Public Vote for CODAawards and a Garden at the Brooklyn Museum
Happy Monday! To kick off the week, you’ll find a good handful of notable news items on the radar below. A editing team.
CODAaward Announces Public Vote for Annual People’s Choice Awards
Public voting is open for the 2022 CODA Annual People’s Choice Awards. Following the formation of a long list of 406 large-scale community artworks, the awards jury narrowed down the submitted designs to a top 100 – now the public is invited to decide which installation they prefer. Companies and artists from around the world have submitted designs for completed projects that place art in interior, architectural or public spaces.
The designs vary in size and scale, from murals and sculptures to life-size models and pavilions. Suitors include Absence to presence, a design by Shane Albritton, Norman Lee, RE:site and Quenton Baker that replicates a former slave quarters discovered during an archaeological dig at its site. Another commission by Adam Kuby for the City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture places three angled Cor-ten steel rectangles in a park; together the sculptures form the corner of the city’s Flatirons mountain range.
Voting for the CODAawards takes place online through June 30, 2022, with winners announced August 30.
AUX Architecture Opens Glorya Kaufman Creative Community Center in Culver City
A combined cultural and educational facility housing several nonprofit organizations based in Culver City, Calif., opened last week. The building will feature 7,000 square feet of space for social services, tutoring, and cultural programming, including a live performance venue, art space, and also affordable housing for Los Angeles-area artists. .
The project is led by the Wende Museum, an art museum with a Cold War collection also known for its community engagement work. In addition to the Wende Museum, other organizations will be housed inside the facility, named Glorya Kaufman Creative Community Center after the famous Los Angeles arts philanthropist, including the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, the United States Veterans Artist Alliance, Upward Bound House, and the Initiative for Artistic Freedom.
Visuals released by the project architect AUX Architecture show the building’s facade lined with wooden slats and wrap-around terraces and a series of one-story rectangular volumes located on the landscaped property. Construction will begin next month; the Center is expected to open to the public in 2023 and all of its programs and services will be offered free of charge. Shawmut Design and Construction joins AUX Architecture on the design team for the project.
HGA completes Lamond Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library in Washington, D.C.
Design firm HGA worked closely with the local community to design a new public library branch in northeast Washington DC on South Dakota Avenue. The new facility, named the Lamond Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library, spans two stories and comprises 23,000 square feet, replacing the existing building with a larger 5,000 square foot one. To realize the project, HGA met with local groups to design a program that would incorporate community goals, these include “a welcoming place, a place of learning and technology, and a place of community and history.” “.
“Libraries can be an extension of a neighborhood’s home, so we worked closely with library staff and the community to rethink the building program, develop a site plan and create a building design that captures the unique qualities of the neighborhood,” Peter Cook, design director at HGA, said in a press release. “The result is a beautiful, bright library that meets the needs of long-time residents and new residents alike and offers a wide range of spaces, including an entry plaza that welcomes all users.”
The exterior of the building is covered with a perforated aluminum screen; the textures and patterns of the facade are inspired by the urban landscape of the district. Interior shelving is intermingled with community-oriented social spaces such as lounges, large and small meeting rooms, study spaces, and a screened-in porch.
HGA worked with Consigli Construction Co., Inc. on the design-build project. Lee and Associates provided the landscape services around the site, which focus on sustainable practices, including tree canopy for shade and a planting buffer to protect the parking lot. The Lamond Riggs / Lillian J. Huff Library was designed to meet LEED Gold standards.
Brooklyn Museum unveils new sculpture garden
A new outdoor public space has opened at the Brooklyn Museum. Designed during the pandemic by Elizabeth Roberts Architects, the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden is a “lush refuge” located at the rear of the museum, facing the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Its flexible design accommodates all types of programming, including meals, pop-up events, music, and classes.
Wooden benches, constructed by Signature Design & Construction and Tri-Lox, form the edge of the garden, while in the center, movable outdoor furniture, supplied by HAY, complements the benches. “The updated sculpture garden is a welcoming forum to rest, learn and experience the museum from a different perspective,” the museum said in a press release.
Boston architecture firm to stand trial in wrongful death case involving school murder
A Massachusetts judge ruled Monday there was enough evidence to implicate Boston-based architecture firm DiNisco Design Partners in a lawsuit, following the wrongful death lawsuit of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer was killed by a student in 2013 and her family sued DiNisco, who renovated the school with what was supposed to be “a state-of-the-art security system” that could have prevented Ritzer’s murder. the teacher if he had worked properly, according to the family.
The firm, which specializes in designing schools, was told by contractors when installing the security system that it had flaws and would not work with the school’s existing equipment. Reports show the company never passed this information on to the school, despite correspondence from administrators citing various issues over a two-year period. DiNisco claims the security system, including the cameras, was working the day Ritzer was killed.
H/t at The Salem News