Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects with Chris Downey | LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED, SAN FRANCISCO. Image courtesy of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
For many architects, much of one’s work depends upon the visual possibilities where space can transform. Often overlooked, many designers forget what it is like to design buildings and structures for the blind or hearing impaired. Universal accessibility and inclusive design methods are being discussed more and more within the architecture community. Educators, advocates and architects like Chris Downey use their experience and skillsets to transform the perspectives of architecture for the visually impaired.
In a recent 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl, Downey shares with the public how the loss of his sight helped him become more aware of what it means to build for the blind. Having been featured in AIA’s feature “Look Up” Downey finds new ways to help transform the future of architecture one day at a time.
During his interview with Stahl, Down shares some of the groundbreaking work he has developed over the years. Embracing his blindness, Downey has spent his time specializing in designing for the blind. From Duke University Hospital’s eye center, to consultation jobs for Microsoft, the unstoppable architect has even taken significant steps towards designing a better way for the visually impaired to travel through San Francisco. Through his work and unwavering optimism, Downey uses his loss of sight as a catalyst to create design accessibility for all.
View Downey’s influential inverview on 60 Minuteshere.
The award is presented annually to a project that has “stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years.”
The Sainsbury Wing may appear conservative, but was both itself contentious and a part of a raging debate about public architecture when it was introduced. The addition to the National Gallery was initially planned in the 1980s, and was at the time to be designed by Ahrends Burton Koralek, a British practice known for their large public works across the UK and Ireland.
Their scheme however, an example of the British Hi-Tech movement (popularized by Norman Foster), ignited a massive public debate regarding the state of British architecture. In an ad-libbed speech at the 150th anniversary of RIBA, Prince Charles derided the state of the profession, calling out ABK’s proposal in particular as “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”
The ABK scheme was scrapped, and a competition for the addition was subsequently held to appease the warring factions. Venturi Scott Brown, delivered and ultimately built, in the words of architect and postmodernist expert Adam Nathaniel Furman, “one of the most—if not the most—sophisticated pieces of public architecture to have been built in the Postmodern idiom.”
The facade of the VSB addition echoes the architectural rhythm of the main Gallery building, slowly breaking down the historic geometries until the dissolve entirely around a corner. Inside, domestically-scaled galleries create an atypically comfortable gallery experience.
In the citation, the AIA jury noted that: “…Dr. Barnabas Calder wrote that the wing’s presence on the square was ‘politely low key and even more so on Pall Mall East.’ Many others have noted that visitors may be as unaware of the building as they are of the contentious competition that spawned it, proving that, indeed, Venturi and Scott Brown successfully designed a building that does not outshine its context.” For a building in a physical context so packed with masterpieces – and in a historic context fraught with controversy – this is high praise indeed.
The infamous parking garage. These monumentally sized structures have plagued city infrastructures across the globe. As the automobile still remains the most popular choice of transportation, it’s no question we have so many parking garages. Often described as monolithic and bulky many architects and developers, depending on the project, see the parking garage an unfortunate expense. However, despite the many qualms people have about these massive structures, not all parking garage’s are alike.
Below are 12 of the most intriguingly designed parking structures found all over the globe. Scroll down to view each car park and their descriptions below. *Structures are listed in no particular order.
#12 Charles Street Car Park Location: Manchester, UK Designed by: Allies and Morrison Description: “The structure consists of precast concrete columns, walls and floors. The external envelope is finished in natural anodized aluminum panels, painted green on the inside. Each is manufactured from a single sheet of folded aluminum, cut to an angle on two sides, and hung in four different orientations. This provides natural ventilation and hides the structure behind a homogeneous surface.”
#11 Marina City Parking Location: Chicago, IL Designed by: Bertrand Goldberg Description: “Marina City consists of 5 buildings – two residential towers, an office building (now a hotel), theater building and a large base structure upon which the buildings are sited. The residential towers included twenty lower floors of ramped parking and forty floors of apartments. The apartments were built for economy, with large windows and balconies to enhance the views. Based on a “pie-shaped” layout, there was a gentle flaring in the layouts directing the viewer to the outdoors views.” Currently the car park rests on the
#10 Parking Garage of the Leipzig Zoo Location: Leipzig, Germany Designed by: HPP Architects Description: “With around 1.3 million visitors per year, the Leipzig zoo is one of the favorite animal parks in Germany. In order to provide the zoo’s visitors with enough parking, a competition was held in 2002 for the design of a parking garage with an attractive as well as economical design concept. The parking garage was supposed to express a unity with the adjacent zoo grounds. As a result, the designers sought with bamboo a façade material that would both make reference to the exotic world of the zoo and lend the structure a soft and haptic impression.”
#9 Sinking Ship Parking Garage in Seattle, WA Location: Seattle, WA Designed by: Mandeville and Berge Description: “The Sinking Ship is a multi-story parking garage in Pioneer Square, Seattle bound by James Street to the north, Yesler Way to the south, and 2nd Avenue to the east, and just steps away from the Pioneer Building on the site of the former Occidental Hotels and Seattle Hotel. After the Seattle Hotel was demolished in 1961, the Sinking Ship was built as part of a neighborhood redesign.
#8 1111 Lincoln Road Parking Garage Location: Miami Beach, FL Designed by: Herzog & de Meuron Description: “The nature of Lincoln Road was the one source of inspiration for the architecture of the car park. The garage is a fully open concrete structure. Ceiling heights vary between standard parking height and double or even triple height, in order to accommodate other programs, permanently as well as temporarily.”
#7 Garagenatelier Location: Herdern, SW Designed by: Allies and Morrison Description: “A car park located near the mountains of Herdern. The five cubed parking units are constructed of concrete and are embedded into the landscape of the sloping terrain. The interiors of the parking structure can hold 8 vehicles all together while 5 of the units are visible. The large glass surface making up a face of the cube units allows for natural daylight to enter.”
#6 Autostadt Car Silo Location: Wolfsburg, Germany Designed by: Henn GmbH Description: “The northern limitation of the Autostadt Wolfsburg is created by a long, rectangular water basin with two glass cylinders to the northeast: the AutoTürme. They all symbolize the process of vehicle production and serve as an intermediate storage for the newly completed cars prior to delivery. Every tower holds 400 vehicles which are transported via elevators into the free shafts of the 20 storeys. Every 40 seconds a new car arrives underground at the cylinder from the production plant, while another leaves the towers in the direction of the KundenCentre. This constant movement to the inside of the cylinder as a glass motor sets the heartbeat of the Autostadt Wolfsburg.”
#5 Underground Garage Location: Katwijk ann Zee, Netherlands Designed by: Royal Haskoning DHV Description: “The underground parking is carefully embedded into its natural dune environment so as to respect its surrounding landscape. The design team took an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to this project, taking into consideration the need for defensive coastal protection, functional parking requirements, as well as ensuring to create an appropriate landscape design that blends naturally with its coastal environment.”
#4 Parking Garage at Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc Location: Brussels, Belgium
Designed by: Gortemaker Algra Feenstra Description: “The parking exists of two layers above ground and three underground layers. The upper part connects the existing height differences of the landscape with each other, while the roof is laid out as parkland. To generate a livable underground part a vide was created alongside the road. On the one hand the vide leads daylight into the parking and on the other hand it provides natural ventilation. The vide is furnished as a wavy green slope, visible from the parking. The organic form language of the facades is in contrast with the surrounding brutal architecture, however it blends seamlessly into the hilly landscape. With this building as an entrance, the campus will get a recognizable and friendly character.”
#1 Michigan Theatre Car Park Location: Detroit, Michigan Designed by: Rapp & Rapp Description: “It was constructed in 1925 and stands at 13 floors in height. Today it contains a bar, restaurant, retail space, office space, a parking garage, and the shared co-working space Cowork at The Michigan. The high-rise was constructed in the Renaissance Revival. The exterior of the building is faced with brick with terra cotta and granite accents. The ground level contains retail space with large windows still framed by the original decorative metal work.”
Venice captured all architects’ hearts and minds last year, but 2019 —a Venice-less year— will be still a year full of biennials and festivals around the world (many of which we’re proud to be official partners of). The excitement is already building.
From Chicago’s new approaches to the traditional practices to Shenzhen’s future technology prospect; from Oslo’s degrowth agenda to Brazil’s focus on everyday architecture, it’s time to start saving dates for the following biennials around the world!
China: Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (2019 UABB) Late 2019 — (Boreal) Spring 2020
The 8th edition of the most interesting architecture Biennial in Asia will feature a remarkable cross-disciplinary combination: architect and Director of MIT Senseable City Lab Carlo Ratti, CAE Academician Meng Jianmin and curator and art critic Fabio Cavallucci will be the joint Chief Curators of 2019 UABB.
Titled “Urban Space + Technological Innovation”, the 2019 UABB will explore issues behind the digital revolution in urbanism. In particular, it will investigate how the effects of urbanism and architecture ripple beyond physical boundaries, considering the unavoidable impact that new technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and automation will have on communities and urban space.
“Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty” will be the topic for the fifth edition of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019). London-based architect Yael Reisner will be the head curator, leading an event focused on “how beauty matters again, reflecting on a cultural shift, after nearly eighty years of dormancy, as beauty was a tabooed, denigrated subject.” Other members of the curatorial team are Liina Soosaar (Tallinn) and Barnaby Gunning (London).
Organized by the Estonian Centre for Architecture, the TAB 2019 comprises five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium, and the Tallinn Vision Competition (the three of which are curated by Reisner), an International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition and the Installation Programme.
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Brazil: XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo September 19 — December 19, 2019
Last August, Todo Dia (Everyday)was chosen as the theme for Brazilian XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo. The winning proposal, presented by local architects Ciro Miguel, Vanessa Grossman, and French architect/urbanist Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, draws a future scenario where a powerlessness discipline might be supplanted by new technologies of automation.
“Architects are turning towards the most basic questions about architecture, its techniques, and its very origins. […] there is a continuous move towards the ordinary, the mundane, the quotidian, through a diffuse notion of how the most trivial level of reality —the so-called “everyday”— can contribute to the manufacture of architecture and urbanism even more so than the other way around.”, says the curatorial team in its proposal brief.
United States: Chicago Architecture Biennial September 19, 2019 — May 01, 2020
Envisioned by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a challenger to rival the reach and influence of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial features writer and curator Yesomi Umolu as Artistic Director in collaboration with curator and educator Sepake Angiama and architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares.
According to the selection committee, the Biennial “is seeking to expand the lens of discourse to target “emerging practices and global locations that are developing new approaches to architecture, urbanism, and spatial practice. Through the selection of exhibitors, the Biennial will identify and question the shifting spatial conditions occurring at local, regional and international scales.”
Spain: Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana (BAL 2019) September 24—27, 2019
The sixth edition of the Latin American Architecture Biennale (BAL, for its acronym in Spanish) aims to highlight 14 emerging Latin American architects in Spain, including Obra Arquitetos (Brazil), Equipo de Arquitectura (Paraguay), Mutar Estudio (Chile) and IR Arquitectura (Argentina). In parallel, the organization has already confirmed Uruguay as guest country.
Led by Navarra Architecture School’s Grupo de Investigación AS20, the BAL 2019 is organized alongside the City Council of Pamplona, the Basque-Navarro Architects Association (COAVN/EHAEO), Government of Navarra, the Ministry of Public Works of Spain and the University of Navarra.
Norway: Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT 2019) September 26 — November 24, 2019
After a previous edition accused of “being high-minded, and not particularly relevant to the jobbing architect“, according to Phineas Harper, one of the Triennale’s four curators, in an interview published last year on ArchDaily, the next edition of the Nordic region’s largest architecture festival will challenge the supremacy of economic growth and investigate the architecture of alternatives —The Architecture of Degrowth.
Chosen from 71 submissions, London-based transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang (Maria Smith and Matthew Dalziel), with critic Phineas Harper and urban researcher Cecilie Sachs Olsen, will curate a Triennale that explores the buildings, spaces, and institutions of a new culture in which economic growth is no longer the watchword of societal ‘success’.
“At university, architects really care about communities and creating social spaces and all of this stuff, but then they end up on the frontline of capitalism working for property developers. This duality is perhaps fueling a debate about degrowth”, said Maria Smith, fellow curator and co-founder of Studio Weave.
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Korea: Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (SBAU 2019) September — November 2019
The Seoul Biennale is a city council-led effort to increase the general public awareness of architecture and the environment in the South Korean capital. “We conceived it as a way of discussing urban issues with the citizens of Seoul,” said Kim Young-Joon, the city’s chief architect, back in 2017 in a review by Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright. After a successful first edition in 2017 —according to the organization more than 460,000 visitors attended— the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism committee appointed Colombian professor Francisco Sanin and South Korean architect Lim Jaeyong as co-directors for the next Biennale.
You can watch the full presentation of SBAU 2019 here.
Portugal: Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa October 03 — December 02, 2019
Lead by Parisian architect Éric Lapierre, the curatorial team behind “The Poetics of Reason” —the theme for the 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale— states that, “for all its subjective and non-scientific dimension, architecture does rest on reason, and its aim is to shed light onto the specificity of this reason […] As a result of a massification of construction, such a condition implies that everybody is entitled to understand architecture without a specific background in the field”.
The Triennale 2019 will be composed of five exhibitions, which each one will take up one particular aspect or dimension of this theme, in an attempt to circumscribe the stakes of architectural rationality: Economy of Means; Countryside; Permaculture for Architects; Interior Space; What is the ornament?; and Nature Beauty.
Other members of the curatorial team include Sébastien Marot, Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli, Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Laurent Esmilaire, Tristan Chadney, and Vasco Pinelo de Melo.
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Chile: Feria Libre de Arquitectura October 03—27, 2019
The most refreshing Biennial in Latin America in the last decade returns to Santiago after two successful editions in port-city Valparaiso. Loosely aligned to São Paulo’s “everyday” motto, the Chile Architecture Biennial curators aim to create a “common, ordinary, and collective” space in Biobio neighborhood, a traditionally mainstream-now-hipster district in Santiago not exempt from controversies due to the threatening gentrification process that appears to be at work there.
In addition to the three main venues in Biobio neighborhood, the Biennial will hold other activities in 12 cities across the country. The curatorial team members include Juan Pablo Urrutia, Tomás Villalón, Vesna Obilinovic, Joaquín González and Beatriz Coeffé.
Argentina: XVII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires October 15—26, 2019
Germany, France, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Australia, Netherlands, and Italia will be the guest countries for the 17th edition of the Buenos Aires International Architecture Biennal, the most important architecture festival in Argentina, where Bjarke Ingels gave a lecture in its 2017 edition.
To be held at the electrical power plant-turned-arts venue Usina del Arte, the Argentinian Biennial confirmed the official dates of the next edition late last year and announced it will also hold an exhibition for the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.
Paraguay: XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (XI BIAU) October 2019
After a troubled edition in Brazil in 2016, Spanish government-funded XI Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BIAU, for its acronym in Spanish) will be held in Paraguay – a move unprecedented thus far. The commissioners and directors of the next edition will be Spanish architects Arturo Franco and Ana Román.
Alongside awarding built projects, publications, and academic papers, the XI BIAU will award the XI edition of the Iberoamerican Award of Architecture and Urbanism (Premio Iberoamericano de Arquitectura y Urbanismo), which had been already awarded to architects as Pritzker-winner Eduardo Souto de Moura, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Francisco Sáenz de Oiza.
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DesignTO, formerly Toronto Design Offsite Festival, is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design. From January 18-27 the festival will showcase over 100 exhibitions and events.
Going into its 9th year, the festival transforms Toronto into a creative hub, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere. The event brings people together to celebrate contemporary culture. The festival provides opportunities for emerging talent and engages the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.
After no one received the prize last year, there was a more positive outcome for the AIA’s Twenty-Five Year Award for 2019. Today, the AIA announced Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates‘ Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London as this year’s recipient. Established in 1969, the annual award distinguishes a building that has gracefully stood the test of time over the last 25-35 years and “continues to set standards of excellence for its architectural design and significance”.
An extension to the historic National Gallery, the 120,000 square-foot Sainsbury Wing houses one of the world’s most visited collections of early Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings. Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown‘s practice was selected to design the project after they won the second iteration of an international competition in 1985-86. Completed in 1991, the new Sainsbury Wing sparked heated debate among modernists, postmodernists, and the general public. Some critics thought its facade was a parody of the existing National Gallery, while others like British journalist Simon Jenkins praised it as one of the finest galleries of the 20th century.
Working with associate architect Sheppard Robson, VSBA envisioned the Sainsbury Wing to relate to the National Gallery while maintaining its own modern identity. The design blends modern and classical architectural details: “Corinthian columns and pilasters are folded against the glass edge of Jubilee Walkway, while large square openings and metal columnettes at the entry form new architectural rhythms that spring from the duo’s affinity for Palladio, Aalto, and early Modernism. Made of the same Portland limestone as Wilkins’ building, the wing also observes its cornice height,” the AIA describes.
Its original design is still largely intact with few alterations since its completion. Last year, Historic England granted the wing with Grade I status.
The Sainsbury Wing provides grade access to the entire gallery, and also features an entrance that is accessible to all visitors. It also offers convenient access to exhibition spaces and other museum amenities like an interactive information center, a 350-seat lecture theater, and a restaurant.
As the late Robert Venturi once described, the Sainsbury Wing is “harmony between the old and the new and the varying contexts—via analogy and contrast within a difficult whole.”
The 2019 Twenty-Five Year Award Jury included:
Jeanne Chen, AIA, Chair, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Santa Monica, California Rania Alomar, AIA, RA-DA, West Hollywood, California Alicia Berg, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Raymond M. Bowman, Assoc. AIA, Pittsburgh, PA Katherine K. Chia, FAIA, Desai Chia Architecture PC, New York, NY Shannon R. Christensen, AIA, CTA Architects Engineers, Billings, Montana Eugene C. Dunwody Jr., AIA, Dunwody/ Beeland Architects, Macon, Georgia Henry Moss, AIA, Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts David Rosa-Rivera, Savannah College of Art and Design, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
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After years of construction, the world’s first underwater hotel has officially opened in the Maldives. The hotel, part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, will allow guests to relax within the waters of the Indian Ocean and is touted by the developers as “an ambitious display of architecture, design, and technology.”
Nestled more than 16-feet below sea level, a stay in the Muraka may soon be on the bucket list of adventurous global travelers. The hotel boasts every possible luxury (and a price tag to match), vistas feature passing marine life rather than just waves or sunsets. The ‘villa’ itself is made up of two levels and includes butler’s quarters, a private bar, and a gym. If the ocean itself is not enough, the space also includes an infinity pool.
For all the luxury, the hotel also boasts enviable sustainability credentials. The modular structure was built first in Singapore and then transported to its site in the Maldives. There, each element was nailed to concrete pylons ensuring stability within the shifting tides.
“The completion of The Muraka is a personal lifetime achievement,” said Ahmed Saleem, chief architect and designer of the residence, in a statement. “After years in the making, my team and I are proud to officially present The Muraka residence and its accompanying Maldivian experience to worldly travelers who crave the extraordinary.”