Archinect - Features 2017-05-23T07:13:59-04:00 Studio Visit : Delvendahl Martin Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-05-15T05:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T11:29:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our latest Studio Visit we went to see&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Delvendahl Martin Architects</a>&nbsp;in their studio at Bow Arts, East London. We talked through their current projects, their plans for the future and had a nosey around their new model workshop come meeting room space.</p> Cosmology, Subcultures and Urban Wilderness Stefano Colombo 2017-05-12T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T23:53:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout human history, every civilization has created its own cosmology, narrating and building a vision of the world, the universe, and of life and death. Each cosmology coincided with a method of shaping the human environment through architecture, and, within these realities, various cultures and forms of social organization of different degrees of completeness and complexity were born. This makes it possible to comprehend how society and social customs are continuously reimagined and actualized.</p> How can architecture become more diverse? On May 5th, L.A. AIA's "Encompass" conference addresses this question Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T11:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T13:56:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although there's always a few ignorant and ignoble members of any profession, architecture is primarily made up of progressively-minded, ethically-bound professionals. So why is architecture so white, male, and socioeconically monolithic? More importantly, how can these statistics be changed?</p> Why we're starting a print magazine after 20 years of publishing digitally Paul Petrunia 2017-05-02T15:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-03T01:56:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started Archinect 20 years ago, in the summer of 1997, the internet was still many years away from becoming a replacement for newspapers and magazines. Since then, the media landscape has changed drastically, with most print publications now dedicating the majority of their time and budget to their digital platforms. Today we consume media in a different way than we have ever done in the past, for better or worse. We expect more content, with higher quality, but human nature tends to give in to the quick and gratifying. Journalism has struggled to monetize quality investigations and writing as sites like Buzzfeed have proven that listicles, fun photos, and quick content bites offer a much greater return in dollars and followers.</p> Never Meant to Copy, Only to Surpass: Plagiarism Versus Innovation in Architectural Imitation Hannah Wood 2017-04-13T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T20:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wangjing SOHO, a three tower complex in Beijing penned by <a href="" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, became a worldwide sensation when it was revealed that the scheme was being <a href="" target="_blank">plagiarized</a> by an illicit construction team in Chongqing, southern China. Despite the subsequent outcry from the professional design world, Hadid responded that if the &lsquo;copy-cat&rsquo; designs displayed innovative mutations, &ldquo;that would be exciting&rdquo;. While many architectural icons are commissioned precisely for their artistic originality, the design response is often non-site specific, which raises interesting questions when such icons are reproduced around the globe. What does it mean for architectural originality and innovation, when a &lsquo;copy-paste&rsquo; strategy is normalized?</p> Studio Visits : Studio WOK, Milan 6th April 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-04-11T03:57:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T06:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While exploring the streets of Milan for Design Week we took the opportunity to visit local architecture practice, <a href="" target="_blank">Studio WOK</a>. They showed us around their studio, talked us through past and present projects as well giving us a few hot tips for Milan.&nbsp;</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Natural History Museum, London Ellen Hancock 2017-04-08T14:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T14:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="526" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our new series <a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p><p>For our second feature in the series, we interviewed Paul Gallagher who works at the <a href="" target="_blank">Natural History Museum</a>&nbsp;in London as Project and Programme Manager in their Central Project Office.</p><p>Presently the museum is undergoing significant refurbishment, in particular, the Hintze Hall, which is currently closed to the public.&nbsp;</p> Comic Relief(s): Exploring the Architectural Imagination of Ben Katchor Julia Ingalls 2017-04-07T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-07T20:58:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture is one of the most expansive fields there is: it bridges the loftiest conceptual realm with nuts-and-bolts physicality. Some architects never leave the paper world, while others dwell primarily in crowded conference rooms and muddy building sites. This is partially why the comic strip of work Ben Katchor is so remarkable; it acts not only as an idiosyncratic survey of the built world, but as a humorous exploration of the conceptual one.</p> You say Biennial, I say Biennale: 9 of Today’s Most Critical Architecture Biennials Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-06T12:50:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:50:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every two years, hundreds of thousands flock to the historic small islands of Venice, where history and art meet to give us one of the most influential fixtures in the architectural world&mdash;<a href="" target="_blank">The Venice Biennale of Architecture</a>. While originally a more specialized art-world affair, biennials now figure in the larger cultural menu drawing huge crowds and the <a href="" target="_blank">exhibitionary format</a>, occurring every other year, has proliferated in the past two decades offering the field myriad options for getting one's expo fix.</p> Social Object Relations: Window Breaking and Projective Identification Alan Ruiz 2017-04-06T12:24:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:24:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout modern history, the shattered transparent envelope has, in various ways, indexed social crises wherein revolution leads to the dismantling of the crystalline boundaries between public and private property. &nbsp;From the Watts Rebellion, WTO, and G8 protests to the 2011 London Riots, <a href="" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> protests, and the inauguration of <a href="" target="_blank">Donald J. Trump</a>, the shattered glass window repeatedly proves to be a site of counter-identification with systems of oppression under late capitalism. Learning from these events, how might we differently consider the act of window-breaking beyond the conventional understandings of protest and felony, and instead, reframe it as an intersubjective form of resistance and disavowal?</p> Screen/Print #52: Shela Sheikh Searches for New Political Vocabularies in 'And Now: Architecture Against a Developer Presidency' Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T23:01:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="904" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump won the US Presidential election. Just under a month later, the US Army Corps of Engineers temporarily halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline following large protests heavily covered by the media. These events frame &nbsp;Shela Sheikh&rsquo;s essay &ldquo;Translating Geontologies&rdquo;, which contends with an emerging (or at least, for some, a newly visible) political landscape marked by &ldquo;an insidious violence that is more often than not environmental and affecting the bodies of racialized subjects.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Review: The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945 at Barbican Centre Grace Quah 2017-04-05T11:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T11:29:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The home continues to play a central role in contemporary Japanese architecture. This year, the Barbican has put together an exhibition that documents the development of post-war Japanese domestic architecture, from the traditional to the modern, drawing on the work of over 40 Japanese architects from the past 70 years.&nbsp;</p> Finding the Contemporary City Between the Local and the Global with In-Between Economies Nicholas Korody 2017-03-22T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T12:03:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How is the city made? Who is it made by? Who is it made for? These are the questions poised by <a href="" target="_blank">In-Between Economies</a>, an interdisciplinary research platform based in Copenhagen, London and Oslo. In their view, the only way to address them in the 21st century is to expand beyond the purview of architecture or urbanism. &ldquo;Urban life, and our experience of it, is a complex mix of economic systems, social relationships, and infrastructural spaces,&rdquo; they tell me. And to grapple with it, we need to start talking with people besides architects.</p> Morphogenesis, an Odyssey Through the Digital and Physical World Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-18T11:15:00-04:00 >2017-03-20T21:46:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Morphogenesis</a>, a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">virtual reality</a>&nbsp;art installation, is touring the globe, bringing a primal, otherworldly experience to audiences without the need for a ticket to&nbsp;Burning Man.</p> Reflecting and Refracting the Politics of Glass Architecture Jeffrey Grunthaner 2017-03-16T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T06:06:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It seems to me unquestionable that an anti-capitalist world&mdash;a society that emphasizes process over product, lived experience over representations&mdash;would look very different from the one we currently inhabit. The distinguishing characteristics of that world are more difficult to determine. In what way would a historically unique organization of labor yield a correspondingly unique architecture?</p> New Bureau Spectacular Exhibition at SFMOMA Explores the Narrative Properties of Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-06T12:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-28T17:33:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At a moment of social stratification and increasingly bitter divisions, a timely new <a href="" target="_blank">exhibit</a> at <a href="" target="_blank">SFMOMA</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a> celebrates an architecture of egalitarianism. The exhibition, titled&nbsp;<em>i</em><em>nsideoutsidebetweenbeyond</em>, showcases the studio&rsquo;s drawings alongside a comic, <em>When I Grow Up</em>, and five three-dimensional models that explore &ldquo;the communal aspect of urban life through surrealistic forms and situations.&rdquo;</p> Phil Freelon on Engaging with Black History Through Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-03-02T17:04:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T17:04:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From translating historic iron latticework into a digitally-produced fa&ccedil;ade to ensuring LEED certification, <a href="" target="_blank">Phil Freelon</a> played a pivotal, and perhaps under-recognized, role in the creation of the critically-acclaimed <a href="" target="_blank">National Museum of African American History and Culture</a>.&nbsp;</p> Uncovering the Architecture of Colonialism with 'The Funambulist' Nicholas Korody 2017-03-01T07:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T03:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="907" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Funambulist </em></a>is a bimestrial online and print journal founded by the French architect L&eacute;opold Lambert in 2015. Operating alongside a blog and a podcast, <em>The Funambulist </em>critically engages with some of the most pressing issues of the day, focusing on the political relationships between bodies and the built environment. Their tenth issue, released today, contends with the role of architecture in colonialism, understood here not as a "delimited period" but rather as a "continuous process" and "system of domination". To celebrate the issue&rsquo;s launch, Archinect is featuring the introduction, which is written by Lambert, edited slightly for clarity. &nbsp;</p> Can Trump’s anti-immigrant border wall be built without immigrant labor? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-25T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T07:40:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Border agents don&rsquo;t want an opaque, precast concrete wall. Financially, the wall is unlikely to be built without immigrant labor. And historically, large-scale border walls don&rsquo;t keep people out as much as signal that an empire is caving in. Here&rsquo;s why Donald Trump&rsquo;s proposed U.S./Mexico border wall isn&rsquo;t just a moral failure, but a practical one.</p> Xeno-Architecture: Radical Spatial Practice and the Politics of Alienation Alison Hugill 2017-02-17T12:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T12:46:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following on from Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">interview</a> with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, authors of the recent book <em>Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work</em>&mdash;wherein the pair discussed the implications of their &lsquo;accelerationist&rsquo; political theory for the field of architecture&mdash;we spoke to a Brussels-based curatorial and research platform that seeks to transpose &lsquo;xenofeminist&rsquo; politics on to considerations of spatial practice. Xenofeminism is a critically updated, queer and gender abolitionist response to accelerationism&rsquo;s political and economic theory, laid out in the manifesto of collective Laboria Cuboniks, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation</a>.</em></p> HGTV Theory: Tiny House Hunters, Debt Resistors Nicholas Korody 2017-02-08T12:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-12T20:03:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the episode &ldquo;Family of Six Goes Tiny&rdquo; of HGTV&rsquo;s <em>Tiny House Hunters, </em>Cindy, Dan, and their four daughters, ranging in age from 14 to two, downsize from their 2,500 square foot house in Santa Clarita to a 600 square foot home in Corning, New York&mdash;100 square feet per person. The real estate agent thinks they&rsquo;re insane. What motivates such an extreme move? Debt aversion, in part.</p> Life After Sundown: Disco Architecture in the Global City Alan Ruiz 2017-02-07T12:14:00-05:00 >2017-02-12T01:58:50-05:00 <img src="" width="2520" height="2520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Disco architecture is a typology that makes users engage with space differently. Refracting sound, light, heat and force, they are spaces intended for excess and multi-sensory, bodily pleasure. Historically popularized by people of color, queer and trans populations, the dance floor has largely been celebrated as spaces of inclusion and sites of liberation. Yet despite this idealized legacy of disco, its spatial-politics are perhaps a more nuanced and underdeveloped terrain. What might disco have to do with the development and rhythm of the global city? Even better, what is the value of considering these types of spaces against our current political moment?</p> Spatial Activism: Profiling a New Wave of European Architecture Collectives and Their Spatial Manifestos Hannah Wood 2017-02-01T12:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:31:31-05:00 <img src="" width="625" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While there exists an extensive volume of politically engaged architecture projects and countless architects who, particularly in their youth, practiced with explicit agendas, architecture offices have in the main been formed around a signature typology or aesthetic. Consider Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s cultural icons, Christopher Wren&rsquo;s churches or Santiago Calatrava&rsquo;s sculptural engineering: such designers branded their careers upon a signature feature, their trademark image subsequently produced and reproduced in design journals. However, a contingent of young European architects have begun to challenge this custom to instead orient their practice around what might be referred to as the &lsquo;political object&rsquo;. These spatial activists operate from the sidelines as facilitators, utilising design not as an end in itself but as a means to pursue a specific objective.</p> The Internet Was a Desert Stefano Colombo 2017-01-27T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-05-11T20:55:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for a picture that represents something related to the internet, we thought about the desert.</p> Designing Realities: Games, Simulations and Architecture—In Conversation with Kazys Varnelis Jochen Hartmann 2017-01-25T12:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T00:23:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Towards the tail end of an interesting year, a series of articles appeared on Archinect that focused on <a href="" target="_blank">game design</a> and its role in architectural education, inspiring this interview with Kazys Varnelis of the <a href="" target="_blank">Network Architecture Lab</a>.</p> Climate change was removed from today. What does this mean for architects? Katherine Stege 2017-01-20T17:40:00-05:00 >2017-01-25T07:53:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Directly following the inauguration of our new 45th president, received an overhaul. The most notable change was the complete deletion of the <a href="" target="_blank">climate change page</a>, which previously housed local, national, and international plans for combating climate change, as well as actions and goals of the previous administration. In this symbolic erasure, the new administration rejects climate change as a critical priority, denies the overwhelming evidence of human contribution to recent warming trends, and turns a blind eye to the critical research, policy, and international collaboration required in safeguarding our environment from significant long-term destruction.</p> Maryam Eskandari on Weaving Together Her Islamic Faith with Architecture Practice Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T01:06:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Recently, Archinect has been taking a look at the relationship between <a href="" target="_blank">faith</a> and architecture. In this interview, we speak to Maryam Eskandari, Principal of <a href="" target="_blank">MIIM Designs</a> and&nbsp;Adviser in History of Art and Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard University</a>. A practicing Muslim, Eskandari views her practice as an extension of her faith&mdash;which means, basically, to make "good architecture" for the 99%.</p> When you cut funding and abandon people, surprises happen Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T11:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T18:44:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Detroit, once one of the 20th century&rsquo;s top three thriving U.S. metropolises, has been a case study in ruin and decay for nearly half a century. &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age</a>,&rdquo; a new book of photographs and nuanced essays by <a href="" target="_blank">Camilo Jose Vergara</a>, delves into this culture of ruin, offering architects and urban planners an intriguing (and often surprising) pictorial atlas of what happens to a civilization during uncivilized times.</p> The Exhibitionary Complex Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T13:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One morning I woke up to a surprising text: my friend was on TMZ. For reasons never communicated to me, she had been hanging out with a celebrity of some renown when, as they walked to a club, they were surrounded by paparazzi. To distract them, my friend impulsively decided to lift up her shirt. &ldquo;FRIEND FLASHES BOOBIE DECOY &hellip; Photogs Forced to Choose,&rdquo; the headline read.</p> No Particular Place To Go: Cuba, 2016 Evan Chakroff 2017-01-06T13:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T00:39:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s no divorcing architecture from politics. Every construction project beyond a certain size necessitates coordination - cooperation, or coercion &ndash; and an organization of effort and labor in service of a design. Until the day a builder can direct a swarm of drones to lay brick or erect steel, architecture will by necessity remain a collaborative effort; buildings and cities the work of societies, not individuals.&nbsp;</p>