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In Their Own Words:
Founded in 1981, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. With a focus on cultural and civic projects, DS+Râ€™s work addresses the changing role of institutions and the future of cities. The studio is based in New York and is comprised of over 100 architects, designers, artists and researchers, led by four partnersâ€”Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin.
DS+R completed two of the largest architecture and planning initiatives in New York Cityâ€™s recent history: the adaptive reuse of an obsolete, industrial rail infrastructure into the High Line, a 1.5 mile-long public park, and the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Artsâ€™ half-century-old campus. The studio is currently engaged in two more projects significant to New York, scheduled to open in 2019: The Shed, the first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, and the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The studio was also selected to design the Centre for Music, which will be a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra located at the heart of Londonâ€™s Culture Mile.
Recent projects include the 34-acre Zaryadye Park adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in New York; and The Juilliard School in Tianjin, China.
DS+Râ€™s independent work includes the Blur Building, a pavilion made of fog on Lake NeuchÃ¢tel for the Swiss Expo; 'Exit', an immersive data-driven installation about human migration at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; 'Arbores Laetae', an animated micro-park for the Liverpool Biennial; 'Musings on a Glass Box' at the Fondation Cartier pour lâ€™art contemporain in Paris; and 'Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design' at the Jewish Museum in New York. A major retrospective of DS+Râ€™s work was mounted at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
DS+R has authored several books: The High Line (Phaidon Press, 2015), Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account (Damiani, 2013), Flesh: Architectural Probes (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), Blur: The Making of Nothing (Harry N. Abrams, 2002), and Back To The Front: Tourisms of War (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996).
Among DS+Râ€™s numerous awards are the Centennial Medal from the American Academy in Rome; the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution; the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters; an Obie Award for an off-Broadway theater production; the American Institute of Architectsâ€™ Presidentâ€™s Award; and the American Institute of Architectsâ€™ Medal of Honor. Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth Diller were recognized as two of the '100 Most Influential People in the World' by Time Magazine. They are fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and are International Fellows at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
In recognizing DS+Râ€™s commitment to merging art and architecture with issues of contemporary culture, the MacArthur Foundation awarded founding partners Diller and Scofidio with the 'genius' grant, the first given in the field of architecture. The jury stated:
'[DS+R] have created an alternative form of architectural practice that unites design, performance, and electronic media with cultural and architectural theory and criticism. Their work explores how space functions in our culture and illustrates that architecture, when understood as the physical manifestation of social relationships, is everywhere, not just in buildings.'