Archinect - News 2014-04-19T13:28:53-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/70238960/shedding-its-fusty-architectural-past-philly-welcomes-nordic-starchitect-sn-hetta Shedding its Fusty Architectural Past, Philly Welcomes Nordic Starchitect Snøhetta nextcity 2013-03-28T19:40:00-04:00 >2013-07-12T12:31:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eqyaixc7444goudu.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest evidence of Philadelphia&rsquo;s architectural comeback? The Norwegian architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta is coming to town for a project at Temple University. &ldquo;We have a fantastic tradition of quality architeture and urbanism in Philadelphia, but we do go through low ebbs in that tradition,&rdquo; says Harris Steinberg, the executive director of PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Norwegian architecture firm <a href="http://www.snohetta.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> has designed some of the most notable buildings and public spaces in the world over the last 15 years. The new <a href="http://www.arcspace.com/features/snoehetta/oslo-opera-house/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oslo Opera House</a>. Egypt&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.panoramio.com/photo/85018759" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bibliotheca Alexandrina</a>. A reconfigured <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/architecture/features/times-square-2012-4/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a> in New York, and a massive expansion of the <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2011/11/SFMOMA-Expansion.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a>.</p> <p> Next up? Temple University&rsquo;s library, on a still-gritty stretch of Broad Street between Montgomery and Norris in North Philadelphia. Sn&oslash;hetta director and co-founder Craig Dykers is delivering a <a href="http://templeperformingartscenter.org/events/2013/2013-temple-university-architecture-alumni-lecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lecture</a> on campus next week, sharing some of his firm&rsquo;s work with Temple students and a general audience of designers, architects and urbanists.</p> <p> Dykers might shed some light on Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s early stage thinking for the library project, but design work has not yet begun, so don&rsquo;t expect any renderings.</p> <p> Even so, Dykers is likely to address a full house. The Oslo-based firm, which was featured in a glowing 5,400-word <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/01/21/130121fa_fact_owen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New Yorker</em> profile</a> in January, is very much in vogue. Plenty of its...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47865087/sn-hetta-establishes-endowed-scholarship-for-undergraduates-at-utsoa SNØHETTA establishes endowed scholarship for undergraduates at UTSOA Archinect 2012-05-09T14:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-17T11:31:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c72a7fa1d8b282dd915a8fedaddef8b.jpg" width="200" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Scholarship allows for creativity in the midst of judgment and therefore we hope to honor the thrill of seeking with this gift." say Dykers and Molinar. "Willingness to expand the traditional definitions of architecture in order to pursue the tangential, with the goal of influencing one's architectural studies and future careers should be rewarded. With this scholarship, we honor the heritage of independent thinking at the UT Austin School of Architecture that so greatly influenced us."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Sn&oslash;hetta Endowed Scholarship in Architecture, established by Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar, will make its first award to a student recipient in fall 2012.</p>