs and research centers....
Artists Shrink New York Down to Size
Yesterday, 5:32 PM
Our beloved Big Apple is about to get very small. Opening tonight at Flux Factory ("a not for profit arts organization supporting innovation in things") in Long Island City is New York, New York, New York, an interactive, multimedia installation in which 100 artists reimagine New York City's public and private spaces. Dreamt up by Jean Barberis and curated by Barberis, Melanie Cohn, and Chen Tamir, the exhibition is inspired by the Panorama, Robert Moses' scale model of New York City in the Queens Museum of Art...
AIA Announces 2008 Gold Medal Award
ASLA.org - The Dirt
Yesterday the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced their major award winners, the Gold Medal, Firm of the Year Award, and the Topaz Medallion. Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, was awarded the Gold Medal for his decades of work around the world. KieranTimberlake Associates received the Firm of the Year Award and Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, received the Topaz Medallion.
Young in Architecture
I like this! The building form reflects the relationship of privacy and publicity. A rectangular glass box rapped round with solid concrete structure. The solid concrete seems to be pushing you away from the inner layer where functional areas are situated. Contrast of material between transparent glass panels and opaque, clean, solid concrete structure; long ramp entry from side way to the second level shows contrast towards the entry point to the office working area at ground level with simple, straight forward colour scheme and light treatment just makes it adorable to me. The work by curiousity.jp. to find out more...
Seven Questions for Murray Moss
Yesterday, 12:50 PM
His store has been compared to a musem (and copied by MoMA's design galleries), a theater with live performance, and heaven, but design tastemaker Murray Moss just wants shoppers to be ready for an experience--an invigorating one. "This is why we keep the temperature freezing cold," he told Vanity Fair last spring. "I don't want it to be comfortable. I want you to be awake. If you want to just find out where the candlesticks are, the store doesn't work."...
reconstruction of atelier brancusi, renzo piano
Justin in materialicious
All my life I have been drawn to the work of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957). His original studio near Montparnasse, Paris was torn down soon after his death, but Renzo Piano recreated it in this building, situated in Centre Pompidou, to showcase the sculptor’s works in as close to their original light as when they were created, complete with the all-important north-facing window walls/sky lights…
Solutions Happy Hour on Friday, Dec. 14th
Colin in blog like you give a damn
Over the past year we've heard from audience and presenters alike that they'd like a place to get together and continue the conversations started at previous Solutions Twin Cities events. This is a great idea. We'd like to invite you to attend the first of many casual gatherings with this in mind. Come to meet presenters from past and future events, talk with other like-minded individuals, and enjoy an end-of-the-work-week happy hour. It'll be fun...
Today's archidose #161
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
L1030425, originally uploaded by atelier_db.
Barcelona Auditorium (1999) in Barcelona, Spain by Rafael Moneo.
Robert A.M. Stern Breathes Sigh of Relief, Keeps Job at Yale
What's a good way to keep your job? Well, it's never a bad idea, in the same year as your contract renewal, to be picked to design the presidential library from the current president while you're also working at his alma mater. But we just kid about the news that Robert A.M. Stern will be keeping his job as dean of the Yale School of Architecture for another five-year term.
Colin in blog like you give a damn
I easily come across 6 or 7 items a day that I wish I had time to write about here on BLYGAD, but I've always felt pressured by the format to only post here when I had the time to do something substantiative, which can leave this place a little on the quite side at times. As a possible remedy for this, I've been experimenting with Tumblr lately, appropriately at www.tumblelikeyougiveadamn.tumblr.com. And as you can see from my Tumblr archive image above, I've been having allot of fun with it (56 posts in 12 days to be exact).
The Dream Remains the Same
Brendan in Where
A recent post over at TNAC's blog, The Street, suggests that it may be time to change the American Dream. But what is the American Dream, exactly? It's a well-worn turn of phrase (were it a turn in the road, the guardrail might be out from being hit so many times), and while people usually use "American Dream" as slang for "house in 'burbs, lawn, two cars, spouse, 2.5 kids, dog," I would argue very strongly against this interpretation. The American Dream is not about houses or property or ownership -- heck, it's not even about money; it's about "new hopes, new dreams, and a better way of life for the future."
December 13th, 2007
Chris in Brand Avenue
At the beginning of the month, Danish architect and "urban quality
consultant" Jan Gehl produced the results of his nine-month study of
central Sydney, Australia. The city of Sydney had hired him to produce
a body of recommendations in order to improve the city's core, both
functionally and experientially. His report paints a picture of a city
at war with itself - car against pedestrian, high-rise against public
space. "The inevitable result is public space with an absence of public
life," he concludes.
Tigerman awarded AIA Topaz Medallion
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
The Board of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) today announced the awarding of its 2008 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education to Stanley Tigerman, who has influenced and worked with generations of Chicago architects, as well as the moving spirit, along with co-founder Eva Maddox, behind Archeworks, the city's alternative design school.
AR AWARDS: Taketo Shimohigoshi’s Suspended Gardens
Ali in Inhabitat
Architect Taketo Shimohigoshi has overcome the challenge of finding green space among dense, urban skylines with an elevated installation of vegetation. His design concept frames the city sky with slices of moss-covered beams, which define and connect the cityscape in a greener perspective. His vision has earned him a 2007 AR Award for Emerging Architecture - the definitive honor for young architects.
New York Magazine's Best of 07
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
New York Magazine features its top ten pieces of architecture in New York (and Connecticut) from 2007. Number one is the building of the moment, the New Museum. The rest of Justin Davidson's list is a bit predictable, but it does illustrate the quality and breadth of buildings, interiors, projects, and exhibitions produced in and for the city and why the place is appealing for residents and visitors alike.
Claude Maus Flagship Melbourne Opens
Australian fashion label Claude Maus opened its first flagship store, designed by Herbert & Mason architects. The Claude Maus flagship store is an eclectic mix of formalism, minimalism and American folk architecture. Functional and sculptural objects define the space, playing with the combination of organic and sleek
materials, mixing wood and glass together with rope and tiles to shape part of the interior’s key ingredients.
Steven Holl’s Proposal for the Hudson Yards
Jorge in Inhabitat
We can’t help but love Steven Holl, so when we saw his design proposal for the Hudson Yards in NYC, we once again marveled at how good he is at creating responsible, human, and sustainable design that is just as wonderful and intriguing as the best architecture out there. Granted, this design is a proposal, but alas, we can still marvel at the beauty of great design.