Archinect - Features 2014-09-20T10:09:18-04:00 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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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> http://archinect.com/features/article/103324398/op-ed-from-ex-cite-to-in-cite-reflecting-on-rem-s-biennale Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale Esther Sperber 2014-07-07T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T10:01:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxleo239b3xicwkv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>EXCITE</strong></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/elements/" target="_blank">Elements</a> and <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/" target="_blank">Fundamentals</a> of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for new design.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcljl3erng7b5sh3.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102111838/i-am-trying-to-function-a-little-bit-in-a-humble-way-as-an-ambassador-for-los-angeles-interview-with-gabriel-kahane-about-his-new-album-the-ambassador "I am trying to function a little bit, in a humble way, as an ambassador for Los Angeles": Interview with Gabriel Kahane about his new album, The Ambassador Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-06-25T21:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfx6b94cnrcx3jnv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Gabriel Kahane's new album, <em><a href="http://gabrielkahane.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">The Ambassador</a></em>, builds songs from the moods of places within Los Angeles. Born in Venice Beach, raised in northern California and living in Brooklyn, Kahane has created an unlikely ambassador for Los Angeles' pathos.</p> 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/101037765/while-buildings-rot-film-preserves-architecture-s-memory-cutting-room-s-interview-with-malachi-connolly-director-of-built-on-narrow-land-documentary While buildings rot, film preserves architecture's memory: Cutting Room's interview with Malachi Connolly, director of "Built on Narrow Land" documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T10:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-15T23:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0ndnyba4z45ipl6.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before the Cape Cod National Seashore was declared public land in 1959, the grassy dune landscape was already dotted with a handful of Bauhaus-inspired beach houses. Built by a strain of rogue bohemian architects, the houses served as beloved, experimental cottages until the land underneath them was seized by the federal government. Many of the houses were abandoned and left to slowly rot in the landscape, whether or not they were protected by historical status.</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/98099301/what-is-the-los-angeles-biennale-of-architecture-urbanism What is the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-06T11:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T11:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1om99rslys1yxud1.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For three days this past February, eight loosely-affiliated individuals sat around a makeshift table in Shenzhen and talked about Los Angeles. This is the purely pragmatic explanation of what the Los Angeles Biennale was, in its inaugural form at 2013&rsquo;s Bi-City Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism, taking place in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/93316965/jason-pomeroy-the-city-time-traveller Jason Pomeroy, the "City Time Traveller" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-18T18:41:00-05:00 >2014-09-18T02:31:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7w5y68r3c0pbasnk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>City Time Traveller</strong>, a new travel show that spotlights architectural wonders throughout Asia, debuted earlier this month on Channel NewsAsia. Mixing city history and architectural heritage, the show is hosted by Jason Pomeroy, an architect, academic and urban planner based in Singapore. As an architect concerned primarily with ecological sustainability, Pomeroy focuses the show on places that have weathered time and conflict to persist and thrive today. Archinect spoke with Jason Pomeroy when the show just began airing, touching on his demanding filming schedule and work as an &ldquo;eco-architect&rdquo;.</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 >2014-04-20T04:04:29-04:00 <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/81465615/a-review-of-joe-day-s-corrections-and-collections-architectures-for-art-and-crime-2013-routledge A review of Joe Day's "Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime" (2013, Routledge) John Southern 2013-09-10T11:25:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T15:25:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mzg9huocwc6ta43b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>&ldquo;Since 2000, institutions of display and discipline have taken on transnational dimensions, many of them unanticipated and controversial.&nbsp; In the most literal of convergences, yesteryear&rsquo;s prisons have simply been reopened as today&rsquo;s museums.&rdquo;</em></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/74170538/art-basel-comes-to-hong-kong Art Basel comes to Hong Kong Evan Chakroff 2013-05-30T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-06-12T00:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmvtzw8850p7dw1y.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> During the yearly art fair in Basel, Switzerland, the city is activated and reconfigured, and art is brought to the forefront of civic discourse. What, if any, impact could the fair have on daily life in a city of 7 million? How would this art world mega-event translate to the Hong Kong context?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/73381902/op-ed-the-ego-and-the-architect Op-Ed: The Ego and the Architect Beth Mosenthal 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/70943831/next-series-media-specialist-wanted NEXT SERIES: Media Specialist Wanted Orhan Ayyüce 2013-04-10T11:59:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T16:22:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfy87s4cdm57i8ca.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In architectural media, what it used to be "there is no such thing as bad publicity" in the prime print years, has turned into "puffery is the only publicity" in the age of social media and infinite promotion. There might be some flickers of hope here and there for intelligent criticism, but media in general might as well be one big love fest for the positive thinking which is explained in Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man. The quantity is the key word here and it is counted by thumb up style likes..</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/57481963/instigating-change-with-common-ground Instigating Change with Common Ground John Southern 2012-09-18T10:16:00-04:00 >2012-09-30T19:17:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbtpvtmbt204176u.jpg" width="514" height="759" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the age where cultural production has usurped industrial production as the driver for Western economies, the Venice Architecture Biennale represents a special kind of affair.&nbsp; This three month-long bonanza of architecture and urban design represents a collection of diverse principles produced under a unified curatorial umbrella.&nbsp; Despite the trash-talk that has proliferated in certain circles since the opening of the event in late August, this year&rsquo;s Biennale doesn&rsquo;t have much to be cynical, negative, or nasty about.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/54222302/soriano-s-glen-lukens-house-back-to-life-and-happy Soriano's Glen Lukens House: Back to Life and Happy Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-26T17:41:00-04:00 >2012-08-02T15:53:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/slpnm91814dm97mc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Opportunities to write about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/52668208/lautner-s-concannon-residence-from-dust-to-dust" target="_blank">historically significant</a> modern houses in Los Angeles keep coming to my attention this summer and more are on the way. It is kind of fun to write about these masterpieces from my messy office alcove next to the kitchen in our little happy dingbat apartment in Glendale, California.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/36325414/the-crit-thoughts-on-moma-s-foreclosed-rehousing-the-american-dream The CRIT: Thoughts on MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream Guy Horton 2012-01-30T15:25:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T00:37:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k5/k5zu012jh3zl9jsq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."</em><br> &mdash; Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;yes i was wondering how i go about not lossing my house it has been in my wifes famlily for over a hundred years my wife was layed&nbsp; off the morgage company wouldnt talk to us because she was layed&nbsp; off and now we are so far behind we cant get cought&nbsp; up so now we are loosing our home is there help out there for me&rdquo;</em><br> &mdash; unedited comment from MoMA workshop blog (2011)</p> <p> <br> In<em> <a href="http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/category/foreclosed-current/" target="_blank">Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</a>, </em>part of MoMA&rsquo;s <em>Issues in Contemporary Architecture</em> series, five architects-in-residence and their interdisciplinary teams [1] were challenged to &ldquo;engage in a rethinking of housing and related infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation.&rdquo; The investigation also sought to &ldquo;begin a conversation,&rdquo; on the &ldquo;recent&rdquo; (though painfully on-going) foreclosure crisis by examining su...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/31978641/next-series-radar-love NEXT SERIES: RADAR LOVE Orhan Ayyüce 2011-12-29T12:39:08-05:00 >2012-01-04T01:16:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzet4ztjtwn73p9i.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Something happened somewhere and I am having a hard time writing anything about any of the stuff I see in the media about architecture, public space, occupy, theory of architecture, urbanism... Including most everything I say I am interested in <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" target="_blank">my 'about' section</a>. Just months ago I was writing about these things provoking arguments, at least in my own mind if not with my students and friends. Then social responsibility, unemployment and public space became ubiquitous conversations due to economic downturn and occupy movement. People start to write about them, take pictures and notes, lament, resist, notice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/32429010/contours-the-year-s-end-the-political-economic-and-social-perspective CONTOURS: The Year’s End: The Political, Economic, and Social Perspective Sherin Wing 2011-12-27T16:58:56-05:00 >2011-12-29T12:19:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cpxmnsggpg4g8s8x.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By Sherin Wing &amp; Guy Horton</em></p> <p> We sit here in the joyous wreckage of The Holi-<em>daze</em> listening to one of the forgotten tunes of 2011, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89UNel7Fav4" target="_blank">Soothe Me</a>&rdquo; by the London-based band, Yuck. We think, yes, <em>soothe</em> us. Please. Just give us some good news. <em>Anything.</em> ABI? Unemployment? A functioning Congress? How about some cool projects that give us some hope that architecture matters in more than just narrow aesthetic terms? Too much to ask for?</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/31829593/top-10-design-milestones-of-2011-for-the-public-good Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011—for the public good John Cary 2011-12-22T12:16:00-05:00 >2012-10-07T18:56:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4h3i4igudpopy1vc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> &lsquo;Tis the season for gift guides, year-end donation appeals, and lots and lots of lists. Among others, we saw a few standout designers among <em>Forbes</em>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2011/30-under30-12/30-under-30-12_land.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;30 Under 30&rdquo;</a> list earlier this week, and it&rsquo;s hard to disagree with most of Alissa Walker&rsquo;s picks in her annual <em>GOOD</em> <a href="http://www.good.is/post/the-year-in-design-%20that-works/" target="_blank">design year-in-review</a> list, which is always worth a read.</p> <p> The following list, by contrast, favors people, places, and projects that advance the notion of design for the public good. It profiles built projects, new sources of funding, powerful public voices, nonprofit start-ups, and web-based ventures. Lists like this are never comprehensive; this one, for its part, seeks to showcase how design can and is making the world a better place, if not directly transforming people&rsquo;s experiences and lives.</p> <p> Looking forward, stay tuned for a companion list of the &ldquo;Top 10 Design Initiatives Worth Watching in 2012,&rdquo; right here at <em>Archinect</em>.</p>