The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has awarded Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park a 2014 Honor Award, recognizing the new waterfront landscape as an outstanding achievement of design. As a new model for urban ecology, the park is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant. It is the first phase of a larger master plan that will transform 29 acres of post-industrial waterfront on the East River and includes New York City's largest affordable housing initiative since the 1970s. The park's resiliency was tested in 2012 when, still under construction, it survived Hurricane Sandy without any major damage. The park offers diverse active and passive recreational spaces and includes a pleated metal pavilion that collects rain water, solar energy, and frames spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
For more information about the award, visit the American Society of Landscape Architects more
BUILDING 335, Novartis' corporate global oncology offices in East Hanover, transforms the paradigm of the office "box." An ascending spiral of communal "living rooms" and outdoor terraces are carved into the building and link five floors of open offices to create a continuous and flexible work environment. Novartis' expanded campus also includes buildings by Raphael Vińoly, Fumihiko Maki, and Vittorio Lampugnani.
The Visitor Reception Building emerges from the earth to define a new entry to Novartis' North American Headquarters. The building, with reception, orientation, and gathering spaces for the campus, is sheltered by a sculptural roof form which expresses Novartis' spirit of technological innovation.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Taekwondo Park in Muju, South Korea will be featured in the 2014 International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, curated by Rem Koolhaas. Following the theme of Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014, the OfficeUS Repository exhibition presents projects by American architects working abroad. WEISS/MANFREDI is one of a series of American firms that have been significant in the international applications of American modernization. Models of Taekwondo Park will be on view at The Biennale from June 7th until November 23rd.
Situated in the mountains of Korea, Taekwondo Park is designed to celebrate the history and culture of Korea, the principles of Taekwondo, and the site's dramatic topography. The Taekwondo Park establishes a dynamic gateway to the physical and philosophical world of Taekwondo, becoming an athletic and cultural destination for 70 million practitioners from around the world.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will present the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Corporate Co-Location Building at Architectural Record's Innovation Conference in Los Angeles on May 21st. The panel discussion with Thom Mayne of Morphosis will explore the ambitious architectural schemes for the emerging tech campus. This campus creates visual and physical connections between academic and professional hubs to foster an ecosystem of innovation.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Corporate Co-Location Building fosters interaction and collaboration between Cornell Tech graduate students and the tech community, providing spaces for entrepreneurial activities and academic inquiry.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park is featured in the National Building Museum's current exhibition "Designing for Disaster." The exhibition presents tools and strategies that can help create more disaster-resilient communities. "Designing for Disaster" will be on view in Washington, D.C. through August 2, 2015.
A new model for urban ecology, the park is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.
The design of the second building on Cornell NYC Tech's groundbreaking New York City campus was unveiled during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's transfer of 12 acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell NYC Tech.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Corporate Co-Location Building for the new campus is a major advancement to the university's effort to bring technology, industry, and academia together in New York City. The building's crystalline geometries frame river to river views and bring natural light into all levels. Developed in collaboration with Forest City Ratner, the Co-Location Building is a loft-like design that fosters interaction and collaboration between the tech community and Cornell Tech students and faculty, providing shared spaces for entrepreneurial activities and academic inquiry.
As part of New York City's Applied Sciences NYC initiative, the Cornell NYC Tech campus aims to put New York City at the forefront of the tech industry.
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Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park is featured on the cover of Green Building & Design and is named "The Smart Park" for its design that "represents a new era of ecological engineering." Alan Oakes says, "The key to Hunter's Point Park's success is how it relates to the diverse community it serves, and its program makes a definitive statement in ecological design."
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park has also been awarded Best of Landscape of 2013 by The Architect's Newspaper. Incorporating active and passive recreation and a broad array of sustainable initiatives, the park is designed to transform Hunter's Point South into a new cultural and ecological paradigm. Kate Orff said, "If we're going to call it Landscape of the Year it has to be somewhat aspirational. I think this project has great civic aspirations, especially for a neighborhood park."
Hunter's Point recently received an award for best new space for "play" in Architect Magazine's Annual Des... more
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is the winner of The American Institute of Architects 2014 Institute Honor Award. The project will be honored at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center creates a new threshold between garden and city, culture and cultivation by creating a legible point of arrival and orientation. Sited at Washington Avenue within a berm, the Visitor Center's serpentine form is generated by the garden's existing pathways. The Visitor Center includes an exhibition gallery, information lobby, orientation room, gift shop, café, and an events space.
The jury commented, "We are entranced by this project not because it is a visual masterpiece, but because of the care with which the architects designed it."
The Visitor Center recently achieved a LEED Gold Certification and has been recognized with a National ASLA Honor Award, NYC Design Commission Award for Excellence in Desi... more
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania has been featured in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL's "Best of 2013: Architecture." The building was recognized with six other noteworthy projects by David Chipperfield Architects, Morphosis, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, H3 Hardy, Renzo Piano, and Herzog & de Meuron.
WSJ's Julie Iovine writes "...the Singh Center goes way beyond the basics of a research lab, giving unconventional shape to workaday spaces—stairways lined with small balconies furnished with seating; meeting rooms wrapped in glass and cantilevered in space. It's enough to persuade one that architecture really can prompt the kind of nonlinear thinking that leads to discovery."
Click here to read the full article in THE WALL STREET JOUNRAL. The Krishna P. Singh Center has also been featured in... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center has received a 2013 MASterworks Award from The Municipal Art Society of New York. Winners were chosen from New York City projects that were completed in the past year. Municipal Art Society President, Vin Cipolla, commented that the winners are "design assets to our city that contribute greatly to the urban landscape." The Visitor Center was winner in the Best New Urban Amenity category for "improving the experience of living in and moving through the landscape of the city."
WEISS/MANFREDI's Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania is featured on the cover of Architectural Record's November issue on University Buildings. Dedicated on October 4, 2013, this innovative cross disciplinary lab building brings together researchers from Engineering and Arts and Sciences in an iconic and welcoming gateway to campus. The building defines a new campus green; it ascends as a spiral of research reaching its highest elevation at the forum, a meeting space that cantilevers 68-feet over the quad and opens to views of both city and campus.
Architectural Record's 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."
Winner of a Chicago Athenaeum's 2013 International Architecture Award and 2013 American Architecture Award, the Singh Center has also been fe... more
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park has been profiled in The New York Times for its fortitude through Hurricane Sandy.
Located along the East River in Queens, Hunter's Point South is envisioned as an international model of urban ecology and a world laboratory for innovative sustainable thinking. The New York Times' David Dunlap says, "Welcome to the new world of civic design, in which projects bend so that they will not break." The park is designed for resiliency – transforming a post-industrial armored waterfront into a soft shoreline – the park provides a first line of defense for the surrounding community, which sat four feet underwater a year ago during Hurricane Sandy.
Fast Company listed WEISS/MA... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center has received the American Society of Landscape Architecture's National Honor Award.
A piece of living landscape, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is conceived as an inhabitable topography that defines a new threshold between the city and the constructed landscapes of the fifty-two-acre garden. The Center includes an exhibition gallery, information lobby, orientation room, gift shop, cafe, and a multi-purpose events space.
The Visitor Center recently achieved a LEED Gold Certification and has been recognized with the American Institute of Architects New York State Design Award, as well as the Municipal Art Society's MASterworks Award for Best New Urban Amenity.
WEISS/MANFREDI's Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania was reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer today by architecture critic Inga Saffron. Saffron states of WEISS/MANFREDI's design, "instead of focusing on the boundaries between architecture and landscape, they fuse the two into a seamless whole. Their dazzling new project is like the mythical centaur..."
The building will open with an official dedication ceremony on October 4th. Click here to view the full article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, WEISS/MANFREDI's design collaboration with Thomas Balsley Associates, opened to the public in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg last week. The design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to connect Long Island City to a formerly industrial waterfront. The park, which survived Sandy with minimal impact, has already become a center for neighborhood recreation and a city-wide destination, boasting unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.
The park includes a waterfront promenade, pavilion, playground, dog run, outdoor fitness areas, rail garden, and an urban beach. These facilities center around a green oval with artificial turf suitable for athletics and natural grass for picnicking, playing, and relaxing. The curved shade pavilion shelters a water ferry stop, Parks Department offices, public restrooms, and a café. Its curved form further defines the multi-use oval and frames spectacular views of... more
We are pleased to announce that The Museum of Modern Art has selected a series of drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of the Olympic Sculpture Park for its permanent collection. These original process drawings are currently on view in Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, curated by Pedro Gadanho.
This exhibition captures the evolution of photomontage and collage from early avant-garde experiments to contemporary digital media as processes that have been central to architectural representation, graphic design, and film. The show will be on view through December 1, 2013.
For further information about Cut 'n' Paste, visit the exhibition website.
Winner of an international design competition, WEISS/MANFREDI's Design Loft will become Kent State University's new home for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Sited strategically at the hinge between campus and city, the Design Loft forms a new hub connecting the University with the community of Kent. The 125,000 square-foot building establishes an innovative center for design disciplines and a beacon signaling the creative, artistic, and research-based programs of the College.
"We are captivated by the potential for this project to become an innovative incubator for the arts and an internationally legible destination for the University," said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.
A continuous studio loft forms the heart of the program. Open design studios are configured to maximize flexibility to accommodate a growing program and evolving modes of learning in architecture and design education. Conceived as a vertical campus quad, the Desi... more
As recipients of the 2013 Urban Edge Award, Marion Weiss and Michal Manfredi will host the Urban Edge Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning on April 5, 2013. This one-day symposium, entitled Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices, will bring together innovators in the fields of architecture, engineering, art, landscape, ecology, and urban design to advance the conversation and representation of design thinking related to infrastructure. Envisioned as a cross section through design disciplines, the symposium panel discussions will expand the definition of 'infrastructure' to address an escalating set of design challenges that are at once cultural, architectural, and environmental. The symposium will conclude with a public keynote lecture delivered by Weiss and Manfredi.
Organized in collaboration with Karl Wallick, Assistant Professor at UWM, symposium panelists include: Eric Bunge, nARCHITECTS; Keller East... more
WEISS/MANFREDI is pleased to announce we have been selected by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations to provide Renovation and Rehabilitation Design Services for embassies and consulates throughout the world. As part of the Department of State's new Design Excellence initiative, WEISS/MANFREDI will bring innovation to the renewal of historic civic buildings worldwide and will utilize advanced design methods and technologies to provide safe, secure, and functional buildings that represent the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, maintainability, art, culture, and construction.
For more information, visit the Department of State's website.
Marion Weiss will participate in a conversation about the design and making of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis I. Kahn. This topic invites a dialogue about the nature of memorial and public space, site and memory, permanence and projected meaning. The evolving character of the contemporary memorial has been a focus of recent WEISS/MANFREDI work including the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds, a design collaboration with OLIN, and the Women's Memorial and Education Center, a competition-winning design that initiated our practice.
"Four Freedoms: Kahn's Contemporary Design" is a conversation between Michael Kimmelman, the Architecture Critic for The New York Times, Marion Weiss, Laurie Olin, and Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
To view the video of the symposium, click here.
WEISS/MANFREDI's Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park is featured in the exhibition White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes. The exhibition opens today at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery.
The exhibition features original process drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss and two large-scale conceptual models of the Sculpture Park conveying its unique reciprocity of landform and art. Newly commissioned photographs of the park by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan present the simultaneous impact of art, infrastructure, landscape, and urban life.
White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative art landscapes dedicated to the experience of culture and nature; it endeavors to explore the possibilities of art sites emerging from collaborations across a range of artistic and architectural approaches. These projects distance themselves from traditional, monolithic, "white cube" gallery spaces and fuse inventive architecture and landscape design with r... more
On January 17, WEISS/MANFREDI and three shortlisted teams unveiled their proposals for Kent State University's new College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The Design Loft, sited strategically at the hinge between campus and city, forms a new hub connecting the college with the city of Kent. The 125,000 square-foot building establishes an innovative center for multiple design disciplines and creates a new window onto the creative, artistic, and research-based programs of the College. A continuous studio loft forms the heart of the program. Open studios are configured to maximize flexibility to accommodate a growing program and evolving modes of learning in architecture and design education. As a model for sustainable design for the University and the city, Design Loft illustrates the key role of architecture and design in envisioning a sustainable future.
WEISS/MANFREDI's proposal is in association with Richard L. Bowen Associates Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio. The fo... more
WEISS/MANFREDI & OLIN's competition-winning design for the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds is featured in the newest edition of CLOG, which examines the public and symbolic spaces on the National Mall. The publication explores the history of more than two centuries of plans for the Mall and examines current ongoing projects within the Monumental core, including the recent competition sponsored by the Trust for the National Mall. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi sat down with CLOG Editor Kyle May to discuss the primary considerations in developing their design for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater: "For the Sylvan Theater, there was the possibility of leveraging the natural topography of the mound for the theater with a reciprocal topography that could return the gaze of the audience back to the nearby Washington Monument, thereby blocking rows of tour buses from views of the monument outward."
CLOG: National Mall was recently launched a... more
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center has received a 2012 Annual Design Review Award from Architect Magazine. Of the winners, juror Mark Yoes notes "they're just very clear statements about what their relationship is to their surroundings." The award citation recognizes the Visitor Center as "a thoughtful threshold" to the garden, and recognizes that "the sinuous form is a direct reaction to the site [as] to have as minimal an effect on the existing plantings as possible, as well as to reinforce connections to existing pathways." The winners were chosen from projects that were completed in the past year and are either located in the United States or designed by firms with offices in the United States. The Visitor Center, which opened in May 2012, was winner in the Bond category for institutional projects in the public realm.
The winners of the Annual Design Review are published in the December 2012 issue of Architect Magazine. To read the article in full, click more
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center was recently named Best New Architecture by the New York Observer. In the article "The 2012 Designer Dozen: New York's Best New Architecture is a celebration of Public Space," the winners are celebrated as being "sensible architecture for a wiser time." Of the Visitor Center, the Observer notes: "If the next century will be all about man learning to live with nature rather than fighting to conquer it, it is buildings like this that will show the way." Other notable projects include Four Freedoms Park by Louis Kahn, Brooklyn Bridge Park by MVVA, and Barclays Center by SHoP.
To read the article and view a gallery of winning projects, click here
WEISS/MANFREDI has been selected by Kent State University as one of four finalists in an international design competition for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The building, located on the University's new esplanade, will create dynamic new spaces for students, enhancing the academic experience and encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration. The new facility is a key component of Kent State's "Foundations of Excellence" campaign, a transformative vision to construct new buildings, create inspirational learning spaces, and enrich the community of Kent, Ohio. The building will be an embodiment of the excellence of the KSU Design College.
WEISS/MANFREDI is partnered with Richard L. Bowen Associates of Cleveland, Ohio. The other finalists are Architecture Research Office + Bialosky & Partners Achitects, The Miller Hull Partnership + The Collaborative Inc., and Westlake Reed Leskosky. Kent State is expected to announce the winner of the competition in Feb... more
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are the recipients of the 2013 URBAN EDGE AWARD given by the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. This biennial award honors an internationally recognized designer or firm whose work brings innovative thinking and effective strategies to transform the realm of urban design.
As recipients the award, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will curate the Urban Edge Symposium "Evolutionary Infrastructure" at the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning in April 2013. The symposium will include a multidisciplinary panel of innovators in the fields of architecture, infrastructure, art, landscape, ecology, and urban design and a public keynote lecture delivered by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. The UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning introduced the biennial Urban Edge Award in 2006 to recognize excellence in urban design and the ability of individuals to create major, positive change... more
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center and Hunters Point South Waterfront Park win the 2012 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award for sustainability and design. Hunters Point South Waterfront Park wins the 2012 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award and is a finalist for the International Architecture Award.
The firm's Visitor Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, winner of the Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission, recently opened to the public. The Visitor Center is conceived as a seamless extension of the Garden's path system, the sinuous glass building is embedded in an existing hillside, offering a new sequence of views into and through the Garden. Hunters Point South is envisioned as an international model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable thinking. The project is a collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI as co-designers of the Open Space and Park and Arup as th... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park is featured in the exhibition White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes opening September 22, 2012 at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Curated by Raymund Ryan, White Cube, Green Maze will be exhibited in Pittsburgh until January 13, 2013 and will be on view at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery February 14, 2013 - May 13, 2013.
The exhibition features original process drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss and two large-scale conceptual models of the Sculpture Park conveying its unique reciprocity of landform and art. Newly commissioned photographs of the park by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan present the simultaneous impact of art, infrastructure, landscape, and urban life.
White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative institutions dedicated to the experience of culture and nature and endeavors to explore the possibilities of art sites emerging from collaborations acro... more
Join WEISS/MANFREDI at its office for drinks, informal conversation, and a behind the scenes look at recent and upcoming projects this Friday, September 7th. This program is part of First Friday, a monthly opportunity for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices' organization and design processes. To obtain a ticket to the event, please contact the Architectural League of New York.
Projects that will be exhibited include the award winning Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture, Barnard College Diana Center, Museum of the Earth, and the recently completed Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. Current projects will also be on display, including the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, the Hunters Point South Waterfront Park (in collaboration with Thomas Balsley Associates), and their recent winning entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at the Sylvan Theater, a collaboration with O... more
Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss will deliver the Utzon Lecture at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia on Wednesday August 22, 2012. Held at UNSW's campus, the Utzon Lecture Series focuses on the presentation and discussion of ideas, issues and perspectives in the design, delivery and management of the built environment. Built Environment's Utzon Lecture Series was officially launched in 2010 by Jan Utzon, former UNSW student and son of the renowned Danish architect Jřrn Utzon.
WEISS/MANFREDI is pleased to share their selection as one of Architectural Digest's Innovators for 2012. The fall issue features eight design talents that are transforming the field of design, "challenging received wisdom and conjuring a bold new world."
To view the article in full, click here.
WEISS/MANFREDI's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, a new gateway to the 52-acre Garden, opens to the public Wednesday, May 16th. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg will be held at the Garden at 9:30 a.m. The project has been recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission with an Award for Excellence in Design.
"Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an extraordinary oasis in the city and a living museum with a collection in constant flux," stated Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, principals at WEISS/MANFREDI. "We envisioned the Visitor Center as a living interface that creates an invitation from the city into the Garden—a demonstration of the compelling reciprocity between architecture and landscape. Just as the Garden inspires wandering, we designed the Center so that it is never seen in its entirety but is experienced cinematically as an unfolding place of discovery."
The 20,000-square-foot Visitor Center is conceived as a seamless... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park has been selected to participate in an upcoming exhibition curated by Raymund Ryan at the Carnegie Museum of Art. White Cube, Green Maze will be open in Pittsburgh from September 15, 2012 - January 20, 2013 and will travel internationally throughout 2013.
The exhibition will feature original process drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, a new exhibition model of the Sculpture Park, and new photography of the project by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan.
White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative institutions dedicated to the experience of culture and nature. In each distinct site, architecture, the reuse of found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation are combined to create museums that go beyond the traditional gallery space. Rather than any simple placement of art in nature, as with many 20th-century sculpture parks, these new art landscapes offer multiple experiences... more
WEISS/MANFREDI + OLIN have been selected as the winner of the National Mall Design Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington, DC.
"Our vision for the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds elevates the performing arts, literally and figuratively, with a new amphitheater land form shaded by a canopy of trees that affirms this site as our nation's center stage. We turn the audience's sights to both the obelisk and the arts and restore lost connections between the Mall and Tidal Basin with a sinuous land bridge." Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi
Extending from the heart of the National Mall, a rejuvenated Sylvan Theater and Sylvan Grove will restore the tree canopy that inspired the name of the original theater nearly a century ago.
The new grove and terraced lawn will define an amphitheater, where a wide range of performances and events can be seen against the stunning backdrop of the Washin... more
Construction has commenced on the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Poised at the eastern edge of the University of Pennsylvania's campus, this is the first major academic building that announces the presence of the campus within West Philadelphia. As the university's first cross disciplinary building, the new nanotech Research Facility will encourage the collaboration, exchange, and integration of knowledge that characterizes the study of this emerging field and will combine the resources of both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences. Defined by a new central campus green, the building ascends as a spiral of research, reaching its highest elevation at the forum, a meeting space that cantilevers over the quad and opens to views of both the city and campus.
"Work and Words: The Diana Center" is a rare opportunity to hear from individuals who have framed critical positions regarding the territory of architecture and urban form. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi present the Diana Center as a product of their continued preoccupations with materiality, temporality, and urban connectivity. Dr. David Leatherbarrow, the interim chair of Architecture at PennDesign, moderates a conversation between renowned critics Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, and Kenneth Frampton, the Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. The conversations range from the topographical to the spatial with respect to the creative development of the building's program, its sectional articulation, and its broader connections to campus and city.
WEISS/MANFREDI: PRO ARCHITECT #52 will be published Summer 2012 by Archiworld, Co, Seoul, South Korea. The comprehensive monograph presents 14 projects by WEISS/MANFREDI, including the award-winning Barnard College Diana Center, the recently completed Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, and the competition-winning designs for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle and the Women's Memorial & Education Center at Arlington National Cemetery as well as several current projects. In addition to text by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, the book features an Introduction by Peter Reed, the Senior Deputy for Curatorial Affairs at MoMA, and a Foreword by Dr. Yoon Kyung Choi, Professor of Architecture and Design at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea.
In January 2011, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were interviewed by David Basulto, Co-Founder of www.archdaily.com, the world's most visited architecture website. In this interview, they discuss the interdisciplinary nature of the firm with regard to overlapping preoccupations in architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urbanism, and engage in broader conversations about architectural education, social networking, and the expanding role of the architect in contemporary society.
Weiss/Manfredi is leading one of five teams selected by a distinguished jury to participate in the "Portal to the Point" design ideas exploration for Point State Park in Pittsburgh. The goal of the exploration is to reimagine the most visible landmark of the city and reconsider the nature of public art and design of this important cultural destination for the City of Pittsburgh.
Weiss/Manfredi's multi-disciplinary team includes artist Mark Dion, urban ecologist Steven Handel, and civil and structural engineers Magnusson Klemencic Associates. A public exhibition at the Carnegie Museum, a symposium, and a publication will document this design process and be made available for public viewing this fall. The exhibition will travel to other venues.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi and their Harvard University Graduate School of Design studio will be hosting a workshop on the topic of "Evolutionary Infrastructure: An Unfinished Utopia" at the BMW Guggenheim Lab on Friday, September 23rd at 3 - 5 p.m.
Larger than life but part of it, infrastructure has an immediate presence; it shapes our environment and urban life in vital, authentic, and often messy ways. With the ultimate goal of discovering the renewed potential of the utopian megaform in the context of today's evolving metropolis, the group will lead a presentation and workshop on the challenges and potential of inhabitable infrastructure in urban territories.
An analysis of selected inhabitable infrastructure proposals conceived between 1925 - 1969 and selected realized precedents constructed between 1915 - 2010 will serve as the touchstone for a larger study analyzing the physical and philosophical extension of the High Bridge Towers/Nervi Bus ... more
Weiss/Manfredi is a 2011 Finalist for the National Design Award for Architectural Design presented by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, and fellow finalists and award winners, were honored in a White House Awards luncheon hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. In support of the First Lady's agenda to improve education and outreach, Weiss and Manfredi and fellow award winners participated in the Teen Design Fair to advance education and careers in design for local high school students.
Established in 2000 by the White House, the National Design Awards honor and celebrate excellence and innovation across a variety of design disciplines to raise awareness about design in our daily lives.
The Diana Center, a 98,000 square-foot multipurpose arts building at Barnard College, is the winner of the 2011 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture. The project will be honored at the 2011 AIA Awards Ceremony in New Orleans in May.
The Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life on campus and within the city. Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story structure that rethinks the conventions of a mixed use building. Carving a diagonal void through the building, ascending double-height glass atria establish views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The slipped atria and an unfolded glazed staircase bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city, while providing spaces for informal interaction to encourage collaboration ... more
Wandering Ecologies, Weiss/Manfredi's design proposal for Toronto's Lower Don Lands, wins the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award.
The design rejuvenates/revitalizes the Lower Don River and establishes a new identity for Toronto, where recreational, cultural, and residential activities wander and overlap, creating a new model for sustainable waterfront expansion on the eastern edge of the city. Urban life and nature are conceived as reciprocal conditions that together will reclaim infrastructure and transform Toronto's Lower Don Lands into a new cultural paradigm that celebrates multiple ecologies: city and water, infrastructure and landscape, destination and retreat.
Established in the 1990s by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd., the awards program honors and celebrates the most outstanding new achievements and inn... more
Weiss/Manfredi leads one of five teams selected in The City + The Arch + The River, an invited international design competition to reimagine the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the setting for Eero Saarinen's iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Full Circle reconnects the city to the park and the park to the river, embracing the Mississippi River as its center. The monumental civic axis of St. Louis is extended over the highway to connect the city to the park. Strategic improvements to the memorial grounds will preserve this modernist icon. The expanded museum will act as a catalyst to bridge history and community, culture and ecology, integrating the site into a larger cultural network of the St. Louis region. The East St. Louis riverbank offers a dramatic contrast to the modernist icon created by Saarinen and Kiley. Here the landscape is redefined as a network of new earthworks, waterways, and paths that meander to reach new settings for recreation and public life ... more
The Diana Center, a 98,000 square-foot multipurpose arts building at Barnard College, is the winner of the American Institute of Architects 'Best in New York State' Award and was cited for an 'Award of Excellence' by the AIA New York State Design Awards Jury. The Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life on campus and within the city.
Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story structure that rethinks the conventions of a mixed use building. Carving a diagonal void through the building, ascending double-height glass atria establish views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The slipped atria and unfolded glazed staircase bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city while providing spaces for informal interaction to encourage collaboration a... more
As part of the exhibition "Contemplating the Void" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were invited to develop a concept for an installation/intervention in the Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda. Their proposal titled "Draw the Void, Trespass the Void", identifies a new network of short cuts through the Rotunda. The exhibition runs from February 12 - April 28, 2010.
"Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both sitespecific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building's 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplat... more
Weiss/Manfredi's Diana Center, a new multipurpose arts center opens to the public Wednesday, February 3rd. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30pm on Lehman Lawn, adjacent to Broadway and 117th Street. Winner of a national design competition and a Progressive Architecture Award, the project establishes a new nexus for social, cultural and intellectual life at Barnard.
Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story building with ascending double-height glass atria and an unfolded glazed staircase that bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city. Carving a diagonal void through the building, the slipped atria create views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The facade - composed of 1,154 clear and color integral glass panels - translates the brick and terra cotta of the... more