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Julia Ingalls

Julia Ingalls

Culver City, CA, US

 

About 

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. 

Julia's Featured Articles on Archinect

To design a secure bank, ask a bank robber, Thu, Jun 30 '16

Joe Loya, a former bank robber turned TV writer, learned to read spaces the way other criminals learned to crack safes. His insights illuminate the changing role of privacy in the architecture of crime prevention design for banks.

To design a secure bank, ask a bank robber
 

Strange bedfellows: exploring shades of privacy in co-living, Mon, Jun 20 '16

From chaste bunking to on-site Pilates classes, co-living companies have as many versions as a cover band. But each incarnation raises the question: how do we architecturally define privacy in the 21st century?

Strange bedfellows: exploring shades of privacy in co-living
 

An alternative, smart "Homestead" for Kansas City, Mon, Jun 6 '16

What makes a truly smart city? Just as importantly, how do designers help revitalize older urban cores without repeating past mistakes that led to displacement and inequitable urbanism? These are some of the questions raised in Andrew Bruno's master's thesis project for ...

An alternative, smart
 

Devastation is in the details: a review of "High-Rise", Sun, May 29 '16

Whatever risks one takes with allegorical storytelling—namely, that the conceit will wear thin far before the third act—one does gain the advantage of being able to luxuriate in detail. 

Devastation is in the details: a review of
 

paraSITE: the bandage over the nomadic wound , Fri, May 27 '16

Using the air discharged from publicly accessible HVAC units, artist Michael Rakowitz has created a series of inflatable temporary plastic shelters for the homeless he calls “paraSITE.” The work, which began in 1998 and was later added to the MoMA’s Architecture and Design online collection ...

paraSITE: the bandage over the nomadic wound
 

How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness, Mon, May 23 '16

Housing First, a federal policy for ending chronic homelessness that grew out of initiatives in Los Angeles and New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, provides what appears to be the most effective solution to homelessness in the United States: actually housing people. Since implementing ...

How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness
 

Snøhetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism, Tue, May 10 '16

Snøhetta’s expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—which incorporates numerous elements of Mario Botta’s 1988 design while simultaneously introducing a far more egalitarian vibe—seems to be a miniature of the constraints and progressive-mindedness of San ...

Snøhetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism
 

Tectr: Tinder for architecture?, Fri, Apr 29 '16

If you've ever blushed at the veiny ridges of 8 Spruce Street, or wanted to trace the outer lip of the now shuttered design for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tectr may be for you. The 18+, NSFW experimental dating/hookup game, designed by Silverstring Media, pairs users with architectural ...

Tectr: Tinder for architecture?
 

The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller, Wed, Apr 20 '16

Elizabeth Diller, co-founding partner of Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, almost didn’t become an architect. In her student years at Cooper Union, Diller expressed a greater interest in pursuing film than in taking up traditional architectural practice, partly because the profession seemed like ...

The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller
 

Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture, Fri, Apr 15 '16

If sex is the ultimate form of openness, then the architecture designed specifically to facilitate it could, up until recently anyway, be described as opaque. Even those more flagrant hot spots, like Emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea or Japan’s ubiquitous love hotels, tended to be built to ...

Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture
 

When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold, Fri, Mar 25 '16

Think bank architecture and its associated headquarters and you may find yourself stultified by visions of doric columns, artless atriums, and bland corporate highrises. However, these six structures by prominent practitioners are a survey of the unusual and intriguing. Here’s what each ...

When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold
 

“An absolutely insanely private, esoteric conversation”: Thom Mayne on ‘M’ , Mon, Mar 21 '16

How does an architect tell his story? Thom Mayne, who spent decades struggling to put the idiosyncratic visual terrain of his imagination into relatable speech, has chosen to tell his story with ‘M.’ Ostensibly the latest monograph by Morphosis, ‘M’ is also in Mayne’s ...

“An absolutely insanely private, esoteric conversation”: Thom Mayne on ‘M’
 

How the couch furnished modernity’s notions of privacy, Mon, Mar 7 '16

In the 21st century, the couch is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. We find them in commercial waiting rooms, in private homes, as infested harbingers of urban decay on street corners. They populate television talk shows and form a shorthand for psychiatric evaluation. But how has this ...

How the couch furnished modernity’s notions of privacy
 

Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0", Sun, Feb 28 '16

What happens when you bend a six-meter long piece of rebar 14 times? Well, this chair, for starters. By using found materials at a construction site and carefully planning ahead, University of Michigan alum and architect Moon Joo Lee was able to create this chair without any welding or use of bolts.

Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of
 

Liz Diller gets high: discussing The High Line's development with Christopher Hawthorne, Fri, Feb 19 '16

Few would have predicted that a “used-condom-strewn” elevated railway line running through what used to be seedy Chelsea would become one of New York City’s biggest cultural attractions. And yet, according to Elizabeth Diller in conversation with Los Angeles ...

Liz Diller gets high: discussing The High Line's development with Christopher Hawthorne
 

Getting the chair: how cinematic villains' seats illuminate character, Sun, Feb 14 '16

Imagine Hannibal Lecter in a lawn chair: not quite as menacing, right? While furniture in film can be a subtle part of the mise-en-scene, for cinematic villains, their signature chair often defines their character, even if that character is rotten right down to the studs. What chairs do the best ...

Getting the chair: how cinematic villains' seats illuminate character
 

The architect's guide to doing taxes, Thu, Feb 4 '16

Whether you own your own firm, are working for someone else, or are just getting started, you'll inevitably have to deal with one thing: taxes. Now that we're well into 2016, here is some architecturally-specific tax advice, courtesy of Karen Timmermans, CPA, a partner in the accounting ...

The architect's guide to doing taxes
 

Student Works: Questioning monumentality at Cal Poly Pomona, Fri, Jan 29 '16

What defines a monument? According to “The Heresy of Function, Reprise,” a senior project studio at Cal Poly Pomona run by Frank Clementi (of Rios Clementi Hale Studios), the essence of a monument isn’t based on its utility (or overt lack thereof), but rather its ...

Student Works: Questioning monumentality at Cal Poly Pomona
 

Why is the Pritzker such a big deal?, Wed, Jan 27 '16

First awarded in 1979 to Philip Johnson, the annual Pritzker Architecture Prize has become the profession’s top award. But why?

Why is the Pritzker such a big deal?
 

Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum , Thu, Dec 17 '15

That the Petersen Automotive Museum is an architectural critical atrocity is not news; that the public will interpret it as being representative of Los Angeles’ architecture and urbanity is.

Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum
 

"A Dance for Architecture": A conversation with Steven Holl, Fri, Nov 20 '15

As a 34-year old architect, Steven Holl was appointed to a full-time teaching position at Columbia University with barely any completed works to his name, based on the strengths of his publication Pamphlet Architecture, previous teaching stints at Syracuse University and the University of ...

 

Emotional tactility: Tom Kundig's latest "Works", Tue, Nov 17 '15

Tom Kundig has a few credits to his name: aside from a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Smithsonian’s 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design, and eleven national AIA awards, his firm Olson Kundig has also twice been named one of Fast Company’s “Top Ten Most Innovative ...

Emotional tactility: Tom Kundig's latest
 

The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking", Thu, Nov 5 '15

Rarely do any two people share an identical Los Angeles. From the unsentimentality of Joan Didion to the romantic corruption of James Ellroy to the hyperbolic insight of Mike Davis, LA's urbanity is fundamentally idiosyncratic. Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, written by ...

The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in
 

The school of helpful knocks: the experiential pedagogy of Design Build Research, Wed, Oct 21 '15

In some veins of architecture pedagogy, there seems to be a movement towards new technology at the expense of hands-on construction techniques. In the opinion of architect Michael Green and creative entrepreneur Scott Hawthorn, these schools increasingly churn out graduates who are so moored ...

The school of helpful knocks: the experiential pedagogy of Design Build Research
 

The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity", Fri, Oct 16 '15

What can one say about the celebrity architect that hasn't already been said, especially if the status itself arguably displaces thoughtful criticism? For former corporate interior designer turned international architectural curator Vladimir Belogolovsky, architectural celebrity is in the eye ...

The In Crowd: review of
 

Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture, Fri, Oct 2 '15

The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the head honcho – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment ...

Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture
 

Imagine that: review of “Imaginary Apparatus: New York City and Its Mediated Representation”, Thu, Sep 17 '15

Like an infrastructural Ouija board planchette, the Foucaultian “apparatus” isn’t exactly a device, but rather the effect of a multiplicity of participants. Each of these participants, whether they are the media, philosophical traditions, physical objects or even legal ...

Imagine that: review of “Imaginary Apparatus: New York City and Its Mediated Representation”
 

The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II, Fri, Sep 4 '15

What is the best way to apply for an architecture job? We once again asked employers on Archinect to tell us what they look for in job candidates, including portfolio tips, desired software skills, and the best way to impress during an in-person interview. Here’s what we asked ...

The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II
 

Greening Piano’s roof: a conversation with ecologist Paul Kephart, Mon, Aug 31 '15

A masterful work of architecture, like a great symphony, relies not just on the vision of the conductor, but on the imagination of its individual players. Many highly-regarded buildings are the result of collaborations between architects and professionals from other disciplines who, on first ...

Greening Piano’s roof: a conversation with ecologist Paul Kephart
 

"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space, Fri, Jul 31 '15

If the current exhibition at Los Angeles’ Architecture + Design Museum was titled by a sarcastic person, it would be called "Work/Life Balance: Pshaw!" As it is, the infographic-laden collection of vinyl banners loosely mounted to stacks of brown boxes, co-organized by Gensler and ...

 

Upstarts: Design, Bitches, Wed, Jul 22 '15

As the name suggests, Design, Bitches is a synergy of creativity and earthiness. Combining a refined sense of order with playful humor, the Los Angeles-based firm founded by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph distills the splendor of urban chaos in their graphic branding, art projects, and ...

Upstarts: Design, Bitches
 

A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture, Fri, Jul 10 '15

The sun never sets on Gensler. One can visit their website and watch in real time as the bell curve of night fails to shadow all 46 of their office locations. Founded in 1965 by M. Arthur J. Gensler Jr., the firm has grown to employ over 4,500 people in 16 different countries. It’s the kind ...

A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture
 

What's the hottest new job in architecture?, Thu, Jun 25 '15

Architecture: it’s not just glue gun burns and x-refs anymore. In an industry known for playing canary in the employment coalmine, architecture is once again experiencing a hiring boom. Additionally, thanks to changes in technology, both in design software and in the more general way people ...

What's the hottest new job in architecture?
 

Don't Be a Tool: Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment, Thu, Jun 18 '15

One must be smarter than the tools one is working with, but what exactly does that mean in a profession that increasingly relies on software initially developed for the aerospace industry? How important is it for a student to master Rhino or REVIT versus the intrinsic philosophy of great design ...

Don't Be a Tool: Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment
 

Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries, Thu, Jun 11 '15

Social media has been accused of being many things: a time-waster, an intelligence-leveler, a privacy-invader. However, in the field of architectural employment, social media has oddly become a kind of virtual worker’s union, helping to expose unethical hiring practices. A recent leaked ...

Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries
 

10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees, Thu, Jun 4 '15

Management is not a science; it is an art. Maximizing the effectiveness of a studio is not about implementing broad strokes out of a Step-by-Step guide, but rather requires understanding the nuances of performance, environment, and long-term goals. These ten suggestions serve as a starting point ...

10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees
 

What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired, Thu, May 28 '15

Putting together a portfolio for a job application is practically a design commission in of itself. What projects should be included? How should they be presented? Most importantly, what does the compendium of work say about you, the applicant? After speaking with employers, we discovered that the ...

What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired
 

Looking Hot in a Tight Market: How Firms Successfully Attract Job Applicants, Thu, May 21 '15

Employers, we’re not trying to hurt your feelings, but be honest: Does your company seem like an attractive place in which to work? Thanks to a robust post-recession job market that favors employees, job seekers now have a variety of choices when it comes to finding an employer. This means ...

Looking Hot in a Tight Market: How Firms Successfully Attract Job Applicants
 

Stop the presses: Paul Goldberger's take on critical relevance in the social media age, Wed, May 20 '15

In architecture, the rise of the 21st century media landscape has created connective tissue where none used to exist: the day-to-day work of architecture used to be relatively obscure, and now it is spotlighted and deconstructed regularly. The most successful architects are not those who shun this ...

Stop the presses: Paul Goldberger's take on critical relevance in the social media age
 

There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?, Thu, May 14 '15

Seven years ago, in the grips of recession, finding employment in architecture was akin to a treasure hunt: there were cryptic clues scattered across a wide geographical area, but for many actually finding the job was simply too time-consuming and difficult. Recent graduates threw up their hands ...

There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?
 

How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes), Thu, Apr 30 '15

April 25th’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has razed entire villages, severely disrupted basic infrastructure, and is responsible for the loss of over 5,000 lives. According to The Guardian, the death toll may rise to as many 10,000 people. Unfortunately, in the wake of natural ...

How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)
 

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 ...

UpStarts: Martha Read Architects
 

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 ...

Pop Cultitecture: The Genius of David Byrne
 

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: Four O Nine architecture and design
 

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 ...

UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design
 

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. 

Material Witness Finale: What Apocalypse Is Made Of
 

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 ...

Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design
 

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 #6: The Interstitial Blues
 

Material Witness #5: Cultural Gerrymandering, Fri, Oct 3 '14

We are hemmed in as much by the physical as the psychological.

Material Witness #5: Cultural Gerrymandering
 

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 #4: Writing on the Wall
 

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.

Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less)
 

Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in "Mad Men" and "Suits", Fri, Aug 1 '14

In an era when corporations are people, people are increasingly the figureheads of corporate emotion.

Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in
 

Material Witness: Insanity in the walls of "True Detective" and "Twin Peaks", Fri, Jul 11 '14

What is the line between sanity and insanity? Specifically, what is the material?

Material Witness: Insanity in the walls of
 

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