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School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation

Fun, Functional Fabric: SAAHP Students Sweep Competition in Fabric Structures Challenge

October 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – From a marine-inspired performing arts stage at Fort Adams in Newport to an urban tree canopy garden on the Charles River in Boston to large, whimsical tents for outdoor events on the Roger Williams University quad, a trio of unique fabric-based structures designed by graduate architecture students propelled them to a sweep of the top three spots in an international student design challenge.

When the Industrial Fabrics Association International announced the winners of its 2015 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge last week at the IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., RWU’s Nicholas Musilli landed first place for his individual entry, “Sail Stage,” Kyle Baron and Catherine Smeykal took second place for “Urban Canopy Garden,” and Dominic Skrajewski and Leslie Hulbert earned third place for “(Con) Temporary.”

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SAAHP Exhibition: And There It Was

Lisa Perez's artist statement: I make sculptural paintings, objects, and works on paper that circle around ideas of attention, perception and perceived degrees of dimensionality. Through pictorial reduction and chromatic expressivity, I construct and paint forms that initially appear minimal, but upon closer reflection there are playful extremes in color, shadow and form, with a subtle humor that counters austerity. These abstract works explore the awkward human attempts to achieve perfection, an often futile pursuit in the shifting nature of reality. For more information on Lisa Perez, visit http://lisaperezstudio.com/

SAAHP Lecture: And There It Was

Lisa Perez's artist statement: I make sculptural paintings, objects, and works on paper that circle around ideas of attention, perception and perceived degrees of dimensionality. Through pictorial reduction and chromatic expressivity, I construct and paint forms that initially appear minimal, but upon closer reflection there are playful extremes in color, shadow and form, with a subtle humor that counters austerity. These abstract works explore the awkward human attempts to achieve perfection, an often futile pursuit in the shifting nature of reality. For more information on Lisa Perez, visit http://lisaperezstudio.com/

SAAHP Presentations – Mutual Influence: Pecha Kucha

Presentations by SAAHP faculty, staff & students. This event is free and open to the public.

SAAHP Lecture – Preservation Wins, Losses & Lessons in the Millennial Battle of Gettysburg

“The effort to save significant American Modern structures reached a peak at the millennium, when the National Park Service demolished the 1962 Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg, designed by noted architect Richard Neutra. Once heralded as a flagship structure marking the success of Mission 66—a billion-dollar building program in the national parks—the Cyclorama failed to survive very far into the next century despite a 15-year preservation battle and a successful federal lawsuit. Architectural historian and preservation advocate Christine Madrid French reviews the wins, losses, and lessons of this contentious battle of Gettysburg, why the story still resonates, and how it affects cultural conservation practice today.” - Christine Madrid French

For more information on Christine Madrid French, visit www.madridfrench.com. This event is free and open to the public. Inset: Cyclorama exterior. Image courtesy of Christine Madrid French, 2006.

SAAHP Lecture – Two Bells, a Rock, and a Hammer: Noise and Silence in Renaissance Florence

Niall Atkinson is the Neubauer Family Assistant professor of Art history and the College. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from the department of Architecture at Cornell University in 2009. After a year teaching at Texas Christian University he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2010. Atkinson’s research and teaching focus on the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance with a particular focus on the experience of artistic environments and urban spaces in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. These fields have led him into investigations of the soundscapes of Renaissance Florence and the role of the acoustic environment in the meaning of built space and the construction of social communities. Currently he is exploring ways of using new digital technologies to visualize these acoustic and spatial relationships. Two other long-term projects are now underway. The first involves a study of urban disorientation in the Renaissance city.

SAAHP Lecture – Urban Inch: Designing for an Evolutionary City

Kishore Varanasi is an award-winning urban designer, strategist, innovator, teacher, and writer, with a wide ranging influence on both the public and private sectors locally and internationally. His work involves the rejuvenation of downtowns and waterfronts, master planning for urban institutions and new communities, and design of large mixed-use projects. Notable amongst his projects are the Government Center Garage Redevelopment, NorthPoint Master Plan, B.U. Campus Plan, Durham Invention District Master Plan, Masdar Institute Housing & Residential Development in Abu Dhabi, and San Juan Waterfront Master Plan. Kishore’s innovative contributions stem from his ability to create viable and sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods converging the interests of residents, government entities and developers, by inspiring creative collaborations and fresh approaches to community building. Kishore is a visiting critic at MIT, Roger Williams University and Yale. An avid biker, he served on Mayor Menino’s Complete Streets Advisory Committee, formed to transform Boston streets into great public spaces. Kishore holds a M.S.

SAAHP Lecture – Urban Inch: Designing for an Evolutionary City

Kishore Varanasi is an award-winning urban designer, strategist, innovator, teacher, and writer, with a wide ranging influence on both the public and private sectors locally and internationally. His work involves the rejuvenation of downtowns and waterfronts, master planning for urban institutions and new communities, and design of large mixed-use projects. Notable amongst his projects are the Government Center Garage Redevelopment, NorthPoint Master Plan, B.U. Campus Plan, Durham Invention District Master Plan, Masdar Institute Housing & Residential Development in Abu Dhabi, and San Juan Waterfront Master Plan. Kishore’s innovative contributions stem from his ability to create viable and sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods converging the interests of residents, government entities and developers, by inspiring creative collaborations and fresh approaches to community building. Kishore is a visiting critic at MIT, Roger Williams University and Yale. An avid biker, he served on Mayor Menino’s Complete Streets Advisory Committee, formed to transform Boston streets into great public spaces. Kishore holds a M.S.

SAAHP Exhibition: Architecture Under Pressure

SAAHP Exhibition – Architecture Under Pressure Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Cambridge, MA Firm Profile: Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. is a full service firm with a team of six architectural designers and two project architects. Commissions encompass projects of diverse scales and types including houses, educational facilities, cultural institutions and urban designs for private owners, institutions, government agencies and corporations. For more information on Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., visit www.pscohen.com/ This event is free and open to the public.

Inset: Keystone Academy Performing Arts Center, Beijing, 2011-15. Image courtesy of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

SAAHP Lecture: Architecture Under Pressure

Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was Chair of Architecture from 2008-2013. His firm, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA, is recognized for the design of renowned cultural and educational institutions around the world including the Sarmiento Angulo Performing Arts Center in Bogota, Colombia; the Taubman Wing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the Taiyuan Museum of Art in Taiyuan, China; the Amir Building of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Goldman Sachs Canopy in New York. Cohen has received numerous awards and honors including induction as an academician at the National Academy of Art, five Progressive Architecture Awards, first prizes for seven international architectural competitions and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Cohen is the author of "Lightfall" (Skira Rizzoli, 2016), "The Return of Nature" (Routledge, 2015), "Contested Symmetries" (Princeton Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture.