||9 STORY RENTAL PLANNED FOR OLD PROSPECT PARK TOWER SITE|
Thursday, October 4, 2012, by Jessica Dailey
33 Lincoln Road By Mihai Radu Architects | Developer:Tom Anderson & Associates
The building, which is technically two buildings connected by an enclosed corridor, is situated on an odd L-shaped 26,000-square-foot lot that abuts the above-ground subway line and has frontages along Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue.
"CB9 member Michael Cetera, an architect himself, loved the plan and thought it would be a great building for the area."
9 Story Rental Planned For Old Prospect Park Tower Site
||ETHIOPIA'S PRIME MINISTER MELES ZENAWI BREAKS GROUND FOR ECA'S NEW OFFICE FACILITY|
Lauster & Radu Architects successful design for the 150,000sf ECA office building, which was completed in 2007, goes into construction. (see article below)
Posted: Wednesday, 23 June 2010, Addis Ababa| Author: ECA
A ground-breaking ceremony for the New Office Facilities of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) took place yesterday in Addis Abeba at a festive event graced by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Addis Ababa’s diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of UN agencies and partner’s resident in the country.
In his opening remarks, Under Secretary-General and ECA’s Executive Secretary Abdoulie Janneh expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Zenawi for the gracious and generous hospitality his government and its people have continued to extend to the United Nations. "This goodwill was manifest at the onset by the generous provision of Africa Hall and has been maintained in this particular project by the provision of a substantial piece of land for the New Office Facility as well as administrative and diplomatic support of various government Ministries and Agencies," Mr. Janneh said.
USG Janneh noted that in keeping with Addis Ababa’s role as Africa’s diplomatic capital, the number of United Nations offices, funds, programmes and agencies located in Addis Ababa has grown substantially. "Coupled with an expansion in the number of ECA programmes and staff, it became necessary to provide additional office space as the existing structures in this magnificent compound could not accommodate the needs of the UN system in Addis Ababa," Mr. Janneh added.
Since its establishment over fifty years ago, the New Office Facility will be the fourth major structure in the UN Compound, following on the Africa Hall Complex, the present ECA building, and the United Nations Conference Centre.
Mr. Janneh further stressed that the construction of this facility is in line with the UN’s commitment to tackling the threat of climate change by ensuring that the building will have energy saving and environmentally friendly features. The building is envisaged to be environmentally friendly as heating, ventilating, and cooling systems will be powered mostly using solar energy.
In view of the number of staff expected to increase over the next 10 to 15 years, the Government of Ethiopia granted the ECA exclusive use of 28,995 sq. meters of land adjacent to the existing compound. The facility, which is expected to be completed in February 2012, will accommodate an estimated 574 staff from various UN Agencies.
Following a rigorous procurement process, the Ethiopian company MH Engineering Private Limited Company is serving as the Consultant to the project. The contractor is RAMA Construction Private Limited Company, also based in Ethiopia.
Among other benefits, the project will provide employment for more than 230 skilled and unskilled labourers and professionals for the duration of the construction period. In addition, the project has gone to great lengths to source locally available construction materials to ensure low construction and maintenance costs.
||THE ONLY INITIATIVE CAME FROM AN AMERICAN ARCHITECT|
Although three years ago the local authorities announced the intention to build a Brâncuşi Museum located in Târgu Jiu, the project has not materialized yet. Mihai Radu, an American architect native of Romania is the designer of this project. In 2005, he arrived in Târgu Jiu together with a group of American businessmen and purchased a land of 5000sm in the vicinity of the Endless Column as the location for the future museum. Nothing happened, the Târgu Jiu complex in the meantime is being used as a background for elaborate pictures of local weddings and baptisms, without even being included in a visitor circuit. Further more nothing was invested, not even in the most modest amounts for a much needed renovation of Hobita Memorial House, a famous location for the sometime ago sculpture camp which lies nowadays in a severe damage condition.
De ce continuă România să-l ignore pe Brâncuşi?.
||AWARD / DOW JONES|
MRA is currently designing the renovation of several newspaper printing facilities for Dow Jones, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal. The Journal prints over 2 million copies daily in facilities located throughout the United States, strategically selected to allow for easy regional distribution. The technical requirements for this project are very demanding. The facilities must remain 100% operational for the duration of work, which involves changes to the press lines and the roofs above them. In some instances it also involves the addition of a new press line and a reorganization of the mail room, which is where the newspapers are bundled and loaded onto trucks for distribution. A thorough understanding of the operation of each printing facility including materials storage, staging, plate production and installation, line operation, and distribution phasing as well as maintenance procedures is essential to the success of this project. The programming phase required a visit to each site and an in-depth analysis of their procedures, as well as an accurate three-dimensional survey of the press line including power, hydraulic fluid, water, ink, and HVAC distribution systems in order to determine how work could proceed. Construction will be scheduled to operate concurrently, as each copy of The Journal, no matter where it's printed, must be identical, meaning the printing facilities must be as well.
||UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION IN IRAQ CAMPUS|
Mihai Radu Architects was invited to a restricted competition to develop a team and produce a bid for the design of a headquarters for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). This self-contained facility is to be the headquarters for all United Nations activities in Iraq. It includes several different program types, some prefabricated for immediate use, and some more permanent, site constructed structures. Preliminary security strategies were developed to contend with several different threat scenarios. The facility is to be located within the international zone, close to the US Embassy.
||ARCHIVE STORAGE SPACE FOR THE A.R.M.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE UN|
Mihai Radu Architects has recently completed one of the largest archival storage spaces in New York City. The 20,000 square-foot space was designed specifically for high security sensitive records, treaties, mixed media, and confidential time locked reports. The design required a full vapor separation from all adjacent spaces and exterior, a pre-action sprinkler system, and full security and BMS integration.
||AWARD / NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY|
Mihai Radu Architects was recently awarded a two year contract for the design of the exterior modernization of the Charles Poletti Power Projects Administration Building. This 22,000 sq. ft. project is scheduled to be completed in 2010.
||CONSTRUCTION ON THE UNITED NATIONS MEDICAL FLOOR|
In January, 2010, the United Nations will begin construction on their new medical floor. Based on a variety of requirements, the medical floor is comprised of twelve doctor's offices, six exam rooms, fifteen nurse's rooms, and laboratories. The medical floor also contains a section dedicated to administrative staff. This handicapped accessible area includes high density file storage, open office space with fifteen work stations, and three councilor offices. The expected completion date is scheduled for the end of January, 2010.
||AWARD / WILLO VON MOLTKE URBAN DESIGN HONOR AWARD WINNER, BRANCUSI SCULPTURAL COMPLEX DEVELOPMENT & RESTORATION|
The Boston Society of Architects, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects in accordance with the judgment of the 1999 BSA/AIA New York Urban Design Awards presents Christidis Lauster Radu architects with the Willo Von Moltke Urban Design Honor Award for the Brancusi Sculptural Complex Development And Restoration.
||THE BRANCUSI VISITOR AND CULTURAL CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO START CONTRUCTION IN THE SUMMER OF 2010|
The visitor and cultural center that will celebrate the famed Romanian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, is expected to start construction in the summer of 2010. The structure, located in Targu Jiu, Romania, will remain true to Constantine’s sophisticated works and will enhance the visitor’s understanding of his techniques.
||THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS|
As a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts Undergraduate Interior Design program, Mihai Radu is profiled on their web site:
SVA Undergraduate Faculty Profile.
Along with photographs of just some of his Architectural Projects, Mihai is quoted on his reason for teaching at the SVA:
"SVA is a very stimulating environment where active professionals duel with bold and interesting student minds to take their diverse academic endeavors to newer heights. This is why I enjoy my Monday mornings, when I can walk into my class and be questioned and challenged by their creativity."
||SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS (SVA) presents “SCAPORTION”|
An exhibition of works examining
scale and proportion by third-year BFA Interior Design Department students, curated by Mihai Radu and Kenneth San Felippo.
SVA Scaportion Exihibition.
PITESTI CITY CENTER
BRANCUSI CULTURAL CENTER (Romania)
PIPERA CITI (Romania and London)
UN ON-CALL, 2009-2012 (New York)
||MIHAI RADU INTERVIEWED ABOUT BANEASA TOWN CENTER IN CONSTRUCTIV MAGAZINE (November 2007)|
In an article titled, "The Creation of Decorative Relief," Constructive Magazine interviewed Mihai Radu about the Baneasa Town Center, set to be complete by 2009.
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||MIHAI RADU INTERVIEWED IN CONSTRUCTIV MAGAZINE (April 2007)|
In the April 2007 issue of Romania's Constructiv Magazine, Mihai Radu was interviewed. The article, "Architecture should reflect timeless value, not the architect's ego ," is an in-depth examination of Mihai's values, methodologies, and design principles for his architecture projects.
According to the Constructiv interviewer,
"Mihai Radu made quite an impression on us with his openness and sincerity in his account of authentic creation, social involvement and success as an architect."
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||RECONSTRUCTION OF THE ATELIER BRANCUSI, PARIS (1992-2007)|
Mention of Constantin Brancusi's Atelier Renovation can be found in the beautiful book, Renzo Piano Museum (The Monacelli Press, 2007). Eight (8) pages of photographs and commentary detail the Atelier, the Renovation, and the surrounding Centre Pompidou landscape.
||MIHAI RADU IS CONTRIBUTING WRITER TO WMF PUBLICATION ON THE BRANCUSI RESTORATION|
In the World Monument Fund's illustrated volume, Brancusi's Endless Column Ensemble: Targu Jiu, Romania, celebrating the recent restoration, landscaping, and presentation of famed Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi's Endless Column Ensemble, Mihai Radu contributes two (2) essays:
In his first essay, titled: "Restoration of the Endless Column, Table of Silence and Gate of the Kiss" Mihai outlines the challenges of the Restoration, as well as the conditions leading up to the World Monument Fund's inclusion of the Brancusi Ensemble on its 1996 list of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Specifically, Mihai details the challenges of the two remaining components of the Ensemble: the Table of Silence and the Gate of the Kiss.
In his second essay, titled: "Urban Development and a Visionary New Visitor Centre" Mihai expounds on the significance of the concept of modern monumental public art as urban catalyst to the city of Targu Jiu, Romania specifically, and to cities and towns like Targu Jiu in general. In restoring Brancusi's Endless Column Ensemble, a renewed sense of pride and erstwhile hope have also been restored to the community where it resides.
||AWARD / BUILD NEW YORK AWARDS RENOVATION PROJECT WINNER, United Nations General Assembly Hall|
Lighting and Acoustical Upgrade
New York City, New York
October 28, 2004
||LECTURE / RECENT PROJECTS ON THREE CONTINENTS|
LOCATION: East West Gallery Romanian Cultural Center
DATE: Jan 26, 2005
SUBJECT: Recent projects on three continents.
||CONFERENCE / DOCOMOMO Conference|
LOCATION: Baruch College, New York City
DATE: September 30, 2004
SUBJECT: Endless Column Restoration Targu Jiu, Romania
||LECTURE / SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN – SVA LOCATION, School of Visual Art|
LOCATION: New York
DATE: October 27, 2004
SUBJECT: Monumental Art as catalyst for Urban Development Brancusi Museum of Modern Art
||MIHAI RADU INTERVIEWED BY ARCHINECT.COM|
A common question that frequently arises in our discussion forum is how to best apply for an architecture job. Who best to answer these questions than the employers? We have contacted some of the firms that seek talent through Archinect's job board to help provide some insight.
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The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers.