Julia Ingalls is primarily an essayist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Salon, Dwell, Guernica, The LA Weekly, The Nervous Breakdown, Forth, Trop, and 89.9 KCRW. She's into it.
UpStarts: Martha Read Architects, Fri, Feb 20 '15
Founded in 2012 by former literature student and obituary writer Martha Read, UK-based Martha Read Architects is the distillation of multiple cultural sensitivities, honed over decades of teaching, writing, and working globally.UpStarts is a series of features on the foundations of ...
Pop Cultitecture: The Genius of David Byrne, Wed, Feb 4 '15
Unlike those architects who long to be thought of as artists, Byrne is an artist who loves to thinks about architecture. Like the deadpan docent of the infrastructural realm, David Byrne's work has inadvertently helped make architecture into a pop culture staple. While his commentary may not ...
UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design, Mon, Jan 12 '15
In a country infamous for its one time zone and countless architectural knock-offs, Four O Nine's success is startling and original. UpStarts is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North ...
UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design, Mon, Dec 8 '14
When it comes to sustainable design, it seems like most firms skew either green but boring, or exciting but radically inefficient. Paul Michael Davis Design in Seattle, WA handily straddles this schism, creating visually compelling, sustainable designs at an affordable cost. Founded in 2009, in ...
Material Witness Finale: What Apocalypse Is Made Of, Thu, Dec 4 '14
Western civilization has never been particularly adept at dealing with death, which is perhaps why its own eventual collapse is such a source of cinematic fascination.
Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design, Mon, Nov 17 '14
For many, "experimental" is the kindly euphemism for "unrealized crap." In conceptual fields like architecture, it's easy to call up dozens of flashy-looking, ultimately failed experiments disguised as ideas. This is why Jimenez Lai is arguably one of the most remarkable ...
Material Witness #6: The Interstitial Blues, Wed, Oct 29 '14
So you've spent the last few decades ducking who you are, or what you do for a living. Nobody's perfect. But try to steer clear of the interstitial spaces, because that's where fate is gonna getcha.
Material Witness #5: Cultural Gerrymandering, Fri, Oct 3 '14
We are hemmed in as much by the physical as the psychological.
Material Witness #4: Writing on the Wall, Tue, Sep 16 '14
In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role. Like a cartoon thought bubble, signage is a tangible manifestation of how a character feels, yet it also encourages the audience to read between the etched lines.
Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less), Fri, Aug 22 '14
Love is the universal tether that binds kings to paupers and geniuses to fools. Perhaps this is why audiences are endlessly fascinated by psychopaths, serial killers, and other characters who seemingly live without love.
In an era when corporations are people, people are increasingly the figureheads of corporate emotion.
What is the line between sanity and insanity? Specifically, what is the material?