Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the new Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, are featured in the November 2013 issue of Architectural Record. In the article, Joann Gonchar writes, “At Singh, Manfredi and Weiss have thoroughly melded landscape and building, integrating the project into Penn’s campus, and making it difficult to tell where nature ends and architecture begins.”
Albert’s images also appear in a piece in Architecture, where the lead-in reads: Weiss/Manfredi turns the strict requirements for a nanotech lab on a dense urban campus into forward-facing design features. The full article, including more photographs is here.
There is also an earlier post about the building, and one that shows Albert on the job.
The AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture has a show at the West 4th Street Subway station called New York New World.
The show presents the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. The images are located in the two southern corridors of the West 4th Street Subway station.
Included in the show are a number of photographs by Esto photographers:
David Sundberg: New Settlement Community Campus by Dattner Architects
Jeff Goldberg: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts by Ennead; Public Theater NYC by Ennead Architects; Stanford University Bing Concert Hall by Ennead; Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead; Stocking Hall Rehabilitation Cornell University by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects; Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion by Ennead
Albert Vecerka: Harlem Village Academies High School by Cooper, Robertson & Partners; PAVE Academy by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects
The entrance fee to the show is $2.50, and that includes a subway ride.
The New York State AIA has announced its 2013 Design Awards.
We are pleased that a number of projects photographed by Esto photographers are included among the winners.
In the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category, the Yale University Art Gallery won an Award of Excellence. Jeff Goldberg recently photographed the Gallery for Ennead.
Francis Dzikowski photographed The Lincoln Center LCT3 Theater by H3Hardy Collaboration Architecture. The theater received an Award of Excellence in the Institutional category.
Four projects that won Citations for Design in the Institutional category were photographed by Esto as well: Albert Vecerka documented the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Weiss/Manfredi; David Sundberg photographed the 9/11 Memorial by Frederick Schwartz Architects; both the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University by Ennead and the Collaborative Research Center at Rockefeller University by Mitchell/Giurgola were photographed by Jeff Goldberg.
Dattner and Grimshaw’s Via Verde, with David Sundberg’s images, won the Award of Excellence in the Residential/Multi-Family Category.
Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the East River Blueway Plan by WXY Architects won two awards: The Best in NY State Award and an Award for Excellence in the Urban Planning/Design category.
The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania is on ArchDaily. The new building serves many functions. It houses state of the art laboratories in the emerging field of nanotechnology, as well as providing a nexus for the meeting of multiple science disciplines. The cantilevered building draws on the history of buildings at Penn being organized around a central courtyard, providing layers of public spaces both inside the building and in the landscape. The building also serves as a gateway between the campus and the neighboring city of Philadelphia. The project was designed by Weiss/Manfredi; Albert photographed the building for the architects.
In addition to the post at ArchDaily, there are articles at Philly.com and at Roadtrippers.com about the building.
The Architect’s Newspaper has a piece on the new Hunter’s Point South Development. The project creates a new middle-income neighborhood on the formerly industrial waterfront of Long Island City, Queens. The plan includes thousands of apartments, ground floor retail, a school by FXFOWLE Architects, and an expansive new park designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects and Thomas Balsley Associates Landscape Design.
Albert photographed the park project for the architects.
More details and images of the project are at Architect’s Newspaper.
And, the full gallery of Albert’s images is at EstoStock.
Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City is open; there was a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg last week. The project, over four years in the making, was designed by Weiss/Manfredi and Thomas Balsey. Albert Vecerka photographed the project for the architects.
Hunter’s Point South occupies a site that was previously marsh wetland and a drained landfill; it is part of a larger, ambitious master plan to transform the area into a modern ecological community that includes the largest affordable housing effort in New York City since the 1970s. The park marks the first chapter of rejuvenation for the riverside neighbourhood in Queens, New York weaving together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to connect Long Island City to a formerly industrial waterfront. The park has already become a center for neighborhood recreation and a city-wide destination, boasting unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.
An article about the project, including a slideshow of Albert’s photographs is at Wallpaper.com.
Albert Vecerka is speaking on Monday July 15 as a part of a program called “On Camera! Marketing Your Message Using Photographer, Video, and Documentary” Monday’s talk is the first of a two part series that focuses on the increasing popularity of interactive photography, videography, and documentary to convey a firm’s story and the cutting-edge trends for their use.
Albert is featured as an architectural photographer and teacher who is beginning to work in video as well; he is joined by John Szot, a digital media and video expert. Avinash Rajagopal of Metropolis Magazine will moderate the discussion.
The talk is from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, July 15 at The Center for Architecture. It is free for AIA Members, and $10 if you aren’t yet a member.
See you there!
Albert Vecerka will speak at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center as part of the Harlem Focus Series.
His lecture is titled Architectural Photography: The Imaging of Design. Albert will present his work, sharing insights and technical details about capturing the utility, spirit, and beauty of the designed environment.
The Harlem Focus series highlights design issues in Harlem, ranging from public art and landscape architecture, to rooftop farms and urban woodland restoration, and explores how design affects this unique neighborhood as it continues to evolve, change, and inspire.
The details: Wednesday, June 12, 2013; 6:30-8:00 pm at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center 111 Central Park North (at Lenox Avenue)
For more information, visit the Cooper-Hewitt, Harlem focus website.
UPDATE: click here, to link to Albert Vecerka’s Harlem Focus Lecture.
Albert was recently perched on the green roof at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
He has been photographing the BBG, designed by Weiss Manfredi, throughout the last year, showing the garden and building in every season.
Photographs of the Garden, over the past year, can be in earlier posts.
“From whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures; from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals” the newest Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine shares a varied collection of photographs of doors and entries from the Esto collection.
The photographs range from early images by Ezra Stoller, to newer projects by the current Esto photographers Albert Vecerka, David Sundberg, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss and Francis Dzikowski.
In the introduction, Deane Madsen writes that
Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within.
Visit Architect Magazine to see the new Esto Gallery.