As part of the International Academic Symposium for the Improvement of Public Design of Jeju Island's Natural & Cultural Heritage, Lyn Rice, along with Danish landscape architect Kristine Jensen and historian Yoo Hong Jun, will lead discussions on issues of preservation & tourism at Jeju's UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites. Rice will lecture on how subtly disrupting normative conditions can deepen individual and collective experience. His talk, Doing Nothing with Absolute Precision, will take place this Thu 11/24 at 2:40pm at the Jeju Welcome Center, 23 Seondeok-ro, Jeju City, Republic of Korea. The symposium, Nov 23-25, is organized by the Seoul-based Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation.
Opening tonight after nearly three years in the making, this momentous transformation of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College represents a milestone of “rediscovery.” R+L designed the galleries, exhibition sequence & extensive new exhibition casework in a collaborative process that included Davis curators, conservators, scholars and specialists. Over three floors, the new Davis galleries tell stories of collecting at Wellesley College, presenting the global breadth and strength of its encyclopedic holdings. This major project more than doubles the previous number of works of art available for the public to experience.
Krannert Art Museum's exhibition, World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean, has been awarded a major implementation grant the National Endowment for the Humanities. Designed by R+L and co-curated by KAM curator of African Art, Dr. Allyson Purpura, and University of Illinois Professor of African Art History, Dr. Prita Meier, World on the Horizon will be the first exhibition organized in the US dedicated to the visual arts of this dynamic transoceanic region. NEH cited the project as "exemplary" for its cutting-edge scholarship and innovated museum experience. The exhibition is scheduled to open late 2017 at KAM and travel to the new National Museum of African Art/Smithsonian Institution, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
As part of NYC's Design Excellence program, NYPD has selected Rice+Lipka to master plan its 48 acre Firearms & Tactics Section at Rodman's Neck peninsula, situated in Eastchester Bay. R+L, with our tactical & landscape consultant team, will analyze the compound's potential to sponsor dynamic tactical operations in indoor/outdoor facilities designed to replace and/or enhance the site's 21 buildings & six shooting ranges. Organized by NYC DDC, this significant project will provide the world's largest police force with a new vision for training excellence in a premier facility for cadets & in-service personnel.
StereoType: New Directions in Typography presents works by an array of 14 established and up-and-coming designers from the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, France, the United States, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia, and will open Tue, Sep 29, 6-8pm at the Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Gallery at Parson's Sheila Johnson Design Center in New York. Operating at the intersection of technology and design, this new breed of artists is expanding the boundaries of traditional typography and integrating elements from the fields of animation, craft, performance, nanoscience, and graffiti. The R+L designed, C2 curated exhibition runs through Dec 15.
Construction on the NYC Public Design Commission Award of Excellence recipient, Carriage Houses & Grounds for the Staten Island Historical Society and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is now underway. R+L conceived of a collections campus of three shed buildings that frame a series of exterior spaces for the SIHS's frequent outdoor events. Off-the-shelf steel arch span structures, lined with pillowed insulation, will be capped by deeply inset event porches and polished, red-hued end walls. MORE >
StereoType: New Directions In Typography opens tonight at the Boston Society of Architects. The Rice+Lipka designed exhibition compiles a selection of designers and artists from around the world who are exploring opportunities at the intersection of technology and design, expanding the boundaries of traditional typography and integrating elements from the fields of animation, craft, performance, nanoscience, and graffiti into their work.
The exhibition, curated by C2, runs through May 25th, after which it will travel to venues across the United States throughout 2016.
As part of NYC's Design Excellence Program, R+L has been selected to design the expansion of the Choicirciati Cultural Center, a consortium of three New York based non‐profit performing arts organizations with productions in theater, dance, music, and experimental works. The addition will create a new lobby and facade at the Center's East 4th Street home in Manhattan. The project will serve the Center's two-theaters & upper level educational programs to accommodate larger audiences and to establish a new street identity for the organization.
R+L's recently completed exhibition design for the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is in the news this week. The Boston Globe reports that "While former secretary of state Hillary Clinton signed copies of her new book, “Hard Choices,” at the Harvard Book Store on Monday, one of her predecessors (and the first woman to hold that office), Madeleine Albright was at Wellesley College, the alma mater of both women, and scheduled to sign copies of her own book, Read My Pins." Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice were on hand Monday evening for Albright's public dialogue with Wellesley president Kim Bottomly, where she lauded R+L's lucent display design for the exhibition of the same name. Read My Pins, which documents her deft use of pins as diplomatic tools, is open through July 20. Photo © Suzanne Kreiter-Boston Globe. MORE >
The International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association announced today that R+L's NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center has been selected as the winner of a 2014 ALA/IIDA LIbrary Interior Design Award - a biennial competition honoring international excellence in library interior design. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference this coming June. MORE >
As part of its ongoing series on fairy tale architecture curated by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer, Design Observer published Fairy Tale Architecture: The Library of Babel on Dec 16. For the series, Rice+Lipka was invited to explore the intimate relationship between the structure of Borges' fairy tale and the imaginative realm of architecture through a sequence of graphic works. The Library of Babel is a terrifying and beautiful story by Borges, written when he was employed shelving books in the city library. The story describes a non-hierarchical, seemingly infinite series of hexagonal spaces housing all of the books ever written - as well as all those yet to be written. Also see LA Times book critic David L. Ulin's Dec 18 coverage in Imagining Borges' 'Library of Babel'.
As part of the Current Work program jointly sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and by The Cooper Union's Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Willem Jan Neutelings will lecture this Monday, Nov 4. Lyn Rice will introduce Neutelings and moderate a discussion afterward. The lecture/discussion will begin at 7pm in Cooper's Great Hall.
R+L is participating in the 11th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend with a tour of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons the New School for Design. OHNY unlocks the city for New Yorkers and tourists alike with free access to significant architectural sites. Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice will be guiding the tour, which starts at 1pm, Saturday, Oct 12 in the Center's lobby at 2 West 13th Street.
Rice+Lipka is set to redesign Krannert Art Museum's public entry lobby and Moore Gallery at the University of Illinois. The project represents Phase 2 of R+L's 2010 KAM Vision Plan which seeks to enhance the public's museum experience, provide state-of-the-art contexts for Krannert's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and enhance the museum's exterior surrounds.
Rice+Lipka is opening up to the public as a participating studio in openhousenewyork's openstudiosevent on Saturday, May 18. Join OHNY and Rice+Lipka as we celebrate Lower Manhattan as a hub of design creativity and innovation. The event is organized as part of NYCxDESIGN, a new citywide event celebrating NYC as an international design capital. Purchase tickets here and see you on 5/18!
Lyn Rice will participate in a charrette of the Post-Sandy Housing Task Force on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Center for Architecture. Six interdisciplinary teams of architects, engineers, planners and landscape architects were invited to participate and will examine the planning and design implications for various housing typologies associated with rising storm waters. The charette is organized by AIANY at the request of the City of New York. Photo © Alexander Lunz.
Power has been restored to lower Manhattan and our studio is up and running again in the aftermath of Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Our servers and phone service are fully operational this morning and principals and staff are all doing well. Thank you to our clients and consultants for your understanding and patience as we work to minimize the disruption to ongoing project work.
Rice+Lipka'sHamilton Grange Teen Center for the New York Public Library is featured in the AIANY's new exhibition Design by New York, which opened this week at the West 4th Street subway station in NYC. The exhibition presents select work of New York Chapter members worldwide. Exhibition open through Nov 4.
Installation of the Krannert Art Museum's new permanent exhibition of African arts is now underway in KAM's fully renovated gallery. Both gallery and exhibition are designed by Rice+Lipka to shape a contemporary context for the 70 artworks of Encounters: The Arts of Africa. The exhibition displays are conceived as hyper-neutral, clinical platforms constructed of high-gloss white powder-coated steel to maximize the contrast against which the rich colors and textures of the works are read. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, October 12.
Last evening, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Rice+Lipka with the Public Design Commission's Design Excellence Award for our site and building design for three Carriage Houses for the Staten Island Historical Society. The award was presented at the 30th Annual Award for Excellence in Design in ceremony and reception held in Gehry's new residential highrise, 8 Spruce Street in lower Manhattan. The project is part of the DDC's Design Excellence Program and is funded through the Department of Cultural Affairs. Pictured from left are R+L principal Lyn Rice, DDC Commissioner David Burney, Design Commission President Signe Nielsen, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Rice+Lipka is pleased to announce that The City of New York's Public Design Commission is recognizing R+L's site and building design for three Carriage Houses as one of the top nine public projects in NYC with their 30th Annual Award for Excellence in Design. The project is part of the DDC's Design Excellence program and is funded through the Department of Cultural Affairs. The 10,000sf facility will house over 60 historic carriages and frame exterior event spaces for the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town. The award will be conferred at the Commission's awards ceremony on July 24 in Manhattan. MORE >
The first phase of Rice+Lipka's Vision Plan for the Krannert Art Museum is now under construction and is scheduled for completion later this summer at the University of Illinois. R+L has reorganized access to and circulation through the galleries, which are being reconfigured with new visually floating exhibitions walls that incorporate digital technologies as well as new lighting.
Rice+Lipka's Chatham Towers Residence is featured in the March Trends Home Magazine and features photography by Hai Zhang. The eight page spread is part of the magazine's Designer's Home series. MORE >
Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice will speak this week at the University of Washington as part of the Department of Architecture's spring lecture series. Lipka and Rice will present recent work and discuss LRA's tactics of embracing and stimulating project constraints as a critical component of innovation. The lecture is this Friday evening, Feb 24 at 6:30pm in Architectural Hall 147.
Jorinal has moved into their new 30,000sf headquarters as it nears completion overlooking urban parkland and Shenzhen's Futian Business District. LRA's de-compartmentalized spatial organization takes advantage of the existing narrow floor plate to maximize view and daylight exposure and maximizes shared access to a series of outdoor terraces. LRA minimized the number of private office spaces, reserving nearly 80% of the 700lf glazed perimeter for shared open workspace and informal meeting spaces organized around three glazed showrooms.
New York Public Library's first full-floor dedicated teen space opens tonight in NYPL's Hamilton Grange Branch. The 4,400sf LRA-designed space challenges the norms of library design to provide a contemporary, more open, social, technology-rich environment to more fully engage teens. The Center's cylindrical glazed media room exposes the physicality of NYPL interactive gaming programs and organizes the space around it, including X-Bar computer zone, two lounge area and stepped stacks. A large bleacher provides access to the view and light of high southern windows and a gathering area for live performance and screenings. MORE >
As part of the University of Florida School of Architecture's fall lecture series, Lyn Rice will speak at the School this coming Monday evening, Sep 12. Rice's talk, Twisted Constraints, will focus on LRA's tactics of embracing and stimulating project requirements to produce innovative design solutions.
As part of Archtober, NYC's first-ever month-long festival of architecture and design activities, programs, films and exhibitions, the AIA New York Chapter has selected the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center as Archtober Building of the Day for Monday, October 10, 2011. Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice will be leading a noon-time tour of the project that day - see www.archtober.org after September 1 for all the details.
A full wall graphic is in production now for installation at the New York Public Library's 125th Street Branch in Harlem. A mini-menu of potential life paths, from fireman to philosopher, spans the depth of the children and teen floor as part of LRA's space concept project for the Branch. The project, situated in the historic McKim Mead & White designed branch, is scheduled to open this July.
Jorinal, parent company of the high-end leather manufacturer Dissona, has selected LRA to collaborate with Diller Scofidio + Renfro to develop their headquarters space in the Futian Business District of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong. LRA will design the 20,000sf showroom/office space to complement Jorinal's DSR-designed factory/residential complex nearby.
The New School's new Student Study Center is nearing completion this week in preparation for the Spring Term. The 10,000sf facility offers two floors of dedicated study space at the prominent corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in New York City.
Green Building & Design editor Amie Kesler says not to miss the "extraordinary design work" of LRA in the November 2010 issue, which features the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. In "New Spaces for A New School", Daniel Casciato writes that "Lyn Rice Architects' integrative design approach creates mesmerizing public spaces and raises the bar for future students of Parsons The New School for Design".
As part of 2010 the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Fall Lecture Series, Lyn Rice will present "Everyday Rebel" at the School of Architecture on Monday, Oct 18 at 6pm.
LRA is pleased to announce our selection as one of four shortlisted firms being considered for the planning and design of a new velodrome to located in New York City. The sports complex is conceived by philanthropist Josh Rechnitz as an inclusive facility that engages the general public while providing a state-of-the-art track for serious riders. The project is guided by real estate consulting firm HR&A Advisors, who are examining possible sites for the project in cooperation with NYC Parks, including an East River waterfront site - part of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Today Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced the list of 26 practices selected to design upcoming civic works in the City's five boroughs. We are thrilled to be selected - it is the third round of NYC's Design Excellence Program in which R+L has been honored to participate since the program's founding in 2005. The new group, as part of Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Program, will have exclusive access to design public projects in the City with an estimated cost of up to $50 million through 2019.
Elle Decor selected R+L's Hamilton Grange Teen Center as the best library in the state of New York in this listing of The 50 Best Libraries in the United States. The 09.26.2016 list cited the Teen Center, designed for New York Public Library, for its energy, its bright, sprawling layout and for providing un-programmed hang-out space for teens. MORE >
Today the short list was announced for the designer of the Art Mill in Doha, envisioned as one of the world’s leading cultural centers. R+L is thrilled to have been selected as one of the eight practices chosen from four continents (and 489 submissions) to progress to the third and final stage of the competition. R+L is the only US team among the finalists, which include Atelier Bow-Wow, Elemental, Junya Ishigami, & Renzo Piano. The project involves the redevelopment of a spectacular waterfront site at the heart of an emerging cultural quarter of the city. It adjoins the park around I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, near Jean Nouvel’s forthcoming National Museum of Qatar. See press release HERE >
Join jurors Astrid Lipka, Juhani Pallasmaa, Toni Casamor and moderator Gundula Proksch in a discussion of AIA Seattle's 2015 Honor Awards winners & the jury process. The program celebrates all who contribute to the evolution of practice, whether through the creation of buildings, installations, or concepts and caps a three-day selection process. The live event program starts at 7:00pm, Nov 16 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.
The global search for the designer of the Art Mill in Doha, envisioned as one of the world’s leading cultural centers, today announced the list of 26 architects, chosen from a field of 489 submissions. We are thrilled that R+L has been selected as part of the international group that will to go forward to the competition's second stage. The project involves the redevelopment of a spectacular waterfront site at the heart of an emerging cultural quarter of the city. It adjoins the park around I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, near Jean Nouvel’s forthcoming National Museum of Qatar. See press release HERE >
As a performance space for new and unknown artists, and for those often under-represented in mainstream culture, the Nuyorican Poets Café has become an acclaimed forum for innovative poetry, music, hip hop, video, visual arts, comedy and theater. R+L has just been selected, through NYC's Design Excellence Program, to design the organization's East Village expansion project including new street identity, two theaters, rehearsal & educational spaces and integrated bar/cafe zones.
Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice were honored last Friday evening with the 2014 AIA New York State Award of Excellence for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), designed in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations. The award was conferred at the NYSAIA's annual design conference in Saratoga. MORE >
The University & College Designers Association has recognized Encounters:The Arts of Africa, the Krannert Art Museum's new permanant installation of their renowned collection of African Art, with the UCDA's 2014 Award of Excellence. The UCDA Design Competition recognizes the best design work completed for academic institutions nationwide. R+L conceived the exhibition as a series of clinical platforms to contrast the deeply textured African works and collaborated closely with the exhibition's graphic designer, StudioBlue. Encounters will featured at the coming UCDA Design Conference, Sep 20-23 in Long Beach, CA. MORE >
As part of Mayor de Blasio's groundbreaking effort to provide universal, free pre-K for over 73,000 kids in NYC, R+L was invited to participate in the Discovering Synergies between Libraries and UPK Design Charette to uncover the possibilities libraries have as places to host UPK classes. Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice were both on hand at the AIANY/NYC DDC-sponsored event this past Thursday, June 12 at the Center for Architecture.
The New School has selected R+L to design a 45,000sf Making Center and School Hub for Parsons to support the most advanced practices in digital technology and physical craft. The Making facility will house technologies that can alter how and where everything is made, upending notions of supply-chain, local production, craft, micro-targeted production runs, and mass customization. For the first time, the exploratory making & prototyping facilities of Parsons' diverse programs, including fashion, product, art, communication & media design along with architecture and interiors, will be brought together in a single space. In parallel, R+L will design Parsons School Hub, an open, top-floor combined studio, meeting, administrative, exhibition and faculty space for the School of Constructed Environments.
Three Rice+Lipka projects are featured in We Build the City: NYC's Design+Construction Excellence Program, a new book of exemplary infrastructure, public realm and civic building projects developed during New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration, under Commissioner David Burney's groundbreaking Design Excellence program. This publication celebrates the idea that great design reinvigorates public space and transforms the way we live. With a foreward by Mayor Bloomberg, the book features R+L's Long Island City Cultural Alliance Wayfinding project, Staten Island Historical Society Carriage Houses, and New York Public Library Woodstock Branch. We Build the City launched Tuesday evening, Dec 10, at the Museum of the City of New York and is available now. MORE >
R+L's work is being featured in the Syracuse University School of Architecture's 2013 Fall Visiting Critics Exhibition, Rough Cuts, curated by Martin Haettasch. Numerous physical concept/development models from R+L's Museum of Polish History, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Villa 007/Ordos 100, Hamilton Grange Teen Center and the Long Island City Cultural Alliance Wayfinding projects are included. The exhibition opens this Tuesday, Oct 29 at 5pm in the Slocum Hall Gallery and runs through Dec 5.
As part of Syracuse University's School of Architecture Fall Lecture Series, Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice will speak at 5pm, Thursday, Oct 3 at Garrison Architects' Slocum Hall in Syracuse. The lecture, Side Effects, traces the intended and sometimes unintended aspects of R+L's work. Rice is currently serving as the Richard Gluckman Visiting Critic in the Syracuse NYC program.
Lyn Rice will speak at Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies at The Catholic Univerity of America in Washington DC on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:30 in Locraft Hall. Rice will respond to the Summer Lecture Series' provocation regarding absence and its potential to create desire in architecture.
The redesign of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) building and grounds by Rice+Lipka and James Corner Field Operations has been selected as the 2013 winner of MIPIM / Architectural Review Future Projects Award for the category of "Old & New". The jury cited the design as "an inspirational project that combines past and present in a well resolved and convincing manner. It creates new space for new creativity in a post-industrial city." The Future Projects Awards is an international honor for design excellence in commissioned, unbuilt projects. Lyn Rice and Astrid Lipka were presented the award at a dinner ceremony in Cannes last Wednesday, March 13. MORE >
The City of New York has awarded a new contract to Rice+Lipka for building projects citywide as part of the Department of Design and Construction's Design Excellence program. The program is committed to achieving excellence in the design and construction of the City's capital program, and building on the tradition of innovation in architecture that
has contributed to the City’s prestige as a global destination. The design team includes Robert Silman Associates, Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers, and Accucost.
The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park have published Civic Action, a compendium to the two-part exhibition Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City presented by the two organizations and featuring collaborative work of artist George Trakas with Rice+Lipka and Amelia Black. The book also documents R+L's participation in the associated waterfront visioning charrette sponsored by the Architectural League New York and held at the Noguchi Museum last June. MORE >
Rice+Lipka has been selected as one of three shortlisted firms for the design of multiple new buildings within Shelby Farms Park, the 4,500 acre urban greenspace master-planned by James Corner Field Operations. The project includes the design for a new Boathouse and Restaurant/Event facilities, along with renewed Visitor's Center and Ampitheater programs. The project represents a remarkable opportunity to expand the Park's programs in a functional, sustainable and adaptable series of park structures characterized by high quality design - works that fully mine the potential of JCFO's site planning and that wholly engage the visiting public.
High-end leather goods manufacturer, Dissona, has opened its first concept store for shoes this month in Shenzhen. The project builds on Dissona's handbag concept store prototype that opened in Shenzhen last fall. Weaving together environment and product, a staggered grid of cantilevered light boxes screens the interior at the facade and a high gloss interior wrapper dissolves into mirror at its edges, blurring the store's extents. A third Rice+Lipka designed handbag concept store is scheduled to open next month, also in Shenzhen.
Rice+Lipka is honored to announce that NYPL's Hamilton Grange Teen Center has been selected for a New York State AIA design award for 2012. The Center is New York Public Library's first full-floor space dedicated to teens and it challenges the norms of library design to provide a contemporary, more open, social, and technology-rich environment to fully engage neighborhood youth. The award will be conferred at the 2012 AIANYS Design Awards presentation on September 28. MORE >
Alumafloor is now offering the Rice+Lipka designed hex-patterned aluminum flooring originally conceived for the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. R+L proposed the non-orthagonal spatial grid to visually unify the irregular footprint of the Center, to articulate variations in floor level, and to texture-map a group ramp in the skylit campus quad.
Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice are pleased to announce the naming of Benjamin Cadena as an Associate at Rice+Lipka. Over the last four years, Benjamin has been integrally involved in the conceptualization and development of many of R+L's most significant projects, including current work on MOCAD, ongoing projects for The New York Public Library, and Villa 007 (part of the Ordos 100 project). MORE >
After a nine month-long search, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) has announced its selection of Rice+Lipka and James Corner Field Operations to plan a building and site renovation that has been funded by a LINC/Ford Foundation Space for Change grant.
The goal of this process is to refurbish MOCAD’s facility to improve internal spaces and functionality, including temperature and climate control; create better spaces for art viewing and for staff to work; and transform the site to activate the exterior by way of an outdoor space for Museum programming and improved visibility on the building’s Woodward frontage. MORE >
LRA reconfigured the apartment's core to simplify the layout and used a palette of whites and grey to create calm, neutral environment that foregrounds views out to the classic New York landscape of towers, bridges, steeples and water tanks. The space, located on the south edge of Chinatown, features custom super-anemone wallpaper, custom oak coat/hat drying rack, and a collaborative artwork prototype, Missed Connections, created by LRA, artist Ben Rubin and graphic designer Lisa Strausfeld. MORE >
LRA is proud to announce the opening of Dissona's new store today in Shenzhen. We worked with Dissona to create a new identity for the brand and conceived of the space in a way that achieves the store's desired product density while amplifying the character of each item individually. Four simple elements define the shop: a series of cantilevered light boxes, faceted wall cabinets, light tables, and a split display island. A white high gloss side wall dissolves into a mirrored surface to visually enlarge the tiny 450sf space. MORE >
LRA's proposal for the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw is currently being exhibited in the AIA New York Center for Architecture's New York, New Work exhibition. The show features un-built competition entries, theoretical projects and design research projects globally. MORE >
The LRA designed exhibition At Fifty: Krannert Art Museum, 1961-2011 opens tonight at KAM. At Fifty, curated by Michael Rush, marks the Museum's 50th Anniversary by celebrating the extraordinary range of KAM's collection. LRA arrayed two mini-fields of discrete display surfaces in two galleries creating a unified context for a diverse group of artwork. A series of rotating exhibition walls challenge notions of curatorial authority and normative, static relationships between works. The exhibition runs through October 23, 2011.
Ai Weiwei Art/Architecture opens today at the Kunsthaus Bregenz and features the cooperative project Ordos 100, for which Weiwei devised the master plan and invited LRA, along with 99 other architectural practices worldwide, to design a single family dwelling in Inner Mongolia. A room-scaled model of the project, including LRA's Villa 007, along with images and descriptive text, are installed on Zumthor's 2nd floor gallery.
The New York Public Library starts construction this week on the Hamilton Grange Branch Teen Center, designed by LRA. HG Teen is NYPL's first full-floor facility for teens and includes a glass cylinder for interactive digital learning and play, performance area, bleachers, computer and a snack+chat area (also an NYPL first).
Renowned artist, George Trakas, has invited LRA to collaborate on Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City, an upcoming exhibition and visioning project for The Noguchi Museum in collaboration with Socrates Sculpture Park. More information will be forthcoming about the project, which engages teams of artists, architects, writers, landscape architects and planners, among others to propositionally explore a one mile underutilized section of the Long Island City waterfront.
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and The New School Welcome Center are featured in a new book launched this week by Gestalten, Berlin, that presents the unsung heroes of functional graphic design. Left, Right, Up, Down presents current approaches to design that provide orientation in and around buildings. The book provides myriad examples that combine graphic design and architecture so well that the result elegantly meets the specific navigational needs of the situation. The range of attractive, experimental, low-budget, and flexible solutions make it an inspirational and insightful examination of current possibilities for practical applied information graphics.
On November 11, 2010, High Bridge: Building Cultural Infrastructure will open with a book launch and party at the AIA New York Center for Architecture. Exhibition design and publication concept was lead by Benjamin Cadena of LRA and features works from the 2010 High Bridge:Bronx (HB:BX) Building Cultural Infrastructure competition. 5:50pm - 8:00pm.
LRA's design for the exhibition, Blown Away, is featured in a new book to launch in New York this Friday, September 10 at the LRA-designed Kellen Auditorium at Parsons The New School for Design. Co-editors Uwe J. Rienhardt and Philipp Teufel will talk about the book and trends in exhibition design.
For two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. Tour Parsons’ new Making Center hub, a spacious 26,000sf multi-disciplinary facility designed by R+L. These studio spaces bring together creative disciplines & their tools from around the university. Lyn Rice & Astrid Lipka will be guiding tours on Sun, Oct 16 at 11am & 1pm. [SOLD OUT]
Kicking off the new academic year, The New School opened the R+L designed, 26,000 sf, multi-disciplinary Parsons Making Center on August 29th. The Center supports the most advanced practices in digital technology and physical craft in a raw, unprecious working environment. Stitching together spaces in two existing buildings, R+L conceived of the Center as a de-siloed making place where design students from Parson’s broad range of creative disciplines can work side-by-side. For the first time, the exploratory making & prototyping facilities of Parsons' diverse programs, are brought together in a single space accessible to the entire New School community. Photo ©Michael Moran.
Parsons School of Constructed Environments and The Architectural League of New York will celebrate those featured in the new book, 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance, at an event on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6-9 p.m. at The New University Center’s Starr Foundation Hall, UL102. Emerging Voices at Parsons SCE: Transforming Models and Practice will feature a Pecha Kucha-style talk with Lyn Rice, Parsons SCE faculty and alumni, as well as a panel conversation on emerging disciplinary and hybrid models of practice moderated by Alan Brake, U.S. Editor at Dezeen. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
The Walton Family Foundation has selected R+L for the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program. The program promotes the highest level of design in the development of future public buildings and spaces in Arkansas’ Benton and Washington counties. We are pleased to be a part of this five year program that privileges issues of sustainability, human scale and high quality design.
This Saturday, in celebration of the publication of 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance, The Architectural League of New York and Open House New York invite you to OpenStudios: Emerging Voices, an unprecedented opportunity to visit the studios of more than forty of the most inventive and exciting design practices working in the city today. Downtown studios, including R+L, will be open Saturday, July 11 from 1pm-5pm - Join us at 40 Worth Street in Tribeca!
Curated by C2, curatorsquared, MetaModern opens tonight at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum. The exhibition features works that question the status of once radical, now iconic, mid-century furnishings. R+L's aweless use of sustainable, insubstantial corrugated platforms as substitutes for museum-grade pedestals seeks to support this line of inquiry. MetaModern is open at KAM through March 28. Photo courtesy C2.
Dwell sat down with Lyn Rice & Astrid Lipka this afternoon for the talk/panel discussion Between Civic and Residential Architecture today at Dwell on Design NY. R+L's talk explored the blurred intersection of civic and residential space, addressing both civic work's increasing tendency to incorporate domestic characteristics and urban dwellings' demand for more communal space. R+L was joined on the panel by Vivian Lee of Richard Meier & Partners at 82 Mercer in SoHo where 5,000 members of the design elite gather for innovative installations and onstage discussions centering around public space, urban infrastructure, and more. Photo by Jenna Bascom.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), designed by the collaborative team of R+L and James Corner Field Operations has been cited for an Award of Excellence by the 2014 AIA New York State Design Awards Jury in the Unbuilt Projects category. The project will be exhibited this fall at the AIANYS's annual design conference in Saratoga, NY. The award, which honors distinguished projects by New York State architects, will be conferred on Friday, Oct 10. MORE >
Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice co-chaired this year's national American Institute of Architects/Committee on Design (AIACOD) conference here in NYC, which concluded yesterday, May 18. The four-day conference examined the status of urbanism and architecture in New York through an intensive itinerary of on-site talks by 30 leading thinkers, planners and architects at 17 of the city's most significant project & development sites. The conference brought together speakers Stan Allen, Michael Arad, Vishaan Chakrabarti, David Childs, Susan Chin, Craig Dykers, Hugh Hardy, Scott Marble & Karen Fairbanks, Charles Renfro, Lisa Switkin, Marion Weiss & Michael Manfredi, Claire Weisz, Billie Tsien, Mark Wigley, and Tom Wright to name a few. A year in the making, the conference included participants from across the US and culminated with a panel discussion about the future of urbanism in NY moderated by AIANY's Lance Brown. Many thanks to our tenacious committee here in NYC and to national AIACOD chair Steven Alspaugh for making the conference a great success.
We are pleased to announce that Green Planet Architects has named R+L as one of the top 50 sustainable studios worldwide. R+L received the Green Planet Architects Award, which recognizes "outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of sustainability, and visionary approach as a practitioner of sustainable architecture." MORE >
The New York City Police Department and NYC's Department of Design & Construction has selected Rice+Lipka to design a new building situated in Pelham Bay Park on the Eastchester Bay waterfront. The project is part of the DDC's Design Excellence Program and will house educational/training and administrative programs, as well as zones for the Squad's robots, suits and other equipment. R+L is working to maximize the building's openness, capitalize on its dramatic natural setting and views, and protect the facility from future coastal storm surges by lifting the building above the surrounding landscape.
As part of Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art+Design Visitors Series, Lyn Rice will speak on the nexus of architecture and exhibition design. His talk, Curating Context, will be this Thursday, Oct 17 at 5:30pm in Krannert Art Museum's, Noel Gallery at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
As part of NYC's Design Excellence Program, Rice+Lipka has been selected to design a new library entry and interior spaces for New York Public Library's 1959 classic modernist Hamilton Fish Park Branch, designed by Kelly and Gruzen. R+L envisions a transformation of the branch that inspires and engages users, maximizes openness and programmatic connectivity and that strenthens the library's urban presence along its East Houston Street site in Manhattan. Design work for the project kicks-off this fall.
The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association has selected Rice+Lipka's Hamilton Grange Teen Center in New York City to receive one of six national biennial 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, celebrating the finest examples of library design in the country. The jury cited the project's "engaging" exploratory environment with a "compelling...performative quality". This is Award's 50th year and Lyn Rice will accept the honor for R+L and the New York Public Libary at the ALA's Annual Conference in Chicago on July 1st, 2013. MORE >
Rice+Lipka and James Corner Field Operations' redevelopment of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) has been honored with a Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Architecture+Urban Transformation category. The Architizer A+ Awards honors the designers and firms behind some of the most ingenious contemporary architecture. The design, selected from entrants from 100 countries, reorganizes MOCAD’s internal spaces; creates better spaces for viewing art and participating in events; provides expanded staff and support space; and activates the exterior by way of new outdoor spaces for museum programming. MORE >
Lyn Rice will deliver the Margaret McCurry Art Department Lecture this week at the Department of Art at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The talk, entitled Art Work will focus on the diverse range of Rice+Lipka projects related to the arts, including museum and gallery design, arts master-planning, exhibition design, artist collaborations, and independent speculative work. The lecture will be held at Vassar's Taylor Hall this Wednesday, Nov 28 at 6:00pm.
Encounters: The Arts of Africa permanent exhibition opened this past week in Krannert Art Museum's new west gallery space. Both gallery and exhibition were designed by Rice+Lipka and provide precisely machined, clinical platforms that highlight KAM's collection of deeply textured works emergent from African culture. The gallery renovation is part of Phase 1 work of KAM's Vision Plan, with subsequent phase design work starting this winter. Installation view © Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 2012, photograph: Chris Brown. MORE >
A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012 opens tonight at the Davis Museum. Mined from the museum's extensive photographic holdings, the Rice+Lipka designed exhibition organizes works unconventionally, by date of acquisition, to allow for serendipitous and revealing juxtapositions. R+L conceived the gallery perimeter as a timeline on which all works are organized in a single, uninterrupted loop. The space is anchored by a 52' custom bench over which floats a gossamer cloud of 42 text excerpts - teasers that point to the intriguing stories behind the works. Through December 16, 2012. MORE >
The Center for Active Design has selected Rice+Lipka's design for the Woodstock Library Branch to feature as a case study exemplifying projects that promote good health through design. The Branch, designed for the New York Public Library as part of the DDC's Design Excellence Program, reinvents 10,000sf of a McKim, Mead, and White building by creating an accessible sloped entry lobby and glazed open stair that will encourage people to skip the elevator and burn some calories accessing the library's three main floors. MORE >
On June 6th, the Architectural League New York, under the direction of Special Projects Director Gregory Wessner, convened architects, landscape architects and urban planners, including Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice, to engage in an intense few hours of design thinking and discussion about the future of the Long Island City waterfront. The charrette participants were organized into three teams: Waterfront, Neighborhood / Community, and Transportation / Connection. Urban Ominbus features the event this week and includes a video short. MORE >
Rice+Lipka is proud to announce that Hamilton Grange Branch Teen Center has been selected for a 2012 Society of American Registered Architects Award of Merit. The Center is New York Public Library's first full-floor space dedicated to teens and it challenges the norms of library design to provide a contemporary, more open, social, and technology-rich environment to fully engage neighborhood youth. The award will be conferred at SARA's awards event on June 26th. MORE >
Tonight, Julie Iovine will moderate a panel discussion with Lyn Rice, Elliott Maltby, and Claire Weiss regarding the nature of architect/artist collaborative models and applications for civic planning. The event will start at 6pm at New York's Center for Architecture.
After working together for over 11 years on a range of projects from Dia:Beacon to the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center to NYPL's Teen Center, LRA founder Lyn Rice has convinced co-principal Astrid Lipka to lend her good name to the company. Today we are proud to announce our name change to Rice+Lipka Architects! Most everything will stay the same, though you will notice a few small changes. Our web domain is now RICELIPKA.COM and our email addresses have changed (same except for the new domain). Many thanks to all who have supported us over the years - we look forward to working with you in the future!
Rice+Lipka has completed a prototype for a simple, natural oak coat+hat+bag rack. Inspired by wall-mounted laboratory tube drying racks, the rack is shallow and provides a full-height backdrop to prevent wet clothes from staining the wall surface behind. A series of branch-like outcroppings stem out from a striated vertical drain board. It is a solid oak, quasi-test-tube-rack-crossed-with-a-George-Nelson-bench. more >
LRA's design for Buro Happold's 35,000sf New York offices is featured in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Green Building & Design magazine. Suchi Rudra writes that "the prestige and design work involved in Buro Happold's new offices is noteworthy enough that it will surely expedite futher mainstream acceptance of green building and design."
Tonight's Beaux Arts Ball 2011: Transport, co-chaired by Stella Betts, David Leven, Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice, is happily sold out. A water ferry will shuttle guests across New York harbor to the event, which is being held at the Brooklyn Army Terminal - a colossal facility with soaring atrium designed by League Founder Cass Gilbert. Leong Leong designed the event with Jiminie Ha - music by ARP & Jon Santos. The Ball is the League's most significant fundraiser and the response has been tremendous - sincere thanks to all who contributed to making it a huge success!
HB:BX Building Cultural Infrastructure opens tonight at the George Pearl Hall Gallery at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture. LRA designed the original exhibition, graphic identity and exhibition catalog concept for the project's sponsor, the Emerging New York Architects of the AIA New York Chapter . HB:BX surveys the entries from the 2010 international ideas competition exploring the potential of the historic High Bridge aqueduct area linking the Bronx and Manhattan and was first exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York. The exhibition runs through September 23rd.
The New York Stem Cell Foundation's Washington Heights laboratories are now open with a new graphic identity defining public/welcoming zones and brighter internal environments for the NYSCF research team. LRA extended the graphic logic of the LRA-designed NYSCF uptown offices (completed fall 2010) to the 6,000sf laboratories to visually/conceptually link the two facilities. A bright red welcome wall, new low-luster, low-VOC resinous flooring, and an array of NYSCF-curated prints of microscopic cell clusters vibrantly asserts NYSCF's presence at the Columbia Medical Center with a gallery sensibility. New lighting, lighter color palette and reflective paint combine to brighten the laboratory spaces within.
LRA is excited to announce that friend and collaborator, Robert Irwin will be speaking at the LRA-designed Sheila C. Design Center's Kellen Auditorium this evening. Irwin will present "On the Nature of Abstraction", the keynote lecture for the internationally acclaimed AFTERTASTE Symposium, sponsored by Parson's SCE MFAID programs. Talk starts at 6pm.
LRA's new website goes live today! Designed by Project Projects, the site features a four-column organization, new navigation strategies, larger images, news section, and a sortable archive. Thanks to all involved especially Prem Krishnamurthy and Michael Christian McCaddon of Project Projects along with Haewon Cha and Benjamin Cadena of LRA.
As part of the Current Work program jointly sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and by The Cooper Union's Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Charles Renfro will lecture on Monday, Nov 22. Lyn Rice will introduce Renfro and will moderate a discussion afterward. The talk will begin at 7pm in Cooper's Great Hall.
The upper west side office of the New York Stem Cell Foundation has moved into their new expanded home, even as final work is being completed and furnishings installed. LRA expanded the graphic identity of the Foundation to shape the new space and will start conceptually linked design work on their labs facilities soon!
Lyn Rice will participate in FORUM 01 - Total Housing Book Launch, a discussion led by Storefront's Eva Franc on Wednesday, September 29. Other panelists will include Mark Kushner (Founding Partner, HWKN, Founder, Architizer), Elisa Ours (Vice President of Planning & Design Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group), Cassim Shepard (Project Director, Urban Omnibus), Joel Sanders (Founding Partner, Joel Sanders Architects) and Karen Kubey (New York-area Regional Catastrophic Planning Team).