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  • October 31, 2018
    November 14 – Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts

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    A performing arts center is one of the most challenging and rewarding buildings an architect can design. It is a landmark building, celebrating its community’s commitment to the arts and culture, and requires an architectural expression that is memorable and unique.  At the same time, it is a highly technical building, weaving together the functional requirements of multiple theaters, front and back of house areas, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, lobbies, dining spaces, loading docks, and parking facilities. It demands the highest level of leadership from a design team, which must balance expression and function. It is a collaboration with a large group of stakeholders:  artists, directors, institutions, and donors, all dedicated to the success of the project, but often with different visions of how best to achieve it.  When the curtain rises on opening night and the crowd cheers, there are few moments in an architect’s career that are as rewarding.

    These buildings must perform. They house performances and performers. They are high-performance machines, tuned to resonate with a range of different performers, from solo artists to the massive orchestra and chorus required for an opera or symphony. They must also perform for their users—the audiences and production companies—allowing them to arrive, stay and depart with ease and efficiency. All of this is achieved, in part, through the spaces and volumes of the architecture.

    Please join us for a panel presentation and discussion that focuses on these issues, followed by a book signing for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ newly published Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts.

  • September 13, 2018
    12th Annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture: Odile Decq

    On October 18, 2018, the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee presents its annual lecture on excellence in museum design, the 12th Annual Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture: Odile Decq. (Register here.)

    Odile Decq, is a French architect and urban planner. International renown came in 1990 with her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France. Since then, she has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Being awarded The Golden Lion of Architecture during the Venice Biennale in 1996 acknowledged her early and unusual career. Other than just a style, an attitude or a process, Odile Decq’s work materializes a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design and art. Her multidisciplinary approach was recently recognized with the Jane Drew Prize in 2016, and she was honored with Architizer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for her pioneering work, but also her engagement and contribution to the debate on architecture.

    Odile Decq has been teaching architecture for the past 25 years. She has been invited to be a guest professor in prestigious universities such as the Bartlett (London), the Kunstakademie (Vienna & Düsseldorf), SCI-Arc (Los Angeles, CA), Columbia University (New York, NY), and more recently at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA). In France, she was Head of l’École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris from 2007 to 2012. Following this experience, she created her own school in Lyon in 2014: the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, recently accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2018, she received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding contributions in building science, design and education.

    In 2018, Odile Decq has opened a new exhibition about the Studio’s work (“Horizons”) at the House of Art in Ostrava (Czech Republic) and has been invited to create two installations (“Phantom’s Phantom”, “Diagonal 0”) during the 16th annual Biennale of Architecture in Venice). Amongst other projects, she is currently working on a residential tower in Barcelona (“Diagonal 0”); an office building in Paris (“Twist”); and an experimental house in China (“Flying Horse House”). Her most recent completed projects include Study Hall (Lyon, France, 2017); Le Cargo (Paris, France, 2016); La Résidence Saint-Ange (Seyssins, France, 2015); Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum (Nanjing, China, 2015); GL Events Headquarters (Lyon, France, 2014); FRAC Bretagne (Rennes, France, 2012); Phantom: Opéra Garnier Restaurant (Paris, France, 2011) and the MACRO Contemporary Art Museum (Rome, Italy, 2010).

    Speaker: Odile Decq, Studio Odile Decq, Paris

    Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief,  Architectural Record

    Sponsored by: Allegion

    Organized by: AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee

  • July 16, 2018
    Memorials for Unsuspecting Victims: 15 years after the 9-11 competition
    Laser light veil - "A Letter to Our Future". Image: David Marlatt.
    Laser light veil - "A Letter to Our Future". Image: David Marlatt.

    On July 25, the Cultural Facilities Committee will present a lecture and discussion reflecting on how designers create memorials in the wake of the 9/11 Memorial competition. The last fifteen years have been marked by numerous tragic events (mass violence, terrorism, hate crimes, etc.) and the discussion of memorials to remember these events. The design of these memorials has generated a complex dialogue in the design community about how we memorialize the victims. Our program will reflect on the ideas expressed in the 9/11 Memorial competition and consider methods to promote better design and construction of memorials today. Lester Levine will provide a retrospective on the competition by presenting examples from a variety of entrants to highlight the important characteristics that formed the zeitgeist of this seminal competition. The presented approaches will represent the confluence of previous tendencies in memorial design, as well as innovative ideas and precursors to contemporary trends. This presentation will be followed by a panel and audience discussion to reflect on the trends explored in the 9-11 competition and drive a wider dialogue about what we should be doing as a society and design community to memorialize tragic events.

    Register for the event here >

  • June 19, 2018
    June 30: DETAILS, details Symposioum

    The Cultural Facilities Committee is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Raymond Farm Center to present an exciting one-day symposium on the history, theory, and evolution of modern residential architectural detailing, form the early 20th century to contemporary architecture.  The symposium is in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the publication of Antonin and Noemi Raymond’s Architectural Details 1938.  The symposium will be at the Raymond Farm Center in New Hope, PA on Saturday, June 30th. For more information about this event and tickets, visit the Raymond Farms website.

  • March 9, 2018
    April 23: Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Landscape

    The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located twenty miles north of Copenhagen, Denmark, is famous for its enchanting seaside setting, distinctive architecture, and welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere. Constructed around a park, the museum occupies the grounds of a nineteenth-century estate, Louisiana, established by a beekeeping aristocrat who planted a collection of exotic trees and married three women named Louise. 100 years later, the art collector Knud W. Jensen purchased the estate, adopted the existing villa as the centerpiece of his new museum, and began planning an unconventional institution that would unite art and nature. The first extension to the villa, designed by Jørgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert, opened in 1958 and is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Over the next four decades, the same architects would construct five more extensions that reflected changes in the character of contemporary art and the evolution of Louisiana’s collection. The result is a place for experiencing culture in every form, dedicated to the idea that art is life.

    Speaker
    Michael Sheridan, author of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Landscape and Architecture

    Register for the April 23 event here!

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