Who Knew: A Showhouse on the Lower East Side

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Monday, June 4, 2012
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The BOFFO show house in the Madison Jackson brings a host of designers downtown. (Susan Morris)

The BOFFO show house in the Madison Jackson brings a host of designers downtown. (Susan Morris)

BOFFO is an arts and culture non-profit fostering collaborations between artists, designers, communities, and theorists to inform and engage the public in participatory arts programs. In late May, it launched a show house at a Lower East Side public school building turned apartment house, called The Madison Jackson. It turned out to be a clever draw getting people to a neighborhood that is lower and farther east than more popular sections of the LES. I speak from familiarity as I live in a perch overlooking the venue.  The glam show house is unusual for a neighborhood comprised largely of public housing blocks next to tall towers that formerly were union cooperatives and as close to socialist housing as we’ve had in NYC.

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On View> The Graham Foundation presents Zak Kyes Working With…

Midwest
Monday, June 4, 2012
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(Courtesy Graham Foundation)

(Courtesy Graham Foundation)

Zak Kyes Working With…
Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago
Through September 22

The first American solo exhibition of Swiss-American graphic designer Zak Kyes, founder of the design studio Zak Group and art director of London’s Architectural Association, will be on view at the Graham Foundation. Representing a wide array of his work, the show will feature projects arranged and presented not as a chronological body of work, but as collaborations with architects, artists, writers, curators, editors, and graphic designers. These working relationships highlight the impact of graphic design on its related fields, but also show how it is simultaneously shaped by those disciplines. By focusing on the intimate intellectual, formal, and business links of the collaborations, from conceptual to pragmatic, urgent to abiding, and ephemeral to long lasting, the exhibition focuses on the creative potential of collaboration to transform our understanding of graphic design, art, and architecture.

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SHFT+ALT+ DEL: June 1, 2012

Shft+Alt+Del
Friday, June 1, 2012
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D.B. Kim has joined Daroff Design as a principal and will lead the firm’s luxury hotel and resort practice. Kim was previously at Pierre-Yves Rochon and prior to that at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Design Trust for Public Space‘s executive director Susan Chin was elected Vice President of the 2013-2014 AIA National Board at the recent national convention in Washington, D.C.

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On View> Ball-Nogues Studio: Yevrus 1, Negative Impression

West
Friday, June 1, 2012
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(Courtesy SCI-Arc Gallery)

(Courtesy SCI-Arc Gallery)

Ball-Nogues Studio: Yevrus 1, Negative Impression
SCI-Arc Gallery
960 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA
June 1–July 8

On display at the SCI-Arc Gallery is Los Angeles–based architecture practice Ball-Nogues Studio’s Yevrus 1, Negative Impression, which attempts to call into question the current fashionability of abstracted and digital forms. Through an assemblage of non-architectural objects represented very literally, the project represents a new type of site survey. The objects selected to be part of the structure were picked from the Los Angeles suburban landscape (a pool, above) and become the elements of an installation. The architects used digital scanning technology to make biodegradable paper-pulp castings of 1973 Volkswagen Beetles and speedboats for a lookout tower in the gallery. Yevrus (“survey” spelled backwards) is a new technique pioneered by the firm that rethinks the site survey by utilizing it not as a tool for construction and engineering, but as a methodology of deriving form, creating structures, and realizing meaning.

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Seattle’s New Ferris Wheel Ready at Pier 57

West
Friday, June 1, 2012
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The Seattle Ferris wheel at Pier 57 (Ingrid Taylar via Flickr).

“I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel,” E.B. White once remarked. After the dismantling of the Seattle Center Fun Forest and Ferris wheel—closed in January 2011 to make way for the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum—Seattle will finally get its Ferris wheel back. The nearly-completed privately-funded wheel at Pier 57, with 8 supportive legs and 21 spokes, will weigh 280,330 pounds. Built by Chance Morgan Rides Manufacturing Inc. and funded by developer Hal Griffith, the 42 six-person gondolas will bring riders 175 feet into the air, with views of the Olympic Mountains to the west, Mount Rainier to the south, and the Cascade Mountains and the city to the east. Open year-round, the cars will be enclosed, heated, and air-conditioned, so no need to worry about the Seattle drizzle.

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Event> June 1-7 Benefit Screenings of One Day on Earth

East
Friday, June 1, 2012
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From the film One Day on Earth. (Courtesy One Day on Earth/Kristina Ruzela)

From the film One Day on Earth. (Courtesy One Day on Earth/Kristina Ruzela)

One Day on Earth Benefit Screenings
June 1 to 7
The Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenue
New York

On October 10, 2010 (10.10.10), 19,000 filmmakers around globe shot the daily life unfolding around them. Their subjects ranged from people, to plants to bugs to the heavens. Over 3,000 hours of collective footage was edited down into one hour and 45 minutes, and the result is a stunning cinematic snapshot of our world today: the rhythms of nature and life (in that 24-hour period 363,000 babies were born), quotidian human habits, and the rites of passage in different civilizations.

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Last Chance to Make a Sonic Trace.  Last Chance to Make a Sonic Trace LA radio station KCRW is challenging designers to put together a portable sound booth to collect stories for its program Sonic Trace, which explores questions about community and immigration. Producers will be toting the booth all over LA’s diverse communities (ideally on the roof of their VW Wagoneer), from Koreatown to South Central, so it’s got to be lightweight and hearty. Hurry because submissions are due on June 8!

 

South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design

Fabrikator
Friday, June 1, 2012
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Elastic deformation of the pavilion's glass-fiber reinforced plastic lamellas gives its facade movement (Soma)

A 34,000-square-foot kinetic media facade represents the themes of Korea’s international exhibition

Opened last month in the coastal city of Yeosu, South Korea, the 2012 International Exhibition’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast,” is a way for attendees to examine challenges and solutions to development on oceans and coastlines. As the architect of the expo’s thematic pavilion, Vienna-based Soma Architecture designed a kinetic media facade to act as a counterpart to the show’s location by the water and to its multimedia presentations. Working with Stuttgart- and New York-based structural engineering firm Knippers Helbig as facade consultant, the team developed a constructible solution for building one of the largest adaptive structures in the world.

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Sidewalk Shadows by Artist Nobuho Nagasawa

East
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Timecast can be seen on Columbia Street in Red Hook.

Six "Timecast" blue stone installations by artist can be viewed along Columbia Street in Red Hook. (Courtesy Nobuho Nagasawa)

It would seem that the the once humble blue stone, quarried in New York State, is getting some renewed respect. We recently saw it cleverly cladding 41 Bond by the design-build firm DDG Partners, now artist Nobuho Nagasawa it calling attention to it underfoot in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Nagasawa’s installation elevates an everyday visual experience to the level of art, namely tree shadows on a Brooklyn blue stone sidewalk.

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Gage/Clemenceau Goes Gaga with Nicola Formichetti in Hong Kong

International, Newsletter
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Courtesy Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Courtesy Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Nicola Formichetti, best known as fashion and creative director and collaborator for brands including Mugler, Uniqlo, and Lady Gaga, has teamed up with Gage/Clemenceau for the second in a series of concept stores. The collaboration was brought about by BOFFO Building Fashion 2012, a program that paired fashion designers with architects in a series of pop-up spaces. The first installation, in New York, featured a mirror-paneled ceiling and walls in kaleidoscopic crystalline formations, an ambitious and visually arresting space to showcase Formichetti’s work. The new collaboration in Hong Kong houses a collection of original garments from the personal collection of Lady Gaga as well as Formichetti’s own line and products from his new “Nicopanda” brand.

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San Carlos Library, The Best Place to See a Solar Eclipse

West
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Swatt Miers)

(Courtesy Swatt Miers)

With its perforated dome, the twelve-year-old San Carlos (CA) Library, designed by Swatt Miers Architects, turned out to be one of the best places to view the solar eclipse a few weeks ago. The design—which projected thousands of little crescent moons over the main lobby entrance—was inspired by architect George Miers’ wife. “We wanted to bring in light, but a traditional skylight over that type of space would overpower it. Luckily, my wife had this old colander. I built the model with the colander in it,” said Miers.  The architect developed a random pattern for the ceiling and fabricated it with Los Angeles-based Ceilings Plus.

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Walking Tours that Conjure New York’s Tragic Past

East Coast
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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General Slocum Steamship Diaster, 1904. (Courtesy Sites of Memory)

General Slocum Steamship Diaster, 1904. (Courtesy Sites of Memory)

Before 9/11, the General Slocum steamship disaster was the greatest loss of life in a single day in New York. Never heard of it? You may have walked by a diminutive memorial fountain in Tompkins Square Park, but otherwise little remains to tell the tale of the 1904 East River wreck that killed over 1000 German immigrants from the Lower East Side. A major event of its time, the Slocum tragedy was commemorated in books and even a movie, but as generations pass, the memory has faded.

Sites of Memory, a newly launched project by art director and writer Angela Riechers, aims to reanimate the memories of events like the General Slocum, or the Civil War draft riots, or more contemporary tragedies like the shooting of Amadou Diallo, by taking you—physically or virtually—to the very spot and letting a literary-star narrators including Kurt Andersen, Luc Sante, and Lewis Lapham, tell you the often sad but always intriguing story of the unlucky people involved.

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