Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mahmoud Riad Wins 10UP, Shows at End-Of-Days Warehouse

Mahmoud Riad is a 3rd generation architect. After three years with Zaha Hadid in London he's now practicing in Egypt at riadarchitecture. He's @mriad83 on Twitter.

Maimoud won the Atlanta AIA Young Architects Forum's 10UP Award for 2013. The work is in the extraordinary "End of Days" building once used by LinkBelt Corporation.

His "The Dancing Harps"is 10 feet square and 40 feet long. It's a prototype for a musical instrument.

If you win 10UP you get a $1,000 prize and a budget of $4,500 to build your submission. The trick: You have to construct it 24 hours and deconstruct it in 24 hours.

I like it as sculpture. The curved blue "frames" seem weightless, ready to bend, flex, and perhaps leave the building. It would be magic if it made music but that wasn't in the budget.

You can see it for yourself next this weekend June 8-9, 2013 from noon to 6pm.

Lifecycle Building Center
1116 Murphy Avenue, SW Atlanta, GA 30310.
June 8-9, 2013 from noon to 6pm.

I must show you a bit of the building, It's east of the tracks from Atlanta's West End and west of the Adair Park and Capital View neighborhoods. Look east when you take MARTA to the airport.

The mural on the clerestory windows provides the nickname. Our graffiti culture knows this place.

The ground floor is about 50,000 square feet plus there's a mezzanine.

The rail cars came right inside.

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Bridge cranes everywhere.

It was hot and cold and dirty and noisy work.

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  • 1st Place: The Dancing Harps, Mahmoud Riad – Cairo
  • 2nd place: Cloud Caterpillar Mary O’Malley, Samantha Senn - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Honorable Mention: Shining Anemone, Junsang You – Madison, MS
  • Honorable Mention: Flux Capacity, Halle Hannaford, Jennifer Trezek, Mayur Patel, and Ian Reves – Atlanta, GA
Thanks to directors Nathan Koskovich and Nghi Duong and jurors Doug Hannah, Brent Amos, Gordon Beckman, Tim Frank, and Chip Clar.

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