Buffalo, NY’s Charlie the Butcher.
A new article was just published in Crain’s Chicago Business outlining the formation of the non-profit group by our friend Bob Karr. Looking forward to this exciting project!
““When you go down there, it’s less than inspiring,” he says. “It has the potential to be one of the most innovative urban parks in the nation, where science, nature and humanity can be experienced and explored.”
Find out more here, although the site appears to be under construction.
Join The Chicago Council’s panel of policy and urban architecture experts to explore the progress of the physical and political landscapes of our city and to celebrate the blooming fruits of the seeds of diplomacy.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host SAKURA IN CHICAGO: 120 YEARS OF US-JAPAN RELATIONS as part of their Young Professionals program. Kulapat Yantrasast will join author Josh Rogin in a discussion moderated by Bob Karr. The venue is still to be determined but if you are in the Chicago area please stop by! You can register here.
Wednesday May 15, 5:30pm
Major congrats are in order to our friend Ann Marie Gardner on the launch of her new publication, Modern Farmer, which launched this month with their first issue!
The magazine, which aims to encourage connections between what we eat, how we live and the planet, is gaining impressive momentum and was featured in an editorial on this week’s edition on Daily Candy.
We can’t wait to see what they dish up next!
Progress on our Harvard Art Museums project continues at a healthy clip. We are currently in the process of bringing three separate museum facilities together under one roof – a project that involves renovating and re-installing the interiors as one coherent whole:
Renzo Piano’s renovation of Harvard Art Museums is well underway. The project aims to unify the university’s three distinct art museums under one glazed roof. the renowned Fogg museum, modeled after a 15th century Italian villa, the Busch-Reisinger, the only museum in North America exclusively dedicated to the study of art from German-speaking countries, and the Arthur M. Sackler museum, the James Stirling- designed collection of Asian art, will all be joined in an effort to keep Harvard at the forefront of multidisciplinary research and study in visual art, history and design. Combined with interiors by wHY architecture, the impressive glass roof will enclose the historic Calderwood courtyard and admit a generous amount of natural light. dubbed the ‘light-machine’ by the architect, the transparent covering opens up the symbolic heart of the museum and its ground floor arcades while continuing to preserve the Travertine facades, so carefully modeled after canon’s house of the church of San Biagio in Montepulciano, Italy. The massive renovation will include extra gallery space on the second and third levels; expanded study centers, classrooms and offices on the fourth level; and a bright, new home for the Straus center for conservation and technical studies on the top levels. The center is the oldest fine arts conservation treatment, training and research facility in the unites states. The project has been challenging given the crucial set of programs already enlivening the architecture, the existing structures’ position on the national register of historic places and a particularly limited site flanked by Le Corbusier’s only north american building. The addition is a balanced and elegant graft on the already rich new England edifices. The museum is set to open in fall 2014.
Full article featured here.
Images courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
We’re happy to support our friends at the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) with their fundraising raffle to benefit MAKING ROOM…FOR DINNER.
Enter to win an exclusive, private dinner for four – served in the LaunchPad micro-studio at the Museum of the City of New York exhibit Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.
Chris Bradley, Executive Chef of Danny Meyer’s Untitled will prepare a three-course dinner for the winner and three lucky friends.
Dinner will be held on
April 25 @ 7:00pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10029
$25 for single raffle ticket
$100 for five raffle tickets
CHPC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Raffle ticket purchases are not tax-deductible and additional donations are fully tax-deductible.
Drawing to be held on April 18.
On last Wednesday evening, we hosted the latest installment of our New York salon series by welcoming our special guests Sarah Watson, the Deputy Director of New York’s Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), along with Abby Hamlin, the President of Hamlin Ventures LLC a real estate development company and creative studio.
Aside from serving as the Deputy Director of the CHPC, Sarah Watson is the author and manager of CHPC’s Making Room project, an initiative, that brings together cutting-edge housing policy and demographic research with pragmatic policy recommendations that would help to develop some brand new, legal and safe housing options for 21st century New York City. One of its main goals is to add choices to the housing market and promote three different types of housing:
-legal shared housing
-accessory housing units for extended family
Over the last three years, the CHPC has been dedicated to exploring new housing ideas so that New York City can “Make Room” for its whole population.
The CHPC developed a unique data model to examine how New Yorkers are being accommodated in housing today. The unexpected finding was a predominance of non-traditional households struggling to fit themselves into a housing stock designed and built for traditional households. New trends in immigration, demographics, technology, and the economy are reshaping how people live. Almost half of New York adults are now single, creating a need for new types of living arrangements. Only 17% of our housing is occupied by a nuclear family (two parents and children under age 25) as 33% of New York City’s population is single.
Nevertheless, New York City housing regulations continue to encourage homes and apartments designed for nuclear families; single family units with mostly two and three bedrooms. With unmet demand for more diverse housing choices growing, especially for the millions of single adults, the Making Room project revealed that more and more people are turning to the improvised housing market, often living in illegal and dangerous situations.
Making Room has been the incentive to an array of publications, initiatives, and events, such as “One size Fits Some”, a symposium at the Japan Society, in addition to the adAPT competition.
Abby’s Hamlin Ventures, was a competitor in the adAPT competition. She teamed up with Forsyth Street Advisors LLC, Rogers Marvel Architects, and Future Expansion Architects to produce Tendem, an 80-unit building, that strives to provide more amenities for residents than a traditional building. Units, that are from 265 to 300 sf, are intertwined with community spaces, such as meeting spaces, a music practice room and art studio, a dining room, lounge, roof garden, yoga studio, bicycle parking and laundry.
Check out our featured salon menu items, cocktails and recipes below:
Shrimp Pomelo Summer Rolls
20 Rice Wrappers
1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, split in half
1 large pomelo, peeled and split into small chunks
½ cup coconut milk
2 cup shallots, finely minced
2 tbsp garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp chili flakes, crushed and seeds removed
¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup peanuts, crushed
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 cup Cilantro
Sauce: Sautee shallots, garlic and chili flakes until they begin to brown.
Add coconut milk, stir and remove from heat.
Toast coconut flakes until slightly brown
Poach shrimp in simmering water until cooked through and allow to cool.
Dip rice wrapper in hot water until soft.
Place sauce, coconut flakes, peanuts, shrimp, pinch of lime juice and fish sauce, cilantro, and pomelo in wrapper and roll.
Serve with additional fish sauce, lime juice, and coconut flakes.
Cocktail: wHY not (#3)
2 oz Bourbon*
1 oz Cynar
½ oz Lemon
½ oz Simple syrup
Served in Highball glass and topped with club soda and rosemary sprig garnish
* A sweet bourbon like a Maker’s Mark would be best
This Friday, February 15th wHY Co-Founder and Principal Kulapat Yantrasast will be speaking at the Florida Gold Coast University’s Renaissance Academy as a part of the Academy’s 2013 Salke Contemporary Art Study Group.
Kulapat’s lecture, titled “Food & Architecture – An Architect’s Studio as a Kitchen of Ideas and Realization”, is the latest installment of this stimulating and challenging Academy lecture series, in which nationally recognized experts share their knowledge of the artists, forms, styles and innovations that have helped to define contemporary art and architecture.
The lecture is set to begin at 11:00AM, and will conclude at 12:00pm. It is open to the public, and online registration and additional information is available at https://RegisterRA.fgcu.edu.
This weekend the National YoungArts Foundation will be launching their regional festivities in Los Angeles. The inaugural YoungArts Los Angeles will provide approximately 45 young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts with life-changing experiences, including master classes and workshops with notable artists, and performance and exhibition opportunities.
Join YoungArts Foundation for FREE performances February 9 and 10! See the invitation below for corresponding dates and times.
Last Friday, we hosted another salon event with our friend Evan Snyderman, the co-founder and director of the Tribeca design gallery, R 20th Century.
During his presentation, Evan talked about how he came to be a design collector, the history of his gallery which he co-founded with Zesty Meyers, and his efforts to make the work of designers available to the public, particularly when they’ve been under represented relative to their talent.
Evan went on to describe how he had the opening exhibition for their Franklin Street gallery the following month after the attacks on 9/11, their exhibition of Verner Panton, which has carried the legacy of being their most successful exhibition to this day.
He loves helping design the installations himself and talked about the various installations he’s staged over the years.
It was mentioned that there is often a blurring between the lines of art and design, particularly in the work of Wendell Castle and points were discussed about what separates art and design, or even if there even needs to be a distinction made at all.
His presentation focused on the works of designers Joaquim Tenreiro, Castle, and Greta Magnusson Grossman. Many he had to track down for years to acquire their pieces and other background materials about the designers and their lives. Evan emphasized that one of the most important roles of the R 20th Century is to preserve and honor the legacies of theses designers, as much of their information and creations are lost after their lifetime.
The evening featured a menu of :
Crostini of warm fig, prosciutto, Parmesan, and honey
Ratatouille Crostini – Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil
Lamb Souvlaki and Garlic Lemon Chicken skewers
1 Eggplant, sliced
1 Zucchini, sliced
1 ball Fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 Tomatoes, sliced
1.5 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp Olive oil
1 Baguette, sliced
Toss zucchini and eggplant slices with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper and let marinate briefly.
Sprinkle olive oil on baguette slices and toast until crispy on the outside.
Grill eggplant and zucchini on medium low heat.
Layer slices of eggplant, zucchini, tomato, basil, and mozzarella as desired on top of bread.
Finish with balsamic vinegar and olive oil as desired.
Makes about a dozen crostini.
Perry Rubenstein’s new wHY-designed gallery in Hollywood was recently featured in The Architect’s Newspaper for wHY co-founder and principal Kulapat Yantrasast’s design approach for the space as well as the gallery’s role in transforming the Highland Ave – Santa Monica Blvd area of Hollywood into a blue-chip art destination.
See the full article on our press page here!