Archinect - News 2014-08-23T11:31:58-04:00 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 >2014-07-22T20:04:29-04:00 <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/71357555/editor-s-picks-311 Editor's Picks #311 Nam Henderson 2013-04-16T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-04-16T23:57:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7w85n1jls4t0x5j.jpg" width="514" height="496" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition in his <strong>NEXT SERIES:</strong> features, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> spoofed the rise of architectural firms who hire media experts, also known as social media coordinators or marketing directors. The piece titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/70943831/next-series-media-specialist-wanted" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media Specialist Wanted</a> began provocatively "<em>in architectural media, what it used to be &lsquo;there is no such thing as bad publicity&rsquo; in the prime print years, has turned into &lsquo;puffery is the only publicity&rsquo; in the age of social media and infinite promotion</em>"...</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/54894565/nicholas-cecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Cecchi</a> doubted "<em>an architect would personally insult someone who dislikes their building, why is OK for someone hired by an architect to do so? Have architects forgotten that they serve clients and the public, not their own egos and interests?</em>".</p> <p> While, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> offered up some praise for <strong>Orhan</strong> and an answer to <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&rsquo;s previous comment/question "<em>another great piece of irony truth and fiction, orhan. @ steven, we never pay to be published, except that it costs us a bit of time to prepare material......</em></p>