Miscellaneous

Reading a Landscape: Freshkills Park

Reading a Landscape: Freshkills Park

By Marissa Paino, Draftperson, SHA Freshkills Landfill was the reason my friends from Brooklyn made fun of me. It was Staten Island’s defining trait, visible from space, taller than the Statue of Liberty and infested with seagulls. At one time Staten Island had the unfortunate distinction of being home to the world's largest landfill. No one on the island could escape...

2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition is under the direction of Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect whose firm, Elemental S.A., won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016. He has stated that, “the 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that are able to escape the status quo. Whether through intelligence, intuition, or both of them at the...

The Importance of Project Feasibility Reporting

The Importance of Project Feasibility Reporting

Perhaps the most important thing you can do when beginning a job is a project feasibility study. Clients have financial, economic, and design objectives. Meeting these objectives while managing costs is a challenge for the architectural team as well as for contractors, construction managers and consultants. A viable project integrates both quality design and effective cost management. A feasibility study analyzes all...

Chanel Boutique Façade by MVRDV

Chanel Boutique Façade by MVRDV

MVRDV has recreated a façade for a Chanel boutique in Amsterdam made of glass brick. In attempt to revive the local character of the neighborhood, MVRDV used the glass bricks to create a literal and a symbolic transparency between the interior and the exterior with an unconventional material. Working with researchers from Delft University, the engineering firm ABT and the contractor...