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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Libeskind Memorial Fans Political Feud in Columbus

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Monday, July 22, 2013
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Rendering of Libeskind's memorial design and the mock memorial. (Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind; Alex Holt / Columbus Dispatch)

Rendering of Libeskind’s memorial design and the mock memorial. (Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind; Alex Holt / Columbus Dispatch)

A frustrated Ohio State Senator announced his decision to resign Wednesday after more than two decades in office, in part because of a dispute with Gov. John Kasich over plans for a Daniel Libeskind-designed Holocaust memorial on Statehouse grounds. Richard H. Finan was so upset by such a prospect that he ordered state employees to build a slapdash mockup of the memorial out of plastic pipes and tarp painted with a blue Star of David. The 78-year-old Republican submitted his resignation effective on Oct. 30. He told the Columbus Dispatch it was partially in response to his feud with Gov. Kasich, who called for the memorial in 2011:

“I don’t think the board is performing the way it was meant to anymore. I’m frustrated but I can’t do anything about it. I think it’s time to leave.”

For her part, Nina Libeskind clarified to readers of the Dispatch:

“It is a clear attempt to show what is not real and subvert the process. This is not what we presented.”

The $2 million memorial will be privately funded, but the state will pay for site preparation.

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Video> Bouroullec Brothers’ Quiet Motion Takes A Spin in Milan

International, Newsletter
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec‘s “Quiet Motion," Salone del Mobile, Milan, April 2013. (Courtesy Bouroullec)

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec‘s “Quiet Motion,” Salone del Mobile, Milan, April 2013. (Courtesy Bouroullec)

At Salone del Mobile in April, French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec demonstrated what it’s like to take a spin in a BMWi. Quiet Motion, the Bouroullec brothers’ interactive interpretation of the sustainable electric car brand, was an installation open for visitors to climb onto revolving platforms to relax as the world leisurely passed around them.

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Reinventing the Facade: SKIN Competition Names Four First Stage Finalists

International, Newsletter
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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Robotic Assisted Sheet Metal Fabrication, Finalist. (Courtesy Tex-Fab)

Robotic Assisted Sheet Metal Fabrication, Finalist. (Courtesy Tex-Fab)

Tex-Fab has concluded the initial stage of its international competition called SKIN. The two-stage competition invited architects, designers, and researchers to rethink the traditional building envelope by exploring the performative qualities of a facade. Participants selected any context, real or virtual, at any scale and on any building type. Phase one jurors narrowed down 68 entries from across the world to four finalists and four honorable mentions.

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On View > Inverting Neutra at the VDL House

Newsletter, West
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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(Jaime Kowal)

(Jaime Kowal)

Inverting Neutra
Neutra VDL House
2700 Silverlake Boulevard
Los Angeles
Through September 7

Artist Bryony Roberts’ new project Inverting Neutra is the latest installation inside the landmark Neutra VDL house in Silver Lake. Roberts explores the landmark house’s many voids, filling them in with rows of blue cords hanging from aluminum frames; appearing to be a single system. And if you look carefully, the composition makes the house appear to respond to external conditions.  The cords’ color gradients respond specifically to light conditions; and they also move in response to wind conditions, especially those on the roof. We recommend going on a windy day.

Using Unused TV Channels for Connectivity in New Orleans

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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Microsoft is also researching the use of unused TV spectrum for greater Internet access. (Courtesy theverge.com)

Companies such as Microsoft are also researching the use of unused TV spectrum for greater Internet access. (Courtesy theverge.com)

New York–based conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll will debut her newest project, PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0, at New Orleans’ contemporary art biennial, Prospect.3 in Fall 2014. In it, she identifies communities across New Orleans that remain choked for resources since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005. Responding foremost to the lack of connectivity in these areas, Carroll is utilizing unoccupied TV channels, cultural motifs, and an innovative wireless technology developed at Rice University in Houston, Texas, to create infrastructure that will become a permanent characteristic of The Crescent City.

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

East, Newsletter
Monday, July 8, 2013
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IMAGE COURTESY OF CITY OF NEW YORK PARKS AND RECREATION

(COURTESY NYC PARKS AND RECREATION)

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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Spend the Summer in Portugal Building a Giant Model for the Lisbon Triennale

International, Newsletter
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Workshop Futuro Perfeito (Courtesy Susana Gaude)

Workshop Futuro Perfeito (Courtesy Susana Gaude)

The Venice Biennale may be the most visible and glamorous architecture exhibition in the world, but it is not the only one on the design calendar. In fact, these exhibitions have been proliferating around the globe in the past ten years and several have not made it past their inaugural year. One of the best of the newer architecture exhibits is the Lisbon Triennale, which is about to host its third exhibition opening September 12, 2013.

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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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Reading nest roosts in front of Cleveland Public Library

Midwest, Newsletter
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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(Mark A. Reigelman II)

(Mark A. Reigelman II)

If you drop by the Cleveland Public Library to get lost in a book, you may find reprieve from modern life outside the library’s walls, thanks to a giant reading nest custom designed by New York artist Mark Reigelman and LAND Studio. The installation is the fourth in a series, called “See Also,” which brings public art to the library’s Eastman Reading Garden. It will be in place through October 18. Read More

Q+A> Eco-Architect Ken Yeang, Facades+PERFORMANCE Conference Keynote

National, Newsletter
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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(Courtesy Ken Yeang)

(Courtesy Ken Yeang)

Ken Yeang is an architect and was an early theorist of green architecture. In England, where he was educated at the AA (completing a diploma under Peter Cook) and Cambridge where he earned a PhD in ecological planning and design, Yeang is celebrated as a founder of the sustainable architecture movement. In 1995 he published his major theoretical work Designing with Nature that evolved out his Cambridge thesis and it is one of the first texts on ecological architecture. At the The Architect’s Newspaper’s Facades+PERFORMANCE conference on July 11, Yeang will lecture in the US for the first time at the University of California San Francisco in Mission Bay. Yeang recently answered a series of questions posed by Mic Patterson of Enclos who will introduce him in San Francisco. Here is part one of the interview, the second half will appear tomorrow on the AN Blog.

Mic Patterson Your early theoretical work, and ultimately your built work, anticipated the sustainable development that is finally beginning to emerge at a broader scale: climatic design, green walls and vertical gardens, sky courts, biomimicry, solar geometry as a form generator. Why has the adoption of these concepts by the building community been so slow? How do you see these themes developing into the future?

Ken Yeang. I am not sure why our concepts and ideas on green design have been slow to gain traction by the building industry and by our community of professionals. It may be because public adoption of new ideas first require champions by important figures like politicians and leaders in the profession and industry.

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