[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 19/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 19/24

Summer/Winter: The main exterior circular form surrounding the auditorium, called the exterior atrium, has hanging banners during the summer to provide shade which can be removed during the winter months, or changed depending on the venue…

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[architecture] Avery Fisher Renovation, by Nicholas Buccalo – NY Times

New York Times: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic announced the final details yesterday of their collaborative plan to renovate the stage of Avery Fisher Hall. The renovation is to take place from Aug. 23 to Sept. 12. It is to cost $3 million, and will involve no alterations to the hall itself.

The announcement was made at a news conference by Nathan Leventhal, the president of Lincoln Center, and Deborah Borda, the general manager of the Philharmonic. Also present were Kurt Masur, the orchestra’s music director; Russell Johnson, the chairman of Artec Consultants and the project’s acoustician, and John Burgee, the Architect who oversaw the hall’s last renovation, in 1976, and who is overseeing the visual aspects of the current renovation.

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 18/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 18/24

In the classrooms, there are two ‘floor to ceiling’ windows to allow students to take in the views, but positioned to both not be a distraction during class and to allow natural light to graze the two end walls, maximizing the interior illumination… Read more

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 17/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 17/24

Exhibition:  With a variety of entry points, our proposal lends itself to a variety of venues, both permanent in the Main Exhibition Hall or temporary in it’s sister Exhibition space.

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[architecture] Poor business decisions can cost big bucks.

[architecture] Poor business decisions can cost big bucks.

Regarding the small business owner, entrepreneur or building owner, there are things that seem simple to do but often I witness them not being implemented by people. What many don’t realize is if you make a mistake in the design of your space you will loose money.

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The dark side of the Building Code

Every building code is designed to keep people safe and improve their lives, but often the code imposes a negative impact on the potential quality of a place.

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 16/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 16/24

The Library is positioned on the highest point of the exterior circular Atrium space and it’s public areas are facing this atrium and of course the views of the valley and cliffs beyond…

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 15/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 15/24

Multi-purpose Auditorium, Acoustics: It is important to note that special care was taken acoustically to design a space that would have world class acoustic qualities, including echo traps…

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[theory] Helping Cities Grow: What to do.

[theory] Helping Cities Grow: What to do.

An important issue for many cities dealing with circumstances initiated by others in the past, like a blighted looking city filled with parking lot scars, etc. From my experience I’ve witnessed many cities do the wrong thing in order to encourage development. The point of this post is, if you do something, it could have a negative impact on your city, so make sure you do the right thing. Read more