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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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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