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Barnard College, The Milstein Center / SOM

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat
  • Architects: SOM
  • Location: 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
  • Area: 128000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat
  • Senior Consulting Design Partner: Roger Duffy, FAIA
  • Managing Partner: T.J. Gottesdiener, FAIA
  • Design Partner: Colin Koop, AIA
  • Project Manager: Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, AIA
  • Design And Documentation Senior Technical Designer: Carrie Moore, AIA
  • Construction Administration Senior Technical Coordinator: Kimberly Garcia, AIA
  • Senior Designer: Jon Cicconi, AIA
  • Designer: Design and Documentation Technical Coordinator: Leonard Lopate, AIA
  • Construction Administration Technical Coordinator: Michi Ushio, AIA
  • Enclosures: Christoph Timm, AIA
  • Construction Manager: Turner Construction

AD Classics: Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone & Donald Deskey

Courtesy of Flickr user Erik Drost Courtesy of Flickr user Erik Drost

This article was originally published on July 29, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Upon opening its doors for the first time on a rainy winter’s night in 1932, the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan was proclaimed so extraordinarily beautiful as to need no performers at all. The first built component of the massive Rockefeller Center, the Music Hall has been the world’s largest indoor theater for over eighty years. With its elegant Art Deco interiors and complex stage machinery, the theater defied tradition to set a new standard for modern entertainment venues that remains to this day.

Junzi Kitchen Columbia University / Xuhui Zhang

© Andres Orozco © Andres Orozco
  • Architects: Xuhui Zhang
  • Location: 2896 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, United States
  • Architect In Charge: Xuhui Zhang
  • Area: 1800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Andres Orozco

Storefront for Art and Architecture Appoints José Esparza Chong Cuy as Executive Director

Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture

José Esparza Chong Cuy has been appointed as the new Executive Director and Chief Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. Following the departure of former director Eva Franch i Gilabert to London as the new Director of the Architectural Association, the extensive international search to fill her shoes began. An architect, curator, and writer, originally from Mexico, Esparza Chong Cuy was named and will assume the position starting November 1st.

Storefront, a non-profit organization based in New York City, engages in the advancement of design and architecture with interdisciplinary dialogue through exhibitions and projects that aim to transcend geographic and ideological boundaries. Charles Renfro, President of Storefront's Board of Directors, remarks, "We are thrilled to welcome José to the helm of Storefront, the very institution where he began his curatorial career over a decade ago."

The Forum Is Open

Columbia University opened the third building on its Manhattanville Campus yesterday. The Forum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, who is also responsible for the first two buildings on campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Below is a slideshow of photos I took at yesterday's opening of The Forum, which I had a hard-hat tour of in July.

The Forum, Completed

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area in which it's built. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Milstein Center Nears Completion

This week I'm busy with, among other things, preparing for a "critic's tour" of Barnard College and Columbia University that I'll be giving during next week's AIA Conference on Architecture. With that, here are some photos I took last week of the newest building on the two campuses: Barnard's Milstein Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The building is set to open in October.

Kenneth Frampton on His Early Career and Appreciating Architectural Talent From Around the Globe

Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants, by RMA Architects, who Frampton names as a practice doing exceptional work in Asia. Image © Carlos Chen Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants, by RMA Architects, who Frampton names as a practice doing exceptional work in Asia. Image © Carlos Chen

In a recent interview with Metropolis Magazine, Kenneth Frampton answered questions about his existing architectural influence and his opinion as it relates to the direction of architectural theory and criticism. Frampton has long been a prominent voice in the world of architectural theory and writing. He has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) since 1972, all the while publishing a large collection of critical essays and books on the topic of 20th-century architecture—the most notable of those being his 1983 essay “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance.”