Archinect - News 2017-08-23T00:35:10-04:00 'Girder Gothic' or 'memorable traditionalism'? Blair Kamin reviews Yale's new residential colleges Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T18:03:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So Yale's new residential colleges, which New York architect and former Yale architecture school dean Robert A.M. Stern designed according to the Rogers model, have a very high bar to meet and some tough questions to confront: Do they refresh the Gothic tradition, as Rogers did, or are they a pastiche? Does it make sense for Yale, which claims to prize diversity and inclusion, to replicate the physical world of Rogers' day, when the university's student body was largely WASP and male?</p></em><br /><br /><p>When expanding, most university campuses follow the strategy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">replicating</a> the already established style of the existing architecture. Working on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a>'s new residential colleges, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A. M. Stern</a> and his partner on the project, Melissa DelVecchio, are, too, striving to not stand apart physically or architecturally from the context in their design.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blair Kamin of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> reports on the university's recent campus additions,"...<em>Stern's traditionalist architecture, which is draped like a Ralph Lauren suit over an underlying frame of steel and concrete, is uneven in quality, wavering between self-assured reinterpretation and over-the-top eclecticism.</em></p> <p><em>It all feels like Yale: Monumental scale in the sky, human scale at ground level, the former not overwhelming the latter. The Gothic language, with its malleable asymmetry, was better suited to this site than the formal Georgian vocabulary of other Yale colleges. But even colleges as sizable as Murray and Franklin cannot replicate t...</em></p> RAMSA awards 2017 Travel Fellowship to Kyle Schumann Justine Testado 2017-05-22T19:39:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T19:39:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern Architects</a> announced last week that they granted their 2017 RAMSA Traveling Fellowship to Kyle Schumann, a master's candidate at the Princeton University School of Architecture, for his submission &ldquo;Alpine Modernism: Sensitive Identities and Regional Placemaking&rdquo;.</p><p>The prize will fund Schumann's travels to&nbsp;Austria, Slovenia, and Italy, where he will study the work of architects Jo&#382;e Ple&#269;nik, Otto Wagner, Edoardo Gellner, and Edvard Ravnikar. He argues in his submission that these specific architects engaged with &ldquo;complex and often conflicting cultural histories, coupled with the challenging geography and climate of the Alpine region,&rdquo; and therefore &ldquo;necessitated an architecture intricately sensitive to material, cultural, and programmatic contexts.&rdquo;</p><p>The jury &mdash; RAMSA Partners Melissa DelVecchio, Daniel Lobitz, and Grant F. Marani &mdash; was &ldquo;intrigued&rdquo; by Schumann's clear intent &ldquo;to investigate Alpine architecture that mediates modernism and regional tradition,&rdquo; they wrote. ...</p> Yale Dean Deborah Berke advocates pluralism in pedagogy Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:33:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="547" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Deborah Berke, a practicing architect with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a firm of over 60 employees</a> and former adjunct Yale professor, has replaced the inimitable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert "Bob" A.M. Stern</a> as the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Berke has ideas about how to shape the future of the school's pedagogy. In an interview with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTPost</a>, she lays out her vision, which is centered on advancing the "history of pluralism":&nbsp;</p><p><em>In terms of curriculum, her definition of pluralism will expand to include more emphasis on how architecture can respond to the impact of climate change and globalization, both of which she emphasizes as &ldquo;rapid.&rdquo; For the student body, which is already about 50 percent female, and faculty, pluralism translates to broader diversity.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s put it this way,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;the profession of architecture does not look like the population at large and I am going to work hard toward having the architects we train and the architects who teach be more reflective of the population at large.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More on Deborah Be...</p> Robert A.M. Stern to step down as Dean of Yale School of Architecture Archinect 2014-11-10T19:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T16:31:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After nearly two decades of leadership, School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern ARC &rsquo;65 is reportedly planning to step down. Five faculty and administrative staff members at the School of Architecture said that Stern will retire from the school when his term as dean concludes in Spring 2016. Professor Michelle Addington added that he has also been a major influence on her own approach to architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NYC’s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million Alexander Walter 2014-09-23T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:19:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A triplex penthouse at Zeckendorf Development Co.&rsquo;s tower under construction on Manhattan&rsquo;s Upper East Side will be offered for sale at $130 million, making it New York&rsquo;s most expensive apartment listing. The 12,394-square-foot (1,151-square-meter) property will span the top three floors at 520 Park Ave., where sales will begin the first quarter of next year, Arthur Zeckendorf said in an interview today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2014 RAMSA Travel Fellowship awarded to McGill University grad student Justine Testado 2014-04-29T21:09:00-04:00 >2014-04-30T12:58:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Robert A.M. Stern Architects recently announced Anna Antropova, a master's degree candidate at the McGill University School of Architecture, as the recipient of the 2014 RAMSA Travel Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowship will fund Antropova's trip to Japan, where she will study ancient wood joinery techniques. Her research focuses on the potential transformation and reintroduction of applying ancient timber techniques to modern construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"'This elegant and efficient mode of construction could meaningfully inform our western building industry, an industry addicted to toxic adhesives and an indiscriminate application of metal fasteners. Wood stands to be for our generation what steel and concrete were for the previous two or three, and Japanese joinery offers us a sustainable mode of assembly for a sustainable material with far less embodied energy.' Ms. Antropova aims to reintroduce these techniques, ultimately uniting 'old and new, east and west, tradition and modernity.'&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Antropova was selected from a field of 20 applicants preselected by their educational institutions.</p><p>This year's jury consisted of RAMSA partners Melissa DelVecchio, Dan Lobitz, and Grant F. Marani. Margaret Marsh facilitated the discussion and process.</p><p>For more details, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Changing Skyline: Mormon development combines civic-mindedness, awful architecture Alexander Walter 2014-02-21T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T19:21:12-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's hard not to wince when you first look at the renderings of the Mormon Church's expanding kingdom at 16th and Vine Streets, unveiled last week by Mayor Nutter. The architectural chameleons at Robert Stern's office have paired a 1920s-style apartment tower with a teensy redbrick meetinghouse that looks as if it was dragged across town from colonial-era Society Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Robert A.M. Stern Architects 2014 Travel Fellowship now accepting submissions Justine Testado 2014-02-05T19:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T10:47:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Robert A.M. Stern Architects' RAMSA Travel Fellowship is back for its second year. The Fellowship awards $10,000 to an individual to support travel and research for studies that convey the firm's key ideal of perpetuating tradition through invention in architecture. Candidates demonstrate insight and interest in the architectural profession and its future, as well as an ability to carry through in-depth research.</p><p>All regions and cultures are appropriate topics of study. The jury will consist of three RAMSA partners and a representative from RAMSA&rsquo;s Research department.<br><br>To be eligible for the prize, you must be a student pursuing an M.Arch degree, are in your penultimate year of study, and are enrolled in one of the 16 U.S. or Canadian schools attended by current RAMSA partners and senior associates. Students should apply to their school deans.</p><p>Submissions require application forms, a one-page travel and research statement, and a portfolio.<br><br><strong>Important deadlines and dates:</strong><br>Proposal submissi...</p> "Unfashionably Fashionable" - Justin Davidson on Robert A.M. Stern’s Buildings Archinect 2013-11-04T19:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-05T11:27:34-05:00 <img src="" width="250" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stern has been called the Martha Stewart of architecture, a comparison suggesting that he&rsquo;s selling a lifestyle rather than making art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> PennDesign Student Wins 2013 RAMSA Travel Fellowship Alexander Walter 2013-04-24T18:20:00-04:00 >2013-04-25T21:10:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jonathan Dessi-Olive, a Master's candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, has recently been announced as recipient of the 2013 RAMSA Travel Fellowship. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually by the Partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Robert A. M. Stern Architects announces the RAMSA Travel Fellowship</a></p> The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library Archinect 2013-04-23T20:41:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T20:44:01-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stern's architecture is always steeped in strategic references to past landmarks; there is no doubt he knows how to send, and shape, an architectural message. And the message the front entrance to the Bush Library delivers is clear: This is a building meant to honor a particularly blunt and plain-spoken kind of political power.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Robert Stern refuses to sign petition for Pritzker to grant joint prize to Denise Scott Brown Archinect 2013-04-18T14:25:00-04:00 >2013-04-21T00:49:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="484" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Robert A. M. Stern, the dean of Yale&rsquo;s Architecture School, said he declined to sign the petition because he objected to its use of the word &ldquo;demand,&rdquo; but that he backed it in principle. &ldquo;It would be wonderful for the Pritzker committee to review the situation and to offer her the prize,&rdquo; Mr. Stern said. &ldquo;The nature of the collaboration was so intense on every level.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Stern-designed Kohler Environmental Center forces students to work with their zero-energy building Archinect 2013-03-20T17:53:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T20:34:19-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The students were tapped in determining whether to invest in one or two clothes dryers. Would they use drying racks to eliminate the second dryer? Would they give up hair dryers? Would they wear sweaters in winter to permit an energy-saving thermostat setting of 67 degrees? &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t tell students that certain behaviors are unacceptable,&rdquo; said Joseph Scanio, one of the center&rsquo;s two live-in teachers. &ldquo;We discuss things. We make it easy to be intentional about the choices you make.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Robert A. M. Stern Architects announces the RAMSA Travel Fellowship Archinect 2013-02-15T17:04:00-05:00 >2013-04-24T18:24:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention - key to the firm&rsquo;s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded every year to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.</p> <p> <strong>Important Dates</strong><br> 03/25/2013&nbsp; Deadline for submission of proposal<br> 04/15/2013&nbsp; Announcement of award<br> 01/10/2014&nbsp; Deadline for submission of report</p> <p> <strong>Forms</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Call for Proposals</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Registration Form</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Authorization Form</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copyright Release</a><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PennDesign Student Wins 2013 RAMSA Travel Fellowship</a></p> In San Francisco, Life Without ‘Starchitects’ Richard Meier & Partners 2012-11-16T13:35:00-05:00 >2012-11-21T13:17:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developers in San Francisco are loath to take architectural risks because the city&rsquo;s approval process for new development is long and rigorous, perhaps the most onerous in the country, architects say. It&rsquo;s hard to fault their caution when you consider how small San Francisco really is &mdash; 47 square miles (Manhattan alone is 23 square miles) &mdash; with much of the area consumed by neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> American architects explain their appeal overseas Archinect 2012-10-26T15:18:00-04:00 >2012-10-27T20:51:40-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Why do they come to us? Because of 15 Central Park West,&rdquo; Mr. Stern, 73, said earlier this month from his office on the West Side of Manhattan. The Chinese &ldquo;don&rsquo;t want to go home at night to their three-bedroom shelf on the 44th floor,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;They want to live in a place. That&rsquo;s what we do: we&rsquo;re place-makers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> &ldquo;You used to look out that window and somewhere you would see a crane,&rdquo; [Richard Meier] said a few days ago. &ldquo;You go around New York City today and you don&rsquo;t see that many cranes. It is just not happening at this moment.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Obviously,&rdquo; he added, &ldquo;if the economy in this country stays the way it&rsquo;s been, we are happy to be working all over the world. I wish we had a project in New York City, but we don&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</p> Editor's Picks #270 Nam Henderson 2012-06-25T00:49:00-04:00 >2012-06-27T18:04:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>G&uuml;nther Domenig passed away on June 15, 2012. Wolf D Prix, design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au, released the following statement "I insist that G&uuml;nther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects. Important in terms of being weighty. Meanwhile our own tammuz felt "his steinhous is an beautiful and seminal poem of architecture"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&uuml;nther Domenig passed away on June 15, 2012</a>.&nbsp;Wolf D Prix, design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au, released the following statement "<em>I insist that G&uuml;nther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects. Important in terms of being weighty. In my opinion the former Z-Bank branch in the Favoritenstra&szlig;e in Vienna was one of his best buildings. Long before the convoluted computer architects started using parametric tools to give their lame design a boost, Domenig had not only designed the first threedimensional facade, but actually built it, too.</em>"&nbsp;</p> <p> Meanwhile our own&nbsp;<strong>tammuz</strong>&nbsp;felt "<em>his steinhous is an beautiful and seminal poem of&nbsp; architecture</em>"&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dimitri Kim</a> wrote "<em>Finally, an english speaking journal covered the late great Gunther's death. He's work was radical beyond he's time, beyond he's predecessors (Coop Himmelblau, Zaha hadid, EOM, and etc), and clearly beyond mainstream fabric of contemporary architecture.</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT Commercial section published a 30-Minute int...</a></p> The 30-Minute Interview - Robert A.M. Stern Archinect 2012-06-21T14:19:00-04:00 >2012-06-24T22:59:56-04:00 <img src="" width="330" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Well, if it&rsquo;s too traditional or uninspiring to them, there are others who find it traditional in an inspiring way &mdash; that one can go back to go forward and restate things that are there. I think that the obsession with the new-new thing is O.K. for computer apps. Architecture is about place and time in the long sense of the word.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The NYT's Vivian Marino talks to "starchitect" ("Stern" means "star" in German) and Yale Dean, Robert Stern.</p> Museum of American Revolution design unveiled Nam Henderson 2012-06-13T13:01:00-04:00 >2012-06-13T13:33:21-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re going for is a building that fits in and reflects the general character of the historic district, that expresses the period of the American Revolution but in a fresh new way for the 21st century,&rdquo; Mr. Stern said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The design for the $150 million building,&nbsp;proposed by Robert A. M. Stern, is expected to open in 2015. Originally, the&nbsp;museum&nbsp;was to be carved into a hillside in the Valley Forge National Historical Park, however after numerous changes and negotiations, the center reached an agreement with the Park Service to move the museum to its current location, the site of a former visitors&rsquo; center in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.</p>