Daniel Libeskind’s Shang Shidong Industrial Museum Twists Steel in China

(Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind)

(Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind)

The illustrious 19th century Qing dynasty politician, Zhang Zhidong, is primarily remembered for modernizing the Chinese army and for establishing the steel industry in Wuhan. It seems appropriate then that the new Shang Shidong Industrial Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, should be built in the city of Wuhan. Even more fitting is that the museum, which will celebrate the city’s iron and steel culture, will be built on the manufacturing site of the Hanyang-made rifle and will preserve the famous Hanyang ironworks and Hanyang arsenal.

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Bloomberg Urges New Yorkers to Take the Stairs

East, Newsletter
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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(Ludovic Bertron / Flickr)

(Ludovic Bertron / Flickr)

When confronted with the option to ride the elevator or muster up enough energy to walk up multiple flights of steps to a destination, most of us opt for the elevator. But according to the Bloomberg Administration, we might choose differently when surrounded by a built environment that encourages physical activity. In response to our country’s mounting obesity crisis, Mayor Bloomberg has recently changed design standards, launching a new series of pro-health and anti-obesity initiatives that promote physical activity in buildings and public spaces.

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Hirshhorn Museum Abandons DS+R’s Bubble Project, Director Resigns

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
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(Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Wahington D.C., designed by SOM in 1974, is undeniably striking in its design—the distinctively cylinder shaped structure is unlike anything else in the city. In 2009 Richard Koshalek, director of the modern and contemporary art museum, in a bold effort to place the museum at the forefront of our nation’s cultural institutions, came up with a radical new plan that would make the building stand out even more among the countries’ leading museums and significantly augment the city’s arts culture. Koshalek proposed his new vision for a 15-story inflatable balloon, designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, that would bubble out of the donut-shaped museum’s central courtyard twice a year. The project, dubbed the “Seasonal Inflatable Structure,” would serve as a unique space for installations and performances.

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Landscape Architect Laurie Olin Wins the 2013 National Medal of Arts

City Terrain
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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Laurie Olin. (Courtesy Olin Studio)

Laurie Olin. (Courtesy Olin Studio)

The National Medal of Arts, conferred by the National Endowment for the Arts and presented by the President of the United States, is the highest honor an American artist or arts patron can receive. For twenty-seven years the prestigious award has recognized the importance of the arts and expressed the nations appreciation for the boundless creative expression of America’s artists. This year it was bestowed upon renowned landscape architect, Laurie Olin—most notably known for his 1988 transformation of New York City’s Bryant Park.

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Architects and Engineers from Across the Nation will Speak at facades+ in San Francisco Tomorrow!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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AN’s long-awaited facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference is finally here! Join us tomorrow on Symposium Day as an array of renowned architects and engineers representing leading firms from all across the nation—and the world—unite at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. These prominent industry leaders will deliver presentations and lead discussion-based panels on the fast-paced evolution of façade technology.

Conference co-coordinator Jeffrey Vaglio of Enclos and Claire Maxfield of Atelier Ten will kick off the long-awaited event with their opening remarks.

The morning Keynote Address will be delivered by Ecoarchitect Dr. Kenneth Yeang of Hamzah & Yeang Architects, who has flown in all the way from Malaysia to speak at facades+! Through his presentation Yeang will examine the principles of green architecture and will discuss several topics in ecological design, including the green building as a “living system,” the vegetated facade, and the facade as a “linear park.”

Gary Handel of Handel Architects will deliver the afternoon Keynote Address in which he will explore the history of the development of glass facades and identify future advances in facade technology.

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Work Hands-On With Cutting Edge Technologies at facades+ Technology Workshops on 7/12!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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Sometimes the most effective way to learn something is to try it for yourself. Register for any one of AN’s facades+PERFORMANCE Technology Workshops on July 12th and work one-on-one with renowned leaders in digital fabrication while gaining hands-on experience with cutting edge technologies. Participants will not only walk away having earned 8 LU AIA CE credits but also having created their very own prototypes! Here is a quick overview of this year’s line-up of Technology Workshops.

Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab, CCA and his associate, Ripon DeLeon will lead the “Responsive Facades” workshop. Sign up for this workshop and learn how Grasshopper, Firefly, and Arduino can be used as technical tools in the design and prototyping of high-performance facades.

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Karlis Rekevic’s Sculpture Celebrates Staten Island’s Architectural History

East, Newsletter
Monday, July 8, 2013
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The more we are accustomed to seeing something the less likely we are to appreciate its beauty. But not Karlis Rekevics, an emerging New York-based artist who creates complex white plaster sculptures that engage with the built environment and capture an often-overlooked urban landscape.

Rekevics was selected as this year’s winner of the annual Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award. Clare Weiss, the former Public Art Curator for Parks, curated over 100 outdoor public art installations throughout the city. After her death in 2010 the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award was established to honor her memory. The $10,000 award is granted annually to one emerging artist who practices in a neighborhood typically underserved by public art.

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Engage in a Dialog with Leading Industry Experts at facades+ on 7/12!

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Monday, July 8, 2013
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AN‘s facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco is just 4 short days away! Have you registered for our Dialog Workshops yet? It isn’t too late!

Earn up to 8 AIA LU credits, interact with your peers, form valuable connections, and engage in in-depth dialogs with leading architects, fabricators, developers, and engineers in intimate classroom settings. From using innovative materials to the process of correctly implementing them, from achieving energy efficiency to ensuring structural performance, this year’s stimulating line-up of workshops covers all aspects of constructing a high-performance building facade.

For his “Emerging Material Technologies” workshop, conference co-coordinator Jeff Vaglio of Enclos has gathered a group of material technology experts including Bill Kreysler (Kreysler & Associates), Valerie Block (DuPont), Jason Flannery (Taktl), Tom Bialk (GKD), and James Sable (GreenScreen). Together the panel will examine an array of innovative materials and discuss the effects of implementing such materials into a high-performance facade design.

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Discuss the Structural Performance of Facades with James Parker and John Tawresey at facades+ on 7/12!

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Friday, July 5, 2013
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One of John Tawresy's most notable projects includes the Washington Mutual Tower.

One of John Tawresey’s (KPFF Consulting Engineers) most notable projects includes the Washington Mutual Tower.

Are you interested in learning about the structural performance of a building facade? Attend AN‘s facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco on 7/12 and meet James Parker of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and John Tawresey of KPFF Consulting Engineers. The pair will lead a half-day Dialog Workshop titled “The Structure of Facades – Criteria, Design Concepts and Performance.”

When we think about the performance criteria of a high-performance building envelope often the primary factors that first come to mind are things like water resistance, energy savings, aesthetics, and longevity. In this workshop Parker and Tawresey will explore the sometimes-overlooked but very essential aspect of building a modern façade: structural performance. The pair will discuss the building codes, industry standards, and performance criteria that must be met in order to effectively construct a successful modern high-performance façade.

Register for James Parker and John Tawresey’s workshop and work closely with, learn from, and have your questions answered by two renowned and highly experienced structural engineers in an intimate classroom setting. An opportunity like this one doesn’t come around often! Students will also earn 4 LU AIA CE credits for participating in this valuable workshop experience.

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Dig Into Composites with Bill Kreysler at facades+PERFORMANCE on July 12th!

National
Thursday, July 4, 2013
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(Courtesy Kreysler & Associates)

(Courtesy Kreysler & Associates)

Do you dare to get your hands dirty? If so, you won’t want to miss Kreysler & Associates‘ Bill Kreysler and Joshua Zabel as they lead the “Hands-On Composites” Technology Workshop at facades+PERFORMANCE on July 12th in San Francisco!

Since it’s founding in 1982 Kreysler & Associates has excelled as a leader in the development of molding and application of composites for construction and architectural uses.

In this very hands-on workshop Kreysler and Zabel will delve into an in-depth exploration of composite materials, which Bill Kreysler defines as “engineered or naturally occurring materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct at the macroscopic or microscopic scale within the finished structure.” The full-day workshop will focus specifically on using composite materials in the creation of high-performance facade designs.

Participants will not only earn 8 LU AIA CE credits but they will also get the chance to design their very own FRP shapes and develop the creative and technical knowledge necessary to design and prototype composite based building components. Learn more about our workshops and register for our facades+ conference here!

Summer Streets Returns to New York City this August with Fun-Filled Activities

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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It’s difficult to envision New York Cities’ bustling streets without the herds of yellow taxicabs and mammoth express busses whizzing past in a race to catch the next green light. However, this August, for the 6th consecutive summer in a row, Summer Streets will return to the city. For the first three Saturdays, 7-miles of Manhattan streets, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, will be closed to motor-vehicles.

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Learn Design Scripting with Gil Akos of Mode Collective at facades+ on 7/12!

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Looking for an opportunity to learn how to program and develop powerful scripts for the creation of facade designs? Here’s your chance: Gil Akos, the founding partner of Mode Collective, will be conducting just such a technology workshop at facades+ PERFORMANCE in San Francisco on July 12th. Sign up now!

By participating in his full-day “Design Scripting (RHINO3D + PYTHON)” workshop, students will walk away having gained a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts and strategic approaches to design scripting. From surface panelization to variable articulation, this workshop will cover a range of techniques instrumental to the scripting of an intelligent facade design. Students will learn through hands-on, project-based exercises using IronPython/Rhinoscript and the GhPython add-on for Grasshopper. Participants will earn 8 LU AIA CE credits!

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