29 December 2007

Ken Isaacs On Dwell

As we have featured before, dwell magazine has launched a new series of videos on various topics that include a collection of videos from various designers. Here is another in the Designer Series featuring architect Ken Isaacs. Here is the description from dwell:
"As part of our Design Leaders video series, architect Ken Isaacs reflects on the innovative projects that defined his career, from the Shoebox House to the Knowledge Box."

26 December 2007

Happy Holidays

The Dome on George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
via flickr: Tr1xx

21 December 2007

20 December 2007

Posta Aerea 03

Time once again for another edition of selections from the mailbag. This week we have two announcements regarding competitions to pass along, one exhibition listing and an interesting link to an article in New York magazine.

The first competition is sponsored by the Architectural League of New York, Young Architects Forum 2008 and is due on February 11, '08. Here is a brief from the Call for Entries:
"Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Young Architects Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in public forums, an on-line installation, and an exhibition at the Architectural League beginning in May 2008. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A poster of the winning entries will be published and distributed nationally, as will a catalog of winning work published by the Architectural League and Princeton Architectural Press. The Young Architects Forum is an annual competition, series of lectures, and exhibition organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects Committee. The Forum was established to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum."
The next competition is sponsored by Ceramic Tiles of Italy and their media release is below:
"Ceramic Tiles of Italy is now accepting entries for their 15th Annual Design Competition. The competition celebrates outstanding examples of contemporary American design featuring fabulous Italian ceramic tiles. North American architects and interior designers are invited to submit residential, commercial and institutional projects completed between January 2003 and January 2008. Entries may be submitted for domestic and international new construction and renovation projects. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a trip to Coverings which will be held in Orlando, Florida from April 29th - May 2nd, 2008. Winners will also be treated to a 5-day trip to Cersaie 2008, the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings and join a delegation of leading design media journalists. The organization will once again offer an additional $1,000 to be shared by the winning contractor/distributor team."
For those readers in Asia, the Seoul Design Week 2007 opens today and runs through 12/28/07.

From New York magazine comes this interesting news blurb:
"This week in New York magazine's "Year in Culture" issue, architecture critic Justin Davidson names the ten best things that the architecture world had to offer this year, from the best new building (The New Museum of Contemporary Art)(by SANAA) to the best new interior (Tiffany & Co on Wall Street). See his picks at http://nymag.com/arts/cultureawards/2007/41799/."
And finally a sad note...the quality design blog Reluct.com has apparently left the building. Thanks for the inspiring posts.

Check our sidebars for competition links and updates.

14 December 2007

Intriguing Earth Architecture 36

Huis met Studio, Rotterdam, Netherlands - Mecanoo Architecten
via flickr: alessandrom caruso

Newhouse III Opens At Syracuse

polshek partnership photo

The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University recently opened the third addition to their college amid much fanfare. The building designed by the Polshek Partnership at around $31.6 million features state of the art facilities to educate, study and advance the ideals of free speech within the digital age. A statement from the firms website regarding the project appears below:

steve sartori photo

"This new addition for the Newhouse School of Public Communication's complex, Newhouse III, will allow the school to expand its education and research missions with a new facility focused on interdisciplinary study. It will house community spaces such as dining facilities, student lounges, and an auditorium, an executive education suite that functions much like a professional conference center, classrooms, offices, editing suites, and numerous interdisciplinary media labs and research centers. Located at the northwestern corner of the Syracuse University campus, the complex is near one of the main campus entrance gates and is bordered to the north by a busy thoroughfare. In its prominent location, the distinctive architecture of the new facility will welcome students and the community not only to the Newhouse School but also to Syracuse University at large. Integral to its design is the creation of a rational and memorable circulation system connecting all three Newhouse buildings, the provision of spaces which encourage interdisciplinary study to further develop a sense of community, and the realization of vibrant, state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces that will advance the school’s vision and academic excellence."

steve sartori photo

The key feature of the building is its transparent fenestration adorned with sand-blasted quotation of the U.S. First Amendment to the Constitution. Additionally, the project features large lounge areas, digital classrooms and laboratories, as well as an internal dining hall that encourages informal interaction among students and faculty.

Polshek Partnership Site
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Wiki

03 December 2007

Stewart Brand Speaks At TED

Here is the description of the edited speech given by Brand from the TED website:
"Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities, to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. And Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It'll take you 3 minutes to find out. Music: Brian Eno, "Just Another Day on Earth," from his 2005 album, Another Day on Earth."
His comments and projections for the future of rural communities raises an interesting question. Who is going to grow the food for this ever growing population if we all eventually live in cities?

Stewart Brand Site
The Clock of the Long Now - Brand

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