August 2015

August 2015

Preservation in Global Cities at The Museum of the City of New York

On September 10, Calvin Tsao will join Lisa Ackerman (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, World Monuments Fund) and Jorge Otero-Pailos (Architect, Founder and Editor of “Future Anterior,” and Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University) as panelist in a public program at the Museum of the City of New York titled Preservation in Global Cities. Budd Mishkin, NY1 News Correspondent, will moderate.

A reception to follow.

More information, including how to RSVP, here.

Every global city today faces the challenge of protecting their unique urban architectural heritage (often a core component of their tourist brand) while encouraging continuing economic development and growth.  But the theory and practice of preservation can differ greatly on different continents and according to different cultures…This program delves into the themes of the Museum’s current exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view until January 3, 2016.

 

Here, we show an image from Xiqu Urban Development, a new model for urban development in the rapidly emerging Chinese market completed in partnership with Octave.

 
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August 2015

August 2015

Calvin Tsao in Open City: Existential Urbanity

Open City: Existential Urbanity is an anthology of architecture created by the students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in studios conducted by the architect Diane Lewis with a team of colleagues from 2001-2014. Calvin Tsao taught a studio with Diane Lewis on the principles derived from the work of artist Lucio Fontana.

 

In his essay for the anthology titled, “Art/Architecture: Invitation & Intention,” Tsao writes:

“Limits, self-imposed, situation-based, or contextual, focused the critical process of the studio. Principles and limits, individual or collective, provide constraints. This concept is liberating, embodied in Fontana’s definitive punctures and piercings of the canvas…That move – the cut – is an example of how restraining conditions within an art can hone a work. The constraint versus the possibility is open; constraints expose opportunity. If the constraint generates the possibility, one must discover how to define it and how to reveal it.”

 
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May 2015

May 2015

Calvin Tsao in The New Yorker

The New Yorker’s Culture Desk features the final presentations of Kevin Waltz and Alex Schweder’s interior design studio Housing the Homeless in NYC (taught jointly at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Institute). Calvin Tsao, Cindy Allen, and Susan Sarandon served as guest critics.

“The class comes at a grim juncture in the history of New York City housing and its fraught relationship with homelessness. The number of homeless people in the city is the highest it’s even been – in March, the Coalition for the Homeless, a leading advocacy organization, placed the number of people living in shelters at just above sixty thousand, including almost twenty-five thousand children.”

 
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May 2015

May 2015

Zack McKown in New York Magazine

Zack McKown chooses Paul Rudolph’s living room for “18 Architects and Designers on Their Favorite Rooms of All Time.”

 

“Rudolph is often described as Brutalist, but there’s nothing severe or somber about the space. The thrusting I-beams, canopied walkways, and floating stairs create these beautiful social and living areas. And though the design looks so new, it really fits into the older building.”

 
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May 2015

May 2015

Zack McKown in the Wall Street Journal

In the Wall Street Journal‘s “The Complete A-Z Guide to Tiles,” Zack McKown pairs tiles to illustrate how design can embrace narratives found in nature.

Here, we show an exterior detail from the Piedmont House.ntial exhibitions, including The Dreyfus Affair: Art, Truth and Justice (1987), Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities(1996), and Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976 (2008) among many others, as well as his rethinking of art and cultural history, exhibition and institutional models. The afternoon will consist of two thematic sections, each with papers and panel discussions, followed by a conversation with Kleeblatt.

 
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May 2015

May 2015

Departures 2015 Design Council

Tsao & McKown is in Departures’ 2015 Design Council.

“The firm believes that the design process must begin with a holistic focus on the environmental, psychological, historical and economic aspects of a particular set of lives.”

 
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April 2015

April 2015

Calvin Tsao to participate in symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology

On April 27, the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York Magazine will hold a symposium on hospitality design. Hosted by Joseph Lembo and moderated by Wendy Goodman, the event includes panelists Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Clodagh, and Calvin Tsao.

 

Event Information:
April 27
1:30-3:30PM
Fashion Institute of Technology
D Building, Room D 207
227 W. 27th Street, New York City

 
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January 2015

January 2015

Curbed New York recognizes William Beaver House

Curbed names the William Beaver House seventh in 14 Most Popular Buildings of 2014, a ranking of residential projects in New York City “with the most overall units sold.”

In addition to the distinctiveness, sensitivity, and quality of design, the success of the building results from Tsao & McKown’s in-depth market analysis and branding services provided at the early stages of the project’s conception.

For more on the William Beaver House, click here.

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October 2014

October 2014

Heart and Home: Rooms that Tell Stories profiles Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown

“All of our belongings engage us in some form of interchange,” says McKown. “They’re there for the sake of contemplation.”

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More on Heart & Home here.

 
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September 2014

September 2014

“Allowing viewers to become more aware of their built environment” – Interior Design Magazine

An article on the Interior Design Magazine website documents Tsao & McKown’s Re[Framing] Provincetown installation as a way to “spark a conversation about the area and what once existed there.”

 
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August 2014

August 2014

Re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating Through History

We are proud to announce the opening of Re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating History Through Sharing, an installation and following exhibition (September 26th – October 26th), which creates links between The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and the Provincetown community, to share in the history, perspective and perception of the town.

A series of diptych ‘frames’ are positioned in strategic locations throughout Provincetown, allowing visitors to engage in the present view, whilst identifying changes from a historical photo or painting of the same view, present in the second frame.

The installation will be on view until the end of October. Please click here for further information.

 
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May 2014

May 2014

“An Elegantly Produced Exhibition” – Mel Bochner: Strong Language at The Jewish Museum, New York

The New York Times calls Tsao & McKown’s Mel Bochner: Strong Languageexhibition design “elegantly produced” in their review. On show until September 21st the exhibition exposes “the secret power of synonyms” drawing upon Mel Bochner’s past and present work with words.

The exhibition was a highly collaborative effort between the architects, the curator Norman Kleeblatt from The Jewish Museum, and Mel Bochner himself. After viewing the completed installation for the first time, Mr. Bochner wrote the following:

“It’s beautiful. Subtle, but powerful. Architecture-as-spatial-choreography.”

 
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May 2014

May 2014

Tsao & McKown has moved …

We are excited to have joined the creative community at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn for the next two years while we’re on the hunt for our next home ….

As of May 12th, 2014 our new address is:

242 Third Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Our main number remains the same 212.337.3800

 
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April 2014

April 2014

Mel Bochner: Strong Language Exhibition

Tsao & McKown are the exhibition designers for the current Mel Bochner: Strong Language exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York. The artist Mel Bochner was also featured on the April cover of Art in America.

Mel Bochner: Strong Language
The Jewish Museum, New York
May 2nd – September 21st 2014

New York Times Review

 
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February 2014

February 2014

Common Ground

Piedmont House is featured in Remodelista’s Chinese New Year Issue. The article details the multi-cultural sensibilities of the house.

Remodelista Article

 
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January 2014

January 2014

Visiting Professor: Calvin Tsao

Calvin Tsao will teach a design studio at Parsons: The New School for Design during the Spring Semester of 2012. The MFA interior design residential studio aims to explore implications, constraints and possibilities of newly constructed interiors in New York City through investigation of political, economic, and social conditions. The studio will be taught with Derek Porter and Mike Lee.

 
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December 2013

December 2013

Preservation in Asian Cities

On Tuesday December 3rd, at 6:30pm Calvin Tsao will be speaking as part of the Center for Architecture’s ‘Preservation in Asian Cities’ panel. We hope to see you there!

Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York
6:30pm – 8.30pm

 
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