Office dA, Tilton Gallery New York, Building, Manhattan Exhibition, Architect
Tilton Gallery, New York : NYC Architecture Exhibition
Contemporary Manhattan Architecture Exhibition – design by Office dA
Mar 28, 2007
Tilton Gallery New York
Office dA’s “Transliterations” at Tilton Gallery
Address: 8 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021, United States
Phone: +1 212-737-2221
30 Mar – 5 May 2007
New York – “Transliterations” an exhibition of work by Boston- based architecture and design firm Office dA will be on view at the Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76th Street, from March 30-May 5, 2007. The exhibition will explore Office dA’s evolution over the last 15 years from handmade drawings and models to the digital techniques of current use. There will be an opening reception on March 30 from 6-8 pm.
By presenting their work, Office dA will reveal the profound shift that has transformed architecture over the last decade and a half. Historically, the practice of architecture has been reliant on the production of drawings and models. But now these carefully constructed handmade geometries are making way for the precise digital assemblies of recent times. An assemblage of Office dA’s work will bring this change into close inspection, showing how this old craft has been irrevocably redefined.
The practice of architecture is, in essence, a negotiation between construction techniques, known as tectonics, and the image of the building, the aesthetics. Digital technology has impacted both of these, therefore changing the architectural process completely. Office dA’s work seizes the creative possibilities in this change.
Their research focuses on the confluence of detailing, materials, and technology, creating a unique design process that encourages invention. The exhibit will show, step by step, how the firm has successfully and creatively incorporated technological advances into their work over the last 15 years.
Led by principal partners Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani, Office dA’s work ranges from furniture, to urban design and infrastructure, with a constant focus on architecture. The firm embraces the challenges of each project, taking a sharp look at the peculiarities of the site, the requirements of the program, and the specifics of a target audience – all of which become the catalysts for their ingenuity. Their blend of rigor and sensitivity has allowed them to develop projects throughout the globe, always combining elements of local craft and tradition with global and contemporary architectural techniques.
Recent projects include the main library for the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, the Helior House Gas Station in Los Angeles, as well as the first phase of the Tongxian Art Center in Beijing. Currently under construction, the firm also designed the Macallen building, the first LEED-certified, environmentally sensitive, multi- housing building in Boston with over 140 condominium units. Office dA also won the first place award in the Villa Moda Competition for a mixed use building in Kuwait. Other accolades include an Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as nine Progressive Architecture Awards, in both architecture and urban design.
Previously, the firm’s work has appeared as part of exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the ICA in Philadelphia and Yale, the Max Protetch Gallery in New York, and the Venice Biennale. Furthermore, Office dA’s work in the exhibit “Fabrications: The Tectonic Garden,” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, was lauded in the New York Times, among other publications.
Office dA / Tilton Gallery info from Susan Grant Lewin Associates 270307
Location: 8 East 76th Street, New York City, USA
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