Next Thursday – Diana Agrest: Architecture of Nature / Nature of Architecture

Posted on September 25th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, The Cooper Union

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DANIELS AND MSD FEATURED IN ARQUINE

Posted on June 25th, 2019 by Dara Lin

Posted under: _Daniels Building, _Melbourne School of Design, Academic, Press

The Summer 2019 edition of Arquine examines the ability of architecture to show and to teach by taking a look at architecture schools around the world. Among the works featured are the Daniels Building and the Melbourne School of Design, both schools that inspire their occupants through their form and integration.

“[The Daniels Building], in bringing together restoration, renovation, and reinvention, is a hub for education, research, and outreach focused on the creation of more environmental, beautiful, and socially sustainable cities.”

“The building itself is a laboratory for experimentation and research…. self-explanatory in its operation and architecture, revealing a logic of construction layers as a pedagogical tool.”

Read more about Daniels HERE and MSD HERE.

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WALLPAPER* ON TORONTO’S THRIVING ARCHITECTURE SCENE

Posted on June 24th, 2019 by Dara Lin

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Academic, Press

Alex Bozikovic describes “a new and more braggadocious spirit” in Canada’s largest city, fueled by the 20-year building boom. Among the featured works is the Daniels Building.

“The University of Toronto architecture school now has a home that speaks of serious creative ambition… An addition by Boston firm NADAAA with Toronto’s Adamson Associates echoes the whimsy of the older building with pointy concrete and steel.”

Read Wallpaper*’s full piece HERE.

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ECHOƧ FROM CINCINNATI

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

The University of Cincinnati’s Christoph Klemmt interviewed Nader for the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID)’s first publication of student work echoƨ. They discussed the role of architectural theory and material studies in today’s practice and academy.

“Students and young architects have gained unprecedented intellectual range due to their access to information and knowledge, and in turn, they have developed their agency as a result of the very same means. My particular interest is in the way in which material explorations-in the academy-have impacted the means and methods of construction, bottom up, in the construction industry; our ability to restructure innovation in the building industry is a result of this process.”

Read the full interview HERE.

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Diane Lewis: In Memoriam

Posted on May 16th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, The Cooper Union

“The combination of fierce charisma, a fighting spirit, and a stubborn intellectual posture defined her living days, and in hindsight, we come to appreciate the sum of it as an ambition for all of us to emulate. A tireless protagonist, she would conduct reviews that would end some five hours after the end of the day; her love of debate through the jousting of words, ideas, and positions defined the many events she hosted. Lewis left behind many things, but her most recent book, Open City: Existential Urbanity, will serve as a document of the many pedagogies she explored, the constellations of ideas she sponsored, and the platforms of debate she invented.”

More from Nader’s memorial published in the Journal of Architectural Education a/to issue HERE.

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Nader on UWM SUPERjury tomorrow

Posted on May 9th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

More info HERE.

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60 years since ‘Architecture without Architects’

Posted on February 20th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

In IoArch’s January 2019 issue they celebrate Bernard Rudofsky’s legacy by asking seven architects about how vernacular architecture has inspired their work. See the full issue HERE.

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Nader on 2019 United States Artists Fellowship Jury

Posted on January 24th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

Fellowships are $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing artists for their contributions to the field, and allowing them to decide how to best support their lives. To learn more about this prestigious fellowship and to see all the 2019 fellows click HERE.

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NADER NAMED FIRST PAUL HELMLE FELLOW

Posted on January 4th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Events

Nader is serving as the inaugural Paul Helmle Fellow at Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture. He is leading a studio there this January and will offer a concluding lecture on February 15th, more information to follow.

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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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