Archinect - Features 2017-01-18T09:06:32-05:00 In Focus: Jim Stephenson Ellen Hancock 2016-11-29T05:06:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T00:38:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>In this feature, we talk to Brighton-based photographer <strong>Jim Stephenson</strong>.</p> In Focus: Simón García Archinect 2016-11-06T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T19:49:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>In this feature, we talk to Barcelona-based photographer <strong>Sim&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a</strong>.</p> Student Works: 'Ensemblespiel' Makes Uncanny Architecture from Everyday Objects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-25T12:07:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:58:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;In an ensemble, the tone of a singular instrument becomes difficult to distinguish at the moment when all of its players strike a note,&rdquo; explains the German-born, LA-based designer Paul Krist, a recent graduate of the <a href="" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a>&rsquo;s M.Arch II program. &ldquo;Each sound vibrates to produce a unifying harmony, an emergent sensation.&rdquo;</p> Documenting Stefan Sagmeister's Meticulous, Entertaining Solipsism in "The Happy Film" Julia Ingalls 2016-10-07T14:34:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T00:14:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Graphic designer par excellence Stefan Sagmeister, bored with creating iconic album covers for The Talking Heads and Lou Reed (among others), decided to document his search for love and greater meaning over a six year period with collaborators Ben Nabors and the late Hillman Curtis. The result, "The Happy Film", is an occasionally affecting tour of one man&rsquo;s methodical, gorgeous solipsism.</p> The visionary workaholic: an intimate, luscious documentary portrait of Eero Saarinen Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T00:23:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the way that the&nbsp;<em>Star Wars</em> film franchise was modeled on Joseph Campbell&rsquo;s theory of the hero&rsquo;s journey, architectural documentaries might seem to be modeled on the theory of the visionary workaholic. Certainly this is the case with&nbsp;<em>Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, </em>which&nbsp;stays true to its form with majestic drone footage, voice-over narration, a soundtrack by Moby&nbsp;and interviews with famous co-workers, architects, and family members.</p> Devastation is in the details: a review of "High-Rise" Julia Ingalls 2016-05-29T11:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-05T22:14:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever risks one takes with allegorical storytelling&mdash;namely, that the conceit will wear thin far before the third act&mdash;one does gain the advantage of being able to luxuriate in detail.&nbsp;</p> Photographing the 'Jungle' of Calais' refugee camp Nicholas Korody 2016-05-20T10:20:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T15:33:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The northernmost vertex in the hexagon of Metropolitan France, the port city of Calais is nearly 100 kilometers closer to Brussels than to Paris. On a clear day, you can see the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most iconic of England&rsquo;s natural wonders, from its shores. Several centuries ago, Calais belonged to the English crown&mdash;its &ldquo;greatest jewel.&rdquo; More recently, the Germans seized it and then razed it. Calais is, in a way, the quintessential European border town. Here, Europe&rsquo;s incessant identity crises and territorial struggles surface in physical form.</p> Tectr: Tinder for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-29T10:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T08:33:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've ever blushed at the veiny ridges of <a href="" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a>, or wanted to trace the outer lip of the now shuttered design for the <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a>, Tectr may be for you. The 18+, NSFW experimental dating/hookup game, designed by Silverstring Media, pairs users with architectural structures, from empty foyers to ramrod straight skyscrapers.</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> In Focus: Scott Benedict Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-10T09:55:00-04:00 >2016-10-08T15:22:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="557" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>In this feature, we talk to New York-based photographer,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Scott Benedict</a>.</p> To each their own home: A peek into the “HOME(less)” exhibition at USC Justine Testado 2016-01-19T09:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T15:27:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many of those who regularly navigate the streets of Los Angeles, seeing at least one homeless person is not only common, it&rsquo;s expected. So normal is the sight of&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">homelessness</a>&nbsp;in the city that residents can easily become desensitized to it, making them less likely to question it, and at its worst, making the homeless population effectively invisible. Local designers and Colorblock partners Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa wanted to address this in their co-curated photo exhibition, &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo;, currently on display at the&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>. The photos raise awareness of L.A.&rsquo;s glaring homelessness crisis, while simultaneously highlighting the impactful relationship between people and their personal spaces in the urban environment.</p> Ghosts of Schindler's past haunt Renee Green's MAK Center exhibition Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T12:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-02T22:51:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Where does an encounter with a work of architecture begin? There is the building as it first emerges on the horizon. Then the series of connected moments as you approach, that, like in a film, change according to variables of speed and distance, of the position of the subject in relation to the object. There is also the moment of crossing the threshold, the ambiguous line that demarcates inside from outside.</p> Material Witness Finale: What Apocalypse Is Made Of Julia Ingalls 2014-12-04T17:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T21:08:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Western civilization has never been particularly adept at dealing with death, which is perhaps why its own eventual collapse is such a source of cinematic fascination.&nbsp;</p> Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall Nicholas Korody 2014-11-21T18:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T21:47:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The billowing wood panels of the concert hall imploded before my eyes, as if physically ripped apart by the thundering crescendos of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Edgard Var&egrave;se</a>&rsquo;s <em>Am&eacute;riques. </em>One moment the massive organ was radically disfigured to the point of unrecognizability; the next, its forms re-emerged beneath the luminous, moving mesh mapped onto the structure by the artist Refik Anadol. For less than a half hour, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was transformed in an exhilarating synthesis of architecture, music and digital art: the first iteration of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>in/SIGHT</em></a>, a series of ongoing collaborations between video artists and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.</p> Material Witness #6: The Interstitial Blues Julia Ingalls 2014-10-29T15:19:00-04:00 >2014-11-08T01:35:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So you've spent the last few decades ducking who you are, or what you do for a living. Nobody's perfect. But try to steer clear of the interstitial spaces, because that's where fate is gonna getcha.&nbsp;</p> Art + Architecture: Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli in the Gaps Between Buildings Nicholas Korody 2014-10-17T12:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T21:49:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Felix Melia</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Josh Bitelli</a> are artists who live and work in London. We met last year and have remained in contact through email since then, exchanging periodic updates and continuing our fragmentary, rambling conversations over shared interests (and confusions) regarding the contemporary urban experience. Threads of continuity arise between individual emails with each of them, unsurprising since the two are old friends, share a new studio space, and often collaborate. Our conversations are inescapably informed by the digital media that allows them but at the same time bears traces of a perhaps nostalgic notion of letter exchanges. Both Melia and Bitelli investigate the city through the (often unnoticed) infrastructure and industrial processes that support it, while also grappling with the shifts in phenomenological experience produced by the internet &ndash; all of which is often tinged with an undeniable romanticism.</p> Material Witness #5: Cultural Gerrymandering Julia Ingalls 2014-10-03T11:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T16:06:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We are hemmed in as much by the physical as the psychological.</p> Material Witness #4: Writing on the Wall Julia Ingalls 2014-09-16T11:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T18:30:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role. Like a cartoon thought bubble, signage is a tangible manifestation of how a character feels, yet it also encourages the audience to read between the etched lines.</p> Cutting Room: Joseph Kosinski talks to Archinect about his transition from architecture to Hollywood Paul Petrunia 2014-09-05T11:12:00-04:00 >2017-01-16T23:44:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we've seen throughout our <a href="" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series, there's a clear relationship between architecture and filmmaking. Architecture is inspired by film as often as film is inspired by architecture, so it's not uncommon for architects to experiment with film, or even transition into a film career. <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph Kosinski</a> is one such individual, but his path to filmmaking is a little different than normal. His full-length directorial debut was for 2010's <a href="" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a>, a blockbuster sequel to the early 80's classic. Three years later, he followed that with the visually stunning <a href="" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>, starring Tom Cruise.</p> "LA's Grand Central : The Gentrification of the People's Market": Interview with director Dylan Valley A C 2014-08-27T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-14T18:30:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dylan Valley is a filmmaker from Cape Town who recently completed a master&rsquo;s degree at the University of Southern California. While in Los Angeles, Valley produced a short documentary film about downtown&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Central Market</a>, and its continuing <a href="" target="_blank">transformation</a>.&nbsp;</p> Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less) Julia Ingalls 2014-08-22T11:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T12:35:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Love is the universal tether that binds kings to paupers and geniuses to fools. Perhaps this is why audiences are endlessly fascinated by psychopaths, serial killers, and other characters who seemingly live without love.</p> Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects Nicholas Korody 2014-08-19T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T20:10:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bruno Zhu&rsquo;s work, contained in self-published books but also posted on social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram, captures accidental sculptures and fleeting moments as he wanders cities. Instead of vast landscapes, urban environments are portrayed through intimate encounters with objects. Zhu also investigates the lives of his images as they become dispersed across various networks, excavating nonfictional narratives centered around the ghostly protagonist of the image itself in his book,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Facsimile</a>.</p> Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in "Mad Men" and "Suits" Julia Ingalls 2014-08-01T11:05:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:26:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an era when corporations are people, people are increasingly the figureheads of corporate emotion.</p> Art + Architecture: an interview with Lagos documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T18:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T16:35:42-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several weeks ago,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">we featured</a>&nbsp;Bregtje van der Haak's interactive documentary,&nbsp;<em>Lagos Close and Wide: an Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</em>, originally released as a DVD in 2004 and now available&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.&nbsp;The project emerged from van der Haak's 2001 trip to Lagos, Nigeria with the architect Rem Koolhaas and their attempt to capture the city at a crucial moment in its emergence as the fastest growing city on the continent. ("Every hour, fifty new people start their lives in Lagos" states the film's description). The documentary utilizes a novel and innovative format in which the information is organized by distance &ndash; close-up, through the perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo, and the more distant perspective typical of many urban studies.&nbsp;Users choose between these visual perspectives as well as various audio by Koolhaas and Lagosians. We recently touched base with van der Haak to better understand her motivations behind the project and experiences of making it.</p>... Material Witness: Insanity in the walls of "True Detective" and "Twin Peaks" Julia Ingalls 2014-07-11T11:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:37:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the line between sanity and insanity? Specifically, what is the material?</p> 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="" width="650" height="429" 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="" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> Cutting Room: "Interiors" takes classic films back to the drawing board Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-23T12:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T00:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Filmmaking is a labor of love that shares architecture&rsquo;s compulsion: to model a stratum of life down to the most precise detail, creating entire worlds that do not (yet) exist. It seems natural then that an architect and filmmaker would combine forces to create <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Interiors</em></a></strong>, a journal of reconstructed sections taken from famous scenes in classic films.</p> "This incredible, derogatory, racialized way people talk about the space": director Kelly Anderson's Cutting Room interview on gentrification and activism in her doc, "My Brooklyn" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T11:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T22:32:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">My Brooklyn</a></em> takes a close look at the guiding forces behind Brooklyn&rsquo;s gentrification, from the highly personal perspective of documentary filmmaker (and&nbsp;self-identifying gentrifier), Kelly Anderson. Pivoting around Anderson&rsquo;s and producer Allison Lirish Dean&rsquo;s investigation of redevelopment efforts for downtown Brooklyn&rsquo;s Fulton Mall, the documentary carefully considers both the personal and historical factors behind gentrification&rsquo;s economic shifts, outlining (if not simplifying) the complexity of the gentrification debate.</p> While buildings rot, film preserves architecture's memory: Cutting Room's interview with Malachi Connolly, director of "Built on Narrow Land" documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T10:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-15T23:02:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before the Cape Cod National Seashore was declared public land in 1959, the grassy dune landscape was already dotted with a handful of Bauhaus-inspired beach houses. Built by a strain of rogue bohemian architects, the houses served as beloved, experimental cottages until the land underneath them was seized by the federal government. Many of the houses were abandoned and left to slowly rot in the landscape, whether or not they were protected by historical status.</p> Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's "TELOS" documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-28T10:06:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:03:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui</a></em></strong>&nbsp;is a slice of the architect's uphill battle against the built environment&rsquo;s status quo, documenting his crusade for what he calls &ldquo;Evolutionary Architecture&rdquo;. Maligned for his off-beat sustainable design principles as a student and struggling to build as a professional, Tssui persists as a Renaissance Man -- an artist, athlete, teacher and designer, who just doesn&rsquo;t seem made for these times.</p>