Constantin Boym named Industrial Design Chair at Pratt Institute

Design, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Constantin Boym. (Markus Elblaus)

Constantin Boym. (Markus Elblaus)

Designer Constantin Boym has been named as the Industrial Design Chair within the School of Design at the Pratt Institute. Boym founded the award-winning design studio, Boym Partners, which he runs alongside Laurene Leon Boym, and was a professor and director of graduate design studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar from 2010–2012.

“Professor Boym has an impressive history as a designer in the industry and within academia, and I look forward to him bringing his wealth of experience to Pratt,” said Pratt Institute Design Dean Anita Cooney in a statement. “I am confident that his critical, experimental approach to design will build upon the Department’s history of excellence and innovation.”

Boym will assume his new role on July 13.

 

Monica Ponce de Leon named next dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture

Architecture, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Monica Ponce de Leon. (Photo by Adam Smith)

Monica Ponce de Leon. (Adam Smith)

Monica Ponce de Leon has been tapped as the next dean of Princeton University‘s School of Architecture. She will assume the prestigious role on January 1, 2016.

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A decade in the making, Toronto’s newly inaugurated Aga Khan Park brings 17 acres of greenery to the public

(Courtesy Tom Arban)

(Courtesy Tom Arban)

Ten years in the making and inspired by the world’s most picturesque Islamic gardens, the newly inaugurated Aga Khan Park is nothing short of spectacular. The 17-acre forested plot now links the Ismaili Center and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

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Chicago’s Graham Foundation awards $490,000 for architectural research

Noritaka Minami, Facade I, 2011, Tokyo, Japan. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami and Ken Yoshida for 1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower. (Noritaka Minami)

Noritaka Minami, Facade I, 2011, Tokyo, Japan. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami
and Ken Yoshida for 1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower. (Noritaka Minami)

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts today announced the latest recipients of their grants to individuals, a $490,000 pot of money split among 63 projects all over the world, including an extensive photographic survey of Le Corbusier’s completed architectural works by photographer Richard Pare; a series of community-based design and urban development courses in Costa Rica; and a compilation of criticism about Berlin‘s Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments).

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Diana Balmori’s Meditation Room at IDEASCity 2015 explores the possibility of expansive horizons in crowded cities

(Courtesy Balmori Associates)

(Courtesy Balmori Associates)

Stemming from the idea that a city is but a stack of layered horizons, landscape architect Diana Balmori’s public installation for IDEASCity 2015 invites the viewer to contemplate where horizons occur in a pause-for-thought experience. Meditation Room: Horizon is a continuous constructed wall of paper where the overlapping of two dot matrix systems creates a visible horizon slightly above eye level.

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Chicago opens newest segment of revamped Riverwalk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of a new segment of the Chicago Riverwalk. (Office of the Mayor, Chicago)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of a new segment of the Chicago Riverwalk. (Office of the Mayor, Chicago)

Despite a smattering of gray skies, Chicago inaugurated another stretch of its revamped riverwalk this Memorial Day weekend, and visitors were eager to explore the newly expanded public space.

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This stack of shipping containers by LOT-EK could become the nomadic coworking office of the future

(Courtesy LOT-EK / Spacious)

(Courtesy LOT-EK / Spacious)

The future of the mobile office is on its way, and it’s blurring the lines between the home and the workplace. Spacious is the name of a “coworking hotel” concept being touted by its founder and CEO, Preston Pesek, as the future of the workplace, combining a traditional coworking space, a hotel, and retail into a giant live, work, play experience. And what better way to house the modern nomadic workforce than shipping containers?

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Creating a statistically desirable dwelling: Two million Swedes crowdsourced this house and didn’t even know it

(Courtesy Tham & Videgard)

(Courtesy Tham & Videgard)

Your every click adds to a goldmine of consumer information marketers cadge—and now architects can cash in, too. Swedish architecture firm Tham & Videgard created renderings of the country’s most desirable home based on metrics wrangled from 200 million clicks on 86,000 properties on sale between January and October 2014 on Hemnet, Sweden’s most popular property website.

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Take a look at the view from the tippy top of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park, the supertall tower that will soon house the world’s billionaires

The Penthouse at 432 Park Avenue. (Matt Shaw / AN)

The Penthouse at 432 Park Avenue. (Matt Shaw / AN)

AN got a rare look at the penthouse of 432 Park, Rafael Viñoly‘s soon-to-be-tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. After a six-minute ride on the construction lift, expansive, $95 million views open up in a 360 degree panorama from large square windows along all four sides of the full-floor apartment.

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Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal

Architecture, Art, Awards, West
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left)

Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left). (J. Paul Getty Trust)

The Getty Trust announced last week that it will give its J. Paul Getty Medal to Frank Gehry. This is the third time the Getty will hand out the award—established “to recognize living individuals from all over the world for their leadership in the fields in which the Getty works”—and the first time it will go to an architect.

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This solar-power generating bike lane in the Netherlands wows engineers by producing more juice than expected

(Courtesy SolaRoad)

(Courtesy SolaRoad)

Performance-wise, the Dutch power-generating bike path, SolaRoad, has overshot expectations, generating upwards of 3,000 kilowatts of power in the six months since its launch. The 230-foot concrete strip is located in Krommenie, a village northwest of Amsterdam, and is undergoing a three-year pilot test for material feasibility.

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East Williamsburg will soon have its own multi-use co-working space for creatives

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Photo credit undefined

As multi-use, coworking-type spaces continue to be all the rage, East Williamsburg is hopping on the bandwagon with a tentatively named ‘Morgantown’ creative community.

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