Archinect - Features 2017-04-30T10:59:23-04:00 Screen/Print #54: Galen Cranz on Why We Need to Rethink the Chair Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T12:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T12:06:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="862" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Besides buildings (obviously), chairs are probably architects favorite things to design. There&rsquo;s Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Barcelona chair and Gerrit Reitveld&rsquo;s Zig-Zag chair; Arne Jacobson&rsquo;s Model 3107 and Frank Llloyd Wright&rsquo;s Peacock chair. Today, the tradition continues, with architects from David Adjaye to Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid all designing places to perch. Yet, for all their formal grace and beauty, these chairs rarely break the mold. Invariably, they are designed around an upright individual sitting at a right angle. And, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Galen Cranz</a>, a Professor of Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">the University of California, Berkeley</a>, such traditional chair designs just don&rsquo;t cut it&mdash;and they're even harming our health.</p> What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer? A Look at Architecture Summer Camps Around the Country Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-27T11:47:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T17:27:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At least in Los Angeles, we have already started hitting temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit signaling the coming of summer. For parents, this is often an urgent reminder that the school year will be ending soon and plans need to be in place for the summer. For those already expecting little builders out of their offspring, here are a few summer camp options to tide them over.</p> How 3 Architecture Firms Are Using Showreels to Present and Promote Their Work Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:08:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a director or actor, putting together a showreel&mdash;a short video of spliced footage&mdash;is the first step in securing a gig. One may think of it as a cinematic portfolio: the means by which one presents work to the world of one's profession when the work is in motion. It might seem redundant, then, for an architect to have one too.&nbsp;After all, buildings are, by and large, static objects&mdash;and drawings, plans, photos and renderings can tell a lot. But, for those architects that do attempt to encapsulate their portfolio with real, edited footage&mdash;usually in combination with either voice-over or text statements&mdash;the rewards can be great. Not only does it make their work very accessible, it's also a bit of a control freak&rsquo;s dream: the narrative of the practice is orchestrated, down to the millisecond.</p> From Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma, Ian Gillespie is a Developer that Appreciates the Value of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T20:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Making the leap from paper to brick and mortar (or from the screen to IRL) tends to require a fair amount of financial support. Back in the old days, that would mean a wealthy patron like a Medici or a Guggenheim. And today&mdash;well, it also usually means a wealthy patron. For big projects, like a <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a> tower, they&rsquo;re often developers. But, as every architect knows, few developers actually support innovative design. Enter someone like Ian Gillespie, the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Westbank</a> and the backer of many significant projects by major architects, from <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>.</p> "The Element of Time": Celebrating a Century of I.M. Pei Julia Ingalls 2017-04-26T09:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T00:09:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On April 26th, I.M. Pei turns 100 years old. From his former colleagues to Sir Norman Foster to the architect himself, here are remembrances, anecdotes, and a general celebration of the genius of one of the masters of architecture.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Peter Eisenman Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-25T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T16:46:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">the Proust Questionnaire</a>, we're talking with the noted theorist and architect <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Eisenman</a>, who reflects on having not written a book, disliking Scandinavian buildings, and Charlie Brown. With this one, we changed up the questions a bit, per Eisenman's request.</p> Enjoying architecture with Kwong Von Glinow Design Office Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T13:29:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>They may not have even reached their paper anniversary, but <a href="" target="_blank">Kwong Von Glinow Design Office</a>&nbsp;has already made waves having won a few high-profile competitions including the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Chicago Prize</a>. Founded by Lap Chi Kwong and&nbsp;Alison Von Glinow in December of 2016 (which for those that are counting, is all of 5 months ago!), the two Harvard GSD grads have impressive CV's including stints at <a href="" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Wang Shu</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">SOM</a>.</p><p>For obvious reasons, we have included them in our weekly-series, <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>. Read on as the duo discuss collaborative working models, getting clients to support innovative design, and simply, enjoying architecture.&nbsp;</p> Globe trotting designers Peter Murray 2017-04-24T04:16:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T04:18:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following my last blog on the size of London's architectural economy, I was interviewed for a programme on BBC television about the impact of Brexit. Jack Pringle, UK head of Perkins and Will and ex President of the RIBA, was also on the programme and showed the presenter around his office and quizzed his staff about where they were from - "Italy", "Slovakia", "Spain" they responded.</p> Screen/Print #53: Richard Meier Ponders the Meaning of 'Home' in America, Today Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T12:09:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;What does it take to make a house a home?&rdquo; asks Bernard Friedman, editor of the newly-released book <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The American Idea of Home: Conversations About Architecture and Design</em></a>. Featuring interviews with thirty of the most significant architects practicing today, the volume probes the meaning of home past and present, as well as the role of architecture in constructing it, particularly during an era when most American homes aren&rsquo;t designed by architects at all.</p> Mid-Century Surprises: Sam Lubell's 10 Favorite Finds From His New Book "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide" Sam Lubell 2017-04-20T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T17:26:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The West Coast has one of the greatest legacies of mid-century modern architecture in the world. Everybody knows its legendary icons, like <a href="" target="_blank">Pierre Koenig</a>&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Case Study 22</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Eames House</a>, and the timber homes of Sea Ranch. But there are so many surprises hiding in plain sight, showcasing the exceptional talent and variety within the modernist movement, and taking you to places you&rsquo;d never go. Here are a few of the best.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 20 April 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-04-20T01:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T14:14:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the London Festival of Architecture opening in June &ndash; during which Weston Williamson and Partners have events planned &ndash; the organisers have commissioned a survey of the contribution that architecture makes to the UK economy. When we met last year, Tamsie Thompson the Director of LFA was keen to promote the event on a par with London Fashion week, and we suggested she needed firm evidence of the financial musclier order to convince Government why they should support her. She now has that research, and it makes interesting reading particularly for those responsible for our Brexit negotiations.</p> Designing For and With the Landscape: an Interview with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Nicholas Korody 2017-04-19T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:34:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a way, the work of <a href="" target="_blank">MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects</a> stands out in that it fits in. That is to say, while so many of their contemporaries orient their work around attention-grabbing icons, the Halifax-based practice led by Bryan MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple strives to make buildings that bring attention towards, rather than away from, the landscape.</p> In Focus: Alex Upton Ellen Hancock 2017-04-19T05:18:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T05:18:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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,&nbsp;we talk to <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Alex Upton</a>&nbsp;</strong>based between London and Birmingham.&nbsp;</p> How to ace a job “audition” at Richard Meier & Partners Archinect 2017-04-18T11:36:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T12:40:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical and there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> Talking Intra-Office Communication with LADG Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-17T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2004 by principals Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Design Group</a>&nbsp;straddles the line between being a service-oriented firm dedicated to building real projects and an experimental laboratory.&nbsp;</p><p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the partners about intra-office communication, the proverbial grandma's closet, and the difficulties in teaching methods of experimentation.&nbsp;</p> Johnston Marklee tackle the “tyranny of newness” in 2017's Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T09:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the artistic directors of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, Johnston Marklee are interested in examining history and its contributions to contemporary architecture in a way that isn&rsquo;t about promoting rearguard ideas, but rather one that demands a more thoughtful approach toward the value of &ldquo;newness.&rdquo;</p> Never Meant to Copy, Only to Surpass: Plagiarism Versus Innovation in Architectural Imitation Hannah Wood 2017-04-13T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T20:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wangjing SOHO, a three tower complex in Beijing penned by <a href="" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, became a worldwide sensation when it was revealed that the scheme was being <a href="" target="_blank">plagiarized</a> by an illicit construction team in Chongqing, southern China. Despite the subsequent outcry from the professional design world, Hadid responded that if the &lsquo;copy-cat&rsquo; designs displayed innovative mutations, &ldquo;that would be exciting&rdquo;. While many architectural icons are commissioned precisely for their artistic originality, the design response is often non-site specific, which raises interesting questions when such icons are reproduced around the globe. What does it mean for architectural originality and innovation, when a &lsquo;copy-paste&rsquo; strategy is normalized?</p> Frank Gehry, Architectural Education, and the “Future of Prisons” Leo Shaw 2017-04-12T11:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T19:13:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week the Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper reported that <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, the 88-year old superstar of American architecture, is teaching a course at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> this spring entitled &ldquo;The Future of Prison.&rdquo;</p><p>To denizens of architecture Twitter, which has specialized in outrage over the past several months, the news seemed like a bad April Fool&rsquo;s joke. Even the course description had the tone-deaf optimism of a Silicon Valley pitch line, asking &ldquo;emerging architects to break free of current conventions and re-imagine what we now refer to as &lsquo;prison&rsquo; for a new era.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Fernando Romero Nicholas Korody 2017-04-11T13:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T18:13:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every other week, we get personal with a major architect for our new series <a href="" target="_blank">the Proust Questionnaire</a>. For this week's iteration, we're talking with Fernando Romero, the OMA-trained architect who heads the Mexico City-based studio&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">fr&middot;ee</a>.</p> Studio Visits : Studio WOK, Milan 6th April 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-04-11T03:57:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T06:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While exploring the streets of Milan for Design Week we took the opportunity to visit local architecture practice, <a href="" target="_blank">Studio WOK</a>. They showed us around their studio, talked us through past and present projects as well giving us a few hot tips for Milan.&nbsp;</p> Trying Something New with Matter Design Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T14:21:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of <a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>&nbsp;- an interdisciplinary studio founded in 2008. Recent finalists of the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 AZ Awards</a>, the duo discuss their love of taking on experimental projects, merging the design and making process, and even give us a little background on the history of the architecture studio.</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Natural History Museum, London Ellen Hancock 2017-04-08T14:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T14:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="526" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our new series <a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p><p>For our second feature in the series, we interviewed Paul Gallagher who works at the <a href="" target="_blank">Natural History Museum</a>&nbsp;in London as Project and Programme Manager in their Central Project Office.</p><p>Presently the museum is undergoing significant refurbishment, in particular, the Hintze Hall, which is currently closed to the public.&nbsp;</p> Comic Relief(s): Exploring the Architectural Imagination of Ben Katchor Julia Ingalls 2017-04-07T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T23:02:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture is one of the most expansive fields there is: it bridges the loftiest conceptual realm with nuts-and-bolts physicality. Some architects never leave the paper world, while others dwell primarily in crowded conference rooms and muddy building sites. This is partially why the comic strip of work Ben Katchor is so remarkable; it acts not only as an idiosyncratic survey of the built world, but as a humorous exploration of the conceptual one.</p> Chris Fogarty, founding partner of Fogarty Finger, shares the perks of working at a midsize firm Archinect 2017-04-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T19:48:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical and there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> You say Biennial, I say Biennale: 9 of Today’s Most Critical Architecture Biennials Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-06T12:50:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:50:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every two years, hundreds of thousands flock to the historic small islands of Venice, where history and art meet to give us one of the most influential fixtures in the architectural world&mdash;<a href="" target="_blank">The Venice Biennale of Architecture</a>. While originally a more specialized art-world affair, biennials now figure in the larger cultural menu drawing huge crowds and the <a href="" target="_blank">exhibitionary format</a>, occurring every other year, has proliferated in the past two decades offering the field myriad options for getting one's expo fix.</p> Social Object Relations: Window Breaking and Projective Identification Alan Ruiz 2017-04-06T12:24:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:24:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout modern history, the shattered transparent envelope has, in various ways, indexed social crises wherein revolution leads to the dismantling of the crystalline boundaries between public and private property. &nbsp;From the Watts Rebellion, WTO, and G8 protests to the 2011 London Riots, <a href="" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> protests, and the inauguration of <a href="" target="_blank">Donald J. Trump</a>, the shattered glass window repeatedly proves to be a site of counter-identification with systems of oppression under late capitalism. Learning from these events, how might we differently consider the act of window-breaking beyond the conventional understandings of protest and felony, and instead, reframe it as an intersubjective form of resistance and disavowal?</p> Screen/Print #52: Shela Sheikh Searches for New Political Vocabularies in 'And Now: Architecture Against a Developer Presidency' Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T23:01:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="904" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump won the US Presidential election. Just under a month later, the US Army Corps of Engineers temporarily halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline following large protests heavily covered by the media. These events frame &nbsp;Shela Sheikh&rsquo;s essay &ldquo;Translating Geontologies&rdquo;, which contends with an emerging (or at least, for some, a newly visible) political landscape marked by &ldquo;an insidious violence that is more often than not environmental and affecting the bodies of racialized subjects.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Review: The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945 at Barbican Centre Grace Quah 2017-04-05T11:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T11:29:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The home continues to play a central role in contemporary Japanese architecture. This year, the Barbican has put together an exhibition that documents the development of post-war Japanese domestic architecture, from the traditional to the modern, drawing on the work of over 40 Japanese architects from the past 70 years.&nbsp;</p> Building 'togetherness' through architecture: an interview with ConstructLab Joanne Pouzenc 2017-04-04T09:44:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T06:48:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">ConstructLab</a> is a collaborative design and construction practice founded by the carpenter-slash-architect Alexander R&ouml;mer in the early 2000s. Working on both ephemeral and permanent projects, ConstructLab gathers architects, designers, builders, social scientists, curators, graphic designers, photographers, gardeners and cooks around the ideas of bringing sites to life and creating a sense of place. But beyond construction and design, what really binds those individuals is the notion of &lsquo;togetherness&rsquo;.</p> Keeping control by staying small with STAT Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-03T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the founder of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">STAT Architecture</a>, a New York City-based firm specializing in residential and mixed-use projects, who was motived by a desire to have true ownership over her work. And while the firm might be planning on staying small, they are currently&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">looking to add</a> a few more members to their team!</p>