Archinect - Features 2014-08-21T22:06:42-04:00 Screen/Print #23: REM magazine interviews Philippe Rahm and Ugo La Pietra Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T12:58:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="724" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It might be best to consider <em><a href="" target="_blank">REM magazine</a></em> as a performance, rather than a publication. The &ldquo;short-term&rdquo; magazine isn't solely about Koolhaas, but began publishing at the start of his Venice Biennale of Architecture in June, placing its feet firmly alongside other satellite exhibitions taking place during the Biennale. But <em>REM</em> isn&rsquo;t here to analyze &mdash; it&rsquo;s here to pit architects against one another in Koolhaas&rsquo; boxing ring.</p> Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects Nicholas Korody 2014-08-19T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T20:10:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bruno Zhu&rsquo;s work, contained in self-published books but also posted on social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram, captures accidental sculptures and fleeting moments as he wanders cities. Instead of vast landscapes, urban environments are portrayed through intimate encounters with objects. Zhu also investigates the lives of his images as they become dispersed across various networks, excavating nonfictional narratives centered around the ghostly protagonist of the image itself in his book,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Facsimile</a>.</p> Screen/Print #22: Interview with Steven Holl for "MacMag39" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T17:04:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="716" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art</a>&rsquo;s architecture is a concise conversation between old and new. Recent events on campus, however, tipped the discussion in favor of the contemporary &mdash; a new building by <a href="" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> opened, and just a few weeks later, a fire ravaged the school&rsquo;s historic Mackintosh Library, directly across the street.&nbsp;This conversation between the traditional and contemporary, and the eventual transition of the contemporary into the traditional, is built into <a href="" target="_blank"><em>MacMag</em></a>, the architecture school&rsquo;s annual publication.</p> Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-13T11:16:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:09:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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 <strong>Francis Tsai</strong>&nbsp;of <a href="" target="_blank">Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Design</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="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-13T11:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:07:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a recent episode of the Comedy Central show <em>Broad City, </em>protagonists Ilana and Abbi find themselves the inadvertent hosts of a hurricane party. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, such impromptu events &ndash; a tradition in the American South in which people who cannot (or will not) evacuate gather together to drink and weather the storm &ndash; are increasingly appearing in television shows, revealing the degree to which global warming has infiltrated popular media. In this particular instance, Abbi finds out that the storm has shut off the plumbing at the exact moment that her neighbor-slash-crush arrives, and right after she&rsquo;s defecated.</p> Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children Archinect 2014-08-05T14:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T13:19:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>They say children are made readers on the laps of their parents.&nbsp; I couldn&rsquo;t agree more, but what else can a child become between the covers of a book?&nbsp; A chef, an astronaut, an architect?&nbsp; Yes, yes, and yes.&nbsp; Books entertain us, expand us, spark the imagination, and expose us to new worlds.&nbsp; A child can find themselves&mdash;present and future&mdash;amongst the pages of a great story.&nbsp; Looking out from there, anything seems possible.</p><p><em>Elementary school librarian, <a href="" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shares her top recommendations for young, aspiring builders...</em></p> Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping Justine Testado 2014-08-04T10:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T16:30:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Waste House at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Brighton</a>'s Faculty of Arts is stated to be the UK's first permanently built home made of over 85% discarded materials, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 2,000 carpet tiles, and 4,000 plastic DVD cases. But its focus on student involvement in realizing the house is also worth noting. The project leader, <a href="" target="_blank">BBM Architects</a>' Director and University of Brighton Senior Lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, collaborated with a total of 253 undergraduate students, apprentices, and volunteers in the designing and constructing of the Waste House. As students experimented with new applications for these everyday materials, they also learned that it doesn't just have to end up in a landfill.</p> Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in "Mad Men" and "Suits" Julia Ingalls 2014-08-01T11:05:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:26:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an era when corporations are people, people are increasingly the figureheads of corporate emotion.</p> Show Case: ‘Schapenboeten’ Holiday Home by Benthem Crouwel Architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-31T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:56:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Slightly quirky, modest and covered in fishnets, <a href="" target="_blank">Benthem Crouwel Architect</a>&rsquo;s holiday house turns a piece of Dutch vernacular into a sleek but cozy nest. Modeled after the local &lsquo;schapenboeten&rsquo; sheds for storing hay and tools in a windy climate, the home is now part of the landscape on Texel island, a popular tourist destination in the Wandsee known for its fishing and unique sheep breed.</p> Book Review: "The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto" Karen Lohrmann 2014-07-31T09:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T07:22:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When its first seeds were presented in 1977, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Berlin: A Green Archipelago</em></a> was a quiet, prescient manifesto. Oswald Mathias Ungers and a number of colleagues at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cornell University</a> deviated from the intellectual tenets of current reconstruction efforts, seen in the post-war development of European cities, to propose a new model for the "shrinking city". The text's&nbsp;idea of a polycentric urban system really took hold in the 1990s, as urban planning discourse turned towards socioeconomic considerations of ebbing and flowing growth.&nbsp;</p> Student Works: Fantasy and reconstructed realities in MIARD's "Interior Atmospheres" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-30T17:56:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sometimes, 3D models and sectional diagrams aren&rsquo;t the best means for an architect to communicate their design. Sometimes fantasy and memoir take the reins, motivating a different approach run by personalized narrative, exhibited solely through images. A couple of standout theses from the <a href="" target="_blank">Piet Zwart Institute&rsquo;s Masters of Interior Architecture and Retail Design</a> took this route, creating studies of interior spaces steeped in memory and new possibilities.</p> Architectures of the Disaster Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>45.2 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees</a> (UNHCR). The number accords with the <em>1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees</em> articulation of a refugee as: an individual who has fled their country &ldquo;owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.&rdquo; But, as their website admits, in the 63 years since the convention, the dynamics of displacement have radically changed. This definition of a refugee does not account for the millions of people currently displaced by natural disasters, droughts, desertification, sea level rise, population growth, or resource scarcity. Of course such ecological crises are also intricately enmeshed in sociopolitical conflicts, complicating attempts to redefine the refugee or to classify a new category of &ldquo;climate refugees&rdquo; or &ldquo;environmental migrants.&rdquo;</p>... ShowCase: Concrete House by Studio Gil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-29T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Studio Gil</a>&rsquo;s extension of a Victorian terraced house in East London works from the inside out. Situated in a conservation area in the Mile End neighborhood, "Concrete House" maintains its exterior cladding while opening up its interior to the outside, knitting together remodeled inner spaces and exterior views.</p> Screen/Print #21: Log 31, "New Ancients" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T10:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:29:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Log</em></a> is an insistently literary architecture publication &mdash; that is, it prioritizes text far over image. Rejecting &ldquo;the seductive power of the image in media&rdquo;, <em>Log</em> tries to communicate the significant aspects of contemporary architectural discourse within the diverse and often divisive international architectural community.&nbsp;This can be seen as an overt move away from the dominating form of architectural discourse around the globe, one perpetuated by flashy images with little or no context, let alone criticality.</p> AfterShock #3: Brains and the City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T10:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T18:36:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navel-gazing has become a data-driven sport. We are awash in technology that allows us to track our own activities, and then take responsibility for that scrutiny, holding us accountable for calories consumed or credit cards exhausted. The quantified-self movement can be a sandstorm of uselessness, or it can sublimate into constructive action. If we try to focus our navel-gaze to better understand ourselves, it seems imminent that such scrutiny will next focus on the brain.</p> Working out of the Box: Otaat / Myers Collective Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-18T11:06:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:08:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Albert Chu</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">Jenny Myers</a>&nbsp;of <a href="" target="_blank">Otaat / Myers Collective</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="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> Art + Architecture: an interview with Lagos documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T18:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T16:35:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several weeks ago,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">we featured</a>&nbsp;Bregtje van der Haak's interactive documentary,&nbsp;<em>Lagos Close and Wide: an Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</em>, originally released as a DVD in 2004 and now available&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.&nbsp;The project emerged from van der Haak's 2001 trip to Lagos, Nigeria with the architect Rem Koolhaas and their attempt to capture the city at a crucial moment in its emergence as the fastest growing city on the continent. ("Every hour, fifty new people start their lives in Lagos" states the film's description). The documentary utilizes a novel and innovative format in which the information is organized by distance &ndash; close-up, through the perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo, and the more distant perspective typical of many urban studies.&nbsp;Users choose between these visual perspectives as well as various audio by Koolhaas and Lagosians. We recently touched base with van der Haak to better understand her motivations behind the project and experiences of making it.</p>... Koolhaas wreaks havoc at A+D Museum's "S,M,L,XLA" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-14T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the 1958 classic film "The Blob", a globular alien terrorizes a small Pennsylvanian town, ravenously absorbing everything and everyone in its path. It's formidable but silly looking at the same time, and the more it takes in the bigger and angrier it gets. Walking through the <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> at the opening of their <em><strong>S,M,L,XLA</strong></em> exhibition, at times it felt like The Blob had overtaken curation.&nbsp;</p> Material Witness: Insanity in the walls of "True Detective" and "Twin Peaks" Julia Ingalls 2014-07-11T11:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:37:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the line between sanity and insanity? Specifically, what is the material?</p> Screen/Print #20: "Architecture in Formation", design manual for the second digital revolution Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-11T11:06:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T18:56:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part provocation, part manifesto-by-committee, part historical benchmark, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Architecture in Formation</em></strong></a> is designed as the digital architecture manual for the second digital revolution. Anticipating a merger between theory and practice, the book combines formerly unpublished essays and interviews with architecture professionals, musing on how information processing creates, and is changed by, architecture.</p> Art + Architecture: Schumacher vs. Post-Net Nicholas Korody 2014-07-09T17:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T21:50:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In some architecture circles, hating on Patrik Shumacher&rsquo;s &ldquo;parametricism&rdquo; is like <a href="" target="_blank">hating on Robin Thicke&rsquo;s &ldquo;Blurred Lines&rdquo;</a>. It signals a basic shared understanding that, among many other things, artistic professions are <em>not</em> removed from politics, that their practitioners <em>do </em>have responsibilities outside of formal concerns, and that replicating structures of violence is, in general, not a good thing. These conversations are so frequent that they are starting to feel rehearsed: first the staid question, then the momentary pause, finally the sigh of relief. &ldquo;Now we can move on to the important things.&rdquo;</p> The Deans List: Mark Wigley of Columbia University's GSAPP Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-07T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T19:24:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" 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>Mark Wigley</strong>, former Dean of Columbia University's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation</a> in New York City.</p> Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale Esther Sperber 2014-07-07T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T10:01:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>EXCITE</strong></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the <a href="" target="_blank">Elements</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Fundamentals</a> of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for new design.</p> The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> Cutting Room: "Interiors" takes classic films back to the drawing board Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-23T12:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-27T09:31:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Filmmaking is a labor of love that shares architecture&rsquo;s compulsion: to model a stratum of life down to the most precise detail, creating entire worlds that do not (yet) exist. It seems natural then that an architect and filmmaker would combine forces to create <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Interiors</em></a></strong>, a journal of reconstructed sections taken from famous scenes in classic films.</p> "I am trying to function a little bit, in a humble way, as an ambassador for Los Angeles": Interview with Gabriel Kahane about his new album, The Ambassador Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-06-25T21:02:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Gabriel Kahane's new album, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Ambassador</a></em>, builds songs from the moods of places within Los Angeles. Born in Venice Beach, raised in northern California and living in Brooklyn, Kahane has created an unlikely ambassador for Los Angeles' pathos.</p> Screen/Print #19: "Chicagoisms" honors the Windy City's architectural clout Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-17T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T14:20:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="687" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Judging by its nicknames, Chicago is a city driven by industry and a competitive mentality, whether matched up against comparable US metropolises or cities abroad. And while it may no longer be regarded as&nbsp;<em>the</em> urban symbol of architectural influence, Chicago has played an undeniably central role in the creation and dissemination of new ideas, inspiring those who passed through (including Adolf Loos and Frank Lloyd Wright) regardless of how long they stayed. A new collection of essays, gathered under the title <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Chicagoisms</em></strong></a>, explores the city&rsquo;s personality and influence on the forefront of architectural progress, setting a new tone for how architects talk about the &ldquo;Second City.&rdquo;</p> Rem's Venice Biennale is "like being immersed in a stormy S,M,L,XL, with a glass of wine, and hundreds of other people" Terri Peters 2014-06-16T10:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:43:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Modernism &ldquo;history&rdquo;? How do Modern concepts, especially regarding representation, nature, technology and housing, relate to the current state of architecture? These were some overarching questions embedded in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The show opened June 7th under the &ldquo;Fundamentals&rdquo; theme, and it is worth visiting for the important questions it raises about the current state of architecture and building.</p> "This incredible, derogatory, racialized way people talk about the space": director Kelly Anderson's Cutting Room interview on gentrification and activism in her doc, "My Brooklyn" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T11:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T22:32:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">My Brooklyn</a></em> takes a close look at the guiding forces behind Brooklyn&rsquo;s gentrification, from the highly personal perspective of documentary filmmaker (and&nbsp;self-identifying gentrifier), Kelly Anderson. Pivoting around Anderson&rsquo;s and producer Allison Lirish Dean&rsquo;s investigation of redevelopment efforts for downtown Brooklyn&rsquo;s Fulton Mall, the documentary carefully considers both the personal and historical factors behind gentrification&rsquo;s economic shifts, outlining (if not simplifying) the complexity of the gentrification debate.</p> Screen/Print #18: "New SubUrbanisms" by Judith K. De Jong Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-09T10:16:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T22:39:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The American suburbs no longer exist as physically and conceptually peripheral to the downtown, the central consciousness of urban development. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Judith K. De Jong</a>&rsquo;s new book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">New SubUrbanisms</a>, </em>the suburbs'&nbsp;mainstream designation as places of seclusion, domesticity, superficiality, and safety (set in comparison to their accompanying denser urban downtowns), has collapsed in the wake of a feedback loop between central city and suburbia.</p>