Spotlight: Kevin Roche

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College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA Known for his progressive aesthetics and vast body of work, 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche (born June 14, 1922) has headed numerous projects of varying program and scale as the design principal of his firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. In 1980, shortly before the death of Roche's business partner John Dinkeloo, the firm was described by critic C. Ray Smith in 1980 as "the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working."
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Born in Ireland, Roche's early years as an architect are telling: he first moved to the USA in 1948 to study under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology but left after just one semester, swapping Mies' strict formulaic style for a much more expressive modernism when he joined the firm of Eliel and Eero Saarinen

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Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

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Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind's work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials—but which he has equally adapted to conference centers, skyscrapers, and shopping malls.
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Born in Poland shortly after the end of the second world war, Libeskind's parents were Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. As a child, Libeskind was a talented musician, but after his family moved to New York when he was 13, Libeskind set out on the path toward architecture. He received a degree in architecture from The Cooper Union in 1970 and a postgraduate degree

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Dresden’s Military History Museum. Image © Bitter Bredt, Courtesy of Studio Daniel LIbeskind
Jewish Contemporary Museum San Francisco. Image © Fernando Herrera
Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés. Image © Hufton+Crow
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Spotlight: Kevin Roche

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College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA Known for his progressive aesthetics and vast body of work, 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche (born June 14, 1922) has headed numerous projects of varying program and scale as the design principal of his firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. In 1980, shortly before the death of Roche's business partner John Dinkeloo, the firm was described by critic C. Ray Smith in 1980 as "the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working."
© Nathan Benn © Nathan Benn

Born in Ireland, Roche's early years as an architect are telling: he first moved to the USA in 1948 to study under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology but left after just one semester, swapping Mies' strict formulaic style for a much more expressive modernism when he joined the firm of Eliel and Eero Saarinen

Knights of Columbus Building. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/61614216@N02/7154045899'>Flickr user cjreddaway</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> (cropped)
The Ford Foundation. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ford_foundation_building_1.JPG'>Wikimedia user Stakhanov</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a>
The Ford Foundation. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/sixteenmilesofstring/19375212824'>Flickr user sixteenmilesofstring</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
College Life Insurance Company HQ. Image © Jimmy Baikovicius
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Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

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Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind's work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials—but which he has equally adapted to conference centers, skyscrapers, and shopping malls.
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Born in Poland shortly after the end of the second world war, Libeskind's parents were Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. As a child, Libeskind was a talented musician, but after his family moved to New York when he was 13, Libeskind set out on the path toward architecture. He received a degree in architecture from The Cooper Union in 1970 and a postgraduate degree

© Guenter Schneider <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JewishMuseumBerlinAerial.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a>. ImageJewish Museum, Berlin
Dresden’s Military History Museum. Image © Bitter Bredt, Courtesy of Studio Daniel LIbeskind
Jewish Contemporary Museum San Francisco. Image © Fernando Herrera
Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés. Image © Hufton+Crow
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Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus

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Joshua Prince-Ramus (born 11th August, 1969) has made a significant mark as one of the most promising young architects working today. Named one of the five greatest architects under 50 in 2011 by The Huffington Post, Prince-Ramus made a name for himself as one of Rem Koolhaas' many protégés before forming his practice, REX, in 2006.
Seattle Central Library. Image © Ramon Prat
Seattle Central Library. Image © Ramon Prat

Receiving a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Yale, Prince-Ramus graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1996. He gained prominence at a young age as a founding principal of OMA’s New York office, perhaps most notably working as partner-in-charge of the firm's acclaimed Seattle Central Library project after Prince-Ramus, a Seattle native, flew across the Atlantic on a day's notice to register the firm's interest in competing for the commission. Prince-Ramus eventually bought out Rem Koolhaas’ share of the company in

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Image © Iwan Baan
Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Image © Iwan Baan
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Image © Iwan Baan
Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan
Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan
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PITCHAfrica Creates Water-Harvesting Campus and Stadium for Communities In Need

In many African countries, clean water is still a luxury. Wars are fought over it, families are uprooted for it, and entire communities perish without it. The scarcity of freshwater has plagued nations in Africa and around the world for centuries. Now, non-profit group PITCHAfrica is fixing the problem with a novel combination of sport and design. Part of a 10-acre Waterbank Campus comprised of 7 water-harvesting buildings, the soccer (or “futsal”) stadium is capable of hosting up to 1500 people, helping to save, educate and unite communities that are most in need. Continue reading "PITCHAfrica Creates Water-Harvesting Campus and Stadium for Communities In Need"

Celebrate Presidents Day with Five Presidential Libraries

President’s day marks a moment of reflection in the United States, where citizens acknowledge the contributions of US presidents to the politics and culture of the nation. While some of these men are still with us, the majority are represented only by the monuments and buildings they left to posterity. Indeed, the legacy of a United States President has come to be embodied in a very specific type of building—a library. The last 13 presidents have commissioned national libraries to be built in their name, marking the end of their service. Libraries have also been posthumously dedicated to presidents who did not erect such monuments during their own lifetimes. In either case, recording the lives and legacies of these great men has made for some fantastic architecture. See some of our favorites, after the break! Continue reading "Celebrate Presidents Day with Five Presidential Libraries"

The Observatories: Micro Artist Residence Officially Opens in the UK

Nearly eight months ago, a team of four design students won a competition to design an artist’s residence in the south-western countryside of the UK. Now, Charlotte Knight, Mina Gospavic, Ross Galtress, and Lauren Shevills (in collaboration with artist Edward Crumpton) have seen their design, “The Observatories,” realized. Conceived as two rotating structures that house a studio and living quarters, The Observatories will be moved to four different sites over the course of two years. During this time, they’ll take in twelve artists, each for two-month residencies. Continue reading "The Observatories: Micro Artist Residence Officially Opens in the UK"

NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos

International design firm NLÉ has recently shared its competition-winning design for the financial headquarters of the microfinance bank Credit Direct Limited. Located in Lagos, Nigeria, in the Ikeja district, the bank’s design abandons the forbidding presence of most financial institutions for one that is open and welcoming. This decision not only invites clientele inside, but creates opportunities for adaptation to the tropical weather of . Continue reading "NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos"

Group8asia Selected to Realize “Verdant Urban Oasis” in Singapore

Group8asia has recently taken first place in a competition meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore. The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of ’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape. Continue reading "Group8asia Selected to Realize “Verdant Urban Oasis” in Singapore"

Group8asia Selected to Realize “Verdant Urban Oasis” in Singapore

Group8asia has recently taken first place in a competition meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore. The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of ’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape. Continue reading "Group8asia Selected to Realize “Verdant Urban Oasis” in Singapore"

Robert A.M. Stern 2015 Travel Fellowship Applications Now Available

This week, Robert A.M. Stern Architects released applications for its third annual Travel Fellowship. The $10,000 grant is given to an architecture student in the penultimate year of their Master’s degree study. The recipient must be attending one of 18 U.S. and Canadian schools, and show “insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.” The prize money will be used to support travel and research based on Robert A.M. Stern’s own philosophy of reinventing traditional architecture. Check your eligibility and apply for the  here!

Accelerate@CERN Offers Residency and Chance to Create Physics-Inspired Architecture

The practice of architecture has always been intertwined with the study of physics, both in structure and aesthetics. As the nuances of physics become better understood, architecture has the opportunity to grow and change, such as in Herzog and de Meuron’s particle physics-based designs. In the interest of nurturing the relationship between these two fields, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Department of Arts of the Federal Chancellery of are teaming up to offer the Accelerate@CERN Austria award. Read on to learn more. Continue reading "Accelerate@CERN Offers Residency and Chance to Create Physics-Inspired Architecture"

Call for Papers: STUDIO Magazine Investigates “Urban Pause”

STUDIO Architecture and Urban Magazine is calling for submissions for its ISSUE#8 publication: Pause. As the title suggests, the issue will look at the modern city’s propensity for change and movement by focusing on “the crystallization of a moment, a temporary stop out of time and space, where you can listen to the sound of silence.” The magazine is looking for a variety of different submissions, from essays to infographics, relating to any field of design. Interested contributors must send a 200-word abstract (in English) explaining their proposal. The deadline for this is February 25th. Final pieces chosen for the issue are to be submitted by March 20th, with an expected publication date in April. For full submission requirements, click here!

NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels

Cultures around the world attribute magical properties to the amethyst gem. The lustrous purple quartz is said to bring good fortune, heal illness, and calm the mind. It makes sense, then, that NL Architects have modeled their latest hotel chain proposal after an amethyst geode. Designed based on the original hotel layouts of John Portman, this visually striking tower series aims to serve as a symbol of hospitality and well-being for visitors around the world. Continue reading "NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels"

Sergei Tchoban on the Importance of Drawing and Details in Architecture

Click here to view the embedded video. Berlin Art Link recently sat down with Russian-born, German architect Sergei Tchoban. In the above, he discusses his career, including working on the design for the Vostok Tower, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the recent opening of the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing. This building houses his extensive personal works, as well as exhibitions by other artists.  “What is very important for me is the quality of all details, so you create a building from outline, from the silhouette, to the door lever. This building brings out a lot of our and my personal ideas about architecture and about details in architecture,” Tchoban said regarding his design for the Museum for Architectural Drawing. The exterior of the building expresses Tchoban’s devotion to draftsmanship with etchings of his own sketches embedded in the façade. “I’m very active in drawings, as a draftsman myself.  Drawing is a result of our thinking process and our thinking process is not only a thinking process with the head, with the mind, but also the process where you think with the whole body.”

Knight Cities Challenge Selects 126 Finalists

Last week, the Knight Foundation announced the 126 finalists for its Knight Cities Challenge. This Challenge was an open call for ideas on how to invigorate the 26 US communities that receive funding from the Foundation. Over 7,000 submissions were received, with ideas ranging from the installation of street arcades to the transformation of vacant city lots. The chose submissions from each of the 26 communities, selecting those that best encouraged community engagement, provided economic opportunity, and made the city a more attractive place to be. See the full list of finalists, here!

Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm

The Södermalm district of Stockholm will be receiving a unique new addition to its collection of residential housing. Utopia Arkitekter has proposed a redevelopment plan along Hornsbruksgatan that will include three apartment buildings and a new metro station. In total, the plan will create 29 units: twelve and seventeen town houses. Rising two to three stories above the street, the connected roofs of each of these buildings will act as an extension to the nearby Högalid Park. Continue reading "Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm"

Artplace Offering Grants for Cultural Installations

Artplace America is offering up to $3 million in funding to an applicant non-governmental organization (NGO) in six different regions of the US as a part of its Community Development Investments program. Artplace will select these six organizations based on their interest in “sustainably incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the organizations work.” If selected, NGOs will work with financial advisement teams, as well as creative consultants to make the best use of the grant money. To see if your organization is eligible, click here!

Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park

Chicago’s Jackson Park is expected to see some big changes in the coming years. Nonprofit organization Project 120 is working to revitalize the park, restoring many of the design aspects implemented by its landscape architect, the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. Alongside this restoration, the park will also receive a new Phoenix Pavilion, homage to Japan’s gift to the US for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. An outdoor performance space will be added to the park, as will an installation funded by musician and activist . See the details, after the break. Continue reading "Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park"