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New York Philharmonic Selects Team to Reimagine Geffen Hall Its selection is a surprising choice, says The New York Times contributor Robin Pogrebin. London firm Heatherwick Studio and Toronto’s Diamond Schmitt Architects will redesign the interior of its home, David Geffen Hall. Thomas Heatherwick, “the man of the moment” and head of Heatherwick Studio, will replace British starchitect Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, who won the commission a decade ago to redesign Geffen Hall, which was then known as Avery Fisher Hall. Heatherwick has little experience in designing major public buildings. After the Philharmonic board voted in 2005 to proceed with a design by Foster, the orchestra and Lincoln Center changed plans and in 2013, started an architectural competition that involved more than 100 firms. [The New York Times]
Infrastructure With Intent and Aesthetics If you've ever noticed a seawall while attempting to enjoy a crowded urban beach, it probably wasn't for the aesthetics. The generally vast, concrete structures lines a majority of the shoreline to deter water from damaging homes or communities, but don't do any favors for the environment by causing flooding. This project in Vancouver, however, solves both of those issues. Built for a home that was severely damaged from record-breaking tides in Dec. 2012, Canadian landscape architecture firm Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture devised Metamorphous. The project includes a series of boulders with added plants like dune grasses and pine shrubberies to deposit sand. The wall is made out of a Corten steel shell that can be applied with a hose, and then filled with concrete, making it look more a sculpture than an eyesore. The firm was given a design award this past September by the American Society of Landscape Architects. [CityLab]
Step Up On Wednesday, New York–based FWFowle Architects announced 12 promotions. William Doherty was named a principal. Daniel Piselli, AIA; Steve Mielke, AIA; and James Theodore, AIA, became senior associates. The following architects were promoted to associates: Brandon Massey, AIA; Tim Sudweeks, AIA; Patrick Koch, AIA; Kaz Adachi; Iva Zoretic, AIA; Yasmeen Shamsuddin, AIA; Sara Davis, AIA; and Austin Sakong, AIA. [FXFowle]
Empire State Awards This year, AIA New York State's Design Awards picked seven excellence awards, 13 merit awards, and 20 citation awards. Of these 40 projects, 25 are built in-state (such as the Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, in New York City, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, shown above), nine are located out-of-state, and six are international. [ARCHITECT]
Best in Sustainability The 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + awards are now open for submissions. Submit your firm's sustainable and resilient projects today! Deadline is Jan. 19. [ARCHITECT]
Awards: Enter Now!
The AIA Committee on the Environment is now accepting submissions for the COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + awards for 2016. The Top Ten celebrates the most sustainable buildings designed by architects licensed in the U.S. The Top Ten + award is given to a past COTE Top Ten winner who has proven through post-occupancy and time to exceed even its initial lofty expectations. Find out more info and submit your entry today. Deadline for entries is Jan. 19.
Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.
AIA|DC is accepting entries for the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward excellent reporting of architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. The annual prize is $5,000. The deadline is Dec. 31.
The 23rd annual Ceramic Tiles of Italy Competition is now open for submissions. If you've used Italian ceramic tiles in a project finished between January 2011 and January 2016, enter it for a chance to win a portion of $15,000 in prizes and one of three trips to Italy. Deadline to enter is Jan. 15, 2016.
The Copper Development Association is accepted submissions for its 9th annual North American Copper in Architecture awards program. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.
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