Laurie Manfra

Peace and Quiet

Beginning on Veteran’s Day this past Sunday, Broooklyn-based architecture firm Matter Practice and the Times Square Alliance in collaboration with the StoryCorp Military Voices Initiative is hosting a series of live conversations between veterans and civilians right in the heart of Times Square. The pavilion where these discussions take place—located at Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets and Broadway—was designed by…

Infinite Family’s New Mentoring Module Recycles Old Shipping Container

The "LaunchPad" unit—the first of three to be built—utilizes passive cooling and an interactive thermal wall composed of recycled water bottles.

Infinite Family’s first LaunchPad mentoring lab opened in August 2012, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg. Their plan is to open one hundred LaunchPads over the next five years, serving more than 11,000 children. Courtesy Perkins+Will Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Atelier Ten, volunteered their time to design the first environmentally sustainable mentoring module. Called LaunchPad, it uses a repurposed shipping…

NJ Reports an Uptick in Residential Architecture

Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, keynote speaker and principal at Kennedy-Grant While the American economy continues to slumber, one area of business in New Jersey is, optimistically, waking up. The architecture community is seeing a resurgence of growth in residential building, and, as a result, an increasing need for the services of architects. (According to a report by the AIA, for…

The Art of Art Browsing: Art.sy

In an era when images abound everywhere on the web, and the experience of visiting a legendary museum or architectural landmark can be simulated in seemingly real time without leaving your armchair, the experience of art isn’t what it used to be. Enter the latest platform for finding art online—www.art.sy—which seeks to canvass all time periods up to the present…

Archtober in New York

New York City is hosting a month-long celebration of architecture and design with its second annual Archtober festival. Scores of events are being held throughout the five boroughs to honor the city’s built history. The program—hosted by AIA New York, the Center for Architecture, and dozens of institutions—includes rare site tours, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, walking tours, and even an…

Eva Zeisel’s New e-book

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Click on the images for more information. Eva Zeisel, the beloved industrial designer of ceramics, whose sensual forms were among the first to define a more organic modern aesthetic, once wrote at the ripe age of 98, “Whether we make things or they just happen, whether we grow them or form them, things speak to us.”…