Archinect - Features 2014-09-21T22:37:51-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/105942972/the-life-of-a-new-architect-eric-h-weler The Life of a New Architect: Eric Höweler Sean Smith 2014-09-17T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T19:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqr5cow2anuhuxhh.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's working as an architect actually like? Even for students on track to become one, the answer isn't always clear or forthcoming, and for those outside the industry, common ideas about architecture rarely reflect its reality. In our "<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/494990/the-life-of-a-new-architect" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect</a></strong>" series, three young architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/109023596/material-witness-4-writing-on-the-wall Material Witness #4: Writing on the Wall Julia Ingalls 2014-09-16T11:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T16:38:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vj78en1pweq4fqe4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role. Like a cartoon thought bubble, signage is a tangible manifestation of how a character feels, yet it also encourages the audience to read between the etched lines.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/108655901/factory-berlin-a-new-tech-incubator-emerges-from-the-ruins-of-the-berlin-wall Factory Berlin, a New Tech Incubator, Emerges from the Ruins of the Berlin Wall Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T11:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T07:21:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mwrmyr451lqw6q64.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The archives of the <em>New York Times </em>testify to the euphoria that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. An article entitled <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/11/opinion/the-end-of-the-war-to-end-wars.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;The End of the War to End Wars&rdquo;</a> reads: &ldquo;Crowds of young Germans danced on top of the hated Berlin wall Thursday night. They danced for joy, they danced for history. They danced because the tragic cycle of catastrophes that first convulsed Europe 75 years ago, embracing two world wars, a Holocaust and a cold war, seems at long last to be nearing an end.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/108577997/showcase-stadthaus-m1-by-barkow-leibinger Showcase: Stadthaus M1 by Barkow Leibinger Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-11T11:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T22:57:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ek/ekz61auapfosxzqw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The subtle strength of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger-architects" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>'s&nbsp;<strong>Stadthaus M1</strong> derives from its passive house standards and connection to local environment. The basic polygonal form of the overall structure, which includes a hotel and street-level shops separate from apartments, is jointed by a &ldquo;pocket park&rdquo; that serves as a serene connector between the complex&rsquo;s private-public areas as well as a transition space to nearby streets. Located in the &ldquo;sustainable model district&rdquo; of Vauban in the already so-called &ldquo;green city&rdquo; of Freiburg, Germany, Stadthaus M1 is right at home aesthetically and ideologically.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/108112212/cutting-room-joseph-kosinski-talks-to-archinect-about-his-transition-from-architecture-to-hollywood Cutting Room: Joseph Kosinski talks to Archinect about his transition from architecture to Hollywood Paul Petrunia 2014-09-05T11:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-13T07:59:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/njfgla8slmomxfhq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we've seen throughout our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series, there's a clear relationship between architecture and filmmaking. Architecture is inspired by film as often as film is inspired by architecture, so it's not uncommon for architects to experiment with film, or even transition into a film career. <a href="http://www.josephkosinski.com/" target="_blank">Joseph Kosinski</a> is one such individual, but his path to filmmaking is a little different than normal. His full-length directorial debut was for 2010's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001?ref_=nm" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a>, a blockbuster sequel to the early 80's classic. Three years later, he followed that with the visually stunning <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013?ref_=nm" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>, starring Tom Cruise.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107718872/screen-print-24-architectural-fantasies-from-fairy-tales-when-architecture-tells-a-story Screen/Print #24: Architectural fantasies from "Fairy Tales — When Architecture Tells A Story" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-03T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T20:14:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/ripe6mp0xej2h08h.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A good fairy tale, like good architecture, makes fantasy inhabitable. It provides a foundation for the reader to stand on, and then let&rsquo;s them loose to fill in the rest with their own experiences, making a universal structure personal. But sometimes, when architects try to tell the story of their world-building to others, they rely on too exclusive of a foundation.&nbsp;<strong><em><a href="http://www.blankspaceproject.com/" target="_blank">Fairy Tales &mdash; When Architecture Tells A Story</a></em></strong>, a collection of fantastical stories written and designed by architects, tries to make that foundation more accessible.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107421297/prototyping-architecture-in-digital-fashion-makes-parametricism-personal Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-29T11:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:41:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kq/kq8vzmv2l27hl56f.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fashion design may seem far removed from architecture, but both disciplines have the human scale at their centers. One intimately wraps the body, the other moderates its passage through the world, but both are occasions for self-expression and vital to survival. The organizers behind&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parametrica.ro%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF1DX8C0WYIFh4TN_ravNk2SoR6vw" target="_blank">Parametrica&nbsp;[Digi Fab School]</a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.architectureinfashion.ro/description/" target="_blank">Architecture in Digital Fashion</a>&rdquo; workshop are encouraging architecture and design students to apply their skillset in these overlaps, to explore how wearable materials and architectural forms can inform one another.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T14:48:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T14:10:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m9/m9pj1zd5rfr3ih37.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Water has become a central focus for both the Islamic State and its combatants in the current struggle being waged over the large geographic area of northern Iraq and southern Syria.&nbsp;Previously overshadowed by the conflicts in Gaza and Crimea, the rapid emergence and expansion of the Islamic State (IS) has recently become the focus of international media attention, accelerated by the release and dissemination of a video depicting the execution of American journalist Steven Foley, allegedly by the IS.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106956389/the-life-of-a-new-architect-elizabeth-christoforetti The Life of a New Architect: Elizabeth Christoforetti Sean Smith 2014-08-28T10:30:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T08:21:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k7/k7xo3849i5mg1g8v.jpg" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's working as an architect actually like? Even for students on track to become one, the answer isn't always clear or forthcoming, and for those outside the industry, common ideas about architecture rarely reflect reality.&nbsp;In this series of articles, three architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107417277/la-s-grand-central-the-gentrification-of-the-people-s-market-interview-with-director-dylan-valley "LA's Grand Central : The Gentrification of the People's Market": Interview with director Dylan Valley Anthony Carfello 2014-08-27T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:17:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xi2unxtrremndoi.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dylan Valley is a filmmaker from Cape Town who recently completed a master&rsquo;s degree at the University of Southern California. While in Los Angeles, Valley produced a short documentary film about downtown&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/" target="_blank">Grand Central Market</a>, and its continuing <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/10/news/la-dd-another-hot-addition-to-the-grand-central-market-egg-slut-is-coming-20130710" target="_blank">transformation</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede Working out of the Box: Julia Watson of "Studio Rede" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T12:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ij49yiel0kmh8tyj.jpg" width="514" height="514" 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&nbsp;<strong>Julia Watson</strong>, landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist.</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/107106663/material-witness-3-windows-to-the-soul-less Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less) Julia Ingalls 2014-08-22T11:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T12:35:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h4/h47tjdxo78oy4ox0.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Love is the universal tether that binds kings to paupers and geniuses to fools. Perhaps this is why audiences are endlessly fascinated by psychopaths, serial killers, and other characters who seemingly live without love.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105501323/screen-print-23-rem-magazine-interviews-philippe-rahm-and-ugo-la-pietra Screen/Print #23: REM magazine interviews Philippe Rahm and Ugo La Pietra Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-23T13:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vy96xxzc8604di15.jpg" width="514" height="724" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It might be best to consider <em><a href="http://magazinerem.tumblr.com/interviews" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sh/sh9kvg18hkxjvd48.jpg" 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="http://www.bzbooks.org/facsimile/" target="_blank">Facsimile</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106419198/screen-print-22-interview-with-steven-holl-for-macmag39 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7xujahclmu3bi63.jpg" width="514" height="716" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/16607/the-glasgow-school-of-art" 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="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" 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="http://macmag39.com/" target="_blank"><em>MacMag</em></a>, the architecture school&rsquo;s annual publication.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h1/h1ni4q7yj1904fgy.jpg" width="514" height="332" 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 <strong>Francis Tsai</strong>&nbsp;of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Tsai-Illustration-and-Concept-Design/367692304491?ref_type=bookmark" 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="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnaai243sa2ps5d5.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hme2va65utvojmya.jpg" 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="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shares her top recommendations for young, aspiring builders...</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/ji3dwyrpbryyfm5h.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Waste House at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6434534/university-of-brighton" 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="http://www.bbm-architects.co.uk/" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/105419359/material-witness-2-lighting-the-path-of-self-destruction-in-mad-men-and-suits 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/do/do20ejq3amsvxuek.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/105482832/show-case-schapenboeten-holiday-home-by-benthem-crouwel-architects 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izksux4vbx4tsku0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Slightly quirky, modest and covered in fishnets, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/64208796/benthem-crouwel-architects" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/105250588/book-review-the-city-in-the-city-berlin-a-green-archipelago-a-manifesto 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l17e36jvorn9dyys.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When its first seeds were presented in 1977, <a href="http://www.lars-mueller-publishers.com/en/die-stadt-in-der-stadt" 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="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1544387/cornell-university" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/105345412/student-works-fantasy-and-reconstructed-realities-in-miard-s-interior-atmospheres 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odop2azf3sqn16mu.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/103700/master-of-interior-architecture-piet-zwart-institute" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster Architectures of the Disaster Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/ncsacrffdgd6p8gb.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>45.2 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution, <a href="http://www.unhcr.org" 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>... http://archinect.com/features/article/105321273/showcase-concrete-house-by-studio-gil 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6t5uucm7h2wnejn.jpg" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51925022/studio-gil" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/104868902/screen-print-21-log-31-new-ancients Screen/Print #21: Log 31, "New Ancients" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T10:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T19:05:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ub7f5yy5u4rjxgqj.jpg" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46037753/log" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6pdgvke18am89pv.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/103949950/working-out-of-the-box-otaat-myers-collective 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pc/pcgx8geddui2x2gx.jpg" width="514" height="692" 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://otaat.com/" target="_blank">Albert Chu</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.myerscollective.com/" target="_blank">Jenny Myers</a>&nbsp;of <a href="http://otaatmyerscollective.com/" 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="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103938664/art-architecture-an-interview-with-lagos-documentary-filmmaker-bregtje-van-der-haak 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yj30he2m5islm6.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several weeks ago,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" 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="http://lagos.submarinechannel.com/" 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>... http://archinect.com/features/article/103884029/koolhaas-wreaks-havoc-at-a-d-museum-s-s-m-l-xla-exhibition 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9eho4v2hfgxo570.jpg" 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="http://aplusd.org/" 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>