Archinect - Features 2017-06-27T11:46:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/150011561/can-good-design-cure-la-s-homeless-problem-we-asked-mike-alvidrez-ceo-of-skid-row-housing-trust Can good design cure LA’s homeless problem? We asked Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-24T00:51:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ih/ih3hr92s8i02m3y4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For Skid Row Housing Trust, a nonprofit developer in Los Angeles that builds housing for LA&rsquo;s homeless population, good design is a basic civil right. Understanding that the environment plays a vital role in their residents&rsquo; recovery, the organization consistently teams up with renowned architectural firms such as <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2145/michael-maltzan-architecture" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Architecture</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" target="_blank">Brooks+Scarpa</a> to design buildings for the homeless that stand out.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/150013588/with-ways-of-life-19-architects-reimagine-what-it-means-to-live-and-work-in-nature With 'Ways of Life,' 19 Architects Reimagine What It Means to Live and Work in Nature Nicholas Korody 2017-06-21T12:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T20:23:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ke/ke7zuxuqxtilqghb.gif" width="700" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323551004578116922977737046" target="_blank">research</a> from 2015, between 35-38% of people do some, if not all, work from home. And, even back in 2009, a <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323551004578116922977737046" target="_blank">study</a> found that 1 in 5 spent two to ten hours working from bed. In short, the way we work and live is changing, as many ditch (or have to ditch) the commuter express for their bedrooms. While Walter Benjamin <a href="https://monoskop.org/images/e/e4/Benjamin_Walter_The_Arcades_Project.pdf" target="_blank">said</a> of the 19th century, &ldquo;for the private citizen, for the first time the living-space became distinguished from the place of work,&rdquo; in the 21st, that distinction is blurring once more. Alongside this, the split between the urban, as loci of labor, and the rural or suburban, as retreat, is complicated.<br></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/150010917/un-believable-utopias-6-forgotten-projects-and-their-provocative-stories (Un)believable Utopias: 6 Forgotten Projects and their Provocative Stories Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T10:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T00:45:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2fkahli9zoq6obuz.jpg" width="650" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Consciously or otherwise, social context determines design. Architecture, in turn, is capable of not only representing political ideals but also of reinforcing or shaping them&mdash;for example, through fostering forms of collective living or through breaking down gendered behavioral norms. The following projects may not be well-remembered, but they represent ambitious attempts to address or challenge the status quo through the built environment.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/150012134/mia-lundstr-m-is-blurring-local-and-global-top-down-and-bottom-up-planning-with-the-kalejdohill-project Mia Lundström is Blurring Local and Global, Top-Down and Bottom-Up Planning with the Kalejdohill Project Nicholas Korody 2017-06-13T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T12:15:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fcwqjgrwfv31umty.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In today&rsquo;s hyper-digitized environment, the local and the global aren&rsquo;t so easily defined. Just search &lsquo;locals only&rsquo; on Instagram, for example, and you&rsquo;ll find photos tagged from around the world. So it&rsquo;s only fitting that urban planning projects, when seeking to activate a new social space, should blur the lines as well. &ldquo;Democracy in an age of social media, digitalizations, migration etc. asks for so many upgrades&mdash;how to plan cities is one of them,&rdquo; states Mia Lundstr&ouml;m, an urban planner and the Project Director of Kalejdohill, an initiative meant to activate a locality in a suburb outside of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/349/stockholm" target="_blank">Stockholm</a> years in advance of a future development.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/150011333/9-urban-planners-tell-us-their-favorite-buildings-in-los-angeles 9 Urban Planners tell us their favorite buildings in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-09T12:09:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m8/m8182o2zhavgsyo5.jpg" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It has become common practice for architects to be asked what their favorite buildings are. After all, it is <em>the</em> obvious question. That being said, the majority of people walking into a building aren&rsquo;t architects and they certainly have something to say on the matter! In that vein, we have decided to reach outside the field to find out what other types of professionals have to say about the buildings in their city.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/150008232/screen-print-56-diana-balmori-is-interviewed-by-mas-context-about-bilbao-s-abandoibarra-master-plan Screen/Print #56: Diana Balmori is interviewed by MAS Context about Bilbao's Abandoibarra Master Plan Julia Ingalls 2017-05-19T12:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T06:03:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gx/gxnoq236nrhlpzn4.jpg" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The story of Bilbao&mdash;and its&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5541/bilbao-effect" target="_blank">Architectural Wonder&trade;</a>&mdash;has been told to the point of clich&eacute;. Yet in <a href="http://www.mascontext.com/tag/bilbao/" target="_blank">MAS Context</a>'s <em>BILBAO</em> issue, the familiar trope is given new life and depth as a series of architects, designers, and denizens of the city explain how they helped to transform this Spanish industrial town into a case study for holistic, rejuvenating design. In this excerpt from the issue for <em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/354209/screen-print" target="_blank">Screen/Print</a></em>, Iker Gil interviews the late, great Diana Balmori about her firm's work on the Abandoibarra master plan.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149997413/bridging-cross-disciplinary-boundaries-with-la-m-s Bridging Cross-Disciplinary Boundaries with LA-Más Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-27T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T12:10:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wp/wpqeoffmlsox9jlu.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture has always been a discipline with undefined boundaries and shifting points of focus, which typifies the work of this week's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, the cross-disciplinary non-profit <a href="https://www.mas.la/" target="_blank">LA-M&aacute;s</a>. Self-positioned as an urban design organization, the seven-member team&mdash;comprised of&nbsp;architects, graphic designers, urban planners, and community organizers&mdash;uses policy and architecture to help marginalized communities shape their neighborhoods and their future.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149994962/a-voting-guide-for-los-angeles-architects-on-the-anti-growth-measure-s A voting guide for Los Angeles architects on the anti-growth Measure S Julia Ingalls 2017-03-06T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T12:26:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hw/hwxv4dr4sdcbrnq1.jpg" width="650" height="841" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Opposed by a majority of architects, yet backed by a handful of prominent Angelenos including AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, Measure S is on the March 7th ballot. Is it a sneaky ratification of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9735/nimby" target="_blank">NIMBY</a>, or a sensible call for considered growth?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149994170/screen-print-51-moving-from-the-ordinary-to-the-extraordinary-with-the-generic-sublime Screen/Print #51: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary with "The Generic Sublime" Nicholas Korody 2017-02-28T17:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T17:52:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hr/hrmqgu02ueqfsnry.jpg" width="650" height="846" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Luxury condominiums, airport hubs, resort complexes, gated communities, satellite cities &mdash; these are among the &ldquo;extra-large&rdquo; architectural typologies that have proliferated globally in recent years. In <em><a href="http://actar.com/thegenericsublime/" target="_blank">The Generic Sublime: Organizational Models for Global Architecture</a></em><em>, </em>a new book edited by Ciro Najle and co-published by Actar and the <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a>, a series of essays explores these dominating edifices, investigating how the generic &ldquo;holds the potential to become its very opposite: the singular, the irreducible, and the extraordinary&rdquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979644/architecture-2030-s-ed-mazria-outlines-an-environmentally-responsible-plan-for-the-architecture-and-design-industries Architecture 2030's Ed Mazria outlines an environmentally-responsible plan for the architecture and design industries Archinect 2016-11-21T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T20:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o1/o1vfrzdou1zsm8fi.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>A Sleeping Giant Awakens</strong><br>The election of Donald Trump, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">a hastily composed (and later retracted) post-election statement by the American Institute of Architects </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">(AIA)</a>, has galvanized the U.S. design community. After much soul-searching prompted by anxiety and anger, architects and our allied design and planning professionals have articulated a vibrant vision for themselves and their profession.</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 >2017-05-06T06:31:03-04:00 <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/149973601/as-the-city-grows-bridging-manila-s-bay-could-ease-population-strain As the City Grows, Bridging Manila's Bay Could Ease Population Strain Julia Ingalls 2016-10-21T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-11-08T00:44:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/px/pxkniz963sm35crr.jpg" width="650" height="1041" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Affordable housing, decent commute times, and an exploding population don't seem to have much in common until one considers the proposed "Journey by the Bay," a combined highway and high-speed rail backbone to bridge the Manila Bay.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149974406/untangling-manila-s-infrastructural-mess-with-a-web-of-aerial-capsules Untangling Manila's Infrastructural Mess With a Web of Aerial "Capsules" Nicholas Korody 2016-10-20T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:36:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uk/uk3nxjcdhq917q9v.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/32112/manila" target="_blank">Manila</a>, the capital of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/26245/philippines" target="_blank">Philippines</a> and its second-largest city, is beset by heavy traffic, public health problems, homelessness, pollution, water sanitation issues, and a growing number of informal developments. According to <a href="http://archinect.com/jggayomali" target="_blank">Jonathan Gayomali</a>, this is due, in part, to its underdeveloped infrastructure.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization Julia Ingalls 2016-09-16T12:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T21:55:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5d39x52krti8why.jpg" width="650" height="550" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In architecture, city-wide design concepts have a checkered history: public housing projects and century-old zoning ordinances seem to have created almost as many problems as they were intended to solve. And yet, the dream of the collective urban form may be restored with the work of the Harvard Graduate Design School&rsquo;s new Office for Urbanization. Headed by landscape architecture professor Charles Waldheim, the Office for Urbanization is currently tackling the problems of sea level rise in Miami Beach, but the scope of its research is unearthing a promising new realm of possibilities.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149953107/station-to-station-the-architects-behind-crossrail-europe-s-biggest-infrastructure-project-ever Station to station: the architects behind Crossrail, Europe's biggest infrastructure project ever Robert Urquhart 2016-06-22T06:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T00:20:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/alrx3wkj97atdtso.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it begins operating in 2018, London&rsquo;s Elizabeth Line, aka Crossrail, will ease travelers commuting and connecting across the city, bridging east and west. With construction progressing on schedule, attention has turned to the stations that will give a new lease on life to the suburbs on either end of the line. But it&rsquo;s not just the suburbs that will benefit&mdash;the interchanges in the city centre are also in desperate need of an upgrade.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps Nicholas Korody 2016-06-08T08:37:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As conflicts continue to rage in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, millions of people&nbsp;have found themselves without papers, a state, or a home. Architecture is directly <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" target="_blank">implicated</a> in this humanitarian crisis&mdash;providing shelter is, after all, a primary onus of the disciple&mdash;and it&rsquo;s taken notice, as the projects <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643354/reporting-from-the-front" target="_blank">rolling out of Venice</a> make clear.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148360892/the-far-reaching-work-by-state-of-the-art-weirdos-mos-architects 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/17/17gyjgo6dx1rrx9z.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" 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="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616892463/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;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> http://archinect.com/features/article/148350430/children-s-drawings-inspire-cobe-s-kindergarten-in-copenhagen Children's drawings inspire COBE's kindergarten in Copenhagen Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-18T08:53:00-05:00 >2016-04-07T20:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ft4luxexgsrcjezl.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Needless to say, children require very little to have a lot of fun. An imaginary world can be transformed from the most modest of settings. Really, all that&rsquo;s needed is a bit of space (albeit safe and relatively clean), and a great imagination &ndash;something that little ones have an endless supply of.</p><p>So when it comes time for kids to embark on the short-lived, yet impactful journey that is kindergarten, the most nurturing of environments are those that foster diversity, social connectivity, and creativity. The Danish architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46834/cobe" target="_blank">COBE</a> has used that ethos to cultivate an amazing setting for children attending preschool in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Frederiksberg. The educational institution encompasses a unique campus, a blank canvas of sorts for young minds to re-imagine a world of their own.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146888284/a-prize-winning-installation-pays-tribute-to-a-historical-quebec-village A prize-winning installation pays tribute to a historical Quebec village Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-10T17:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-11T16:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tj/tjc6grqwkdexv7fx.jpg" width="650" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, <a href="http://www.lesateliers-guyon.com/" target="_blank">Les Ateliers Guyon</a><strong>,</strong> has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. <em>Sails Benches </em>echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the &lsquo;Furniture Category&rsquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147285647/adelaide-s-pink-moon-saloon-is-a-snug-fit-for-a-local-alleyway Adelaide's Pink Moon Saloon is a snug fit for a local alleyway Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-09T20:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:26:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/17/173hzw532yvtiqma.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.pinkmoonsaloon.com.au/" target="_blank">The Pink Moon Saloon</a> in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks like something inspired by a Roald Dahl book. The restaurant takes on the appearance of a traditional woodland hut, yet randomly resides between two ordinary office buildings in the midst of a bustling city avenue. The traditional fa&ccedil;ade resembles the type of cottage one might imagine nestled amongst a more rural landscape; or at least juxtaposed within an environment less urban than the twelve-foot wide alleyway it&rsquo;s been built into.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146303682/a-tunnel-worth-travelling-constructing-amsterdam-central-station-s-cuyperspassage-that-s-a-true-dutch-spectacle A tunnel worth travelling: constructing Amsterdam Central Station’s Cuyperspassage that’s a “true Dutch spectacle” Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-03T12:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:32:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0k/0krb28w69pe8zi7u.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A long-awaited tunnel that directs "slow-moving traffic" has recently been completed at the Amsterdam Central Station. Meant to provide an efficient pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, the Cuyperspassage guides commuters from the old historic section of the city to "New Amsterdam". <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/64208796/benthem-crouwel-architects" target="_blank">Benthem Crouwel Architects</a> have collaborated with <a href="http://www.irmaboom.nl/" target="_blank">Irma Boom Office</a> and ceramic company <a href="http://archinect.com/Tichelaar" target="_blank">Royal Tichelaar Makkum</a> to create a unique passageway that reflects what the architecture firm calls &ldquo;a true Dutch spectacle.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/130410487/upstarts-design-bitches Upstarts: Design, Bitches Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T03:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ir/ir846wa6t0dlmpfi.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the name suggests, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55962127/design-bitches" target="_blank"><strong>Design, Bitches</strong></a> is a synergy of creativity and earthiness. Combining a refined sense of order with playful humor, the Los Angeles-based firm founded by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph distills the splendor of urban chaos in their graphic branding, art projects, and commercial and residential interiors.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/124819398/interview-with-alfredo-brillembourg-founder-of-urban-think-tank Interview with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder of Urban-Think Tank Laura Amaya 2015-04-10T12:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T02:08:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/le/lenod2h3ddrck7p7.jpg" width="650" height="982" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alfredo Brillembourg is the founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank,&nbsp;an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. He's also&nbsp;Co-chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Z&uuml;rich.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city AfterShock #3: Brains and the City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T10:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T11:11:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j6pdgvke18am89pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navel-gazing has become a data-driven sport. We are awash in technology that allows us to track our own activities, and then take responsibility for that scrutiny, holding us accountable for calories consumed or credit cards exhausted. The quantified-self movement can be a sandstorm of uselessness, or it can sublimate into constructive action. If we try to focus our navel-gaze to better understand ourselves, it seems imminent that such scrutiny will next focus on the brain.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103938664/art-architecture-an-interview-with-lagos-documentary-filmmaker-bregtje-van-der-haak 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e5/e5yj30he2m5islm6.jpg" width="640" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several weeks ago,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" 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="http://lagos.submarinechannel.com/" 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>... 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/650x/vc/vcljl3erng7b5sh3.jpg" 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="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/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/650x/vi/viutnqh0sp2ivfnd.jpg" width="640" height="960" 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 >2015-04-27T16:59:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6cuodwmouqmwywbo.jpg" width="650" height="306" 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/37942258/contours-urbanism-housing-and-the-economy CONTOURS: Urbanism, Housing, and the Economy Sherin Wing 2012-02-13T15:32:00-05:00 >2012-02-21T00:52:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/de7wj49bd50dg4w1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Two issues that effect everyone, whatever social, economic, and professional strata they occupy, are population and urban growth. What&rsquo;s more, ongoing shifts in population and urbanism across the world, especially in developing nations, have dramatically impacted the building industry. Housing and mixed-use projects in East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America are rapidly increasing.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis A C 2012-02-06T16:08:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T16:55:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/16/16ht2vbh9x5lucig.jpg" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By Anthony Carfello with Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce as curating editor</em></p> <p> Over the past year, Los Angeles&rsquo; local news media and blogosphere have provided up-to-the-minute coverage of a new plan by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the professional sports and concert conglomerate behind several of the world&rsquo;s entertainment venues, like The O2 arena in London, the Home Depot Center in Carson, Califonia, and Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai(1). CEO of AEG Tim Leiweke has proposed construction of a 68,000-seat(2) football stadium on the site of one existing wing of the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to the campus of AEG&rsquo;s already built and operating Staples Center, Nokia Theater, Grammy Museum, and ESPN Zone (as part of their L.A. Live complex), along Figueroa Street in the southwestern part of downtown.</p>