‘ENTRELAC’ RECYCLED INTO BLANKETS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Posted on January 31st, 2017 by Katie Faulkner

Posted under: Installations + 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.

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NADAAA LED TEAM SELECTED FOR NYC JUSTICE IN DESIGN STUDY

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press, Urban Design

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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.

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ROCK CREEK HOUSE FEATURED IN INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Rock Creek House, Press

Interior Design Magazine features Rock Creek House in its November 2016 issue as a “masterful” renovation and in its December 2016 as a Best of Year Award winner.  Text by Laura Fisher  Kaiser. Read more HERE and HERE.

“Despite a reputation, among consumers, as some kind of cheap laminate, plywood is adored by many architects for its versatilty, tensile strenght, warm colr, and low cost. Perhaps no one has explored the potential of this humble material as deeply as Nader Tehrnai.Witness how his firm turned a strailaced 1920’s center hall colonial into an eye-popping showcase of plywood ingenuity, a laboratory for innovative mateirals reserach and computer modeling.” – Laura Fisher Kaiser

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ArchitectureAU FEATURES TANDERRUM BRIDGE

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Tanderrum Bridge, 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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ROCK CREEK HOUSE FEATURED IN ARCHITECT MAGAZINE

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Press

Rock Creek House is featured in the January 2017 issue of Architect Magazine. Read more HERE.

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The house’s signature moment — if NADAAA can be said to have signatures — is in the central stairwell, a bristling array of wooden banisters.

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RISD MAKES 15 MOST BEAUTIFUL COLLEGE LIBRARIES IN AMERICA

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Press, Things We Like

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The RISD Fleet Library made Thrillist’s list of the 15 most beautiful college libraries in the country!

Read more HERE.

 

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MACALLEN BUILDING FEATURED IN KONSEPT PROJELER

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Press

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The article compares Turkish house facades built on the Cadde’ Bagdad Avenue in Istanbul with other facades in the world.

Read more HERE.

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FEATURES ONE SPADINA

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Press

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President Meric Gertler and Dean Richard Sommer of the University of Toronto recently spoke on the effect One Spadina will have on the city at large.

Find the articles HERE and HERE.

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