Bullet Proof Furniture + Hip Hop Architecture

I was reading one of our trade magazines this morning, on the train, and an article caught my eye. It was entitled The Bulletproof Environment. It was a an article that dealt with the growing need to anticipate people with guns, in the built environment. Manufacturers are now producing furnishings with textiles that are bulletproof and furniture that has handles so that in the event of a gunman they can be used as shields. Although the article had the greater good in mind, it saddened me greatly. Architecture and design is supposed to react to the needs of society but this is very depressing.

With that as a start to my day, I didn’t have high hopes, until I got further into the magazine and read an article on NCARB’s Hip Hop Architecture Camp, held in DC. It was a week long intensive program to introduce under-represented youth to architecture and urban design. A troubling statistic is that only 2% of architects, in the US, are African American. With local architects and designers as mentors they helped students create physical and digital models as well as a better understanding of the roles architects and designers play in our society. At the end of the program each of the youth created a rap verse to explain their design.

Although these are two completely different takes on our society I much prefer the long game of education and from that we’ll create a society that doesn’t see the need for guns.

For more on the program: NCARB

Jill Malek's Natural Dimensions Collection | AZ Awards

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THE  NATURAL DIMENSIONS COLLECTION HAS BEEN SELECTED BY AN ESTEEMED INTERNATIONAL JURY AS A FINALIST IN THE INTERIOR PRODUCTS CATEGORY OF AZURE’S 2019 AZ AWARDS! IT IS AN HONOR TO BE AMONGST 68 FINALISTS CHOSEN FROM 1175 ENTRIES FROM 50 COUNTRIES. PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING FOR THE 2019 AZ AWARDS RUNS FROM APRIL 4 - MAY 3, 2019. YOU MAY VOTE FOR ONE PROJECT PER CATEGORY. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VOTE HERE !>>

Wilton Carpets: Havana Axminster

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“Havana is one of four new ranges to use our brand-new Creations, a colour palette made for modern hospitality and leisure environments,” said Damian Roscoe, head of creative at Wilton Carpets. “Packed full of on-trend blues and greys, the range is a great way to introduce a sophisticated contemporary look in a ‘stock’ carpet that’s made specifically for pubs, bars and restaurants.”

The narrowloom 0.91m width is ideal for the often-complex layouts of these establishments, working with designs that can go wall-to-wall in even the most historic of buildings without a straight wall in sight. Axminster woven in a durable, seven-row quality from a wool-rich blend that’s perfect for corridors, lounge areas and busy bars, Havana’s dark base colours and patterns also work to hide dirt between cleans.

As part of Wilton’s Ready to Go collection, all 10 of Havana’s vibrant, modern designs are available in any quantity, delivered within just 14 days.

Baker Hesseldenz: Dudley Chair

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Baker + Hesseldenz Studio’s ‘Dudley’ gives dining chairs a good name by prioritizing luxury over pragmatism and comfort over idealism. It’s “crafted from walnut with solid-bronze slats that are individually hand-shaped in our shop to give the appearance that they have been ‘woven’ through the back structure. The back perches atop a tall comfortable cushion," says co-founder Scott Baker.

Currently Coveted by Surface Magazine

AIA New York: Center For Architecture

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Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl., NYC

Credits: 1.5 LU 
Price: Free for AIA members, DOCOMOMO members, and students; $10 for general public

Architectural historian Dale Allen Gyure will discuss the career and life of Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986), best know as the architect of the World Trade Center. Born to Japanese immigrant parents in Seattle, Yamasaki became one of the towering figures of midcentury architecture, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. His self-proclaimed humanist designs merged the modern materials and functional considerations of postwar American architecture with traditional elements such as arches and colonnades. Yamasaki’s reputation began to decline in the 1970s with the mixed critical reception of the World Trade Center and the spectacular failure of St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe Apartments, which came to symbolize the flaws of midcentury urban renewal policy.

Gyure is the author of the first book to examine Yamasaki’s life and career, Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World, published in November 2017 by Yale University Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing from Yale University Press.

Speakers: Dale Allen Gyure, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University; author, Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Organized by: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State

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LMNOP: Photography to Promotion Workshop

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LMNOP presents an insightful conversation focused on practices and processes of photography for promoting your project work and firm.

Photography is an essential marketing tool that allows us to be recognized by our peers and future clients.  In a competitive industry, it is important to stand out with the right photographic product.  

Our panel will share their professional experience and present case studies relating to promoting your work through your website, social media and publication.

Presentation Panel:

Photographer:                           

Adrian Wilson

Interior Photography

Principal/Owner

www.interiorphotography.net


Annie Lee

Interior Design

Principal at ENV

David Rush

Interior Design

President, NY at ENV    

When
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Where

Kimball Showroom
215 Park Ave. South
3rd fl.
New York, NY 10003

Register: LMNOP

AIA: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture

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This is a program of  Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture.

The Birth – Part 2 is the second of two conversations exposing deeper investigations into Hip-Hop Architecture. Speakers will discuss their associations with the architectural movement and share projects and ideas connected with their work in the exhibition.

This panel will feature Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Halsey, whose early education in architecture and identification with hip-hop culture now guide her large-scale urban installations, along with University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor, Stephen Slaughter, one of three professors currently teaching courses on Hip-Hop Architecture.  Syracuse Architecture Assistant Professor, Lawrence Chua, PhD, who writes about hip-hop and Modernism, will moderate the session.

Speakers:
Lauren Halsey, Artist
Stephen Slaughter, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Moderator:
Lawrence Chua, PhD, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

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Date: Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl., NYC
AIA CES: 1.5 LU
Price: Free for AIA members and students; $10 for general public