Archinect - Features 2014-12-21T07:47:29-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/116280877/the-age-of-the-plastic-chimney-how-cookie-cutter-homes-drove-me-to-despair-and-away-from-the-profession The Age Of The Plastic Chimney: How Cookie-Cutter Homes Drove Me to Despair… And Away from the Profession Paul Keskeys 2014-12-19T10:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T20:08:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j1hxvbgxudevznyr.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A UK architect berates the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: How can we rock the status quo?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115813747/screen-print-27-future-anterior-a-champion-of-historic-preservation Screen/Print #27: "Future Anterior", a champion of historic preservation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-17T10:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T04:01:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2iyte7eoydjr6nz.jpg" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If the job&rsquo;s done right, the architecture will outlast the architect. But when building for the present and unknowable future, the past is the only reliable hint at what may come next. <a href="http://www.arch.columbia.edu/programs/historic-preservation/future-anterior" target="_blank"><strong><em>Future Anterior</em></strong></a> is here towards that end, to critique and analyze architectural historic preservation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/116056065/deans-list-david-mohney-of-the-kean-university-s-michael-graves-school-of-architecture Deans List: David Mohney of the Kean University's Michael Graves School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T10:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T18:46:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/yde51azmxk58vaxv.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p><p>For this issue, we spoke with&nbsp;<strong>David Mohney</strong>, the Acting Dean at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3572250/kean-university" target="_blank">Kean University</a>'s upcoming Michael Graves School of Architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115672428/showcase-groenl-ndia-by-triptyque Showcase: "Groenlândia" by TRIPTYQUE Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-11T15:13:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:11:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qof4gkiibhzpsdha.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A gentle giant of marble, glass and concrete, this stately commercial space makes an impact without imposing on the street.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115598578/working-out-of-the-box-santiago-borja Working out of the Box: Santiago Borja Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-11T10:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:05:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/aut7nd74nkcbx8f6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>&nbsp;</strong>is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with artist and architecture theorist, <a href="http://www.s-borja.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Santiago Borja</strong></a>.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115273546/upstarts-paul-michael-davis-design UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design Julia Ingalls 2014-12-08T16:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T02:11:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uq/uql0gwn0okw38qe6.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it comes to sustainable design, it seems like most firms skew either green but boring, or exciting but radically inefficient. <a href="http://archinect.com/paulmichaeldavis" target="_blank"><strong>Paul Michael Davis Design</strong></a> in Seattle, WA handily straddles this schism, creating visually compelling, sustainable designs at an affordable cost. Founded in 2009, in the midst of a recession which pushed many newly minted graduates out of the profession, PMDD has since expanded to include an associate and an intern, and occasionally collaborates with independent firms. Notably, PMDD is developing several low-cost prefab housing projects that look like places you'd actually want to live in.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115281577/showcase-antoine-de-st-exupe-ry-home-for-dependent-elderly-people-by-naud-poux-architectes Showcase: Antoine de St exupéry home for dependent elderly people, by Naud & Poux Architectes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-08T00:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T21:36:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z7/z705caayffxcbrh0.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the complex and fraught world of elder care, architecture can seem indifferent, dictated primarily by medical and physical concerns. Not so with Naud &amp; Poux Architectes' facility in Villejuif, France, whose solid and distinctive design accommodates the needs of dependent elderly people, while looking more like a home than a hospital.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115115397/material-witness-finale-what-apocalypse-is-made-of Material Witness Finale: What Apocalypse Is Made Of Julia Ingalls 2014-12-04T17:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T21:08:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/ifmvgsruxp7yg2y7.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/114913845/op-ed-if-architecture-were-optimism-a-response-to-michael-kimmelman-s-critique-of-1-wtc Op-Ed: If Architecture Were Optimism; A Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC Beth Mosenthal 2014-12-01T11:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T22:49:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ws/wsmpfve43nudtf07.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the last year or so, reading or watching the news has become a game of roulette. Taking my chances, I scan pages or flip channels hastily in an attempt to avoid disturbing imagery and narrative in favor of landing on something meaningful and at least slightly optimistic.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/114207240/home-is-where-the-art-is-contemporary-artists-and-the-modern-house Home is where the art is: Contemporary Artists and the Modern House Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-06T10:03:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3beybfx7avfcs444.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hosting new art in old homes can make for some strange bedfellows.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/114504045/showcase-sparrenburg-visitor-center-by-max-dudler Showcase: Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T12:41:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T20:09:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zu91hv9752dp8lim.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/62945049/max-dudler" target="_blank">Max Dudler</a>'s brutalist beauty falls serenely in line with Sparrenburg Fortress's 800-year history in Bielefeld, Germany.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories Nicholas Korody 2014-11-25T10:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T13:27:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4azi5755o8tf4sbi.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In horror fiction, a house is usually haunted in one of two ways: either a building is inhabited by the ghosts of dead humans, or the structure itself is animated by a strange, non-human life. Edgar Allen Poe&rsquo;s short story &ldquo;<a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/932" target="_blank">The Fall of the House of Usher</a>,&rdquo; an influential achievement of the genre, falls into the latter camp; the horror of the House of Usher can never be properly pinned down because it pervades the setting itself. But what&rsquo;s so scary about a living building?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113965543/invasion-a-first-hand-view-of-gentrification-in-san-francisco Invasion: A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco Paul Keskeys 2014-11-24T10:13:00-05:00 >2014-12-02T12:12:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbvxnf9velv8mij6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A recent Bay Area transplant sees old and new duke it out over the Bay Area's shifting public-private fault line.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/114130154/art-architecture-refik-anadol-at-walt-disney-concert-hall Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall Nicholas Korody 2014-11-21T18:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T21:47:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xelb3fbkyiq3sok2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The billowing wood panels of the concert hall imploded before my eyes, as if physically ripped apart by the thundering crescendos of&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgard_Var%C3%A8se" target="_blank">Edgard Var&egrave;se</a>&rsquo;s <em>Am&eacute;riques. </em>One moment the massive organ was radically disfigured to the point of unrecognizability; the next, its forms re-emerged beneath the luminous, moving mesh mapped onto the structure by the artist Refik Anadol. For less than a half hour, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was transformed in an exhilarating synthesis of architecture, music and digital art: the first iteration of <a href="http://www.laphil.com/insight" target="_blank"><em>in/SIGHT</em></a>, a series of ongoing collaborations between video artists and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113594682/jimenez-lai-storyteller-by-design Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design Julia Ingalls 2014-11-17T12:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T00:32:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s0/s0jzbn6oy2eognyf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a> is arguably one of the most remarkable people currently working in architecture. His ideas are experimental, but they're also realized; in other words, he's pioneering farsighted concepts that have a direct application to reality, but don't bore you to tears with footnotes and clich&eacute;d allusions to Italo Calvino.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture Showcase: Garden School / Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus by OPEN Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-14T19:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T19:43:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2mp55s4kkcfv2j2r.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking cues from the urban and pastoral, Beijing No. 4 High School (aka Garden School) strives not only to model elite Chinese public education, but also to also drive development in its relatively new town of Fangshan.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards Working out of the Box: Greg Henderson of Hendo Hoverboards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-11T13:54:00-05:00 >2014-11-17T22:08:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbq65ameo573t7nk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box&nbsp;</strong></a>is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with <a href="http://hendohover.com/#/" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a> inventor and co-founder of <a href="http://www.arxpax.com/#/" target="_blank">Arx Pax</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arxpax.com/#/" target="_blank"><strong>G<strong>reg Henderson</strong></strong></a>.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113051065/the-wandering-architect-one-student-s-lessons-learned-from-working-abroad The Wandering Architect: One Student’s Lessons Learned from Working Abroad Paul Keskeys 2014-11-07T11:10:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T13:17:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i64qtj4m4ifk66o1.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many people possess itchy feet, but surely none more so than my 21-year-old self, an aspiring architect from the UK with a perpetual hankering for travel and exploration. The combination of a na&iuml;ve but inquisitive mind, and a growing appreciation for urban environments different from my own, meant that when I reached my interning year I was open to anything &ndash; at home or abroad.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113038199/showcase-slate-house-by-affleck-de-la-riva-architects Showcase: Slate House by Affleck de la Riva architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-06T20:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T20:53:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkh0wytdujs02o3j.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Suburbia doesn't have to be faceless. Slate House, a proud black sheep in a family of tract houses, manages a demurely chic presence amid the former farmlands of Laval, Montreal's largest suburb.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112897593/view-from-above-acadia-conference-2014-in-a-nutshell View from above: ACADIA Conference 2014 in a nutshell Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-05T12:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T20:44:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6hjteisy5g4ycpd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At thirty-three years old and counting, the <a href="http://acadia.org/" target="_blank">Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture</a> has seen a lot of changes in the field of digital design. Its annual conference is a time to step back and reflect, and particular to this year's conference, consider the power computers have over architects' work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112824468/the-theory-of-everything-in-sandbox-city-will-wright-s-keynote-at-acadia-2014 The theory of everything in sandbox city: Will Wright's keynote at ACADIA 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-04T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T13:57:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0g/0g4iys9q0unlop2t.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How the creator of SimCity turns reality into playground.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112570077/did-you-see-it-wait-now-it-s-gone-casey-reas-generative-art-at-acadia-2014 Did You See It? Wait, Now It's Gone: Casey Reas' Generative Art at ACADIA 2014 Anthony Morey 2014-11-03T12:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T21:32:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/sph3xhb2ux2uxnnd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ACADIA 2014 was labeled as a conference focused on Architectural Design Agency and Authorship, yet of course it seemed only fitting that it would close out with a keynote by Casey Reas. Art, the word that an architect cringes at. A word that can resonate more as a critique than a compliment. One that signifies the ripping from architectural ideals, even if such ideals are still up for debate.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2014-11-03T10:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T09:55:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3scyx4yprxjoikp.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the United States, around <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mccarthy/10-fun-facts-about-student-loan-debt_b_4639044.html" target="_blank">40 million people</a> currently hold student debt. This is a population that is greater than that of many countries. While, over the last 14 years, the average salary for young people has decreased by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mccarthy/10-fun-facts-about-student-loan-debt_b_4639044.html" target="_blank">10%</a>, student debt has increased by nearly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mccarthy/10-fun-facts-about-student-loan-debt_b_4639044.html" target="_blank">500%</a>. &nbsp;For most Americans, to become educated means to take on a relationship with banks that will last for years. But for young American architects the situation is even worse; the amount of schooling required to be able to practice professionally means taking on debt that you may be paying off for the rest of your life.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112494618/inaugural-mies-crown-hall-americas-prize-celebrates-theory-and-practice-with-an-evening-of-dinner-drinks-and-talk Inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Celebrates Theory and Practice with an Evening of Dinner, Drinks and Talk Nick Cecchi 2014-11-02T11:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-04T22:49:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xbras0vbkmsiv3j9.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/393/illinois-institute-of-technology-iit" target="_blank">Illinois Institute of Technology</a> recently hosted the first ever Mies Crown Hall&nbsp;Americas Prize. Unique among the current proliferation of architecture prizes, the&nbsp;$50,000 MCHAP was initiated by dean and prominent Architect <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" target="_blank">Wiel Arets</a> to celebrate the best of architecture in both North and South America.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112437605/zaha-hadid-keeps-it-light-at-acadia-2014-conference Zaha Hadid Keeps it Light at ACADIA 2014 Conference Nicholas Korody 2014-10-31T16:59:00-04:00 >2014-11-04T23:01:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7gedpyizvyllsuhf.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you didn&rsquo;t know better, it would be easy to mistake the eager faces populating the swarming mass of ticket lines outside of Bovard Auditorium at USC as the fans of a pop icon instead of the prolific, controversial &lsquo;starchitect&rsquo; Zaha Hadid. Behind us, students were being interviewed by reporters from the USC newspaper about the architect; everyone seemed genuinely enthused, albeit perhaps drawn more for her celebrity than appreciation for her work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112362105/material-witness-6-the-interstitial-blues Material Witness #6: The Interstitial Blues Julia Ingalls 2014-10-29T15:19:00-04:00 >2014-11-08T01:35:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqsoh19lcjual3yz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/111720239/working-out-of-the-box-daniel-dorall-architect-turned-maze-artist Working out of the Box: Daniel Dorall, Architect turned Maze Artist Archinect 2014-10-20T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T23:44:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8p92wp601nr7re93.jpg" width="514" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box&nbsp;</strong></a>is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with Malaysia-born Melbourne-based sculptor and creator of fascinating miniature objects <a href="http://www.danieldorall.com" target="_blank"><strong>Daniel Dorall</strong></a>.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh Screen/Print #26: Intern Magazine, interview with Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-20T16:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T11:33:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3i1womlnld5kmaah.jpg" width="514" height="721" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="http://intern-mag.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Intern Magazine</strong></a></em> is devoted to &ldquo;intern culture&rdquo; in the creative industries, elevating the talents of an oft under-valued workforce in a classy, bi-annual glossy. Part polemic and part showcase, the magazine is dissatisfied upfront with the current state of unpaid/underpaid intern labor, and hopes its pages can provoke a reevaluation of the too-often exploited population.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/110738703/the-deans-list-hernan-diaz-alonso-of-sci-arc The Deans List: Hernan Diaz Alonso of SCI-Arc Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-12-17T05:57:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nw2dk4meo0ytzbim.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p><p>For this issue, we spoke with&nbsp;<strong>Hernan Diaz Alonso</strong>, upcoming Director at&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sci-arc" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/111194896/art-architecture-felix-melia-and-josh-bitelli-in-the-gaps-between-buildings Art + Architecture: Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli in the Gaps Between Buildings Nicholas Korody 2014-10-17T12:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T21:49:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/do/do487cwz833ycai0.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://felixmelia.com/" target="_blank">Felix Melia</a> and <a href="http://www.joshbitelli.co.uk/" target="_blank">Josh Bitelli</a> are artists who live and work in London. We met last year and have remained in contact through email since then, exchanging periodic updates and continuing our fragmentary, rambling conversations over shared interests (and confusions) regarding the contemporary urban experience. Threads of continuity arise between individual emails with each of them, unsurprising since the two are old friends, share a new studio space, and often collaborate. Our conversations are inescapably informed by the digital media that allows them but at the same time bears traces of a perhaps nostalgic notion of letter exchanges. Both Melia and Bitelli investigate the city through the (often unnoticed) infrastructure and industrial processes that support it, while also grappling with the shifts in phenomenological experience produced by the internet &ndash; all of which is often tinged with an undeniable romanticism.</p>