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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Spectrum Celebrates the Future of Kendall Square

Posted on November 5th, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Press

Spectrum, MIT’s publication for friends and supporters, recently provided an update on the future Kendall Square. Here, MIT President Rafael Reif explained that the boundaries between campus, community, education and entrepreneurship will blur. “Once the cranes leave town, we’ll be left with a Kendall Square full of possibility for the Institute, the region, the nation, and the world… If you haven’t been to Kendall Square recently, I hope you’ll stop by for a visit. You’ll be amazed by the progress we’re making.” Read the full article in Spectrum HERE. More info on NADAAA and Perkins+Will’s collaboration on the MIT Site 4 project at Kendall Square can be found HERE.

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Tanderrum Bridge featured in Detail’s Structure Magazine

Posted on October 26th, 2018 by Jacob Hangen

Posted under: Press

Structure, the new review of structural design and engineering published by Detail, describes the system of tubular steel that envelopes the Tanderrum Bridge’s spanning walkways and folded railing.

“Depending on the viewpoint, this tubular veil may look heaver or lighter, which creates a fascinating interplay of light and shadow and achieves a perfect blend of structural engineering and landscape”-Roland Pawlitschko

To learn more about the Tanderrum Bridge click HERE.

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Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press, Things We Like

For more fun, get your copy of Office US Manual from Storefront for Art and Architecture HERE.



Posted on August 6th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Tanderrum Bridge, Press



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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Tanderrum in The Plan

Posted on June 26th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Tanderrum Bridge, Press

The Tanderrum Bridge is in the summer issue of The Plan! Read the full piece HERE.

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Architectural Record on the Future of Practice

Posted on June 15th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press

This month’s Architectural Record pays visits to firms small, medium, large, and XL across the country to forecast the future of practice in each. Nader and Katie weigh in on the setbacks and advantages of medium-sized offices. Read on HERE.

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MSD featured in ‘Evidence Based Design Journal’

Posted on May 2nd, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Melbourne School of Design, Academic, Press

The Evidence Based Design Journal‘s aim is to bridge data-based research with current design practice, positively impacting the health and well-being of building occupants. Darragh O’Brien, managing editor of the journal has analyzed the Melbourne School of Design. Read his full review of the MSD–four years after its completion–HERE.

“In an iterative world, MSD now provides a tempting target for future detailed research into the relationship between collaborative activity and spatial organisation, where the void is the device by which we can create and perceive a complex network of relationships. Ideas are not forced, they brush off on us through constant exposure, over time.”


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Nader on Portuguese studio Aires Mateus

Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

photo by Fernando Guerra

Fig Projects interviews Nader for Interwoven on his appreciation of Aires Mateus and their practice. “Their projects are the consequence of the confrontation between figures and configurations and, as authors, they endure through the purity of the results. I have always been fascinated by their ability to control all the ingredients that gauge an architectural discussion, without contaminating it with added noise or conceptual clutter. No doubt, abstraction is the vehicle through which these two devices are mediated, making iconographic elements more allusive, while tectonic elements become more immaterial: whatever is not necessary, whatever is in the middle scale between the general figure and the discrete element is eliminated.”

Read the full interview HERE.

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