Architectural Desserts: Coolhaus Expands with Bricks & Mortar

West
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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(Andrew Echevarria)

(Andrew Echevarria)

Everybody’s favorite ice cream sandwich comes from the Coolhaus ice cream truck, where you can stuff your face with cleverly-named creations like Mies Vanilla Roe and ponder how Rem Koolhaas’ name ever got made into a dessert brand. Now Coolhaus’ owners, architects Freya Estreller and Natasha Case, who are opening Coolhaus trucks across the country and have even helped design a dog treat truck, have set up a permanent store in Culver City. The storefront abstractly references their trucks, from corrugated rubber that wraps around the service area to a windshield/menu  to chrome detailing throughout.  If you’re really ambitious you can buy make-at-home Coolhaus kits including hand-packaged dough and pints of ice cream, but you probably won’t be able to wait that long.

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NY Historical Society Opens Museum & Library for Kids

East
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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The new exhibit includes interactive and educational games to engage.

The lower level of the New York Historical Society was lively last Friday morning at the ribbon cutting for the new DiMenna Children’s History Museum and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library.  Young New Yorkers were trying out a number of new, interactive activities in the vibrant 4,000 square-foot vaulted space.

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Architect: The Louis Kahn Opera

East
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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One of the few images that evoke Kahn.

One of the watercolors by Michiko Theurer evoking Kahn.

The Center for Architecture is known for programming variety, but last Thursday night’s premier of Architect: a chamber opera was a first. Granted, the film premier benefiting the CFA Foundation wasn’t live opera, but it was the first time the public got to hear the piece by Lewis Spratlan.  The Pulitzer Prize winning composer’s music was paired with electroacoustical music by John Downey and Jenny Kallick, whose process involved “sound sampling” spaces designed by Kahn, such as the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.  Spratlan’s music was then electronically “placed” within the various spaces.

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Gensler’s New Los Angeles Digs Filled With Energy

West
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Inside the atrium at Gensler's new office. (Ryan Gobuty)

Inside the atrium at Gensler's new office. (Ryan Gobuty)

With all the news coming out of Gensler lately we’ve officially declared November Gensler Month. The latest is the firm’s new offices inside the Jewel Box building in Downtown LA, a glassy former bank branch located between huge towers at City National Plaza.

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Metal In Bloom at M&A

West
Friday, November 18, 2011
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Tomorrow LA gallery Materials and Applications will open the installation “Bloom,” a twisted sculpture (video of its installation above) whose metallic surface reacts to changes in temperature and sunlight. When the metal is cool, the surface looks like a solid object, but once heated the overlapping bi-metal panels (for you non techies, that’s panels made of two different types of metal pressed together) adjust and fan out to allow for air flow and increased shade. The best part is that if you’re lucky you can actually see, and hear, this change taking place. The structure, which rests on a steel frame in M&A’s courtyard, was designed by Doris Sung and Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter with Matthew Melnyk. The opening will take place from noon to five on Saturday.

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P.S. 1’s Would be Makeover Artists

National
Friday, November 18, 2011
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The P.S. 1 Courtyard with Work AC's installation (courtesy: CreativeTime)

MoMA/P.S. 1 has announced the finalists of the 2012 Young Architects Program. The winning team, which will be announced in February, will have the chance to makeover the museum’s courtyard into a space for the annual Warm Up summer concerts and dance parties. The program has served as a launching pad for younger firms and as a testing ground for new formal and programmatic strategies. This year’s entry by Interboro Partners, called Holding Pattern, stressed community engagement, as all the elements of the installation were repurposed by neighboring non-profits. The 2002 finalists are: AEDS Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio, Ammar Eloueini, principal, of Paris and New Orleans, LA; Hollwich Kushner, Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner, principals, of New York; I|K Studio, Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim, principals, of Cambridge, MA; UrbanLab, Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, principals, of Chicago; and Cameron Wu of Cambridge, MA.

 

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Quick Clicks> Postal Nostalgia, Storing & Riding Bikes, Pocket Parks, & Zaha

Daily Clicks
Friday, November 18, 2011
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A mural in the Venice Post Office. (Laurie Avocado / Flickr)

A mural in the Venice Post Office. (Laurie Avocado / Flickr)

Postal nostalgia. During the Great Depression, the WPA built a post office with a tile roof, marble steps, and an intricate mural in Venice, CA.  The LA Times noted that the historic post office may now close down due to USPS budget cuts, much to the chagrin of Venice residents.

A place for bikes.  The number of indoor bicycle storage rooms at offices is slowly increasing throughout New York City.  Though expensive to maintain and space consuming, the NY Times asserted the presence of a bike room benefits the real estate industry (by increasing interest) as well as residents.

Biking Memphis.  StreetsBlog reports Memphis Mayor AC Wharton has proposed 55 miles of bike lanes to be inserted into existing streets.  Local businesses are subsequently concerned about slower traffic.

Parking in LA.  The LA Times reported LA Mayor Villaraigosa has announced he wants to build 50 “pocket parks” in the next two years.  First on the agenda, is the construction of several parks ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet in Southern Los Angeles that begins next month.

Hadid no diva.  Zaha Hadid sat down with Newsweek and Daily Beast editor Tina Brown to discuss her life, her career, and her reputation.

EVENT> Today: Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation

Other
Friday, November 18, 2011
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Today at the MoMA: The Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation includes three thematic presentations that will explore landscape transformations at the residential, urban, and metropolitan scales.  In contrast to the modernist approach of tabula rasa, contemporary designers are returning to modernist sites with new motivations, attempting to balance the complex values of natural and cultural systems. Hop to it, and you’ll still be in time to hear the likes of Charles Renfro, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Julie Bargmann, James Corner, Kathryn Gustafson.

Organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, the conference is a continuation of the dialogues initiated at its successful forerunner, The Second Wave of Modernism: Landscape Architecture in America, which convened in Chicago in 2008.

Friday, November 18

8 am to 4:30 pm

Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street

For the full schedule:

http://tclf.org/secondwave

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Gates: Ferra Designs

Fabrikator
Friday, November 18, 2011
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Designers abstracted photography of manufacturing scenes to create the gate's pattern (Ferra)

The Building 92 museum’s new gates were inspired by a history of manufacturing

Last week, the Brooklyn Navy Yard threw open its doors to the public for the first time in more than two centuries. With the opening of its new BLDG 92, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle in collaboration with workshop/apd, the Yard welcomed community members to the new 24,000-square-foot exhibition space and visitors’ center. From their first view of the building’s south-facing forecourt, visitors will be inspired to learn about the area’s industrial past by an operable gate made by Ferra Designs, an architectural metal fabricator that calls the Navy Yard home.

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Wings Sprouting Again in San Diego

Newsletter, West
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Tucker Sadler & Associates

It looks like wings are hot in San Diego (and apparently LA, too). Recently we reported that Zaha Hadid was building a wing-like house in La Jolla, and now we learn via the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Midway aircraft carrier museum has proposed “Wings of Freedom,” a 500-foot-tall  sculpture consisting of two wings (they’ve also been described as sails, a tribute to maritime activity on San Diego Bay) on the south end of the city’s Navy Pier. The structures, designed by Tucker Sadler & Associates, would be made of titanium shaped around a steel frame.

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Occupied Murray Street

Other
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Accross the street from AN's offices, the police were preparing for something. (AN/Stoelker)

Across the street from AN's offices, the police were preparing for something. Note the nonplussed New Yorker walking her dog. (AN/Stoelker)

Running to grab a bite outside of the AN office just hasn’t been the same over the past few days. With the Occupy Wall Street drama continuing to play out, we now dodge hundreds of protesters, tourists, police, and the media (oh wait, that’s us) on our way to the corner coffee shop. But today’s just a bit different, with nearly a hundred officers lined up outside the office receiving plastic handcuff strips. “We don’t know why we’re here yet,” one officer told our editor Julie Iovine. “Hopefully it’ll rain, the temperature will drop, and they’ll all go home.”

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Aiming for Net Zero in Urbana-Champaign

Midwest
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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(courtesy SmithGroup)

The new Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign uses the latest in sustainable technology and building practices in hopes of reaching not only LEED Platinum, but even zero net energy usuage. Designed by SmithGroup, the 230,000 square foot building is also meant to serve as a prototype for sustainable building across the campus. The ECE department is working toward a net zero building that will supply one hundred percent of its energy demands by incorporating renewable energy systems. The architects and engineers from KJWW have integrated a range of system, including an array of photovoltaic cells panels, displacement and demand control ventilation, heat recovery chillers with net metering, and a chilled beam system for cooling and heating the classroom tower. The building also features solar shading and a multi-hued terra cotta rainscreen over an R30 building envelope. Construction is expected to begin at the end of this year, with an estimated completion date of fall 2014.

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