Given that you’re reading The Architect’s Newspaper right now, there’s a very good chance you’re an architect. If that’s true, then dressing up as an architect on Halloween would be a pretty lame costume idea. That is, unless you went as one of The Greatsâ€”we’re not saying you’re not one of them…but, you know what we mean.
On October 9, Daniel Libeskind marks the opening ofÂ Dwell on Design NY, aÂ three-day event bringing together design luminaries for discussions and presentations onÂ urban design and architecture.Â Other speakers at the conference include architect David Rockwell, Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, Designtex CEO Susan Lyons, Claire Fellman of SnÃ¸hetta, and many others. Highlights of Dwell on Design NYÂ include self-guided tours of private residences in Tribeca, the Flatiron district, Harlem, and Soho; the curated retail Dwell Store; and CEU sessions. More information is available on the Dwell on Design website.
Earlier this week, AN went up to the 67thÂ floor of the recently-opened 4 World Trade Center to get a progress report on the 16-acre redevelopment taking shape below. Inside theÂ wide-open and raw space, Larry Silverstein, the siteâ€™s developer, told reporters that his vision for a new World Trade Center had finally become a reality. â€œIâ€™ve gotten a bit of a reputation as a wild-eyed optimist,â€ he said in front of a wall of windows. â€œBut even I have to admit that I didnâ€™t see all this coming.â€ Noting that it had been 13 years since the attacks, he went on to refer to the anniversary as theÂ siteâ€™s â€œbar mitzvah.â€
In collaboration with Studio Daniel Libeskind and Armani/Casa, developer Century Properties has begun construction on the Century Spire tower in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The tower will stand with Trump Tower, the Gramercy Residences, and the Knightsbridge Residences among others to complete the project known as Century City.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the Salone del Mobile and the dozens of related events during Milan Design Week. Luckily there are plenty of visual palate cleansers in form of immersive environments, from new showrooms by Pritzker Prizeâ€“winning architects to dazzling installations by up-and-coming designers. There isÂ more to Milan Design Week than just great looking furniture! At the Triennale design museum, for instance, Paris-based DGT architects created a light-catching installation for Citizen watches called Light is Time (above), featuring space dividing curtains made of tens of thousands of watch plates.
AN editors swept and tweeted through the exhibit halls of the venerable Salone del Mobile last week, as well as the myriad satellite design events, exhibits, and installations that popped up around Milan. Footsore but aesthetically satiated, the AN team has reassembled stateside to share some of the best finds from the fair.
A lacquered, digital print enlivens the interior of the shelves, which are constructed of humble MDF. Designed by Garth Roberts.
Daniel Libeskind has unveiled his plans for a new apartment complex in the emerging Berlin suburb of Chausseestrasse. Set for completion in 2015, the 8-story building called Chausseestrasse 43, Â will accommodate retail functions on street level and 73 individual apartments on the upper levels.
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A cross-section of postdigital design work illustrates the role of parametrics in the built environment.
Spawned from his 2011 show on Patrick Jouin, Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) curator Ronald Labaco conceived Out of Hand as a more comprehensive show that clarified the role of digital design, from its capabilities to its significance in our daily lives. â€œPeople just didnâ€™t get it,â€ said Labaco of Jouinâ€™s 2011 MAD show. â€œUnless youâ€™re immersed in it, it can be hard to understand so I thought if we showed something like this in the galleries again, we needed to provide information that can be digested more clearly.â€
Staged across three floors of the museum, with two exterior sculptures, Labaco said the show is an important program for MAD among other New York art institutions like MoMA, Cooper Hewitt, and the New Museum. The goal to raise awareness of 3D printing is timely, by chance. â€œPaolo Antonelliâ€™s Design and the Elastic Mind, and two shows from Material Connection were complements to my show for the uninitiated,â€ Labaco explained. Out of Handâ€™s broad scope includes digital designing and fabrication processes like CNC milling, digital weaving and knitting, laser cutting, and 3D printing to display how these technologies influence the built environment. â€œItâ€™s a historical look at the last 8 years and works from as early as 2005 are incorporated because, in my mind, that was when the major shift between rapid prototyping and 3D printing really occurred,â€ said Labaco. Read More