Thursday, October 20, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Murphy/Jahn and Lichtplanung create an unobtrusive lighting scheme for the University of Chicago's glass-domed reading room.

Minimalism was the rallying cry at the University of Chicago’s new Mansueto Research Library. Chicago-based architecture firm Murphy/Jahn buried the book stacks—enough for 3.5 million volumes—in a cavernous subterranean vault and enclosed the only above-grade level, which houses a reading room, circulation desk, and book care facility, in a glass-encased steel grid shell structure. While the fritted glazing allows ample quantities of controlled natural light to flood the library during the day, at night an electrical lighting scheme was required. German lighting design firm Lichtplanung had to devise a way to implement an artificial lighting scheme within the space that would not mar the pristine quality of the architecture. “The challenge was to have a very simple and minimalistic solution,” explained Michael Rhode of Lichtplanung. “Helmut Jahn loves light, but he does not like to see light fixtures.”

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ARCH_ARQ: Kevin Roche Retrospective Opens in New York

Ford Foundation Headquarters, New York

He is frequently overshadowed by his former employer, Modernist giant Eero Saarinen, but at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan, a new exhibition attempts to make a case that Kevin Roche is, in the words of chief curator Sarah Henry, “the quintessential architect of the post-industrial age.” With several dozen giant photographs, suspended from cables in a ground-floor gallery, and six architectural models, Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment shows the Pritzker-winning architect wrestling with America’s transition from a manufacturing to an information-based economy and culture in the late 20th century.
Born in 1922, Roche emigrated in 1948 from Ireland to the United States, where he took a lead role in Saarinen’s office. After Saarinen’s sudden death in 1961, Roche and his colleague John Dinkeloo (1918-1981) completed the firm’s remaining projects before founding their own practice, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, in 1966.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ARCH-ARQ:Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun receives $100,000 award for his record of social design in rural Asian communities.

Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun is this year’s recipient of the Curry Stone Design Grand Prize, which was announced on October 4. The annual award honors innovation in engaging and empowering communities for positive change related to clean air, shelter, and social justice. The grand prize comes with a no-strings-attached $100,000 cash prize and two prizes of $10,000 are awarded to individuals or firms. Additional 2011 winners include Paris-based design collaborative Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (AAA) and the software firm FrontlineSMS in London.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Historic alliance opens door to Academy Museum at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have taken a step toward realizing a museum dedicated to motion pictures and the creation of a new and unique cultural center for the city of Los Angeles. On Tuesday night (10/4), the Academy’s Board of Governors joined their LACMA counterparts in agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding to work in good faith in establishing the Academy’s movie museum in the historic May Company building, currently known as LACMA West. The memo paves the way for the two organizations to discuss details of a future contractand for the Academy to begin developing plans for fundraising, design, exhibitions, visitor experience, and modifications to this historic site.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

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