Maya Lin visits the National Portrait Gallery and more news
Happy Friday! Although a short work week for many Americans A readers, the past few days have been very busy in terms of notable news in the world of architecture and design (and really outside of it). That being said, let’s dive straight into:
Maya Lin’s life and career are the focus of a biographical exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
At the end of the month, the Smithsonian Institution will launch an extensive exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, dedicated to Maya Lin, the celebrated designer, sculptor and founder of the New York-based multidisciplinary art and architecture practice Maya Lin Studio. As noted by the Smithsonian, the upcoming show, titled A life: Maya Lin, is the first biographical exhibit dedicated to Lin’s life and work, which includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a sculptural water feature at the future Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. It is also the first exhibit in the museum’s One Life series dedicated to an Asian American.
According to the Smithsonian, A life: Maya Lin will highlight the development of Lin’s “approaches and processes through a variety of three-dimensional models, sculptures, sketchbooks and photographs”, and will also include a number of family photos and personal ephemera. An interactive installation designed by Lin as part of What is missingLin’s “continuing multimedia memorial of the environment” which invites “viewers to share memories of natural elements that have disappeared in their lifetime”.
“Maya Lin’s extraordinary career stems from her commitment to history, human rights and the environment,” said exhibit curator Dorothy Moss. “The exhibition will reveal the roots of his interests. As a very young child growing up in rural Ohio, Lin developed what she describes as “a strong love and respect for the land,” and that focus on the natural world translated into deep grounded work on empathy.
A life: Maya Lin opens at the One Life Gallery on the second floor of the National Portrait Gallery on September 30 and will run until April 16, 2023.
Studio Gang selected to design lakefront home for new Women’s Leadership Center
Studio Gang has announced that it will design the Women’s Leadership Center, home of an organization of the same name recently created by Chicago business leader Ann M. Drake. The facility is planned for a bucolic 9-acre site in Williams Bay, a small village along Lake Geneva in Walworth County, Wisconsin that is perhaps best known for being home to the historic Yerkes Observatory. As Studio Gang detailed in its announcement, the center “will create a one-stop destination designed to foster conversation and collaboration among women leaders at the forefront of public and private enterprise, global supply chain, engineering and technology, infrastructure and design, space and astrophysics”. . In this particular setting, women leaders can spark high-impact ideas and connections that lead to global solutions to complex problems. »
“As a place where women of diverse backgrounds and expertise will come together, the Women’s Leadership Center builds on Williams Bay’s rich history as a place for knowledge sharing and cross-disciplinary exchange,” explained Jeanne Gang, founder and partner of Chicago. Studio gang. “We are excited to explore ways to realize Ann’s ambitions through architecture that fosters creativity and collaboration and embraces the natural beauty and ecology of Lake Geneva.”
“Jeanne’s sensitivity for sustainable design that is both beautiful and inspiring is extraordinary,” Drake added. “His team develops concepts that fit perfectly with the history and atmosphere of this special ground.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2024; we’ll be back when a finalized design for the center, which was first proposed in May 2021, is unveiled.
GREAT 50 queens installation in Copenhagen honors notable women in Danish history
In royal news not linked to the death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, 50 queens, a sculptural outdoor sculpture installation by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) can now be seen in Copenhagen, which is gearing up to shine in the spotlight as the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023.
The book celebrates 49 pioneering Danish women – author Karen Blixen, Prime Minister Nina Bang, actress Trine Dyrholm and zoologist Marie Hammer among them – to mark the 50th jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, aged 82 year. 49 statueless white pedestals fitted with QR codes honoring outstanding Danish women selected by a jury are arranged in a circular formation around Kongens Nytorv (the new King’s Square). A final 50th pedestal is intentionally left unnamed to serve as a tribute to “whoever you wish it were”, according to a press release from the Copenhagen Tourist Board. Located in the historic heart of Copenhagen, the square itself was temporarily renamed Dronningens Nytorv, or Queen’s New Square, during the Jubilee festivities.
Organized by Kunsthal Charlottenborg and designed by BIG partners Giulia Frittoli and David Zahle, 50 queens runs until September 18.
Heatherwick Studio opens outpost in Shanghai
British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s eponymous design and architecture firm has opened a permanent outpost in Shanghai. The office is located in rented space in the first completed phase of the city’s sprawling 1,000 tree development, surrounded by vegetation, designed by the London-based company. Establishing an outpost in China is a practical decision for Heatherwick Studio given that half of its annual income comes from the region, Building design reported recently. Meanwhile, his work in the UK has dropped by 22%. In addition to 1,000 Trees, completed projects in Asia include EDEN and Learning Hub, both in Singapore, and the Bund Financial Center in Shanghai. In April, it was announced that the company had been commissioned to design the Hainan Performing Arts Center in China, a major cultural project dubbed a “tropical opera”.
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KPF completes the first phase of the vast mainland campus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
In other news related to companies working on major overseas projects in China, New York-headquartered Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) announced the opening of the University of Science and Hong Kong Technologies (HKUST) in Guangzhou, a massive port. city just northwest of Hong Kong. The first phase of the carbon neutral campus was planned, designed and built at an astonishing speed of just three years; the nearly 6 million square foot campus will accommodate 4,000 graduate students and several hundred faculty members. Subsequent phases will see the campus expand even further and include retail, housing, a hotel, sports facilities, and more.
“Our team has worked non-stop during the pandemic to help bring this extraordinary campus to life,” KPF Chairman James von Klemperer said in a statement. “Working from KPF’s offices in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai, we have pursued HKUST’s goal of creating an institution of scientific learning and research that meets the highest global standards. The objective of our architectural design was to encourage collaboration by combining functionality and efficiency with the beauty of the place. The landscape and building spaces come together to create an atmosphere where scientists will be energized and inspired to innovate.
The end of summer has been busy for KPF. In addition to the completion of the first phase of HKUST’s Guangzhou campus, the company earlier this week announced the grand opening of Waterline, a super-tall mixed-use tower that will rise more than 1,000 feet along of the Waterloo Greenway in downtown Austin, TX. When complete, the tower will be the tallest building in the Lone Star State. The firm’s London office also announced that it had been selected out of competition to lead the design of Lorenzini 8-10-12, a mixed-use office complex in Milan’s Porta Romana district that combines new construction to the adaptive reuse of a historic building at the development site.