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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Victor Lundy: Artist Architect

Posted on October 8th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

“Lundy’s built work denies signature in the form of a singular voice; he lets the natural grain of raw matter, the texture of its aggregation, and the malleability of different materials help determine the aesthetic sensibility of his buildings. Consider the Unitarian Meeting House in Hartford, Connecticut, or the IBM Garden State Offices, in Cranford, New Jersey, and how Lundy negotiates history, identity, and building configuration through material organization.” … “in the facade of the IBM project, we discover the power of the individual in the context of the collective. In this curious wall, Lundy adopts each brick as its own soldier with independent orders, and as each takes on its own position within the face of the building, we come to understand the power of the field condition as the basis for a compositional swarm.”

Read the full book foreword by Nader Tehrani HERE. More on Lundy, Nader and ‘Beyond the Harvard Box’ HERE.

image above: IBM Garden State Office Building, Cranford, New Jersey, ,1964  /  cover image: I. Miller Showroom, Grand Hall, New York City, 1962

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IRWIN S. CHANIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE OF THE COOPER UNION AMONG FIVE TOP ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS!

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, The Cooper Union

In the areas of Design, Research, and Design Theory Cooper Union surges forward to ranking 5th, 4th, and 2nd. Congratulations to the students and faculty!

Read about the full ranking and the methodology on Architectural Record HERE.

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Nader to jury futureNOLA

Posted on September 10th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Things We Like

The futureNOLA Project has announced the first six jurors who will review submissions to the futureNOLA Call for Ideas. Joining Nader on the jury will be artist and activist, Brandan “BMIKE” Odums; artist and writer, Valentine Pierce; writer and producer, Laine Kaplan-Levenson; affordable housing advocate, Andreanecia Morris; and artist, Simon Gunning.

How would you envision New Orleans over the next 300 years, through the lenses of our environment, cultural identity, smart growth, and equity? To submit your ideas go HERE. Submissions are due at the end of the month!

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Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment

Posted on July 27th, 2018 by Dara Lin

Posted under: Academic, Press, Things We Like

Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment, curated by Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy of DESIGN EARTH, is a collection of projects which combine geographic representation and projective design to bring attention to the current conditions of Earth and the environment, and where they may lead. Separated by scope into three sections – terrarium, aquarium, and planetarium – each projection attempts to foster awareness and a sense of immediacy in a population referred to as “anesthetized.”

The collection is a continuation of DESIGN EARTH’s contribution to the US Pavilion in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, titled “Cosmorama.” This exhibition sought to draw attention to the matters overlooked in the technological triumphalism and frontier narratives of the Space Age, by means of three hypothetical “geostories.”

Nader contributed an essay titled “Section Cut: An Allegorical Construct of the World,” in which he discusses the liminal space between allegory and reality, how the former speaks to the latter, and how the work of DESIGN EARTH is especially evocative in this respect.

“The answer to Design Earth’s representational approach might also be lodged in the idea of the allegory itself: that images – much like stories or buildings – call on their audiences to construct meaning within a larger ideological, ethical, or political sphere.”

Read the full essay HERE.

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‘What is a School?’

Posted on July 14th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Lectures

In April Nader participated in the ‘What is a School?’ Symposium at the Daniels Building in the newly complete Principal Hall. He discussed the varying approaches each of NADAAA’s three schools of architecture embodied. Watch his lecture above or see the full Day 1 of the symposium HERE.

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Vote for Beaver Research + Design Center!

Posted on July 11th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic, Awards

The R+D Center has been selected as a finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards program in the Primary & High Schools category. It is now competing for the two most sought-after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. You can help choose the Popular Choice Award by voting HERE!

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