Archinect - Features 2014-10-31T03:02:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/103884029/koolhaas-wreaks-havoc-at-a-d-museum-s-s-m-l-xla-exhibition Koolhaas wreaks havoc at A+D Museum's "S,M,L,XLA" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-14T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9eho4v2hfgxo570.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the 1958 classic film "The Blob", a globular alien terrorizes a small Pennsylvanian town, ravenously absorbing everything and everyone in its path. It's formidable but silly looking at the same time, and the more it takes in the bigger and angrier it gets. Walking through the <a href="http://aplusd.org/" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> at the opening of their <em><strong>S,M,L,XLA</strong></em> exhibition, at times it felt like The Blob had overtaken curation.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcljl3erng7b5sh3.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101728824/rem-s-venice-biennale-is-like-being-immersed-in-a-stormy-s-m-l-xl-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-hundreds-of-other-people Rem's Venice Biennale is "like being immersed in a stormy S,M,L,XL, with a glass of wine, and hundreds of other people" Terri Peters 2014-06-16T10:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:43:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru6bcb8mio6w1kv6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Modernism &ldquo;history&rdquo;? How do Modern concepts, especially regarding representation, nature, technology and housing, relate to the current state of architecture? These were some overarching questions embedded in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The show opened June 7th under the &ldquo;Fundamentals&rdquo; theme, and it is worth visiting for the important questions it raises about the current state of architecture and building.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/99769945/prototyping-developing-fantastical-habitats-for-the-untamed-in-new-territories-diy-feral-child-workshop Prototyping: Developing fantastical habitats for the untamed in New-Territories' "DIY-Feral Child Workshop" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-20T10:33:00-04:00 >2014-05-27T22:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxn4vz4j6iujl9s2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>True to its name, the <a href="http://www.new-territories.com/blog/DIY2014/" target="_blank">DIY-Feral Child workshop</a> is devised around an imagined feral child, found deep in the Thai Jungle and now being assimilated into human society. Spanning one summer month in the north-east of Bangkok, along the Kwai River, the workshop is a tri-fold effort of design, material experimentation, and film, where twenty student participants will create a fictionalized movie narrative alongside their architectural designs.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/94360340/prototyping-tiny-house-design-workshop Prototyping: Tiny House Design Workshop Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-27T16:13:00-05:00 >2014-07-03T13:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Workshops can open up architectural education to those beyond the university community, rolling theory and practice into concentrated and productive sessions.&nbsp;<strong>Prototyping</strong>, a new feature series&nbsp;on Archinect, will highlight some of the more ambitious and intriguing workshops out there, to show how they're being put together and what they produce.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/84447208/air-rights-an-exhibit-by-drone-research-lab Air Rights: an exhibit by Drone Research Lab Michael Abrahamson 2013-10-18T15:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T11:39:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w2b2blz9w4yl91xd.jpg" width="514" height="616" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The printed <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/upnqdqqai4ndcfu/AIR_RIGHTS_DIGITAL_PROGRAM.pdf" target="_blank">catalog</a> for &ldquo;<em>Air Rights</em>&rdquo; &ndash; an exhibition by the <a href="http://droneresearchlab.com/" target="_blank">Drone Research Lab</a> (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning &ndash; begins with a <em>Bartlett</em>'s-worthy quote from R. Buckminster Fuller: &ldquo;You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.&rdquo; It is often observed, on the contrary, that unmanned aerial vehicles, unlike the billion-dollar state-of-the-art fighter jets they are replacing in some military applications, are a cobbling together of existing technologies. None of their components (aside from advanced optical sensing) is inaccessible to everyday consumers, and the mechanics would likely be familiar to Fuller himself.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/83387409/7-lessons-from-the-3rd-international-architectural-education-summit 7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-07T10:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T16:33:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Just over a year ago, the <em>Architectural Review</em> published &ldquo;Alternative Routes for Architecture&rdquo;, calling for a drastic reinterpretation of architectural education in the face of rigid institutions and extreme financial strains. Certainly this demand is older than a year -- as we allow technology to knit information more thickly into our cultural fabric, we question the nature of education at large as having a physical place and hierarchy, through systems such as MOOCs or mobile workspaces. Add prohibitively high costs, followed by debt and depressing unemployment rates, and the architect is getting fit to reconstitute itself as newly relevant and multi-faceted professional.</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/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles The Science Fiction of "Never Built: Los Angeles" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-01T17:16:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T12:58:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6cuodwmouqmwywbo.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> What can we learn from the aborted potential icons of Los Angeles? Whether underfunded, over-dramatic or anachronistic, the structures on display in "<em>Never Built: Los Angeles</em>" at the Architecture and Design Museum in L.A., never saw the light of day. But because they were the twinkle in the eye of a few established names in post-war American architecture, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner, these imaginings are vetted with their creators' robust reputations for modern, revolutionary forms. Seen with a 21st century perspective, jaded by the likes of Frank Gehry or Bjarke Ingels, it's actually pretty easy to imagine these never-built structures existing -- at least in terms of form, anyway.</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/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/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/8302721/next-series-architecture-jury-a-factual-and-fictional-manual NEXT SERIES: ARCHITECTURE JURY, A Factual and Fictional Manual Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-31T16:53:46-04:00 >2012-01-04T17:46:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x0/x0q888nr7pvt43vd.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To spectators, the architecture jury critics might mean deities if they don't know they are not. In fact, some students know this but it is a best kept secret so they can stand back and watch the divine comedy folding out on the first rows of their presentation. Not all students take criticism personally although it is hard not to.</p> <p> Most architecture schools are the continuation of the traditional model, design studios taught by people who are, if you say so, spatial experts. In general, architecture education is defined by how to draw and produce space. Most people in the world can say something about buildings. Naturally, architects use a unique vocabulary to control and develop their craft.</p> <p> I was asked if I would write a piece on architectural juries. After thinking about it for a few hours I came up with this idea of subjectively stereotyping the people who sit in front of the presentations and say 'wise' things about student projects. I hope this will help the audience and...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/5399391/mit-going-fast-after-150-years MIT, Going FAST After 150 Years Aaron Willette 2011-05-06T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:31:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1z4il6adipr2tgc.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In 2011 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding, an occasion marked with 150 consecutive days of activities commemorating its long history of technology innovation. The most prominent of the exhibits, performances and symposia making up the celebration is the <a href="http://arts.mit.edu/fast/" target="_blank">Festival of Art, Science and Technology (FAST)</a>, a series of events meant to highlight the institute&rsquo;s often overlooked tradition in the arts. Organized as a six-part series of events spanning three months, FAST offers the public direct access to a body of work that transcends art as a means of representation to instead becomes an agent of social and technological exploration. On May 7th and 8th FAST culminates in the <a href="http://arts.mit.edu/fast/fast-light/" target="_blank">FAST Light festival</a>, an open house showcasing a number of installation projects by both faculty and staff.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2112195/smartgeometry-2011-copenhagen-denmark SmartGeometry 2011, Copenhagen Denmark Terri Peters 2011-04-07T14:50:52-04:00 >2011-11-17T15:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xe2q12i1vc7lak4r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> SmartGeometry was established in 2001 as an international group of academics and professional architects, engineers, computer scientists and designers interested in the potentials of parametric design and computational tools. Each year, a four-day workshop precedes a conference day with invited speakers, and each year explores a different theme.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/87171/constellations-of-los-angeles CONSTELLATIONS OF LOS ANGELES Orhan Ayyüce 2009-04-02T15:36:39-04:00 >2013-04-16T14:04:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/aiu_040209_113915.jpg" width="436" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>