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COOPER EXHIBITION CELEBRATES LIFE & WORK OF JOHN HEJDUK

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Cooper

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The Architect’s Newspaper featured a preview of the John Hejduk Exhibition now showing at the Cooper Union. The exhibition will be on view through April 29, 2017, in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery at The Cooper Union. Visitors will have more time to take in the Jan Palach Memorial, which will be displayed until June 11. Read more HERE.

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A GENEROUS WELCOMING FOR DEAN TEHRANI AT COOPER UNION’S GREAT HALL

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Cooper

Last week the Architectural League and The Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture hosted Nader in Cooper’s Great Hall for a lecture on his work. President Sparks and Anthony Vidler introduced Nader and a discussion followed that was moderated by SO-IL’s Florian Idenburg.

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At the afterparty (clockwise from top left): Debora Mesa, Davie Lerner, Adi Shamir-Baron, David Erdman, Jing Liu, Daniel Gallagher, Marion Weiss, Ben Aranda, Anne Rieselbach,  and Jeffrey Brown.

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JOHN WARDLE AND STEFAN MEE SPEAK TO THE ARCHITECTURAL DISCIPLINE IN THE CONTEXT OF COLLABORATION

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Things We Like

In an interview with Architecture and Design AU, John Wardle and Stefan Mee (JWA) discuss the trajectory of their practice and the role of collaboration within the architectural discipline. Read more HERE.

“The story of our rise through various project scales into this territory that we now inhabit is a story of relationships with people, that had the confidence to engage with us. As we’ve grown, we have looked very carefully at inviting others into the practice that have had particular skills, always broadening our range.”

-John Wardle

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NADAAA selected for Telluride Competition

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Competitions

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NADAAA is honored to have been selected among two other firms to work with the Telluride community over the next two months developing a concept design for the historic Telluride Transfer Warehouse which will serve as art gallery, studio, and community space.  The structure was built to serve the local mining industry in 1906, but has been roofless and deteriorating since 1978. Now, through the efforts of the Telluride Arts District, it will be restored and reactivated as part of a larger neighborhood development. The goal of the project is to host exhibitions and installations, lectures and events, public gatherings and artists-in-residence. For more on this project click HERE.

“Rare is the opportunity to both preserve an important historic landmark and create something wholly unprecedented.  The Transfer Warehouse stands as a monument to Telluride’s history of perseverance.  The fundamental challenge of the project will be to maintain the power of the ruin while sponsoring vision and opportunity through architectural speculation for the Arts District.” Katie Faulkner and Nader Tehrani, NADAAA

 

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MONOCLE TOURS DFALD

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: DFALD, In the Press

Nader and Dean Sommer give Monocle a tour through DFALD —starts at 8:45— Listen HERE.
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ROCK CREEK HOUSE FEATURED IN THE PLAN

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press, Rock Creek

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“The same clean-cut order, distribution and formal rigor given to the north and south facades also apply to the interior. The layered plywood that lines walls, partitions off environments and makes up the signature staircase is fully in keeping with the far-reaching structural transformation of the building.”

Read more HERE.

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Above: The Plan’s in-depth analysis of Rock Creek’s structure generated an exclusive vertical section of its construction system. 
 

“Complex forms were obtained by taking sectional cuts reproducing the outline, which when set side by side generated both the structure and the surface area of the piece. The modeling and design engineering phases also took traditional woodworking practices into account. Similarly, the smooth, continuous flow of the wood veins on the panels was achieved by visualizing the joints on the 3D model. The natural phenomenon of wood expansion also had to be taken into account for the more complex plywood pieces on stairs and the top-floor landing, Movement is controlled by special sliding joints placed strategically along the linear handrails.”

 

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Text by Brunella Angeli

 

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NADER TO PRESENT ‘CURRENT WORK: SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT’

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press, Lectures

On April 5th,  Nader will present ‘Current Work: Schools of Thought’. The lecture will include an introduction by Anthony Vidler and will be moderated by Florian Idenburg.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the Cooper Union and the Architectural League.

For Tickets, go HERE.

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THE PROJECTIVE ALLURE OF HISTORY

Posted on March 29th, 2017 by ntehrani

Posted under: Academic, Cooper

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Introducing the work of John Hejduk at The Cooper Union would appear to be an easy task, if a bit redundant, but if measured by the many protagonists that emerged from the generations that have walked these halls, then it would seem even more challenging coming from the one voice whose difficult mission it would be to occupy his shoes. Now almost two decades after his departure, the sheer advent of time has invariably forced us to revisit his presence, but this time through the lens of history.

The work of Hejduk was multi-faceted; it came in the form of words, drawings, installations, buildings and, more importantly, pedagogies. His definition of the social contract came through the act of giving: he gave his time, patience and ideas through the production of knowledge, and over thirty-five years of dedication produced a “school of thoughts” that has created many teachers, architects and thinkers of exemplary qualities. In great part, that is arguably Hejduk’s greatest achievement, giving life to the myriads of voices through whom we now experience new forms of debate, architectural inventions and emerging pedagogies.

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With Hejduk’s generosity came a space of dialogue and collaboration. It was David Shapiro’s words that would prompt Hejduk to give formal, spatial and material substance to the House of the Suicide and the House of the Mother of the Suicide. It would require the tectonic tenacity of Jim Williamson to situate and translate raw sketches into constructive drawings for the eventual fabrication of the two structures. Certainly, it would also require the eyes of Hélène Binet to reinvent the structures: to give light, weight and depth to them as our eyes could not otherwise see.

This exhibition brings these forces together in Cooper Square, where the Jan Palach Memorial has been installed, in the Second Floor Gallery where the timeline of its various iterations gain historical clarity, and in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery where the work of Hélène Binet sets the stage for the work as part of a larger body. While Binet is often introduced as the documentarian of Hejduk’s work, this exhibition demonstrates inversely how she also adopts him as muse, if only to manifest a sustained and patient temporal gaze on a dedicated oeuvre.

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From our perspective today, the lens of history offers us this opportune overlay of four characters whose strength of vision and commitment brings forth a collaborative narrative that sustained over three decades, while commemorating events of 1968 that sparked an era of resistance. If the social and political messages that are ingrained in these structures do not sufficiently demonstrate the ways in which an architectural project embodies a commitment to varied forms of disobedience and defiance, however obliquely, then their reconstruction can be a simple reminder of the political transitions that we are living through today, if only that it prompts us to gauge the very predicaments and decisions that surround us as history is being recast on a daily basis.

As we revisit the forms of the Jan Palach Memorial, we see in their strangeness a certain familiarity; that is the plight of architecture, as history situates—and saturates—its forms with particular associations.  But we are reminded constantly of their once de-familiarizing presence, anthropomorphic characters invented to act on the urban scene as no other architecture could, if only to remind us of other possible realities we could inhabit. But, it is also a reminder that we face this very challenge again today, projecting against a new reality.

-Nader Tehrani, Dean

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

 

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John Hejduk’s work on display at Cooper

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Cooper, Uncategorized

Starting next Wednesday seven of Hejduk’s works will be on display at the Cooper Union. FIND OUT MORE 

And watch the story via New York 1 HERE!

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Dan on Jury for Unbuilt Awards AIADC tomorrow!

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

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Info HERE.

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