‘Search and Research’ at GSAPP

Posted on September 13th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Lectures

On Friday Nader will join Kadambari Baxi, Giovanna Borasi, Matthew Buckingham, Michael Meredith, and Susan Sellers for a Panel Discussion titled “Search and Research” at Columbia’s GSAPP. The discussion will be moderated by Amale Andraos, Dean of GSAPP and will be held in the East Gallery of Buell Hall at 4pm.

The event is held in conjunction with the opening of The Other Architect at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery. The exhibition is organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and curated by Giovanna Borasi.


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Posted on September 12th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Tanderrum Bridge, construction

The Tanderrum Bridge is now spanning over Batman Avenue! Read Major Projects Victoria’s post HERE.


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Nader and Alejandro at Cooper

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Lectures

On September 22nd together with The Architectural League of New York, Nader will be hosting Alejandro Aravena at the Cooper Union for a conversation about ELEMENTAL’s Current Work.

The converstation will take place in The Great Hall at The Cooper Union at 7 East 7th Street at 7pm. Learn more about the event hereGET TICKETS by registering on Eventbrite.


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Tanderrum Bridge: Railings

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by achang

Posted under: _Tanderrum Bridge, construction

The Tanderrum Bridge (formerly called Batman Avenue Bridge) construction is well underway. The new bridge project is the second design collaboration between NADAAA and John Wardle Architects and will link Birrarung Marr with the Melbourne Park sports precinct which hosts the annual Australian Open. Learn more about the design and construction process of the railings below with more on the steel structure and the concrete pillars to follow.


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Above:  A filigree of steel pipes wraps the bridge section in three segments. The sides are repeatable while each middle belly is unique.  

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Above: Early tests on the density of filigree pipes and attachment configurations.   


The bridge’s unique geometry that follows the topography, spurs to a lookout point, and rises over the highway creating many unique conditions that made standardization a challenge.  It was essential to break the filigree into zones of repeating elements to minimize fabrication time and cost.  Orange represents fully customized sections and the remaining colors represent sections of repeating units.



Above: each section of filigree is composed of 5 different bend geometries.  Mixed and matched to create the illusion of a random pattern. 



Above:  each filigree segment is integrated with the guard rail mounted to the edge of the bridge structure and wraps the underside. 


Shop mock-ups were critical to finalize the minimum radius of the filigree pipe bends and the detail of attachment hardware.

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Above:  Unfinished mock-up of filigree guardrail segment. (photo by JWA)

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Above:  Unfinished mock-up gets a thumbs up. (photo by JWA)


Construction photos of the railings from July 28, 2016 by Kristoffer Paulsen


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Above: view with lamps

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Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Awards


Congratulations to Marlon Blackwell Architects and Studio Gang Architects who edged NADAAA out of our 3-year running number one spot in Design!


Queen Rania visits Entrelac

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, Installations + Exhibitions

“Under the patronage of Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the annual event attempts to redraft global perceptions of the nation and support its growing creative class.”


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Posted on September 6th, 2016 by Nick Safley

Posted under: Installations + Exhibitions

ENTRELAC process

Entrelac is a collaborative project between NADAAA and artist Raya Kassisieh for the inaugural Amman Design Week running Sept. 1 – Sept. 9. The work consists of 300 kg of un-dyed wool, hand knit and hung from the roof structure of The Electric Hangar exhibition hall, placing in dialogue digital design with traditional craft. The design team utilized computer simulated physics to relax an approximation of the knit fabric exhibit which was then hand knit by a team of twenty women from all regions of Jordan. Entrelac is less of a jewel box requiring precise digital production than a garment that is scaled up to the dimensions of the context within which it is set: a monumental sartorial project. Slung from the order of the standing trusses above, the structure transforms to a state of informality –entropy– as it confronts the ground.

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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.  This enclosure possesses both geometric exactness and a tectonic system which allows for the tolerances of the material behavior and construction process.

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Knowledge of the inherent material bias of a simple jersey knit surface allowed long thin knit sheets to produce more volumetric strands as the sheets naturally rolled into themselves. This hand knit bias of the wool transformed the yarn into a larger scale strand, which possesses both the scale of the hand and the body, perceptually oscillating between the familiar and strangeness.

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The craftswomen skillfully and carefully knit each strand of the work in their homes and small workshops. This network of domestically scaled production allowed for Entrelac’s rapid installation within the Electric Hangar exhibition hall. Minimal material means were transformed into a delicate enclosure taking advantage of the exhibition hall’s height and existing truss structure: effectively spatializing a surface.

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