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* Architecture & Design: Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Announces 2013 National Design Awards Winners

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Announces 2013 National Design Awards Winners

Architecture & Design: Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Announces 2013 National Design Awards Winners: “..Now in its 14th year, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards is continuing its legacy to recognize outstanding achievement across a variety of disciplines in the design community.  The awards were established to “promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world”.  This year the recipients will be honored at a gala in October during National Design Week in New York City.  The goal of recognizing this achievements is to reinforce the idea that “everything around us is designed” and the potential for innovation and creation is present across all types of development. The winners of this year’s design awards were selected based on excellence, innovation and public impact..James Wines is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Wines is the founder and president of SITE, multidisciplinary studio based in New York City that develops site-specific structures that utilize information about the surrounding environment.  The work includes buildings, public space, environmental art, landscapes, master plans, interiors, video productions, graphics and product designs, all of which use the context to determine the design.  With projects numbering over 150 in 11 countries, Wines’ and SITE’s work has been highly influential in the design community..Michael Sorkin is honored with the Design Mind Award for his work in architecture at his practice, Michael Sorkin Studio; for his work in architectural and urban critique for Architectural Record and as professor at the City College of New York; and as an urbanist for his work with the non-profit organization Terreform which is dedicated to research and intervention of urban morphology..The popular non-profit organization that produces lectures covering issues of technology, entertainment and design – TED – is awarded the Corporate and Institutional Achievement.  The talks cover a wide range of disciplines and have grown exponentially in popularity since its beginnings in 1984.  To promote local outreach, TED has also developed the TEDx talks which allows individuals to independently organize events in their communities..The Architecture Design Award is going to Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective that uses design to connect with and respond to contemporary issues.  Each project addresses the individual cultural and environmental concerns of the site, using specific strategies to deal with global issues of urbanization, climate and sustainability.  The projects cover a range of scale and scope, from individual building towers to infrastructure and public space..Graphic Designer Paula Scher is recognized for the Communication Design for her work with “iconic, smart and accessible images”.  Her work uses typography to develop images that have meaning and evoke feeling.  Her work is highly recognizable and has been used for environmental graphics, packing, publications and branding systems..Fashion Designer Behnaz Sarafpour is being recognized for her work in elegant and innovative textiles.  Her collection blends high design with affordability, while consciously choosing organically produced materials for her designs..Media design firm, Local Projects, is being recognized for Interaction Design.  The firm specializes in work for museums and public spaces and has been creating work for the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  It is being awarded for its use of physical space and interactive design to create collaborative storytelling projects..Aidlin Darling Design is the recipient of the Interior Design award for the studios interest in designing spaces for all five sense.  The studio functions as a hub for collaborators of many disciplines, including builders, fabricators, artists, engineers, and chefs..Margie Ruddick work is being recognized for the Landscape Architecture award for her pioneering approach in incorporating ecology into the urban landscape.  Ruddick is also an author and professor whose work has gained international acclaim and is likely an inspiration in today’s desire to design environmentally conscious sites in modern cities..NewDealDesign is honored with the Product Design award.  The multidisciplinary firm collaborates with industrial, graphic and interaction designers to create innovative products “dedicated to helping people live better everyday”. (via Cooper-Hewitt.org)

See our post on another project by Studio Gang Architects: Solar Carve Tower by Studio Gang Architects in New York City, next to the High Line linear park.

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image: Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre by Studio Gang Architects by Greg Murphy; article: Vinnitskaya , Irina. “Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Announces 2013 National Design Awards Winners” 10 May 2013. ArchDaily

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* Architecture: Solar Carve Tower on the Highline in New York City by Studio Gang Architects

Posted by the editors on Monday, 5 November 2012

Architecture: Solar Carve Tower on the Highline in New York City by Studio Gang Architects: “..Jeanne Gang is about to make her New York debut, as the Chicago-based architect just unveiled the latest project planned to border New York City’s beloved High Line. The 180,000 square-foot office tower with ground level retail will replace an existing, disused meatpacking plant along 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. It will feature a “gem-like”, glass facade that is intelligently shaped to avoid the disruption of light, air and views from the High Line..Dubbed the Solar Carve Tower, the mid-rise structure is currently pending city approval and is planned for completion in 2015..New York City’s 1916 Zoning Resolution, which required that skyscrapers be set back from the street as they rise upward, was the first American law to address the tall building’s relationship to the space of the city. By putting rules in place to ensure the public’s right to sunshine and fresh air without explicitly limiting the height of the highrise, early planners and elected officials were able to prioritize public benefit over the private interests of unlimited floor area and bulk. Ralph Knowles, a professor at the University of Southern California in the 1980s, extended the concept of solar access as a zoning principle by introducing “the solar envelope” as a guide to shaping building form. When a new building adheres to the boundaries developed by Knowles’ research, solar access for neighboring properties is maintained during the key energy-receiving times of day and season. Sunlight is treated as a valuable resource, and everyone’s right to harvest it is ensured..While these ordinances and envelopes are specific to latitudes and times of day, every city nevertheless produces spaces that defy their logic. In New York, that space is the High Line. Opened to the public in summer 2009, the High Line is the fortuitous result of a grassroots effort to save an abandoned elevated rail line in Lower Manhattan and the vegetation that spontaneously overgrew it. Now converted into a popular linear park, the High Line is a public phenomenon that lies not in the realm of the street but in the center of the city’s block structure. While this unique condition makes it an extraordinary urban green space, it also means that it is endangered rather than protected by the setback zoning regulations..Our Solar Carve Tower employs a surprising twist to traditional zoning logic to resolve this condition. Designed for a site that borders the High Line on the east with the vast openness of Tenth Avenue, the Lincoln Highway, and the Hudson River to the west, the project proposes inverting the light and air setbacks from the already well-exposed street to the High Line, in order to prioritize the inner-block park. Geometric relationships between the building form and the sun’s path, as well as the viewshed between the park and the Hudson, guide the shave and shape of the tower. The result is a gem-like façade that displays the exciting architectural potential of expanded notions of solar-driven zoning—and a skyscraper that enhances the public life of the city in ways that a stand-alone icon cannot..”

See our posts on The High Line:

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image: Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “Solar Carve Tower / Studio Gang Architects” 01 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/289562&gt;

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