Archinect - Features 2017-02-27T09:00:35-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149993596/can-trump-s-anti-immigrant-border-wall-be-built-without-immigrant-labor Can Trump’s anti-immigrant border wall be built without immigrant labor? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-25T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-27T04:00:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/682h1w1feh3cr6iq.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149992400/xeno-architecture-radical-spatial-practice-and-the-politics-of-alienation 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yx/yx33hj85sq3ro6o9.jpg" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following on from Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" 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="http://www.laboriacuboniks.net/" target="_blank">The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149990867/hgtv-theory-tiny-house-hunters-debt-resistors 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bb/bbht2mouwoumpft2.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149990612/life-after-sundown-disco-architecture-in-the-global-city 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gh/ghs3qwz90nug7w92.gif" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149989510/spatial-activism-profiling-a-new-wave-of-european-architecture-collectives-and-their-spatial-manifestos 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/hm/hmbsujqr6qlh4v1d.gif" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988837/the-internet-was-a-desert The Internet Was a Desert Stefano Colombo 2017-01-27T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:56:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5l/5l7dsau00ff0ruwz.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149986456/designing-realities-games-simulations-and-architecture-in-conversation-with-kazys-varnelis 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/53/53wac3lp9dclqp37.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/features/article/149966152/level-up-using-video-games-to-unlock-the-city" target="_blank">game design</a> and its role in architectural education, inspiring this interview with Kazys Varnelis of the <a href="http://www.networkarchitecturelab.org/" target="_blank">Network Architecture Lab</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149987667/climate-change-was-removed-from-whitehouse-gov-today-what-does-this-mean-for-architects Climate change was removed from whitehouse.gov 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqzy7kuv5zo5teba.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Directly following the inauguration of our new 45th president, whitehouse.gov received an overhaul. The most notable change was the complete deletion of the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149983319/maryam-eskandari-on-weaving-together-her-islamic-faith-with-architecture-practice 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ys/ys51i1zoc17200fo.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Recently, Archinect has been taking a look at the relationship between <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/848446/december-faith" target="_blank">faith</a> and architecture. In this interview, we speak to Maryam Eskandari, Principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/miimdesigns" target="_blank">MIIM Designs</a> and&nbsp;Adviser in History of Art and Architecture at <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfcv4rx6s31qwjno.jpg" 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="http://amzn.to/2jje9tX" 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="http://amzn.to/2jJojAv" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149985944/the-exhibitionary-complex The Exhibitionary Complex Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T13:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3i/3i61nbwt5zshmgeh.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8k/8k0ej50j6h31gl62.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982626/michael-rotondi-opens-up-about-the-faith-propelling-his-life-and-work Michael Rotondi Opens Up About the Faith Propelling His Life and Work Nicholas Korody 2017-01-05T11:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T09:32:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ur/ury6bo45inaw5e5b.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"It&rsquo;s a practice rather than a religion, but the practice is essentially living by principles and then meditation," states Michael Rotondi. "It&rsquo;s Buddhism without beliefs, I guess would be a way to look at it."</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982444/strapping-on-the-sacred-when-religion-enters-virtual-reality Strapping on the Sacred: When Religion Enters Virtual Reality Nicholas Korody 2016-12-15T12:14:00-05:00 >2017-01-14T21:27:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/3p/3p8b9i88zx0nlw0r.gif" width="1727" height="1080" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A few months ago, I found myself a lone skeptic in a sea of believers at the VR L.A. Expo. I watched heads tilt toward the sky (then the ground, then side to side). I navigated long lines that snaked through a grid of cardboard booths, filled with eager believers awaiting communion not with God but with pixels. I heard the feverish whispers of the prophets of our 2D wilderness (they who consume Soylent instead of locusts and honey). A New World is coming, they said.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149978821/how-to-get-a-job-at-jerde How To Get A Job At: JERDE Archinect 2016-12-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:13:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uw/uwwet4hvfpnlq5f4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list in their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149981694/drinking-the-kool-aid-the-architecture-of-fringe-religions Drinking the Kool-Aid: The Architecture of Fringe Religions Nicholas Korody 2016-12-09T12:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:06:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h0/h0pqwv2yb7hnsyib.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Religions have inspired some of the great architecture of human history. Reims Cathedral. The Blue Mosque. Angkor Wat. But what about those faiths that aren&rsquo;t exactly major? Or are controversial? Or aren't religions at all?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149981536/the-architect-behind-noah-s-ark-shares-how-faith-influences-his-practice The Architect Behind Noah's Ark Shares How Faith Influences His Practice Nicholas Korody 2016-12-08T12:07:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:28:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/90/90lebrrz484e8pg1.jpg" width="650" height="638" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This month, in line with Archinect&rsquo;s December theme, Faith, we&rsquo;re talking to architects of various faiths about how their spiritual practice figures into their architectural practice. In this iteration, we speak with LeRoy Troyer, the president and chair of Troyer Group. Troyer Group is probably best-known for their project &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957279/noah-s-ark-replica-opens-in-kentucky-biblical-theme-park-to-compete-with-the-disneys-and-the-universals" target="_blank">Ark Encounter</a>&rdquo;, a full-scale replica of Noah&rsquo;s Ark, built according to plans interpreted from Genesis.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149980050/short-and-not-so-sweet-a-collection-of-architecture-haiku-criticism Short and Not-So-Sweet: A Collection of Architecture Haiku Criticism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T12:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T00:27:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l7/l7uiwlszmzisyngn.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In honor of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974072/open-call-for-submissions-xs" target="_blank">November's XS theme</a>, we asked readers to send us notes of architectural criticism, in haiku: the Japanese poetic form restricted to three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, in that order. And boy, did folks deliver. You can pack a lot of sour into 17 syllables, but also beauty. Below are the best haiku from our open call, and a few from Archinect's forum. Enjoy.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149977578/open-mushware-making-the-invisible-visible-in-tactical-urbanism 'Open Mushware': Making the Invisible Visible in Tactical Urbanism Jochen Hartmann 2016-11-25T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T13:35:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3m/3movblaztvogfoyc.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2012, the Network Architecture Lab was invited to participate in the Museum of Modern Art&rsquo;s (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/176/moma" target="_blank">MoMA</a>) &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/352273/uneven-growth-tactical-urbanisms-for-expanding-megacities" target="_blank">Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities</a>&rdquo; exhibition, curated by Pedro Gadanho. The exhibition was the third installment in the &ldquo;Issues in Contemporary Architecture Series,&rdquo; which included &ldquo;Rising Currents,&rdquo; a contemplation on future sea level rise in New York City, and &ldquo;Foreclosed,&rdquo; a study of the architectural responses to the foreclosure crisis.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149980068/from-the-editors-what-we-re-thankful-for-this-holiday-season From the Editors: What We're Thankful For This Holiday Season Archinect 2016-11-24T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-29T21:18:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5p/5pjd8449vzh82zws.jpg" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>2016 has been a rough year, and it's not over. Finding consolation through the rough patches, and appreciation during the better parts, requires flexing those muscles of reflection and gratitude. So on this Thanksgiving, to break the champagne over the 2016 holiday season, we've gathered a few things we're grateful for in architecture, to share and celebrate. Cheers!</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump Architects Respond to the AIA’s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump Nicholas Korody 2016-11-14T14:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T12:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cc/cck6fme2g0nguo49.jpg" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" target="_blank">AIA&rsquo;s formal statement</a>, and follow-up, in response to Donald J. Trump&rsquo;s election has elicited outrage within the architecture community. Architects, AIA-members and not, feel that the organization has failed to represent their interests, choosing instead to cooperate with what many equate to a fascist regime, and in so doing has compromised the entire profession. Architects have taken to social media to air their concerns and organize their own responses&mdash;we&rsquo;ll be updating this piece with more statements as the issue evolves,&nbsp;and collecting them all over&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/840712/notmyaia" target="_blank">here</a>. Share your thoughts with us by submitting to the news&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/add_news" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149977571/screen-print-47-fresh-meat-s-of-the-city-from-uic Screen/Print #47: Fresh Meat's 'Of the City', from UIC Nicholas Korody 2016-11-09T12:05:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T09:56:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mzs4ll6x22u7vcn5.jpg" width="650" height="809" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Individuality is a prized commodity. &ldquo;Dare to be different,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re told. &ldquo;To thine own self be true,&rdquo; inspirational posters implore, butchering a quotation from <em>Hamlet</em> that originally implied multiple, different meanings. But how? After all, the most punk of punks is the one who copies the best.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149973600/screen-print-46-quick-images-complicate-architectural-discourse-in-hatch-from-penn-design Screen/Print #46: 'Quick Images' Complicate Architectural Discourse in 'Hatch' from Penn Design Julia Ingalls 2016-10-27T12:25:00-04:00 >2017-01-10T17:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xhgbetkgwve9ids.jpg" width="650" height="967" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is architectural discourse in an era of so-called "quick images"? As a collection of conversations between students and professors, <em>Hatch</em> explores the culture of social media and the subsequent disconnect it has created between disciplined, professional works of architecture and flashy (if ubiquitous) presentations.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149973238/working-out-of-the-box-emily-hunt-turner Working Out of The Box: Emily Hunt Turner Archinect 2016-10-14T11:20:00-04:00 >2017-01-17T05:33:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/gu53t9mjzdo5yl74.jpg" width="650" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.emilyhuntturner.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Emily Hunt Turner</strong></a>, a Twin Cities-based architect, turned lawyer, turned restaurateur with an admirable social mission.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149968920/context-as-content-mapping-the-contemporary-at-the-2016-oslo-triennale-with-oma-andr-s-jaque-and-more Context as content: mapping the contemporary at the 2016 Oslo Triennale with OMA, Andrés Jaque and more Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-01-11T01:53:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fa/faq1t87vyzkfh0lv.jpg" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Maybe the closest thing to new construction in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149958919/home-away-from-home-an-interview-with-the-curators-of-the-oslo-architecture-triennale" target="_blank"><em>After Belonging</em></a>, the sixth Oslo Architecture Triennale, is an apple press assembled with two 2x2&rsquo;s, some nails, a saw, a gallon bucket, a heavy pole, a colander, a hammer, a plastic bag, a funnel and a car jack. Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter designed the device after finding an abandoned apple orchard on the eastern edge of the Torshov asylum center, which houses refugees from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149966152/level-up-using-video-games-to-unlock-the-city Level up: using video games to unlock the city Nicholas Korody 2016-09-02T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:06:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cg/cg1yqyi937gtcrv4.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/153349/monopoly" target="_blank">Monopoly</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/263326/simcity" target="_blank">SimCity</a>, games can foster a special sort of engagement with an urban environment, helping us hash out and represent the complex socioeconomic and political forces that determine its morphology. It&rsquo;s no surprise, then, that architects employ games to work out and convey new ideas, or that game designers look to the city for inspiration.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149965761/upping-the-ante-the-high-and-low-culture-of-architecture-competitions Upping the ante: the high and low culture of architecture competitions Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T12:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:40:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hi/hisp26p3vruflby2.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Entering an architecture competition is basically a form of speculative investment. Time is money, and competitions tend to require a lot of both. Models, renders, and prints&mdash;not to mention wages&mdash;can deplete the coffer quickly, especially for a young practice. A studio will invest their time and money in an entry in the hope that, at a later date, it will generate a return: a commission or some recognition. Unfortunately, competitions tend to be risky investments.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149962360/cuteness-and-the-fight-for-architectural-preservation Cuteness and the fight for architectural preservation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T09:19:00-04:00 >2016-08-29T11:51:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iv/ivcp3rsfevhy3ocg.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We all know architecture is a deathly serious business&mdash;but sometimes, that severity weighs so heavily that it becomes oppressive, restricting debate to an academic mean and setting a glacial pace of cultural influence. When that happens, the key to liberating architectural discourse might just arrive in a coat made of kittens, painted in Lisa Frank fluorescence.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149963418/architecture-s-place-in-the-museum Architecture's place in the museum Bridget Gayle Ground 2016-08-17T09:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9h/9hn867ae8dihwpnh.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The role that architecture plays in our individual and communal lives is often overlooked, yet in an age when environmental crises are imminent and individuals increasingly turn inward to their electronic devices, an investment in quality spaces that promote social and ecological well-being seems more urgent than ever. This conundrum begs the question: how can a deeper appreciation for architecture be instilled in twenty-first century society?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149961842/to-be-with-architecture-is-all-we-ask-interview-with-hans-ulrich-obrist-artistic-director-of-the-serpentine-galleries ‘To be with architecture is all we ask.’ – interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries Robert Urquhart 2016-08-08T05:49:00-04:00 >2016-08-14T23:58:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hf/hf42w5qwliy0i36p.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, Hans-Ulrich Obrist is a much revered polymath. Curator, historian, critic and interviewer of the world&rsquo;s leading artists, Obrist has often courted the world of architecture, most notably for his curatorship of the Swiss Pavilion at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/453301/2014-venice-biennale" target="_blank">2014's Venice Architecture Biennale</a>.</p>