Hampton University Wins 1st Place in Disney On The Yard Innovation Challenge

HAMPTON, Va. (December 8, 2021) – Hampton University wins the Disney On The Yard Innovation Challenge, a design competition created and administered by The Walt Disney Company for the purpose of seeking out and nurturing the next generation of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 

The Hampton U. Team

“We enjoy seeing our students go above and beyond. Congratulations to these students on this outstanding accomplishment. Hampton University looks forward to seeing their continued success,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. 

The Disney On The Yard Innovation Challenge provides the opportunity for students at a participating HBCU to showcase their skills and talents to Disney by submitting team projects in response to the Disney project challenge. Provided with a project challenge, HBCU student teams work to deliver an original concept similar to a case. “The project design focused on an area being studied by the 3rd year design students and focused on sea level rise. The students created a Disney character, Zahara, an Egyptian princess whose mission was to inform the public about the challenges of rising seas. Their design was entitled Zahara’s Palace and served as a community gathering space,” said Chair, Department of Architecture and Competition Faculty Advisor, Robert L. Easter.

The first place winner!

Four Hampton University Students participated in the challenge, winning $4,000 in scholarship money, a Disney Plus subscription for themselves, and a $10,000 reward to be divided between the programs of each student.

  • Abdul Cokley – Sophomore, Marketing Major
  • Alexis Golston – Senior, Management Major
  • Trajan Baker – 3rd year, Architect Student, who served as the team lead
  • Yndeiah Kilby – 3rd year, Architect Student

Source: http://news.hamptonu.edu/release/Hampton-University-Wins-1st-Place-in-Disney-On-The-Yard-Innovation-Challenge

College Park Opens New $47 Million City Hall

College Park’s new city hall recently opened, adding a major new landmark to the Route 1 corridor in the city’s downtown.

The $47 million project, split between the city and the University of Maryland, is designed to not just house city agencies but also provide office and retail space, an outdoor gathering space and a bold architectural statement.

Located at 7401 Baltimore Ave., city hall joins the Hotel at the University of Maryland, another multi-million dollar project backed by the university, as well as a new science building, student housing, apartments, shops and event spaces along Route 1 in College Park.

The city and the university are pushing the redevelopment in a bid to make College Park to one of the country’s top-20 college towns.

Source: https://threee60.com/college-park-opens-new-47-million-city-hall/

Media Scapes in China: How Culture and Politics is Shaping Connected Media Facades

Media Scapes in China: How Culture and Politics is Shaping Connected Media Facades, Light show with connected media facades for the 40th anniversary of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in Futian Central Business District in Shenzhen, China. Lighting control by Osram / Traxon e:cue.. Image © Traxon e:cue

Outside of China, media facades usually appear as proud individualists vying for attention at night. In China, however, you can find large groups of media facades with a common message in numerous metropolitan areas. These media facades visually merge multiple skyscrapers into a panoramic entity. But what are the reasons that this phenomenon is unique to China? And how did it start? The Media Architecture Biennale linked culture and politics to provide an answer to the emergence of media scapes in China.Save this picture!

Diagram of media facade choreography analyzing the storytelling with visual patterns, text, abstract and concrete elements, movements, topics, sound and colors with regard to a light show in Hangzhou, China, 2017. Image

With China’s growing desire to present itself as a major player in the international community, the government has looked for a representative stage to welcome guests for important national and international events. In this way, the panoramic light shows appear as the perfect platform to convey cultural identity and technological leadership and send this message to the worldwide media. The introduction of spectacular light shows, for instance, for the G20 summit in Hangzhou in 2016, the BRICS Summit in Xiamen in 2017 or the 40th Anniversary of Shenzhen in 2018, clearly underline the political ambition. In Shenzhen, the more than 40 connected buildings have created a colorful dynamic panorama scroll of the city’s glorious history in recent decades, landscape and technical innovations.

Source: https://www.archdaily.com/972971/media-scapes-in-china-how-culture-and-politics-is-shaping-connected-media-facades

How Frank Gehry defined his look in Santa Monica and has influenced a new wave of architects

Architect Frank Gehry’s work is inextricably connected to Los Angeles. And if L.A. is a city of neighborhoods, as is often said, Gehry’s trajectory and standing as a towering figure in his field can be traced back to Santa Monica and its adjacent communities.

The Toronto-raised Gehry, born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, arrived in L.A. with his family in his late teens in 1947, as the city was hitting its postwar expansionist stride. Soon, his path included driving a delivery truck, studying under ceramic artist Glen Lukens at the University of Southern California and a fateful introduction to architect Raphael Soriano at the modern home Soriano designed for Lukens, followed by military service. Next was a year immersed in city planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and travels through Europe.

The time away reinforced why Southern California called to Gehry, with its geography, unconventional creative fodder, and burgeoning avant-garde art scene. “Art gives you a sense of freedom,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1981. “There were rigid rules in architecture, and there don’t need to be.”

Source: https://waves.edwardthomasco.com/frank-gehry-santa-monica/

This Glass Pyramid May Change the Paris Skyline Forever

A garish triangular tower by Herzog & de Meuron, slated for completion by 2026, is sparking a firestorm of architectural debate in Paris.

Parisians are enragé at news that a towering pyramid-shaped building will rise near the Parc des Expositions de Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrondissement. The 42-story glass Tour Triangle, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is expected to include offices, a luxury hotel, and retail space. When completed, it will transform the Parisian skyline forever. The tower is already drawing unfavorable comparisons to the neighboring Tour Montparnasse, a ‘70s-era skyscraper not quite in tune with the Parisian vernacular that remains a the subject of widespread derision to this day. 

So what’s exactly the issue? Renderings indeed show the tower blatantly sticking out from its surroundings, and while some are drawing comparisons to I.M. Pei’s beloved Louvre Pyramid, others liken it to a “giant elongated wedge of Toblerone chocolate” and “a big piece of brie in the sky that can be seen from everywhere.” And even though the tower barely surpasses 600 feet, that height is still tall for Paris proper. Locals argue the skyscraper belongs in La Défense, a business district outside city limits where glassy commercial buildings abound.

Source: https://www.surfacemag.com/articles/paris-tour-triangle-herzog-de-meuron/

The Loophole behind NYC’s Skinny Skyscrapers

New York has always been home to some of the world’s tallest towers, but in the last 10 years the city has seen an influx of super skinny buildings towering over Central Park, built exclusively for the ultra-rich. With demand for luxury high-rise vistas being higher than ever, building developers are using every zoning opportunity they can to push height limits – and there’s one loophole that’s helping make that happen.

Source: https://cheddar.com/media/the-loophole-behind-nycs-skin ny-skyscrapers