Archinect - Features 2015-11-27T10:48:29-05:00 Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T04:02:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"I'm always looking at things and taking them at face value," said Mike Nesbit, a Los Angeles-based architect and artist, as he leaned over the table and grabbed an empty glass to use as illustration. He turned the glass over in his hands several times causing the reflection of an overhead light to splinter and reform with each rotation. &ldquo;Surveying a found object,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;and trying to eliminate the predetermined meaning that I have in my hand.&rdquo;</p> The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking" Julia Ingalls 2015-11-05T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-15T23:03:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rarely do any two people share an identical Los Angeles. From the unsentimentality of Joan Didion to the romantic corruption of James Ellroy to the hyperbolic insight of Mike Davis, LA's urbanity is fundamentally idiosyncratic.&nbsp;<em>Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles</em>, written by Guggenheim Fellow and <em>Los Angeles Times</em> book critic David Ulin, recognizes and celebrates this disjunction. By richly layering history and personal observation, Ulin unspools the divergent threads of LA one walk at a time, exploring not only his relationship to the city, but the city's relationship to itself.</p> In tempestuous London, design leads the evolution: Archinect's report from the front lines of the London Design Festival Robert Urquhart 2015-11-03T13:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-15T23:22:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London may currently be undergoing a regenerative process akin to heavyweight cosmetic surgery, but under its shiny new surface remains a cranky old soul. The surgery is not without complications: the lack of affordable housing makes mainstream news on a regular basis. <a href="" target="_blank">Gentrification</a>, displacement of communities and encroaching globalization where one size fits all, has brought about an identity crisis to this brisk and confident city.&nbsp;But despite this crisis, the creative industries that form the largely unwitting infantry for property developers march on. <a href="" target="_blank">The London Design Festival</a> is at the vanguard of this march.</p> The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity" Julia Ingalls 2015-10-16T11:17:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T23:59:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What can one say about the celebrity architect that hasn't already been said, especially if the status itself arguably displaces thoughtful criticism? For former corporate interior designer turned international architectural curator Vladimir Belogolovsky, architectural celebrity is in the eye of the practitioner &ndash; and to that end, he has interviewed 30 of architecture's best known professionals about their work, their motivations, and their designs for the future in <em>Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity</em>.</p> The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-13T09:15:00-04:00 >2015-11-03T10:32:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As anticipation rumbled towards the opening of the <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, excitement and reservation came hand in hand. The eclectic mix of over 120 participating firms, coming from over 30 countries, made the snapshot of the profession appear, depending on your side of the spectrum, as a vibrant collage full of diverse applications, or frayed and vacillating. But after its opening on October 3, it&rsquo;s clear that the criticisms dealing in this binary miss the point &ndash;&nbsp;the Biennial is more about architects than it is about architecture.</p> The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-23T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T18:33:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The white cube museum to end all white cube museums has touched down in Los Angeles. This past Sunday, the personal post-war and contemporary art collection owned by billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, housed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s meshed white box, opened for public viewing as the brand new Broad Museum, located just south of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall on downtown&rsquo;s Grand Avenue.</p> Imagine that: review of “Imaginary Apparatus: New York City and Its Mediated Representation” Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T06:37:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="775" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like an infrastructural Ouija board planchette, the Foucaultian &ldquo;apparatus&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t exactly a device, but rather the effect of a multiplicity of participants. Each of these participants, whether they are the media, philosophical traditions, physical objects or even legal proceedings, exert a complex and nuanced force on the other, helping to control the method by which reality is shaped.&nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #36: Harvard Design Magazine's "Well, Well, Well" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T10:32:00-04:00 >2015-08-18T17:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Well, Well, Well&rdquo;, the fortieth issue from the <em>Harvard&nbsp;Design Magazine,</em>&nbsp;explores the&nbsp;tricky business of designing for health, and provokes considerations on the flip-side of neglecting to do so.</p> Upstarts: Design, Bitches Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T03:37:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the name suggests, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Design, Bitches</strong></a> is a synergy of creativity and earthiness. Combining a refined sense of order with playful humor, the Los Angeles-based firm founded by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph distills the splendor of urban chaos in their graphic branding, art projects, and commercial and residential interiors.</p> A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture Julia Ingalls 2015-07-10T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T22:58:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun never sets on Gensler. One can visit their website and watch in real time as the bell curve of night fails to shadow all 46 of their office locations. Founded in 1965 by M. Arthur J. Gensler Jr., the firm has grown to <a href="" target="_blank">employ</a> over 4,500 people in 16 different countries. It&rsquo;s the kind of sprawling, vast enterprise that draws more analogies to <a href="" target="_blank">historic tea companies</a> than design firms. How can an architecture firm of this size maintain a unified studio culture? Or should it?</p> What makes an artless museum? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:30:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural criticism that begins with &ldquo;it looks like [insert Platonic object here]&rdquo; is suspect at best, but the temptation to gamble with semiotic stickiness is too great: if I see a contraceptive sponge when I look at the new Broad Museum, I want to say that.</p> Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries Julia Ingalls 2015-06-11T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T10:41:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Social media has been accused of being many things: a time-waster, an intelligence-leveler, a privacy-invader. However, in the field of architectural <a href="" target="_blank">employment</a>, social media has oddly become a kind of virtual worker&rsquo;s union, helping to expose unethical <a href="" target="_blank">hiring</a> practices. A recent leaked email from Japanese firm <a href="" target="_blank">SANAA</a> advertised an unpaid internship for three months consisting of 12-hour days, 6-7 days a week, with the intern providing his or her own computer and software. <a href="" target="_blank">Juan Herrera tweeted the email on March 23rd</a> and it quickly garnered extensive press coverage.</p> Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher Patrik Schumacher 2015-06-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-08-23T09:52:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In mid-April I had posted a note entitled "<a href="" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>" on my Facebook page. This was <a href="" target="_blank">picked up and extensively commented on, here on Archinect</a>. I am thrilled about the lively debate that followed (in which I had participated as &lsquo;parametricist&rsquo;) and I am happy to get the opportunity to come back to this debate once more in this op-ed.</p> 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="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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="" 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> One-Night Stand LA titillates, but leaves you wanting more Nicholas Korody 2015-05-23T11:09:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T17:59:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For an event modeled after that type of sexual encounter usually associated with spontaneity and non-commitment, there sure was a lot of hype leading up to "<a href="" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>" (One-Night Stand LA). On <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> and IRL, a veritable fury of buzz surrounded Saturday's bacchanal-inspired evening and the foil-wrapped condoms emblazoned with sharp, serifed lettering that served as branding. Then again, in an age in which most one night stands are likely prefigured by the image-curated, textual courting of Tinder or some other dating app, maybe this sort of foreplay comes with the territory.</p> Stop the presses: Paul Goldberger's take on critical relevance in the social media age Julia Ingalls 2015-05-20T11:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T21:08:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In architecture, the rise of the 21st century media landscape has created connective tissue where none used to exist: the day-to-day work of architecture used to be relatively obscure, and now it is spotlighted and deconstructed regularly. The most successful architects are not those who shun this newfound audience, but rather engage with it. Of course, this poses a challenge for architectural journalists. New work must now be evaluated not only in the context of the built environment, but in the virtual environment as well.</p> Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone Nicholas Korody 2015-05-07T12:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T20:43:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This is the third installment of the recurring feature&nbsp;<em>Architecture of the Anthropocene,&nbsp;</em>which explores the implications of the <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene thesis</a>&nbsp;for architecture. The <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> is a contested name for "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth."</p><p>Prior installments can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Between Sampling and Dowsing: Field Notes from GRNASFCK Nicholas Korody 2015-04-30T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T22:02:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case the name didn&rsquo;t tip you off, let it be said that <a href="" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a> is not your average landscape architecture studio. Whether producing disjointed travelogues in Celebration, Florida or organizing rallies for extremophile bacteria in San Francisco, GRNASFCK operates almost like an industrial dredge, unsettling easy or comfortable ideas about the relationship between architecture and ecology, and covering impressive conceptual (and geographic) ground.</p> Screen/Print #29: trans, "Lust" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-14T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T22:02:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>trans magazin</em></strong></a>, true to its grammatical form, is a journal of multiple cross-disciplinary perspectives on architectural and urban issues. An independent student cohort from the Department of Architecture at the <a href="" target="_blank">Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ</a> manages the editorial, publishing twice a year since 1997.</p> Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T10:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T21:09:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"The easiest way to grasp what we do and to understand our mission is that we're a contemporary art museum without walls," explained Laura Hyatt, development director of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Nomadic Division</a> (LAND), an LA-based organization dedicated to facilitating public art projects. After celebrating their fifth anniversary last year, LAND is settling into its role as a major force in redefining the relationship between contemporary art and its context.</p> Screen/Print #28: PLACE-HOLDER's interview with Greg Lynn for Issue 1/2, "Afterschool" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-23T10:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-08T16:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="741" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s foolish to think of process as a straight-line; tangents, detours, dead-ends and roundabouts are the foundation of architecture's process, however immaculate its presentation. <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>PLACE-HOLDER</strong></a>, a publication out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto</a>, focuses on the messy preamble and sequels to architecture, publishing those fringes of architectural practice and study that otherwise might be sheared away.</p> Oyler Wu Collaborative in ink, graphite and steel Anthony Morey 2015-02-09T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and writers write, yet architects do not architect &ndash; they draw, model, and write. Architecture is one of the few creative fields that does not allow the artist to work in the medium where the final work will be produced. Yet Oyler Wu Collaborative makes productive use of that cognitive jump.</p> Pop Cultitecture: The Genius of David Byrne Julia Ingalls 2015-02-04T10:04:00-05:00 >2015-03-17T18:20:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unlike those architects who long to be thought of as artists, Byrne is an artist who loves to thinks about architecture. Like the deadpan docent of the infrastructural realm, David Byrne's work has inadvertently helped make architecture into a pop culture staple. While his commentary may not be mind-blowing to an architect, the method of his commentary &ndash; the diversity and size of his audience, the innovative visual and aural techniques in which he conveys highly abstract concepts &ndash; is a major contribution to architectural discourse.</p> White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair Nicholas Korody 2015-01-13T09:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T14:23:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In his 1942 short story &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Library of Babel</a>,&rdquo; Jorge Luis Borges describes a universe consisting of a potentially infinite library of adjacent hexagonal rooms. Convinced that the library contains every imaginable ordering of twenty-five orthographic symbols, the inhabitants of this universe search incessantly, and futilely, for meaning amid the endless shelves. While an individual art fair is never actually infinite, its labyrinthine rows of cubicles can appear endless.</p> Screen/Print #27: "Future Anterior", a champion of historic preservation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-17T10:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-01T21:33:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If the job&rsquo;s done right, the architecture will outlast the architect. But when building for the present and unknowable future, the past is the only reliable hint at what may come next. <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Future Anterior</em></strong></a> is here towards that end, to critique and analyze architectural historic preservation.</p> Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design Julia Ingalls 2014-11-17T12:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T00:32:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many, "experimental" is the kindly euphemism for "unrealized crap." In conceptual fields like architecture, it's easy to call up dozens of flashy-looking, ultimately failed experiments disguised as ideas. This is why <a href="" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a> is arguably one of the most remarkable people currently working in architecture. His ideas are experimental, but they're also realized; in other words, he's pioneering farsighted concepts that have a direct application to reality, but don't bore you to tears with footnotes and clich&eacute;d allusions to Italo Calvino.</p> The Wandering Architect: One Student’s Lessons Learned from Working Abroad Paul Keskeys 2014-11-07T11:10:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T13:17:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many people possess itchy feet, but surely none more so than my 21-year-old self, an aspiring architect from the UK with a perpetual hankering for travel and exploration. The combination of a na&iuml;ve but inquisitive mind, and a growing appreciation for urban environments different from my own, meant that when I reached my interning year I was open to anything &ndash; at home or abroad.</p> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we've seen throughout our <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>, starring Tom Cruise.</p>