‘UNFINISHED’ BOOK LAUNCH AT CUNY

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events

Nader is taking part in a panel at the UNFINISHED book launch at CUNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture Monday at 6pm. UNFINISHED explores projects from the Spanish Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, more info on UNFINISHED can be found HERE.

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Machado & Silvetti: A Selective Biography

Posted on November 7th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

A new monograph of Machado & Silvetti’s work begins with an introduction by Nader, who studied under Jorge and Rodolfo at the GSD. Below are excerpts from Nader’s introduction, his full introduction can be read HERE. The print monograph can be purchased online HERE from Oro Editions.

“Interpreting architecture is a sufficiently complex task, but reading into a work that has so deeply biased one’s own education, practice, and pedagogy is altogether another challenge. Such is the Oedipal anxiety I confront in returning to the work of Machado and Silvetti. Thus, rather than claim neutrality here, I want to acknowledge a motivated project, even if I bring to it a different cultural backdrop, generational perspective, and personal viewpoint. Suffice it to say that while this book contains a vast retrospective of their designs, it by no means completes their story. If much remains for them to build on, there is even more that others, like myself, will be contributing to their project through our own speculations.”

above: Djerba House by Silvetti and the Country House by Machado

“Among the myriad writings on typology of this period, the significance of Machado and Silvetti’s contributions lay in the idea that architecture is a cultural practice, and therefore immersed in systems of representation and engagement with a larger public. As such, while they adopted types as a convention for establishing continuity, they did not idealize them. Types, for them, did not have the authority of propriety, but instead were cultural matter as mutable as they were meaningful in their ability to transmit change. In this regard, Machado and Silvetti’s work also explicitly challenged the avant-garde notion of the ‘new’, which is invariably and repeatedly absorbed, consumed, and normalized in the digestions of the cultural process.”

above: Asian Art Study Center at the Ringling Museum of Art

“The transformation of Machado and Silvetti as a firm into a builidng practice produced a meaningful shift from their academic work. With a small set of commisssion in the 1980s and early 1990s behind them, winning tje Getty Villa competition and embarking on the design of its expansion in 1994 enlarged the office tenfold. It also required the partners to translate their conceptual and theoretical priorities for a broader cohort. Their baggage of professional experiences would catapult them into new possibilities for materializing complex assemblies, in some instances; but it would also be a sober reminder of how the industry predetermines the vast set of questions and specifications that go into building processes. Balancing out the relationship between the customized and the generic, the theoretical premises of the figural and the configurative helped Machado and Silvetti to set certain priorities within each project.”

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Spectrum Celebrates the Future of Kendall Square

Posted on November 5th, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Press

Spectrum, MIT’s publication for friends and supporters, recently provided an update on the future Kendall Square. Here, MIT President Rafael Reif explained that the boundaries between campus, community, education and entrepreneurship will blur. “Once the cranes leave town, we’ll be left with a Kendall Square full of possibility for the Institute, the region, the nation, and the world… If you haven’t been to Kendall Square recently, I hope you’ll stop by for a visit. You’ll be amazed by the progress we’re making.” Read the full article in Spectrum HERE. More info on NADAAA and Perkins+Will’s collaboration on the MIT Site 4 project at Kendall Square can be found HERE.

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Nader speaking at the Phyllis Lambert International Seminar Saturday at the Université de Montréal

Posted on November 1st, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Nader will join speakers: Andrea Bardin, Neeraj Bhatia, Orit Halpern, Shannon Mattern, Emanuele Quinz, Gilles Retsin, Dubravka Sekulic, Kathy Velikov; and moderators: Thomas Balaban, Samuel Bernier-Lavigne, Sinisha Brdar, Salmaan Craig, Fabrizio Gallanti, and Irena Latek to discuss Architecture in Light of the Notions of Form and Information. The Seminar begins tomorrow at 9am in the amphithéâtre 3110 at the École d’architecture, Université de Montréal. More information can be found HERE.

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NADAAA Recognized in Fast Co’s ‘IBD’ Awards

Posted on October 30th, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: Awards

NADAAA was recognized for their collaboration with the Van Alen Institute and The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, for a re-imagining of the related systems of incarceration, justice and community. Using design to bind scattered mechanisms of social healing, NADAAA is deeply proud of Justice In Design, and its model of a more responsive and considered justice system. To learn more about this work click HERE, and to read about the award click HERE.

NADAAA’s Daniels Building was also mentioned as an honoree in the category Spaces, Places and Cities. To learn more click HERE.

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Cooper Architecture in Puerto Rico

Posted on October 29th, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: The Cooper Union

Architecture students from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union recently traveled to Puerto Rico to practice an in-depth approach to solution-based design. In collaboration with professors and students from the University of Puerto Rico, students from Cooper and UPR challenged themselves through an intensive programmatic tour of the island, emphasizing a need for housing. A shortage of housing is chronic to the island, and was further exacerbated by the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The advent of the hurricane offered an opportunity to engage in a social project that could make both immediate and long-term contributions to the island, but also to the discipline.” -Nader Tehrani

Students studied housing from diverse perspectives, ranging from a lack of promised pharmaceutical jobs preventing economic advancement in San Juan, to homemade techniques of preventing soil erosion thorough buried layers of fabric. Back in New York, students used their research to re-imagine the relationship between systemic factors in housing and propose location-specific designs.

To learn more about architecture students at Cooper and their work in Puerto Rico click HERE.

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Tanderrum Bridge featured in Detail’s Structure Magazine

Posted on October 26th, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: Press

Structure, the new review of structural design and engineering published by Detail, describes the system of tubular steel that envelopes the Tanderrum Bridge’s spanning walkways and folded railing.

“Depending on the viewpoint, this tubular veil may look heaver or lighter, which creates a fascinating interplay of light and shadow and achieves a perfect blend of structural engineering and landscape”-Roland Pawlitschko

To learn more about the Tanderrum Bridge click HERE.

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NADAAA brings home three SARA National Design Awards

Posted on October 22nd, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: Awards

The 2018 SARA National Design Awards saw three of NADAAA’s projects honored. Beaver Country Day School Research + Design Center, Dortoir Familial and the Tanderrum Bridge earned a Design Award of Merit, Honor Award, and Award of Excellence respectively.

 

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‘The Tectonic Grain’ at Georgia Tech

Posted on October 21st, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Installations + Exhibitions, Lectures

NADAAA is curating an exhibit at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture to open October 24th in the Stubbins Gallery. In tandem, Nader will lecture on October 24th in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium at 4pm. To see Georgia Tech’s full line-up of fall lectures check HERE.

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Today in New Canaaan: Nader panelist at Modern House Day Tour and Symposium

Posted on October 20th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events

The New Canaan Historical Society’s biennial Modern House Day Tour is today, October 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2018 symposium explores selected houses by architects Sean Godsell, Gō Hasegawa and Nader Tehrani, examining materiality, proportion, and sustainability. The panel will be moderated by Sean Anderson. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online HERE. The tour begins at The Town Meeting Room, New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT.

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