2011 Design Awards: 3six0 Architecture received a total of eight design awards last year.
January 4th, 2012 § Rachel
December 28th, 2011 § kynaleski
Five Questions With: Kyna Leski and Chris Bardt
By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer
3six0 Architecture and Design in Providence has had good years before, but this year the firm pulled in all five honor awards given by the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island Chapter at its annual award ceremony. One of the awards was for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design, created jointly with Architect Friedrich St. Florian as Studio Providence LLC, which came in second in an international design competition. In an email interview, company principals Kyna Leski and Chris Bardt spoke about the bridge competition a year later and their other projects.
PBN: What was your reaction when you learned 3six0 had won five AIA honor awards this year?
LESKI AND BARDT: A quiet sense of gratitude. The AIA awards are an anonymous acknowledgement of a job well done. This means a lot to us.
PBN: Did it take some of the sting out of coming in second in the Providence River pedestrian bridge competition to see that design honored, or did it make it that much more frustrating that your bridge will not be built?
LESKI AND BARDT: Many people felt stung by the end game of the process for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge competition. Having nowhere to turn, they came to us. We were told stories from other designers, businessmen, politicians, prominent figures in the community and other individuals who share a love and concern for Providence. This award doesn’t change the process or what will be built on the river. But it confirms what we [and others] think would be best for Providence.
PBN: Aside from the pedestrian bridge, what design that won this year are you most proud of?
LESKI AND BARDT: That’s like having to name a favorite child. We are especially proud of the Rhode Island-based projects. Each had really challenging, unusual issues and modest budgets. These awards celebrate that good design can happen, even under highly constrained circumstances.
PBN: When you look at all the projects that won awards this year, specifically yours, do you see any common ideas or threads running through them?
LESKI AND BARDT: It seems to us that the judging didn’t fall along stylistic or other simplistic lines but recognized designs that were tailored to the specific situation of each project. Any threads that ran through the winning projects have more to do with economic trends or environmental conditions of our region.
Specific to our projects, we arrive at each through a search for something essential, which for us is spatial in nature, a way of making relations cohere in a fundamental way.
PBN: What exciting projects does 3six0 have in the pipeline now that may turn up at future award ceremonies?
LESKI AND BARDT: We’re working on really diverse projects, from a house on the water in South County, to a little cottage in Foster, to a new building for a growing non-profit in Providence, and yes they are all challenging, that’s what makes them so exciting.
December 4th, 2011 § kynaleski
November 15th, 2011 § Rachel
October’s issue of Rhode Island Monthly announced this year’s Design Award-winning projects, including three of ours.
Our private residence project on the Pettaquamscutt River was awarded Gold in Residential Renovation.
The Paschke Danskin Loft took Gold in Residential Interior Design.
Wildflour Vegan Bakery & Juice Bar was awarded Silver in the Commercial Renovation/New Construction category.
April 12th, 2011 § kynaleski
I had a packed five weeks in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, and Ningbo
Two new posts on my experience in China and how it came into the workshop I taught at the China Academy of Art can be found at designintelligences.wordpress.com , “Something out of nothing; sense out of nonsense & Finding your way. . .” can be found here and “Workshop at China Academy of Art” can be found here. The students who were part of this workshop are currently continuing this work in developing proposals for social housing in China. Jiang Weihua, a CAA faculty who taught this workshop with me, is continuing with these students and is working on a book of this work.
February 20th, 2011 § kynaleski
February 14th, 2011 § kynaleski
At a Chinese New Year celebration, I asked my cookie to give feedback on a very public project that we were most recently involved in.
That is what the cookie said.
Friedrich St. Florian made the observation that considering the length of human existence, fifty years here and there without architecture is barely noteworthy. The way he put it was, “The world can do without architecture for fifty years.”
This seems to be no big deal, really, when you think of it.
Building goes on, governed by substitutes for architecture: pseudo sociological programming, realty logic or developer logic.
That is the literal interpretation of my fortune…with building referring to “bricks and mortar.” But with the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Eygpt, more significant world building comes to mind.
Social Media played a role as a tool chest for the necessary gathering of outrage, intent and action, but the will to define change and a sustained commitment of action had to have been there in the first place.
This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, by William Hutchinson Murray:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
This makes me ask, was our president’s campaign slogan “yes we can” fitting for our country’s people and times?
January 31st, 2011 § Rachel
Dr. Downtown (David Brussat) has long deserved to be sued for malpractice, and the last few of his missives warrants this “J’accuse.” His constant attack on modernism is wearying, and not due to whining alone, but because it is unjustifiable as an intellectual stance. I recall his railing against Schoenberg, whom he’s obviously never listened to or read in depth, unaware of his carrying on traditions established by “classical” composers such as Bruckner and Mahler. Should Faulkner be deprived of his Nobel Prize because of his non-linear time-frames and polyphonic voicings? Would their equivalents in the visual arts be summarily dismissed?
All the buildings in Providence that Mr. Brussat condemns are those that offer the edgy pleasure of being harmoniously jarring within the urban context they help create: the Chace Center at RISD; Classical High School [Editor's note: replacing the writer's "Central" with "Classical" is the only editing change. Central High is in classical style; Classical High is modernist; I'm sure he meant that I condemn Classical High]; the recent Wheeler Gallery and Art Club additions. He has even solicited snide responses to the as yet unfinished Granoff Center at Brown, putting once again his bandwagon before the horses.
His campaign for the pretty as opposed to the beautiful (which engages and can redefine “the ugly”) coupled with his apparent fear of diversity and risk comes dangerously close to that supremacist ideal of blond blue-eyed sameness, championing the status quo at all costs. The 11/10/10 article concerning the foot-bridge contest is filled with misinformation and smug opinion. Friends differently wired than I have shared comments written on the blogosphere, mostly instructing Mr. Brussat about his business; these should be reprinted in a series of columns devoted to this important civic issue.
The column from 11/18/10, second paragraph, transposes what should be arising from your columnist’s mouth into the cry from a character enmeshed in a Reagan-era scandal. “Where do I go to get my reputation back?” could be a new beginning, unless this would be considered too modernistic a departure from entrenched mediocrity. Until this mea culpa is expressed, Mr. Brussat will be taken about as seriously as a cigar-store Indian.
Style is said by some to be the man. Mr. Brussat should be obliged to appear in public in a kind of personalized stock and pillory consisting of wide-brimmed hat and oversized buckled shoes (set off by yellow cross-gartered stocking) so he can follow his bliss undisguised, our roving Sturbridge village idiot, doomed to historical re-enactment.
Stuart Blazer has been invited to work as occasional poet/critic in the RISD Department of Architecture since the 1990s.
David Brussat’s blog post containing this letter can be seen here.
Additional unpublished letters to the editor can be found in the blog post below.
January 4th, 2011 § Rachel
December 15th, 2010 § Rachel
3six0 Architecture is part of a partnership with Friedrich St.Florian Architect called Studio Providence, LLC. Studio Providence collaborated with Odeh Engineers of North Providence on the design of the runner-up bridge proposal in the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Competition. Our thanks go to David Odeh and Odeh Engineers and to John Kletzien and studio amd of Providence who provided renderings for the project.
For more on the conclusion of the competition, see today’s article in the ProJo.
Construction Sequence, animation by Odeh Engineers