AUGUST 2, 2021- In a special two-episode series with SECOND STUDIO, Michael Manfredi joins architects/podcast hosts David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet for discussions of life and work in architecture, from blurring the boundaries between architecture, art and landscape to seeing the increased use of public spaces designed by the firm during the time of COVID-19.
Following an episode with Marion Weiss in June, this episode with Michael Manfredi was released last week. Manfredi discusses balancing teaching, research and architectural practice, studying with Colin Rowe, growing up in Rome, understanding light in architecture, the role of architects as generalists, and designing for international projects. Listen to the podcast episode on secondstudiopod.com or on any of your favorite podcast apps.
JUNE 29, 2021- A recent post by Global Design News highlights Weiss/Manfredi's recently completed Baker Museum renovation at the multidisciplinary Artis—Naples organization in Naples, Florida. The design entails both the repair of the museum's facade, necessitated by Hurricane Irma, and the expansion of the existing museum to the south with an improved entrance and new event, educational, and museum support areas.
You can read the full article on the Global Design News website, here.
JUNE 4, 2021- In the most recent issue of Metropolis, Alice Bucknell wrote about Weiss/Manfredi's recently completed Baker Museum renovation at the multidisciplinary Artis—Naples organization in Naples, Florida. The design entails both the repair of the museum's facade, necessitated by Hurricane Irma, and the expansion of the existing museum to the south with an improved entrance and new event, educational, and museum support areas.
Bucknell writes of the project, "Through this dynamic renovation and expansion, Artis—Naples can stretch into its ambitious cultural program, which encompasses art, music, dance, cinema, and theater within a landscape open to all." You can read the full article on the Metropolis website, here.
JUNE 4, 2021-Marion Weiss recently appeared on two podcasts:
For Architectural Record's DESIGN:ED podcast, she talks to architect and host Aaron Prinz about creativity and criticism, working for the public, and the influence of landscape and topography on architecture.
DESIGN:ED features guests from top architecture firms around the world, who share their professional highs and lows, as well as lessons learned throughout their careers.
Listen to Marion's DESIGN:ED podcast episode at Architectural Record or wherever you get your podcasts.
In a special two-episode series with SECOND STUDIO, Weiss/Manfredi joins architects/podcast hosts David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet for discussions of life and work in architecture, from blurring the boundaries between architecture, art and landscape to seeing the increased use of public ... more
FEBRUARY 18, 2021- Today, Longwood Gardens unveiled plans for the transformation of its conservatory gardens, the most ambitious revitalization in a century of America's greatest center for horticultural display. Led by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, in collaboration with landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand, the project adds new plantings and buildings across 17-acres. The project will expand the public spaces of the renowned central grounds and connect them from east to west, offering a newly unified but continually varied journey from lush formal gardens to views across the open meadows of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley.
Highlights of the project include a new WEISS/MANFREDI designed 32,000-square-foot glasshouse, a restaurant overlooking the Main Fountain Garden, an education and administration building with views of the conservatory, and the relocation of The Cascade Garden into an all-new, 3,800-square-foot glasshouse-- the only garden in North ... more
JANUARY 14, 2021- The Tampa Museum of Art Foundation announced today that it is embarking on an ambitious renovation of the museum this spring, increasing exhibition space and education facilities to accommodate growing community partnerships and allow more hands-on, up-close experiences for students and adults. The design team is led by WEISS/MANFREDI with construction and infrastructure oversight by Skanska USA's Tampa office.
"This right-sizing of our facilities is part of a long-term strategic plan to meet the needs of our prolific community partnerships and education programs," said Michael Tomor, Ph.D., the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. "We are thrilled that our board and community are still investing in the museum and making our continued growth possible."
Construction will begin in early May and is expected to last until June 2022.The education department will be expanded to a 10,000-sq-ft Education Center and ... more
Today, a highly anticipated groundbreaking ceremony took place for the re-envisioned iconic U.S. Embassy campus in New Delhi, India. WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism was selected as design architect by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) in 2015. Highlighting the deepening ties of friendship that support the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India Kenneth I. Juster, the Government of India's Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal broke ground today for a new chancery building for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Anticipated completion of the entire campus project is Fall 2027.
The first phase of this long-term master plan includes a new office building, a support annex, and a unifying landscape that will provide a secure campus for America's mission in India. The design enables the restoration o... more
NOVEMBER 12, 2020- This month, Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park was recognized with two prestigious awards. Weiss/Manfredi, alongside SWA/Balsley and ARUP, was the recipient of New York City Public Design Commission's (PDC) Excellence in Design Award for its work at Hunter's Point South. Since 1983, the Public Design Commission has recognized outstanding public projects with this awards program. The winning projects are selected from the hundreds of submissions throughout New York City reviewed by the Commission the previous year.
Hunter's Point was also recognized with the Excellence in Civic Development Award from Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY). This awards program recognizes, "outstanding development projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors across New York State that best exemplify ULI's commitment to responsible land use and creating sustainable, thriving communities." You can read more about each award on the more
NOVEMBER 5, 2020- Featured on the cover of Architectural Record's annual November issue dedicated to projects at colleges and universities, the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale serves as a beacon for interdisciplinary collaboration. The transparent elliptical building encourages movement through a newly created courtyard and invites the university community into a new learning environment.
Author Beth Broome notes that the site was "...largely ignored: a windswept, concrete-paved crevice. Now this space has been transformed, with the arrival of a diminutive elliptical innovation hub designed by [Weiss/Manfredi] that invigorates its dreary surroundings with its rippling glass facade and a spirit of optimism." Read the full article in Architectural Record.
OCTOBER 15, 2020- In the new issue of Cultured Magazine, Ian Volner interviews Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi at Weiss/Manfredi's studio in Tribeca. They discuss Weiss/Manfredi's recent projects around New York City, the state of the architecture industry, and how the firm's projects have played a unique role in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.
Volner recognizes these projects for their particular adaptability to current issues. He says, "Performing that kind of essential social function—and doing it with ample seating, a generous sense of space and easy-to-clean materials like steel, metal and glass—has allowed all of Weiss/Manfredi's recent New York projects to thrive even in a season of plague, civil unrest and economic dysfunction." Read the full profile in Cultured here. Photo by Danielle Bowman.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020- In honor of the 2020 Distinguished Alumnae Award from the University of Virginia, Marion Weiss will participate in a conversation with fellow alumnae Nancy Howell Agee (Nurs), President and CEO of Carilion Clinic.
Both alumnae will share the memorable moments that have shaped their prominent careers in fields with few women in high-profile leadership roles. From early influences to choices made along the way, they will share what informs their current work with communities near and far navigating the pressing challenges of our time.
Register for the event here.
AUGUST 20, 2020- Trinity Park Conservancy in Dallas, Texas announced today the selection of WEISS/MANFREDI as design architect to bring new life to the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail at 106 West Commerce Street. Dallas-based Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects (MMDA) will serve as the local architect. The project team will work with the Conservancy to integrate the building and its surrounding neighborhoods into Harold Simmons Park (Park), the planned 200+ acre park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) along the Trinity River, connecting downtown Dallas to West and South Dallas.
"We are inspired by the potential of 106 W Commerce to create a dynamic community destination and gateway to Harold Simmons Park, and are thrilled to begin work with the Trinity Park Conservancy, the Dallas community, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to create an open and inviting civic hub for the Park and its surrounding communities," said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfre... more
WASHINGTON, DC - This month, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are participating in "Masks for Unity," an online silent auction organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). From June 15, 2020 to June 29, 2020, TCLF will auction off white cotton masks that feature original designs from more than 40 architects, landscape architects, and other design professionals. For each mask created for the auction, a mask was made and donated to MASK UP in Charlottesville, Virginia and to essential workers. The auction will benefit TCLF's educational and advocacy initiatives.
Weiss and Manfredi's mask, entitled "The Horizon We Share," depicts a New York City skyline that features both an urban and natural horizon. "Our shared horizon connects us to nature, connects us to each other—if for now at a greater physical distance—and is robust enough in scale to endure," they said.
On July 11th, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of WEISS/MANFREDI Architects will deliver a lecture on resiliency in architecture for the 2020 Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) National Convention. With over 3,000 architects across India expected to attend, the convention and lecture will be held online to conform with COVID-19 precautions. The IIA National Convention, held every year, centers its lectures and dialogue around a central theme. This year's theme, "Transcend," places urgency on the industry to help solve the world's most pressing issues. Weiss and Manfredi's work transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to create public space that is more ecologically and socially resilient. WEISS/MANFREDI will bring this ethos to India with the re-envisioning of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, which will begin construction later this year.
The convention will be held from 9am - 8pm (As... more
JUNE 18, 2020- The revelations of injustice in communities across our country have sparked a movement of protest and reflection that we hope will begin to change the pervasive structures of racism in our society. As we stand in solidarity with the diverse voices of protest, we also reflect on our responsibilities as architects, as educators, and as leaders of a firm committed to creating open and equitable buildings and public spaces. Weiss/Manfredi believes that design can diminish barriers and strengthen connections between diverse communities and between the public and private institutions that support them. Now more than ever, we must look inward, reach outward, and embrace our responsibility for designing spaces that foster equity and support enduring bonds between diverse communities.
MAY 21, 2020- Yesterday, The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center at The University of Virginia announced Marion Weiss as one of the 2020 recipients of the Distinguished Alumnae Award. The award recognizes alumnae who have made significant, positive contributions in their respective fields and communities. Nancy Howell Agee, the CEO of the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, received the award alongside Weiss.
The first recipient from the School of Architecture, Weiss has made "architectural contributions [that] have not only been acknowledged for their aesthetic and experiential distinction, but for their enormous positive societal and civic impact," Dean Ila Berman, Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture, said.
You can read more about the award and Weiss' achievements at UVAToday.
MAY 6, 2020- In today's New York Times, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi take architecture critic Michael Kimmelman on a virtual walking tour of their daily commute from their home in Brooklyn Heights, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and to the WEISS/MANFREDI studio in Lower Manhattan. They speak about the various important architectural works on both sides of the bridge, and their relationship to them.
"During the late '60s, when I was a child, I visited New York for the first time with my family...I saw the Brooklyn Bridge, with its wonderful arc, and the skyscrapers, which looked to me like they were floating. I thought New York was Oz," said Manfredi. Weiss adds, "We can still get chills walking over the bridge into Lower Manhattan — in the morning light the Woolworth Building, the Gehry building, the Municipal Building all dematerialize."
You can read t... more
APRIL 2, 2020- WEISS/MANFREDI is pleased to announce that design partners Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are the recipients of the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and recognizes the recipients' exemplary contributions to the endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard.
Fellow 2020 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal recipients include Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor for the Medal in Law, President of the Rockefeller Foundation Dr. Rajiv Shah for Citizen Leadership, and media pioneer and philanthropist Ted Turner for Global Innovation.
"Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi have been critically redefining the relationship between landscape, architecture and urbanism," said University of Virginia School of Architecture Dean Ila Berman. "Their transformation o... more
The Art Newspaper wrote about WEISS/MANFREDI's renovation and expansion of the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida. The museum partially reopened in December and is expected to completely reopen in April.
The renovation and expansion reworks connectivity between the museum and larger Artis-Naples campus while simultaneously protecting from damage by extreme weather events like Hurricane Irma, which caused water damage to the museum in 2017. Alexander Morrison wrote, "...such innovation on the part of Weiss/Manfredi has made more room for the museum's collection of works by Pat Steir, Rufino Tamayo and many others, and for a programme encompassing all aspects of Artis-Naples' identity."
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park has been awarded a 2020 AIA Regional and Urban Design Award. The award "recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. The best planning accounts for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources—modeling architecture's promise and true value to communities."
The jury, made up of AIA members of whom one is a public official, recognized Hunter's Point South along with three other projects. The jury commented that the project is an "amazing evolution of the site. Smart landscape design to address sea level rise and storm surge. Elegant softening of the rivers edge. This project raises the bar for the future adjacent housing development." Another recipient of the award was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan, which includes the WEISS/MANFREDI d... more
December 11, 2019- WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism has been selected to lead the master planning team to reimagine the world renowned La Brea Tar Pits. The team will work with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) on a multi-year process of public engagement, master planning, design and construction on the Tar Pits' 13-acre campus, which encompasses the world's only active paleontological research site in a major urban area, its asphalt seeps, surrounding parkland, and the George C. Page Museum building.
"There is truly no place in the world as magical as the La Brea Tar Pits," said design partners Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. "We and our team are deeply honored and grateful for this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reveal the multiple identities of the Tar Pits, the Museum, and Hancock Park."
WEISS/MANFREDI's 'Loops and Lenses' concept creates new connections between the museum and the park, between science and cu... more
On November 6, 2019, Brooklyn Botanic Garden opened the Robert W. Wilson Overlook to the public. The Overlook transforms a steeply sloped site into an immersive landscape, with an elegant switchback pathway and sculptural retaining walls that enhance the Garden's circulation. The new route encourages visitor engagement with BBG's landscape, extending the curvilinear geometries of the WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center.
The project's striking visual planes and ever-evolving landscape will add to the Garden's inherent drama through the four seasons. This creation of new communal gathering spaces and vantage points accessible to all levels of ability bring life to one of BBG's most extraordinary vistas. New York Magazine and ... more
Philanthropists and business leaders Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman joined University of Toronto President Meric Gertler, Chancellor Rose Patten, Vector Institute President and CEO Garth Gibson and other university and community leaders to break ground on the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre on College Street on Tuesday.
Designed by WEISS/MANFREDI, the iconic centre will create a new gateway for the university, steps from Queen's Park and at the centre of Ontario's innovation ecosystem.
The striking, glass-clad, 750,000-square-foot complex will anchor U of T's unique cluster of world-leading artificial intelligence scientists and biomedical experts, its world-class entrepreneurship network and the country's largest concentration of student- and faculty-led startups.
The centre will be constructed in two phases over the next few years... more
Marion Weiss is featured in a new book, Women [Re]Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures, that launched at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design on November 11th.
Published by ORO Editions/AR+D, Women Re[Build] discusses contemporary, topical, and important subjects related to gender, architectural education, and practice. It includes original essays and four interviews/conversations with leading international practitioners, educators, and feminist scholars. The majority of contributions are in the nature of position statements and advocacy. While the voices are diverse, the overall tone is intentionally polemical and activist; the editors believe that such a book is much needed in our field today and that this sense of urgency distinguishes it from contemporary and previous publications by and about women architects.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II has been honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects with the National Design Honor Award. Selected annually by an esteemed jury, the ASLA Awards are "committed to the careful stewardship and artful design of our cultural and natural environment."
The 2019 ASLA Jury notes, "This remarkable, multi-faceted waterfront park in Long Island City, New York, has transformed a contaminated brownfield site into a model of sustainable design that incorporates diverse recreational and cultural uses and which grew from a collaborative process involving many disciplines and significant public input. Through an aspirational and innovative blending of landscape architecture and infrastructure, and by employing a host of sophisticated resiliency strategies, the designers have proven that the highest standards of design excellence and the... more
Fast Company has selected Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park as the winner of the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards' Spaces, Places, and Cities category, which includes finalists and honorees such as Jewel Changi Airport, The Shed, and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. This year's awards program received over 4,300 applications for categories ranging from user experience to fashion and beauty. More than 40 judges—including leaders from Google, Nike, Harvard, Adobe, and MoMA—selected 22 category winners. We are honored to be recognized along with co-designers SWA/Balsley for a project that pushes the boundaries of public space designed for environmental resilience, social impact, and beauty.
WEISS/MANFREDI has unveiled La Brea Loops and Lenses, our vision for reimagining ... more
WEISS/MANFREDI has revealed their proposal for the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Master Plan: La Brea Loops and Lenses. The project redefines Hancock Park and the Page Museum as one continuous experience. As flexible armatures, loops and lenses connect and reveal, forming an open-ended journey that tells the story of the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum: the continuum from prehistoric time to our contemporary moment. The museum treasures will be revealed to visitors, bringing the museum to the park, and the park into the public imagination.
WEISS/MANFREDI is partnered with graphic designer Michael Bierut, paleobotanist Dr. Carol Gee, artist Mark Dion, and Emmy Award-winning director Karin Fong. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will exhibit models, drawings, and renderings of the proposals by WEISS/MANFREDI and the other two shortlisted firms, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Dorte Mandrup, through the end of September. You can also view the proposals on the more
WEISS/MANFREDI has been selected by the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County as one of three finalists in an international design competition for the La Brea Tar Pits. The world's only active paleontological research facility located in a major urban area, the La Brea Tar Pits is situated within the eastern portion of Hancock Park in Los Angeles's Miracle Mile district. Since research began in 1913, the Tar Pits have yielded millions of samples, including saber-toothed cats, dire wolf and mastodon skeletons, innumerable plants, small rodents, and insects. New discoveries are made daily in the Tar Pits open-air excavations. These collections constitute an unparalleled resource for understanding environmental change in Los Angeles and the planet during the last 50,000 years of Earth's history. The project for a comprehensive reimagining of this uniquely important campus will begin with the development of a creative master plan, undertaken to advance NHMLAC's scientific research ... more
On April 17th, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi delivered the keynote lecture, Water, Landscape, and Architecture, at Villa Aurelia, preceding an April 18th conference at the American Academy in Rome on Water and Culture: A View from Rome.
The partners will finish their Mercedes T. Bass Landscape Architects in Residence Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in May, after two months of studying in the city with the visual artists, musical composers, and other artists and scholars invited to reside at the Academy this spring. To stream the lecture Water, Landscape, and Architecture, click here.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi have been honored with the Mercedes T. Bass Landscape Architects in Residence Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.
The American Academy in Rome invites distinguished artists and scholars from around the world to come together and reside at the Academy for periods of one to three months. Invitations are extended to senior artists and scholars of international standing in the following disciplines: architecture; design; historic preservation and conservation; landscape architecture; literature; musical composition; visual arts; ancient studies; medieval studies; Renaissance and early modern studies; and modern Italian studies.
During their stay, Residents serve as senior advisers to Rome Prize recipients and to other members of the Academy community, and lead Academy-wide events including concerts, exhibitions, studio visits, lectures, readings, and instructional walks through Rome.
Marion Weiss and Mic... more
Canadian entrepreneurs and business leaders Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman have donated $100 million, the largest gift in the University of Toronto's history and the largest donation ever made to the Canadian innovation sector, to power the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre.
The University of Toronto writes that "the new Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre will turbocharge the next wave of Canadian innovation, advancing how AI, biomedicine and other disruptive technologies can enrich lives." The donation "will help construct a 750,000-square-foot complex designed to anchor U of T's unique cluster of world-leading artificial intelligence scientists and biomedical experts, its world-class entrepreneurship network, and the cou... more
Four WEISS/MANFREDI projects have won a 2019 Green GOOD DESIGN Award, including the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech, the Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, and the Marshall Family Performing Arts Center.
Organized annually by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the Green GOOD DESIGN Awards honor architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, products, packaging, and graphic designs that represent the world's most important examples of sustainable design. The program was founded in 1950 and is dedicated to raising public awareness about companies that embrace environmental responsiblity.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II has been honored with the Municipal Art Society of New York's 2019 MASterworks Award for Best Urban Landscape. Selected annually by an esteemed jury, the MASterworks Awards "pay tribute to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City's built environment."
In December, the park was one of four projects named by the Wall St. Journal's Julie Iovine as the Best Architecture of 2018, and was included in Architectural Record's 25 Notable Projects of 2018. The New York Times' Michael Kimmelman, writing on his e... more
The Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech was recently honored with a 2019 AIANY Design Merit Award for Architecture. In their deliberations, the jury highlighted the balance of spaces of different scales: "It's both the strong exterior form that actually uses two volumes, and then on the inside, an interesting variety of well-scaled interior spaces that are really well choreographed, creating this kind of cascading experience weaving through. In these kinds of academic buildings the scale is really important, and the jury felt that they truly captured the appropriate scale. Intimate spaces and larger spaces were all beautifully knitted together."
The 235,000-square-foot building, developed in partnership with Forest City New York, features expansive, light-filled circulation spaces equipped with terraced lounges that encourage social interaction. Its chameleon-like facade c... more
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park has won a 2018 Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Award in the Public Landscape category. Congratulations to co-designers SWA/Balsley on another honor for this transformative project, which earlier this year was awarded the Open Space Award in the inaugural AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards and an Engineering News-Record Landscape/Urban Development Award, as well as an AIA New York Chapter Design Award in 2013 prior to construction.
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On November 26th, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi spoke at UCLA's Perloff Hall for the Department of Architecture and Urban Design's Richard Weinstein Lecture series. Weiss and Manfredi spoke on the intersection of infrastructure, architecture and landscape in the context of global urbanization and recent and upcoming developments in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
Visit UCLA's website to stay up to date on upcoming lectures.
At the Center for Architecture's Heritage Ball last Thursday night, WEISS/MANFREDI was honored with the President's Award, which recognizes architects whose work has had a lasting impact on New York City and celebrates their continued contribution to the field.
WEISS/MANFREDI's New York projects span boroughs and typologies and are linked by the firm's recognition that architecture is not an isolated discipline. In each project, from the recently opened Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City to the forthcoming Robert W. Wilson Overlook at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, WEISS/MANFREDI creates a lasting public realm through their search for opportunities within the whole of the built environment.
We were deeply humbled to be honored on the same night as Larry Silverstein, Mitchell J. Silver, and Beverly Willis. Here's a link to a clip from the short film produced for the gala, directed b... more
On Thursday night, WEISS/MANFREDI co-founders Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were honored at Cooper Hewitt's National Design Awards Gala with the prestigious National Design Award for Architecture. The National Design Awards celebrate excellence and innovation across design, and recognize designers whose work enhances our quality of life. Awarded to an American firm each year to honor significant achievement in design, the program asserts design's role as a vital tool in shaping the world, and aims to increase national awareness of its impact through education initiatives.
WEISS/MANFREDI was introduced by Barry Bergdoll, Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA and Professor of Art History at Columbia University, who profiled the firm in Casabella earlier this year, writing: "Their projects are at once exemplary in the sheer variety of bespoke solutions as in the extent to which each speaks a common language, displays a consistency of approach and engages an unflag... more
The first annual AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Awards honored projects based on four criteria — network, place, environment, and innovation. Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park was awarded the Open Space Honor Award for its success in strengthening connections within the neighborhood of Long Island City and beyond. The park rejuvenates the area, serving as the social center of the local community and a model of waterfront resilience.
We are thrilled to have won the first Open Space Honor Award and are excited to watch this awards program grow in the coming years. Read more about the awards on the AIANY website.
The film featured in Weiss/Manfredi's exhibit at the 2018 Venice Biennale is now available in its full length on our website. The immersive installation, "Lines of Movement," examines the new terms and conditions for design in a century when natural resources are limited and further challenged by the interconnected issues of climate change and social isolation. Through a selection of Weiss/Manfredi work, presented in dialogue with historic hybrid projects, "Lines of Movement" puts forth an open-ended ideal that connects and extends the lines of landscape and infrastructure to shape a new architecture for public life.
In its curving, open form, shaped by two monumental crescents, the exhibition creates a space to consider the impact of architecture, landscape and infrastructure on the choreography of daily life. Projected inside of the crescents above models and sectional studies... more
In a recent New York Times article, Michael Kimmelman describes the unique identity of Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park. Standing atop the park's 30-foot cantilevered overlook as a storm approaches, he writes, "All at once, the skyline evaporated in a silvery, mystic haze. Like an avalanche, a monsoon swept as if out of nowhere across the river. New York never seemed wilder or more magical."
Architectural Record also featured the park on the cover of its August issue with a photo showing pedestrians and joggers enjoying the new pathways along the river's edge at sunset. Reflecting on the transformation of the Hunter's Point neighborhood in Queens, associate editor Alex Klimoski concludes, "By taking advantage of the ... more
Weiss/Manfredi will be honored with the President's Award by the Center for Architecture at its 2018 Heritage Ball. From the Center for Architecture website: "The Heritage Ball [celebrates the AIA's] mission to educate the public about the value of architecture and design, alongside its partner, AIA New York. The gala honors the rich architectural heritage of New York City and celebrates the architects, officials, organizations, and professionals from related industries that continue the city's tradition of design excellence."
June 27, 2018 – This week, NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver marked a major milestone in the delivery of Hunter's Point South Phase II: the completion of the infrastructure, roadways and waterfront park. The park is a design collaboration between SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI, with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer, as well as lead designer for the broader development project. The opening of Phase II marks the realization of the larger park master plan, which first welcomed the public in 2013 with the completion of Phase I. Spearheaded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the project presents a new model of urban ecology and a prototype for innovative sustainable design. The park's integrated design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, architecture, and art, and is located adjacent to the City's largest affordable h... more
In May, The New York Times previewed the second phase of Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, now open to the public. The coverage explores how Phase II completes the vision of the Park's masterplan. Introducing an acre of wetlands, Phase II recalls the site's pre-industrial history, and creates meandering pedestrian pathways that bring the community to the waterfront.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park features active and passive recreation spaces and creates a new resilient waterfront destination. The project is a collaboration between SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI for the open space and park design, with Arup as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.
Read more about the project in The New York Times.
WEISS/MANFREDI's immersive installation "Lines of Movement" is presented in the the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, on view May 26 through November 25, 2018.
"Lines of Movement" is featured in the historic Corderie of the Arsenale. Through a selection of Weiss/Manfredi work, presented in dialogue with historic hybrid projects, "Lines of Movement" puts forth an open-ended ideal that connects and extends the lines of landscape and infrastructure to shape a new architecture for public life.
For more information, visit ARCHITECT for coverage of the installation.
On June 6, 2018, BBG broke ground on the Robert W. Wilson Overlook, a 1.25 acre site with sweeping views of the Cherry Esplanade and Garden at large. This marks WEISS/MANFREDI's second collaboration with the Garden since the Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center opened in 2012.
WEISS/MANFREDI's design introduces an elegant switchback pathway that enhances the Garden's circulation at one of its most visited areas. The Overlook will be defined by flowering crape myrtle trees, a seasonal counterpoint to its iconic cherry blossom display. Grasses and perennials will combine to form a robust, resilient ecosystem that evolves over time.
ARCHITECT covered the event.... more
Today Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced that WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism has received the prestigious National Design Award for Architecture. Established in 2000, the National Design Awards celebrate excellence and innovation across design disciplines.
Profiles of the 2018 award winners are posted on Cooper Hewitt's website and additional coverage is available via The Architect's Newspaper.
During the opening of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, WEISS/MANFREDI co-founders Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi participated in the Greek Pavilion's School of Athens Symposium. Hosted by Pavilion curators Xristina Argyros and Ryan Neiheiser, the Symposium examined the space of the academic commons, and the "freespaces" where learning takes place beyond the classroom. Additional participants included Alison Brooks, Eva Franch I Gilabert, Liz Diller, and Joseph Grima, among others.
The Greek Pavilion's exhibition features fifty-six architectural models of universities and schools from around the world, including WEISS/MANFREDI's Diana Center at Barnard College. The unique models isolate the common spaces of each project to underscore the designs' ability to create communities. Coverage of the exhibition can be found in ARCHITECT.
On May 25, 2018, Dirk Denison, the Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) announced that WEISS/MANFREDI's Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design in Kent, Ohio, is among the 2018 Outstanding Projects. The juried biennial prize acknowledges the best realized works of architecture in the Americas.
The Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design is strategically sited between the campus and city, forging new connections between the University and recently revitalized downtown Kent. The 117,000-square-foot building establishes an innovative campus center for design disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse and dialogue, as it unites all of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's programs for the first time.
Coverage of the Prize is featured in archdaily.... more
The Society of American Registered Architects New York Council named Weiss/Manfredi a Special Award Winner in its 23rd Annual Design Awards, recognizing the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech with the Integrated Urban Design Award.
The Tata Innovation Center supports Cornell Tech's efforts to fuse entrepreneurial and academic ambitions on its new Roosevelt Island campus in New York City. Cornell Tech studios, labs, classrooms and event spaces on the lower levels are connected to upper-level offices for technology companies and start-ups through central, light-filled circulation spaces with panoramic skyline views.
For the official announcement see SARA NY's website.
WEISS/MANFREDI has been invited to exhibit in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. On view from May 26 through November 25, 2018, the International Architecture Exhibition FREESPACE will examine architecture's role in the interplay between public and private, programmed and open space, and nature and the built environment. Weiss/Manfredi's hybrid projects connect architecture, landscape, and infrastructure, exploring architecture's potential to transcend boundaries to create an enduring public realm. The firm previously exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale in the U.S. Pavilion.
For more information about the announcement, please visit The Architect's Newspaper.
The February 2018 issue of Casabella, edited by Francesco Dal Co, includes "Weiss/Manfredi and the Design of Public Spaces," Barry Bergdoll's in-depth profile exploring the firm's work to date and their influence on the public realm. Bergdoll asserts:
"Their projects are at once exemplary in the sheer variety of bespoke solutions as in the extent to which each speaks a common language, displays a consistency of approach and engages a unflagging level of commitment...Weiss/Manfredi have blurred divisions between working with nature and embracing engineering to craft the public realm, and this in a moment in history that often seems an endgame for both public life and for nature as they have sustained society and human life for centuries."
The Tata Innovation Center has been recognized with The Urban Land Institute New York Award for Excellence in Office Development. The awards recognize outstanding development projects in private, public, and nonprofit sectors across New York that exemplify ULI's commitment to responsible land use and creating sustainable communities.
For more information, please visit Urban Land Institute New York's website.
In partnership with the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech, Museum of Design Atlanta hosted a lecture by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss titled "Drifting Symmetries." Their presentation focused on Weiss/Manfredi's current work that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure.
Additional information can be found on MODA's website.
The January 2018 issue of L'Arca includes extensive coverage of the Tata Innovation Center, the recently opened building designed to leverage the resources of a major university with the world's leading technology-focused companies.
For the full coverage, please visit L'Arca.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi delivered a keynote lecture at World Design Capital in Mexico City, the conference's sixth iteration and its first in North America. Their presentation explored how design can address the challenges of urbanization to create more livable cities.
Additional information can be found on the World Design Organization's website.
The Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design won the 2017 Architect's Newspaper Building of the Year Award for the Midwest region.
This award category featured a special tie "between two powerhouse campus projects," as the editors describe it, with the Kent State CAED sharing the 2017 honor with Studio Gang's University of Chicago North Residential Commons. The editors go on to state that "it is refreshing to see such good architecture being realized in the Midwest, and it says something about the state of architecture nationwide."
To view the official announcement, see The Architect's Newspaper.
Fast Company published a video interview with Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss that focuses on how The Bridge "embodies the future of the tech industry's role in academia."
"It's in places of movement where people pause to take breaks together and have all kinds of encounters. If we were to have very narrow and efficient circulation [at The Bridge]... conversations would only happen in programmed spaces. Instead, we've relaxed all of the spaces for circulation – the possibility of letting ideas breathe through conversation is really the aspiration of the building," state Michael and Marion.
The Bridge, developed by Forest City New York, supports Cornell Tech's efforts to fuse entrepreneurial and academic ambitions on its new Roosevelt Island campus in New York City.
To watch the full interview, visit Fast Comp... more
Architectural Record's November issue features the Weiss/Manfredi-designed Bridge building on Cornell Tech's recently opened campus in New York City.
Editor Suzanne Stephens states, "Two wings, which dramatically cantilever in northeast and southwest directions, lift off the ground to shelter outdoor spaces for classes and sitting areas. More important, the space under the cantilevers allows unobstructed views—of the East River on both sides, and cityscapes of Manhattan and Queens."
The Bridge, developed in partnership with Forest City New York, is a first-of-its-kind building that houses a dynamic mix of pioneering tech-focused companies working alongside research-driven academic teams.
To read the full article, visit Architectural Record.
Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss will deliver a presentation at the 2017 Innovation Conference at Masonic Hall in New York City on October 19th. Organized by Architectural Record, the event will bring together key figures who are generating a range of creative solutions for the built environment today and into the future. Additional presenters include Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee, Michael Kimmelman, Brendan MacFarlane, and Shohei Shigematsu.
To register for the event, visit the Innovation Conference website.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi presented a selection of their recent work at the Monterey Design Conference on Friday, October 13th.
Reflecting on the event, The Architect's Newspaper writes that "Weiss/Manfredi's opening lecture addressed the "binary reading of the natural and artificial." ... They reminded us, with their handsome portfolio, that our experience of nature is largely constructed." The complete Architect's Newspaper summary is available here.
Photos from the Monterey Design Conference can be viewed on their Facebook page.
Marion Weiss will speak at Storefront's "Architecture Books/Yet to be Written/1982-2017-2052" event on September 23rd at Cooper Union.
Participants will present an architecture book published in the last 35 years as well as a book yet to be written. Speakers include Diana Agrest, Stan Allen, Amale Andraos, Reinier de Graaf, Harry Cobb, Beatriz Colomina, Peggy Deamer, Elizabeth Diller, Kenneth Frampton, Steven Holl, Sanford Kwinter, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Ana Miljacki, Joan Ockman, Spyridon Papapetros, Nader Tehrani, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, Rafael Vinoly, Mark Wigley, Marion Weiss, Eyal Weizman, and James Wines.
For more information, visit Storefront.
The Bridge at Cornell Tech was featured in New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer section on Wednesday, September 13th.
Architecture critic Justin Davidson states, "Weiss/Manfredi treats glass with virtuosic finesse. ... The architects, who are unusually responsive to landscape and often design their own, have refined the crystalline building that hovers above a park."
The 235,000-square-foot building features academic and event spaces for Cornell Tech as well as upper levels dedicated to a mix of technology-focused companies and start-ups.
To read the full article, "The Views (Real and Virtual) From Cornell Tech," visit New York Magazine.
Marion Weiss will speak at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial event, "What is Organic Architecture Today?" The event takes place on September 28th and is organized by Aaron Betsky, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, as one of three events celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday. Marion Weiss will join speakers Wendel Burnette, Mark Foster Gage, Juhani Pallasmaa, and Philippe Rahm.
Please visit the Chicago Architecture Biennial website for more information.
WEISS/MANFREDI's design for The Bridge was revealed on Wednesday, September 13th, during the dedication ceremony for Cornell Tech's new campus on Roosevelt Island. The building, developed by Forest City New York, supports the university's efforts to fuse entrepreneurial and academic ambitions at the heart of New York City's growing tech sector.
One-third of the 235,000-square-foot building hosts Cornell Tech studios, labs, classrooms, and event spaces, while the upper levels are dedicated to a mix of technology-focused companies and start-ups. All of the occupants share central, light-filled circulation spaces with panoramic skyline views and lounges that encourage social interaction and collaboration.
Anticipating environmental challenges such as rising sea levels and increased flood risk, The Bridge is designed for maximum resilience with an entry floor that rises seven feet above the 100-year flood plain. A canopy featuring 24,000 square feet of solar... more
Michael A. Manfredi delivered a lecture at Harvard's Department of Urban Planning and Design on September 19th.
Entitled "Private Dreams/Public Agendas," the lecture was part of Felipe Correa's studio, Elements of Urban Design, which focuses on an expanded notion of housing and domestic space as instruments for reshaping conventions of urban life. Manfredi is currently a senior guest critic at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Marion Weiss will moderate a discussion with Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake as part of The Architectural League's Current Work series, which features significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.
The event will take place at 7PM on October 10th at The Great Hall at Cooper Union.
Visit The Architectural League's website for the event description.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will be participating in the panel "Displacement: Designing for Diplomacy" at the Center for Architecture on Thursday, September 14th. The event, organized by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, will explore the evolution of embassies as tools for the expression of American values. The panel will be moderated by Lydia Muniz and features Thom Mayne of Morphosis, Christopher Sharples and Bill Sharples of SHoP Architects, and Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects.
View the event details here.
Marion Weiss has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Women in Architecture Design Leader Award. Organized by Architectural Record, this annual recognition honors design leaders that have helped to highlight the impact that women make on the profession. "These awards allow us to recognize women pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity in design," says Record's editor in chief Cathleen McGuigan. This year's additional recipients include Elizabeth Whittaker, Billie Faircloth, Sarah Whiting, and Deanna Van Buren.
Further details are posted on Architectural Record and Architectural Digest.
Michael and Marion discuss recent projects including The Bridge at Cornell Tech and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in a recent interview by Surface Magazine's William Hanley.
Surface Magazine's tech-focused August issue highlights a selection of innovators that are rethinking how we live through groundbreaking design. "...when technology and design collide, meaningful transformations can result. Without one or the other, or too much of one usurping the other, only so much can be achieved," states Editor-in-Chief Spencer Bailey.
Read the article at Surface.
The Kent Center for Architecture and Environmental Design has received an Award of Excellence in the 2017 AIA New York State Design Awards.
The 117,000-square-foot Kent State CAED unites for the first time all of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's programs inside an expansive 650-seat design studio. Sited strategically at a hinge between campus and city, the building establishes an innovative design hub and forges new connections between the university and downtown Kent.
Further details are posted at AIA New York State, Architect Magazine, and Architect's Newspaper.
The Novartis Oncology Building has received an Award of Excellence in the 2017 AIA New York State Design Awards.
Activated by a restaurant on the ground floor, the 140,000-square-foot Novartis Oncology Building includes five floors of open office work areas connected by an ascending spiral of "living rooms" with continuous vistas to the generous 230-acre campus.
See more details at AIA New York State, Architect Magazine, and Architect's Newspaper.
The Chicago Athenaeum selected the Kent Center for Architecture and Environmental Design as a recipient of the 2017 International Architecture Award.
The 117,000-square-foot Kent State CAED in Kent, Ohio, which features continuous sightlines across a tiered arrangement of studios, has also been published in The New York Times, Surface Magazine, Architect and Oculus Magazine, among others.
For more information, visit the Chicago Athenaeum.
The Chicago Athenaeum selected the Marshall Family Performing Arts Center as a recipient of the 2017 International Architecture Award.
The 65,000-square-foot building creates a new stage for all of the arts at the Greenhill School in Addison, TX, with three performance spaces: a proscenium theater with a 65-foot-high fly loft, a state-of-the-art studio theater, and a light-filled dance/choral rehearsal space. The project has appeared in Architect Magazine and Architect's Newspaper.
Visit the Chicago Athenaeum for further details.
WEISS/MANFREDI's current project, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, is currently on display at the UVA School of Architecture.
The exhibition, entitled "Spaces of Diplomacy," highlights the work of UVA alumni in projects pertaining to Federal Government spaces.
WEISS/MANFREDI's design for the iconic embassy compound in New Delhi restores the early modernist Chancery Building and recasts the 28-acre embassy compound into a multi-functional campus. The project includes a new office building, a support annex, and a transformed landscape that will provide a secure campus for America's growing mission to India.
Spaces of Diplomacy will be on display until October 7th. For further details, visit the UVA School of Architecture.
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi will deliver a talk at the Chicago Architecture Foundation on June 15th.
The talk will provide an overview of Weiss/Manfredi's work, focusing on the topic of urban transformation. Noted architectural commentator Reed Kroloff will serve as the night's host and interviewer.
To register for the event, visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
The recently opened Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design is featured on the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Oculus, a magazine published by AIA New York.
Editor Alan G. Brake states, "The facades are punctuated with angled glass bump-outs, which reveal the circulation inside the building on the exterior, and open up expansive views on the interior. This bold composition signals that the building is clearly of this time."
To read the full article "Golden Flash Forward," visit Oculus. The Kent CAED has also been published in The New York Times, Architect Magazine, and more
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi will deliver the annual L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture at Cornell University's New York City studio space on April 19th. Their lecture will highlight a selection of Weiss/Manfredi's work and introduce a current project, The Bridge building on Cornell Tech's new Roosevelt Island campus. For further details, visit Cornell AAP.
Marion Weiss will participate in a symposium entitled "[RE]FORM: The Framework, Fallout & Future of Women in Design" on April 14th at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. The symposium, organized by PennDesign's Women in Architecture initiative, intends to examine the historical framework of women in architecture, understand what cultural shifts perpetuate the 'gap' which occurs between education and practice, and identify strategies to address the problem. For further details, visit PennDesign.
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi will participate in a public conversation on March 25th at the Seattle Art Museum on the occasion of the Olympic Sculpture Park's 10th Anniversary. Entitled "Seattle Genealogies," their presentation will discuss the design of the Park, the evolving Seattle Waterfront, and their advocacy for new forms of cultural resilience that can shape our cities. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit the Seattle Art Museum.
With entries from 100 countries, the Architizer Awards program represents the best of architecture worldwide. The Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design has been selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+Awards for the Architecture +Learning category. As a Finalist, the project is now competing for two awards: the Jury Award and the Popular Choice Award, which will be announced on April 11th. Public Voting for the Popular Choice Award ends March 30th and takes place at vote.architizer.com.
Michael A. Manfredi participated in a panel discussion on March 2nd organized as part of the American Academy in Rome's "Conversations Series" and hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art together with Julia Czerniak, Mary Margaret Jones, and Gregg Pasquarelli. Entitled "New Terrain," the discussion focused on innovative design strategies for the reclamation of brownfields and other disturbed landscapes, reuse strategies, and the challenges of large-scale developments requiring cooperation between communities and public and private organizations.
Marion Weiss participated in a panel discussion at The Center for Architecture on March 3rd that included the leaders of several New York-based firms: Emily Abruzzo, Andrew Bernheimer, Eric Bunge, Claire Weisz, and Bryan Young. Entitled "Turning Point," the discussion asked each participant to talk about a specific moment in their career and a key project that allowed them to progress to next level.
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi delivered a lecture entitled "New Territories: Social and Ecological Infrastructures" on February 20th at the University of Miami School of Architecture as part of its annual lecture series. Focused on the topic of water, the series "presents topics on the range of methods through which architecture engages water as a vital source as well as a threat, including the challenges of mitigation and adaption to sea-level rise." For further details, visit the University of Miami School of Architecture.
Marion Weiss delivered a presentation entitled "City as Thesis" for Sci-Arc's Graduate Thesis lecture series on February 3rd. The lecture series also included Axel Kilian, Sylvia Lavin, Joe Day, and Stan Allen. Florencia Pita, Graduate Thesis Coordinator for SCI-Arc, states "She has a very clear message because she can embrace many ideas, from historical to contemporary, from client needs to [abstract] ideas, and though her talk was project oriented, it was not just the isolation of practice. She was able to bridge both." For further details, visit SCI-arc.
The new Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) in Kent, Ohio is featured in several "best of 2016" international architecture roundups.
Surface Magazine editor William Hanley states, "Designing a building for an architecture school means taking on not only the usual considerations of site and program, but also the self-conscious task of delivering a facility that will embody architecture as a discipline. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi met that challenge..."
Steven Litt, architecture critic for The Plain Dealer, names the building one of the top ten architecture and planning stories from 2016: "...the school appears poised to raise its profile and its ability to attract students who want to learn inside a building that shows how good design can be done."
Archinect's "Most Attention-Grabbing Projects of 2016" includes the CAED in a list of twenty-one projects alongside Snohetta's SFMOMA expansion, Zaha Hadid's Po... more
A new book, Converging Territories: Island Incubator, was recently published by the Yale University School of Architecture. As an extension of Michael A. Manfredi and Marion Weiss's Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship at the Yale School of Architecture, the book envisions a new campus on Roosevelt Island as an island incubator, charged with disrupting the equilibrium of the traditional research university with the real-time volatility of tech start-up companies.
Through an essay and interview, the book highlights the background and recent work of WEISS/MANFREDI and explores their ongoing interest in an expanded territory for architecture. It also traces a genealogy of relevant and visionary academic and corporate research centers, investigating the potential of these models to energize new ecological imperatives, academic agendas, and design strategies, which informed nine student proposals for a new R&D center on Roosevelt Island. Excerpts from notable jurors includin... more
"Drawing Series: A Line" invited Michael Manfredi together with Koray Duman, Sandro Marpillero, Margery Perlmutter, and Charles Renfro to draw a single, continuous line for seven minutes while articulating the ideas behind their drawing decisions. The performance took place 7-9pm at FXFOWLE's gallery space on January 25th.
Storefront's Drawing Series brings together scholars and practitioners to engage in the simultaneous acts of narration and drawing, using tools that range from pen and paper to digital devices. The events invoked a discussion around the relationship between modes of production and their representation. A real-time video feed of the drawing process recorded and displayed the performance for the audience. The charcoal sketch drawn by Manfredi during the presentation was added to Storefront's collection.
For more information, visit Storefront. ... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's design for the new Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), which was selected as the winner of an international competition, is featured in Architect's November issue.
Executive editor Katie Gerfen states, "Bands of fins, stacked vertically on the facade and offset from one another, create an overall pattern that is almost textile in nature and enlivens the facade as light and shadow play across it over the course of the day."
To read the full article, visit Architect.
The Design Loft was also recently reviewed by architectural critics Raymund Ryan in The Plan, Reed Kroloff in more
"Reading Images Series: Beyond the City" will bring together a panel of architects and theorists—Marion Weiss, Bruno Carvalho, Felipe Correa, Eva Franch, and Catherine Seavitt—to examine images of existing and projected urban settlements in the South American continent to reflect upon topics of Developmentalism, knowledge transfer, authorship, and territory. What is the role of architecture in shaping territories defined by raw resources? How can architecture develop tools to operate beyond the bounds of the traditional metropolis?
This discussion is organized on the occasion of the book launch for "Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America" by Felipe Correa.
"Reading Images Series: Beyond the City" will take place 7-9 pm at Storefront on Tuesday, November 15th.
For further details, visit Storefront for Art and Architecture.... more
The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is featured in an exhibition organized by University of Pennsylvania at the Center for Architecture and Design. Entitled "Transformation by Design," the exhibit highlights a selection of 11 projects initiated since the campus master plan, Penn Connects, was established in 2006.
Embracing its location at the hinge of two distinct urban areas, the Center for Nanotechnology is designed to both mark the transition from city to campus and to serve as a public showcase for innovative research, which all too often goes unseen. By placing the research on display, the inward-oriented focus of a traditional research facility is inverted.
The exhibition runs until November 17, 2016.
For further details, visit the Center for Architecture and Design.... more
New York City's Department of Design and Construction (DDC) recently announced a selection of firms for their Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Program. The selected firms will have exclusive rights until 2019 to respond to Requests for Proposals for design services for DDC projects.
"These firms will go on to design some of the City's most prominent buildings with an eye toward equity, sustainability, resiliency, healthy living" said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Pe˝a-Mora.
DDC is New York City's primary capital construction project manager, providing communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, and police precincts. The Excellence Program initiative aims to improve the efficiency and quality of projects managed by the DDC.
For more information, visit the New York City DDC. ... more
Michael A. Manfredi, Marion Weiss, and Thomas Balsley led a tour through Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park as part of Open House New York Weekend.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park is phase one of a larger master plan that encompasses the transformation of 30 acres of post-industrial waterfront on the East River in Long Island City. The park and open space is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.
Open House New York is a nonprofit organization that celebrates the best examples of design and planning and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn.
For more information, visit Open House New York.
"New Territories: Social Infrastructures" by Michael and Marion was recently featured as the headlining editorial essay in the Italian magazine The Plan, issue 092.
They state, "The language of architecture is often too singular to address new and changing programs, whereas the language of planning is not specific enough to address the nuances of site sand scale. Both fall short and necessitate the development of new design strategies, new languages. In this emergent context we advocate acupunctural design strategies that register a big impact."
The feature highlights a selection of recent WEISS/MANFREDI projects, including Barnard College's Diana Center, the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Building, University of Pennsylvania's Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds, a mixed-use building for MIT at Kendall Square, and a corporate co-location building for Cornell NYC Tech.
For more in... more
The grand opening of Kent State's Center for Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) was celebrated by over 1,000 attendees and featured talks by design partners Michael A. Manfredi and Marion Weiss, as well as the project architects.
CAED Dean Mark Mistur stated, "Studying in this building for four years will provide students with a slow infusion; a saturation of senses that will become a part of each student's design sensibility and standard of reference."
The 117,000-square-foot Kent State CAED, awarded following an international competition, establishes a beacon signaling the college's creative, research-based programs. An expansive, 650-seat studio loft forms the heart of the program. In addition, the building includes a multi-purpose lecture hall, library, cafe, gallery, studio critique spaces, classrooms, offices, and fabrication labs.
For more information, visit the Kent State CAE... more
Architect's Newspaper recently featured the Marshall Family Performing Arts Center in an article that highlights the building's innovative approach to Texas' high temperatures—an ice cooling system.
Reporter Jason Sayer states, "Thermal regulation for the performing arts center...requires careful planning. Each space has its own schedule and has to be calibrated, with adjustments made in advance."
The performing arts center incorporates many sustainable features. The building's orientation and insulated fritted glazing minimize solar heat gain and maximize natural illumination in the dance/choral rehearsal space and lobby. The landscape design incorporates native and adaptive plantings and the roof's topography is shaped to divert rainwater into a series of planted catch basins.
To read the full article, visit Architect's Newspaper.... more
The new Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) in Kent, Ohio was recently featured in the Art & Design section of The New York Times on Sunday, September 18th.
Architecture critic Reed Kroloff states that the new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design "was envisioned as a transition between the community and the academic realm."
The 117,000-square-foot building features an expansive studio loft with continuous sightlines that unite spaces of creation and critique, encourage interdisciplinary discourse, and enhance the peripheral field of vision for students and faculty.
To read the full article, "Millions of Square Feet, Billions of Dollars: An Arts Universe Expands," visit The New York Times.
The Kent State CAED was also recently reviewed by archit... more
The McCann Residence, the first house designed by WEISS/MANFREDI, was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.
The residence "almost melts into the landscape, peeking out from behind layered stone walls that ascend 30 feet high," states WSJ reporter Nancy Keates. Merging with the stone outcropping of its historic setting at Tuxedo Park in New York, the architecture and landscape shape a new inhabitable topography.
To read the full article, "A Home Designed to Be Barely There," visit The Wall Street Journal.
The McCann Residence was also recently featured as one of eight international projects in Record Houses 2016.
The Olympic Sculpture Park is featured in Architectural Record's "Top 125 Buildings"—a selection of the most significant works that defined architecture in our era.
The list, which also includes the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe, the Kimball Art Museum by Kahn, and the Sydney Opera House by Utzon, resulted from nominations submitted by a group of distinguished critics and scholars as well as Record's editorial team.
The Olympic Sculpture Park, referred to as "the most convincing piece of built landscape urbanism to date" by architecture theorist Stan Allen has been exhibited worldwide. It was named one of Time's "Top 10 Architectural Marvels" and has been awarded Harvard's International VR Green Prize, an AIA National Honor Award, and a PA Award.
Read the article here.
Marion Weiss will deliver the opening keynote at the Facades+ Conference in Dallas on October 13th.
Entitled "Surface Presence," the talk will present a selection of recent work by WEISS/MANFREDI, including the new Marshall Family Performing Arts Center in Addison, Texas. The Facades+ Conference, hosted by Architect's Newspaper, brings together building professionals and leading researchers to focus on the design and performance of the next generation of facades.
For further details, visit Facades+.
The keynote was recently covered in Architect's Newspaper here.
Marion Weiss will participate in the conference "Redefining Urban Design: Barcelona as a Case Study" at Harvard's Graduate School of Design on October 29th.
Organized by Professor Joan Busquets, this conference will explore the extent to which new, emerging issues are changing the principles of urban design and its practice at the scale of the city and territory. By considering several different issues in Barcelona, the conference aims not only to examine the urban transformation of that city since the 1980s but also to reflect on how its recent history may shed light on the urban development of other cities across the globe.
For more information, visit the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
View the conference online here.
Michael A. Manfredi and Marion Weiss will deliver a keynote at the 77th Annual Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo in San Antonio on November 4th and participate in a panel discussion on the 5th together with Debbie Millman and Eric J. Cesal.
Focusing on the theme of "Convergence," the convention will explore how different cultures, geographical features, and design ideas have come together to influence the development of San Antonio and how various disciplines and approaches are being combined to create meaningful impact on the built environment.
For more information, visit the Texas Society of Architects.
The Novartis Visitors Reception received an AIA New York State Excellence Award and the Best in New York State Award—a recognition that is awarded to only one project per year. The recently opened Marshall Family Performing Arts Center was also recognized with a Merit Award.
The Marshall Family Performing Arts Center was recently published in Architect and Texas Architect. The Novartis Visitors Reception was included Architect's 2014 Design Review and featured in Architectural Record's July 2014 issue.
For more information, visit AIA New York State.
Michael A. Manfredi delivered a lecture at Harvard's Department of Urban Planning and Design on September 8th.
Entitled "Public Natures," the lecture presented seven scenarios at the intersection of architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and planning. Manfredi is currently a Senior Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design and Expert-in-Residence at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
The new Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design building in Kent, Ohio will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 7th with an event series that includes a talk by Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi.
The 117,000-square-foot building establishes an innovative center for the design disciplines and a beacon signaling Kent State's creative, research-based programs.
Architecture critic Steven Litt referred to the building as a "dazzler" in a recent review, stating ". . . the bands of brick that sweep across building's fašade in diagonal layers combine flush areas of traditionally laid bricks with vertical ribs of brick that are spaced narrowly or widely to create shadows, texture, depth and an almost musical sense of rhythm."
For further details on the opening, visit the Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
To read Steven Litt's arti... more
The Marshall Family Performing Arts Center, the first dedicated performing arts venue designed by WEISS/MANFREDI, has been featured in Architect Magazine.
"The 65,000-square-foot building at once hugs the landscape and cantilevers out dramatically from it, toward the center of Greenhill campus," states architecture critic Mark Lamster.
The facility houses three performance spaces: a 600-seat proscenium theater with a 65-foot-high fly loft, a state-of-the-art studio theater, and a light-filled dance/choral rehearsal space. It also includes a video production and digital media lab, a comprehensive scene shop, two fine art galleries, an expansive lobby, and ancillary teaching and performance spaces.
For more information, visit Architect.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi's essay "Evolutionary Infrastructures" is featured in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary.
Climates brings together writings and work at the intersection of architecture and climate change. Neither a collective lament nor an inventory of architectural responses, the essays in this volume consider the cultural values ascribed to climate, and ask particularly how climate figures, historically and at present, in our conception of what architecture is and does.
The book, a project of the Avery Review, is co-published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and Lars MŘller Publishers. A reception to celebrate the launch was hosted by Columbia GSAPP on May 27th at the Venice Biennale.
For more information, visit Lars MŘller Publishers.
WEISS/MANFREDI's designs for Novartis' North American headquarters in East Hanover, New Jersey – a Visitor Reception Building and Pharmaceutical Office Building – are included in ArchDaily's "Top 100 American Architecture Projects" feature.
This feature highlights "a select group of works that stand out for their architectural value" and have received thousands of visits from ArchDaily readers.
A dynamic new gateway to the campus, the Novartis Visitor Reception Building provides a legible point of arrival, creating an interface between public and private, landscape and architecture. The Pharmaceuticals Building unfolds over five floors of open office work areas connected by "living rooms" with continuous vistas to the campus.
For more information, visit ArchDaily.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, together with Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of WORKac, discussed their work and design process in the context of the exhibition "Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World" at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery on June 2nd.
Artek and the Aaltos, organized by the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Museum in Helsinki, is the first exhibition in the United States to have a specific focus on the two architect co-founders of Artek, Alvar Aalto and Aino Marsio-Aalto.
For more information, visit the Bard Graduate Center Gallery.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi delivered a lecture at the 2016 Perspective USA Forum hosted by Italian magazine THE PLAN on June 28th. They presented a series of projects that redefine relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art.
The two-day forum, which took place in Lower Manhattan, featured lectures and discussions between leading American architects and engineers.
For more information, visit THE PLAN.
The McCann Residence in Tuxedo Park, New York is one of eight internationally selected projects featured in Record Houses, which highlights the very best of recent residential architecture.
"By manipulating materials and the land," Senior Editor Joann Gonchar states, "the designers merge a rustic house and its distinctive site."
The McCann Residence defines a serpentine approach with an ascending sequence of retaining walls, mined from a nearby quarry. Three enclosed living levels and a series of outdoor terraces climb up the steep site bordered by two massive granite escarpments. The upper garden level—a loft-like glass pavilion—reveals a panoramic vista of Tuxedo Lake and the Ramapo Mountains.
The article is published online and in Architectural Record's April 2016 issue.
Marion Weiss is one of twenty international architects, including two from the United States, shortlisted for the 2016 arcVision Prize.
The arcVision prize, awarded annually at the Triennale di Milano, recognizes female architects that introduce innovation to the field of contemporary architecture with work that "displays significant qualitative excellence and attention to the core issues of construction—technology, sustainability, and social and cultural implications."
The jury stated: "Starting from the keyword 'infrastructure,' Weiss explores the relationship between architecture and nature, tracing new limits and investigating unprecedented approaches to the idea of public space."
A full list of the nominees is available online at arcVision.
Italian design magazine Abitare's March issue features a 10-page spread on WEISS/MANFREDI. Entitled "New Pathways," the article highlights three projects – the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park in Queens, New York, and the Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park – as well as an essay by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi from their most recent book, Public Natures.
A preview of the issue is available at abitare.it.
WEISS/MANFREDI's design for the Nelson-Atkins Cultural Arts District Master Plan is the recipient of a 2016 Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award sponsored by Architect Magazine. The Cultural Arts District Master Plan proposes a pedestrian focused loop that connects the broadly distributed cultural institutions through a series of strategic events and installations. The awards jury commented: "This demonstrates a thorough analysis of existing conditions with disparate moments, and makes a compelling case for how to tie them together."
A full list of the winning projects is published online and in the March 2016 issue of Architect Magazine.
WEISS/MANFREDI's design for the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Building is the recipient of a 2016 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. The 140,000-square-foot oncology building includes five floors of open-office work areas connected by an ascending spiral of "living rooms." It will be presented in an exhibition opening April 15th at the AIA NY Center for Architecture.
The Novartis Pharmaceuticals Building will be featured in the summer issue of OCULUS. It was previously highlighted in Architect's 2014 Annual Design Review and in the July 2014 issue of Architectural Record.
WEISS/MANFREDI-designed projects, Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument and Full Circle: The City + The Arch + The River, were featured at the Design Miami Pavilion in Art Basel on December 2. The pavilion, UNBUILT, was a collaborative between Harvard Graduate School of Design and Design Miami/ that showcased unrealized projects of the students and professors of Harvard GSD.
The pavilion featured two milled models of the designs in an exhibition that highlighted the potential of unbuilt projects to transform their sites. WEISS/MANFREDI and OLIN's design for the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument defines a new landform and setting that together create a performance landscape on the Mall. Full Circle reconnects the city to the park and the park to the river, embracing the Mississippi River as its center. The monumental civic axis of St. Louis is extended over the highway to connect the city to the park.
The projects also form part of a more
Weiss/Manfredi invites you to celebrate the launch of PUBLIC NATURES: Evolutionary Infrastructures, at the New York Public Library on Wednesday, October 7th at 6 p.m. The New York Public Library event will feature a panel discussion with Marion Weiss, Michael A. Manfredi, Alexandra Lange, Stan Allen, and David van der Leer. The event is free and open to the public. The book, conceived with the graphic design firm Project Projects and published by Princeton Architectural Press, is on sale today.
In PUBLIC NATURES, Weiss/Manfredi identifies new terms, conditions, and models that insist architecture must evolve to create more productive connections between landscape, infrastructure, and urban territories. With essays, roundtable discussions, and selected ... more
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are featured in the Mentor Minds documentary series currently being exhibited at the USA Pavilion at the Milan EXPO 2015. This new series of video interviews, originated by Savinien Caracostea and Jan ┼man, provides a public forum for an exchange of knowledge amongst leading figures in a variety of creative industries including art, fashion, food, architecture, and urbanism.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are featured in the Mentor Minds documentary series currently being exhibited at the USA Pavilion at the Milan EXPO 2015. This new series of video interviews, originated by Savinien Caracostea and Jan ┼man, provides a public forum for an exchange of knowledge amongst leading figures in a variety of creative industries including art, fashion, food, architecture, and urbanism.
The Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., the competition-winning design by WEISS/MANFREDI and OLIN, has received the 2015 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. This prestigious award acknowledges excellence in design, construction, and planning by promoting sustainable practices at all scales. The 60 award recipients for 2015 span 26 nations and represent a positive and inspiring evolution in design that is taking place around the world. The project will be featured in an exhibition at The Daniel Burnham Center in Chicago during the Chicago Biennial this fall. It will also be exhibited in the Contemporary Space in Athens, Greece in the spring of 2016.
The Sylvan Theater was also recently featured in The Economist in an article by James Russell. Please click here to read "America's Front Yard: Transforming the Nat... more
WEISS/MANFREDI has been commissioned by the Department of State to re-envision the iconic embassy compound in New Delhi, India. The firm's master plan restores the early modernist Chancery Building and recasts the Embassy Compound as a multi-functional 28-acre campus setting. The first phase of the project includes the addition of a significant new office annex and a transformed landscape that will provide a secure campus for America's growing mission to India.
Now, 50 years after the opening of Edward Durell Stone's Embassy, the design gives renewed architectural measure to America's diplomatic presence in India. The design of individual buildings, resilient gardens, and reflecting pools are inspired by India's reciprocal tradition of architecture and landscape and will exemplify the spirit of openness, environmental stewardship, and innovation. WEISS/MANFREDI was selected through the Department of State's Excellence Initiative for U.S. Diplomatic Facilities.
A new book by WEISS/MANFREDI is being published this September by Princeton Architectural Press. Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures explores the potential to shape a new public realm. Essays, roundtable discussions, and selected projects by WEISS/MANFREDI identify new terms, conditions, and models that insist architecture must evolve to create more productive connections between landscape, infrastructure, and urban territories. With a foreword by Barry Bergdoll and contributions from Kenneth Frampton, Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Keller Easterling, Paul Lewis, Hashim Sarkis, and Nader Tehrani, Public Natures is both monograph and projective manifesto and suggests a new paradigm for infrastructure that is distinctly public in nature.
The book will the focus of a symposium at the New York Public Library in October. Please visit the NYPL ... more
The Bridge, Cornell Tech's pioneering building for the digital economy, creates a new paradigm that will bring academia and industry under one roof. The building broke ground today on the iconic Roosevelt Island. Attended by Mayor Bill de Blasio and former mayor Michael Bloomberg, the groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction for New York City's newest university, which is scheduled to open in 2017.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed building is a major advancement in the university's effort to promote innovation on its new campus. "The Bridge is a crystalline incubator with river-to-river views and creates a three-dimensional crossroads, an ecosystem of innovation to catalyze collaboration between academics and entrepreneurs," say design partners Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi.
Developed by Forest City Ratner Companies, The Bridge is a first of its kind seven-story loft, with connecting common spaces that encourage random interactions and product... more
WEISS/MANFREDI and OLIN's competition-winning design for the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument is the recipient of a 2015 Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award by Architect Magazine. The Sylvan Theater will host the National Mall's more than 29 million visitors, shape a new outdoor theater and pavilion, and recast the public identity of the Washington Monument Grounds.
WEISS/MANFREDI and OLIN's design defines a new landform and setting that together create a performance landscape on the Mall. The awards jury commented: "The project is very progressive in how subtle it is. It's done in a minimal, elegant, and beautiful way that is as progressive as working with very sophisticated formal geometries." The project and other significant improvements to the National Mall are moving forward under a unique partnership between the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall as part of a campaign to restore, improve, and preserve the historic landscape as "Am... more
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will give a lecture at Columbia University on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:30pm. They will present a series of projects that propose a reciprocal dynamic between architecture and ecology, the individual and collective. A response will be given by Dean Amale Andraos and Justin Davidson of New York Magazine.
The lecture is part of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation lecture series and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Columbia website.
The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology has won an American Institute of Architects 2015 Institute Honor Award. The project will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta.
Challenging the established model of laboratory buildings, the Singh Center finds common threads between high-tech research and spaces for public life, opening the research to the campus.
The jury commented, "All science buildings should be this good," and "the bold forms and massing of this project make a substantial contribution to the Penn campus and create an extraordinary series of spaces for research and interaction."
The Novartis Visitor Reception, Novartis Office Building, and Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology are winners of 2014 Annual Design Review honors by Architect Magazine.
Selected out of a pool of nearly 200 submissions, all of the winners are published in the December 2014 issue of Architect Magazine. For more information about the award, visit the Architect website.
Each year since 1825, a select group of prominent artists and architects is elected into the National Academy. As National Academy Academicians, distinguished practitioners are recognized for their "exceptional creative work and contribution to the arts." This year's inductees include: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, Ida Applebroog, Peter Bohlin, Preston Scott Cohen, Jane Dickson, Eric Owen Moss, Antoine Predock, Martin Puryear, Charles Renfro, Edward Ruscha, and Joan Semmel.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi have been invited to deliver the 2014 Mary Atkins Lecture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They will lecture on their work which is at the forefront of redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art on October 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
The lecture is in conjunction with a public presentation and discussion of WEISS/MANFREDI's concept plan to create a cultural district in Kansas City. The plan seeks to create cultural connections through the lens of art and performance.
The annual lecture series, now in its 17th season, honors Mary McAfee Atkins who's generosity helped found the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
For more information on the Mary Atkins Lecture Series, visit the Nelson-Atkins website.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has awarded Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park a 2014 Honor Award, recognizing the new waterfront landscape as an outstanding achievement of design. As a new model for urban ecology, the park is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant. It is the first phase of a larger master plan that will transform 29 acres of post-industrial waterfront on the East River and includes New York City's largest affordable housing initiative since the 1970s. The park's resiliency was tested in 2012 when, still under construction, it survived Hurricane Sandy without any major damage. The park offers diverse active and passive recreational spaces and includes a pleated metal pavilion that collects rain water, solar energy, and frames spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
For more information about the award, visit the American Society of Landscape Architects more
BUILDING 335, Novartis' corporate global oncology offices in East Hanover, transforms the paradigm of the office "box." An ascending spiral of communal "living rooms" and outdoor terraces are carved into the building and link five floors of open offices to create a continuous and flexible work environment. Novartis' expanded campus also includes buildings by Rafael Vi˝oly, Fumihiko Maki, and Vittorio Lampugnani.
The Visitor Reception Building emerges from the earth to define a new entry to Novartis' North American Headquarters. The building, with reception, orientation, and gathering spaces for the campus, is sheltered by a sculptural roof form which expresses Novartis' spirit of technological innovation.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Taekwondo Park in Muju, South Korea will be featured in the 2014 International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, curated by Rem Koolhaas. Following the theme of Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014, the OfficeUS Repository exhibition presents projects by American architects working abroad. WEISS/MANFREDI is one of a series of American firms that have been significant in the international applications of American modernization. Models of Taekwondo Park will be on view at The Biennale from June 7th until November 23rd.
Situated in the mountains of Korea, Taekwondo Park is designed to celebrate the history and culture of Korea, the principles of Taekwondo, and the site's dramatic topography. The Taekwondo Park establishes a dynamic gateway to the physical and philosophical world of Taekwondo, becoming an athletic and cultural destination for 70 million practitioners from around the world.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will present the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Corporate Co-Location Building at Architectural Record's Innovation Conference in Los Angeles on May 21st. The panel discussion with Thom Mayne of Morphosis will explore the ambitious architectural schemes for the emerging tech campus. This campus creates visual and physical connections between academic and professional hubs to foster an ecosystem of innovation.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Corporate Co-Location Building fosters interaction and collaboration between Cornell Tech graduate students and the tech community, providing spaces for entrepreneurial activities and academic inquiry.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park is featured in the National Building Museum's current exhibition "Designing for Disaster." The exhibition presents tools and strategies that can help create more disaster-resilient communities. "Designing for Disaster" will be on view in Washington, D.C. through August 2, 2015.
A new model for urban ecology, the park is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.
The design of the second building on Cornell NYC Tech's groundbreaking New York City campus was unveiled during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's transfer of 12 acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell NYC Tech.
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Corporate Co-Location Building for the new campus is a major advancement to the university's effort to bring technology, industry, and academia together in New York City. The building's crystalline geometries frame river to river views and bring natural light into all levels. Developed in collaboration with Forest City Ratner, the Co-Location Building is a loft-like design that fosters interaction and collaboration between the tech community and Cornell Tech students and faculty, providing shared spaces for entrepreneurial activities and academic inquiry.
As part of New York City's Applied Sciences NYC initiative, the Cornell NYC Tech campus aims to put New York City at the forefront of the tech industry.
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Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park is featured on the cover of Green Building & Design and is named "The Smart Park" for its design that "represents a new era of ecological engineering." Alan Oakes says, "The key to Hunter's Point Park's success is how it relates to the diverse community it serves, and its program makes a definitive statement in ecological design."
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park has also been awarded Best of Landscape of 2013 by The Architect's Newspaper. Incorporating active and passive recreation and a broad array of sustainable initiatives, the park is designed to transform Hunter's Point South into a new cultural and ecological paradigm. Kate Orff said, "If we're going to call it Landscape of the Year it has to be somewhat aspirational. I think this project has great civic aspirations, especially for a neighborhood park."
Hunter's Point recently received an award for best new space for "play" in Architect Magazine's Annual Des... more
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is the winner of The American Institute of Architects 2014 Institute Honor Award. The project will be honored at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center creates a new threshold between garden and city, culture and cultivation by creating a legible point of arrival and orientation. Sited at Washington Avenue within a berm, the Visitor Center's serpentine form is generated by the garden's existing pathways. The Visitor Center includes an exhibition gallery, information lobby, orientation room, gift shop, cafÚ, and an events space.
The jury commented, "We are entranced by this project not because it is a visual masterpiece, but because of the care with which the architects designed it."
The Visitor Center recently achieved a LEED Gold Certification and has been recognized with a National ASLA Honor Award, NYC Design Commission Award for Excellence in Desi... more
The WEISS/MANFREDI-designed Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania has been featured in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL's "Best of 2013: Architecture." The building was recognized with six other noteworthy projects by David Chipperfield Architects, Morphosis, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, H3 Hardy, Renzo Piano, and Herzog & de Meuron.
WSJ's Julie Iovine writes "...the Singh Center goes way beyond the basics of a research lab, giving unconventional shape to workaday spaces—stairways lined with small balconies furnished with seating; meeting rooms wrapped in glass and cantilevered in space. It's enough to persuade one that architecture really can prompt the kind of nonlinear thinking that leads to discovery."
Click here to read the full article in THE WALL STREET JOUNRAL. The Krishna P. Singh Center has also been featured in... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center has received a 2013 MASterworks Award from The Municipal Art Society of New York. Winners were chosen from New York City projects that were completed in the past year. Municipal Art Society President, Vin Cipolla, commented that the winners are "design assets to our city that contribute greatly to the urban landscape." The Visitor Center was winner in the Best New Urban Amenity category for "improving the experience of living in and moving through the landscape of the city."
WEISS/MANFREDI's Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania is featured on the cover of Architectural Record's November issue on University Buildings. Dedicated on October 4, 2013, this innovative cross disciplinary lab building brings together researchers from Engineering and Arts and Sciences in an iconic and welcoming gateway to campus. The building defines a new campus green; it ascends as a spiral of research reaching its highest elevation at the forum, a meeting space that cantilevers 68-feet over the quad and opens to views of both city and campus.
Architectural Record's Joann Gonchar writes, "At Singh, Manfredi and Weiss have thoroughly melded landscape and building, integrating the project into Penn's campus, and making it difficult to tell where nature ends and architecture begins."
Winner of a Chicago Athenaeum's 2013 International Architecture Award and 2013 American Architecture Award, the Singh Center has also been fe... more
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park has been profiled in The New York Times for its fortitude through Hurricane Sandy.
Located along the East River in Queens, Hunter's Point South is envisioned as an international model of urban ecology and a world laboratory for innovative sustainable thinking. The New York Times' David Dunlap says, "Welcome to the new world of civic design, in which projects bend so that they will not break." The park is designed for resiliency – transforming a post-industrial armored waterfront into a soft shoreline – the park provides a first line of defense for the surrounding community, which sat four feet underwater a year ago during Hurricane Sandy.
Fast Company listed WEISS/MA... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center has received the American Society of Landscape Architecture's National Honor Award.
A piece of living landscape, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is conceived as an inhabitable topography that defines a new threshold between the city and the constructed landscapes of the fifty-two-acre garden. The Center includes an exhibition gallery, information lobby, orientation room, gift shop, cafe, and a multi-purpose events space.
The Visitor Center recently achieved a LEED Gold Certification and has been recognized with the American Institute of Architects New York State Design Award, as well as the Municipal Art Society's MASterworks Award for Best New Urban Amenity.
WEISS/MANFREDI's Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania was reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer today by architecture critic Inga Saffron. Saffron states of WEISS/MANFREDI's design, "instead of focusing on the boundaries between architecture and landscape, they fuse the two into a seamless whole. Their dazzling new project is like the mythical centaur..."
The building will open with an official dedication ceremony on October 4th. Click here to view the full article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, WEISS/MANFREDI's design collaboration with Thomas Balsley Associates, opened to the public in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg last week. The design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to connect Long Island City to a formerly industrial waterfront. The park, which survived Sandy with minimal impact, has already become a center for neighborhood recreation and a city-wide destination, boasting unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.
The park includes a waterfront promenade, pavilion, playground, dog run, outdoor fitness areas, rail garden, and an urban beach. These facilities center around a green oval with artificial turf suitable for athletics and natural grass for picnicking, playing, and relaxing. The curved shade pavilion shelters a water ferry stop, Parks Department offices, public restrooms, and a cafÚ. Its curved form further defines the multi-use oval and frames spectacular views of... more
We are pleased to announce that The Museum of Modern Art has selected a series of drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of the Olympic Sculpture Park for its permanent collection. These original process drawings are currently on view in Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, curated by Pedro Gadanho.
This exhibition captures the evolution of photomontage and collage from early avant-garde experiments to contemporary digital media as processes that have been central to architectural representation, graphic design, and film. The show will be on view through December 1, 2013.
For further information about Cut 'n' Paste, visit the exhibition website.
Winner of an international design competition, WEISS/MANFREDI's Design Loft will become Kent State University's new home for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Sited strategically at the hinge between campus and city, the Design Loft forms a new hub connecting the University with the community of Kent. The 125,000 square-foot building establishes an innovative center for design disciplines and a beacon signaling the creative, artistic, and research-based programs of the College.
"We are captivated by the potential for this project to become an innovative incubator for the arts and an internationally legible destination for the University," said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.
A continuous studio loft forms the heart of the program. Open design studios are configured to maximize flexibility to accommodate a growing program and evolving modes of learning in architecture and design education. Conceived as a vertical campus quad, the Desi... more
As recipients of the 2013 Urban Edge Award, Marion Weiss and Michal Manfredi will host the Urban Edge Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning on April 5, 2013. This one-day symposium, entitled Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices, will bring together innovators in the fields of architecture, engineering, art, landscape, ecology, and urban design to advance the conversation and representation of design thinking related to infrastructure. Envisioned as a cross section through design disciplines, the symposium panel discussions will expand the definition of 'infrastructure' to address an escalating set of design challenges that are at once cultural, architectural, and environmental. The symposium will conclude with a public keynote lecture delivered by Weiss and Manfredi.
Organized in collaboration with Karl Wallick, Assistant Professor at UWM, symposium panelists include: Eric Bunge, nARCHITECTS; Keller East... more
WEISS/MANFREDI is pleased to announce we have been selected by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations to provide Renovation and Rehabilitation Design Services for embassies and consulates throughout the world. As part of the Department of State's new Design Excellence initiative, WEISS/MANFREDI will bring innovation to the renewal of historic civic buildings worldwide and will utilize advanced design methods and technologies to provide safe, secure, and functional buildings that represent the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, maintainability, art, culture, and construction.
For more information, visit the Department of State's website.
Marion Weiss will participate in a conversation about the design and making of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis I. Kahn. This topic invites a dialogue about the nature of memorial and public space, site and memory, permanence and projected meaning. The evolving character of the contemporary memorial has been a focus of recent WEISS/MANFREDI work including the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds, a design collaboration with OLIN, and the Women's Memorial and Education Center, a competition-winning design that initiated our practice.
"Four Freedoms: Kahn's Contemporary Design" is a conversation between Michael Kimmelman, the Architecture Critic for The New York Times, Marion Weiss, Laurie Olin, and Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
To view the video of the symposium, click here.
WEISS/MANFREDI's Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park is featured in the exhibition White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes. The exhibition opens today at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery.
The exhibition features original process drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss and two large-scale conceptual models of the Sculpture Park conveying its unique reciprocity of landform and art. Newly commissioned photographs of the park by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan present the simultaneous impact of art, infrastructure, landscape, and urban life.
White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative art landscapes dedicated to the experience of culture and nature; it endeavors to explore the possibilities of art sites emerging from collaborations across a range of artistic and architectural approaches. These projects distance themselves from traditional, monolithic, "white cube" gallery spaces and fuse inventive architecture and landscape design with r... more
On January 17, WEISS/MANFREDI and three shortlisted teams unveiled their proposals for Kent State University's new College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The Design Loft, sited strategically at the hinge between campus and city, forms a new hub connecting the college with the city of Kent. The 125,000 square-foot building establishes an innovative center for multiple design disciplines and creates a new window onto the creative, artistic, and research-based programs of the College. A continuous studio loft forms the heart of the program. Open studios are configured to maximize flexibility to accommodate a growing program and evolving modes of learning in architecture and design education. As a model for sustainable design for the University and the city, Design Loft illustrates the key role of architecture and design in envisioning a sustainable future.
WEISS/MANFREDI's proposal is in association with Richard L. Bowen Associates Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio. The fo... more
WEISS/MANFREDI & OLIN's competition-winning design for the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds is featured in the newest edition of CLOG, which examines the public and symbolic spaces on the National Mall. The publication explores the history of more than two centuries of plans for the Mall and examines current ongoing projects within the Monumental core, including the recent competition sponsored by the Trust for the National Mall. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi sat down with CLOG Editor Kyle May to discuss the primary considerations in developing their design for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater: "For the Sylvan Theater, there was the possibility of leveraging the natural topography of the mound for the theater with a reciprocal topography that could return the gaze of the audience back to the nearby Washington Monument, thereby blocking rows of tour buses from views of the monument outward."
CLOG: National Mall was recently launched a... more
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center has received a 2012 Annual Design Review Award from Architect Magazine. Of the winners, juror Mark Yoes notes "they're just very clear statements about what their relationship is to their surroundings." The award citation recognizes the Visitor Center as "a thoughtful threshold" to the garden, and recognizes that "the sinuous form is a direct reaction to the site [as] to have as minimal an effect on the existing plantings as possible, as well as to reinforce connections to existing pathways." The winners were chosen from projects that were completed in the past year and are either located in the United States or designed by firms with offices in the United States. The Visitor Center, which opened in May 2012, was winner in the Bond category for institutional projects in the public realm.
The winners of the Annual Design Review are published in the December 2012 issue of Architect Magazine. To read the article in full, click more
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center was recently named Best New Architecture by the New York Observer. In the article "The 2012 Designer Dozen: New York's Best New Architecture is a celebration of Public Space," the winners are celebrated as being "sensible architecture for a wiser time." Of the Visitor Center, the Observer notes: "If the next century will be all about man learning to live with nature rather than fighting to conquer it, it is buildings like this that will show the way." Other notable projects include Four Freedoms Park by Louis Kahn, Brooklyn Bridge Park by MVVA, and Barclays Center by SHoP.
To read the article and view a gallery of winning projects, click here
WEISS/MANFREDI has been selected by Kent State University as one of four finalists in an international design competition for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The building, located on the University's new esplanade, will create dynamic new spaces for students, enhancing the academic experience and encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration. The new facility is a key component of Kent State's "Foundations of Excellence" campaign, a transformative vision to construct new buildings, create inspirational learning spaces, and enrich the community of Kent, Ohio. The building will be an embodiment of the excellence of the KSU Design College.
WEISS/MANFREDI is partnered with Richard L. Bowen Associates of Cleveland, Ohio. The other finalists are Architecture Research Office + Bialosky & Partners Achitects, The Miller Hull Partnership + The Collaborative Inc., and Westlake Reed Leskosky. Kent State is expected to announce the winner of the competition in Feb... more
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are the recipients of the 2013 URBAN EDGE AWARD given by the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. This biennial award honors an internationally recognized designer or firm whose work brings innovative thinking and effective strategies to transform the realm of urban design.
As recipients the award, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will curate the Urban Edge Symposium "Evolutionary Infrastructure" at the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning in April 2013. The symposium will include a multidisciplinary panel of innovators in the fields of architecture, infrastructure, art, landscape, ecology, and urban design and a public keynote lecture delivered by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. The UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning introduced the biennial Urban Edge Award in 2006 to recognize excellence in urban design and the ability of individuals to create major, positive change... more
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center and Hunters Point South Waterfront Park win the 2012 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award for sustainability and design. Hunters Point South Waterfront Park wins the 2012 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award and is a finalist for the International Architecture Award.
The firm's Visitor Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, winner of the Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission, recently opened to the public. The Visitor Center is conceived as a seamless extension of the Garden's path system, the sinuous glass building is embedded in an existing hillside, offering a new sequence of views into and through the Garden. Hunters Point South is envisioned as an international model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable thinking. The project is a collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI as co-designers of the Open Space and Park and Arup as th... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park is featured in the exhibition White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes opening September 22, 2012 at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Curated by Raymund Ryan, White Cube, Green Maze will be exhibited in Pittsburgh until January 13, 2013 and will be on view at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery February 14, 2013 - May 13, 2013.
The exhibition features original process drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss and two large-scale conceptual models of the Sculpture Park conveying its unique reciprocity of landform and art. Newly commissioned photographs of the park by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan present the simultaneous impact of art, infrastructure, landscape, and urban life.
White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative institutions dedicated to the experience of culture and nature and endeavors to explore the possibilities of art sites emerging from collaborations acro... more
Join WEISS/MANFREDI at its office for drinks, informal conversation, and a behind the scenes look at recent and upcoming projects this Friday, September 7th. This program is part of First Friday, a monthly opportunity for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices' organization and design processes. To obtain a ticket to the event, please contact the Architectural League of New York.
Projects that will be exhibited include the award winning Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture, Barnard College Diana Center, Museum of the Earth, and the recently completed Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. Current projects will also be on display, including the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, the Hunters Point South Waterfront Park (in collaboration with Thomas Balsley Associates), and their recent winning entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at the Sylvan Theater, a collaboration with O... more
Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss will deliver the Utzon Lecture at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia on Wednesday August 22, 2012. Held at UNSW's campus, the Utzon Lecture Series focuses on the presentation and discussion of ideas, issues and perspectives in the design, delivery and management of the built environment. Built Environment's Utzon Lecture Series was officially launched in 2010 by Jan Utzon, former UNSW student and son of the renowned Danish architect J°rn Utzon.
WEISS/MANFREDI is pleased to share their selection as one of Architectural Digest's Innovators for 2012. The fall issue features eight design talents that are transforming the field of design, "challenging received wisdom and conjuring a bold new world."
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WEISS/MANFREDI's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, a new gateway to the 52-acre Garden, opens to the public Wednesday, May 16th. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg will be held at the Garden at 9:30 a.m. The project has been recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission with an Award for Excellence in Design.
"Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an extraordinary oasis in the city and a living museum with a collection in constant flux," stated Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, principals at WEISS/MANFREDI. "We envisioned the Visitor Center as a living interface that creates an invitation from the city into the Garden—a demonstration of the compelling reciprocity between architecture and landscape. Just as the Garden inspires wandering, we designed the Center so that it is never seen in its entirety but is experienced cinematically as an unfolding place of discovery."
The 20,000-square-foot Visitor Center is conceived as a seamless... more
WEISS/MANFREDI's Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park has been selected to participate in an upcoming exhibition curated by Raymund Ryan at the Carnegie Museum of Art. White Cube, Green Maze will be open in Pittsburgh from September 15, 2012 - January 20, 2013 and will travel internationally throughout 2013.
The exhibition will feature original process drawings by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, a new exhibition model of the Sculpture Park, and new photography of the project by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan.
White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative institutions dedicated to the experience of culture and nature. In each distinct site, architecture, the reuse of found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation are combined to create museums that go beyond the traditional gallery space. Rather than any simple placement of art in nature, as with many 20th-century sculpture parks, these new art landscapes offer multiple experiences... more
WEISS/MANFREDI + OLIN have been selected as the winner of the National Mall Design Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington, DC.
"Our vision for the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds elevates the performing arts, literally and figuratively, with a new amphitheater land form shaded by a canopy of trees that affirms this site as our nation's center stage. We turn the audience's sights to both the obelisk and the arts and restore lost connections between the Mall and Tidal Basin with a sinuous land bridge." Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi
Extending from the heart of the National Mall, a rejuvenated Sylvan Theater and Sylvan Grove will restore the tree canopy that inspired the name of the original theater nearly a century ago.
The new grove and terraced lawn will define an amphitheater, where a wide range of performances and events can be seen against the stunning backdrop of the Washin... more
Construction has commenced on the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Poised at the eastern edge of the University of Pennsylvania's campus, this is the first major academic building that announces the presence of the campus within West Philadelphia. As the university's first cross disciplinary building, the new nanotech Research Facility will encourage the collaboration, exchange, and integration of knowledge that characterizes the study of this emerging field and will combine the resources of both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences. Defined by a new central campus green, the building ascends as a spiral of research, reaching its highest elevation at the forum, a meeting space that cantilevers over the quad and opens to views of both the city and campus.
"Work and Words: The Diana Center" is a rare opportunity to hear from individuals who have framed critical positions regarding the territory of architecture and urban form. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi present the Diana Center as a product of their continued preoccupations with materiality, temporality, and urban connectivity. Dr. David Leatherbarrow, the interim chair of Architecture at PennDesign, moderates a conversation between renowned critics Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, and Kenneth Frampton, the Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. The conversations range from the topographical to the spatial with respect to the creative development of the building's program, its sectional articulation, and its broader connections to campus and city.
WEISS/MANFREDI: PRO ARCHITECT #52 will be published Summer 2012 by Archiworld, Co, Seoul, South Korea. The comprehensive monograph presents 14 projects by WEISS/MANFREDI, including the award-winning Barnard College Diana Center, the recently completed Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, and the competition-winning designs for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle and the Women's Memorial & Education Center at Arlington National Cemetery as well as several current projects. In addition to text by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, the book features an Introduction by Peter Reed, the Senior Deputy for Curatorial Affairs at MoMA, and a Foreword by Dr. Yoon Kyung Choi, Professor of Architecture and Design at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea.
In January 2011, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were interviewed by David Basulto, Co-Founder of www.archdaily.com, the world's most visited architecture website. In this interview, they discuss the interdisciplinary nature of the firm with regard to overlapping preoccupations in architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urbanism, and engage in broader conversations about architectural education, social networking, and the expanding role of the architect in contemporary society.
Weiss/Manfredi is leading one of five teams selected by a distinguished jury to participate in the "Portal to the Point" design ideas exploration for Point State Park in Pittsburgh. The goal of the exploration is to reimagine the most visible landmark of the city and reconsider the nature of public art and design of this important cultural destination for the City of Pittsburgh.
Weiss/Manfredi's multi-disciplinary team includes artist Mark Dion, urban ecologist Steven Handel, and civil and structural engineers Magnusson Klemencic Associates. A public exhibition at the Carnegie Museum, a symposium, and a publication will document this design process and be made available for public viewing this fall. The exhibition will travel to other venues.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi and their Harvard University Graduate School of Design studio will be hosting a workshop on the topic of "Evolutionary Infrastructure: An Unfinished Utopia" at the BMW Guggenheim Lab on Friday, September 23rd at 3 - 5 p.m.
Larger than life but part of it, infrastructure has an immediate presence; it shapes our environment and urban life in vital, authentic, and often messy ways. With the ultimate goal of discovering the renewed potential of the utopian megaform in the context of today's evolving metropolis, the group will lead a presentation and workshop on the challenges and potential of inhabitable infrastructure in urban territories.
An analysis of selected inhabitable infrastructure proposals conceived between 1925 - 1969 and selected realized precedents constructed between 1915 - 2010 will serve as the touchstone for a larger study analyzing the physical and philosophical extension of the High Bridge Towers/Nervi Bus ... more
Weiss/Manfredi is a 2011 Finalist for the National Design Award for Architectural Design presented by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, and fellow finalists and award winners, were honored in a White House Awards luncheon hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. In support of the First Lady's agenda to improve education and outreach, Weiss and Manfredi and fellow award winners participated in the Teen Design Fair to advance education and careers in design for local high school students.
Established in 2000 by the White House, the National Design Awards honor and celebrate excellence and innovation across a variety of design disciplines to raise awareness about design in our daily lives.
The Diana Center, a 98,000 square-foot multipurpose arts building at Barnard College, is the winner of the 2011 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture. The project will be honored at the 2011 AIA Awards Ceremony in New Orleans in May.
The Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life on campus and within the city. Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story structure that rethinks the conventions of a mixed use building. Carving a diagonal void through the building, ascending double-height glass atria establish views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The slipped atria and an unfolded glazed staircase bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city, while providing spaces for informal interaction to encourage collaboration ... more
Wandering Ecologies, Weiss/Manfredi's design proposal for Toronto's Lower Don Lands, wins the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award.
The design rejuvenates/revitalizes the Lower Don River and establishes a new identity for Toronto, where recreational, cultural, and residential activities wander and overlap, creating a new model for sustainable waterfront expansion on the eastern edge of the city. Urban life and nature are conceived as reciprocal conditions that together will reclaim infrastructure and transform Toronto's Lower Don Lands into a new cultural paradigm that celebrates multiple ecologies: city and water, infrastructure and landscape, destination and retreat.
Established in the 1990s by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd., the awards program honors and celebrates the most outstanding new achievements and inn... more
Weiss/Manfredi leads one of five teams selected in The City + The Arch + The River, an invited international design competition to reimagine the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the setting for Eero Saarinen's iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Full Circle reconnects the city to the park and the park to the river, embracing the Mississippi River as its center. The monumental civic axis of St. Louis is extended over the highway to connect the city to the park. Strategic improvements to the memorial grounds will preserve this modernist icon. The expanded museum will act as a catalyst to bridge history and community, culture and ecology, integrating the site into a larger cultural network of the St. Louis region. The East St. Louis riverbank offers a dramatic contrast to the modernist icon created by Saarinen and Kiley. Here the landscape is redefined as a network of new earthworks, waterways, and paths that meander to reach new settings for recreation and public life ... more
The Diana Center, a 98,000 square-foot multipurpose arts building at Barnard College, is the winner of the American Institute of Architects 'Best in New York State' Award and was cited for an 'Award of Excellence' by the AIA New York State Design Awards Jury. The Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life on campus and within the city.
Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story structure that rethinks the conventions of a mixed use building. Carving a diagonal void through the building, ascending double-height glass atria establish views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The slipped atria and unfolded glazed staircase bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city while providing spaces for informal interaction to encourage collaboration a... more
As part of the exhibition "Contemplating the Void" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were invited to develop a concept for an installation/intervention in the Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda. Their proposal titled "Draw the Void, Trespass the Void", identifies a new network of short cuts through the Rotunda. The exhibition runs from February 12 - April 28, 2010.
"Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both sitespecific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building's 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplat... more
Weiss/Manfredi's Diana Center, a new multipurpose arts center opens to the public Wednesday, February 3rd. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30pm on Lehman Lawn, adjacent to Broadway and 117th Street. Winner of a national design competition and a Progressive Architecture Award, the project establishes a new nexus for social, cultural and intellectual life at Barnard.
Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story building with ascending double-height glass atria and an unfolded glazed staircase that bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city. Carving a diagonal void through the building, the slipped atria create views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The facade - composed of 1,154 clear and color integral glass panels - translates the brick and terra cotta of the... more