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OMA-Goodness, Architecture Can Be Cool Too!

On Monday, Columbia GSAPP invited Shohei Shigematsu to speak for this semester’s premier lecture. A partner of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Shigematsu spoke about the generational gap between him and his colleagues, his concern over Godzilla coming for their creations, and his idea for designing the next ten-dollar bill. Baby Bwogger Reyna Choi reports.

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Bwoglines: April Fools Edition

Pioneering architect Zaha Hadid died yesterday of a heart attack in Miami. She left unfinished a luxury apartment building near the High Line, and we also kind of wish she’d been able to re-design Lerner. (New York Times) New satellite imagery shows evidence that the Vikings reached the southern coast of Newfoundland. We only needed […]

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Manhattanville Gets Artsy

That was quick! From within the blushing blue Low earlier tonight, PrezBo announced that the recent recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Medal, H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest (LW ’58), has pledged to donate $30 million to a new “multidisciplinary arts venue” in the now ever-growing Manhattanville campus (no wonder he received the award!). The new Lenfest […]

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Barnard SGA Town Hall Tonight

Do the Diana Center floor plans have you feeling like you just stepped into a Target? Come and join the Barnard SGA for a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. in the James Room of the Diana Center to discuss new floor plan ideas over some free dinner. Stop by for just a quick word […]

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Sometimes Campus Can Be Confusing Too

In fact, our campus can be very confusing—especially when its late Saturday night. Send your overheards to tips@bwog.com. Girl, pointing at Lerner: “That’s the student-ish center thing, whatever.” Curious passerby: ”What are all these red flags for? Is there a massive capture the flag game going on?” Escher via Wikipedia

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From the Issue: The Whisper Gallery

The May issue of The Blue & White serves up a doubleheader of Butler-themed Bluenotes. You can read below about the Soviet imagery of the lobby’s mural, in the companion feature from the magazine’s curious field notes. Here, staff writer Chris Brennan tackles an aural and architectural phenomenon. The residents of Butler can be a […]

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Bwoglines: Blueprint Edition

All sorts of plans grace the headlines today: President Obama is to lay down his blueprint for economic recovery tonight. (NYTimes) Blueprint appreciated: Barnard’s Diana Center is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects 2011 Honor Awards for Architecture. Someone who knows the blueprints of NYC: Columbia University’s Professor Kenneth T. Jackson (of midnight […]

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B-School 2.0: Trendier Than Uris

Columbia has announced the next step in its plans for Manhattanville. In the wake of a $100 million donation earlier this year, the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen to design the new Business School. The first architects to win a MacArthur Fellowship will draw up plans for two buildings, some of […]

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Enter the Void: Inside the Northwest Corner Building (accompanied by PrezBo!)

We pondered its meaning, and delighted in its reflections. This building has been going up for years, but has managed to remain mysteriously shrouded in scaffolding. No longer! A day before the building officially opened on Friday, Bwog had the opportunity to join a group of  journalists on an architectural tour of the building, guided […]

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Law School Poised to Conquer Revson Plaza

Well not Revson Plaza, really. What do you call that spot on the EC/SIPA/Law School plaza that’s right behind the Law School and looks down into the Wien courtyard? As of sometime in 2011, you’ll call it the fancy new Law School extension, and if you have Law Library privileges, you’ll call it “the reading […]

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Bwoglines: Bright Lights Big City!

“When Columbia builds, the city cringes.” (New York) Why New York is a city of superheroes. (City Room) Legos will solve all the city’s problems. (NY Post) We will not be scammed! (NYDaily)

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Magazine Preview: New Kids on the Block

"It will become one of those landmarks that marks the city, one that you can see from all the way down Broadway."

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AskBwog: The Little Fortress

The abandoned stone structure on 119th and Amsterdam sort of looks like a medieval castle – a very, very small one. It isn’t quite the stuff of architecture classes, but the little building stands out – you’ve probably wondered what it is or was as you passed the forgotten, weedy lot. It’s not like there’s […]

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Warning: The New York Times Will Cite Your Comments

Numerous tipsters have highlighted the featured article in today’s Times arts section, about the still-under-construction Northwest Science Building, and its architect, Jose Rafeo Moneo. The article provides a comprehensive overview of the many difficulties that the project has faced, including building on top of the gym, complementing the Manhattanville expansion, and, um, anonymous commenters.  Yes, […]

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From The Issue: A Conversation With Daniel Libeskind

The new issue of the Blue and White is on a Butler desk or newstand near you! Daniel Libeskind is one of the world’s most famous architects, having designed some of the most striking buildings of the past two decades, including Berlin’s Jewish Museum, the extension to the Denver Art Museum, and Toronto’s Michael Lee-Chin […]

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