Antje, as part of the Urban Works Agency is participating in an exhibit at the SPUR Urban Center on how to address San Francisco's need for 100,000 new housing units. From the official catalog --Read More
Antje has has been appointed Associate Director of the Urban Works Agency at the California College of the Arts. UWA is an association of designers, urbanists, researchers, and activists. It’s aim is to engage, articulate, and research urban space.
From the manifesto —
“… Design Agency encompasses both legitimacy and ability; therefore, the questions that must be unpacked are both in regard to the foundation of, as well as the nature of, this particular kind of agency.This quest for agency will necessarily push design thinking beyond the confines of the object and the academic context, and prepare future urbanists to directly engage the larger systems, processes, and social conditions that will open design to an expanded field of urban practice.”
Antje has taken a group of students to Europe for a couple of weeks and sent back a picture of one our favorite buildings. Thought I would share.
Dwell has written a new story about our Elements house and included in their online offerings.
Have a look: http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/house-doesnt-hold-back-colorful-details#next. There is some mention in the article about how color is a feature. We always like to tell our clients that color is for 'free' - all it takes is some imagination.
Every once in a while we get to do something fun and unconventional - with enthusiasm. We have a project that has just finished. It was the renovation of a 50's ranch in Los Altos, with very creative owners.Read More
Renee traveled to ETH to speak at the 'The Future of Open Building Conference.' N. John Habraken was the guest of honor and a featured speaker. Anytime we get to hear John speak, it is a treat - and much better than chocolate. For those not familiar, we would urge you to take a look. John's teaching, writing, and gentle nudges have greatly influenced our approach to places.
Simone van Nieuwenhuizen writes about 'Changing Chinese Cities' in the Asian Review, reporting that it -
"... offers a different perspective on these challenges. Chow argues that it is possible—indeed preferable—for Chinese cities to modernize without superseding their traditional aspects, and calls for a more nuanced approach to urban design. Chow remarks that a lack of attention to “common architecture” has prevented urban planners from adopting this nuanced approach."
She also points out the that -
"Historians, sociologists, and those simply looking for a different view of China's rapid urbanisation and development, will find something in this book."
Something we find exciting.
Antje spent part of the summer designing and constructing the setting for a TED conference in Madrid, Spain with a group of students from CCA. The task was to take a space that was unclaimed, uninhabited under a freeway - an urban void, and transform it into an event, a space full of culture and exchange. Makes you wonder what could be done with the undernourished in-between spaces all around us.
The course brief here.
Renee's latest book "Changing Chinese Cities: The Potentials of Field Urbanism" has arrived!Read More
The Elements house featured in the October issue of Dwell. Good article on the process with the owners.
The Boardman dental office has been featured in Catalyst magazine. In an article that describes our client's approach to her work and ideas about the kind of environment she wanted as a workplace, she talks about the importance of the design to her success.
"I love coming to work. It's a treat. I love the sunshine aspect. It's peaceful and relaxing. I'm happier and my staff is happier, and that is good for our patients."
On September 22nd, Renee will be speaking at the 9th annual conference on Sustainable Urban Design at Lund University in Sweden. Her talk, “The Potentials of Field Urbanism,” is based on her upcoming book that advances an innovative framework for urban design.
I recently visited my favorite library in San Leandro (Manor Branch) and was delighted and impressed to see a model of the library made by an obviously talented 3rd grader. Happy to see that someone cared enough to model it and impressed to see that it was done so well. I suppose in a few years I will be hiring this young person, gladly.
Antje to present her paper “TECHNOLOGIES FOR A NEW URBAN AGENCY - Instrumentalizing Activist Interventions In The Public Realm”, at the 2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference, Seoul, South Korea.
In the Spring of 2014, Renee taught a studio that was part of a competition sponsored by the National University of Singapore called Vertical Cities Asia. Read more about it at the UC Berkeley Newscenter: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/07/10/students-compete-for-top-prize-in-global-sustainable-design-exhibition-in-singapore/ Of the two projects presented for UC Berkeley, Farmway received Honorable Mention and this scheme and Edge City were both exhibited at the ACSA International Research and Design Exhibition on Open Cities, again in Seoul, June 2014. (Students Minjae Ahn and Rebecca Sunter presenting in July 2014 in Singapore.)
In parallel with the competition, the Ninth International Space Syntax Symposium was being held in Seoul and Renee was a keynote speaker at the Seoul History Museum. Her talk was titled “Questions for Urban Design: Lessons from China.”
Through the summer of 2013, Renee was a juror for an international student competition, Seoul Urban Design, sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. In two rounds of review, done remotely, twelve finalists were selected. In the Fall of 2013, the jury met in Seoul to hear presentations from the students. In addition to Renee, the other jurors were Dominique Perrault, John Peponis, Yoon Kyung Choi and Seog-Jeong Lee.
“MAPPING INTERCONNECTED SYSTEMS - Visual Research into Potential Manipulations of Site”, Antje presented as a talk at the 2013 European Architectural Envisioning Association Conference, Milan, Itlay; published in the conference proceedings.
Antje will be a speaking at the The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2013 on her paper GENERATIVE FIELDS - Physical Modeling Techniques as ‘Proscriptive Constraints. For more information, please see http://beginningdesign.org.
Renee Chow will be a keynote speaker at the 18th International Conference on Open Building on Tuesday, November 20. For more information, please see http://www.house-china.net/obi2012/en/index.php Open Building is an approach to the design of buildings that is recognized internationally to represent a new wave in architecture, but a new wave with roots in the way ordinary built environment grows, regenerates and achieves wholeness.