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Diller Scofidio + Renfro News

DS+R News, chronological:

5 Aug 2019
Elizabeth Diller is Named as a Speaker at World Architecture Festival 2019 in Amsterdam
World Architecture Festival 2019 Speakers

9 Feb 2019
Royal Academy Architecture Prize, UK
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) win the 2019 Royal Academy Architecture Prize, awarded by the RA, London, England. According to the RA, “The award recognises creativity and vision.” Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa received the inaugural prize in 2018.

13 Sep 2017
Zaryadye Park, Moscow, Russia
Design with Hagreaves Associates and Citymakers
Zaryadye Park design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
photograph : Philippe Ruault
Zaryadye Park by DS+R
The first large-scale park to open in Moscow in the last fifty years. The 35-acre park features a cantilever jutting 70 meters over Moscow River, five pavilions, two amphitheaters and a philharmonic concert hall.

Aug 26, 2017
Space On Demand, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, Germany
Featuring work from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York
Exhibition: 9 September – 19 October 2017
Opening: Friday, 8 September 2017, 6:30pm
Location: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Hours: Tue–Fri 11am–6:30pm, Sun–Mon 1–5pm
Architecture Events

Jul 11, 2017
International shortlist revealed for architects to design landmark Centre for Music in London, UK
DS+R are shortlisted to develop a concept design for a new concert hall in the City of London. The Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama are leading the competition, backed by £2.5million in funding from the City of London Corporation:
Centre for Music London Competition

Mar 25, 2017
The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University, Washington Heights, NY, USA
Design: Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Gensler
The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
photograph : Iwan Bann
The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University

Aug 31, 2016
Nanhai Pearl Artificial Island, Haikou Bay, Hainan Island, China
Chinese ‘eco-island’ Architecture Competition Winners

DS+R have won the South Sea Pearl architectural contest to design an eco-friendly tourist destination on an artificial island in Haikou Bay in Hainan, China.

The design office beat nine other architecture practices, including Foster + Partners and UNStudio.

Nanhai Pearl Artificial Island in Haikou Bay design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
image from architect

South Sea Pearl Architecture Competition

Jul 20, 2016
The Shed, NYC, USA
The Shed, New York’s new center for artistic invention, opening in spring 2019, announces its first artist commissions. When The Shed opens in spring 2019, it will be the first newly established 21st-century center for the arts in New York City.

Jun 10, 2016
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, New York City, NY, USA
Columbia University Medical Center dedicates the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center.

May 27, 2016
The David M Rubenstein Forum, IL, United States
The University of Chicago has approved a preliminary design by New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a facility devoted to hosting talks and events, reports Dezeen today.
The David M Rubenstein Forum design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
picture courtesy DS+R
The David M Rubenstein Forum will provide the institution with 90,000 sqft (8,360 sqm) of meeting and event spaces, described as a “hub for convening and scholarly collaboration”.
The building will be located at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street on the university’s campus, a few miles south of the downtown area.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design includes a two-storey base and a 165-ft (50-m) tower, made up of a series of irregularly stacked boxes.
Website: The David M Rubenstein Forum design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

16 May 2016
Lighting Design Awards News
DS+R win Architect of the Year Award at the Lighting Design Awards.

2 May 2016
Pierre Chareau Exhibition, NY, USA
DS+R announced as exhibit designer for the First U.S. Exhibition devoted to famous French designer and architect Pierre Chareau at The Jewish Museum.

Jan 18, 2016
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA, United States
Dates built: 2015-16
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California
picture courtesy BAM/PFA
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Nov 12, 2013
The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California, USA
Dates built: 2011-15
The Broad Museum
picture : Benny Chan
The Broad Art Foundation

Zaryadye Park Design Competition, Moscow, Russia
Zaryadye Park Moscow Competition Design
image by architects
Zaryadye Park Design Competition
The consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen the winner of this two-stage international competition for Zaryadye park held in Moscow.

DS+R News in 2012

Nov 8, 2012
West Kowloon Cultural District Art-themed Park, SAR, China – one of 7 Shortlisted Design Teams news
Lincoln Center for the Perfoming Arts
photo from West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
West Kowloon Cultural District Art-themed Park
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (“WKCDA”) announced today a shortlist of seven design teams that have been invited to submit technical proposals for the development of Hong Kong’s first art-themed park, 14 hectares of landscaped public space for arts and culture at the West Kowloon Cultural District, by the waterfront in Kowloon.

Jul 17, 2012
Columbia University Medical Building, Washington Heights, Northern Manhattan, NY, USA
Columbia University Medical Center building New York City
image Courtesy architecture office
Columbia University Medical Center
CUMC recently announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building on the CUMC campus in the Washington Heights community of Northern Manhattan. The new building, with a design led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, is a 14-storey facility that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center, all reflecting how medicine is and will be taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, USA
Jun 30, 2012 – Diller Scofidio + Renfro were announced as designers of the gallery and visitor experience for the reopening of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. New York exhibition specialists Local Projects will act as participatory media designer and develop engaging ways to access digital content at the museum and remotely. The museum campus is scheduled to reopen in 2014.

Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Elizabeth Diller architect New York City
photo © Abelardo Morrell

Cooper-Hewitt’s main facility, housed in the Carnegie Mansion, is undergoing renovation as part of a $64 million capital campaign that includes enlarged and enhanced facilities for exhibitions, collections display, education programming and the National Design Library, and an increased endowment. The expansion is a collaboration between design architect Gluckman Mayner Architects and executive architect Beyer Blinder Belle.

16 Jan 2012
Aberdeen City Garden Competition, Scotland, UK
Aberdeen City Garden Competition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
image of winning design
Aberdeen City Garden – Design Contest Winners news
Aberdeen City Garden Trust is delighted to announce that the team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the design competition to transform the centre of Aberdeen. Internationally-renowned Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who collaborated with local Scottish architects, Keppie Design and landscape architects OLIN, was chosen as the winner after the competition was extended to include a run-off between the DS+R-led team and the Foster + Partners-led team.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Major Projects

Latest Buildings / Designs by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Image and Audio Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Diller Scofidio + Renfro win Architecture Competition
Image and Audio Museum Rio de Janeiro design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
image from contest organiser
Museu da Imagen e de Som

National Music Centre – Shortlist, King Eddy Site, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
National Music Centre Calgary design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
image from Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Calgary National Music Centre : The Mixing Room – Diller Scofidio and Renfro
Canadian National Music Centre Shortlist:
• Allied Works Architecture, Portland, OR, with BKDI, Calgary, AB
• Jean Nouvel Workshop, Paris, France
• Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, NY with Kasian, Calgary, AB
• Saucier + Perrotte, Montreal, PQ with Graham Edmunds, Calgary, AB
• Studio Pali – Fekete, Los Angeles, CA

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Buildings

Key DS+R Building Designs, alphabetical:

Alice Tully Hall redevelopment, Lincoln Center, New York

Blur Building – for Swiss Expo 02, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

The Brasserie, Seagram Building, Manhattan, New York, USA

Facsimile, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California, USA

The Highline, New York
High Line Park New York

ICA Boston, Fan Pier, south Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Quadrant House, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

DS+R Projects

Designs in more detail:

Lincoln Center Promenade, New York
Diller Scofidio + Refro with Beyer Blinder Belle

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – redevelopment, New York
Diller Scofidio + Refro with FX Fowle Architects
Alice Tully Hall
65th Street refurbishment

More Diller Scofidio + Renfro projects online soon

Unbuilt Project

Eyebeam, New York, United States of America

Location: 601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1815 New York, NY 10001, USA

Diller Scofidio + Renfro NYC Practice Information

DS+R – Architect Office based in New York City, USA – at 601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1815 New York, NY 10001

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Elizabeth Diller moved from Poland to NYC as a child.

Liz Diller:
Liz Diller architect Manhattan USA
photo courtesy of Doug Aitken Workshop and 303 Gallery, NY

Richard Scofidio is from New York.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is an international design firm that spans architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. The studio established its identity through experimental large-scale installations, curatorial and performance projects, and works in media and print. Based in New York, DS+R is led by three partners—Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro—who work collaboratively with a team of one hundred designers, artists, and architects on the design of each project.

In 1999, the MacArthur Foundation presented Ms. Diller and Mr. Scofidio with the ‘genius’ award, the first given in architecture, for their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture. They are fellows of the Royal Institute of British Architects and have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science. Other prestigious awards and honors received by DS+R include: the National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, an Obie for an off-Broadway theater production, the AIA President’s Award, and the AIA Medal of Honor. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing the firm’s unorthodox practice.

Recent and ongoing architecture projects include the High Line park, redevelopment of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the expansion of The Museum of Modern Art, and the new start-up Culture Shed, all in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Broad Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janeiro; Zaryadye Park, Moscow; and the U.S. Olympic Museum, Colorado Springs. The studio’s recent art projects include Musings on a Glass Box for the Fondation Cartier and Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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