Archinect - News 2015-11-25T07:20:01-05:00 James Corner Field Operations chosen to design National Building Museum's summer 2016 installation Julia Ingalls 2015-10-28T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:30:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="497" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>&nbsp;(JCFO)&nbsp;has been selected to design the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>'s Summer Block Party 2016 installation.&nbsp;The National Building Museum selected JCFO&nbsp;after the success of 2015's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BEACH</a>," an installation designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>&nbsp;that allowed 180,000 Washington, D.C. museum goers to experience the beach via an ocean of one million translucent plastic balls (and a few monochromatic deck chairs). More information about the 2016 summer design, which main man James Corner said "will be an&nbsp;opportunity to explore something new and unexpected,"&nbsp;will be released in the spring.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more of Archinect's coverage of James Corner Field Operations:</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations&rsquo; Winning Design for Navy Pier Redesign</a></p><p><img alt="" src=""><br>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Operations to Helm New Miami Underline Project</a></p><p><img alt="" src=""><br>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations selected for Nicollet Mall redesign in Minneapolis</a>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></p>... The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative Justine Testado 2015-09-01T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T15:38:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening on July 4</a>, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dupont Underground</a>, proposed&nbsp;to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.</p><p>The Dupont Underground has set&nbsp;its sights on revitalizing&nbsp;an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 anti-microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 ...</p> Snarkitecture's 10,000 sq ft indoor BEACH at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2015-07-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:36:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following Bjarke Ingels Group's wildly successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> last summer, one could only wonder how Washington D.C.'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> would one-up itself this time around. Enter Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, who envisioned the 10,000 square-foot indoor BEACH that opened on July 4 in the Museum's Great Hall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Decked out in Snarkitecture's all-white aesthetic, the monochromatic installation has beach chairs and umbrellas on the "shoreline" and an "ocean" of nearly 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls for visitors to "splash" in, facing a mirrored wall that creates the illusion of a vast expanse. The Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the giant ball-pit&nbsp;&mdash; which was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> back in April&nbsp;&mdash; for the annual &ldquo;Summer Block Party,&rdquo; which consists of various public programming, exhibitions, and events.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of ma...</p> National Building Museum turns to Indiegogo to fund upcoming BEACH installation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-02T14:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:29:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last summer, the National Building Museum in DC installed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's giant wooden maze</a> in its atrium, and attracted over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50,000 visitors</a>. Exactly a year later, the museum is planning another large-scale public installation to draw blockbuster attendance: BEACH, a playa-themed ball-pit for the museum's atrium. Brooklyn-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a> is designing the enclosure that will house around 750,000 translucent balls, and a variety of beachy objects like beach chairs, umbrellas, and a snack shack. BEACH will open on July 4th of this year &ndash; that is, if the Museum can raise the money. Today, NBM announced that it was turning to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiegogo to crowdfund $10,000</a> for the installation and related summer programming.</p><p></p><p>Snarkitecture's BEACH installation was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced back in April</a>, with no mention of the Indiegogo campaign. As an independent non-profit 501(c)(3), the Museum supports its exhibitions through admissions and outside contributions, but this will be its first crowdfunding effort. It...</p> Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-29T15:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:50:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This episode is a doozy. Paul and Amelia left the temperate sunshine of Los Angeles for Washington, DC's frigid monumentality, to interview Bjarke Ingels on the eve of his "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot to Cold" exhibition at the National Building Museum</a>. The 40-year old architect shared some quick-won wisdom about scaling a business, the Danish condition, and the indispensability of humor and play in architecture.</p><p>Donna and Ken joined Paul and Amelia to speak with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chang</a>&nbsp;about her&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently published visualizations</a>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Salary Poll</a>&nbsp;for the ACSA, in charming emoji-based data sets. The Sessions co-hosts also discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky's new appointment as the head of the deeply troubled Taliesin West</a>, and what <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne's demolition of Ray Bradbury's house</a> means for architecture preservation and sentimentality.</p><p>And for another climatological analogy, Paul and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Session</a></strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>s</strong></a>'s legal correspondent,&nbsp;poke at the tip of the iceberg concerning issues of copyright in architecture. &nbsp;</p><p>A remind...</p> BIG's “HOT TO COLD” exhibition opens at the National Building Museum next month Justine Testado 2014-12-10T14:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is returning to the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. with a new exhibition titled "HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation", just a few months after their successful giant indoor maze this past summer that brought in more than 50,000 visitors -- and a marriage proposal. Opening on January 24, the exhibition will showcase BIG's latest projects and more than 60 3-D models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the Museum's Great Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; BIG is coming back to the National Building Museum just a few months after their popular Maze installation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past summer</a>.</p><p><strong>Learn more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> China builds its dream island; Qatar controversies continue; the internet slows down: Weekly News Round-Up for September 7, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T20:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:54:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 12</em></strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose</a>: The prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999, and is named after the famed Yale art history and architecture professor who helped establish Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Rose was distinguished by his interviews of leaders in urban design and development.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, September 11</em>:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America</a>: The museum is backed by Aga Khan,&nbsp;a "lesser-known royal" and spiritual leader of an estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, approximately 100,000 of which now live in Canada. The museum is&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki</a>, and opens September 18.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, September 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print</a>: In 1967, the New York City Transit Authority asked designers&nbsp;Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda to create a solution to the subway system's inconsistent and confusing identity. Th...</li></ul> Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose Justine Testado 2014-09-12T18:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-21T13:26:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose has been announced as the 2014 recipient of the esteemed Vincent Scully Prize. Established in 1999 by the National Building Museum and named after Professor Vincent Scully to honor his legacy and work, the prize recognizes exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Widely known as the anchor and executive producer of<em> Charlie Rose </em>and co-anchor of <em>CBS This Morning</em>, Rose will receive the prize in recognition for his insightful interviews with the world's leading thinkers that explore the value of good design as well as the growth and shaping of the urban cityscape.</p><p>A gala celebrating Rose and the award will take place at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> in Washington D.C. this November. Notable guests include architect Frank Gehry who will offer remarks on Rose. Mr. Rose will also present a special lecture during a public awards ceremony.</p><p>Previous recipients include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line Co-Founders Joshua David &amp; Robert Hammond</a>, Paul Goldberger, Robert A.M Stern, and Phyllis Lambert.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Delve into The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Justine Testado 2014-07-10T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T15:15:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A life-size maze like the one BIG installed in partnership with the National Building Museum will attract plenty of attention, regardless if people know who BIG is or not. Constructed in the museum's iconic Great Hall, the maze was set up as an interactive sneakpeek for BIG's exhibition scheduled to open at the museum in January 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a follow-up to our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous mention</a> of the maze, here's a little more detail behind it:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out a time-lapse video of the maze's construction below.</p> Get lost in BIG's human-scale maze Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-03T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:25:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum teamed up with international architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to construct a maze right in the Great Hall. [...] The museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;ubergoal is that people walk out of here looking at their built world differently,&rdquo; Frankel says. &ldquo;We think this is sort of on the microlevel of that &mdash; forcing people to look up [as they navigate the maze] will make them look at our building differently.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lean Construction Institute named as 2013 Turner Prize recipient Justine Testado 2013-11-05T20:27:00-05:00 >2013-11-05T20:30:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Building Museum and Turner Construction Company recently announced Lean Construction Institute as the recipient of the 11th Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. The annual Turner Prize recognizes advances or high achievement in the process of construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To mark the occasion, LCI co-founder Greg Howell, executive director Dan Heinemeier, and board chair Victor Sanvido will discuss the benefits of lean construction in their presentation, "<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Faster, Better, Safer: Lean Design and Construction</em></a>" on Dec. 4.</p> Vincent Scully Prize Awarded to Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David & Robert Hammond Justine Testado 2013-08-22T20:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T19:08:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Building Museum has awarded Joshua David and Robert Hammond the fifteenth Vincent Scully Prize for their New York City urban revitalization project, High Line. After the first section of the High Line opened in 2009, it became a catalyst for the renewal and investment of Manhattan's West Side. The project is viewed as an inspirational model for other repurpose projects and community activism worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more High Line news on Archinect.</p> Goldberger on Architectural Criticism in the Age of Twitter Archinect 2012-11-29T14:56:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T07:34:37-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldberger addressed the disappearance of journalistic hegemony and the advent of electronic media. While mainstream publications with an ongoing commitment to architecture criticism continue to possess a degree of authority, they are struggling to make themselves heard in this noise. It is clear to Goldberger that &ldquo;the playing field may be level, but the players are not equal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> National Building Museum Names Paul Goldberger as the Fourteenth Laureate of the Vincent Scully Prize Archinect 2012-08-29T20:54:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T18:44:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Building Museum presents its fourteenth Vincent Scully Prize to Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, for his lifetime work of encouraging thoughtful discourse and debate about the importance of design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Play Mini-Golf Inside the National Building Museum Archinect 2012-07-09T15:11:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T18:54:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Don't let your summer get stuck in the rough&mdash;combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed and built by some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington area.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kevin Roche in His Own Words Archinect 2012-06-07T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-06-10T19:48:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, while conducting research on the work of celebrated modernist Kevin Roche (b. 1922), Yale School of Architecture associate professor Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen conducted a series of interviews with the architect in his Hamden, Connecticut, home. She included selections from the interviews in Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment (Yale University Press, 2011), the monograph published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>