Archinect - Features 2014-04-23T09:53:49-04:00 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 >2014-02-21T10:04:01-05:00 <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> 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/30681941/contours-immigration-and-the-economy CONTOURS: Immigration and the Economy Sherin Wing 2011-12-12T13:44:43-05:00 >2012-01-27T03:56:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0xrcec0esg1rccs.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Listening to the Republican presidential debates, one would think that immigration is the single most important issue pressing on the U.S. economy today and that if it were &ldquo;solved&rdquo;&mdash;i.e. no immigrants of color (especially those from Mexico in particular, though those from Arab nations, China, and South Asia generally are also targeted by this discourse) were ever let across our borders again&mdash;that the economic woes would also be solved. In architecture, the presence of East Asian nationals in particular causes consternation amongst certain circles.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/27444989/contours-what-should-architecture-occupy-part-three CONTOURS: What Should Architecture Occupy? Part Three Sherin Wing 2011-11-14T12:53:28-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6jxbxfyfnhqc2i6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The results of the OWS poll are in. Now, there are many different approaches to summarizing the responses. One is to rely solely on statistics, but since many of the answers cannot be meaningfully summarized this way, and since OWS itself is about giving people a voice, the best way to encapsulate the results is to quote some responses. Of course, the flip responses were jettisoned because what we wanted were sincere, thoughtful responses, whether we agreed with them or not.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/25372807/contours-what-should-architecture-occupy-part-two CONTOURS: What Should Architecture Occupy? Part Two Guy Horton 2011-11-07T12:00:00-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccbysepz5mzdq1ko.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Of course, we know why architects are quiet on these fundamental issues of wealth and inequality. On the one hand they are just too busy trying to run their businesses and chase after ever fewer projects for less and less money. The other reason is that architects depend on the wealthiest segments of society for their livelihoods. Thus it <em>seems</em> to provide an obvious reason not to support a movement that stands for social and economic justice and an end to rules that favor corporations, banks and wealthy individuals over &ldquo;everyone else.&rdquo; Again, if you aren&rsquo;t sure what the ruckus is all about, you can do some investigating on your own&mdash;start by reading outside the architectural press.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/25370398/contours-what-should-architecture-occupy-part-one CONTOURS: What Should Architecture Occupy? Part One Guy Horton 2011-10-31T12:00:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3m/3mhcq4dfgutyifrb.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Unless you&rsquo;ve been living under a very remote rock, you know by now that the OWS, or <a href="http://occupywallst.org/" target="_blank">Occupy Wall Street</a> movement, with its many offshoots including <a href="https://www.facebook.com/OccupyTheHood" target="_blank">Occupy the Hood</a>, has been continued for over a month, now. And what&rsquo;s more, unless you are independently wealthy or a trustfund baby (and are therefore the &ldquo;1%&rdquo;), you are also part of the 99% of the population whom this collective movement addresses.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/25018068/gender-and-design-leadership Gender and Design Leadership Sherin Wing 2011-10-24T13:12:37-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jzsmghrh7k8dkjay.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Women in the architecture workplace is, oddly, a subject that does not receive a lot of press. Perhaps it is because from the time of school onward, women in the field are indoctrinated into being either as &ldquo;hard,&rdquo; &ldquo;iron-like&rdquo; or on a practical level, unbathed and unhygienic, as their male counterparts in order to be accepted. Indeed, at one school in Los Angeles, the women actively cultivate a hardened exterior that rivals any of their male classmates. Those who do not relinquish obvious signifiers of womanhood are dismissed as either attempting to &ldquo;sleep their way to success&rdquo; or as &ldquo;lightweights.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/22836339/contours-the-real CONTOURS: The Real Guy Horton 2011-10-05T12:46:14-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7hn29x6bap0darhw.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Let&rsquo;s get real. What we generally call Reality is not something we should lose sight of at this juncture, when our economy is <em>still </em>faltering, protests are erupting in cities across the country (you have heard about this, right?), and conservatives are arguing that taxing the rich will derail the engines of prosperity for all. So much for that &ldquo;recovery.&rdquo; Not in sight.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/20183669/contours-whither-goest-thou-green-economy CONTOURS: Whither Goest Thou, Green Economy? Guy Horton 2011-09-12T11:40:07-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y200m3q2ycu5mms2.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?</em><br> --Jack Kerouac</p> <p> Did you tune into Obama&rsquo;s jobs speech last Thursday night? Hopefully, you were too busy putting in unpaid overtime at your office. Or maybe you didn&rsquo;t give a damn because you&rsquo;ve been out there looking for a job, shooting your portfolio into a black hole for months and months.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/14518049/review-shannon-ebner-verses-in-urban-art Review: Shannon Ebner, &, Verses in Urban Art Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-25T12:00:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xcyeqbxt5pfms3it.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Shannon Ebner:&nbsp;and, per se and,&nbsp;2011</em></p> <p> <em>Painted wood, steel, aluminum, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic solar cells, 12 volt battery&#8232;</em></p> <p> <em>Jul 15 - Oct 9, 2011</em></p> <p> <em>Through a collaboration with the City of Culver City, the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Culver City Redevelopment Agency, </em><em>the Hammer Museum,&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://laxart.org/" target="_blank">LA&gt;&lt;ART</a>, and as part of the 54th Venice Biennale present Shannon Ebner&rsquo;s first public project in Los Angeles, &lsquo;and, per se and,&rsquo;, an 8-foot tall plywood ampersand installed in a vacant lot on the northeast corner of Centinela Ave. and Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/14049321/a-spoonful-of-sugar-helps-the-medicine-go-down A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down Chris Hildrey 2011-07-21T12:00:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eop37zzjdzijdbwv.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In this feature Bartlett student (and <a href="http://v2.archinect.com/schoolblog/blog.php?id=C0_453_39" target="_blank">Archinect school blogger</a>), Chris Hildrey, discusses some critical issues in the architecture industry, such as the core sustainability of the practice of architecture, as it relates to other industries, and unpaid labor. He also takes us to a fun London architecture event to show us the sweeter side of our profession.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/10733174/op-ed-an-open-house Op-Ed: an Open house? Nick Axel 2011-06-21T19:18:00-04:00 >2012-09-27T17:49:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Written by Nick Axel</em></p> <p> The recent project of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7551/droog" target="_blank"><em>Open house</em> by Droog with Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> is refreshing in the sense that it engages a pervasive condition and experience of the built environment that often goes unthought. The idea of envisioning a &lsquo;future suburbia&rsquo; has strongly provoked the attention of architects and the non-architect, better known as the resident. The content of the project has to this date contained a one day event that included a seminar taking place in New York City, polemical installations within the archetypal suburb of Levittown, New York, visionary representations of a potential life in suburbia (1), and a host of online journalism. <em>Open house</em> uses traditional architectural conventions as provocative mediums in order to communicate, what I would like to show, a much deeper and significant concept that is at the root of the project. By employing the potentiality of a service economy, <em>Open house</em> fundamentally works on an ideological level that seeks to...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/4745896/ps1-yap-2011-wrap-up PS1 YAP 2011 Wrap-up bryan boyer 2011-06-13T14:30:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phx14hgomz4ng96k.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> With the winning PS1 entry by Interboro Partners <a href="http://www.interboropartners.net/2011/holding-pattern-installation/" target="_blank">being installed right now</a>, Archinect takes a moment to catch up with Formlessfinder, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104651/2011-ps1-young-architects-program-people-s-choice-award" target="_blank">winner of the Peoples' Choice Award</a>, to talk about the how and the why of innovative architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/9349928/op-ed-the-neglected-public-bathroom Op-Ed: The Neglected Public Bathroom Archinect 2011-06-09T18:55:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T20:12:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnbxkebno1y2y0b.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to the New York Post, the National 9/11 Memorial will open this year with no bathrooms. The $508 million project will draw legions of visitors and is characterized by gushing water, but anyone seeking a toilet will have to leave the site for a nearby department store.</p> <p> This omission of public bathrooms resonates with a personal architectural experience. Over the past six months, I participated in a collaboration of art and architecture students to design a pavilion at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3109814/columbia-university" target="_blank">Columbia University</a>. It is located in a courtyard behind the architecture school and will be up for most of the summer. A temporary structure, a pavilion is often the architect&rsquo;s opportunity to build without the inconvenience of plumbing or other practicalities.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/7706563/op-ed-sticks-and-stones-ai-weiwei-and-the-uses-of-architecture Op-Ed: Sticks and Stones; Ai Weiwei and the Uses of Architecture Fred Scharmen 2011-05-26T12:39:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:16:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtmszdv4oaoq69h7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> This op-ed was initially conceived as a series of critical Twitter messages by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>, aka <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/sevensixfive" target="_blank">sevensixfive</a>, directed at blogs (including Archinect) that have been providing ongoing exposure of new architecture projects in China, considering China's unfair capture and treatment of artist/activist Ai Weiwei. In an effort to investigate this issue further, and hopefully spark a little productive debate, we invited Fred to pen this op-ed.</p> <p> Should the media protest the treatment of Ai Weiwei by ceasing promotion of all new architectural work in China? Should architects refuse to take on new work in China? Should we continue to support the work of architects and artists in China, but only with a disclaimer? Please share your thoughts in the comments.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102710/eatlacma-was-vital-as-fruit EATLACMA Was Vital as Fruit Archinect 2010-11-27T03:43:00-05:00 >2012-02-07T20:22:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8ogxkyzea4zvkdm.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by Bruna Mori</em></p> <p> On November 7, dozens of artists, writers, and collectives ceremoniously participated in Let Them Eat LACMA , closing Fallen Fruit&rsquo;s EATLACMA , a yearlong investigation of food, the natural growth cycle, and the social role of art. That day, over 7,000 visitors to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art made their way to scheduled events, intersecting with chewing carolers, belly-listeners, and roving bands that unified the fragmented campus; weaving through fruit-droppers, vocal mimes, and hungry puppets, I had my second look at Fallen Fruit&rsquo;s recuration of the permanent collection and garden structures.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/92790/meeting-mike-davis Meeting Mike Davis Orhan Ayyüce 2009-10-12T14:07:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T20:08:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/ortz22gjd9uwqpst.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Mike Davis and I met on a summer day in San Diego. He graciously drove his truck and showed me his collection of &ldquo;interesting sites&rdquo; he planned for us to see in the area. As we were visiting those places, we talked about variety of subjects.</p>