“Reality Check”, a film by Leon Gerskovic with time-lapse photography by Jeff Goldberg, chronicles the journey of 16 Virginia Tech design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space in Blacksburg, Virginia. Reality Check is their inspirational story.
The film has been selected for inclusion in the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa and will make its European Premiere on Friday September 27th at 6PM in the Cinema City Alvalade.
The screening will be followed by a talk about “designing for the 99%” with Tiago Mota Saraiva of Ateliermob and a moderated discussion including Marie and Keith Zawistowski of design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech.
A profile of the project, including the trailer for “Reality Check” as well as several other short videos by Jeff, are at Archinect.
Two projects that Jeff Goldberg photographed were among the winners of the 2013 Architecture Lighting Light & Architecture Design Awards.
The Best Use of Daylighting Award was given to the St. Katherine Drexel Chapel at Xavier University of Louisiana. The lighting for the Chapel in New Orleans was designed by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design.
The chapel breaks away from traditional churches both in style and in lighting approach. The ramped entrance to the building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has a narrow skylight that introduces daylight into the interior, and natural light is prevalent in the octagonal sanctuary. In the main gathering and worship space, Cline Bettridge Bernstein focused on creating an environment that would shift subtly from daylighting to electric lighting in the early evening hours.
More about the project is at the Architecture Lighting site. There is also a slideshow of Jeff’s images of the project.
David Sundberg’s photographs of the Hotchkiss School’s new BioMass Power Plant, designed by Centerbrook Architects, are in a recent post at Architizer. The piece shares impressive numbers about the building’s energy and financial savings:
By replacing its outdated oil-burning boiler with a squeaky clean wood-chip biomass burner, the boarding school has reduced its winter energy bill by $350,000 and slashed its carbon footprint between 35% and 45%.
A gallery of the project – from the incinerator to the undulating green roof – are at Architizer.
There are also earlier posts about the building at EstoNews.
The fall issue of Oculus, the quarterly publication of the New York City AIA, has a story called The Learning Curve that includes photographs of two new schools photographed by Albert Vecerka: Reed Academy designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design and Rockwell Group‘s The Blue School. Albert’s photograph of Reed Academy (the curve of The Learning Curve) is on the cover.
With more than solely education projects, have a look at Albert’s most recent portfolio.
The Edgeless School Design Exhibition at the AIA’s Center for Architecturein New York features contemporary buildings that defy tradition and explore a variety of spaces that support new and different learning styles. Often glass walls are used to soften the distinction between interior and exterior. Lobbies and hallways are more open to allow for meetings, large and small, planned and spontaneous.
Five projects photographed by Esto are included in the exhibition: the New Settlement Community Center (photo above) and the Stephen Gaynor School photographed by David Sundberg; the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and PS861 Staten Island photographed by Jeff Goldberg; and the Reed Academy photographed by Albert Vecerka.
Jeff Goldberg’s photographs of the Masonica Amphitheater appear in the newest issue of Metropolis Magazine.
Metropolis Magazine published the contents of its October 2012 issue online this week–with the cover headline of “Brave New City“– with urban and rural examples of design for the public good. The first of several pieces is “Spirited Revival,” reported by John Cary. It’s the story of the amphitheater created by the design/buildLAB within Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture & Design. The project brings new energy to a struggling rail town in rural Virginia.
Jeff Goldberg’s photographs appear in the newest issue of Metropolis Magazine.
There are several earlier EstoNews posts about the Virginia Tech design/build LAB: the Coventry Farmer’s Market and the Masonic Amphitheater, both completed and under construction.
And, more images of these projects at EstoStock.
In addition to the still images, Jeff made a video of the Amphitheater project that is at Vimeo.
David Sundberg recently photographed the new Biomass Central Heating Facility at The Hotchkiss School.
Centerbrook Architects designed the plant that will burn wood chips from sustainably managed forests to provide heat to the campus buildings; the new plant replaces an aging steam plant. The building also has a green roof, innovative storm water management and is built with sustainably harvested materials.
By using locally sourced wood chips from sustainably managed forests, Hotchkiss will reduce its carbon footprint by 35-45%. Biomass will save the school a minimum of $522,000 per year. This assumes a $2.50/gal oil cost and represents a reduction of approximately 62% of the annual heating costs.
More information on the building and details of the new energy plant are at the Hotchkiss School Environmental Initiatives Page.
The THINK! project, a cornerstone of IBM’s centennial year celebration that was designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, is profiled in a recent AIGA Case Study.
“THINK: An Exploration into Making the World Work Better” was an exhibition experience that pushed the boundaries of technology as we know it. The goal of the project was to bring to life the ways in which people are making the world work better through innovation, and to engage people in some of the ideas around IBM’s Smarter Planet agenda. It was free to the public, drawing more than 25,000 diverse visitors—from heads of state to school kids—in its month-long run at New York City’s Lincoln Center. The broad goal was to engage new audiences across generations in a meaningful conversation about progress.
The AIGA Case Study, a selection from the 2012 “Justified” competition, describes the project in greater detail and includes more of Albert Vecerka’s photographs.
Each week Business Week has a B-School Photo of the Week. This week the photo is one by Anton Grassl of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Goody Clancy designed the building in Washington DC. It opened in 2009 and includes 179,000 square feet of space, including tiered classrooms, a 400-seat auditorium, rooms for seminars and lectures, faculty offices, and student services facilities.
There is an online portfolio showing more of Anton’s educational work.
The American Awards have been posted on the Chicago Athenaeum’s web site.
Jeff Goldberg photographed three of the projects that won awards:
The Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead:
The BOK Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli:
And, the Gateway Center at Westchester Community College, also by Ennead:
The complete collection of Jeff’s images of all three projects, UMNH, BOK Center and the Gateway Center, can be seen at EstoStock.
There are also earlier EstoNews posts about the Utah Museum of Natural History and about the Gateway Center.
And, Jeff’s most recent portfolio is online.