RMJM, the international design firm based in Edinburgh, has donated $1.5 million to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) for the creation of the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice.” This new project aims to heighten the value of architects by incorporating business principles into design education. “Architecture is at risk of losing talent,” explains RMJM CEO Peter Morrison, who has explored the idea for such a program with GSD professors and architects during the past three years while giving guest lectures at the school. “On the surface, things look good: projects are good,
The Chinese tycoon Cai Jiang has enlisted 100 of the world’s most promising emerging architects to design a villa each for his new real estate development in Inner Mongolia, in the desert near the city of Ordos, some 400 miles west of Beijing. As part of a larger effort to establish an independent urban district on the outskirts of Ordos, he also has plans to build cultural venues and administrative buildings designed by celebrated architects.
College students socialize, shop, and learn in ways unimaginable less than a generation ago. Although they are increasingly connected via social networking Web sites such as Facebook.com, many students live in residence halls that predate the personal computer. The Association of College & University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-I) held the second stage of its “21st Century Project” ideas competition this month, asking designers to envision housing that satisfies the needs not of today’s students but those 25 years in the future. A team of young interns and architects, fittingly, bested four other finalists—and took home $25,000—with a scheme called “net+work+camp+us.” In
If ever a head of cabbage could be heroic, it may just have that opportunity this summer, in Queens, New York. The Museum of Modern Art and its affiliate, P.S.1, have announced the winner of their ninth annual Young Architects Program. The honor went to the New York City-based WORK Architecture Company for its scheme “Public Farm 1,” which proposes planting a garden of cabbage and a range of other vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the outdoor courtyards at P.S.1. Images courtesy Museum of Modern Art For its summertime Young Architects Program installation, P.S. 1 has selected “Public Farm 1,”
Arthouse, an organization based in Austin, Texas, that supports and exhibits contemporary Texan art, has been confined, since 1995, to its single-story space that was most recently a department store. But a new design by the New York City-based architect Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis will turn what was once an improvisation into a flexible, contemporary, and permanent 23,800-square-foot home. Images courtesy Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis The Arthouse space currently looks much the same as the building does in this photo from the 1950s, when it was home to a Lerner department store (top). The Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis design keeps vestiges of historical elements, while propelling the building into
Norway occupies an enviable position: Flush with cash thanks to its oil deposits, the social democracy enjoys universal health care, low unemployment, and a steadily decreasing average number of hours worked per capita.
Correction appended September 20, 2007 In May 2006, Joshua Prince-Ramus, then the partner-in-charge of Rem Koolhaas’s OMA office in New York, announced that he would leave the firm to begin his own practice. With business partner and fellow OMA alumnus Erez Ella he founded REX: an acronym, with some rhetorical license, for Ramus Ella Architects. The new firm would take with it all of OMA’s projects—excluding only Paul Milstein Hall at Cornell University—along with the entire OMA staff.
The search for a new dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) came to an end on August 10 with the announcement that the school had nabbed Mohsen Mostafavi, who is currently the dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.