Monday, December 06, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
“Engineering without engines. We should use contemporary technology and computation capacity to make our buildings independent of machinery. Building services today are essentially mechanical compensations for the fact that buildings are bad for what they are designed for – human life. Therefore we pump air around, illuminate dark spaces with electric lights, and heat and cool the spaces in order to make them livable. The result is boring boxes with big energy bills. If we moved the qualities out of the machine room and back into architecture’s inherent attributes, we’d make more interesting buildings and more sustainable cities.” -- Bjarke Ingels, BIG[props to the schuster for finding these words of insight]
Friday, October 01, 2010
This is a time in which belief is often overwhelmed by exponential change. Even in the most serious architectural circles, intellectual games and superficial dogma can take the place of affirmation, and the mediocrity and deadness of much of our environment continue to spread.-- BCJ website
Yet, in all of our surroundings there is great richness and power. Belief in the sensuality of place, the emotive qualities of materials, and the ability to give pleasure and insight, to comfort, and to transport, can produce humane and spirited architecture. It is our belief that exceptional architecture comes from the search for solutions which respond to the particular circumstances inherent in each situation.
Increasingly, we have come to see that, in a sense, circumstances are infinite and that working within any one set of habits is too limiting. We must be alive to the subtleties of place, whether manmade or natural; to the varied nature of humans and their particular activities; to the qualities of their institutions; and to the nature of the means with which we build. With both intellect and intuition, we seek solutions that respond to the web of circumstances at hand.
Over the years the interplay of architects within our practice and our responses to more complex and demanding programs and varied environments have broadened our view of the circumstances that affect our work. We are peeling away the layers of our habits and preconceptions. We require open-mindedness, willingness, gentleness - a soft, yet no-holds-barred approach.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Museum is conceived as a solid, a mass of concrete, deriving its presence from the earth—a single construction that is opened up by natural light and that itself becomes the source of light for the art within. The museum structure will exist, simply and elegantly, to make room for the voice of a single artist.
The Still Museum’s final design envisions a two-story 28,500 square foot structure made of highly textured and resurfaced concrete that will modify light on both the exterior and interior of the Museum. The landscaped forecourt will serve both as a place of refuge and repose, transitioning from the urban neighborhood to the experience of viewing Still’s art within the Museum. A cantilevered canopy of concrete will lead visitors into the first-floor lobby, and glass walls will allow visitors to see into the conservation studio and collection storage. An open corridor will include educational materials, and its two-story expanse will provide views from below of the second-floor galleries and views from above into the library and study areas on the first floor. The Museum’s open design embodies the founding principle of the institution, the revealing to the public of this once-private and very personal collection.
A beautifully-crafted wooden staircase will lead visitors to the second floor, which consists of a series of eleven distinct galleries, having varying ceiling heights and proportions designed for the optimal display of the different elements of the Still collections. The galleries, totaling approximately 10,000 square feet, will feature changing exhibits of work from throughout Clyfford Still’s career and will enable visitors to progress chronologically through Still’s works. One of the singular features of the Museum will be its daylight system that includes diffusing skylights and motorized shades situated above a custom-formed, surprisingly delicate concrete tracery ceiling that almost disappears in the scattered light. The intensity of each gallery's light will vary with changes in daylight, and electric lighting will further enhance curatorial flexibility to modify the tonalities in each exhibition space. The Museum is currently expected to open in the fall of 2011.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
On Wednesday August 25th, the YesPleaseMore POP-Up Store and Denver Pavilions will be showcasing theatre, dance, and leaders from Denver’s creative community. YesPleaseMore builds its events to be cultural mash-ups that entertain and educate viewers about the creative industry around them.
PechaKucha Night Denver volume 11
presented by YesPleaseMore and the Denver Pavilions
Wednesday, August 25
8:30 - 10 pm
Denver Pavilions @ 16th and Glenarm Pl
FREE / we love donations
Presenters were curated by Brian Corrigan and Samuel Schimek of YesPleaseMore. The 10 presenters were chosen for their involvement in the YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Shop and for the contributions they make to Denver’s creative industry. The goal of PechaKucha #11 is to highlight the amazing energy behind the current push to make Denver and Colorado at large a creative industry leader in the nation.
POP-Up Theatre BEFORE PechaKucha:
Attendees can enjoy a taste of local theater at the YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Store. On Wednesday, August 25 from 6-8pm artists from local theater and dance companies will perform 10-15 minute acts from upcoming shows in the store. In addition, there will be previews from current shows running at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Viewers wont want to miss this rare opportunity to get a sneak peak into the thriving performance world, set against the backdrop of the arts, crafts and designs of local visual art on sale at the Pop-Up store. Performances were curated by Shana Cordon of Cordon Blu Productions.
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Friday, August 06, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
apologies for such a lag on the draw, but here is calatrava's proposal for adding a south terminal at denver international airport, including rail station/overpass bridge and 500-room hotel.
Day said the south terminal project includes at least 100,000 square feet of retail and other concession space that — along with the hotel — will generate revenue and help offset the cost of the project.
Calatrava's design calls for the hotel-train station-plaza complex to dominate the view of the terminal from the south, but those traveling to DIA will retain a view of the terminal tent through a low, saddle-like space between the hotel's twin towers.
The south terminal project also includes a commuter-rail bridge over Peña Boulevard just east of the E-470 interchange that will accommodate the $1.2 billion East Corridor train from Union Station to the airport. Train service is expected to start in 2016.
DIA still must determine if it can afford the Calatrava-designed commuter-rail bridge.
The airport has proposed "enhancing" RTD's design for the bridge and paying the difference between the "base price" the Regional Transportation District will budget for the bridge and what it would cost to build it according to Calatrava's design.
RTD recently selected a consortium of private companies to build the East Corridor train under a public-private partnership.
On Aug. 12, RTD and the firms will be able to identify the amount of money they have for the rail bridge after they complete financial terms of the public-private partnership, said RTD spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas.
DIA will have until Jan. 31 to decide whether it can afford to pay the difference between the base price for the bridge and the amount needed to realize Calatrava's design, said Day, DIA's manager. When an early Calatrava design came in around $60 million, airport officials said they could not afford that price.
This bird has beaks too. On both its north and south side, large curved roofs cant outward to create giant covered plazas between the two buildings.
While the main terminal — with its iconic, pointy tents — pushes downward, the expansion appears to lift off like a gravity-defying jumbo jet. It is very much in the space-age school of Eero Saarinen, designer of the landmark TWA terminal at JFK and St. Louis' Gateway Arch, except that like all of Calatrava's designs, it is lighter and brighter, an awing combo of engineering and fine details.
Is it a bit too obvious for an airport building to reference both birds and planes? Perhaps. Architects have made it routine. Still, Calatrava's design feels new, and aside from its overwhelming size, it is a kind neighbor to Denver architect Curt Fentress' 1995 terminal.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Renowned Spanish Architect
DOCA will host special public presentation
on Calatrava’s unique vision & career July 28
WHAT: Public presentation on unique vision & career of architect Santiago Calatrava followed by Q & A
WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sharp Auditorium,
DOCA’s public presentation on the unique vision and career of Santiago Calatrava is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the celebrated architect, who was selected for the City’s latest civic venture, DIA’s South Terminal Redevelopment.
Architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava was born on July 28, 1951, in
Calatrava began his formal instruction in drawing and painting at the age of eight. He earned a degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in
In 1984, Calatrava designed and built the Bach de Roda Bridge in
Calatrava’s first building in the
Calatrava’s honors and awards are many. They include being named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum in
Santiago Calatrava has offices in
The mission of the
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Untitled at the Denver Art Museum presents:
PechaKucha Night Denver volume 10
projected on the side of our own
DENVER ART MUSEUM!
Lanny Martin Plaza @ DAM Hamilton Building
Friday, July 23, 8:20 - 10 pm
Show starts at sun-down
Bring your own chair / pillow / blanket
FREE / $5 donation
* Special Biennial Edition *
PRESENTERS include local ARCHITECTS who helped design & build the DAM and the Plaza (with their presentations projected ON the DAM and IN the Plaza!); DESIGNERS with current letterpress and pop-up shows; Denver's largest CARTOONIST; LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS present their tree installation for the Biennial; an architecture STUDENT opens his sketchbook from Rome; and Buntport THEATER is back to make us laugh so hard we cry.
FEATURING PRESENTATIONS BY:
Christopher P. Schooler
HUGE THANKS to our SPONSORS!
Food available from the Deluxe Street Food Truck "Little Orange Rocket"
After-party at Beauty Bar - 608 E 13th Ave.
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Monday, July 19, 2010
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Friday, April 09, 2010
PechaKucha Night Denver volume 9 is coming up on Tuesday, April 13th!
Create Denver Week and AIA Colorado present this edition of PechaKucha Night, an evening of creative chit-chat where local architects, designers, and artists will share 20 images of their work, timed for 20 seconds each.
As usual, PKND volume 9 will feature a mix of creative talent - including some buildings, playgrounds, cake, furniture, end-of-life photographs, and living via thinking. Come to be entertained and informed about the creative talent here in Denver!
PechaKucha Night Denver volume 9
Tuesday, April 13
doors 7:30 / event 8:20
@ Flower Garage
1430 Delgany St. / Denver (across from the MCA)
free/donation - rsvp suggested
RSVP! Save yourself a seat:
Featuring (but not limited to) presentations by:
Amir Alrubaiy, Matt Shea, Ken Renaud / architecture
Meg Rapp / ATELIER-xs
Jeanne Connolly / Vintage Renewal furniture
Ian Coyle / Thinking for a Living
Lucia De Giovanni / "My Life" photography, with music by John Common
Cate Townley / Learning Landscapes
PechaKucha Night Denver
Friday, March 12, 2010
Peter Zumthor is frequently described as the greatest architect at work in the world today, and has recently been awarded the internationally prestigious Pritzker Prize. He is famous for his baths at Vals in Switzerland, as well as for his Bruder Chapel outside Cologne in Germany and his Kolumba Museum in Cologne itself. He is a master of craftsmanship, and an expert in the use of natural materials, which gives his buildings an eternal quality. For Living Architecture, Zumthor is designing his first project in the UK – a hill-top retreat, to which people will be able to go for periods of sustained work and reflection.