Archinect - Features 2017-06-26T08:11:14-04:00 Can good design cure LA’s homeless problem? We asked Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-24T00:51:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For Skid Row Housing Trust, a nonprofit developer in Los Angeles that builds housing for LA&rsquo;s homeless population, good design is a basic civil right. Understanding that the environment plays a vital role in their residents&rsquo; recovery, the organization consistently teams up with renowned architectural firms such as <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Architecture</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Brooks+Scarpa</a> to design buildings for the homeless that stand out.</p> Screen/Print #57: Dora Epstein Jones On Re-centering 'the Building' in Architectural Discourse Nicholas Korody 2017-06-23T10:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T20:39:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We <em>forgot </em>about buildings,&rdquo; claims <a href="" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a> in this provocative essay for <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Building</a></em>, a new volume edited by Jos&eacute; Arag&uuml;ez and published by Lars M&uuml;ller, featured here as part of Archinect&rsquo;s recurring series <em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Screen/Print</a></strong></em>.</p> "I think of architecture as an act of writing in the city": Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses PAU's upcoming projects Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T13:27:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">PAU</a>, Vishaan Chakrabarti is an architect and urban planner who considers every aspect of the city with foresight, but isn't as concerned with the culture of celebrity that has often dominated the profession. "Calling oneself a humanist over the last couple of decades was a real no-no," he explains via phone. "You're supposed to be a bad-boy, cape-wearing starchitect." He purposefully did not name the firm after himself in order to place emphasis on intelligent discussion, not hierarchy. Although he's excited about taking on more projects, he never wants PAU to grow beyond roughly 30 employees so that he will always know everyone in his office.</p> With 'Ways of Life,' 19 Architects Reimagine What It Means to Live and Work in Nature Nicholas Korody 2017-06-21T12:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T20:23:46-04:00 <img src="" width="700" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">research</a> from 2015, between 35-38% of people do some, if not all, work from home. And, even back in 2009, a <a href="" target="_blank">study</a> found that 1 in 5 spent two to ten hours working from bed. In short, the way we work and live is changing, as many ditch (or have to ditch) the commuter express for their bedrooms. While Walter Benjamin <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> of the 19th century, &ldquo;for the private citizen, for the first time the living-space became distinguished from the place of work,&rdquo; in the 21st, that distinction is blurring once more. Alongside this, the split between the urban, as loci of labor, and the rural or suburban, as retreat, is complicated.<br></p> How Passive House Design Can Propel the Clean Energy Transition in Architecture Zack Semke 2017-06-21T12:04:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T18:05:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With reversals in US climate policy underway and a <a href="" target="_blank">US exit from the Paris Agreement announced for 2020</a>, it&rsquo;s easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway. The potentially exponential forces of market transformation that this transition could release offer real, economics-based cause for hope for the future of the planet.</p> Diébédo Francis Kéré's Tree-Inspired Serpentine Pavilion Fuses Cultural African References with British Construction Laura Mark 2017-06-20T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T11:46:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&lsquo;I was inspired by the figure of the tree in the landscape. I wanted to create a gathering space&rsquo;, says <a href="" target="_blank">Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> discussing his design for the much anticipated 2017 <a href="" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a>.</p> <p>The commission for the Serpentine Gallery&rsquo;s annual summer pavilion will be one that is a game changer for the African architect.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Craig Dykers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-20T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T12:03:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Craig Dykers</a>, of the international practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>,&nbsp;takes our <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a> and has some difficulty picking favorites!</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at The Shard Ellen Hancock 2017-06-20T04:57:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T04:37:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our new series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p><p>This time, we interviewed Danny Lemon who is the General Manager at The Shard in London.&nbsp;</p> This small Ann Arbor Studio shows us how to work as a T+E+A+M Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T12:10:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">T+E+A+M</a>&nbsp;is comprised of four professors based&nbsp;out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor</a>. All holding principal positions within the small practice, this structure is quite unusual for a firm of their size. As they currently complete their <a href="" target="_blank">residency at the Ragdale Foundation</a>, we catch up with the quartet to discuss how they manage creative production with so many principals.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Neven Sidor of Grimshaw, 19 June 2017 Neven Sidor 2017-06-19T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T14:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;They need us more than we need them&rdquo;. My blood boils when I hear this delusional nonsense repeated by politicians who should know better. It doesn&rsquo;t matter how many cars Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW sell into the UK, they sell a hell of a lot more to the rest of the world, and let&rsquo;s not forget that 44.6% of our trade is with the EU. The Brexit negotiations will dispel some of these fantasies and highlight our reduced place in the world. The UK will be poorer, smaller and, I fear, meaner.</p> (Un)believable Utopias: 6 Forgotten Projects and their Provocative Stories Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T10:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Consciously or otherwise, social context determines design. Architecture, in turn, is capable of not only representing political ideals but also of reinforcing or shaping them&mdash;for example, through fostering forms of collective living or through breaking down gendered behavioral norms. The following projects may not be well-remembered, but they represent ambitious attempts to address or challenge the status quo through the built environment.</p> In Focus: David Higgins Ellen Hancock 2017-06-16T05:40:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T13:04:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>In Focus</em></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>For this installment, we interviewed the London-based photographer <a href="" target="_blank">David Higgins</a>.</p> At Exhibit Columbus, Students Get a Chance to Test Their Ideas in the Real World Nicholas Korody 2017-06-15T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T19:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="1280" height="1024" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On August 26, the inaugural exhibition of <a href="" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a>, an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community, will open to the public. The exhibition will include six built structures, designed by teams from six different Midwestern universities, that investigate the built environment of <a href="" target="_blank">Columbus</a> and involved working closely with members of the community.</p> Michael Wylie on the Far-Out Set Designs of 'Legion' Nicholas Korody 2017-06-15T12:16:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By definition, a background can be easy to forget about&mdash;but it can have as much of an effect on the overall feel of a show as the script or an actor. When it comes to a show like <em>Legion </em>on FX, the set takes on additional importance, serving as a visual representation of the (incredibly unstable) mental state of the lead character.</p> Screen/Print #56: Alessandro Bava and Oskar Johanson Reflect on the Future of the AA in 'DUE' Nicholas Korody 2017-06-14T12:01:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T19:22:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One of the preeminent schools of architecture in the world, the <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Association of Architecture</a> (AA) in London is in the midst of some significant changes. Brett Steele, the director of the school, is <a href="" target="_blank">heading out</a> to Los Angeles where he will serve as Dean of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. During this time of transition, the students and alumni of the AA have taken to the school&rsquo;s weekly publication <a href="" target="_blank"><em>DUE</em></a>, featured here as part of Archinect&rsquo;s recurring series <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>, to reflect on the past and project towards the future of the institution.</p> Mia Lundström is Blurring Local and Global, Top-Down and Bottom-Up Planning with the Kalejdohill Project Nicholas Korody 2017-06-13T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T12:15:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In today&rsquo;s hyper-digitized environment, the local and the global aren&rsquo;t so easily defined. Just search &lsquo;locals only&rsquo; on Instagram, for example, and you&rsquo;ll find photos tagged from around the world. So it&rsquo;s only fitting that urban planning projects, when seeking to activate a new social space, should blur the lines as well. &ldquo;Democracy in an age of social media, digitalizations, migration etc. asks for so many upgrades&mdash;how to plan cities is one of them,&rdquo; states Mia Lundstr&ouml;m, an urban planner and the Project Director of Kalejdohill, an initiative meant to activate a locality in a suburb outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Stockholm</a> years in advance of a future development.</p> How to Get a Job at OMA Archinect 2017-06-12T10:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T23:16:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical and there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> Place-making with After Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">After Architecture</a>&nbsp;is an internationally recognized design practice, founded by Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann, dedicated to place-making across scales. For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the duo about the problem with typological specialization, about foregoing the traditional architectural apprenticeship, and about the power of place.</p> Discussing the role of jargon and difficulty with Harvard GSD's K. Michael Hays + Lisa Haber-Thomson Julia Ingalls 2017-06-09T10:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T20:32:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Why are introductory architecture courses often packed with dense, off-putting jargon? It&rsquo;s a question I didn't anticipate asking an esteemed architectural historian and current Harvard GSD professor, yet after I unintentionally offended K. Michael Hays by publicly airing my annoyances with jargon and difficulty as part of <a href="" target="_blank">a recap of a review of his new online course</a>, I realized that I needed to ask it. In fact, I owed it to the Professor; it&rsquo;s unfair to criticize someone&rsquo;s teaching style if one hasn&rsquo;t thoroughly experienced it, although I've taken courses taught by others that used a similar approach.</p> 9 Urban Planners tell us their favorite buildings in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-09T12:09:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It has become common practice for architects to be asked what their favorite buildings are. After all, it is <em>the</em> obvious question. That being said, the majority of people walking into a building aren&rsquo;t architects and they certainly have something to say on the matter! In that vein, we have decided to reach outside the field to find out what other types of professionals have to say about the buildings in their city.</p> Studio Visits : BDP, London Ellen Hancock 2017-06-09T06:31:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T12:49:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we went to visit BDP at their office in Clerkenwell. They took us on a tour around their beautiful office in Brewhouse Yard, and told us a little more about the people and culture behind the interdisciplinary, world-renowned practice.&nbsp;</p> For Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, we interview Dan Nichols who has been living in and restoring Wright’s Sweeton House in New Jersey Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-10T08:21:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> is one of the few architects who needs little introduction regardless of to whom you are talking. With a career lasting over 60 years, and with over 400 homes scattered across the US, his enduring legacy and contribution to the field of architecture is unparalleled. The famed architect would have turned 150 this month.</p> Helmut Jahn on His Practice, His Career, and His Most Recent Chicago Project 1000M Nicholas Korody 2017-06-07T16:40:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T17:40:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in the day, he was known as &ldquo;Flash Gordon&rdquo;&mdash;a daring young German-American architect with equally daring designs for his adopted home of <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. Now, just over 50 years since he first arrived to the Windy City, a more experienced and restrained <a href="" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a> is working on a major new project for a prominent site on Michigan Avenue.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Deborah Berke Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-06T11:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T14:37:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect and dean of the <a href="" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Deborah Berke</a>&nbsp;talks engaging with art and culture, lacking an architectural signature and her love of repetition for this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">the Proust Questionnaire</a>.</p> Scaling across disciplines: an interview with Founders Rome Prize winners MODU Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-05T06:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every Monday we take a look at the ins-and-outs of growing a small architectural practice by highlighting stand-outs in the field. For this&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we're talking with the winners of the 2016-2017 <a href="" target="_blank">Founders Rome Prize in Architecture</a>, Rachely Rotem and Phu Hoang. The duo, who run the New York-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MODU</a>,&nbsp;discuss&nbsp;how the award has altered their practice, how to design for a rapidly changing environment, and how they are scaling across disciplines.&nbsp;</p> Environmentalism Matters for Architects — With or Without the Paris Agreement Nicholas Korody 2017-06-02T13:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:26:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Yesterday, amidst the roses, magnolias, crabapples and Littleleaf lindens that populate the White House Rose Garden, the President announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the landmark international climate agreement made last year and signed by every country in the world except Syria and Nicaragua.*</p> Designing for Disaster, Before It Happens: Resilient by Design Seeks Architects Julia Ingalls 2017-06-02T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T01:07:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Disasters resulting from climate change, such as sea level rise, often cause billions of dollars of damage. In an era when the United States Federal Government has largely withdrawn from climate change policy, San Francisco Bay Area-based Resilient by Design has released a design brief in hopes of assembling ten teams of architects, engineers, designers and experts to help anticipate and design for the needs of the region before massive devastation occurs. So what architects should apply?</p> Vision with New Lenses: On Designing with Machine Vision Andrew Witt 2017-06-01T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-06-02T12:38:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We increasingly design and inhabit spaces occupied and navigated by both humans and autonomous machines, each with their own unique methods of seeing and sense-making. In this gap between human and machine perception opens a new frontier: how does <a href="" target="_blank">machine learning</a> transform the vision of the designer?&nbsp;</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studioshaw Ellen Hancock 2017-05-29T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T16:01:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">Studioshaw</a>, a practice set up in 2016 based in Shoreditch, London.&nbsp;</p> A Final Shot for One-Night Stand LA #3: Last Call Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-31T01:28:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On May 20th, the third and final iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a> (ONS-LA)&mdash;a popular annual event in Los Angeles where designers transform motel rooms into installations for the night&mdash;took over the Royal Viking Motel in Los Angeles&rsquo; MacArthur Park. Over the course of its three year run, ONS-LA has established itself as a dynamic platform for alternative architectural production, exhibition and engagement. <em>It&rsquo;s also very fun. </em>After all,<em> </em>how often do architects get to have a party of their own?</p>