Práctica Arquitectonica IV: A Disaggregated Manifesto

Posted on April 16th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press

The idea of an architectural manifesto seems somewhat monocular in its focus in a time when the complexities of the architectural discipline are anything but singular. At the same time, the idea of a call to arms is also mired in a mentality of urgency that characterizes the many texts that por-actively build crises first, if only to qualify their response. This is not to say that the clarity of vision that both necessitate is not required, and furthermore that there are not real urgencies to which the architectural discipline cannot speak. Thus, rather than rely on the crutch of pandemonium, zeitgeist, or vision, this text is dedicated to a disaggregated series of conversations with the longue durée of architectural debates, both historic and contemporary in nature, but thematically motivated, if only to help better position the disciplinary investments we might advocate to advance architectural agency today.

Read on HERE. Práctica Arquitectonica IV is available for purchase HERE.

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Nader lecturing for American University of Sharjah

Posted on April 14th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Sunday at 9 am EST Nader will give an online lecture for the American University of Sharjah’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. More information including a link to join the event HERE.

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Stella Betts reviews ‘My House Is Better Than Your House’

Posted on April 7th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Villa Varoise, Press

Architectural Record’s April Issue features a book review of NADAAA’s forthcoming book on Villa Varoise!

‘With its conversational tone, the exchange captured in the book manages to complement the images and drawings more successfully than is usual in a conventional monograph. The dialogue goes beyond a comparison of the houses and leads to discussions of the typology of the house itself. By doing so, it transcends the conceit of dueling dwellings, opening up a larger discourse on the practice of architecture. But it’s a fun read—both light and serious.
The art of this book is that it can be enjoyed on several levels. It is a deep dive into the design process and the meticulous execution of one single house and its surrounding landscape, taken from initial concept and site strategies through drawings, diagrams, models, and construction details. [] But the book is also a manifesto—a reminder to all of us that as architects it is “our responsibility to change the status quo . . . to motivate the discipline, and produce not novelty, but innovation.” If you manage that, then the results of the design process just may be “better.”’

-Stella Betts, founding principal at LEVENBETTS

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Nader Tehrani Receives the Hotchkiss Alumni Award

Posted on April 6th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Awards

‘His passion for architecture and design took root at Hotchkiss, where he was inspired by art instructor Blanche Hoar. He has said that he experienced an “aesthetic transformation” during his time at Hotchkiss, which may have started the day he first set foot on campus. During an interview for Hotchkiss Magazine in 2017, Tehrani recalled visiting Hotchkiss in 1978, following one of the worst nor’easters on record. Snow had drifted halfway up Scoville Gate, and Tehrani, who was touring prep schools with his friends, barely made the trip to Lakeville. But what he remembers most about his visit wasn’t the record-breaking blizzard, but his impression of Main Building, which, at the time, bore the design of modernist Hugh Stubbins, the architect best known for Citicorp Center’s landmark tower in Manhattan. When he looked out at Main, he remembers thinking to himself: “This is where I want to be.”’

Read Hotchkiss’s articles on Nader HERE and HERE.

Below, a touching tribute from Saint Bryan, Class of ’81:

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