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Preservation, Infrastructure, And The Museology Of Crime

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Image:David Gissen, "Cross-Bronx Expressway," with Victor Hadjikyriacou; from Landscape Futures.

In case you're reading this near Ithaca, New York, I thought I'd mention that I'll be speaking at a conference this weekend at Cornell, called Spolia: Histories, Spaces, and Processes of Adaptive Reuse. Things kick off this evening with a lecture by Kate Orff.

What are spolia? From the conference brief:

Spolia refers to using scavenged materials for new (and often originally unintended) purposes in constructed environment[s]. This practice is millennia old, dating back to Ancient Egypt and perhaps beyond. Both extremely pragmatic and symbolically charged, spolia is a complex phenomenon; beyond mere recycling, it also has social, cultural, and even political dimensions. Many sites, buildings, structures of antiquity were repurposed into newer edifices, not only to facilitate the production of new form, but also to claim the cultural and political heritage of the donor structures.

I'll be speaking on a panel tomorrow morning with two people I'm very excited to meet: art historian Dale Kinney from Bryn Mawr College and co-editor ofReuse Value, and Abraham Thomas, the newly appointed director of the Sir John Soane Museum in London.....Continue Reading

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Albert Einstein Academy Charter Middle School opens in San Diego

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Photo credit:Mike Torrey Photography

Studio E Architects is pleased to announce the grand opening of Albert Einstein Academies (AEA) newest facility at 458 26th Street in the Grant Hill neighborhood in San Diego, California. On September 2 this new charter Middle School (AEACMS) opened its doors to 475 enrolled students. At maximum capacity the school will be home to 600 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. This is Albert Einstein Academies’ second campus. Their charter elementary school remains at their existing location at 3035 Ash Street, a few miles NE of the new middle school.

The school was designed by Studio E Architects, who took a long vacant and dilapidated former convalescent hospital and transformed it into a vibrant place of learning. The 38,000sf, 4-story building contains 20 daylight-filled classroom spaces along with a variety of support spaces including specialty labs, offices and informal gathering areas. The state-of-the-art renovation was completed within 9 months for a construction cost of $3.6 million. That’s an impressive $95/sf.

Says David Sciarretta, AEA Executive Director, "We are thrilled with our new building. The design is a direct support for our students' achievement and for fostering a well-balanced community of learners and leaders."

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Sarah McEneaney: ’Studio Living’ and Hannah Wilke:’Selected Work 1963-1990’

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Sarah McEneaney’s 2013 painting “Every Day,” at the Tibor de Nagy gallery.CreditCourtesy of the artist and Tobor de Nagy GallerySarah McEneaney’s paintings resemble art-savvy folk art. But they are also abstractions in which intense planes of color define boxy shapes and plun ...

Architecture and Landscape in Norway - Collector’s Edition

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Ken Schluchtmann Sognefjellet II, 2010
Passionate photographers can find - together with the book - a limited Collector's Edition with C-prints. 5 prints, available either individually or as a set, “with the most fascinating landscapes of Europe” as Schluchtmann defines Norway. Including the prize-winning image of the viewing terraces by Norwegian architecture firm Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.
At the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards photographer Ken Schluchtmann was named Architecture Photographer of the Year two times in a row. After the nomination in 2012, in 2013 he once again won over the jury, composed of architects, journalists, and critics, with a spectacular photograph of the viewing platform in Trollstigen by the Norwegian architect Architekten Reiulf Ramstat.
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All 43 Works From Bunny Mellon’s Collection Sell at Sotheby’s Auction

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A 1932 painting by Georgia O’Keeffe sold on Monday for $3.1 million. It had adorned Bunny Mellon’s Virginia dining room.Credit2014 The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkRachel Lambert Mellon, better known as Bunny, spent her lifetime collecting whatever ca ...

A New Look For The UIA-Ares Website

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The UIA-ARES International Work Programme (Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources) has a new image on the Internet, with a new graphic interface in accordance with the changes implemented by the UIA. The site shares news about the work programme and its activities, as well as happenings throughou ...

The UIA French Section On The Web

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The International Council of French Architects (CIAF) is an association that unites the French Order of Architects and the professional syndicates representing French architecture at the international level. It is also the French Member Section of the UIA. The council has just published a new websit ...

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