Architecture Omi is conceived to facilitate projects exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape. Nestled with in the campus of the Omi sculpture park, Architecture Omi offers a pristine sixty acre site designated expressly to foster and cultivate the production of physical structures such as pavilions, installations, landscape interventions, constructed environments. In addition, the program encourages the integration of all varieties of related media, ideas, propositions and curated exhibitions in a landscaped setting.
The vision for Architecture Omi is to create a fusion of natural and intellectual resources. It is a sanctuary where the public can experience a diversity of architectural installations spread across a myriad of natural ecosystems and designed landscapes on the Architecture Omi grounds. The result is a new category of hybrid parkland that melds enlightened ecological conservation practices with temporary experimental constructions and installations. The environment of Architecture Omi will facilitate an ongoing dialogue on the interconnectivity between nature, culture, art and architecture.
WOOD: From Structure to Enclosure
Today of all the construction materials available to architects and designers worldwide, wood is the most sustainable. It grows anywhere the sun shines and the soil is just right. Naturally it regenerates and can be repurposed – the material life-cycle of wood is endless. With six pavilions and installations in Field 01, the architects and landscape architects illustrate some of the multiple qualities inherent to wood. It is both bone and skin. It can support in tension and compression. It marks territory and organizes landscape and space from within and without. In its modularity and malleability it can make shapes in space, and enclose human and other species' shelters. These are points in the Architecture Omi Fields designed so that the viewer can walk and mentally connect the dots and make the constellation visible of all the opportunities wood offers architects.
Skyline Adrift: Cuban Art
Omi International Arts Center announces a new residency program for architects in 2017. This residency will be the first of its kind in the nation, inviting 10 early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop their work during a full two-week residency on Omi's campus. Architecture Omi aims to nurture experimentation at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape.
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Lee H. Skolnick, Board Chair
Bruce L. Ehrmann
Architect and urban designer Warren James is based in Manhattan. He is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. James studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d'Architecture.