Archinect - Features 2016-10-24T01:26:54-04:00 Working Out of The Box: Emily Hunt Turner Archinect 2016-10-14T11:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T08:42:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> 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 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Maybe the closest thing to new construction in <a href="" 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> 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="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="" target="_blank">Monopoly</a> to <a href="" 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> 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="" 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> 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="" 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> 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="" 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> ‘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="" 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="" target="_blank">2014's Venice Architecture Biennale</a>.</p> Archinect's Summer Reading + Listening List: Recommendations from Amale Andraos, Dora Epstein Jones, Jenna Didier, and Mimi Zeiger Nicholas Korody 2016-08-04T10:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T20:13:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It turns out architecture folk don't really go for junk fiction when it comes to summer reading.&nbsp;Karl Ove Knausgaard makes <a href="" target="_blank">another</a> appearance, alongside classics by Albert Camus and Frantz Fanon, as well as some more architecture-specific reads. Here's what&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Amale Andraos</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Jenna Didier</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mimi Zeiger</a> are reading (and listening to) this summer&mdash;and why.</p> Archinect's Summer Reading + Listening List: Recommendations from Aaron Betsky, Jimenez Lai, Alan Loomis and Scott Merrill Julia Ingalls 2016-07-16T10:41:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From vivid historical analysis to theoretically-driven essays on Rem Koolhaas to the mesmerizing stream of consciousness of Karl Ove Knausgaard,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Alan Loomis</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Scott Merrill</a>&nbsp;spoke to Archinect about what they're reading (and listening to).</p><p>Here's a quick glimpse of the tenor and scope of their picks, just in time for summer.</p> Falling through the sharing economy's looking glass—and into an ocean of unpaid, gendered, domestic labor Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T15:17:00-04:00 >2016-07-25T11:15:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Work, work, work, work, work, work,&rdquo; instructs&nbsp;Rihanna as we drive through the mountain pass; her dancehall, reggae-pop anthem to staying on the grind despite poor returns on libidinal investment providing the tempo for my own frantic attempts to capture any last emails before I abandon the world of 3G for cacti, a meteor shower, and a cheap Airbnb.</p> Archinect's Summer Reading List: recommendations from Oana Stanescu of Family, Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, and Jorge Otero-Pailos Nicholas Korody 2016-07-07T08:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T23:34:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With temperatures climbing and vacations on the horizon, it&rsquo;s time to stock up on summer reads. When talking to architects over the past few months, we&rsquo;ve been asking for their book recommendations&mdash;to bring to the beach, to distract from the sweltering heat of the subway, or just to edify. Here&rsquo;s a few of them.</p> The blind justice of Salt Lake City's courthouse David Scheer 2016-06-28T08:29:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T07:11:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture normally receives very little public notice in Salt Lake City, but the new federal courthouse here got the public&rsquo;s attention. The <em>Salt Lake Tribune</em> and a local TV news station&rsquo;s website received a wave of letters and posts in response to articles about its opening in 2014. The overwhelming consensus was negative.</p> Strange bedfellows: exploring shades of privacy in co-living Julia Ingalls 2016-06-20T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T00:34:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From chaste bunking to on-site Pilates classes, co-living companies have as many versions as a cover band. But each incarnation raises the question: how do we architecturally define privacy in the 21st century?</p> Touring BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and the new Summer Houses Robert Urquhart 2016-06-08T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:41:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perched on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery in London&rsquo;s Royal Kensington Gardens, the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a> has been a summer highlight for Londoners since its inception in 2000. The first Pavilion, which enjoyed a four-month residency, was created by Zaha Hadid. Since then the site has entertained notable architects including Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Ai Weiwei with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.</p> If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar Nicholas Korody 2016-06-07T08:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:03:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Should our homes have an airplane mode?&rdquo; asks the Italian architecture studio Space Caviar, in the descriptive text for their RAM House, a fully-equipped <a href="" target="_blank">smart home</a> that alternatively doubles as a refuge from the ubiquitous technology of today.</p> Book review: "Entr'acte: Performing Publics, Pervasive Media, and Architecture" Nicholas Korody 2016-06-05T18:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:11:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the month of May, inspired in part by the theme of Alejandro Aravena&rsquo;s Venice Biennale, <a href="" target="_blank">Reporting from the Front</a>, Archinect&rsquo;s coverage has included a <a href="" target="_blank">special focus</a> on socially-engaged practices and, accordingly, hosted many conversations about how and why architects should engage with the public. Yet largely absent from this discussion is the question of who or what constitutes the public today.</p> Examining the 2016 Venice Biennale: "Sarajevo Now" Nicholas Korody 2016-05-28T10:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T20:44:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the early days of the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a>, we've spoken with the curators of a few select pavilions to get a read on the ideas behind their exhibitions. For this feature, we share our conversation with <a href="" target="_blank">Alfredo Brillembourg</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">Urban-Think Tank</a> and Nina Baier-Bischofberger of <a href="" target="_blank">Baier Bischofberger</a> about their project, <em>Sarajevo Now</em>.</p> Object Sexuality, or: the humans who fall in love with buildings Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T17:19:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I&rsquo;m not sure how I first heard about &ldquo;object sexuality,&rdquo; the self-designated term employed by individuals who have sexual and romantic attraction to objects such as buildings. I think I Googled, &ldquo;sexual attraction to buildings&rdquo; since the theme for April was &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Sex</a>&rdquo; and Archinect is an architecture website. I quickly fell into an internet wormhole.</p> Getting in the mood for One-Night Stand LA #2: the Rendezvous Nicholas Korody 2016-04-30T11:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T20:08:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One balmy Los Angeles night last spring, throngs of architecture aficionados descended on a dingbat motel in the MacArthur Park area for what was billed, alongside amatory promotional material, as a "<a href="" target="_blank">One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>." For a single evening, the trysting place was transformed into a series of distinct, room-size installations rendered with 3D-mapped projections, robotics, or simple 2x4&rsquo;s. On May 14 of this year, the project will be reprised in the same location but with different curators and a new roster of participants. I chatted with the organizers to get the low down on what to expect from <em>One-Night Stand LA: the Rendezvous</em>.</p> The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T10:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T15:26:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;If you do your job right then no one will notice,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult film is very much a designed object &ndash; particularly when it comes to the elaborate structural and fantasy elements involved in BDSM and kink.</p> Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-04-22T09:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:37:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="912" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s among the worst clich&eacute;s of architectural writing: towers are phallic; stadiums (or just any project by a certain recently-deceased <a href="" target="_blank">icon</a>) are vulval. But what about when the architects themselves describe their project in genital terms? And, in particular, when they take inspiration not from some heroic idea of rigidity, but rather acceptance of a more prosaic state of flaccidity?</p> Los Angeles, the Industrial City Orhan Ayyüce 2016-04-13T07:55:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T22:53:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. the INDUSTRIAL CITY is vast and beautiful.</p><p>To drive from downtown to Port of Los Angeles on Alameda Corridor is a railroad state of mind and these are some of its stations.&nbsp;</p> Telling semiotic tales with Laurel Broughton of WELCOMEPROJECTS Justine Testado 2016-04-07T09:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:07:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designer Laurel Broughton is serious about playfulness in <a href="" target="_blank">WELCOMEPROJECTS</a>, a multi-disciplinary studio she established in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then, her studio has worked on a variety of art installations, interiors, and a growing collection of thematic sartorial accessories called WELCOMECOMPANIONS. Regardless of the project type, they&rsquo;re all imbued with Broughton&rsquo;s own surrealistic sense of whimsical flair that has captured the attention of designers, artists, and fashionistas alike.</p> When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold Julia Ingalls 2016-03-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-16T12:31:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="967" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think bank architecture and its associated headquarters and you may find yourself stultified by visions of doric columns, artless atriums, and bland corporate highrises. However, these six structures by prominent practitioners are a survey of the unusual and intriguing. Here&rsquo;s what each financial institution says about its social/historical context, as well as the role of money at that time.</p> Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T09:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T10:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ZeroHome, a project by the Tel Aviv-based studio Geotectura, is a house built entirely from waste &ndash; but you wouldn&rsquo;t necessarily suspect it from looking at its sharp, angular form.</p> Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work Nicholas Korody 2016-03-18T10:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:13:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells,&rdquo; writes Karl Marx in <em>Das Kapital</em>, likely the most direct invocation of architecture in his influential, and controversial, writings. &ldquo;But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.&rdquo;</p> Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2016-04-02T18:05:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How you design a building directly <em>is</em> ecological awareness,&rdquo; states Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at <a href="" target="_blank">Rice University</a>. &ldquo;And your design is a game that will inculcate all kinds of ecological awareness. So realize that and act accordingly...&rdquo;</p> The far-reaching work by "state-of-the-art weirdos" MOS Architects Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-11T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-04-03T00:53:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MOS</a> has developed an impressive cache of work over a relatively brief period of time, including a range of designs unequivocal to the company&rsquo;s unique, and at times quirky, style. Their approach considers economic climates and environmental limitations, but evades conventional aesthetics. Take it from the firm&rsquo;s website; MOS rejects the ordinary. A succinct self-description concludes that their company is &ldquo;a collective of designers, architects, thinkers and state-of-the-art weirdos.&rdquo;</p><p>With the recent release of <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0763669903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=archinectarchite&amp;linkId=Z7RWU7IPK6BIJ7GS" target="_blank"><em>MOS: Selected Works</em></a>, it seems fitting to reflect on a selection of projects that highlight the company&rsquo;s discernible attitude toward conceptual design and architecture.</p> Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store Nicholas Korody 2016-02-23T17:55:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:23:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google &ldquo;art vs design&rdquo; and you&rsquo;ll find a slew of fairly common sense diagrams and articles. &ldquo;Good art is a talent&rdquo;, stipulates one, while &ldquo;good design is a skill&rdquo;. Or, similarly, &ldquo;good art is interpreted&rdquo;, whereas &ldquo;good design is understood&rdquo;. My favorite includes two identical images of a chair. Beneath one reads the caption, &ldquo;a chair: design&rdquo;, while beneath the second, &ldquo;a tree: conceptual art&rdquo;.</p> Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2 Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T17:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:59:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="890" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the high-gloss landscape of design magazines, all tables have been wiped clean. But in practice, things get messy: our desks are cluttered, our kitchens are flecked with sauce, our careers take form or falter as we finger the seams in the Formica. In this issue of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Dirty Furniture</em></a>, the second in a finite series of six, an object usually shrouded by its ubiquity is illuminated by a series of essays that considers the table not just as a formal object, but also as an architecture and convention that structures our familial, social, political, and spiritual relationships.</p>