Despite the fact that most state licensing boards require registered architects to pursue continuing education, not all AEC professionals take full advantage of the educational opportunities available. Thatâ€™s a shame, says Mic Patterson, VP of Strategic Development for Enclos, given the value of the many workshops, seminar programs, and conferences aimed at practicing architects. The Facades+ conference series, co-sponsored by Enclos and AN, is one such offering. â€œThe intent was to start a dialog involving the building skin that bridged the various fragmented sectors of the building industry,â€ said Patterson. â€œWeâ€™ve been very successful in doing that. Now Iâ€™m interested in taking this dialog to other locations.â€ Accordingly, Facades+ will launch a new initiative next month: Facades+ AM, a half-day forum debuting in Seattle on November 11.
Materials and Applications
1619 Silver Lake Blvd
Through Spring 2015
You can’t tell at first glance, but Silver Lake gallery Materials & Applications is measuring the ground shaking beneath your feet. Their newest installation, Domus, by D.V. Rogers, detects worldwide seismic activity measured by the US Geological Survey and reveals it with a 7-foot-tall, multi-colored LED “light chandelier” display and with pulsing sounds. All is encased inside a 20-foot-tall, six-sidedÂ “hexayurt” made with simple exterior insulation panels and filament tape. The installation will be up until next Spring.
Archtober Building of the Day #28
Times Square Reconstruction
Broadway and Seventh Avenue (West 42nd to West 47th Streets)
“Looking for calm within the chaos,” was how Nick Koster of Snøhetta, described the firm’s design for the Times Square Reconstruction. Just then a topless woman dressed as a super hero sashayed past the Archtober tour group, which contained about a dozen school children.
Mayor Bill de BlasioÂ hasÂ signed legislation to lower New York Cityâ€™s default speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25. The measure was recently passed by the City Council and is one of the central policy pieces of Vision Zeroâ€”the mayor’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city.
Archtober Building of the Day #27
Riverside Health Center
160 West 100th Street
Among my favorite things about Archtober are the enthusiasts who show up and add color and detail to the architects’ stories about their projects. Today, in addition to a solid performance by 1100 Architectâ€™s Juergen Riehm and Dominic Griffin, we were amply blessed with a number of locals, or, as Winifred Armstrong self-described, â€œcamp followers.â€ Sally Yap of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene also supplemented our understanding of this new renovation project.
Remember that exciting design competition between Bjarke Ingels and Rem Koolhaas to revamp the Miami Beach Convention Center? Remember those two bold plans, all of those exciting renderings, and the official announcement that Koolhaas hadÂ won the commission? And then remember when the Miami Beach mayor said no to the whole thing and Arquitectonica was tapped for a less-expensive renovation? Well, now there’s a new milestone in the convention center soap opera.
Archtober Building of the Day #26> SLO Architecture adds art to Middletown Road Station in the Bronx
Archtober Building of the Day #26
Middletown Road Station
Middletown Road & Westchester Avenue, Bronx
The â€œsteel river,â€ as Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture referred to the Pelham Line #6 train on last weekend’s Archtober tour, makes its way north towards Pelham Bay, crossing over four different waterways along its route. These bodies of water are cleaner now than they used to be, due in part to community-based efforts to clear unwanted debris and waste. As a result, plants and animals have returned to the area, and a feeling of pride has returned to the community. To uphold this stewardship and help maintain the waterways, Levi and Amanda Schachter of SLO designed Cross-Bronx WaterwayÂ for the Middletown Road Station, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design and chosen through a panel process.
Archtober Building of the Day
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
Maki and Associates
Located along the western edge of Memorial Plaza, 4 World Trade Center by Maki and Associates is part of the Studio Libeskind master plan for the World Trade Center being developed by Silverstein Properties. This weekend, Archtober crowds toured the building.
Imagine an annual party for architects that has been voted “Ten HottestÂ HalloweenÂ PartiesÂ toÂ DieÂ Forâ€ in theÂ New York ObserverÂ andÂ a â€œTopÂ PickÂ HalloweenÂ Partyâ€ in Time Out New York? Itâ€™s the annual Storefront for Art and Architecture Critical Halloween party,Â taking place this year at 80 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. The party (with a live band and open bar) has always had a theme: Banality, Metaphor, and Corporate Avant-garde in years past. This year’s theme dwells on one of the most feared ghosts of art and architectural production: I-Relevance.