Sharon is an architect, planner and design educator. Based in Princeton, N.J. and New York, she divides her time between professional design pursuits and writing about architecture. She currently serves as the US Correspondent for World Architecture News and is a regular contributor to Competitions magazine and Abitare. Sharon holds degrees in City Planning and Historic Preservation (Architecture) from the University of Pennsylvania and has received numerous awards for her work including an AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture (2004) for a pavilion for Cornell West, an AIA Smart Growth Award (2005), and an AIA NJ Design Award (1991). Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter page - click here to follow Facebook page - click here
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- Souta de Moura defies critics and accepts Israel’s Wolf Prize
- Israel and the Architectural Narrative
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Portuguese architect Eduard Souto de Moura received the prestigious Wolf Prize in Architecture at a private ceremony held at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament building, on 5 May. In the months leading up to the event, a group of architects organized under the banner of Architects & Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) urged Souto de Moura to reject the prize but that was not to be. In his acceptance speech Souta de Moura said he was saddened by this action of his friends and he went on to say that his name roughly translated means love.
Souto de Mouro was awarded the Wolf Prize for “the advancement of architectural knowledge in showing how buildings can philiosophically and experientially engage with the natural world, and for his exceptional skills as a designer.” He is the 13th architect ever to be honored with the prize which was founded in 1978.
Axor Bouroullec was the best in show at New York’s ICFF. Taking home the ICFF Editor’s Choice Award in the Kitchen & Bath category, the collection, which includes more than forty bathroom products – from faucets, accessories and washbasins to the bathtub- is beautiful and remarkably customizable, hence the name “Feel Free to Compose”. The products are unique in that they are designed to respond to individual needs rather than the other way around, where the individual adapts to the product. The specially crafted material of the basins, which is softer than typical porcelain and thus not prone to breakage or cracking, allows for after market customization. A special drill bit comes with the product and little to no experience is required to get it right. With the Bouroullec’s behind the design, it is sure to become a classic. I went to see the Axor Bouroullec launch not expecting to buy something but I couldn’t resist its simple lines and the fact that it makes such good sense to design a product in this way. Look for my ICFF picks in the forthcoming issue of World Interiors News, a sister publication of World Architecture News. http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/interiors/.
Noted performance artist, Marian Abramovic, announced on Tuesday that she has hired Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to design her Center for the Preservation of Performance Art in Hudson, New York just two hours from Manhattan. Abramovic will seek to raise $8 million for the museum, which will be built on the site of a former tennis center and devoted to performance art pieces of “six hours minimum”. If all goes well Abramovic plans to add a theatre and is meeting with the town Mayor to advocate for the construction of a hotel for art types.
Today’s story in the New York Times by Pilar Viladas about the rescue of Robert Venturi’s Lieb House is a feel good story about architecture that makes one proud to be an architect. And, for those who have a jaded view of the architect and owner relationship as a cantankerous affair, this story will restore your faith by demonstrating that there really are people out there in the world who cherish what we do, value good design and will go to the nth degree to demonstrate it.
Designed in the early 1970s, the Lieb House began its life as a beach house on the New Jersey shore. Viladas points out that the modest structure, which Venturi called a “banal box”, caused quite a stir in the community, resulting in a spat between the house’s owner and one of the neighbors that resulted in the the two not speaking together ever again. Then a couple of years ago in 2009 the owner had to sell the house for financial reasons and reached out to the architect and to New York architect Fred Schwartz, who worked for Venturi for years, for help. A new owner, Deborah Sarnoff and Robert Gotkin of Long Island, New York, who themselves were Venturi patrons, was identified and the three parties , including Venturi’s son Jim, Schwartz, and the couple, banded together to save the house. A link to this heartneing story is provided here. http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/domesticities-lieb-house.
The third time’s a charm for architect Robert A. M. Stern, whose firm was tapped this month to design Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution. Stern was selected twice before to design the museum but both projects were cancelled when the National Park Service could not reach an agreement with the Center on a site. Now, in what amounts to a land swap, the Center will give the Park Service a 78-acre site across from Valley Forge in exchange for a site next to historic Independence Hall to build the museum.
“At last, the long-cherished dream of very many – a fixed place to celebrate and interpret the American Revolution – will be realized on a terrific site a stone’s throw from Independence Hall,” said Robert A.M. Stern. “Our intention is to portray the institution we are asked to serve, to find an architectural expression that will foster and facilitate an important conversation across time, mirroring the ideals of the Revolution that have inspired us for more than two centuries.” The $150 million project is slated to open in 2015. MFM Design will be responsible for the exhibits.