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TANDERRUM: SPANNING THE GAP BETWEEN PARK AND PRECINCT

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Batman Bridge, In the Press

The newly opened Tanderrum Bridge is featured in Australian Institute of Landscape’s Foreground.

“A new pedestrian bridge in one of Australia’s most heavily-trod sports precincts recalls the civic generosity of a different era.” - Andrew Mackenzie

Read more HERE.

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SAVE THE DATE: ‘Current Work: Schools of Thought’

Posted on February 21st, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Cooper, Events, Lectures

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Nader is presenting NADAAA’s work at a public lecture on April 5th at the Cooper Union as part of The Architectural League’s Current Work series. An introduction will be given by Anthony Vidler and a post-lecture conversation will be moderated by Florian Idenburg. This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. Tickets will be available late March HERE.

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Reflecting on Victor Lundy and ‘Beyond the Harvard Box’

Posted on February 16th, 2017 by ntehrani

Posted under: Academic, Things We Like

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Curated and prepared by Michael Meredith, the ‘Beyond The Harvard Box’ exhibition and Symposium, now a decade old, included a range of critical voices from the Modern era –among them, Edward L. Barnes, John Johansen, I.M. Pei, Ulrich Franzen, Paul Rudolph and Victor Lundy– whose voices were an important part of the evolution of the canons to which they responded.

Watch the full symposium here: Part 1 / Part 2

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Of them all, Lundy stands out for his persistent attention to material agency: the careful engagement of material technologies as the prerequisite to design. What Lundy’s work demonstrates is the possibility that rules of composition, whether classical or modern, do not necessarily need to preempt design approaches, but rather that the discrete and incremental unit of material organization can become the DNA that enables multiple compositional predispositions. For this reason, even though many of Lundy’s buildings manifest well-known figurative and monumental strategies, they also reveal how material units offer many alternative formal, spatial and organizational potentials.

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Unitarian Meeting House, Hartford, Connecticut, 1964

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The work itself is also characterized by an authorship that denies signature in the form of a common style or singular voice; instead each project achieves a material sensibility that emerges from operations on material behavior, methods of aggregation, and their requisite formal malleability. As such, its part to whole relationships enjoy the same precision as Mies Van der Rohe’s work, but its formal and figurative ambitions are more aligned with the type of exploration that Le Corbusier might have entertained. At the same time Lundy’s materiality suggests a texture and density that only Aalto would have engaged, but in Lundy’s hands it is much more intellectually targeted and materially restrained. These composite characteristics make Lundy less prone to easy characterization and, in turn, less consumable. In great part, this is why he did not reach the pantheon of the great modernist architects or achieve a wider audience, but if seen from the viewpoint presented here, he exemplifies a paradigmatic position that in hindsight has become a classic.

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First Unitarian Church, Westport, CT, 1960

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From the perspective of our own research, the connections are obvious, but one can extend this lineage to protagonists like Herzog & de Meuron before us who realigned thinking in relation to materials— to a younger generation of architects after us, like Skylar Tibbits who have been rethinking material behavior at the molecular level. Looking back at the video of the Symposium, what is startling, and humorous, is my desperate attempt to draw out this thesis from Lundy himself, alas to futility. His intellectual project is implicit, even in those moments when he refutes them, or so I hope, as they emerge from the precise constructive composition of the work itself.

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IBM Garden State Office, Cranford, NJ, 1965

 

 

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NADAAA WINS 17TH PA AWARD

Posted on February 11th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Awards, In the Press

NADAAA’s NH Retreat wins a 2017 Progressive Architecture Award! Our 17th PA! Read more HERE and HERE.

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NADER TO JURY AZ AWARDS

Posted on February 6th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

Nader will join Nina-Marie Lister of Plandform, Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, Theo Richardson of Rich Brilliant Willing, and Michael Vanderbyl of Vanderbyl Design to jury AZURE Magazine’s 2017 AZ Awards. Read more HERE.

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‘ENTRELAC’ RECYCLED INTO BLANKETS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Posted on January 31st, 2017 by kfaulkner

Posted under: Exhibitions, Things We Like

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With support from NADAAA, Raya Kassisieh and the Amman Design Week team took the initiative to recycle “Entrelac”, cutting and stitching it into blankets that were later distributed to Syrian refugees and Jordanian families.  The original installation, included in the week-long event during September 2016,  consisted of 300 kg of un-dyed wool, hand knit and hung from the roof structure of Amman’s Electric Hangar. The design team utilized computational modeling to determine an approximation of the knit fabric ‘structure,’ which was then hand-knit by a team of twenty Jordanian women. Grounded less in precise digital production than in hand-craft and garment-making, Entrelac was simply “scaled up” to dress its venue, slung from the the standing roof trusses, and draped gracefully onto the floor.

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Twenty-eight large knit strands were produced, which were hung from the existing structure and again woven in a traditional Palestinian single X, at a larger scale, to form an enclosure. 
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The craftswomen skillfully and carefully knit each strand of the exhibit in their homes and small workshops. This network of domestically scaled production allowed for Entrelac’s rapid installation within the Electric Hangar exhibition hall. 
 

The notion of the re-purposing the installation is at once humbling and inspiring -  humbling because most of us do so little in the face of this tragedy that we are able to proceed unaffected during the quotidian replay of our lives. Yet this small act reminds us that humanity exists as a chain of relationships; someone had an idea, called some friends, momentum was built, and Amman Design Week was launched.  Someone else had an idea to weave the yarn of Entrelac into a global story that ended in a gesture of humanitarian assistance.  No more difficult than most tasks architects balance on a regular basis.

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Thank you to Raya, Rana, Abeer, Sahel, and all of the others at Amman Design Week who remind us what it means to be both a designer and a human being.

More photos HERE.

©2016 Amman Design Week. Photo: Hareth Tabbalat

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NADER TO LECTURE AT UT OF AUSTIN TODAY

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Lectures

Join UTSOA for The Jean and Bill Booziotis Lecture in Architecture featuring Nader Tehrani. The lecture is entitled ‘The Measure of Tolerance’ and will begin at 5pm in the Jessen Auditorium. Read more HERE.

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NADAAA LED TEAM SELECTED FOR NYC JUSTICE IN DESIGN STUDY

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

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From the site:

How can we create designs that are more healthy, rehabilitative, and respectful to those in jail and the communities that interact with them?

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, with Van Alen Institute, launched the Justice in Design initiative to develop design ideas for a healthier and more effective New York City jail system.  The project aims to develop innovative, realistic, and progressive programming and design guidelines for new jail facilities. The Commission will use this work to inform jail facility design principles within the report.

The selected Justice in Design project team consists of NADAAA, an award-winning architectural and design firm based in New York City and Boston, Susan Gottesfeld of the Osborne Association, Susan Opotow of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Karen Kubey, an urbanist specializing in housing and health.

Read more HERE.

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NADER TO LECTURE IN TEXAS ON FRIDAY & MONDAY

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Lectures

Nader will be giving a lecture at Texas Tech on Friday, January 27 and at the University of Texas at Austin on January 30. Read more HERE and HERE.

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ArchitectureAU FEATURES TANDERRUM BRIDGE

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

ArchitectureAU and Architecture & Design feature the newly opened John Wardle ArchitectsNADAAA-designed Tanderrum Bridge on the Batman Avenue roadway. Read more HERE and HERE.

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