Goettsch Partners to design five towers in booming Shenzhen’s Qianhai district

Chicago's Goettsch Partners will design five towers for Shenzhen, China's Qianhai district, which Chinese authorities say will one day be the "Manhattan of the Pearl River Delta." (Goesttch Partners)

Chicago’s Goettsch Partners will design five towers for Shenzhen, China’s Qianhai district, which Chinese authorities say will one day be the “Manhattan of the Pearl River Delta.” (Goesttch Partners)

Goettsch Partners landed its largest project in China, a cluster of five towers on 15 acres in Shenzhen’s Qianhai district. China Resources Land Limited (CR Land) hired the Chicago-based Goettsch to design 5.4 million square feet of space for offices, apartments, a five-star hotel, and retail. U.K.–based Benoy is the masterplanner, and is designing a shopping mall and retail areas at the towers’ base.

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OMA-Designed Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building Soars Into Hong Kong Sky

International
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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OMA's Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building. (Philippe Ruault / Courtesy OMA)

OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building. (Philippe Ruault / Courtesy OMA)

Next Tuesday, the nearly 850-foot-tall Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building will be inaugurated as the new head of capitalist trading in Hong Kong. OMA, Rem Koolhaas’ architectural firm, was commissioned to design and construct the soaring structure in 2006. After nearly $500 million in expenditures, according to reports by the Wall Street Journal blog, the square-form skyscraper with a surprising floating base, is complete.

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Ole Bouman, Jeffrey Johnson, Li Xiangning to Curate Shenzhen Biennale

International
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Ole Bouman (left), Li Xiangning (center), Jeffrey Johnson (right).

Ole Bouman (left), Li Xiangning (center), Jeffrey Johnson (right).

It has just been announced that the Shenzen Biennale will be jointly curated by former NAi head Ole Bouman who will serve as Creative Director and American Jeffrey Johnson and Chinese scholar Li Xiangning, who will act as Academic Directors. The theme of the biennale which opens in December 2013 will be urbanization “outside the mainstream” and will take place in multiple sites around the region.

Bouman will be responsible for curating the exhibition, “focusing on forward-looking design practices, and large-scale works” while Li Xiangning and New York-based Jeffrey Johnson will be responsible for a curatorial review and theoretical research. The last Shenzen Biennale (2011) was curated by Terence Riley and was one of the most interesting architecture exhibitions of the year.

 

Terence Riley to Head 2011 Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennale

International
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Photo courtesy Miami New Times

Terence Riley has been selected to head the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. After leaving his post as chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA, Riley set out to revamp the Miami Art Museum. Key to his tenure in Miami was a drive to move the museum into a new $100 million building designed by Herzog & de Meuron. But with economic downturn, the project stalled and Riley resigned in October of 2009.

The new appointment makes him the first non-Chinese curator to head the five-year-old event. The program, which will be announced next year, focuses on the unique character of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and on young cities in particular. As Shenzhen’s extraordinary growth has taken it from a fishing village to a major metropolis in only the past 50 years, it’s a natural fit for the event.

“The full program is still being developed, but our idea is to create a paradigm that considers the cyclical growth pattern of urban cities such as Shenzhen, where cities create architecture, architecture creates cities, and how the process continues without end,” Riley said in a statment. “At a time when sustainability is imperative, the idea of describing an open process that takes into account its own renewal and constant evolution is essential.”

Designed in Chicago, Made in China: Blair Kamin, Chicago designers mull Chinese urbanization

Chinese new year flags and lanterns in Shenzhen, the poster-city for rapid urbanization in China. (Flickr / dcmaster)

Chinese new year flags and lanterns in Shenzhen, the poster-city for rapid urbanization in China. (Flickr / dcmaster)

Blair Kamin convened a panel of designers at the Chicago Architecture Foundation last Wednesday for a discussion around themes explored in his recent series “Designed in Chicago, Made in China,” in which the Chicago Tribune architecture critic assessed the effects of that country’s rapid development on urbanism and design. Read More

Beatrice Galilee Appointed Architecture Curator at the Metropolitan Museum

East, Shft+Alt+Del
Monday, March 3, 2014
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Beatrice Galilee. (Lynton Pepper)

Beatrice Galilee. (Lynton Pepper)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Beatrice Galilee, 31, as associate curator of architecture and design. She will work within the department of Modern and Contemporary Art. According to a job posting in The Art Newspaper, the curator will develop collection and research strategies for the department as well as organize collection and special exhibitions, among other duties.

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Considering the Quake

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Friday, February 7, 2014
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Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge explores the elegant, and oftentimes, elusive intersection between the aesthetics of architectural form and the technicality of structural design, through the lens of earthquake engineering. Curated by Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng and founded/curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, this exhibit emerged from their research on the resiliency of emergency shelters and civil protection buildings, such as schools and hospitals, in earthquake zones throughout the world.

International in scope, projects include, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s (OMA) groundbreaking Taipei Performing Arts Center, CCTV and Shenzhen Stock Exchange; Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco with OLMM Consulting Engineers; Singapore/Tokyo based, Studio SKLIM’s, Earthquake resistant Hansha Reflection house, work by California-based Tipping Mar Engineers and Degenkolb Engineering- the oldest seismic engineering firm in the USA; Star Seismic, an innovative seismic technology, firm based in Utah that has pioneered the engineering and design of buckling restrained braces (BRBs) and Kinetica Dynamics. Several other original projects are also featured.

Considering the Quake was originally presented at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto. At the Center for Architecture in New York, it will include an installation by SOFTLab in consultation with engineers from Arup.

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City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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This new exhibition of the work of Steven Holl Architects presents six urban projects in China, designed with particular focus on shaping public space, natural green strategies, hybrid programs, structure and light. Included are three built works: Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, and Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, as well as three yet to be built works: Porosity Plan in Dongguan, Eco-City in Tianjin, and the Qingdao Culture and Art Center. Concept watercolors of each building will be on view along with project models and construction documents. Also featured are short videos of the built works. The exhibition is arranged chronologically from 2002-2013 through the rooms of the Schindler House, making physical Holl’s journey through a decade of thinking.

Holl’s office has taken on work of increasing complexity in China. His designs embrace pressing issues dealing with infrastructure, urban density and overpopulation. The projects featured in this exhibition offer a study of contrasting and nested scales that acknowledge the city-dweller’s ever-morphing perception of urban life – from micro to macro and back again.

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Ma Yansong & MAD Architects Present Mountainous Masterplan for Nanjing

International, Unveiled
Friday, January 17, 2014
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(Courtesy MAD)

(Courtesy MAD)

Ma Yansong & MAD presented their installation, dubbed the Shanshui Experiment Complex at the the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. The elaborate model is based on Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza, the firm’s new master-plan for the Chinese city. The model, and the proposal more generally, are indicative of the firm’s commitment to meeting the demands of modern urban China through naturalistic architectural efforts.

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Architectural League Current Work Lecture: Richard Meier

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Monday, November 4, 2013
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Richard Meier will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with a moderator and fellow partners Bernhard Karpf, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon in honor of fifty years of independent practice.

Richard Meier founded his New York City based firm in 1963. His practice has completed commissions worldwide that range from civic structures, museums, and corporate headquarters, to housing and private residences. From early projects – including the now iconic “white” houses, such as the Smith House in Darien, and institutional projects beginning with the Bronx Development Center – to the Getty Center in Los Angeles or Rome’s Ara Pacis Museum and Jubilee Church, Meier and his partners continue to embody the accolades of the Pritzker Prize citation almost thirty years ago, that, in his “single-minded pursuit of the essence of modern architecture…he has broadened its range of forms to make it responsive to the expectations of our time.”

Recent projects completed by Richard Meier & Partners include the Arp Museum in Germany; the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse in China; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; and United States Courthouses in San Diego and Islip, New York. Currently under construction are offices in Rio de Janeiro; a hotel complex is Jesolo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv; a resort in South Korea; two residential towers in Tokyo; and the first phase of a master plan for downtown Newark.

Among the many individual international honors Richard Meier has been awarded are the Pritzker Prize, AIA Gold Medal, RIBA Gold Medal, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese government and a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French government.

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The Architectural League of New York – Current Work: Richard Meier

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Richard Meier will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with a moderator and fellow partners Bernhard Karpf, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon in honor of fifty years of independent practice.

Richard Meier founded his New York City based firm in 1963. His practice has completed commissions worldwide that range from civic structures, museums, and corporate headquarters, to housing and private residences. From early projects – including the now iconic “white” houses, such as the Smith House in Darien, and institutional projects beginning with the Bronx Development Center – to the Getty Center in Los Angeles or Rome’s Ara Pacis Museum and Jubilee Church, Meier and his partners continue to embody the accolades of the Pritzker Prize citation almost thirty years ago, that, in his “single-minded pursuit of the essence of modern architecture…he has broadened its range of forms to make it responsive to the expectations of our time.”

Recent projects completed by Richard Meier & Partners include the Arp Museum in Germany; the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse in China; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; and United States Courthouses in San Diego and Islip, New York. Currently under construction are offices in Rio de Janeiro; a hotel complex is Jesolo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv; a resort in South Korea; two residential towers in Tokyo; and the first phase of a master plan for downtown Newark.

Among the many individual international honors Richard Meier has been awarded are the Pritzker Prize, AIA Gold Medal, RIBA Gold Medal, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese government and a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Bernhard Karpf, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon are partners at Richard Meier & Partners Architects.

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Cocktails & Conversations – Brad Cloepfil, AIA & David van der Leer

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Join us for a conversation between architect Brad Cloepfil, AIA and curator David van der Leer, with cocktails by bartender and author Toby Cecchini.

Cocktails & Conversations pairs an architect and a critic, journalist, or curator. Of course, it wouldn’t be Friday night without a suitable beverage. A custom drink inspired by the architect’s work was created especially for the occasion.

 

The Pairing:

Brad Cloepfil, AIA, Founding Principal and Lead Designer, Allied Works Architecture

David van der Leer, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

 

Cocktail designed by: Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author

 

Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture. While studying at the University of Oregon, he drew inspiration from the vast landscape and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest. While studying in New York he was introduced to the simple yet profoundly resonant gestures of land and installation artists of that time.

His body of work is as informed by the land and the history of place as it is by formal training, and it is one that cuts a clear line through much of the rhetoric and formal novelty surrounding the practice today. His approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the profoundly affecting possibilities of building.

In addition to leading all aspects of creative work at Allied Works, Cloepfil has held guest professorships at leading American architecture and design schools across the country over the past 17 years. He is also a frequent lecturer, panelist and judge at universities, cultural institutions and creative organizations throughout the world.

David van der Leer is an urban thinker and activator, and the new Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute in New York City. Van der Leer was previously Associate Curator, Architecture and Urban Studies and Curator, BMW Guggenheim Lab at the Guggenheim Museum. BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile urban laboratory traveling to major cities worldwide: so far it visited New York, Berlin and Mumbai. In addition, Van der Leer curated stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that took the museum programming out into the streets of the five boroughs to find special moments of stillness. Van der Leer first worked on the exhibitions ¨Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward’ and ¨Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum’. In 2012 he was co-curator for the American Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and for the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture of 2011, he curated an exhibition on new towns.

Toby Cecchini is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender’s Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times’ Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008.

Price: One drink included*: $12.50 for AIA members; $15 for non-members.

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