Archinect - Features 2016-09-24T20:17:44-04:00 The lazy architect's guide to completing continuing education credits Julia Ingalls 2016-09-23T11:59:00-04:00 >2016-09-24T04:44:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are continuing education credits, and why are they necessary? More importantly, what&rsquo;s the easiest way of completing them? For your convenience, we've put together an overview of the AIA's Continuing Education System, and seven simple solutions for getting through it.</p> Screen/Print #45: Orhan Ayyüce interviews "The Wire" actor Bob Wisdom for LA Forum's summer issue Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T21:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="785" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For locals and beyond, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has a simple aim&mdash;highlight what makes L.A.'s architecture and urbanism discourse special, and what it can teach the rest of the world. Seasonally, <a href="" target="_blank">LA Forum</a> draws on its own board members and reaches into the community to publish a newsletter under a single theme or proposition.</p> The visionary workaholic: an intimate, luscious documentary portrait of Eero Saarinen Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T16:58:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the way that the&nbsp;<em>Star Wars</em> film franchise was modeled on Joseph Campbell&rsquo;s theory of the hero&rsquo;s journey, architectural documentaries might seem to be modeled on the theory of the visionary workaholic. Certainly this is the case with&nbsp;<em>Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, </em>which&nbsp;stays true to its form with majestic drone footage, voice-over narration, a soundtrack by Moby&nbsp;and interviews with famous co-workers, architects, and family members.</p> How To Get A Job At: Studio Link-Arc Archinect 2016-09-19T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T04:44:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navigating the unpredictable landscape of job hunting is an arduous task that demands unrelenting patience.&nbsp;When you're at your wit's end, it's tempting to throw caution to the wind and send the same exact resume to multiple design firms. But no two firms are identical. Although certain technical skills are required across the industry,&nbsp;there are particular essential qualities &mdash; and red flags &mdash; that aren't always listed on a firm's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a>. 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> Context as content: mapping the contemporary at the 2016 Oslo Triennale with OMA, Andrés Jaque and more Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T11:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T16:31:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Maybe the closest thing to new construction in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>After Belonging</em></a>, the sixth Oslo Architecture Triennale, is an apple press assembled with two 2x2&rsquo;s, some nails, a saw, a gallon bucket, a heavy pole, a colander, a hammer, a plastic bag, a funnel and a car jack. Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter designed the device after finding an abandoned apple orchard on the eastern edge of the Torshov asylum center, which houses refugees from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.</p> Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization Julia Ingalls 2016-09-16T12:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T21:55:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In architecture, city-wide design concepts have a checkered history: public housing projects and century-old zoning ordinances seem to have created almost as many problems as they were intended to solve. And yet, the dream of the collective urban form may be restored with the work of the Harvard Graduate Design School&rsquo;s new Office for Urbanization. Headed by landscape architecture professor Charles Waldheim, the Office for Urbanization is currently tackling the problems of sea level rise in Miami Beach, but the scope of its research is unearthing a promising new realm of possibilities.</p> They offered you the job! Now here's how to negotiate for the position you actually want Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T11:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T17:38:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From salary to benefits to title, what are some specific guidelines to getting the best working conditions you can in the process of being hired? Distilled from Archinect's research, here's a starter-kit to negotiating with employers.&nbsp;</p> Deborah Berke shares her vision as incoming dean at the Yale School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-14T12:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T06:28:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As of this July, Deborah Berke took over the deanship at the Yale School of Architecture, <a href="" target="_blank">succeeding Robert A.M. Stern</a> after his nearly twenty years in the position. Having taught at Yale herself for almost thirty years, Berke is no stranger to its academic culture, and has expansive plans now that she&rsquo;s assumed the historic title of the School&rsquo;s first female dean.</p> RIP to the EU 1973-2016: Five monumental buildings in the UK by European architects Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-09T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T18:24:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UK joined the European Community, later to become the European Union on the 1st of January 1973 with Denmark and Ireland. If the UK had never joined the EU, how different would the architectural landscape be? Lets take a look at five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.</p> 7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts Julia Ingalls 2016-09-09T11:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T11:19:35-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don&rsquo;t tell the architectural students with six figures of debt, but that education of theirs might not be entirely necessary&mdash;especially when one looks at the ranks of famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts. These accomplished designers either didn&rsquo;t complete their formal education or simply forged their own path by virtue of teaching themselves how to design. No matter how they dodged formal education, all of these figures pursued a passionate love of their field.&nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #44: 'Education: Trial and Error' from The Metropolitan Laboratory Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-09-08T11:26:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:27:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="731" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A hyper-competitive culture pervades today&rsquo;s workplaces and academic settings. It often seems like the only path to success is, well, success. But what about the value of failure? After all, it&rsquo;s hard to know what&rsquo;s right when you don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s wrong.</p> Win ECO-MONOPOLY by playing for sustainability, not profit Julia Ingalls 2016-09-07T11:42:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:22:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When the Parker Brothers' version of the game Monopoly was released in 1935, it was primarily a celebration of capitalism; players were encouraged to build as much high-priced real estate as they could by acquiring desirable tracts of land and then forcibly renting them out to unlucky arrivals. The goal was to bankrupt the other players, all the while dodging the slings and arrows of the often financially ruinous 'Chance' cards.</p> An expert's thoughts on how to negotiate, at any point in your career Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T11:59:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T12:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a few intense years of late nights and long days, you&rsquo;re now ready to embark on even more years of late nights and long days in the form of your next job. However, you do have some say in your working conditions. How should an architect negotiate the terms of their new position to create the ideal environment?</p> The young and restless practice of IF_DO Robert Urquhart 2016-09-05T05:34:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:14:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I&rsquo;m in Peckham, South London, just across the road from Camberwell College of Arts, to meet <a href="" target="_blank">IF_DO</a>, a young practice run by Al Scott, Sarah Castle and Thomas Bryans. The trio met in 2002 at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Edinburgh</a> whilst getting their MA in Architectural Design, and in the two years that their fledgling studio has been in practice, they&rsquo;ve caused a stir with a thought-provoking manifesto and renderings that were displayed at the Royal Academy Summer Show. All that, without having yet embarked on a building of their own creation.</p> Level up: using video games to unlock the city Nicholas Korody 2016-09-02T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:06:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="" target="_blank">Monopoly</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">SimCity</a>, games can foster a special sort of engagement with an urban environment, helping us hash out and represent the complex socioeconomic and political forces that determine its morphology. It&rsquo;s no surprise, then, that architects employ games to work out and convey new ideas, or that game designers look to the city for inspiration.</p> Gaming the System: role-playing spatial and political change Quilian Riano 2016-09-01T09:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T00:18:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"[The] sovereign art, of course, will be the one whose laws rule over the relations among men in their totality. That is, Politics.</p><p>Nothing is alien to Politics, because nothing is alien to the superior art that rules the relations among men.</p><p>Medicine, war, architecture, etc. &ndash; minor and major arts, all without exception &ndash; are subject to, and make up, that sovereign art." &mdash; Augusto Boal, <em>Theatre of the Oppressed</em>, 1973</p> Upping the ante: the high and low culture of architecture competitions Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T12:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:40:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Entering an architecture competition is basically a form of speculative investment. Time is money, and competitions tend to require a lot of both. Models, renders, and prints&mdash;not to mention wages&mdash;can deplete the coffer quickly, especially for a young practice. A studio will invest their time and money in an entry in the hope that, at a later date, it will generate a return: a commission or some recognition. Unfortunately, competitions tend to be risky investments.</p> London is a game of life or death in 'Metropoly' Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T09:33:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:01:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The city has long been a tool for social development and progression,&rdquo; writes Adam Fryett in Metropoly, his submission to Archinect&rsquo;s open call for August. &ldquo;It is clear however that the <a href="" target="_blank">neoliberal</a>&nbsp;age&nbsp;of consumer capital has led to a regression of the social standards of modern city development, leading to a vast reduction in both the quality of life and life itself of a vast number of inhabitants.&rdquo;</p> 3D-printing a better skeleton for concrete structures, with Platt Boyd of Branch Technology Aaron Willette 2016-08-30T11:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:16:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Platt Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Branch Technology, a start-up in Chattanooga, Tennessee that is actively pursuing the intersection of technology and construction. Their Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) system combines industrial robotics and material science to 3D print a large-scale, optimized lattice system for concrete structures.</p><p>In order to source the design for the first full-scale application of their system, Branch recently held the <a href="" target="_blank">Freeform Home Design Challenge</a>&mdash;the winning entry by <a href="" target="_blank">WATG Urban Architecture Studio</a> will start production in early 2017.</p> Stripped of cosmetics, but imbued with substance: inside the Berard Residence Julia Ingalls 2016-08-26T09:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:04:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As conceptually oriented housing design goes, the Berard Residence has a bold aim: it attempts to shift the preconception of housing's elemental function away from shelter and into a more experiential mode, concerned with the qualities of human existence itself. Submitted to <a href="" target="_blank">our open call</a> under July's theme of Domesticity, the home aligns itself with a new interpretation of the 'case study' ideal.</p> Using game theory to fine-tune architectural diplomacy Nicholas Korody 2016-08-25T09:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T18:27:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When you think of game theory, you might imagine numbers scrawled with a wax pencil on a pane of glass by a troubled genius&mdash;calculations extrapolating order out of the apparent chaos of human activity. After all, that&rsquo;s pretty much how it goes in <em>A Beautiful Mind</em>, the biopic of the mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., a major contributor to the field. But game theory isn&rsquo;t just the domain of high-minded academics; it has very real and practical applications, including for architectural design. I talked with the London-based firm Mzo Tarr about their use of game theory in &ldquo;every aspect of the design process&rdquo;.</p> Screen/Print #43: 'Beautifully Banal' by Architecture Hero Julia Ingalls 2016-08-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:01:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Beautifully Banal,</em>&nbsp;a marvelously detailed, narrative-driven exploration of architectural drawing types via a fly&rsquo;s structural adventures, is both a slender comic and an architectural delight.</p> Behind the scenes of 'The Witness', a video game designed by architects Nicholas Korody 2016-08-23T09:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:32:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"This is so beautiful &ndash; can I live here?&rdquo; asks user GhostRobo on his YouTube walkthrough of the puzzle game <em>the Witness</em>, verbalizing what many probably feel after first leaving the dark tunnel where the player begins. This a game where the design, built in part by a team of architects and landscape architects, rivals the gameplay.</p> The students behind 'Liquid Shard' – a dynamic sculpture for downtown Los Angeles Eulalia Moran 2016-08-22T10:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:57:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Liquid Shard was raised on July 28, 2016 as the product of the students of the Los Angeles Visiting School of the <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Association in London</a> (AAVSLA) and Poetic Kinetics, an L.A. based company specialising in large-scale art installations and experimental design.</p> Cuteness and the fight for architectural preservation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T09:19:00-04:00 >2016-08-29T11:51:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We all know architecture is a deathly serious business&mdash;but sometimes, that severity weighs so heavily that it becomes oppressive, restricting debate to an academic mean and setting a glacial pace of cultural influence. When that happens, the key to liberating architectural discourse might just arrive in a coat made of kittens, painted in Lisa Frank fluorescence.</p> A home that molds itself to your memories Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T09:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T10:21:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Traces of the past permeate a home, which acts as a sort of repository for memories. Thus, a move is never just a relocation, it&rsquo;s also a departure from the past and its signifiers. But what if houses conformed to our memories rather than the other way around? In <em>The Settlement</em>, a submission to our July <a href="" target="_blank">open call</a>, Noah Gotlib and Pica Limbaseanu propose a future where a family &ldquo;will soon be able to experience everything within the confines of the home, yet part with nothing.&rdquo;</p> Architecture's place in the museum Bridget Gayle Ground 2016-08-17T09:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:16:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The role that architecture plays in our individual and communal lives is often overlooked, yet in an age when environmental crises are imminent and individuals increasingly turn inward to their electronic devices, an investment in quality spaces that promote social and ecological well-being seems more urgent than ever. This conundrum begs the question: how can a deeper appreciation for architecture be instilled in twenty-first century society?</p> ELL House by Domaen maximizes 'remodeled' footprint with strategic hillside ordinance loophole Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T09:25:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The stone, wood, and stucco form of the ELL house in Los Angeles' Benedict Canyon is not the first structure to grace its site. Oddly enough, the previous structure helped to accelerate ELL&rsquo;s building process: the architects were able to list their design as a remodeled residence for permitting purposes, thereby sneaking past the Baseline Hillside Ordinance's setback and building restrictions.</p> If you can’t stand the domesticity, get out of the kitchen Julia Ingalls 2016-08-15T09:26:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kitchen design in the U.S. has evolved substantially in the last 100 years, moving from a service-oriented back room to the third largest space in houses.&nbsp;This shift has played a role in how people define domesticity, domestic relationships, and even community at large.</p> 'Everyone deserves a decent place to live.' – minding London's development gaps with Mohsin Cooper Robert Urquhart 2016-08-14T05:59:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mohsin Cooper</a><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Architects</a>&nbsp;is a young practice focused largely on housing, based in Brighton and London, and run by Justin Cooper and Abe Mohsin.</p>