Body, Object, Enclosure

Posted on January 27th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

“The morphological particularities of the body offer a productive clue via their engagement with architecture, if only that the interface between the human and its environment may begin with the body as a system of parts: the torso, limbs, digits or head all establish a special relationship with the built environment. With the hand as maybe one of the most dexterous instruments of intelligence, it is also the most prone to architectural engagement, not only in the tactility of surfaces around us, but in the mechanical protocols of hardware, instruments, and vessels that mediate between the human and its environment: doorknobs, pulls, flatware, cups, and many industrial design artifacts are the first registration of such encounters.”

Jonathon Anderson and Lois Weinthal’s new book Digital Fabrication in Interior Design: Body, Object, Enclosure has been released! The book includes an essay entitled “The Figure in Translation” by Nader Tehrani.

Available for order HERE.

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Blank Shots

Posted on January 24th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

“Among the many tendencies that characterize design thinking, one stands out from a material perspective: in identifying a single medium through which to work, the architect is able to force invention from within a genre, and in doing so, to radicalize its ability to transform, evolve, and innovate. There is a seductive allure to the idea that one might entirely conceive of a project in cross-laminated timber”

Jennifer Bonner and Hanif Kara’s new book Blank: Speculations on CLT has been released and includes an essay entitled “Blank Shots: Monolithic Desires and Laminar Inevitabilities” by Nader Tehrani.

Purchase Blank HERE.

More on Bonner and Kara’s mass timber research HERE.

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2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Jury Announced

Posted on September 23rd, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Uncategorized

The members of the Master Jury for the 2020-2022 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The Jury, which independently selects the recipients of the US $1 million Award, will convene in January 2022 to select a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects.

More on the program and jury members HERE.

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Nader on Confluence in the Work of Eladio Dieste

Posted on September 28th, 2020 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

On the twentieth anniversary of Eladio Dieste’s passing, Nader writes on ‘confluence’ in Dieste’s work in AR Confluences. Eladio Dieste, an Uragayian ‘designer’ and a “great, yet lesser-known, 20th-century thinker who operated outside of the modernist canons” has had his work analyzed by many writers, all of which “note the way in which art and science are brought into confluence, revealing with great analytical precision how Dieste worked with the science of engineering to achieve geometric and structural feats that are deemed great works of ‘art.’”

“At the same time, it was the strategic way in which he brought the confluence of mathematics, geometric thinking, the protocols of construction, material innovation and historical knowledge into dialogue that made possible the types of inventions he unleashed [..] the laws of physics and optics come into an improbable alliance—not natural, nor harmonious or obvious—but a masterful aplomb of artifice to witness.”

Read the full essay HERE.

AR/Architecture Research is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published yearly by the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture. AR Confluences is guest-edited by Robert McCarter.

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“Sometimes it takes a crisis to recognize that we are already living in a different world”

Posted on April 27th, 2020 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

In her series to promote a dialogue on remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impacts on the world of architecture, Carie Penabad interviews Nader Tehrani from his home in Boston about his approach to dealing with the “Great Confinement.”

More on the Penabad’s series HERE.

Postscript: see how The Cooper Union’s End of Year Show went digital

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Nader serves on A+U’s ‘Living in the Future’ Jury

Posted on January 6th, 2020 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

a+u has announced the winners of the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2019 – Living in the Future.

“What will the future look like? How can architects design dwellings to meet evolving living patterns and the challenges of the future? These are the questions posted of the seventy-six candidates who submitted to this competition, and indeed, the submissions diverged in both focus and genre. The questions also prompted fundamental challenges to how architects think about the context of the house, whether in its autonomy or the context in which it is grounded, be it urban or rural. The question of the “future” also assured a fair sense of speculation, narrative, and projection, imagining not only spaces of a time and place yet to exist, but also the fiction that holds it together.”

Get this month’s copy to see all the winners HERE.

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Nader named among most admired Architecture Educators

Posted on November 8th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, The Cooper Union

“Scholarly, intellectual, great teacher, thoughtful administrator, good person”

See Design Intelligence’s list of top architecture educators HERE!

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Cooper ranked #4!

Posted on October 2nd, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, The Cooper Union

The Cooper Union has ranked as #4 undergraduate architecture program for 2020 in Architectural Record’s list of America’s Top Architecture Schools. Last year they were #5 and the year before #15. Details and breakdowns HERE.

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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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On the NECESSITY of Messy Research

Posted on July 29th, 2019 by Dara Lin

Posted under: Academic

The second volume of The Changing Shape of Architecture continues to explore research in architectural practice and its transformational impact through a series of writings. In his essay, Brandon Clifford writes “on the necessity of messy research,” as demonstrated through several of Nader Tehrani’s works.

“When analyzed through a microscope, creative research appears schizophrenic. One project might develop a brilliant innovation, only to be contradicted in the next. If one is looking for a linear narrative in a body of work, they will likely look past these movements of complexity and contradiction. But, in order to look beyond the superficial answers and dig into the questions that drive these individuals, one must embrace and engage these moments of messy contradiction directly.

Tehrani is an ideal candidate for this form of perversion analysis because his work is geometrically rigorous and materially disciplined, and yet it has a sense of humor. It contains all the hallmarks of world class research within each case study, but it is littered with landmines of contradiction.”

Read the entire essay HERE and purchase the volume HERE.

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