Nader writes editorial critique for The Plan

Posted on May 31st, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press




In A Disaggregated Manifesto, an editorial critique for The Plan, Nader discusses the fragmentation of practice, as a result of an expanded domain and ever-growing breadth of specialized consultants. The editorial is composed as a series of reflections, notes and projections, an index, comprising a broader research, “to reconstitute the political agency of the architect by re-engaging the means and methods of processes – which are ever expanding by the day – if only to reconnect with the very protocols of making that provide for the instrumentality of the designer’s intellectual craft.”


“…the detail can be seen as omnipresent, pervasive and malleable enough to play many roles – indeed a critical precondition for the spatial and formal potentials of an architecture yet to be determined.”

Find the article here as PDF.

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Nader lecturing Monday in Zagreb

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

In an event organized by Oris House of Architecture, Nader will lecture in Zagreb Monday, May 30th at 7.30 pm for the Faculty of Architecture in Multimedia Hall.



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Nader to Lecture at THINK, DESIGN, BUILD | Berlin

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures


On June 2 Nader will take part in a panel discussion in the Techincal University of Berlin joined by MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs, Tobias Armborst of Interboro Partners, Freek Persyn from 51n4e, and Pier Paolo Tamburellli of Baukuh. Ralf Pasel and designer Ilka Ruby will moderate and Toyo Ito will give the keynote lecture on Friday,  June 3rd.

The conference will look at the fundamental aspects of practices in architecture, in particular, the Design panel ‘will look at the design conception of architecture and thus at the design process as an agent and catalyst between idea and realisation’.The panel will be moderated by architect , and will also include  and Nader Tehrani from Nadaaa.  for the event.

For more information please visit the event website here.

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Posted on May 25th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Press

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NADAAA (Design Architect) and Perkins+Will (Architect of Record) are collaborating on the design and development of a significant gateway project for MIT on East Campus at Kendall Square, pending the ongoing approval process of the City of Cambridge. The project is part of a multi-building institutional and commercial development that will revitalize existing buildings on Main Street with new high rises and a new open space to the south. The diverse program typologies and the urban influences from adjacent developments and the existing fabric have largely factored into the organizational framework and design concept. The project is a combination of renovated buildings at the podium and new construction in a tower. The program will include approximately 450 graduate student apartments in a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and efficiency units. The podium of the project is a combination of existing buildings and new construction. The entire ground plane of the podium will be for retail use. The upper levels of the podium for the new construction scope will include a new Child Care center with an elevated playground, and the Social Commons for the residents of the apartment tower with an outdoor terrace. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will be in the upper levels of the existing buildings, along with additional space for future tenants.

“The approval came in a unanimous vote of the Cambridge Planning Board, providing for MIT’s special permits as part of its “Planned Unit Development” in the Kendall Square/East Campus area… All in all, the plan will lead to a little more of everything in Kendall Square: more housing for both MIT students and the community, more open spaces for recreation and socializing, and more space for research and for retail businesses.” – David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

More information on the project is also available here.




Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Things We Like

NADAAA’s Amin Tadj, with his partners at VAV Studio, completed their installation, AND, at the Venice Biennale. The installation, a cylindrical gallery, acts as a narrative of work produced by the generation growing up in the 1979 revolution in Iran. Launching practice in the post-war aftermath, VAV Studio gained recognition through collaboration on successful competitions.

“In a broader view, “AND” stands for the way our generation acknowledges its drastically diverse society, and for our mission of conjunction. It represents the eclectic identities of ourselves. “AND” represents our praise for democracy. It introduces the possibility of resisting and negotiating simultaneously. “AND” represents our openness to collaboration, the belief that no one holds the ultimate answer, but rather that the answer can be found collectively. “AND” means that we are just a link in a chain.”

See more instagram photos of the installation here.








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Soheila Beski and Nader in Iran, 2004



Arash Aliabadi, Afshin Farzin, Saman Shamsbeki, Sakhi Shirmohammadi, Amin Tadjsoleiman

Design team:
Reza Katebi, Nazanin Mojahed, Mahsa Hosseini, Mahnoosh Nazari

Research Team: Homayoun Askari Sirizi, Khosro Salarian,
Film Director: Khosro Salarian,
Cinematographer and Editor: Mojtaba Yazdizadeh
Graphics: Elmira Mahnia
Fabrication: CARBON Studio,Ali Mirakbari
Web Design: Farzad Kafaei

Arsh 4D Studio (Pantea Eslami, Alireza Sherafati), Bonsar (Mohammad Majidi), Diba Tensile Architecture (Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi), Experimental Branch of Architecture Metropolitan (Arash Mozafari, Babak Rashedi, Aqil Bahra, Ashkan Sedigh, Pedram Dibazar, Siavash Ghabraie, Siavash Afshar), Farshad Mehdizadeh & Ahmad Bathaei, FEA Studio (Ensieh Khamseh, Arash Nasiri), Fluid Motion Architects (Reza Daneshmir, Catherine Spiridonoff), Hooba Design (Hooman Balazadeh), Logical Process Office (Elham Geramizadeh, Ehsan Hosseini), Metamorphosis Method (Amirhossein Taheri), Next Office (Alireza Taghaboni), Rai Studio (Pouya Khazaeli Parsa), Shift Process Practice (Rambod Eilkhani, Nashid Nabian), ZAV Architects (Mohamadreza Ghodousi,Parsa Ardam, Fati Rezaiee)


CCA show on Azure

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, Press

Azure reviews ‘Archaeology of the Digital’ which includes Office dA’s Witte Arts Center. More on Witte here.

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Vote today for the best Northern Ave. Bridge idea!

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Competitions, Things We Like

The Boston Society of Architects in collaboration with The City of Boston issued an ideas competition last month to gather innovative ideas on the future of the aging Northern Ave. Bridge that links the Financial District to the Seaport District.

The results have been posted here and are open for voting!

Results will be revealed at a party this Wednesday at the BSA at 6pm — register for the event here.


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Posted on May 18th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, The Cooper Union

This annual exhibition will showcase work from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. The opening reception will be on Monday, May 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. in The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, and 41 Cooper Square. The exhibit will run through June 12 and is free and open to the public during these times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 7 p.m.




The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski

Posted on May 18th, 2016 by Nader Tehrani

Posted under: Press

There is perhaps no intellectual who is as in tune with the vulnerability of the creative process and the uncertainty from which innovation emerges as Kyna Leski. On the one hand, her focus on ‘unlearning’ takes us back to our most elemental moments of learning as a child, but also, on the other hand, to our most corrupted ideological predispositions… Find the book through the MIT Press here.


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Nader leading a lecture at MOMA tomorrow evening

Posted on May 17th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Nader will present a selection from MoMA’s vast collection of modern architecture and design as part of the From the Vault series. The lecture will include a conversation with Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA. To join tomorrow evening at 6:00pm please RSVP to


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