Gift Will Endow an Annual Prize to Recognize Outstanding SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis Projects.
SCI-Arc today announced it has received a transformative $100,000 gift from world-renowned architect and SCI-Arc trustee Frank Gehry, and his wife, Berta.
The noteworthy contribution will go toward the establishment of the Gehry Prize, to be awarded annually to the best thesis projects selected by critics and jurors in the Graduate Thesis Weekend hosted in September.
The Gehry Prize will be awarded to projects selected by critics and jurors in the Graduate Thesis Weekend hosted in September. The first prize will be given out during the 2012 graduation ceremony, held on 9 September. Gehry has been a SCI-Arc trustee since 1990 and his ongoing commitment to SCI-Arc will be celebrated at the school’s 40th anniversary reception in April 2013.
El Sol es una de las mayores fuentes de energía de que dispone el ser humano. El problema es que la tecnología actual solo permite aprovechar una mínima parte de todo su potencial.
Esta situación podría cambiar gracias a un invento desarrollado por por el arquitecto alemán Andre Broessel y que, según podemos leer en el blog especializado en tecnología “Gizmodo”, podría revolucionar la forma en la que hasta ahora se obtiene la energía solar.
El sistema ideado por este arquitecto, cuyo estudio se encuentra en Barcelona, consiste en una lente esférica que capta los rayos solares y los concentra hasta 10.000 veces, proyectándolos sobre un panel móvil.
Lo revolucionario de este artilugio es que gracias a su forma es capaz de aprovechar la más mínima cantidad de luz para generar energía. De hecho, según su creador, puede concentrar la luz procedente de la luna durante la noche.
Austrian provocateur Wolf Prix has hit out at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale for failing to tackle major political themes behind architecture.
In a press release, the Coop Himmelb(l)au likened the international showcase to a ‘product fair’, describing it as ‘hollow, arduous, exhausting, bleak and boring’.
Prix cited controversial plans to redevelop Stuttgart train station, the cost explosion of high profile buildings like the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, political arguments about mosques and minarets and the collapse of the single-family home market in the USA as ‘disputes about the localisation of an idea’ and topics ‘worthy of discussion’.
However, the fact that Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial Elbe Philharmonic hall was displayed in the Arsenale, along with extensive coverage of its overspend, as published in the press, has fuelled speculation that Prix criticised the exhibition without having seen it.
In his statement, Prix labelled the festival an ‘expensive dance of death’, claiming a ‘great’ biennale would have featured forums and themes looking ‘behind the scenes’ at decision-making ‘instead of boring exhibitions’.
Using a Venetian carnival metaphor, Prix said architects were ‘playing on a sinking gondola’ like the orchestra on the Titanic while in the real world ‘our leaky trade is sinking into powerlessness and irrelevance’.
The 69-year-old Jencks Award winner explained: ‘This is because politicians and project managers, investors and bureaucrats have been deciding on our built environment for a long time now. Not the architects.’
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