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Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design the David M. Rubenstein Forum announced by UChicago

United States Architecture News - Oct 9, 2015 - 14:43   5648 views

Charles Renfro, Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth DIller of the international design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design the David M. Rubenstein Forum. image © Abe Morrell

The University of Chicago has announced that Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an international design firm based in New York City, will design the David M. Rubenstein Forum, a new facility for convening and collaboration to be located at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street. The planned date for completion in 2018, the Rubenstein Forum will include conferences, workshops, lectures, ceremonies and other gatherings. It is named for University Trustee David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, in recognition of a new, significant gift as well as his history of generosity and ongoing support to the University. It will be a new interaction space for the university and students.

“Diller Scofidio + Renfro brings exceptional talent and vision to the design of this important addition to our campus,” said University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer. “The Forum will reinforce and enhance the convening power of the University and its role as a leading intellectual destination. We are pleased to be able to recognize David Rubenstein for his wonderful generosity by naming this important building in his honor” added Robert J. Zimmer.

The expansion of The Museum of Modern Art. image © diller scofidio + renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that spans the fields of architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. The firm is now charged with creating an innovative design for the University’s Campus South that will blend formal meeting spaces with opportunities for informal interaction to support and promote inquiry and facilitate the open exchange of ideas.

The Broad Museum in LA. image © iwan baan

“As our first building in Chicago, the Rubenstein Forum presents a unique challenge: to imagine a contemporary place of discourse for all of the university’s constituent departments and institutes as well as invited scholars and dignitaries from around the world,” said DS+R founding partner Elizabeth Diller. “The new building will combine a variety of spaces, both formal and informal, large and small, calm and animated, focused and diffuse, scheduled and spontaneous. The Forum's unique position on the Midway will allow for expansive views toward the campus and surrounding communities as well as downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.” 

Musings on a Glass Box. image © luc boegly

“Our selection of Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the Rubenstein Forum,” explained David Fithian, executive vice president, “signals the great importance we are placing on the way the building will function. We want this building to promote an experience that enhances the work to be done within its walls and not just stand as a neutral container of activities.” Fithian is the senior administrator overseeing the project.  

view of High Line's final phase. image © james corner field operations and diller scofidio + renfro, courtesy of the city of new york

DS+R’s recent and ongoing architecture projects include the High Line park, the redevelopment of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the expansion of The Museum of Modern Art, and the new start-up Culture Shed, all in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Broad Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janeiro; Zaryadye Park, Moscow; and the United States Olympic Museum, Colorado Springs. The studio’s recent art projects include Musings on a Glass Box for the Fondation Cartier and Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

united states olympic museum. image © diller scofidio + renfro

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