Nader moderating Japan Society talk by Toshiko Mori

Posted on April 29th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events

This Wednesday, May 1st, at 6:30pm at New York’s Japan Society Nader will moderate Toshiko Mori: Transforming Communities through Architecture. The talk is part of the Japan Society’s Japan in the Global 1960s series and will examine the phenomenon of the post-World War II Setouchi region of Japan which saw an artistic renaissance sparked by Kenzo Tange’s 1958 Kagawa Prefecture government office building (shown above). Mori will also discuss two of her works in villages in Senegal with ambitions to transform their communities. For more info on the talk and to purchase tickets click HERE.

photo above by John Barr

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Fleet Library in Monocle

Posted on April 24th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _RISD FLEET LIBRARY, Press

RISD’s president Rosanne Somerson is photographed above with her team at the Fleet Library for Monocle. Read on HERE. For an in-depth look at the Fleet Library project check HERE.

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Daniels selected for AIA COTE Top 10 Award

Posted on April 22nd, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

On this Earth Day 2019, the AIA has announced the recipients of the 2019 AIA COTE Top 10 Awards which includes the Daniels Building. The COTE Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance.

The Daniels Building at the University of Toronto embodies a holistic approach to urban design and sustainability. As the new home for the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, its purpose is to engage students and the broader community in dialogue with the built environment. At the center of one of Toronto’s few circular parcels, the project anchors the southwest corner of the University and opens the circle to the public after years of inaccessibility. It restores the historic building while adding a new addition with integrated stormwater management, green roof, voided-slab floors, and ample daylight.

Read more on the sustainable and pedagogical aspects of the Daniels Building including the integration of community voices and needs, the ecological curriculum, water systems, energy and resources usage, and economy of means HERE.

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Tallest building in Cambridge (for now!)

Posted on April 12th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, construction

As of April 2nd, 2019 the MIT Site 4 project was officially the tallest building in Cambridge! Right now the building is at 299′, but will reach 330′ by the end of constrction.

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AIA National Design Excellence Award goes to Daniels!

Posted on April 11th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

The Daniels Building is a recipient of the 2019 Education Facility Design Award for Design Excellence, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Architecture for Education. View all 2019 recipients HERE.

“These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how architects are creating cutting edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

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Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, Installations + Exhibitions

‘Manifest Pedagogies’, an exhibit of NADAAA’s three schools of architecture and design opened yesterday at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. The exhibit also highlights the vision plan NADAAA has developed with the SoA for their Coral Gables campus. The work will be on view through April 18th in the Irvin Korach Gallery (open 8:30am – 8pm).

On April 8th Nader will join a round-table discussion entitled ‘Pedagogy in Question’ with the SoA’s Allan Shulman, Carie Penabad, Joel Lamere, Charlotte von Moos and Christopher Meyer. The round-table will be in the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building at 6:30pm.


Adams Branch Library Preview!

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Adams Branch Library

NADAAA is working with the Boston Public Library and the Public Facilities Department to design a replacement for the Adams Street library branch in Dorchester.  Construction will begin this summer!

The neighborhood scale is largely residential with mature trees and inviting sidewalks.  The new building picks up on the scale of the surrounding houses, colorful Victorian painted clapboards, and a busy main street that connects Hemenway Park to Gallivan Boulevard.

The new program is twice the size of the previous branch, and the generous three-sided site allows for a single-story building, maintaining porous connections to the street and improving the accessible approach. While Adams Street serves as the Library’s front door, there are prominent elevations on Oakton Avenue to the north and Delmont Street to the south. A single pitch monumentalizes the façade on Adams Street, while a breakdown of peaked roofs creates a diminutive scale more appropriate for the side streets.

The folded roof is composed of a series of ruled surfaces, the result of a simple series of striated beams running east/west.  Pitches point toward rain gardens, both along the eastern property edge and within a court of native plants at the south. 

Effectively a mat building, a southern ‘cut’ brings light and air deep into the core of the footprint. On the north, a Reading Garden will pay homage to a space cultivated and maintained by the Library’s Friends, respecting a grand Pin Oak that will continue to dominate the corner of Oakton and Adams, as well as become a visual focal point for the Library’s interior.

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