Category Archives: Architecture News

The ‘New York Five’ is shrinking

Gwathmey’s Death Further Diminishes ‘New York Five’
ROBIN POGREBIN New York Times August 10, 2009 New York Times

…The group, long known as the New York Five, is shrinking: After losing its first member, John Hejduk, in 2000, a second, Charles Gwathmey, died last week….he group was also known [as The Whites] because of its proclivity for white buildings inspired by the purist forms of Le Corbusier. Along with Mr. Gwathmey and Mr. Hejduk, the group included Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman and Richard Meier.


Yale’s Rustic Kroon Hall Fits Carbon Neutral Technology


The new Kroon Hall at Yale University strikes a rustic note with its barn-like form and thick vaulting roof, as if made of thatch. It’s not about quaint, since it is among the few buildings in America that can claim to be almost carbon neutral — the Holy Grail in the battle against global warming. That “thatch” supports photovoltaic panels.

Yale’s Rustic Kroon Hall Fits Carbon Neutral Technology: Review James S. Russell Bloomberg 7/20/09


Preservationists object to plan for new colleges

Buildings to be demolished, clockwise from top left: Daniel Cady Eaton house, Hammond hall, Seeley Mudd Library, 88 Prospect Street.

“I find it very shocking that the total demolition of a giant site like this is still thought of as the way to proceed,” says Anstress Farwell ’78MA, president of the New Haven Urban Design League.

More seriously, she questions the wisdom of emulating the neo-Gothic architecture of Yale’s central campus. Calling it “a fantasy environment about what Yale has been in the past,” Farwell says, “I don’t think that if the university succeeds in this plan, the debate will ever go away: why did Yale do something retardataire at a moment when architecture is looking to be innovative?”

Preservationists object to plan for new colleges Carol Bass Yale Alumni Magazine 7/7/09


Drawings give first look at new colleges

Jeff Stikeman

Designs for the new colleges have not been unveiled to the public, but an artist commissioned by Stern’s architectural firm recently posted sketches of the project on his Web site. The pencil drawings show two colleges that will be built of brick with stone embellishments, will feature towers in various locations and, like all of Yale’s existing colleges, will be defined by their courtyards.

Drawings give first look at new colleges Paul Needham YDN 5/12/09


YSOA Symposium on James Stirling, May 9-10

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (1984)

Via Yale OPA Press Release:

A symposium examining the work of 1981 Pritzker Prize laureate James Stirling will take place May 9–10 at the Yale School of Architecture, where the influential architect taught in 1959 and from 1966 to 1984.

All events of the symposium take place in Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York Street. The symposium is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call (203) 432-8621 or e-mail

Titled “James Stirling, Architect and Teacher,” the symposium is being convened by writer and professor of architecture Anthony Vidler, dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. It is being held in anticipation of a major exhibition on Stirling being organized by the Yale School of Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Yale Center for British Art.

Full schedule available here.


Kroon Hall opening celebration, May 8


Covering Kroon’s south-facing roof are dark panels that generate electricity. Rainwater running off the roof is collected into a courtyard pond, where after being filtered by aquatic plants, it’s used for flushing the building’s toilets and watering the grounds. Four wells, each 1,500 feet deep, extract warmth from underground water to help heat and cool the building.

Because of these and other resource-conserving technologies, Kroon uses half the power of a conventional structure, and is expected to earn the highest rating (platinum) of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.

Innovative Building Brings Focus To Yale’s Science Hill Philip Langdon Hartford Courant 4/26/09

The $33.5 million building atop Science Hill at 195 Prospect Street will host a grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. May 8.

Designed by Hopkins Architects of Great Britain and Connecticut’s Centerbrook Architects & Planners, Kroon Hall uses natural materials such as Briar Hill stone and red oak from Yale’s own forests

Educational Edifices Business New Haven 5/4/09

Read more about the greening of American Universities here.


Roundup of new architecture in New Haven


Design New Haven has a great new post here, summarizing new works of architecture in New Haven:

With major new commissions such as the Yale School of Management New Campus (Sir Norman Foster), College Square (Robert A.M. Stern), 55 Park Street (Svigals + Partners and Behnisch Architects), Yale-New Haven Hospital’s new 500,000 square-foot Cancer Hospital (SBRA), 360 State (Becker + Becker), University Health Services (Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam) and Gateway Community College (Perkins + Will) — and many others — currently in design or construction, the image of Downtown New Haven will be changing for years to come. Can New Haven sustain its longstanding reputation as a place for some of the nation’s most groundbreaking architecture and design?

Also, check out their coverage on the streetcar proposal for downtown New Haven, here.