On 10.4.12, a diverse group of educators, design professionals, and the general public attended the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Guided Exhibition Tour of the Center for Architecture’s fall exhibitions, “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning” and “The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century.” Both exhibitions opened on 10.1.12, the inaugural date of Archtober, Architecture and Design month in New York City. Both exhibitions focus on innovative school design, including examples as local as Lower Manhattan and as far as Scandinavia.
Led by CFAF’s Lead Design Educator, Tim Hayduk, the tour began with an overview of “The Best School in the World” as a way to compare and contrast the two exhibitions. This exhibit not only presents handsome modern architectural settings, it frames several key reasons why Finnish schools have topped PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and provides insight into the culture of Finnish Education. The nation holds education and teaching in very high regard, encourages life-long learning to all citizens in a non-competitive environment that does not emphasize testing as its go-to method of assessing student achievement.
The tour’s next stop was “The Edgeless School.” Curated by Tom Mellins with Edith Ackerman as Senior Research Consultant, this exhibit reconsiders the school in the age of “digital natives” where learning can happen virtually anywhere with the assistance of wireless technology. Teachers, too, take on a new role as facilitators in hands-on experiential learning. The audience was extremely interested in discussing the role technology will continue to play in learning. Video points of view by several contemporary educators present the importance of gaming, play and other non-traditional teaching methodologies. A salon-style discussion ensued in the Center for Architecture’s double height gallery space, where tour participants posed questions and shared experiences about the work presented in their professional lives.
STUDIOS Architecture, working with school administrators from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, attended a private tour of the exhibitions, also led by Tim Hayduk. The Chappaqua Central School District received a grant from the Chappaqua School Foundation for Studios to prepare a feasibility study and concept design for a state-of-the-art Learning Commons at Greeley. Their visit was an opportunity to study the two exhibitions, serving as a resource for schools looking to expand or change their physical plant to address technology and the change that it continuously brings.
CFAF will reprise its Guided Exhibition Tour of The Edgeless School on 11.16.12 from 12:00 – 1:00pm, and on 1.7.13 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The tour will also include a look at “Building Connections 2012,” CFAF’s annual exhibition of K-12 student design work, which opens on 11.15.12. For more information and to register, please visit www.cfafoundation.org.
Winners of the 9th Annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards include Steven Holl Architects for the Daeyang Gallery & House, Mixed-Use Building of the Year; Studio Daniel Libeskind with DCA Architects for Reflections at Keppel Bay, Special Award, Residential Building of the Year (multiple occupancy); and Daniel Libeskind, AIA, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement in Architectural Community Award…
desigNYC’s third round of project collaborations, orchestrated under the annual theme of Recharging Communities, connected 15 organizations with close to 50 design professionals; the 2012 Communications Design Projects & Teams include Bard Prison Initiative + PS New York; Clemente Soto Velez Center (CSVC) + Studios Kudos; Compost for Brooklyn (C4B) + Karen Greenberg; Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) + Pure+Applied; NYDesigns + Remake Design; OpenPlans Transportation + Purpose; and Safe Horizon + Reboot; the 2012 Built Environment Projects & Teams include Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action (SNAP) + Incorporated; Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance + ABArchitekten and Mapos; Gowanus Canal Conservancy + KaN Landscape Design; Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) + DUB-studios with SVA Impact! students; Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (LES FCU) + Bernheimer Architecture and d/b/A designbuild; New Destiny Housing Corporation + EOA | Elmslie Osler Architect; PlayHarvest + Moorhead & Moorhead; and Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation + WE-design/WE-build…
Interior Design announced its 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame, including Alexandra Champalimaud…
Paola Antonelli, the Museum of Modern Art’s Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, has been named Director of Research and Development…
Ken Levenson, AIA, president of the nonprofit NY Passive House, and a founding board member of the American Passive House Network, has opened 475 High Performance Building Supply (which refers to the PH annual heat demand requirement: 4.75Kbtu/sfyr) with other passive house professionals…
The New York Society of Architects is honoring John di Domenico, AIA, LEED AP – di Domenico + Partners; Dolly Williams, A. Williams Contruction; Thomas Hanrahan, AIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute and principal, Hanrahan Meyers Architects; Elliott M. Glass, AIA, Glass and Glass; and Anthony Morali, RA, Morali Architects; on Wednesday, November 14th at their 106th Annual Awards Dinner Dance at 106th Annual Awards Dinner Dance at Tribeca Rooftop…
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10.14.12 Call for Entries: Enlightening Libraries: Student Design Competition—AIAS/Kawneer
10.15.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 Chicago Prize Competition: FUTURE PRENTICE
10.15.12 Call for Entries/Expression of Interest/EOI: West Kowloon Cultural District Museum
10.19.12 Call for Nominations: AIA Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship
10.19.12 Call for Nominations: AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education
10.19.12 Call for Entries: Gowanus by Design WATER_WORKS
10.26.12 Call for Entries: 60th Annual P/A Awards—Architect Magazine
10.31.12 Call for Entries: Architectural Record One Millionth CEU Test-Taker Sweepstakes
10.31.12 Call for Entries: Generation Kingspan Student Architectural Design Competition
11.01.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rome Prize Fellowships—American Academy in Rome
11.01.12 Call for Entries: Building Trust International Open Photography Competition: “Developing World – Digital World”
11.01.12 Call for Submissions: 2013 World Habitat Awards
11.05.12 Call for Submissions: RIBA Open Ideas Competition: Re-imagining York’s Guildhall Complex
11.16.12 Request for Applications: 2013 Sustainable Design
Assessment Team Program (SDAT)
11.16.12 Call for Submissions: NYCEDC “Change the Course” – The NYC Waterfront Construction Competition
11.20.12 Call for Entries: Street Seats Design Challenge: Design Furniture for Boston’s Fort Point Channel
11.23.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Palladio Awards Honoring Excellence in Traditional Design
11.30.12 Call for Entries: Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint Design Contest
11.30.12 Call for Submissions: Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition
12.01.12 Call for Entries: 2013 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition – The Architect and the Accessible City
12.07.12 Call for Entries: USITT 2013 “Ideal Theatre” Student Design Competition for Architecture and Theatre Students
12.10.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
12.15.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards
[Ongoing] Call for Applications: TH!NK:Art+Architecture Design-build Camp, Abetenim Arts Village, Ghana