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REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
(l-r): Thom Mayne, FAIA; Miguel Angel Cortes; Mark Strauss, FAIA; Terence Riley, AIA
Rick Bell, FAIA
Metropol Parasol, Sevilla, Spain
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Event: In Process: Contemporary Architectural Practice in Spain
New York City can learn from Spain's approach to public policy and the role the City can play in commissioning and investing in open space, design, and cultural amenities to spur private investments. "Spain is a lucky country," according to German architect Jurgen Mayer H. It places a premium on engaging the public through the creation of public, open space. Furthermore, it has recognized the importance of these spaces and their essential function in the life of its cities.
Bringing together both emerging voices in the field of architecture in Spain such as Carlos Arroyo Zapatero, a winner of the Europan 6 prize, with more established figures such as Thom Mayne, FAIA, of Morphosis, and Terence Riley, AIA, former chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, now the director of the Miami Art Museum, for the first time the Center for Architecture partnered with MoMA for a full-day symposium. To accompany the Barcelona in Progress exhibition at the Center and On-Site: New Architecture in Spain at MoMA, the individual presentations and panel discussions addressed the relationship between academia and practice; the role of competitions in engendering built projects; and the interchange between the public and private sectors.
Constructions of Light: 2006 Design Awards
Architecture Jury (l-r): Ales Vodopivec; Natalye Appel, FAIA; Moshe Safdie, FAIA
Interior Architecture Jury (l-r): Ammar Eloueini; David Salmela, FAIA; Jeffrey Hoover, AIA
Projects Jury (l-r): Carol Herselle Krinsky (moderator); Odile Decq; Raymond Huff, AIA; Alan J. Plattus
Event: Design Awards Symposium 2006
Light and spacious designs dominated the AIA New York Chapter 2006 Design Awards in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Projects. In the presentations and discussions, led by Prof. Carol Herselle Krinsky of NYU, the jurors stressed the ever-cogent appeal of large-scale fenestration, light color palettes, and a resilient modernist composition. Thirty projects from a total of 348 entries received Honor, Merit, and Citation Awards.
The Architecture Honor Award went to the revamped Morgan Library and Museum, a collaboration between Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. Harmonizing the three-part modernist expansion with the existing structure while containing expanded functions within a consistent and site-appropriate building height, the addition brings natural light into a largely underground volume. Attention to sustainability marked Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's 7 World Trade Center in the Architecture Merit Awards category. Adaptive-reuse characterized OpenOffice arts + architecture collaboration with Robert Irwin for Dia:Beacon, and J.M. Lin Architect's Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. The desert slabs of Steven Holl Architect's Planar House channeled the ghost of the Mies Barcelona Pavilion; and a pair of houses by Voorsanger Architects demonstrated the grace and drama of vast glass surfaces.
Honors in Interior Architecture went to Gabellini Sheppard Associates for the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. With a ribbon staircase spiraling around a stalactite-like chandelier, Top of the Rock updates the original Art Deco design and creates continuity between past and present sculptural elements.
The top prize among Projects was shared by Kevin Kennon Architect's The Incubator Project and Morphosis's NYC 2012 plan for an Olympic Village. Jurors commented on the innovative integration with both projects' sites. SOM's Bridging the Rift Center, a life-science library seated directly on the Israel-Jordan border, an attempt to advance international harmony through scientific inquiry, obtained a Project Merit Award. The Guggenheim Museum Guadalajara by TEN Arquitectos, placing a tower at the city's edge above a gorge; and Zakrzewski + Hyde's Artbox, a portable cardboard "instant gallery," the competition's only entry with explicit political and theoretical implications both obtained Citations.
Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.
Next West Side Story
Aerial view of the approved Hudson Yards.
Event: Architecture as Public Policy: The Far West Side
The far West Side—a "nexus of activity" between Chelsea, midtown, and the 8th Ave. corridor—is primed for development, according to Lynne Sagalyn, but the goals and priorities of its plans are not clear. The current local context, along with the future of the area within larger city goals must be considered. Eric Deutsch, supporting the area's projected need for office development as a means of maintaining Manhattan's competitive edge, believes development is needed to offset the trend of converting office space to residential uses. Conversely, Anna Hayes Levin of Community Board 4, while in favor of development, emphasizes the need to provide affordable housing and open space, and a desire to minimize property condemnation.
Within the framework of a large plan, the Dattner Architects design for the No. 7 Subway Line Extension, Field Operations and Diller Scofido + Renfro's plans for the High Line, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment/James A. Farley Post Office, and the street infrastructure development by the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation, all provide incentives for future private development. However, while acknowledging the importance of these projects to the success of the new West Side, Sagalyn believes that in this situation "the catalyst is Manhattan."
Gregory Haley AIA, AICP, is a project architect and urban designer at Studio V Architects, New York, and has taught architectural design studios at NYIT School of Architecture.
UN and WTC Construct Architectures of Peace
The unadorned UN headquarters represents new world order during a war torn era.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA
Event: Presentation of the film "A Workshop for Peace" and Panel Discussion
The United Nations headquarters was to symbolize a new world order in which a unilateral government presided over its international citizens. The architecture, intended as a symbol of this universal society, was a product of international collaboration. The formal language broke from the past using unadorned forms—historically neutral and geometrically pure. The film, "A Workshop for Peace," documents the collaborative efforts of 11 internationally renowned architects in the design of the UN.
Whether or not architecture is capable of building a vision of the future in a post-war society is a basis for critiquing the World Trade Center rehabilitation along similar lines. Can you reclaim—physically, spiritually, and economically—what was lost in the unprecedented terrorist attack? The problem with creating a symbol combining capitalistic enterprise with personal freedom takes shape largely in an architecture of politics individual celebrities find neither the ability for collaboration nor a united vision of a collective future.
Aileen Iverson, RA, is an architect practicing in New York.
From Amoeba through Zebra
A leaf can provide insight into self-sustaining building.
Carolyn Sponza, AIA
Event: BIOMIMICRY: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Future plans to engage designers include a database of biological phenomena, cross-referenced against engineering terms, which will allow the natural spectrum to act as a reference for continued design innovations was the topic of biologist Janine Benyus's lecture, "BIOMIMICRY."
The human race is facing an "evolutionary knothole," and technology should be "looking for splinters," argued Benyus as she illustrated how incremental technological advances taken from natural processes are changing the built world. Benyus predicts that natural principles could prove self-sustaining when applied to the building industry.
Prefacing her talk with the idea that a product or building solution could be "a chimera of products from many different organisms," Benyus outlined the three characteristics defining her methodology—mimicking form (design), process (how something is made), and ecosystems (how the pieces fit together). Architectural examples include using the model of a tree under stress to determine how to streamline building structure by providing denser materials only in areas of anticipated loading. Current research in self-ventilating systems uses termite nests as a model for air-cooled building cladding. The water and dirt-shedding capabilities of leaves are being used in design of self-cleaning paint and roofing tile products, all currently on the market.
Motion and Abstraction Deemed Unstable
The movement of fish determines the shape of the fish tank in Finding Meiosis.
Courtesy MAD Architectural Design Studio
In the Holocaust Education Resource Center, a patterned wall references paper cuts produced during the Holocaust.
Event: Young Architects Forum: Instability
Architectural forms inspired by fluidity and movement typifies the work of MAD Architectural Design Studio, and the permutations of form drive the designs of WilliamsonWilliamson. Both evoke this year's Young Architects Forum theme: instability.
In Finding Meiosis, an installation for the 2004 Beijing Architecture Biennial, MAD Architectural Design Studio designed a curvilinear fish tank based on the recorded movement of fish. For the design proposal of the Guangzhou Twin Tower (West Tower) competition, a doubled-over tower allows for twice the variety of programmatic elements and horizontal circulation when compared to a conventional skyscraper.
WilliamsonWilliamson uses random mathematical processes and digital modeling to create iterative forms. The 184 unique cubic shapes that comprise the proposed Pentagon Memorial were derived by manipulating a single form. Joined by a common derivative process, the units can either be dispersed throughout the world or form one greater whole. In the proposal for a Holocaust Education Resource Center at the University of Maine, a series of algorithms takes on symbolic significance in a patterned wall referencing the traditional Jewish paper cuts on display.
Aaron Slodounik is a freelance art and architecture writer and an executive assistant at FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, PC.
A 21st Century Weissenhofsiedlung
Architecture and agriculture work together in the Sociopolis.
Courtesy AIANY Committee on the Environment
Event: Sociopolis: A Prototype for an Advanced Urban Development in Spain with Vicente Guallart
Successful systems lead to thriving cities, argued Spanish architect Vicente Guallart. Architecture and landscape must work together as a unit through a network of infrastructure, agriculture, and building. Sociopolis attempts to create this symbiosis in Valencia and develop a new prototype for the 21st century city. Using the Deutsche Werkbund's 1927 Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart as a model, 13 international architects—including Toyo Ito & Associates, MVRDV, Greg Lynn FORM, among others—were asked to submit aspects of Sociopolis's urban plan to create a model society relevant to current ways of living.
Using the existing agricultural pattern to determine plots, housing is arranged around the perimeter of the site leaving the interior open to agriculture and sports fields. Cars access the housing on a road that circumnavigates the site. An athletic path connects buildings weaving through the landscape along old irrigation lines revitalized to service the grounds. Institutional centers are located in restored existing buildings dispersed throughout the site. This self-sufficient community is expected to contribute to the landscape according to agricultural needs. Developers who agree to grow food and maintain a plot of land are given a percentage of a building that can be sold to residents.
Guallart's Sharing Tower, featured in MoMA's recent "On Site: New Architecture in Spain" exhibition, consists of an art and performance center, as well as apartments for young, single inhabitants. Each floor has eight apartments with shared amenities (including laundry, for example). Guallart intends to create "living environments," giving the population a sense of identity with its community.
Installation Spawns Change
Courtesy Municipal Art Society
Event: System Wien with author Lebbeus Woods, Urban Center Books Program
A team of performance artists set forth on the orderly streets of Vienna's historic core last year armed with long, thin aluminum rods bent at seemingly random angles. Sent by Lebbeus Woods, architect and founder of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture (RIEA), the performers arranged the rods at various locations throughout the city. This performance took place over several weeks as part of the Woods's "System Wien" installation, commissioned by Vienna's Museum of Applied Arts.
Disenchanted with budgetary and typological limitations in architecture firms, Woods shifted his attention to writing and experimental drawing. He found inspiration in war-ravaged, post-siege locations, such as Sarajevo, that offer lessons to the "ordered" world. His drawings explore those lessons establishing a formal vocabulary of fragments and fields in place of grids and objects.
System Wien further explores the theme of formal crisis through layered transformation. Woods argues, "The crisis of Vienna is that there is no crisis, that the city is too ordered." Installing contorted rods throughout the city, arranged by others, redistributes energy to instigate change.
Paul M. Davis is a project designer at Belmont Freeman Architects.
Winka Dubbeldam's Organismic Shapes—the Actual and Compositional
The armor of the GT House indicates shelter.
Public and private realms are layered in the Wooster Street loft.
Programmatic elements are sliced and pivoted in the Wooster Street loft.
Note: This article was written in response to widespread curiosity following Winka Dubbeldam's lecture, "Phoronomic Shapes," for the Architectural Dialogue Committee lecture series 05.17.05.
Winka Dubbeldam's work represents a predominantly late 20th century European point of view. Fundamentally, this view is illuminated by a methodological approach advocating experiments over pre-assumed theoretical thesis. Traces of this ideology are found across the spectrum in the arts; examples include the work of the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, and recent work of American architect Peter Eisenman, FAIA (content of the Eisenman lecture is available on the Architectural Dialogue Committee website).
Two of Dubbeldam's projects, the GT House and the Wooster Street loft, give insight on the impact of two characteristically different residential sites through process, program, and tectonics.
The GT house is located on a desolate lake in upstate New York. The fundamental diagram demonstrates an organic armor inspired by a rugged site. The armor, occupying the center of the house, is surrounded by a general volume and then wrapped by a single skin, the roof, and the exterior walls. The skin illustrates an elemental enclosure suggesting shelter. The Wooster Street loft in Soho, invokes a sense of home through a layered series of floating membranes housing '"singled-out objects."
Effective in January, the NYS Board of Regents redefined what counts and does not count in fulfilling continuing education (CEU) requirements, and clarified what is unacceptable, leaving many architects in confusion. To explain these changes, Robert Lopez, RA, Executive Secretary to the NYS Board for Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the NYS Education Department's Office of Professions, visited the Center for Architecture May 10 and contributed an article in the Spring issue of Oculus magazine (p. 51) called, "Continuing Education Requirements for Architects: Clarifying the Changes."
Some of the discrepancies between AIA requirements and Board of Education requirements lie in their respective constituencies—the Board of Education is an advocate for the public and clients' needs while the AIA is an advocate for architects. Many architects believe that some of the subjects that have been outlawed should count for continuing education credit (marketing and public relations, and real estate and development seem to be the most debated subjects). The full outline of continuing education requirements as defined by the Office of the Professions is available online.
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AROUND THE AIA + THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
Designs Sprout Students' Green Roof Plans
Robyn Strauss, a School of the Future student, proposes a new layout for her school's garden roof.
As part of an Environmental Science elective, students are developing their own green roof for their school. Design educator Al Kurchin from the Center for Architecture Foundation program joined teacher Allison Godshall to teach 16 seniors theories of environmental architecture over the course of a 10-week program.
First, students outlined green roof principles, basic landscape design, and landscape graphics. The students were then asked to plan a 4,000-square-foot green roof for their 11-story school to be used for student research, recreation, and study. Working in groups, students proposed a new roof using conceptual and design development sketches and final design drawings. After presenting the designs to the class, one refined composite plan was chosen.
Visiting lecturers from the ASLA and SEAoNY gave the students a professional assessment of their work. Pablo Bruno, an engineer with Cameron Engineering & Associates, reviewed the live load capability of the structure, while Martha Desbiens from Balmori Associates and Gus Robertson from EDAW gave the class valuable guidance. As one student commented, "I enjoyed seeing many talents blossom from each classmate. This brought a positive attitude to the class which is reflected in our garden."
With funds that Godshall received for plant research, the class is now in the process of purchasing soil, plants, fabrics, and GreenGrid modules, enabling the students to build their design. Next semester, students from City College who are studying green roofs will mentor the class.
New NCARB Grant Program Stresses Innovation
NCARB Prize Grant submissions for the 2006-2007 academic year are due in the NCARB offices, on or before 5:00 PM EST, on Wednesday, November 1, 2006. For more information, see www.ncarb.org.
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After his presentation of the revised Atlantic Yards plan, you may want to either fuel your anger or continue to revel in his greatness by viewing the new movie, "Sketches of Frank Gehry," directed by Sydney Pollack, including interviews with celebrities from Philip Johnson to Michael Eisner, Bob Geldof, Julian Schnabel, and Dennis Hopper. It opened Friday, 05.12.
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The Southpoint: From Ruin to Rejuvenation biennial international ideas competition, hosted by the Emerging New York Architects AIA New York Chapter, has received The Emerging Professional Program of the Year Award from AIA National… AIA Staten Island will announce its 2006 Architectural Design Awards winners at a May 24 luncheon, featuring artist and architect Duo Dickinson as keynote speaker…
Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the finalists in this year's national design awards, which include New York names Bernard Tschumi, AIA (Bernard Tschumi Architects); 2×4; Jake Barton (Local Projects); Chip Kidd; Michael Gabellini, FAIA (Gabellini Sheppard Associates); Annabelle Selldorf, AIA (Selldorf Architects); Tsao & McKown Architects, and Ken Smith, ASLA (Ken Smith Landscape Architecture) in the categories of architecture, communications, interior and landscape design…
The 2006 Building Brooklyn Awards have been announced, honoring projects that have had a positive impact on Brooklyn's economy and quality of life. Winning projects, recognized in 12 categories, include: The Jewish Children's Museum (Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects); Rheingold Gardens Partnership Homes (Magnusson Architecture and Planning); Dodge YMCA (Dattner Architects); Higgins Hall—Pratt Institute School of Architecture (Rogers Marvel Architects/Steven Holl Architects); Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator—Phase 1 (AHSC Architects); Waterfront Media, Inc (Coburn Architecture); Marion & Hopkinson Playground Reconstruction—Phase 1 (Olmsted Center—Renata Sokolowski); United States Courthouse (Tom Singer with HLW International/Cesar Pelli & Associates); Slot House (No Roof Architects); DeKalb Avenue Apartments (Saky Yakas, AIA, SLCE Architects); Studio 322 Condominium, and Almandine Bakery (Herve Poussot, Jacques Torres & Kristina Tanni)…
The New York Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professionals will honor the following individuals during their annual awards banquet: Amanda M. Burden, Hon. AIA, AICP, Department of City Planning (Honor Award for Public Sector); Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, The Related Companies (Honor Award for Development); Charles Linn, AIA, and Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record (Honor Award for Media); Cheri Mellilo, Hon. AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects (Public Service Award for CANstruction); Marcy Stanley, Weidlinger Associates (Marketing Achievement Award); Barbara Thayer, AIA, PE, RA, B. Thayer Associates (Marketing Champion Award); and Michael McCann, CPSM, Urbahn Architects (Pinnacle Award)…
Developer Larry Silverstein has named Lord Richard Rogers and Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA, to design two of the five planned office towers at Ground Zero … The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation has announced the five-team short list for re-envisioning the downtown Toronto waterfront, which includes the following New York firms (in various team configurations): Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, nARCHITECTS, Weisz + Yoes Architecture, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, and Balmori Associates…
Andrew Kotchen, AIA (workshop/apd) received a Merit Award in the High Density on the High Ground competition, developing a 140-unit housing community on a high-ground site by the Mississippi River… EavesDrop, aN ongoing column in the Architects Newspaper, will now be written by Philip Nobel… Harris Smith Design has been re-branded Spacesmith, also adding Spacesmith Interiors, an in-house design studio…
The Forum for Urban Design and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy gathered a bevy of critics May 4 for the 2006 Temko Critics Panel, "The Question of Activism" (l-r): Nicolai Ouroussoff, New York Times; Robert Ivy, FAIA, Architectural Record; Trevor Boddy, Vancouver Sun (in the audience); John King, San Francisco Chronicle; Robert Campbell, FAIA, Boston Globe; Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker; and Andrew Blum, BusinessWeek Online (in the audience).
Coney Island's own "Eiffel Tower," the Parachute Jump will soon be sporting some dramatic lighting effects (details under wraps for now).
Sighted at Stillwell Avenue subway station (anyone looking for a summer job?)
Design buffs gather in the Brooklyn Heights Design Within Reach to celebrate the fourth annual BKLYN DESIGNS weekend.
Cameron Sinclair comments that one Mies Barcelona Chair at DWI could fund a small school.
(l-r): designer Andrew Thornton, furniture maker Michael Puryear, and designer Jenny Argie. Brooklyn design couple, Puryear and Argie, design modern nursery furniture including the Fuji Toy Box available at DWI.
Registration: ASLA Student Awards
The American Society of Landscape Architects Student Awards program is looking for projects that give a glimpse into the future of the profession. Award recipients will receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture magazine, among other media, and will be honored at an awards ceremony.
Submission: Shoot It Down!
The Municipal Art Society (MAS) and Curbed are asking individuals to submit photos of New York's most egregiously oversized, out-of-place ads. In addition to a posting on both websites, each sign should be reported to the city's 311 number (for non-emergency services); MAS will follow each report with a call to the Department of Buildings. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Urban Center Books.
Submission: Architecture and the Mail
Commissioned as part of "Architecture and…," a year-long series of lectures, exhibitions and other projects celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Architectural League of NY, this call for images is looking for 1,000 unique postcards to be mass-mailed to influential designers, curators, critics, and journalists worldwide. Ultimately, a catalogue and exhibition will be organized.
Submission: The Best Firm to Work For Contest
In conjunction with the 2006 Best Firm to Work For Summit, this contest will name the best architecture, civil engineering, and structural firms to work for. Winners will be honored at an awards reception in September 2006.
Submission: National Design-Build Awards Competition
The Design-Build Institute of America is awarding distinctions in 14 categories for projects completed within the last three years that exemplify the principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation, and problem solving characteristic of design-build delivery.
Registration: Southbank Architectural Competition
Southbank is an open, two-stage competition to produce ideas for a new South African community where residential accommodation merges with internationally significant facilities for arts production and performance in an ecological conservation setting. Finalists will receive travel to South Africa and monetary compensation; the winner will receive $75,000 and will be appointed as architect for the project.
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"Women sunbathing on the Williamsburg waterfront" by Joyce George.
Courtesy Art 101
Curated by a long-time resident of Williamsburg who felt the impact made by a typhoon of alterations to the neighborhood, this exhibition of photography points at the rapidly vanishing urban condition. "Urban Renewal," an associated walking tour, will be held on May 21 at 9:45am, departing from the gallery.
Art 101; 101 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Courtesy The Center for the Living City at Purchase College
Photographs and commentary by nine students (among them anthropology and new media majors) comprise this exhibit, which explores the issues of interconnectedness that define cities in the wake of disaster. The Center for the Living City students visited New Orleans to study the devastation of the city, but also its resilience.
Museum of the City of New York; 1220 Fifth Ave.
"The Dawn of Luxury" by Susan Hamburger
Eight large oil paintings by Brooklyn artist Susan Hamburger highlight a panoramic view of the new and old architectural developments along the southern border of Williamsburg's McCarren Park. The paintings will be installed within one of Hamburger's foam core, faux-period rooms contrasting modern "progress" against the decorative comfort of yesteryear.
Safe-T-Gallery; 111 Front Street, #214, Brooklyn
The design, production, and social impact of the Eames Lounge Chair is the focus of this exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of the chair's production.
Museum of Arts & Design; 40 W. 53 St.
Solos: Matali Crasset installation rendering
Courtesy Matali Crasset
In the fourth installment of the Solos exhibition series, an interactive light and sound installation by French industrial designer Matali Crasset that explores residential and urban rituals and the domestication of technology, comprising industrial design products, graphics, theater sets, wallpaper, and furniture.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; 2 East 91st St.
Isamu Noguchi with the sculpture Octetra, 1968. Photographer unknown.
Courtesy The Noguchi Museum
The exhibition is devoted to the long friendship and collaboration between the visionary designer and inventor. Over 50 years, they collaborated on only one specific project, but explored ideas about renewable energy sources, accessible design, and "green" architecture.
Noguchi Museum; 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
A comprehensive look at the growing mandate for green design in homes, featuring a model home for visitors to tour. Exhibition design: Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis; graphics and catalog design: Pure+Applied—both NYC- based.
National Building Museum; 401 F St, NW, Washington, DC
Fifth year student Akari Nakai's new plan for New Orleans
Courtesy Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union
At the annual End of Year Show, students from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art make the transition from studios and classrooms to the gallery. Work from the Schools of Art and Architecture will be featured, with projects from the School of Engineering on view May 22–24.
The Cooper Union Foundation Building; Cooper Square
House Into, Espoo, Finland, 1998, Jyrki Tasa
Jyrki Tasa and Jussi Tiainen
17 recently constructed buildings in Finland offer a fresh take on the oldest of building materials: wood; organized by The Museum of Finnish Architecture.
Scandinavia House; 58 Park Ave
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In process, the diagrams progressively find and test various elements allowing the projects to constantly evolve (perhaps there is a reference to a fourth dimension in this process). The GT house diagram evolves through the growth of the organic armor, metaphorically progressing toward light. Simultaneously, the process takes on the act of placing the various functional elements of the house—kitchens, beds, etc.—within the armor. Finally, there is a volumetric manipulation stemming from the growth of the armor functionally and metaphorically. This progressive growth is then evaluated and adjusted against the overall volume of the house and the building envelope, linking space, pushing the skin out, and pulling it inward accordingly.
In the Wooster Street loft, the suggested layered diagram represents a progression from the public to the private realm. As in the GT house, Dubbeldam places program within the various layers. Here, however, the elements take on a sophisticated tone intended to arouse the senses within a home. For example, the elements of the program are minimized, or singled out, featuring fire, water, and smell (instead of kitchen, beds, and bath in the GT house). Then the layers are sliced, pivoting and suspending the programmatic elements. Here, a visual process attempts to compositionally negotiate the various volumes of the space.
When I asked Dubbeldam to reflect on her own process, she stated, "It is process of approximated perfection." She demonstrates a preference for the actual over the absolute and signals a change in the role of the architect. In the GT House it is an "inquisitive assessment" of a project in the country, and in the Wooster Street Loft it is of a project in the city.
Saf Fahim is the design principal of the New York based firm Archronica Architects. He is chairperson of the New York Chapter Architectural Dialogue Committee and a member of the design excellence group at the AIA the New York Chapter.