Archtober Building of the Day #15
Red Bull Studios
220 West 18th Street
Jeffrey Inaba didnâ€™t have wings, but guided a big group of Archtober enthusiasts and pick up party goers on a tour of Red Bull Studios in Chelsea. Introduced by Lance Jay Brown, 2014 AIANY President, the former Angelino, via OMA, presented a slick 38,000 square footÂ music studio/gallery/corporate office that spans all trends. With a psychedelic installation curated by Phong Bui and Rail Curatorial Projects, the public spaces, cleverly planned with acoustics and crowd control in mind, sang out with raucous voices of overstimulationâ€”not INABA’s work.Â The planning, though, underlying the funk and festivity was rock solid, creating a diversity of public space, engaging from the street, clear divisions of public and private, and fantastic core toilets.
[Editor's Note:Â The Venice Architecture Biennale is still on through November 23 and it's still proving to be controversial. Professor Peter Lang shares his thoughts on Rem Koolhaas' event here.]
A Tale about the Magician Koolhaas who plays Prospero, lives on an island in the Venetian Laguna, and brings a Tempest to the Venice Biennale.
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.
â€”William Shakespeare,Â The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203â€“206
(Aldous Huxley quoted this line from the Tempest for the title of his dystopian novel Brave New World published in 1931)
In choosing to take a different perspective on the 14th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice directed by Rem Koolhaas, I decided to skip the standard blow-by-blow critique, and instead confront what I believe is the greatest enigma behind this controversial event. Up till now, the majority of critics taking a look at this yearâ€™s exhibition find fault with Koolhaasâ€™ method, not so much with his madness. But the key to the exhibition is not in its studied aloofness, but in its insubordinationâ€”Koolhaas is determined to shake up the Biennale institution by any means possible.
In 2006, the New York chapter of the AIA created theÂ New Practices competition to showcase emerging architecture and design firms that could very well be the Next Big Thing in New York City. Among thisÂ year’s winners are Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo, and Kiseok Oh of NAMELESS Architecture and they’re presenting their winning work, (im)possible architecture, tomorrow night at theÂ Hafele Showroom in Manhattan.
Archtober Building of the Day #14
Wieden & Kennedy
150 Varick Street, 6th Floor
Archtober Building of the Day #13
The Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
The Columbus Day holiday and parade did not deter the Archtober faithful from attending a very special family event at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Archtober first visited the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue on on October 28, 2012 in the shadow of the looming Superstorm Sandy, to enjoy the fruits of a 20-year restoration project that culminated in the 2010 installation of the Kiki Smith rose window. Now, adding to the manifold riches to be found within is a fully realized Museum at Eldridge Street, the result of a collaboration of curators, historians, architects Archimuse, and graphic designers.
Archtober Building of the Day #12
The Pavilion at Brookfield Place
100 West Street
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
It is impossible not to notice The Pavilion at Brookfield Place from almost any viewpoint near itâ€™s location on 100 West Street. A glass curtain wall seems barely to contain the steel trees that emerge from its floor. While our Archtober tour was conducted under the noonday sun, one can easily imagine the buildingâ€™s brilliance after nightfall.
While architecture and design firms across the country and around the world gear up to register (the deadline is November 3)Â for The Architect’s Newspaper‘s 2015 Best Of Design Awards, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce this year’s jury. As with last year, we invitedÂ a group of prominent design professionalsÂ whose expertiseÂ coversÂ the nineÂ categories in which we are giving awards. Collectively, they will lend their broad experience and individual perspectives to what is certain to be the very difficult task of choosing the best of many sterling projects.
Architecture & Design Film Festival
54 Varick Street,Â New York
Itâ€™s that time of year again, when the Architecture & Design Film Festival brings a bouquet of moving image portraits about the built environment and the creators behind them to New York. From October 5â€“19 at Tribeca Cinemas, you can catch the U.S. premiere of the much-anticipated series masterminded by Wim Wenders, Cathedrals of Culture. Made by six directorsâ€”Wenders, Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin and Karim AÃ¯nouzâ€”about six buildings: Berlin Philharmonic, the National Library of Russia, Halden Prison, the Salk Institute, the Oslo Opera House, and the Centre Pompidou, all in 3-D.