The New School has selected R+L to design a 20,000sf Making Center for Parsons to support the most advanced practices in digital technology and physical craft. These technologies have the potential to alter how and where everything is made, upending notions of supply-chain, local production, craft, micro-targeted production runs, and mass customization. For the first time, the exploratory making and protyping facilities of Parsons' diverse programs, including fashion, product, art, communication & media design along with architecture and interiors, will be brought together in a single space at Parsons' West 13th Street campus to foster interdisciplinary interaction and innovation. In parallel, R+L will design Parsons School Hub, an open, top-floor combined studio, meeting, administrative, exhibition and faculty space for the School of Constructed Environments.01/20/14
We are pleased to announce that Green Planet Architects has named R+L as one of the top 50 sustainable studios worldwide. R+L received the Green Planet Architects Award, which recognizes "outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of sustainability, and visionary approach as a practitioner of sustainable architecture." See R+L's GPA profile here>12/18/13
As part of its ongoing series on fairy tale architecture curated by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer, Design Observer published Fairy Tale Architecture: The Library of Babel on Dec 16. For the series, Rice+Lipka was invited to explore the intimate relationship between the structure of Borges' fairy tale and the imaginative realm of architecture through a sequence of graphic works. The Library of Babel is a terrifying and beautiful story by Borges, written when he was employed shelving books in the city library. The story describes a non-hierarchical, seemingly infinite series of hexagonal spaces housing all of the books ever written - as well as all those yet to be written. Also see LA Times book critic David L. Ulin's Dec 18 coverage in Imagining Borges' 'Library of Babel'.