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Open Studio - May 16, 2018

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

Join the architects, designers, researchers, and editors of Terreform and Michael Sorkin Studio for an evening of drinks, informal conversation and a behind the scenes look at recent and upcoming projects. 

Space is limited, register here

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Metrophysics, by Michael Sorkin Studio & Terreform opens Monday, March 12, 2018

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

The Bernard and Anna Spitzer School of Architecture is pleased to announce, Metrophysics, an exhibition by Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform opening March 12th, 2018 in the Atrium Gallery. 

March 12-May 5, 2018
Gallery Hours: M-F 9a-5p

Opening Reception: Monday, March 12, 5-9p

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Architecture lives as both object and aggregation: buildings and cities. If the pursuit of an environment that is sustainable, equitable, beautiful, and rich with difference is common at every scale, the valence of these values varies by situation. Metrophysics foregrounds projects rooted in the urban, including buildings and sites designed with both practical and polemical intent. The work is from a team that operates as both a “traditional” architectural studio responding to clients, and as a research practice that formulates its own agenda of investigation and intervention. Discoveries are passed back and forth and what Terreform has learned over the years from New York City (Steady) State—an elaborate speculation meant to determine just how autonomous our city can become—informs “official” projects Sorkin Studio has undertaken in Wuhan, Xi’an, or Istanbul and vice versa. All, however, test the limits of physical design to serve and enlarge broader human and planetary needs and desires and to represent ideas about happiness.
 

More information available here

A Flawed Revival

Deen Sharp

Terreform Co-Director Deen Sharp was interviewed by Diwan on his partipation at Carnegie Middle East Center's roundtable on postwar reconstruction, at which he talked about the postwar reconstruction of Beirut.   

You can see the interview in full here

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Downward Spiral, Terreform UR's 10th book has arrived

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

Downward Spiral: El Helicoide's Descent from Mall to Prison
Editors: Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore
Contributors: Pedro Alonso, Carola Barrios, Ángela Bonadies, Bonadies & Olavarría, Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, René Davids, Liliana De Simone, Luis Duno-Gottberg, Diego Larrique, Vicente Lecuna, Engel Leonardo, Albinson Linares, Sandra Pinardi, Iris Rosas, Alberto Sato, Elisa Silva, Federico Vegas, Jorge Villota. Designed by Álvaro Sotillo and Gabriella Fontanillas (VACA).

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This comprehensive volume of critical essays, testimonials, creative work, and archival photography follows the successful exhibition on El Helicoide that was held at the Center for Architecture during the summer of 2017. A scholarly reference and an engaging tale of mid-20th-century petro-modernity, Downward Spiral establishes the contrast between the architects’ grand plans for a futuristic, drive-in shopping mall and the building’s ultimate use as a homeless shelter and, to this day, a prison.

Purchase the book here

South Side Stories - Update

Deen Sharp

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Terreform is gearing up for a trip to Chicago next month to charrette with community partners, document sites and circumstances, and finalize our proposal for mobilizing positive changes on the South Side. Our goal is to produce a series of proposals that can channel the great history, energy, and creativity of the communities on the South Side and leverage the huge impetus that the Obama Presidential Center promises to bring. Nonetheless, as concerns mount over the impacts the Center will have on neighborhood economic development, transportation, and open space among others, the time is imminent for alternative visions.