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  • Cleopatra's Needle

    New York | Dates: 03 Dec, 2013 – 08 Jun, 2014
    This exhibition celebrates the Central Park Conservancy's upcoming conservation on the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as "Cleopatra's Needle." Relying primarily on the Metropolitan's own collection, enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, it explores the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and considers how these massive monuments were created and erected. An equally important part of the presentation shows the significance of this ancient architectural form in western culture and how a longstanding fascination with obelisks ultimately led to the erection of the one in Central Park. This portion of the exhibition is illustrated through a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, and other objects from the departments of European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Drawings and Prints, and the American Wing.
  • The Roof Garden Commission

    New York | Dates: 29 Apr – 02 Nov, 2014

    American artist Dan Graham (born 1942, Urbana, Illinois) will create a site-specific installation atop The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden—the second in a new series of commissions for the outdoor site. The installation will comprise one of Graham's unique steel and glass pavilions—structures for which he has been renowned since the early 1980s—set within a specially engineered landscape designed in collaboration with Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt (born 1957, Balzers, Liechtenstein). Constructed of hedge rows and curves of two-way mirrored glass, the pavilion will be both transparent and reflective, creating a changing and visually complex environment for visitors.

    Since the publication of his landmark photo-essay "Homes for America" in 1966, Graham's work has engaged with issues of urbanism, public space, and the viewer's own experience within it through a multidisciplinary practice that includes writing, photography, video, performance, and the creation of sculptural environments of mirrored glass and metal. His 1976 entry for the Venice Biennale, Public Space/Two Audiences, disrupted the space of the gallery with a room split in two by a wall of mirrored glass. This transformed observers of the work into performers within it, and, through the sight of their own reflections, made them acutely aware of their own viewership. Graham's site-specific pavilions of the years that followed built on the artist's interest in engaging the public with the space and structures that surround them. With its spectacular views of the city skyline and Central Park, the Museum's Roof Garden presents a unique environment for Graham to further engage with notions of the city, its landscape and manufacture, and the role of the public within its spaces.

  • Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral

    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 18 May, 2014

    This exhibition of stained glass from England's historic Canterbury Cathedral features six Romanesque-period windows that have never left the cathedral precincts since their creation in 1178–80.

    Founded in 597, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian structures in England. It was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages—as witnessed by Geoffrey Chaucer'sCanterbury Tales, a literary masterpiece from the fourteenth century—and is also the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide. Recent repairs to the stonework of the magnificent historic structure necessitated the removal of several delicate stained-glass windows of unparalleled beauty. While the restoration of the walls has been undertaken, the stained glass has also been conserved.

    The windows shown at The Cloisters are from the clerestory of the cathedral's choir, east transepts, and Trinity Chapel. The six figures—Jared, Lamech, Thara, Abraham, Noah, and Phalec—were part of an original cycle of eighty-six ancestors of Christ, the most comprehensive stained-glass cycle known in art history. One complete window (Thara and Abraham), rising nearly twelve feet high, is shown with its associated rich foliate border.

    Masterpieces of Romanesque art, these imposing figures exude an aura of dignified power. The angular limbs, the form-defining drapery, and the encompassing folds of the mantles all add a sculptural quality to the majestic figures. The glass painting, which is attributed to the Methuselah Master, is striking for its fluid lines, clear forms, and brilliant use of color.

  • Mound City

    St. Louis | Dates: 12 Apr – 24 Aug, 2014

    Curators: Marilu Knode, Executive Director and Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions

    The title Mound City is St. Louis’s appellation in honor of the Mound culture that existed here a thousand years ago. The heart of this Mississippian culture’s capital, located at Cahokia, adjacent to East St. Louis on the Illinois border, is where the bulk of the remaining mounds are found. This ancient city was the largest north of Mexico City, and like Hohokam in the southwest, the Mound builders dispersed (or disappeared) around 1400 CE. Although archaeology on the site continues to yield astonishing, and controversial, findings (such as evidence of human sacrifice), the presence of this early civilization is little felt in the surrounding area. Indeed, while the nation recently celebrated Lewis & Clark’s historic voyage to find an uninterrupted water route to the West coast, the specifics of St. Louis’s role in taming of the West is little examined.

    St. Louis does celebrate its position as the “heart” of the country, ignoring its less palatable history—its erasure of its native past supplanted by European settlements, its current racial problems, a convoluted political system that precludes collaboration and resource sharing, a declining industrial base and environmental problems. It is this uncelebrated set of realities that we hope will be a rich vein for artistic exploration. Through Mound City, and other educational and curatorial initiatives, we intend to explore the interrelationship between art, history and nature in our 105 acres and historic gallery spaces.

    Artists in the exhibition will explore traces of native culture in our contemporary world ranging in topics of disappearance and destruction, resurrection and monument. Artists include A Tribe Called Red (Ottowa), Sam Durant (Los Angeles), Geoffrey Krawczyk (New York), Beverly Pepper (Todi, Italy), Alison Saar (Los Angeles), Marie Watt (New York), among others. Mound City will also include our In Residence: Archeologists Joe Harl and Robin Machiran.  Laumeier Sculpture Park is also co-curating a film series with Webster University focusing on films by native and indigenous filmmakers from around the globe.

    Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., The Way Field

    Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.

    Thursday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.,
    Washington University, Steinberg Auditorium

    Thursday, July 10, 11 a.m.
    Friday, July 11, 6 p.m.
    Tour the Ancient American Art Collection
    with curator Amy Clark
  • Tour de Museum

    St. Louis | Dates: 31 May, 2014
    Registration at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 10:00 am
    Ride departs at 10:30 am 

    Guided by Trailnet, Tour de Museum leads cyclists of all ages through St. Louis on a route that provides riders with a variety of programs, tours, and activities by some of the city’s top museums. Route includes stops at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the World Chess Hall of Fame. The tour is free, but registration at the Kemper Art Museum is required.
  • PXSTL: Lots Opening Reception

    St. Louis | Dates: 09 May, 2014

    May 9, 2014 7:00-9:00pm

    Celebrate the opening of Lots, a temporary structure designed by Freecell Architecture as part of the PXSTL design-build competition. Collaboratively organized by the Pulitzer and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, PXSTL challenged designers to transform a vacant lot across the street from the Pulitzer building into a destination for activity. The opening celebration will include a dance performance by students from Grand Center Arts Academy’s top dance ensemble, representing a unique collaboration between GCAA’s Makerspace lab and the dance department. A conversation with grant recipients for community programs will also be held at the PXSTL site.

    PXSTL: Lots by Freecell Architecture 
    May 9 - October 5

    Launched in 2013 as a design-build competition aimed at activating a vacant lot in Grand Center, PXSTL is collaboratively organized by the Pulitzer and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. The winning design, Lots, by design collaborative Freecell Architecture, is a temporary construction that will be installed across the street from the Pulitzer building. Freecell’s design is composed of a metal grid superstructure from which fabric funnels will be suspended. The firm was selected for its innovative approach to architectural design, its focus on community engagement, and its dynamic vision of Grand Center as a hub for social and cultural activity.

    As part of our Design Initiative, the Pulitzer will award a number of grants of up to $1,500 to local individuals, community groups, and organizations to fund programs that respond to Lots and activate the PXSTL site using the concept of exchange as a guiding theme. PXSTL programs will make community interactions visible, whether through the exchange of ideas, goods, or services. On May 9, the Pulitzer will celebrate the opening of Lots with a public reception, including a performance by Grand Center Arts Academy’s top dance ensemble and a conversation with grant recipients. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will be providing a free shuttle service between all three locations on this evening. Visitors will have the option to ride the shuttle to each of the opening receptions.

  • Alaska Public Gardens Day 2014

    Dates: 24 May, 2014

    It’s a bit too cold for Alaskans with green thumbs to participate in National Garden Day on May 9, but as with many other things in the 49th state, a small adaptation solves the problem. A new law celebrates the state’s public gardens. In 2012, the Alaska House of Representatives moved to establish Alaska Public Gardens Day on the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day each year.  This year, the celebration will be on Saturday, May 24, 2014.  By passing the bill, the House recognized the role gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship, the economy, education, plant conservation, recreation and research in Alaska.

    Alaska has three American Public Garden Association member gardens: the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks and the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in Juneau.

    “Alaska’s public gardens contribute heavily to our sense of community,” said Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, the bill’s prime sponsor. “They are tourism destinations and are great places for local children and adults to learn about gardening, ecology, and science.”

  • National Public Gardens Day 2014

    Dates: 09 May, 2014

    National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.

    The History

    After partnering together for a number of years on the release of water conservation Public Service Announcements, Rain Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, and the non-profit American Public Gardens Association (APGA) decided to take it to another level in order to raise public awareness on the conservation and education efforts of the nation’s public gardens.   In early 2009 Rainbird and APGA announced their partnership to promote the first annual National Public Gardens Day, which was held on Friday, May 9, 2009.  The event was a tremendous success, and a tradition was born. 

    The Mission

    Today, this national day of recognition, presented by the American Public Gardens Association, celebrates the environmental stewardship of North America’s public gardens and their local, regional and national leadership in resourcing the nation’s conservation and environmental education needs.


    National Public Gardens Day celebrates all public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes and zoos, and each institution participates in their own unique way.

    Many of the nation’s public gardens will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.


    National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day, an unofficial start of spring and a time when the environment is top of mind for most of the public.  This year, National Public Gardens Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 9, 2014.


    Public gardens offer fun activities for families, couples and enthusiasts, providing a low-cost, entertaining and beautiful community outing as well as important resources, education and research on environmental stewardship and conservation.

    Check out the 2013 National Public Gardens Day Video

  • 37th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards

    Boise | Dates: 31 May, 2014

    Since 1977, Preservation Idaho has hosted the annual Orchids & Onions Awards, a ceremony designed to celebrate those individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, and in turn, to bring awareness to those projects which have shown an insensitivity to historic preservation.

    Saturday, May 31, 2014
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Venue TBD
    Boise, Idaho

    $25 non-members
    $20 members

    Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
    Ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m.
    Lunch and building tour afterwards.

  • Rubin Global Studio Taipei: Exhibition & Symposium

    Syracuse | Dates: 02 – 03 May, 2014

    Exhibition Opening Reception:
    Friday, May 2

    A review and exhibition of student work from five design studios: three from Syracuse Architecture, one from Hong Kong University, and one from the National Chiao-Tung University, working collaboratively to develop urban design proposals for the Taipei Railway Workshop site.

    The Rubin Global Design Studio Taipei, including a spring 2014 trip to Taipei for 35 Syracuse Architecture students, was made possible by Todd Rubin ‘04, the Rubin Family Foundation, the Richard Walker Endowment, and Syracuse Architecture.

    Click HERE to RSVP for Friday, May 2 event and reserve a seat.

    Taiwan Formats: Architectural Competitions and Education
    Saturday, May 3
    10am - 3:30pm

    day-long panel discussion devoted to the many design competitions that have taken place over the past decade in Taiwan, and the ongoing importance and influence of a uniquely southeast Asian architecture and urban culture.

    Panel 1 @ 10:30am
    Ten Years Later: Urban Design and Architecture Competitions in Taiwan
    Moderated by Jonathan Solomon

    Neil Denari
    Jesse Reiser
    Michael Speaks
    David Tseng
    Nanako Umemoto

    Lunch break 12:30 - 1:30pm

    Panel 2 @ 1:30pm
    Office Studio Taipei: Education and Praxis
    Moderated by Michael Speaks

    Eric Chuang
    Angela Co
    David Erdman
    Xioyin Li
    David Tseng
    Wei Tseng

    Click HERE to RSVP for the Saturday, May 3 event and reserve a seat.

  • College Art Association 2015 Call For Participation: "New York 1880: Art, Architecture, and the Establishment of a Cultural Capital"

    Dates: 24 Apr – 09 May, 2014

    College Art Association 2015 Call For Participation
    "New York 1880: Art, Architecture, and the Establishment of a Cultural Capital" 

    From the 1870s to the early 1890s, the Empire City became the prevailing center of American finance and culture. Fueled by a flourishing capitalist economy and patronized by a burgeoning elite citizenry, New York’s built environment would be dramatically transformed. Yet, as recent scholarship has begun to consider the concept of “culture” more broadly, New York’s status as a cultural capital needs to be reevaluated not only in terms of its buildings and landscape, but in its social composition and in the institutions and organizations that played a pivotal role in the metropolis’s projection of itself. This session seeks papers that focus on New York’s cultural and material production in the 1880s, including art and architectural projects of all media, as well as a consideration of the dynamics underlying their creation and patronage. We encourage a broad range of approaches from the historical and archival, to the theoretical.

    Deadline for proposals is May 9, 2014.  For general guidelines for the submission of proposals, see http://www.collegeart.org/ proposals/ 2015callforparticipation. Send proposals to Co-Chairs:  Margaret R. Laster (mrlaster@earthlink.net) and Chelsea Bruner (chelsea.bruner@gmail.com)

  • A Handful of Clay: The Legacy of Edith Heath

    Berkeley | Dates: 22 May, 2014


    From just a handful of clay, ceramicist Edith Heath, the pioneer of a design aesthetic that continues to inspire, earned her a rare AIA gold medal for a non-architect. Her focus on simplicity, functionality, and durability blends the line between daily use and Sunday best and continues to have a lasting impact on the design community. 

    Heath products, from tile to stoneware, have been recognized internationally for their quality and vision. The exhibition explores her life as an artist and ceramicist, as well as her collaborations with architects. Materials come from the Environmental Design Archives, the Brian and Edith Heath Foundation, and Heath Ceramics.

    Lecturer: Jennifer Doublet has received her M.Arch at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, an M.A. in fine and decorative art history at Christie's Fine Arts Course in London, and a B.A. in art history, Stanford University. She is currently a practicing design professional in Los Angeles who has been published in Architecture magazine and The Architect's Newspaper.

    Location: Environmental Design Library (210 Wurster Hall)

  • The Lowe-Wilkie Farm: Its Heritage and Future

    Cross Plains | Dates: 12 May, 2014

    Cross Plains residents and architectural historians Anne Biebel and Mary Jane Hamilton will discuss their research on the Lowe-Wilkie farm complex in the town of Cross Plains. The property now is being used as an interpretive site by the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Other participants will include Joyce Lowe, the last living member of the Lowe family to reside at the farm, and former friends of James and Jane Wilkie: Lauren Everard and Jeanne (Olson) Hillebrand. We are proud to hold this event in celebration of Wisconsin Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month.

    St. Martin's Lutheran Church 
    2427 Church St 
    Cross Plains, WI

  • The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue

    New York | Dates: 10 May, 2014
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 2:00pm
    New York Times Center

    A symposium on energy and architecture organized by The Architectural League of New York and GSAPP.

    The event is open and free to the public, though RSVP via email to rsvp@archleague.org is required.

    The Five Thousand Pound Life is an initiative of The Architectural League of New York on new ways of thinking, talking, and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

    The Energy Issue is a Columbia University GSAPP initiative to make energy a cultural issue, launched in partnership with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. Follow @theenergyissue on Twitter for updates.

  • Durst Conference: From Port to People: Reinventing Urban Waterfronts

    New York | Dates: 25 Apr, 2014
    For centuries, ports and harbors have played a seminal role in the development of commerce and cities. They evolved as a means of defense and of transportation—for both goods and people. Waterfronts were intense zones of use, dominated by piers, warehouses, markets and manufacturing workshops. Industrialization and increases in trade only reinforced the significance of water access, and harbors became an even more important asset of cities.

    Over the course of the last half century, however, changes in shipping and trade have fundamentally reshaped the physical relationship between port areas and the cities that grew up around them. Advances in land transportation, new technologies for cargo handling, and the physical space required by containerization made many inner-city port facilities obsolete, drastically reducing the number of people whose livelihoods are made along the shore.

    These changes have been felt by cities around the world, some as early as the 1960s and 1970s and some only more recently. Yet despite the disparity in time, the challenge has been the same: how to reclaim the waterfront for development, recreation or culture in a way that synthetically reconnects it to the city and the people it serves. Doing so is not a simple matter of physical planning; it often involves overcoming the challenges of contaminated lands, reluctant neighboring communities and environmental regulation that closely circumscribes what can be built (or rebuilt) in or along the water.

    The reactivation of redundant “working waterfront” lands occurred first in industrially advanced countries in Europe and the US, in cities such as New York and London. Containerization left central city dockyards and piers silent, and the second half of the twentieth century saw ambitious—and not always successful—efforts to repurpose them. Today, similar changes are taking place in rapidly industrializing and growing cities in the Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America. The different stages and nature of such transformation processes will be the subject of the one-day symposium From Port to People: Reinventing Urban Waterfronts, which will look closely at the experience of waterfront redevelopment in four cities: Istanbul, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

    As early as the 1970s, New York spearheaded waterfront redevelopment, revitalizing parts of lower Manhattan through development projects such as Battery Park City and the South Street Seaport. Since then, other parts of New York’s formerly working waterfront have been rezoned from non-residential uses to mixed-use, and redevelopment is taking place at a fast pace. Spurred in part by the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Rio de Janeiro is moving ahead with a wildly ambitious plan to redevelop a major segment of its urban port zone—including the construction of underground roadways, new rail lines and significant new commercial development. Istanbul is likewise moving forward on significant waterfront projects, including the recent privatization of one of its former commercial ports as part of an effort to create a new district for tourism. In contrast, Mumbai’s waterfront has long been overlooked as part of the city’s development plans—though the opening of a new subway along the eastern side of the city has focused attention on the potential of the city’s eastern waterfront.

    The symposium will consider these realized, ongoing, and planned waterfront revitalization projects, investigating the challenges and opportunities that waterfront development presents for planners, developers and cities. Focusing among other areas on governance, finance, transportation planning, and design, panelists will explore what these waterfront cities can learn from each other in an effort to identify solutions and ideas that can help ease the exciting transition along the waterfront “from port to people.”


    Welcome & Conference Goals
    Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP
    Kate Ascher

    Cities on the Water: A Historic Overview
    Studio-X Directors will present their respective cities in the context of their waterfront history, ports and harbors. The presentations identify and locate the sites of current port redevelopment projects that are of primary interest, and introduce the different issues at play.

    Mumbai:   Rajeev Thakker
    Istanbul:   Selva Gürdoğan
    Rio de Janeiro:  Pedro Rivera

    Urban Mobility: Access to and from the Waterfront
    The first panel discusses the link that exists between waterfront uses, infrastructure and development. Creating access to the waterfront plays a crucial role in the implementation and success of redevelopment projects, bringing people to and from jobs, recreation, and living—particularly in areas with no pre-existing infrastructure. How do you connect people from both the city’s heart and outlying areas to the old and new waterfront and beyond? The panel will examine issues of job access, infrastructure, governance, and management.
    Facilitator:   Tom Fox
    Istanbul:   Haluk Gerçek
    Mumbai:   Pankaj Joshi
    New York:   Helena Durst
    Rio de Janeiro:  Verena Andreatta


    Envisioning & Financing Development
    In this panel, real estate developers will examine the strategies that guide their investments in waterfront developments. How are they different from typical developments? What are the risks? How have waterfront developments been financed? How do local regulations (e.g. coastal zoning laws) influence investment strategies? The panel will compare the underlying economic context, finance mechanisms, and development approaches in the four cities.
    Facilitator:   Vishaan Chakrabarti
    Istanbul:   Serdar Bilgili
    Mumbai:   Surendra Hiranandani
    New York:   Paul Januszewski
    Rio de Janeiro:  Gregory Vaca


    Identifying the Legal and Regulatory Framework
    The first panel sets the stage by discussing the various political challenges and legal hurdles that frame waterfront development, identifying the factors that impact the speed and nature of waterfront projects. What are the different levels of government and types of oversight involved in the planning and implementation of redevelopment schemes? Issues of governance, development rights, land-use regulations and ownership will be covered.
    Facilitator:   Jesse Keenan
    Istanbul:   Ulaş Akın
    Mumbai:   Sulakshana Mahajan
    Rio de Janeiro:  Vitor Hugo dos Santos

    From Port to People: Shaping Public Space
    It is people who create successful urban spaces. How do we design waterfronts for the public’s access, use and benefit? What is the role of community and cultural heritage in the creation of new urban conditions? The panel will discuss various strategies proposed by designers and planners that enable the activation and transformation of these waterfronts to benefit more than just the development community alone.
    Facilitator:   Geeta Mehta
    Istanbul:   Sibel Bozdogan
    Mumbai:   P K Das
    New York:   Regina Myer
    Rio de Janeiro:  Washington Fajardo


    Now What? Planning for the Future
    Having discussed a wide range of issues and case studies, this last panel explores ideas and lessons that may be transferred from one place to another. How might the experiences of an ‘early adapter’ like New York or an ‘innovator’ like Rio help structure thinking about waterfront developments still in very early stages, e.g. the eastern waterfront in Mumbai? How do specific local contexts hinder or limit such transfer of ideas and knowledge?
    Facilitator:   Kate Ascher
    Istanbul:   Alexis Şanal
    Mumbai:   Rahul Mehrotra
    New York:   Richard Plunz
    Rio de Janeiro:  Shawn Amsler

    Closing Remarks
    Vishaan Chakrabarti, Columbia University GSAPP

  • Baumgartner + Uriu: Apertures

    Los Angeles | Dates: 11 Apr – 18 May, 2014

    Apertures reflects a current architectural discourse of digital ecologies, emphasizing the relationship between the natural world and advances in digital technology, which leads to a new type of interactive, organic buildings. The installation focuses on a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies, and material expression.

    Rooted in B+U’s work and ongoing research, Apertures challenges the notion of an architectural opening as a static object. Moreover, it aims to redefine the DNA of a window both in terms of its appearance and materiality, as well as its nature as an object in continuous flux, responding to its environment through movement or sound. The pavilion and its apertures are designed to physically engage the visitor with the architectural work through sensors and sound feedback loops creating an immersive spatial environment in which the visitor can experience their own biorhythms.

    Apertures are the architectural catalysts for the installation design, being defined as objects within a larger building object that differ from its host in terms of morphology and performance. They are disruptive features to the overall building mass, but are able to interact with their environment, focusing on a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies, and material expression.

    Baumgartner + Uriu challenge the notion of an architectural opening as a static object by re-defining the DNA of a window, both in terms of its appearance and materiality, as well as its nature as an object in continuous flux, responding to its environment through movement or sound.

    The 16-foot-tall, thin shell structure was designed to solely rely on its extremely thin surface (1/8”) as support, requiring no additional structural elements. Structure and surface are collapsed into a single component supported through its shape, creased surfaces and material strength only. Each one of the 172 panels is unique in terms of its shape. They are CNC milled from polyurethane foam, heat formed out of thermoplastic polymer resin, and then laminated together into a single object.

    Unique to this project is the proposal of building as organism, challenging how architecture can interface with its users and its environment in a much more intuitive way. This entails both the use of technology to augment its performance and a design aesthetic that is incongruous and can incorporate analog features into a digital design process.

    The project also offers a radically new design approach to sustainable design, emphasizing an Architecture in-between nature and technology that can operate as an interactive building organism where multiple discrete features operate simultaneously and independently. In this case sound is used to bridge the gap between the natural and the artificial, allowing the visitor to experience their own biorhythms.

    Download the exhibition poster

    About Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, the founders of Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U), are an internationally recognized design duo operating at the forefront of contemporary design. Their design process can be described as driven by digital techniques and advanced computation that utilizes new technologies and material resources. B+U’s work consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, experimenting with new spatial concepts, and intensifying existing urban landscapes in pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design.

    B+U recently exhibited at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France; the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California; and the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. Two monographs have been published on Baumgartner and Uriu’s work. It has also been widely published and discussed in books, magazines and newspapers. The firm was recently awarded with the Maxine Frankel Award for design research, the AIA national award for emerging professionals and the Architizer A+Award for sustainability. www.bplusu.com

  • Colloquium on Pre-Columbian Architecture & Urbanism in Mexico

    Austin | Dates: 25 Apr, 2014
    The colloquium will provide an overview of contemporary developments in the study and conservation of these monumental sites in southern Mexico. Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, who are responsible of sites, projects, and archaeological sites in Oaxaca and Yucatán will present the findings on architecture and urbanism on important pre-Columbian sites. The visiting archeologist to UT Austin will share their academic progress on the more recent projects and will reflect on the major challenges to perform actions for conservation for three World Heritage sites such as Monte Albán, Mitla-Yagul, Ruta Puuc and Uxmal. The presentations will also include other sites that have been recently explored such as Atzompa and Yucundaa in the region of Oaxaca. 

    Please notice that some presentations will be given in Spanish with slides in English. This event will be held in LLILAS-Benson Conference room.


    8:45am Welcome
    9:00 - 9:30 The architecture of Monte Alban and its long path to integral conservation.
    Nelly M. Robles García. Presentation in English
    9:30 - 10:00 The Archeological Project of the Monumental Site of Atzompa, Oaxaca.
    Jaime Vera Estrada y Leobardo Pacheco Arias. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    10:00 - 10:15 Break
    10:15 - 10:45 Yagul & Mitla in Oaxaca, New UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Jorge Ríos Allier y Guillermo Ramón Celis. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    10:45 - 11:15 Yucundaa. “Cacicazgo’s” Architecture in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca.
    Olga Landa Alarcón. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    11:15 - 11:45 Uxmal & Route Puuc. Investigation and Conservation Development
    José Huchim Herrera y Lourdes Toscano. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    11:45 - 12:00 Conclusions and Closing Remarks
    Benjamin Ibarra & Logan Wagner
    12:00 - 1:00 Snacks and refreshments
  • Nic Clear: 15x15: Fifteen Years of Unit 15

    Ithaca | Dates: 28 Apr, 2014

    "After the age of architecture-sculpture we are now in the time of cinematographic factitiousness; literally as well as figuratively, from now on architecture is only a movie." — Paul Virilio, The Aesthetics of Disappearance

    For 15 years Nic Clear has been using the moving image in the construction of new architectural possibilities through the work of a postgraduate design unit, Unit 15, that uses the moving image to generate, develop, and represent architectural projects.

    Students in Unit 15 do not make films of their projects, the film is the project; however, film does not simply mean linear narrative-based work of conventional cinema, the moving image can also be used in installations, performance-based work, and incorporated into computer games and augmented reality. Students are encouraged to use the most appropriate means to effectively describe their ideas.

    The exhibition features 100 films and animations produced over the last 15 years as a way of exploring new modes of architectural space, representation, and practice. The films encompass a wide variety of techniques, from stop-frame animation, performance, and motion graphics, to sophisticated computer-generated imagery. The work demonstrates a unique approach to both content and form, and suggests new possibilities for architectural production.

    Having previously taught and directed programs at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Clear is currently the head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich.

  • Adaptive Precedents

    Ithaca | Dates: 21 – 27 Apr, 2014

    "It is not the strongest species that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." — Charles Darwin

    Adaptation is not just a tool or technique, it is a necessary aspect of architectural development through time.

    The concept of adaptation in architecture is not a new one, rather it is one of the oldest. A survey of global architecture turns up a wide variety and curious convergences of innovative design strategies, material practicalities, and environmental intrigues that combine to bring about architectures grounded — sometimes quite literally — to their site, their environment, and their function.

    Through a series of research investigations, analytical drawings, and careful observations, a selection of these architectures, which span the globe from hot and humid jungles to dry cold windswept tundras are presented, each demonstrating their particularities of material, site, atmosphere, and use.

    Under the guidance of Associate Professor Val Warke and Visiting Assistant Professor Iñaqui Carnicero, and the teaching associates, Deborah Chang (M.Arch. '13), Vivian Shao Chen (M.Arch. '13), Caio Barboza (B.Arch. '13), Kyle Shumman (B.Arch. '13), and Andrew Hart (M.Arch.II '13), this exhibition presents the assembled analytical research of the freshman design studio, which will be presented in the form of a publication later this semester.

  • Prescriptions for Urban Ailments: Planning Solutions of the 1920s–40s

    Ithaca | Dates: 20 Apr – 08 Jun, 2014

    From the Roaring Twenties to the New Deal era, planners, civic leaders, and other reformers diagnosed urban ailments and prescribed new interventions to treat them. The young profession of city planning pointed to the debilitating effects of congestion and sprawl, as large metropolitan areas grew up and out. The negative aspects of automobiles were already becoming noticeable in urban areas. Planning as a profession evolved alongside a growing demand for improvements to urban mobility, safety, and parking.

    This exhibition explores these planning approaches through items drawn from the architecture and city planning collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.

    The exhibition is organized by Assistant Professor Jennifer Minner, CRP, and Liz Muller, assistant director and curator of Media and Digital Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.