Sep 29, 2010

Sperone Westwater Gallery - Foster + Partners

Sperone Westwater celebrates the opening of its new gallery on the Bowery in New York with an inaugural exhibition by Argentinean artist, Guillermo Kuitca. Nearly 35 years after its conception, Sperone Westwater continues to exhibit an international roster of prominent artists working in a wide variety of media. Its new building, designed by Foster + Partners, doubles the exhibition area and pioneers an innovative approach to vertical movement within a gallery setting.

Responding to the compact 25 by 100 foot site, one of the features of the project is a 12 by 20 foot moving gallery, which connects the upper four exhibition floors and allows visitors to move gradually between levels. It is a prominent feature along the Bowery, visible from the street, its gentle pace contrasting with the fast-moving traffic. At any given floor, the exhibition space can be extended by parking the moving room as required, with an additional elevator and stairs providing alternative access..

After SANAA, another brilliant art gallery in the form of a skyscraper, is completed on the Bowery by Lord Foster.
Put aside the beautiful proportion of the building.
From altering the scale of the entrance lobby to temporarily increasing gallery spaces, the 'red box' idea is delightful & surprising each time its variety of potentials are revealed, both sensational & practical.
One of the most boring and daunting aspects in spatial design, freight lift in this case, is made the coolest thing in the Sperone Westwater Gallery.

See Lord Foster discusses the design:



September 25 to October 1 in 2011

Theme: Design2050

“Climate Change” is one of the most crucial concerns of the global community, stimulating active debate around the world about the post-Kyoto framework. Some governments have proposed a reduction in the world's greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent or even more of 2000 levels by the year 2050.
“Population” is another serious issue. While the global trend has been population explosion, Japan is experiencing a drastic shift towards an aged society due to low birth rates, and this is occurring in many other countries as well. These outcomes of 'FORECASTING' are the major drivers of change in 'DESIGN' for quality of life in a sustainable built environment.
Looking back to 1933, “The Athens Charter” drafted by Le Corbusier et al. at the CIAM that year became a worldwide urban and architectural formula throughout the 20th century. However, we have failed to replace this charter for the 21st century and the vision of a sustainable future remains intangible..


Sep 27, 2010

Autodesk Offers Students Free 3-Year Software Licenses

Autodesk is extending the license terms for all free versions of the student software related to its online Education Community from 13 to 36 months.
This license term extension applies to over 25 products available for free download on the Autodesk Education Community.
The license term extension is part of Autodesk's continued effort to support students' pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, including architecture and manufacturing.
Today's students face a challenging job market, and Autodesk's goal is to ensure the next generation of designers, engineers and digital artists have access to the same software that professionals use every day.


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