New MIT Media Lab Opens Doors
The Media Lab at MIT is an unmatched incubator of unlikely partnerships -- where academia and industry hold hands, and where art and technology are inseparable. Designed by Prtizker Prize-winning Fumihiko Maki, the Media Lab extension officially opened its doors last Friday, welcoming artists, engineers, and design enthusiasts through its beautiful translucent walls.
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- In Hong Kong, we had the opportunity to check out the new Upper House hotel.
I.M. Pei, one of the most influential architects of the last half-century, returned to his Chinese homeland after seventy years, and designed a modern museum to house the antiquities of Suzhou, in the region where his forebears lived for centuries. The film follows Pei’s personal and architectural journey from west to east over the seven-and-a-half-year process of placing a modern building in the most ancient neighborhood of a 2,500-year-old city. With intimacy and immediacy, we experience the realization of Pei’s lifelong dream—and biggest challenge—a work that he ultimately defines as “my biography.”
Tickets are on sale to Architectural League and Paley Center members for $15. Non-member tickets are $25 and go on sale March 12. Architectural League members should use the code AL when ordering tickets online or on the phone for the discount. Order tickets here.
Organized by the Paley Center for Media in association with the Architectural League of New York.
For the third event in a series on light, swissnex San Francisco brings Jean-Louis Scartezzini and Mirjam Münch, from the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory at EPFL, to present their experiences with daylighting research and technology. Their work illustrates possible integration steps toward optimized “Day and Night” lighting environments with respect to energy consumption and human health.
Marilyne Andersen, associate professor in the Building Technology Program of MIT’s Department of Architecture and head of the Daylighting Lab, also joins the discussion with an overview of her efforts to better integrate energy-efficiency and human-responsiveness to daylighting into architecture and design.
- As promised, here is the second part of our grand tour through the national pavilions at the 2010 Venice Biennale.
- Earlier this month, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum unveiled its fourth exhibition in its National Design Triennial series: Why Design Now?.
- Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss.
- This past weekend marked the third 01SJ Biennial, held in San Jose, California.
- We recap 2013's top headlines related to design and architecture.