Archinect - News 2015-05-28T22:32:03-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123739063/starts-with-me-ends-with-us-a-conversation-with-tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-on-archinect-sessions-episode-22 "Starts with me, ends with us": A conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on Archinect Sessions Episode #22 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T12:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-30T21:18:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bv/bv07xbgc7sx3yzz4.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We are delighted to devote the entirety of this episode to an interview with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>. Our discussion spanned their nearly 30 years (and counting) working together, focusing not on individual projects but their architectural philosophy, their material explorations, and their work with landscape. The rising cream throughout was the way Williams and Tsien talk with one another, each pulling on their side of the rowboat to work towards a truly collaborative response.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2gxdpue3ekefywt.jpg"></p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via twitter #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421. And if you can, we'd love for you to rate us on iTunes or Stitcher!</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-two of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Starts with me, ends with us":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">c...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118520238/tod-williams-billie-tsien-lecture-at-sci-arc-emphasizes-building-from-the-ground Tod Williams & Billie Tsien lecture at SCI-Arc emphasizes building "from the ground" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-16T21:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7w1hv0f8qdtcxp5.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At their first lecture at SCI-Arc since 1987, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien charted a simple course. They set out to explain the principles that guide their practice&rsquo;s approach, regardless of program or site of project, and how those principles have morphed over time and place. Outlined at the beginning of the lecture, those principles are: to be of use, to move slowly, to say no, to connect, and to make work that lasts. That last one stands out, regarding last year&rsquo;s demolition of their American Folk Art Museum and their <a href="http://www.twbta.com/#/regardingthefolkartmuseum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official response</a>, but the project wasn't addressed in this lecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ga/gamt1g438qfefb6e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96uhwf1qp5dy5hqg.jpg"></p><p>Generally, architecture lectures seem to tend towards the polemic &ndash; the firm fighting for a way to view the world and what should exist in it. This wasn&rsquo;t the case for Williams and Tsien&rsquo;s talk, which leaned more towards explaining their priorities as a firm investing in a site&rsquo;s context &ndash; not by trying to blend in, but by integrating history and identity in the details. And in its 40+ year history...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108182106/the-arch-league-announces-2014-beaux-arts-ball-craft-co-chaired-by-tod-williams-billie-tsien The Arch League announces 2014 Beaux Arts Ball: Craft, co-chaired by Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Justine Testado 2014-09-04T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:50:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cul8cigfwd49yes2.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The time has come for <a href="http://archleague.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural League of New York</a>'s annual Beaux Arts Ball, taking place at Weylin B. Seymour's in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 20. The 2014 theme, "Craft", celebrates the value of artisanship in architecture and multi-disciplinary collaboration in creating architecture. This year's co-chairs include <a href="http://www.twbta.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>.</p><p>Drawing inspiration from the recent interior renovations of Weylin B. Seymour's &mdash; an 1875 George B. Post and Peter B.Wight-designed former Williamsburgh Savings Bank &mdash; nine architects and designers will work with <a href="http://nbnyprojects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nuit Blanche New York</a> to create digital projection interpretations that will highlight the "craft" of the building's interior design.</p><p>More event details from The Architectural League:</p><p>"[Weylin B. Seymour's ] exuberant interior decorations of tiling and mosaics, patterned wallpapers, frescoed domes, carved wood and stone, and bronze and gilt work, recently magnificently restored, will serve as inspiration for ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105424202/tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-presented-with-national-medal-of-arts-by-president-obama Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama Justine Testado 2014-07-30T21:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:41:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39aq7dxzhy81oc7k.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the <a href="http://arts.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.</p><p>President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2b74pgcavthf85q.jpg"></p><p>"Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"</p><p>The list of notable medal recipients also included:</p><ul><li><strong>Julia Alvarez</strong>, Noveli...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104476190/cummins-picks-deborah-berke-shop-and-twbta-to-design-its-downtown-indianapolis-hq Cummins picks Deborah Berke, SHoP and TWBTA to design its Downtown Indianapolis HQ Archinect 2014-07-18T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T14:46:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4e14bfb3f9109142e6b4125cff09bd3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cummins Inc. hasn't revealed even a back-of-the-napkin sketch of what its regional headquarters in Downtown Indianapolis might look like, but one thing is certain at this point: It won't be locally designed. The engine maker said today it's picked three small to mid-sized New York City architectural firms to compete for the contract to design the $30 million multi-story building [...]. The competitors are Deborah Berke Partners, SHoP Architects, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's some additional information about the Indianapolis office design competition we've received directly from Cummins Inc.:</p><p>"The design competition engages design and architecture experts to assist in delivering on the Company&rsquo;s goals to construct a building that enhances the community, creates a productive workplace for Cummins employees and reflects Cummins&rsquo; mission and values. [...]</p><p>The winning architect will be announced in September and selected based on a number of factors including their ability to align with Cummins values, deliver on the vision of the building, and assemble a diverse team. [...]</p><p>Cummins initially announced plans to build its new Indianapolis office in March of 2014. Cummins will build on approximately four acres that previously housed a portion of Market Square Arena and expects to break ground in early 2015 and open in late 2016. The company&rsquo;s plan for the site includes an office building with ground floor retail, a flexible learning center, public green s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101263033/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-to-design-uc-santa-cruz-s-new-institute-of-the-arts-and-sciences Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design UC Santa Cruz's new Institute of the Arts and Sciences Justine Testado 2014-06-06T19:59:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:56:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4z05x5l0hp6e4nn.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/16974319/university-of-california-santa-cruz-ucsc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of California, Santa Cruz</a> recently selected notable New York firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a> to design the university's new <a href="http://ias.ucsc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Institute of the Arts and Sciences</a>. Competition was tough indeed, as TWBTA was one of three finalists that included <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/895/allied-works-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allied Works Architecture</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/328/patkau-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patkau</a> with Fong &amp; Chan.</p><p>UCSC states the new building will be the first of its kind at a research university, with a cross-disciplinary focus that brings the arts and sciences -- and their relations to other fields -- all under one roof. The Institute is one of UCSC's priority initiatives in a comprehensive fundraising campaign that was announced in fall 2013.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e2rp6ja1xwls5f7.jpg"></p><p>The architectural plan of the 30,000 sq.ft multi-functional facility includes space for student and faculty research, site-specific installations, exhibitions, seminars, residencies by artists and scholars, and other public gathering events. The Institute will also curate traveling art exhibitions and feature projects relevant to UCSC's cu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples’ Friendship. Archinect 2014-01-19T17:24:00-05:00 >2014-02-21T12:37:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c819c316255d0b524cf94dced0929c3c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;All of us who knew them thought this was going to be pretty much a slam dunk &mdash; that they would save the Folk Art Museum,&rdquo; said Peter Wheelwright, a former chairman of the architecture program at Parsons, the New School for Design. &ldquo;I knew they were capable of doing it and that, because of their friendship, that they would make a sincere, genuine, wholehearted effort.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/90858670/vancouver-art-gallery-opens-up-shortlist-ring-to-five-international-design-heavyweights Vancouver Art Gallery opens up shortlist ring to five international design heavyweights Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T11:18:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wox1wrvjmol09vm.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heat is on in the architectural competition for Vancouver Art Gallery's new downtown home on a site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. From a pool of 75 applicants, the gallery narrowed down a shortlist of five firms &mdash; all of which are no strangers to designing world-class exhibition spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The five finalists are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)</li> <li> Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York)</li> <li> Herzog &amp; de Meuron (Basel)</li> <li> KPMB Architects (Toronto)</li> <li> SANAA (Tokyo)</li> </ul><p> Could this be the welcome redemption time for TWBTA after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">it was announced</a> just yesterday that DS+R's MoMA expansion will officially raze the much beloved <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/8366/american-folk-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum</a>? <em>(*ding ding ding!*)</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72624735/on-the-folk-art-museum-save-modernism-from-the-modern On the Folk Art Museum: Save Modernism from the Modern Places Journal 2013-05-07T13:20:00-04:00 >2013-05-10T16:36:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z14hnfqwsje1f07.jpg" width="514" height="661" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Modernism worth pursuing &mdash; worth protecting &mdash; is the one where Gregor Samsa wakes up transformed into a large insect, and ends up with an apple embedded in his carapace, which is exactly what the Folk Art Museum is to the Museum of Modern Art, right now, right where it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, David Heymann presents an incisive critique of MoMA's decision to raze the Folk Art Museum building, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.</p> <p> From a quiet beginning &mdash; "Here is why I think the American Folk Art Museum is a great Modernist building" &mdash; Heymann works his way to a pointed conclusion: "Modernism in the architecture of the Modern is just another sad Historical Revival Style, the very thing Modernism as an ideology set out so intently to destroy."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62881815/2013-aia-architecture-firm-award-goes-to-tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award Goes to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Alexander Walter 2012-12-06T18:55:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:50:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7k/7keogg846sczznsk.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Besides the winner of the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, the American Institute of Architects today also announced the recipient of the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award: New York City-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>