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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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."