The 2015 winners of the Rudy Bruner Awards serve up a healthy dose of urban excellence

Architecture, Awards, National, Urbanism
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”

See the winners after the jump.

Eavesdrop> The Bell Rings In Silence: Gossip swirls over changes at AIANY

East, Eavesdroplet, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Rick Bell. (ZOË SEIBEL)

Rick Bell. (ZOË SEIBEL)

There was one question on everybody’s mind in New York this spring: What happened to Rick Bell? On March 27, without warning or explanation, the former executive director of AIANY and the Center for Architecture tendered his resignation, effective immediately, which AIANY’s board of directors promptly accepted.

Read more after the jump.

On View> The Menil Collection presents “Barnett Newman: The Late Collection”

Art, Design, On View, Southwest
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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(Courtesy Menil Collection)

(Courtesy Menil Collection)

Barnett Newman: The Late Collection
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, Texas
Through August 2

The Late Collection pays homage to Barnett Newman, an artist who came to define the spiritual aspirations of American painting in the mid-20th century by deviating from traditional concepts of figure and foreground in search of an experience of the sublime. The exhibition charts the technical and material transformations of the twilight period of Newman’s career, including his transition from oil to acrylic paint.

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Eavesdrop> Jerde Music: Noted architect gets an exuberant farewell at Los Angeles’ Union Station

Eavesdroplet, Obit, West
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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(Ali Wade / Flickr)

(Ali Wade / Flickr)

One of Los Angeles‘ most influential architects, Jon Jerde, who recently passed away, was known for the ebullience and animation of his designs. So it was only fitting that his funeral be held at LA’s stunning Union Station, inside the Grand Concourse, accompanied by nothing less than a full Mariachi band. When Eavesdrop finally goes to the Page Six in the sky, this is exactly how we would like to go out.

Friends of the High Line President selected to lead World Monuments Fund

Joshua David. (Liz Ligon)

Joshua David. (Liz Ligon)

Joshua David, the co-founder and former president of Friends of the High Line, has been named as the new president of the World Monuments Fund (WMF). He will succeed retiring president Bonnie Burnham who has been in the role since 1985. The change is effective November 2nd.

For the last half century, the WMF has been working with its partners around the globe to protect and preserve architectural monuments from threats natural and manmade.  “Josh’s ability to marry collaborative restoration with community engagement makes him an excellent choice to lead World Monuments Fund into the 21st century,” Burnham said in a statement. “Based on his experience of working with preservationists and architects for the last 16 years, the Board unanimously agreed that he was the right leader to steward World Monuments Fund as we begin our next 50 years.”

For his own part, David said: “It’s critical that we continue World Monuments Fund’s vital work to preserve and steward sites of architectural, artistic, and cultural significance around the world. These sites connect us to our past and inspire us to build a better future. I’m honored to succeed Bonnie in leading World Monuments Fund’s talented team to carry out this essential mission.”

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.

Continue reading after the jump.

Diane Davis to head Harvard GSD’s Department of Urban Planning

East, Shft+Alt+Del, Urbanism
Friday, May 22, 2015
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Diane Davis. (Courtesy Harvard GSD)

Diane Davis. (Courtesy Harvard GSD)

Just days after the Harvard Graduate School of Design announced that Anita Berrizbeitia would be the new chair of its Department of Landscape Architecture, the school has announced another big appointment: Professor Diane Davis will be head its Department of Urban Planning.

“Davis teaches courses and options studios that examine the role of politics in planning and design, relations between urbanization and development, and socio-spatial practice at the scale of the city,” the school said in a statement. “Her research focuses on urban transformations in the global south, particularly the urban social, spatial, and political conflicts that have emerged in response to globalization, informality, and political and economic violence. In her capacity as co-director of the Risk and Resilience track in the Master in Design Studies (MDes) program, Davis explores overlapping vulnerabilities in the built and natural environment and assesses their significance for planning theory and design practice.”

Both Davis and Berrizbeitia will assume their new roles on July 1.

 

Anita Berrizbeitia to head Department of Landscape Architecutre at Harvard GSD

Anita Berrizbeitia. (Courtesy GSD)

Anita Berrizbeitia. (Courtesy GSD)

Anita Berrizbeitia has been named as the new chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. Berrizbeitia is already quite familiar with the department as she is currently a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD and the Director of its Master in Landscape Architecture degree programs.

“Berrizbeitia is a landscape architect specializing in theory and criticism of 19th and 20th-century public landscapes in the United States and Europe, with particular interests in material culture, design expression, and the productive functions and roles of landscape in processes of urbanization,” Harvard GSD said in a press release. “Her research on Latin American cities and landscapes centers on the creative hybridization of local and foreign cultural practices as a response to a centuries-old process of global cultural exchange; the role of large-scale infrastructural projects on territorial organization; and the interface between landscape and emerging urbanization.”

Berrizbeitia will assume her new role on July 1.

Here’s the newest edition of YKK AP’s video series, “I am an Architect”

"I am an architect." (Courtesy YKK AP)

“I am an architect.” (Courtesy YKK AP)

You may remember that at last year’s AIA conference in Chicago, YKK AP released a video titled Do The Architect as part of their “I am an Architect” series. Now, with the AIA conference going on in Atlanta, YKK AP has released the next installment. While last year’s video was all a mashup of architects dancing, the new video is about how some people just know they are meant to be architects when they grow up.

Watch the video after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Downtown LA, You’re Nuts: Soho House, swanky international development remaking the urban core

Development, Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Soho House in reportedly interested in a warehouse at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Google)

Soho House in reportedly interested in a warehouse at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Google)

The swanky meter is getting dialed to 11 in Downtown Los Angeles. Rumor has it that the rarified Soho House club will be opening its second LA location in a six-story warehouse in the area’s Arts District.

But, wait. There more.

On View> Chatter: Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

Chatter: Architecture Talks Back
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through July 12

The age of texting and tweeting has given more and more people a platform from which to opine, snipe, and complain about, well, everything—including architecture and development projects. Such is the backdrop for Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, an exhibition on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through Sunday, July 12.

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