Archinect - Features 2016-05-01T06:06:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149942961/getting-in-the-mood-for-one-night-stand-la-2-the-rendezvous Getting in the mood for One-Night Stand LA #2: the Rendezvous Nicholas Korody 2016-04-30T11:29:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T23:09:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y2k10nkij07rd5xr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One balmy Los Angeles night last spring, throngs of architecture aficionados descended on a dingbat motel in the MacArthur Park area for what was billed, alongside amatory promotional material, as a "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127733607/one-night-stand-la-titillates-but-leaves-you-wanting-more" target="_blank">One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>." For a single evening, the trysting place was transformed into a series of distinct, room-size installations rendered with 3D-mapped projections, robotics, or simple 2x4&rsquo;s. On May 14 of this year, the project will be reprised in the same location but with different curators and a new roster of participants. I chatted with the organizers to get the low down on what to expect from <em>One-Night Stand LA: the Rendezvous</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940803/tectr-tinder-for-architecture Tectr: Tinder for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-29T10:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T23:09:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wt/wtfq5m8j190vsh6v.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've ever blushed at the veiny ridges of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a>, or wanted to trace the outer lip of the now shuttered design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a>, Tectr may be for you. The 18+, NSFW experimental dating/hookup game, designed by Silverstring Media, pairs users with architectural structures, from empty foyers to ramrod straight skyscrapers.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149939795/slight-of-hand-konishi-gaffney-meld-beautiful-interventions-with-edinburgh-s-history Slight of hand: Konishi Gaffney meld beautiful interventions with Edinburgh's history Robert Urquhart 2016-04-28T05:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T23:09:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xg/xgsrtkz8ahrruawj.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I&rsquo;m in Leith, a short distance from Edinburgh city centre, to interview Kieran Gaffney, one-half of the <a href="http://archinect.com/konishi-gaffney" target="_blank">Konishi Gaffney</a> work partnership with his wife, Makiko Konishi. Konishi and Gaffney met whilst working for <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a> in London. Gaffney was Heatherwick&rsquo;s first employee, working as an architect on early projects from 1998 until 2004.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940944/the-gimp-room-the-padded-cell-the-medical-office-inside-the-world-of-kink-com The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T10:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:54:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ec1au9dt3fv1xfr6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;If you do your job right then no one will notice,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult film is very much a designed object &ndash; particularly when it comes to the elaborate structural and fantasy elements involved in BDSM and kink.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149941421/archinect-s-guide-to-presentations-part-ii-the-lecture Archinect's Guide to Presentations, Part II: The Lecture Laura Amaya 2016-04-25T10:23:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lc52xdczo380kyig.jpg" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just like planning out <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/144427542/archinect-s-guide-to-presentations-part-i-the-visuals" target="_blank">the look of your presentation</a>, taking your time and planning ahead will take you a long way when putting together your script. Practicing again and again will give the polish you need to seal the deal. Take a few friends out for coffee and talk them through it. Refine your thoughts in the shower. Present again in front of the mirror, looking at yourself in the eye. The more you run through it, the surer you&rsquo;ll feel about it.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149939789/the-architects-trying-to-restore-mackintosh-s-library-to-its-former-glory The architects trying to restore Mackintosh's Library to its former glory Robert Urquhart 2016-04-23T11:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/whvb6rp2j0emlhgk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/534/mackintosh" target="_blank">Charles Rennie Mackintosh building</a> at the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/16607/the-glasgow-school-of-art" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art (GSA)</a> is an iconic structure and home of one of the greatest art schools in Europe. The building, voted the best British-designed building of the past 175 years in a nationwide poll conducted by <em>The Sunday Times</em> newspaper and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2009, is an iconic role model for what we perceive as the ideal art school: a space that exudes creativity through design, atmosphere and craft.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149941821/screen-print-41-family-planning-from-harvard-design-magazine Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-04-22T09:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:37:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p07vyldouv4js30p.jpg" width="514" height="722" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s among the worst clich&eacute;s of architectural writing: towers are phallic; stadiums (or just any project by a certain recently-deceased <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87369405/zaha-hadid-says-al-wakrah-world-cup-stadium-doesn-t-resemble-vagina" target="_blank">icon</a>) are vulval. But what about when the architects themselves describe their project in genital terms? And, in particular, when they take inspiration not from some heroic idea of rigidity, but rather acceptance of a more prosaic state of flaccidity?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940802/the-reluctant-architect-15-minutes-with-liz-diller The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T08:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T11:24:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ft2x354he1o1hin1.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Elizabeth Diller, co-founding partner of Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, almost didn&rsquo;t become an architect. In her student years at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" target="_blank">Cooper Union</a>, Diller expressed a greater interest in pursuing film than in taking up traditional architectural practice, partly because the profession seemed like too much of a commercial pursuit. Some thirty-six years later, from the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/608838/the-broad-museum" target="_blank">Broad Museum</a> to Lincoln Center to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" target="_blank">The High Line</a>, DS+R&rsquo;s built work consistently pushes the visitor to experience space in an unanticipated way without providing a ready-made interpretation.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148988000/transparent-motives-the-ins-and-outs-of-sex-specific-architecture Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture Julia Ingalls 2016-04-15T08:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T17:46:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgoq9nd1ybtjlqhb.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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&rsquo;s Domus Aurea or Japan&rsquo;s ubiquitous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50672/tmn-on-love-hotels" target="_blank">love hotels</a>, tended to be built to obscure their purpose, at least from the outside. Indeed, it is only within the last few decades that the notion of sex as an activity that could be displayed, or at least not obscured, has come into a more public architectural vogue. Transparency, in its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" target="_blank">boundary blurring form</a>, is a defining characteristic of architecture for sex.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940357/los-angeles-the-industrial-city Los Angeles, the Industrial City Orhan Ayyüce 2016-04-13T07:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T16:11:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dw/dwakg9vo1aek0xm6.jpg" width="514" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. the INDUSTRIAL CITY is vast and beautiful.</p><p>To drive from downtown to Port of Los Angeles on Alameda Corridor is a railroad state of mind and these are some of its stations.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149937113/in-focus-scott-benedict In Focus: Scott Benedict Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-10T09:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:01:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1en5u04g2rgkmbqn.jpg" width="514" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's series of features 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>In this feature, we talk to New York-based photographer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scottbenedict.com/" target="_blank">Scott Benedict</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938601/architectural-panel-tape-proves-its-strength-with-spf-architects-double-stick-project Architectural panel tape proves its strength with SPF:architects' Double Stick project Alexis Petrunia 2016-04-09T10:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tge31qrgfxs1lgrm.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The &ldquo;Double Stick&rdquo; residence comes by its name honestly. With an impressive anodized aluminum fa&ccedil;ade held in place by a high performance, two-sided architectural panel tape, this 5,000-square-foot single-family dwelling designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/78556/spf-a-studio-pali-fekete-architects" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>&nbsp;is a stellar expression of modern design and engineering.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938251/the-unbranded-hybrid-approach-of-the-edinburgh-school-of-architecture-and-landscape The unbranded, hybrid approach of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Robert Urquhart 2016-04-08T05:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:10:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2t0tnayf7mlpyxph.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past January, Suzanne Ewing became the head of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/938/university-of-edinburgh" target="_blank">The University of&nbsp;Edinburgh</a>&nbsp;in Scotland. Prior to the post (which is held on a rotating system among academics at the school), she served as a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory. I paid a visit to the school to interview her and to find out more about her role, the academic connection between architecture and landscape, and her ambitions for the school's future.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936569/telling-semiotic-tales-with-laurel-broughton-of-welcomeprojects Telling semiotic tales with Laurel Broughton of WELCOMEPROJECTS Justine Testado 2016-04-07T09:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:07:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mpk74apc6ix0qqw6.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designer Laurel Broughton is serious about playfulness in <a href="http://archinect.com/welcomeprojects" target="_blank">WELCOMEPROJECTS</a>, a multi-disciplinary studio she established in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then, her studio has worked on a variety of art installations, interiors, and a growing collection of thematic sartorial accessories called WELCOMECOMPANIONS. Regardless of the project type, they&rsquo;re all imbued with Broughton&rsquo;s own surrealistic sense of whimsical flair that has captured the attention of designers, artists, and fashionistas alike.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all The internship test or: why even become an architect at all? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T09:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T14:53:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yfo9ubiqoglyutn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The question of internships frames something of a litmus test in architecture &ndash; although they tend to indicate more about the hiring firm than the hire. Exploited labor or necessary rite-of-passage? It&rsquo;s a debate that&rsquo;s been raging for decades almost exclusively through this binary, even as the context in which it&rsquo;s been waged has transformed considerably. While certain practices have moved to institute fair compensation into their intern programs, life for many architecture interns today remains a struggle.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149937104/opendesk-cracking-the-production-code-for-open-source-furniture Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T18:37:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8y71s0bie5rgyqv.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before the Industrial Revolution, if you wanted a new piece of furniture, you&rsquo;d go to your local carpenter. Today, you&rsquo;re more likely to buy a chair that&rsquo;s made of Brazilian wood, designed by a Swede, and manufactured in China than one with even a single locally-produced nail. Enter <a href="https://www.opendesk.cc" target="_blank">Opendesk</a>, a furniture company with a global network and local manufacturing model, which might just spark a new revolution in the industry.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936854/glasgow-s-collective-architecture-finds-success-and-freedom-in-employee-ownership Glasgow's Collective Architecture finds success and freedom in employee ownership Robert Urquhart 2016-03-29T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxypv11vbuv81csd.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Glasgow-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/53302/collective-architecture" target="_blank">Collective Architecture</a> was founded in 2007. In what can now be heralded as a great strategic move, former owner Chris Stewart decided to transfer company ownership from himself &ndash; after a successful ten year run as Chris Stewart Architects &ndash; to an employee-owned trust. Now operating with 34 staff, all pulling together, the trust is not just that of finance but of principle and practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers "African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers Nick Cecchi 2016-03-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:44:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ix7ait35ntwm8vqy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence" is a sprawling and immersive exhibition that uses every inch of available gallery space at Chicago&rsquo;s Graham Foundation. Curated by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a> with input for this particular exhibition by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/604700/sarah-herda" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a>, head of Graham Foundation, the show is based on Herz&rsquo;s voluminous tome of the same name. At over 700 pages, Herz&rsquo;s scholarly investigation and cataloging of modern architecture in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d&rsquo;Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia provided a surplus of projects and information, requiring a careful distillation to produce the exhibition.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148987999/when-designing-for-money-breaks-the-bank-architecture-mold When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold Julia Ingalls 2016-03-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hs6ruluyd15zpoqf.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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&rsquo;s what each financial institution says about its social/historical context, as well as the role of money at that time.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936046/coy-howard-interviewed-by-sci-arc-students-part-3-of-3 Coy Howard, interviewed by SCI-Arc students: part 3 of 3 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-23T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:03:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/ns68tb4p7aaosktu.jpg" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last fall, students in <a href="http://archinect.com/drowninginculture" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo; Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, democratically voted to interview <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/60457453/coy-howard-and-company" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, together, as part of the course. Their reasoning, according to Southern, is that while Howard has long been a fixture at SCI-Arc, he still runs a low-profile, foregoing final reviews in his studio and producing a fair amount of handmade work. The following is the third and final part of the transcribed interview, slightly edited for length and clarity.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149935294/geotectura-s-zerohome-turns-waste-into-shelter Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T09:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T10:31:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q7ss4w3ungligs32.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ZeroHome, a project by the Tel Aviv-based studio Geotectura, is a house built entirely from waste &ndash; but you wouldn&rsquo;t necessarily suspect it from looking at its sharp, angular form.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148987998/an-absolutely-insanely-private-esoteric-conversation-thom-mayne-on-m “An absolutely insanely private, esoteric conversation”: Thom Mayne on ‘M’ Julia Ingalls 2016-03-21T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-05T23:30:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gbl9v4odjqysqh5.jpg" width="514" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 &lsquo;M.&rsquo; Ostensibly the latest monograph by Morphosis, &lsquo;M&rsquo; is also in Mayne&rsquo;s view a comprehensive tour of his sensibility.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work Nicholas Korody 2016-03-18T10:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:13:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/he5an36wlqwwncce.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells,&rdquo; writes Karl Marx in <em>Das Kapital</em>, likely the most direct invocation of architecture in his influential, and controversial, writings. &ldquo;But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149935029/coy-howard-interviewed-by-sci-arc-students-part-2-of-3 Coy Howard, interviewed by SCI-Arc students: part 2 of 3 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-16T14:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:03:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/sutft9l1c779cb0i.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last fall, students in <a href="http://archinect.com/drowninginculture" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo; Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, democratically voted to interview <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/60457453/coy-howard-and-company" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, together, as part of the course. Their reasoning, according to Southern, is that while Howard has long been a fixture at SCI-Arc, he still runs a low-profile, foregoing final reviews in his studio and producing a fair amount of handmade work. The following is part two of a transcript of that interview, slightly edited for length and clarity.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149910526/meow-parlour-is-a-modern-hangout-for-nyc-s-adoptable-cats Meow Parlour is a modern hangout for NYC's adoptable cats Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-14T15:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:20:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwxflmgvxmtypfm6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking out inquisitively&nbsp;onto a busy New York City avenue, a white and grey cat perches on a counter that is supported by a base that fittingly reads&nbsp;<em>M E O W </em>in bold<em>. </em>She soaks in warm light that beams through a floor-to-ceiling window, while dozens of other felines play and lounge throughout the rest of their 800sf domain. These cats are temporary residents at&nbsp;<em>Meow Parlour</em>, a modest venue that allows adoptable cats and city-goers a chance to interact within a comfortable &ndash; and refreshingly upbeat &ndash; environment.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149934139/coy-howard-interviewed-by-sci-arc-students-part-1-of-3 Coy Howard, interviewed by SCI-Arc students: part 1 of 3 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-14T08:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:03:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jsjup474v5adip5e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last fall, students in <a href="http://archinect.com/drowninginculture" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo;&nbsp;Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>,&nbsp;democratically voted to interview <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/60457453/coy-howard-and-company" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, together, as part of the course. Their reasoning, according to Southern, is that while Howard has long been a fixture at SCI-Arc, he still runs a low-profile, foregoing final reviews in his studio and producing a fair amount of handmade work. The following is a transcript of that interview, slightly edited for length and clarity, presented in three parts.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149934079/timothy-morton-on-haunted-architecture-dark-ecology-and-other-objects Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2016-04-02T18:05:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yl38rrm1gs1v3oa.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How you design a building directly <em>is</em> ecological awareness,&rdquo; states Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at <a href="http://archinect.com/rice" target="_blank">Rice University</a>. &ldquo;And your design is a game that will inculcate all kinds of ecological awareness. So realize that and act accordingly...&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148360892/the-far-reaching-work-by-state-of-the-art-weirdos-mos-architects The far-reaching work by "state-of-the-art weirdos" MOS Architects Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-11T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-04-03T00:53:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17gyjgo6dx1rrx9z.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" target="_blank">MOS</a> has developed an impressive cache of work over a relatively brief period of time, including a range of designs unequivocal to the company&rsquo;s unique, and at times quirky, style. Their approach considers economic climates and environmental limitations, but evades conventional aesthetics. Take it from the firm&rsquo;s website; MOS rejects the ordinary. A succinct self-description concludes that their company is &ldquo;a collective of designers, architects, thinkers and state-of-the-art weirdos.&rdquo;</p><p>With the recent release of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616892463/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0763669903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=archinectarchite&amp;linkId=Z7RWU7IPK6BIJ7GS" target="_blank"><em>MOS: Selected Works</em></a>, it seems fitting to reflect on a selection of projects that highlight the company&rsquo;s discernible attitude toward conceptual design and architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149933876/ray-kappe-founder-of-sci-arc-revisits-the-school-s-roots Ray Kappe, founder of SCI-Arc, revisits the school's roots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-10T11:50:00-05:00 >2016-03-14T00:37:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zkjbt2rxe1xk94i.jpg" width="514" height="616" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Distinguished by nearly forty-five years of SCI-Arc history between them, founding director Ray Kappe sat with current director Hernan Diaz Alonso last Wednesday evening for a reflective public conversation at the school. Part of SCI-Arc&rsquo;s &ldquo;Duel + Duet&rdquo; speaker series, where a visiting figure is interviewed by a leader at the school, Alonso prompted Kappe to chart the school's historical narrative, touching on both the exciting possibilities and potentially debilitating difficulties inherent to running an independent educational institution &ndash; no less true today than they were in the 1970s.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148987196/how-the-couch-furnished-modernity-s-notions-of-privacy How the couch furnished modernity’s notions of privacy Julia Ingalls 2016-03-07T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T00:43:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8bxs56i6ms7lco6o.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 piece of furniture, which has only been around for about 330 years, become the seat of our culture?</p>