The design, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, incorporates Chareau’s furniture, light fixtures, and interiors, as well as examples of the artworks he collected, designs for the Maison de Verre, drawings, ephemera, and archival photographs. In designing the exhibition, the firm utilized video projections, virtual reality, digital installations, and film, to create imagined, atmospheric scenes providing a context for Chareau’s work.
The exhibition features projected shadows creating the illusion of a ghostly visitation. Virtual reality headsets situate the works in their original Parisian environments: Chareau’s personal study; the Grand Salon and Garden of the Maison de Verre. For the final section, DS+R created an impossible view of the Maison de Verre itself: an infill townhouse in a dense urban setting for which no entire view exists.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a firm that has truly made an impact on every aspect of the New York cityscape. From the stunning 70-story, LEED-certified, cold bent-glass residential tower at 15 Hudson Yards, and the serenity and detailed parklike agri-tecture of the High Line’s public space, to the Vagelos Education Center—a 100,000 square foot, 14-story glass edifice that will serve as Columbia University’s new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate facility—DS+R uses their signature interdisciplinary design strategy to create functional, uniquely modern structures and spaces that resonate profoundly today, while keeping a thoughtful eye toward the urban landscape of the future.
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, the first U.S. exhibition focused on Chareau, will run through March 26, 2017 at the Jewish Museum.
Throughout the year, Architectural Record publishes several special features on the best in contemporary architecture-from annual profiles of emerging firms to stand out residential projects and the best new architectural products. The annual Record Products competition invites a jury of six professionals to select the best new products of the year, rating entries for innovation, usefulness, and aesthetics.
ABC thanks Architectural Record for this incredible honor.
While one might be reminded by it of the effect of a setting sun, or the impasto of the French impressionists, another might recognize in its meticulous intricate patterns the topography of the arctic tundra; a tableau of the earth disappearing before you as you ascend into the skies on an airplane.
While this variety of dramatic interpretation may be true of any number of breccias, it is the subdued and subtle forms taken by Breccia Capraia that make the stone’s use such an intriguing premise to architects and designers. Depending on its application, the marble may be showy and ostentatious, or a tasteful complement to more pronounced decorative elements. In the latter case, where the material is intentionally not played to its obvious strengths as a facing stone, it provides an ambient backdrop that seems to almost swirl about imperceptibly.
This mobile nature of the stone contrasts with the muted, near transparent effect of its brecciation: hues of purple, red, grey, and green vein about the warm, pale background, almost in a blur of liminal motion, where one seems to bleed into another, and where the angular forms become increasingly amorphous and difficult to trace with the eye.
Significant structures which incorporated Breccia Capraia in their construction include the former Home Savings headquarters in downtown Los Angeles in Los Angeles, and the Schwarzemberg Hotel in Vienna.
The natural stone currently on view at ABC represents only the finest rocks on earth. Procured from 6 continents, ABC has truly moved mountains across oceans to bring the finest stone on earth to the A&D community. We are honored to bring to you Breccia Capraia, quarried on the Tyrrhenian seaside of the Apuan Alps, in Tuscany.
The President’s Dinner is an annual celebration of landscape architecture in New York, which brings together ASLA-NY members, partner organizations, allied professionals, vendors, and friends of the A+D community, for an evening of dinner, drinks, and revelry.
HONOREES: Senator Gillibrand has been dedicated to improving the lives and environment in New York and a vocal advocate for environmental issues nationally. Specifically, she has been a prime player in improving pollinator health and fighting for bills that help protect the pollinators that we depend on for nearly all of our food sources. As Editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), Brad McKee has brought new spirit to our profession’s leading publication for news, information and inspiration. From the updated graphics and layout to the in-depth interviews and firm profiles to the highly educational species and project details, LAM truly delivers a modern approach to media and speaks to the future of our profession. Mary Alice Lee is the Director of the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playground Program, implementing over 186 playgrounds in New York City public schools, transforming barren asphalt schoolyards into vibrant, green and safe community playgrounds. Melissa Potter-Ix has been a prime partner with the TPL program, teaching students to put on the hat of a landscape architect over their 10-week participatory design sessions and inspiring a new generation of landscape architects.
November 15, 2016
Dear AIANY Members,
The statement made post-election by AIA National on behalf of you, the largest chapter within its network of 89,000 members, pledged your support to an administration that many strongly denounce. The Board of Directors of AIA New York was not consulted by AIA National leadership prior to their decision to support President-Elect Trump’s yet undefined infrastructure agenda, and we do not condone their statement.
The leadership of the New York Chapter would like to reassure our membership and extended community that we reject the violent rhetoric that has pervaded the recent presidential campaign and we oppose any association with it. We believe in inalienable rights, regardless of creed or nation of origin; gender or sexual orientation; language of birth or skin color.
Architects, by training, are fundamentally committed to providing shelter and protecting the safety and wellbeing of all people. Civil dialogue, reciprocal respect, and the protection of human rights are essential to this activity and are vital characteristics of the profession.
These principles are not only our human values; they underpin the practice of our profession. We believe in equity in design and its benefits to all, especially in the critically needed areas of affordable housing, safe schools, and accessibility. We will continue to espouse fair and ethical business practices throughout the building industry. And, we remain committed to mitigating climate change and protecting New Yorkers from its unavoidable consequences.
We are fortunate that the New York Chapter functions in one of the most diverse and inclusive cities in the world. To this end, AIA New York is committing to increasing programming and exhibitions that promote a more inclusive America and address the needs, concerns and principles of you, our members.
We are first and foremost a membership organization, and our members are our strength. As members, your insights will drive our future actions. We want to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for how this organization can best respond to the challenges you see facing us as a community. We are committed to addressing your concerns.
The Board of Directors
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter