ARTHUR SPEAKING AT PERSPECTIVE USA SYMPOSIUM

Posted on July 16th, 2019 by Dara Lin

Posted under: Lectures

This Thursday, July 18th, Arthur will speak on the material and fabrication methodologies of the new RISD residence hall at the sixth annual Perspective USA forum, hosted in New York by international magazine THE PLAN. Find more information about the program HERE, and register HERE.

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Katie speaking at UHPC Symposium

Posted on May 30th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Next Monday, June 3rd, Katie will share a case study on the Daniels Building’s Taktl façade system at the multi-day UHPC Interactive Symposium in Albany, New York. More information can be found on the Symposium’s website HERE. Register HERE.

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Nader to speak at 20th Annual Celebrate Architecture

Posted on February 15th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

AIA Louisiana’s 20th Annual Celebrate Architecture will be at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge on March 15th. Nader will be joined by Alejandro-Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno-Munitxa of AZPML and Byron Mouton of Tulane University’s URBANbuild program. Register HERE.

 

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NADER AT THE ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ON MONDAY

Posted on February 1st, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures, The Cooper Union

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HENRY COBB AT COOPER TONIGHT

Posted on December 4th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures, The Cooper Union

TONIGHT AT 7PM IN COOPER’S GREAT HALL – – PANEL: THE PREDICAMENT OF ARCHITECTURE

A panel with explore Henry Cobb’s discussion of the predicament of architecture through his recently published book Words & Works 1948-2018. The panel includes Cobb, Nader Tehrani, Preston Scott Cohen, Elizabeth Diller and Marion Weiss.

“On the one hand, it is impossible for architecture to ignore the ethical obligation stemming from the fact that buildings are intended to be useful. On the other hand, it is fatal for architecture to become trapped in the condition of being merely useful. From the ethical perspective, architecture is contaminated by its art status, while from the artistic perspective, it is contaminated by its use status. Yet this is precisely what makes our art so important in the culture: Every work of architecture is inescapably enmeshed in the systems of power and standards of ethical conduct from which its art status demands with equal insistence that it be liberated. The reconciliation of these seemingly irreconcilable demands precisely defines, in my view, the ultimate task of the architect.” – Henry Cobb

This lecture is co-sponsored with The Architectural League of New York. Tickets required.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street.

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HASHIM SARKIS: CYANOMETRICS AT COOPER TOMORROW

Posted on November 29th, 2018 by Hannah Wang

Posted under: Lectures, The Cooper Union

Hashim Sarkis will lecture tomorrow, Friday Nov. 30th, at The Cooper Union. The lecture will be held at 6:30pm in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets). More info HERE.

Byblos Blue Installation, Valparaiso Biennale, 2017. Photo by Daniella Samira Maamari.

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TONIGHT AT COOPER: CECIL BALMOND: SOFT LOGIC, SERIAL OUTCOMES

Posted on November 29th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures, The Cooper Union

“An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Cecil Balmond OBE, is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. Balmond transcends the conventional boundaries of discipline, working in the crossover between art and science. In this dynamic area, he has re-invented the very concept of space, transforming the meaning of geometry, form and structure.”

Tonight from 6:30pm – 9:00pm Cecil Balmond with lecture in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square. The event is free and open to the public and is approved for 1.5 LU | HSW Continuing Education Credits. More info and registration HERE.

 

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NADER MODERATING THE THE WILLIAM COOPER MACK THESIS FELLOWSHIP LECTURE TONIGHT

Posted on November 27th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures, The Cooper Union

William Cooper Mack, Of Anisotropic Matrices – Thesis, 2005-06

The William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship Lecture: Digital Materiality in Architecture is being presented at The Cooper Union tonight with lecturers Meejin Yoon and Fabio Gramzio. Nader and Michael Young will moderate. The lecture will be held in The Great Hall in the Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street. While you’re there, make sure to stop by the current exhibition,  Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical, currently on display in the Arthur A. Houghton Gallery!

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.

“The work of Fabio Gramazio and Meejin Yoon both draw on digital and computational intelligence through their research and built body of work,” notes Dean Nader Tehrani. “Gramazio’s work, under the banner of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH has effectively defined the many ways in which formal, spatial, and material practices have been transformed by digital protocols, using their laboratory as a test bed for novel and unprecedented fabrication explorations, working with both traditional materials and invented composites. Meejin Yoon’s work, in contrast, was launched at MIT under the banner of MY studio, and subsequently in collaboration with Höweler Yoon studios, with a research focused on interactive technologies, imaging all the ways in which physical spaces can be augmented through sensory technologies that make for intelligent and responsive environments. Now after more than a decade of research, the two bodies of work converge as digital technologies come into conversation with other disciplines, among them physics, biology, and other sciences. In a dynamic and active field, as architects who share an intense commitment to practice and research, both also share an imagination about how our pedagogies will be impacted by technologies that stand to alter our understanding of both representational and generative thinking.”

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NADAAA AT GEORGIA TECH: THE TECTONIC GRAIN

Posted on November 14th, 2018 by Hannah Wang

Posted under: Installations + Exhibitions, Lectures

photo by Shenjie Li

The Tectonic Grain is a textual and visual array which draws from this experience of designing space for design. The exhibit’s unique layout acts as both model and statement. A lecture given by Nader of the same name on October 24th opened the exhibit and serves as a supplement to the exhibit. To read the corresponding essay, click HERE. To learn more about The Tectonic Grain and the Stubbins Gallery at the Georgia Tech College of Design click HERE.

exhibition connection detail; photo by Shenjie Li

NADAAA approaches architecture with an understanding of a shared ability between academia and its own buildings to teach and challenge the conventions of built space. NADAAA’s work includes three schools of architecture and design: The Hinman Building at Georgia Tech, the University of Melbourne School of Design, and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. Consequently, NADAAA integrates within its practice an extensive understanding of design schools and the structural and circulatory factors that impact learning about design.

photo by Shenjie Li

In the Atlanta and Melbourne projects, research on suspension became a transformative pedagogical tool. At Georgia Tech, we used the gantry crane above to delicately suspend an entire studio space – “the crib” – in order to maintain the flexibility of the ground level. In the Melbourne School of Design, where there is no budgetary allocation for dedicated studio space, 22 meter LVL beams spanned the atrium and formed the structure for a totemic suspended structure that served as the only dedicated series of studio spaces. The structure is massive and volumetric at its top, extending down to the studio walls in a kind of bas-relief, and eventually thinning out to plywood veneers at its base, where the surface of the cladding serves to create a coffered acoustic ceiling that hovers above the great hall.

Melbourne hanging studio elevation; photo by Nader Tehrani

For the Daniels Building in Toronto, while the idea of suspension was not a motivating force, the integrative mandates and lessons of Atlanta and Melbourne projects became instrumental in the transformation of the design. When the concrete shell roof structure was challenged, the project was virtually brought to its knees in a moment of truth, as it were, effectively on the verge of compromising the building’s most salient feature. The question, for us, was whether this roof was a materially driven idea, or rather just about the integration of structural illumination, environmental, and hydrological performance, as the latter became to dominate our thinking, we redesigned the structure more economically in steel, while keeping its essential figure and performance intact. Composed of a layered system of parts, the steel I-beams with corrugated steel deck, covered with light gauge structs, gypsum board sheets with radiant panels, and a coating of paint. Thus, the paint shows no grain, as such, the most characteristic feature of the building resides in the morphological grain of the roof itself.

Toronto roof section; photo by Nader Tehrani

Credits
Curation and design: Nader Tehrani, Lisa LaCharité & Hannah Wang
NADAAA Installation: Hannah Wang & Luisel Zayas
Georgia Tech School of Architecture students: Shenjie Li & Rachel Cloyd
Photographs: Nader Tehrani & Shenjie Li

photo by Shenjie Li

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Nader speaking at the Phyllis Lambert International Seminar Saturday at the Université de Montréal

Posted on November 1st, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Nader will join speakers: Andrea Bardin, Neeraj Bhatia, Orit Halpern, Shannon Mattern, Emanuele Quinz, Gilles Retsin, Dubravka Sekulic, Kathy Velikov; and moderators: Thomas Balaban, Samuel Bernier-Lavigne, Sinisha Brdar, Salmaan Craig, Fabrizio Gallanti, and Irena Latek to discuss Architecture in Light of the Notions of Form and Information. The Seminar begins tomorrow at 9am in the amphithéâtre 3110 at the École d’architecture, Université de Montréal. More information can be found HERE.

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