Unveiled> A BIG Glassy Box for Paris, Sort Of

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
BIG's design for the University of Jussieu in Paris. (Courtesy BIG)

BIG's design for the University of Jussieu in Paris. (Courtesy BIG)

In Bjarke Ingels‘ traditional style, what started as a standard box of a building for Paris’ Université Pierre et Marie Curie has been lifted, bent, and deformed to maximize light, sight lines, and air flow for a cramped urban site. Ingels’ firm BIG and Paris-based OFF recently won won a competition to design the new multidisciplinary research center called Paris PARC to reunite the university’s campus with the surrounding city including Jean Nouvel’s adjacent Institut du Monde Arabe and the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral.

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NY Historical Society Opens Museum & Library for Kids

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The new exhibit includes interactive and educational games to engage.

The lower level of the New York Historical Society was lively last Friday morning at the ribbon cutting for the new DiMenna Children’s History Museum and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library.  Young New Yorkers were trying out a number of new, interactive activities in the vibrant 4,000 square-foot vaulted space.

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EVENT> Today: Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation

Friday, November 18, 2011

Today at the MoMA: The Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation includes three thematic presentations that will explore landscape transformations at the residential, urban, and metropolitan scales.  In contrast to the modernist approach of tabula rasa, contemporary designers are returning to modernist sites with new motivations, attempting to balance the complex values of natural and cultural systems. Hop to it, and you’ll still be in time to hear the likes of Charles Renfro, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Julie Bargmann, James Corner, Kathryn Gustafson.

Organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, the conference is a continuation of the dialogues initiated at its successful forerunner, The Second Wave of Modernism: Landscape Architecture in America, which convened in Chicago in 2008.

Friday, November 18

8 am to 4:30 pm

Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street

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DesigNYC 2012: Call for Projects and Designers

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Robin Key Landscape Architects created community green spaces for Serviam Gardens, an affordable housing complex for seniors in the Bronx.

With desigNYC, Robin Key Landscape Architects created community green spaces for Serviam Gardens, an affordable housing complex for seniors in the Bronx.

DesigNYC continues on its mission to match civic-minded designers with nonprofit organizations in New York City.  For its third cycle of projects in 2012, desigNYC will focus on the theme of Recharging Communities. Nonprofit organizations and pro bono design teams are invited to submit applications by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 at 5 pm EST via desigNYC’s website.

This round aims to identify and support projects intended to strengthen communities, promote social interaction, and improve neighborhood environments through better housing and public space as well as social media and knowledge-based networks. DesigNYC is seeking a range of design disciplines and projects types that may address these goals.

The 2012 selection jury will be announced in the coming weeks, and design firms, nonprofit organizations, and partnered teams will be announced by the end of the year, in order to begin work in January 2012. Each project-designer team is assigned a desigNYC mentor who helps facilitate collaboration and link the team back to the desigNYC support network.

For applications, more information, to see previous projects, and to learn how to get involved, visit desigNYC’s website.

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SHFT+ALT+DEL: October 28

Friday, October 28, 2011


Cecilia Alemani has been named the new curator and director of the High Line Art Program.  Previously, Alemani had worked as an independent curator and writer, and is currently a guest curator for the upcoming Performa 11.

Lucinda Sanders has been named the 2012 President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.  Her tenure will begin on October 30, 2011 at the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) annual meeting.  Sanders is the CEO and a partner at OLIN.

The Washington, DC office of Perkins Eastman has announced that J. Scott Kilbourn will join as a Principal and Chief Operating Officer.  Kilbourn has more than 28 years of design and planning experience.  Most recently, he was Vice President at RTKL where he worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and DC.

Suanne Bassett, principal of Suba—Connecting through Architecture and Interior Design, is re-launching her firm.  Bassett, who is licensed in California and New York, returns to her own practice after several years of collaborating with local San Francisco Bay Area firms.

Corey Martin has been named principal at Portland firm THA Architecture.  Previously, Martin worked at Richard Potestio and Allied Works before co-founding Portland-based PATH Architecture with partner Ben Kaiser in 2005.

Perkins+Will has announced that Wayne Perlenfein has joined the firm as prinicipal and will focus on federal government in the Washington DC office.  Previously, Perlenfein ran his own firm of Rogers, Perlenfein & Associates and was also the jurisdiction executive and senior program manager for planning, design and construction for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington DC.

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) in New York City has announced its 2012 class of fellows. The program spans four weeks and includes instruction by Columbia Business School faculty, a six-month mentorship, a week-long museum residency, and long-term team-based project.

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