Cul-de-Sacked. Emily Badger of The Atlantic‘s newly launched Atlantic Cities argued that the cul-de-sacs—the suburban answer to the overcrowded urban grids—may be a dead-end in more ways that one. Badger said cul-de-sacs are responsible for our decreased sense of safety, and moreover, happiness.
Talking Transit. Gothamist is right on calling out New York’s MTA as being “really into technology this month.” In a win for the constantly connected and a potential loss for our already-hectic commutes, starting Tuesday, AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers can pull out their cell phones and talk away on underground cell service through the 14th Street corridor. It will take the MTA five years to fully cover the entire New York subway system. Five more years of relative peace-and-quiet.
Paramount Makeover. The LA Times reported that Paramount Pictures is planning a whopping $700-million upgrade to its Hollywood lot, creating nearly 7,300 jobs during construction over next two decades. Rios Clemente Hale Studios and Levin & Associates Architects are charged with improving a place that hasn’t seen much change since the Gary Cooper days without compromising its old Hollywood charm.
Park(ing) police. A Miami-based PARK(ing) Day organizer created a green oasis for the day-long celebration of public space, putting up planters and bringing seats, tables, and WiFi, but according to police, he lingered a little too long. Police arrested the man for taking too long to clean up his parklet the next day, reported Streetsblog.
Architecture of Invention
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through January 15, 2012
Bertrand Goldberg has become known, and increasingly loved, for his expressive use of concrete, particularly his curved forms in projects like Marina City and the endangered old Prentice Women’s Hospital (an early design for that project is pictured at top, with a San Diego theater scheme). The first retrospective of his work shows there is so much more to admire about this one-of-a-kind Chicago architect who died in 1997 at 84. Drawn from the Art Institute’s Goldberg collection and several other collections, Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention includes more than 100 drawings, models, and photographs, including designs for housing, hospitals, urban plans, furniture, and graphics. Early in his career, he designed innovative, prefabricated solutions for low-cost housing. His later designs, like “the city within a city” attracted avant-gardes around the world, including the Japanese Metabolists and Britain’s Archigram.
DesignNYC, an organization connecting New York designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies, presents its current cycle of projects under the banner, “Recharging Communities.” In designNYC’s second annual exhibition, eight teams showcase their in-progress collaborations including among others: Educating Tomorrow, which uses communications design to establish an online forum on sustainability issues for NYC educators; the Greenhouse Project, which creates an urban farm in an unused lot in East New York; Nostrand Park, on the development of an engaging urban corridor in Crown Heights; and PortSide New York (above), a project enhancing a boathouse and community center in Red Hook.
The Critical Moment: Architecture in the Expanded Field
Opening reception: 7:00pm,Thursday, September 15 (TONIGHT!)
The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
7 East 7th Street
Urban Design Week kicks off today, and on your rounds of events, you may want to stop by Cooper Union’s latest show, which features the thesis projects of its first graduating class of the school’s new MArch II program. The exhibition opens tonight with a reception at 7:00pm and runs through November 5.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm
Gallery Closed: Sunday and Monday
London Design Festival
September 17–September 25
This year’s theme for the London Design Festival is “Design from all Angles.” Home base for the event will be the main exhibition hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum, but design projects will also be scattered at 150 sites throughout the city. A three-story red oak latticework spiral called Timber Wave (above) will frame the V&A entrance; the installation is by Amanda Levete, who was recently commissioned to design the museum’s courtyard and expansion. Elsewhere: at St. Paul’s Cathedral, John Pawson creates an optical allusion that distorts distance and depth through lenses and mirrors; this year’s Size and Matterinstallation at the Royal Festival Hall, an annual event highlighting design and technology, is a collaboration between David Chipperfield and Arup, who are sandwiching reflective metal-coated fabric mesh between glass to explore translucent and reflective properties.
Bike On, NYC. This afternoon the mayor’s office announced that the company Alta would run the city’s new bike sharing program, which is set to begin next summer. In Manhattan south of 79th Street and in select neighborhoods in Brooklyn, 10,000 bicycles will be available for pick up at 600 stations. More details at The New York Times.
Back to the future? Ford Motor Company has somehow navigated its way through the Great Recession by focusing on its core values and eliminating the fat. This gaunt American icon is now beefing up and hedging its bets on design of the new, “Evos” in an attempt to blow the DeLorean-esque doors off its profit margins. More at Motortrend.
Bangkok Underwater. Thailand’s capital city is slowly sinking, and may even be submerged as soon as 2030, unless drastic planning measures are taken, reports The Guardian.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Zephyr, the innovators of design-forward ventilation hoods, have unveiled revolutionary new range hood technology with their DCBL Suppression System (pronounced DeCiBeL Suppression). The standout feature of new Next Generation Europa Collection, Zephyr’s DCBL Suppression System (DCBL) features the industry’s first direct current (DC) brushless motor, Bloom HD LED bulbs with a 25,000-hour lifetime, and an on-board computer that actively optimizes the range hood’s performance. The DCBL Suppression System exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements and is up to 80 percent more energy efficient than other range hoods in the category.
Stay tuned, because Zephyr is undertaking pioneering projects on all fronts—including partnering with industrial designer Robert Brunner, designer/collaborator with rapper Dr. Dre on the BEATS headset, on a new collection of range hoods.
Some highlights of the DCBL Suppression System:
· An industry first – A direct current (DC), brushless motor has never been used in a range hood before.
· Zephyr’s DCBL motor greens the kitchen – It uses 77 percent less energy; it surpasses ENERGY STAR requirements, exceeding minimum efficacy levels by 14.2 CFM/W, and pulls approximately 30 percent more CFM on working speed settings.
· 77 percent Less Noise – The DC motor is the industry’s quietest—a big deal, as standard ventilation hoods are noisy—the noise level of Zephyr’s DCBL motor (0.8 Sone) is dramatically quieter than that of an AC motor (3.5 Sones).
· Higher working speed and moves more air than an AC motor (250 CFM in DCBL vs. 180 CFM in AC)
· Dimmable LED – First in Range Hood History – Bloom HD LED dimmable light bulbs never get hot and have a 68-year lifetime.
· On-Board Computer System – The DCBL Suppression System’s multifunctional, on-board computer integrates the user interface, LED controller and DC motor controller, all while managing the distribution of energy for each component.
RECHARGING COMMUNITIES: DesigNYC Exhibition Opening Party
227 West 17th St.
DesignNYC, an organization connecting New York designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies, presents its current cycle of projects under the banner, “Recharging Communities.” In designNYC’s second annual exhibition, eight teams showcase their in-progress collaborations, including among others: Educating Tomorrow, using communications design to establish an online forum on sustainability issues for NYC educators; The Greenhouse Project, creating an urban farm in an unused lot in East New York; Nostrand Park, developing an engaging urban corridor in Crown Heights; PortSide New York (above), enhancing a boathouse and community center in Red Hook. Visit desigNYC.org to see a full list of projects.
The exhibition kicks off on Wednesday evening with a party at GD Cucine on West 17th Street. The public is invited to come meet the desigNYC teams, who will be on hand to talk about their projects, answer questions, and celebrate their work to date. This year’s participating architecture and design firms: Vamos Architects, Language Department, Abruzzo-Bodziak Architects, Otto NY, Publicis Design, Rodrigo Corral, 590BC, and Studio L’Image.
The exhibition runs through October 1 at GD Cucine‘s Gallery, open 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
Ceci n’est pas une reverie:
The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman
Yale School of Architecture
180 York Street
New Haven, CT
Through November 4
The exhibition Ceci n’est pas une reverie (“This is not a dream”) celebrates the work of architect Stanley Tigerman. Curated by Yale School of Architecture Associate Professor Emmanuel Petit, this retrospective tells the story of Tigerman’s professional career, beginning with his years at Yale as an undergraduate and then a graduate student in architecture. Organized around several motifs—utopia, allegory, death, humor, and division—the exhibition includes models and objects, documents, cartoons, sketches, and drawings, like an axonometric of formica, above. Video material from lectures and interviews also capture Tigerman’s eclectic style as it has evolved over the past 50 years, encompassing his early work at the Chicago-based firm Tigerman McCurry Architects and his return to Yale as a visiting professor. Ceci n’est pas une reverie will coincide with the publication of Tigerman’s collected writings, 1964-2011 Schlepping Through Ambivalence, Essays on an American Architectural Condition, and his autobiography Designing Bridges to Burn as well as a series of lectures at the Yale School of Architecture.
Helsinki Design Week
September 9–September 18
To warm up for its turn as the 2012 World Design Capital, the city of Helsinki will host a week-long design festival in September. A variety of sites throughout the city will be pressed into service, from public plazas to the Old Customs Warehouse. Architects and designers plan explore the relationship between the urban dweller and urban design. The exhibit I Am the City by the art and design collective, Ornamo 100, features Helsinki Throne (above) by interior designer Jouni Leino, and design think tank OK Do’s Museum of the Near Future transforms an unused office building into a library, bookstore, and public art studio. Design Week’s organizers trumpet Finland’s acclaimed education system, making architectural and design education practices a running theme throughout the week.
Studio X, the downtown outpost of Columbia’s GSAAP program, named Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) and Nicola Twilley (GOOD/Edible Geography) as co-directors. The fall season of programming under Manaugh and Twilley kicked off September 1.
Deborah Marton, who announced her resignation as Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space in March, assumed her new role as Senior Vice President of Programs at the New York Restoration Project.
David Glover of Arup Associates has left the firm to become deputy chief executive of AECOM’s building engineering business.
Dagmar Richter, former teaching professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University‘s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, has been named chair of Pratt Institute‘s Undergraduate Architecture Department.
Perkins+Will Seattle acquired Hinthorne Mott Architects to boost their Pacific Northwest presence.
Will Alsop left RMJM to start a new practice with fellow RMJM principal Scott Lawrie in London. The new firm is called ALL Design.
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