Archinect - Features 2016-05-01T04:01:54-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149940944/the-gimp-room-the-padded-cell-the-medical-office-inside-the-world-of-kink-com The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T10:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:54:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ec1au9dt3fv1xfr6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;If you do your job right then no one will notice,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult film is very much a designed object &ndash; particularly when it comes to the elaborate structural and fantasy elements involved in BDSM and kink.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all The internship test or: why even become an architect at all? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T09:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T14:53:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yfo9ubiqoglyutn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The question of internships frames something of a litmus test in architecture &ndash; although they tend to indicate more about the hiring firm than the hire. Exploited labor or necessary rite-of-passage? It&rsquo;s a debate that&rsquo;s been raging for decades almost exclusively through this binary, even as the context in which it&rsquo;s been waged has transformed considerably. While certain practices have moved to institute fair compensation into their intern programs, life for many architecture interns today remains a struggle.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936854/glasgow-s-collective-architecture-finds-success-and-freedom-in-employee-ownership Glasgow's Collective Architecture finds success and freedom in employee ownership Robert Urquhart 2016-03-29T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxypv11vbuv81csd.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Glasgow-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/53302/collective-architecture" target="_blank">Collective Architecture</a> was founded in 2007. In what can now be heralded as a great strategic move, former owner Chris Stewart decided to transfer company ownership from himself &ndash; after a successful ten year run as Chris Stewart Architects &ndash; to an employee-owned trust. Now operating with 34 staff, all pulling together, the trust is not just that of finance but of principle and practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148987999/when-designing-for-money-breaks-the-bank-architecture-mold When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold Julia Ingalls 2016-03-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hs6ruluyd15zpoqf.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think bank architecture and its associated headquarters and you may find yourself stultified by visions of doric columns, artless atriums, and bland corporate highrises. However, these six structures by prominent practitioners are a survey of the unusual and intriguing. Here&rsquo;s what each financial institution says about its social/historical context, as well as the role of money at that time.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149910526/meow-parlour-is-a-modern-hangout-for-nyc-s-adoptable-cats Meow Parlour is a modern hangout for NYC's adoptable cats Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-14T15:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:20:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwxflmgvxmtypfm6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking out inquisitively&nbsp;onto a busy New York City avenue, a white and grey cat perches on a counter that is supported by a base that fittingly reads&nbsp;<em>M E O W </em>in bold<em>. </em>She soaks in warm light that beams through a floor-to-ceiling window, while dozens of other felines play and lounge throughout the rest of their 800sf domain. These cats are temporary residents at&nbsp;<em>Meow Parlour</em>, a modest venue that allows adoptable cats and city-goers a chance to interact within a comfortable &ndash; and refreshingly upbeat &ndash; environment.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148822508/between-art-and-design-rethinking-function-with-hand-job-gallery-store Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store Nicholas Korody 2016-02-23T17:55:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:23:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cjab3kv23li9k0yl.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google &ldquo;art vs design&rdquo; and you&rsquo;ll find a slew of fairly common sense diagrams and articles. &ldquo;Good art is a talent&rdquo;, stipulates one, while &ldquo;good design is a skill&rdquo;. Or, similarly, &ldquo;good art is interpreted&rdquo;, whereas &ldquo;good design is understood&rdquo;. My favorite includes two identical images of a chair. Beneath one reads the caption, &ldquo;a chair: design&rdquo;, while beneath the second, &ldquo;a tree: conceptual art&rdquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/144981919/working-out-of-the-box-scott-paterson-of-ideo Working Out of the Box: Scott Paterson of IDEO Nam Henderson 2016-01-31T11:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T18:31:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljtu4d678dyo21cn.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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</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>Scott Paterson</strong>, project lead at IDEO.</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, <a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T12:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:08:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dh41mhlrv47w6tr5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Decades of sci-fi movies have made it hard to imagine a future without <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations" target="_blank">augmented reality</a>. Yet besides the largely fizzled-out promise of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39236405/google-glasses-adding-a-virtual-layer-to-the-physical-environment" target="_blank">Google Glass</a>, little headway seems to have been made integrating digitally-enhanced vision into everyday life. That might be about to change, at least according to the folks over at Daqri, a Los Angeles-based &ldquo;human-machine interface company.&rdquo; Their recently-announced &ldquo;Smart Helmet&rdquo; is billed as the the &ldquo;biggest makeover&rdquo; the construction helmet has had in its history.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145288644/new-year-new-you-how-a-few-uk-firms-are-switching-up-their-game New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game Robert Urquhart 2016-01-14T05:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-16T22:40:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/dj3vu7qe3x0y8b5v.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time again &ndash; the fresh slate of a new year, the bloat of holidays past and the intent to make good on promises to oneself. Evolution through resolution. Before Christmas, I'd attended a talk organised by London&rsquo;s Museum of Architecture&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;Alternative Careers in Architecture,&rdquo; with guest speakers Chris Romer-Lee, director and co-founder of Studio Octopi&nbsp;and Carl Turner of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/83073930/carl-turner-architects" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a>. The event was a perfect opportunity for reflection on career progress, work-life management and future ambitions &ndash; the main points of which are served up here, in three parts.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/144427542/archinect-s-guide-to-presentations-part-i-the-visuals Archinect's Guide to Presentations, Part I: The Visuals Laura Amaya 2015-12-29T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T18:31:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zxyzf9xjd4f132j.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s 4:30 in the morning, and you are just heading to bed after polishing your latest project. The client meeting starts in three hours and you have yet to go home, change, and come back to whip up a quick presentation. What you don&rsquo;t realize in the wee hours of the day is that excellent design will get you nowhere without a compelling presentation. How do we convey our fa&ccedil;ade intention to a client who has never heard of a detailed wall section? How do we convince government officials to allow the development of air rights above a listed building? How do we demonstrate to our future employer that we are the candidate of their dreams?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/142362067/matters-of-scale-mass-an-interview-with-jim-durham-of-quarra-stone Matters of Scale: Mass – an interview with Jim Durham of Quarra Stone Aaron Willette 2015-12-11T20:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T13:38:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xx/xxq8d9yqbor7123e.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Quarra Stone is a great example of the type of practices I&rsquo;ll be talking to as part of the <strong>Matters of Scale</strong> series on Archinect. They&rsquo;re specialty fabricators that are recognized experts in their field, employing many of the tools and technologies being discussed in academia to craft large-scale projects for some of the top architectural practices in the world. And when I say large-scale, I mean it &ndash; the projects that they&rsquo;re involved with are massive and require much more than just milling plywood panels with a CNC router. But because they&rsquo;re often thought of as just fabricators they&rsquo;ve remained largely unknown to the larger architectural community.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/136671537/upstarts-christian-lahoude-studio UpStarts: Christian Lahoude Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-19T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T13:19:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ej567ta6x3vxtq8p.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When just starting out, firms often struggle to find clients, and beef up their portfolio with small projects for friends and family. It can be difficult to establish a client base strong enough to keep the work flowing and the referrals positive, especially if the firm is hoping to specialize in a specific market. With some luck though, and knowing when to harness some momentum, the leap into a strong client base can be made pretty quick out the gate, as <a href="http://christianlahoude.com/" target="_blank">Christian Lahoude Studio</a>&nbsp;managed in 2012.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/135648933/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers-part-ii The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II Julia Ingalls 2015-09-04T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0mqp70zti5b3ulf8.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the best way to apply for an <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">architecture job</a>? We <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62511/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers" target="_blank">once again</a> asked <a href="http://archinect.com/employers" target="_blank">employers</a> on Archinect to tell us what they look for in <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">job candidates</a>, including portfolio tips, desired software skills, and the best way to impress during an in-person interview.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here&rsquo;s what&nbsp;we asked employers:</strong></p><ol><li>How important is it for applicants to grasp/articulate the underlying philosophy of the firm in their cover letter/application materials?</li><li>What software skills do you wish applicants to have?</li><li>How much work should an applicant include in their portfolio? Should that work be tailored to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes, or is it important to see a broad range of what the applicant can do?</li><li>How should an applicant prepare for the in-person interview process?</li><li>How important are references?</li><li>How important is your website, and the applicant's knowledge of your website, to the interview process?</li><li>What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?</li><li>Can you offer any other ...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/features/article/135268204/greening-piano-s-roof-a-conversation-with-ecologist-paul-kephart Greening Piano’s roof: a conversation with ecologist Paul Kephart Julia Ingalls 2015-08-31T09:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T02:16:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9i7hinjsp3id8mmo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A masterful work of architecture, like a great symphony, relies not just on the vision of the conductor, but on the imagination of its individual players. Many highly-regarded buildings are the result of collaborations between architects and professionals from other disciplines who, on first glance, would have no business in an architectural studio. Yet it is often the interplay between these professionals' expertise and an architect's sensibility that creates noteworthy work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126838476/what-s-the-hottest-new-job-in-architecture What's the hottest new job in architecture? Julia Ingalls 2015-06-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T17:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xr/xr4v9cmuah6542iw.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture: it&rsquo;s not just glue gun burns and x-refs anymore. In an industry known for playing canary in the employment coalmine, architecture is once again experiencing a hiring boom. Additionally, thanks to changes in technology, both in design software and in the more general way people communicate online, several fields have either newly appeared or considerably expanded in architecturally-related work.&nbsp;In this series, we&rsquo;ll be spotlighting specific new careers within architecture, including a basic description, the ideal background you should have for this position, any particular software/tools you should master, and the most likely regions where you can find this type of work based on <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">Archinect's&nbsp;job board</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126440054/10-ways-architectural-employers-can-maximize-the-effectiveness-of-their-employees 10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees Julia Ingalls 2015-06-04T10:57:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T13:01:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aw1j5jxit1o1m5r.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms" target="_blank">Management</a> is not a science; it is an art. Maximizing the effectiveness of a studio is not about implementing broad strokes out of a Step-by-Step guide, but rather requires understanding the nuances of <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">performance</a>, environment, and long-term goals. These ten suggestions serve as a starting point for creating a more holistic management strategy.</p> 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 >2014-10-08T10:16:11-04:00 <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/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 >2014-11-09T21:42:58-05:00 <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/101728824/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 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru6bcb8mio6w1kv6.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture A new nature: Interview with Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:05:00-04:00 >2014-06-05T13:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dp9t9yh89308vmts.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ma Yansong is a trailblazing figure for Chinese architecture, having made a name for himself around the world as a business leader and innovative architect. Recently named <a href="http://www.i-mad.com/ennews_details.aspx?id=145" target="_blank">2014's Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum</a> and one of <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3029521/most-creative-people-2014/ma-yansong" target="_blank">Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business</a>, Yansong founded MAD Architecture ten years ago in Beijing, and earlier this year announced the opening of another office in Los Angeles.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/99380154/cutting-room-listen-to-john-szot-creator-of-architecture-and-the-unspeakable-discuss-cyber-architectural-realities-and-speculative-practice Cutting Room: Listen to John Szot, creator of "Architecture and the Unspeakable", discuss cyber-architectural realities and speculative practice Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-19T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-05-27T22:36:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr91hmavy6raywi0.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1556/john-szot" target="_blank">John Szot</a>, architect and creator of the&nbsp;<a href="http://johnszot.com/archandtheunspeakable/" target="_blank"><em>Architecture and the Unspeakable</em></a>&nbsp;film series, is a pioneer in film's unique architectural exploration, working with digital animation to&nbsp;investigate parts of the built environment that remain hidden at the street level. In our interview for <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" target="_blank"><strong>Cutting Room</strong></a>, an audio series at the intersection of architecture and film, Szot spoke with me about his architectural background and how he started making films.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/92535295/student-works-foundhouse-by-patrick-beseda-and-lacy-williams Student Works: FOUNDhouse by Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams Nam Henderson 2014-02-05T13:56:00-05:00 >2015-09-15T23:58:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vso6478t6bm17bds.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams began realizing their ambition to build a micro-dwelling, they began with a Wikihouse design. The <a href="http://www.wikihouse.cc/" target="_blank">WikiHouse project</a> is an open-source library of construction sets for houses, where anyone can submit, edit, and use the designs. The design's components can all be "printed" from plywood using a CNC machine, and are simple enough to assemble with minimal training. Lacy and Patrick, both MArch students at the University of Colorado, Denver, set out to build their own micro-Wikihouse last summer, personalizing the template along their way.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/92243101/working-out-of-the-box-miguel-mckelvey Working out of the Box: Miguel McKelvey Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-30T11:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-14T12:54:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88qk8ma0n0p3erue.jpg" width="514" height="330" 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 </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 Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder &amp; Chief Creative Officer at <a href="http://wework.com" target="_blank">WeWork</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, <a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/83387409/7-lessons-from-the-3rd-international-architectural-education-summit 7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-07T10:45:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T07:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just over a year ago, the <em>Architectural Review</em> published &ldquo;Alternative Routes for Architecture&rdquo;, calling for a drastic reinterpretation of architectural education in the face of rigid institutions and extreme financial strains. Certainly this demand is older than a year -- as we allow technology to knit information more thickly into our cultural fabric, we question the nature of education at large as having a physical place and hierarchy, through systems such as MOOCs or mobile workspaces. Add prohibitively high costs, followed by debt and depressing unemployment rates, and the architect is getting fit to reconstitute itself as newly relevant and multi-faceted professional.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/79290654/what-s-next-a-panel-discussion-for-a-d-museum-s-never-built-los-angeles What's Next?: A Panel Discussion for A+D Museum's "Never Built: Los Angeles" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-12T20:19:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T12:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viutnqh0sp2ivfnd.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Does L.A. even want to be defined by a provincial architecture? Is it necessarily a disadvantage that the city serves as an incubator, rather than a fairground, for architectural innovation -- or as Thom Mayne put it, as a world-class global exporter of urban and architectural ideas? It may be that the very landscape of inspiration is an obstruction to execution.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/73381902/op-ed-the-ego-and-the-architect Op-Ed: The Ego and the Architect archiadventures 2013-05-20T09:36:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T12:39:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w001jefaon3qa2kp.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few weeks ago, I witnessed an interaction that I imagine most people in the design industry experience numerous times both in school AND professional life. What transpired was this: a few junior architects were pinning up carefully composed drawings, renderings, and sketches for a client meeting. Under a tight budget and time constraint, the amount of thought, options, and exploration on the wall felt vital and impressive. As the last drawing was being pinned, a visiting architect from a different office briefly stepped into the room, looked at the wall for about thirty seconds, and quickly claimed &ldquo;Oh, I built this building in the 90&rsquo;s&hellip;&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/37129517/contours-on-business-and-bosses CONTOURS: On Business and Bosses Sherin Wing 2012-02-06T13:47:00-05:00 >2012-05-24T21:33:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1dddqvxtn8nb4xxe.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The business of business from the top is changing. The pace of that change for everyone who has directly suffered from the Great Recession is admittedly glacial, though some continue to argue that the Great Recession hasn&rsquo;t done &ldquo;too much&rdquo; harm to the building and design industries.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/34746431/contours-the-divisions-that-bind-us CONTOURS: The Divisions that Bind Us Guy Horton 2012-01-16T20:28:00-05:00 >2013-01-24T23:49:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kreqjmws7jfblx6e.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As if the narratives and infographics of Occupy weren&rsquo;t loud enough by now, Catherine Rampell, an economics reporter for <em>The New York Times</em>, decided to bang the drum a little louder by writing &ldquo;<a href="http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/want-a-job-go-to-college-and-dont-major-in-architecture/" target="_blank">Want a Job? Go to College, and Don&rsquo;t Major in Architecture</a>&rdquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/32418179/top-10-design-initiatives-to-watch-in-2012-for-the-public-good Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012—for the public good John Cary 2011-12-27T14:34:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T19:49:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1xdvl1q1ksa9c4m.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> Last week&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/31829593/top-10-design-milestones-of-2011-for-the-public-good" target="_blank">Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011</a>, published here at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from <a href="http://www.ideo.org" target="_blank">IDEO.org</a> and <a href="http://www.massdesigngroup.org" target="_blank">Mass Design Group</a> to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future&mdash;though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.</p> <p> With that in mind, this is not an exercise in trend spotting, but rather a simple meditation on initiatives poised to advance the field, and how they can be scaled up, refined, tweaked, borrowed, and leveraged. None of the following is entirely new; some are a long time in the making, while others are testing new directions. Some initiatives also evade mention, either because they&rsquo;re not yet public or because they haven&rsquo;t yet been dreamed up. One thing is for certain: the bar is higher than ever, even&mdash;and perhaps especially&mdash;for design efforts that c...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/31485476/contours-the-gender-gap-in-top-management CONTOURS: The Gender Gap in Top Management Sherin Wing 2011-12-19T12:47:09-05:00 >2011-12-27T12:36:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iq/iqw3cugkvijsz7m9.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to a recent <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/21539932" target="_blank">special report on women and work</a> in the <em>Economist</em>, &ldquo;In America in the early 1970s more than half of all families with children consisted of a breadwinner husband, a stay-at-home wife and two or more kids; now only a fifth do. Instead there are lots of single-parent households, and even if couples live together they no longer necessarily marry. If they do, the wives are likely to go out to work, whether or not they have dependent children, and take only a short break for maternity. Life is too expensive for most families to be able to manage on one pay cheque. In most rich countries the dominant model now is the two-earner family, with both parents working full-time.&rdquo;</p>