Archinect - Features 2014-10-25T22:09:48-04:00 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 >2014-07-28T18:36:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/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/514x/e5/e5yj30he2m5islm6.jpg" width="514" height="366" 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/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/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/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/514x/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 Anthony Carfello 2012-02-06T16:08:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T16:55:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/16ht2vbh9x5lucig.jpg" width="514" height="328" 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> 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/32418179/top-10-design-initiatives-to-watch-in-2012-for-the-public-good Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012—for the public good John Cary 2011-12-27T14:34:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T19:49:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1xdvl1q1ksa9c4m.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> Last week&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/31829593/top-10-design-milestones-of-2011-for-the-public-good" target="_blank">Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011</a>, published here at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from <a href="http://www.ideo.org" target="_blank">IDEO.org</a> and <a href="http://www.massdesigngroup.org" target="_blank">Mass Design Group</a> to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future&mdash;though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.</p> <p> With that in mind, this is not an exercise in trend spotting, but rather a simple meditation on initiatives poised to advance the field, and how they can be scaled up, refined, tweaked, borrowed, and leveraged. None of the following is entirely new; some are a long time in the making, while others are testing new directions. Some initiatives also evade mention, either because they&rsquo;re not yet public or because they haven&rsquo;t yet been dreamed up. One thing is for certain: the bar is higher than ever, even&mdash;and perhaps especially&mdash;for design efforts that c...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/25485248/decoding-bangkok-s-pocket-urbanization-social-housing-provision-and-the-role-of-community-architects Decoding Bangkok’s Pocket-Urbanization: Social Housing Provision and the Role of Community Architects William Hunter 2011-10-31T12:00:00-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o9id0i5e5a7yuql.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> An endless six-lane herd of neon taxis sputter along a network of brutalist flyovers while scooter drivers weave boldly in between. Spiced scents escape from side alley markets, penetrating the air as sweltering heat rises from oil soaked pavement.&nbsp; This is modern cosmopolitan Bangkok, a now so called Alpha city that due to the Asian investment boom of the 1980s and 90s became a hotbed for multi-national corporation influx, cementing it as a business-financial force, the second most expensive South-eastern Asian city after Singapore.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/10733174/op-ed-an-open-house Op-Ed: an Open house? Nick Axel 2011-06-21T19:18:00-04:00 >2012-09-27T17:49:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Written by Nick Axel</em></p> <p> The recent project of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7551/droog" target="_blank"><em>Open house</em> by Droog with Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> is refreshing in the sense that it engages a pervasive condition and experience of the built environment that often goes unthought. The idea of envisioning a &lsquo;future suburbia&rsquo; has strongly provoked the attention of architects and the non-architect, better known as the resident. The content of the project has to this date contained a one day event that included a seminar taking place in New York City, polemical installations within the archetypal suburb of Levittown, New York, visionary representations of a potential life in suburbia (1), and a host of online journalism. <em>Open house</em> uses traditional architectural conventions as provocative mediums in order to communicate, what I would like to show, a much deeper and significant concept that is at the root of the project. By employing the potentiality of a service economy, <em>Open house</em> fundamentally works on an ideological level that seeks to...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2220223/architecture-in-the-givenness-toward-the-difficult-whole-again-part-2 Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 2 Steven Song 2011-04-26T22:06:00-04:00 >2012-12-14T17:56:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1t5z1vqdiwewr3g.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Our education is based upon the Classical education. An architect is a mason who has learned Latin. Modern architects seem, however, more likely to have mastered Esperanto.<br><br> Adolf Loos, &ldquo;Grunds&auml;tzliches von Adolf Loos,&rdquo; Adolf Loos (Vienna: 1930), p. 17.<br><br> In our world of powerful stimuli and the often irresponsible, commercially motivated love of experimentation for its own sake, there is a great deal that does not establish real communication. For intoxication alone cannot insure lasting communication.<br><br> Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful (UK: 1970), p. 51.<br><br> The art of building has been transformed into a business of self-display and promotion through the design and construction of figurative motifs, making it an object of consumption.<br><br> David Leatherbarrow, The Roots of Architectural Invention, (UK: 1993), p.1.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2216621/architecture-in-the-givenness-toward-the-difficult-whole-again-part-1 Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 1 Steven Song 2011-04-08T12:46:07-04:00 >2011-11-17T15:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6827pckzdjgxhbo.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Our education is based upon the Classical education. An architect is a mason who has learned Latin. Modern architects seem, however, more likely to have mastered Esperanto.<br><br> Adolf Loos, &ldquo;Grunds&auml;tzliches von Adolf Loos,&rdquo; Adolf Loos (Vienna: 1930), p. 17.<br><br> In our world of powerful stimuli and the often irresponsible, commercially motivated love of experimentation for its own sake, there is a great deal that does not establish real communication. For intoxication alone cannot insure lasting communication.<br><br> Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful (UK: 1970), p. 51.<br><br> The art of building has been transformed into a business of self-display and promotion through the design and construction of figurative motifs, making it an object of consumption.<br><br> David Leatherbarrow, The Roots of Architectural Invention, (UK: 1993), p. 1.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2137405/a-conversation-with-michael-woo A Conversation with Michael Woo Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-07T20:02:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adwm03e0blue59ge.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><i>By Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</i> &nbsp; <p> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Woo" target="_blank">Michael Woo</a> is the dean of California Polytechnic University, Pomona the College of Environmental Design which contains departments of&nbsp;Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. He is a familiar name in Southern California. Mr. Woo has served in Los Angeles City Council and ran for the mayor's office in 1993 as the Democratic candidate, losing by a small margin to Republican candidate and businessman Richard Riordan. A planner by education, Mr. Woo is a unique dean for a design school with the background of an established politician and, to a degree, an environmental activist. I sat down with him last December in his office and had this conversation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2041367/what-is-a-park-landscape-or-infrastructure What is a Park - Landscape or Infrastructure Nam Henderson 2011-04-07T00:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T05:19:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kx4l0rm9z4p6eoez.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can a park be designed to serve as infrastructure(s)? Thinking not in terms of metaphor alone. But rather a park as the architecture for numerous designed outcomes. Park as infrastructure, means park as platform not only designed object/scape. From a singular tool to multivalent toolkit. It is important in such discussion to think of the less immediate impact. Of social design, the design of relationships. Such a platform-as toolkit-may result from more efficient, and stack(ed) programming. Thus maximizing urban spaces, suburban spaces, available spaces, that are under-performing. In essence, we should think about the best ways to maximize our various infrastructural corridors: utility, transportation, waterways et al.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/92790/meeting-mike-davis Meeting Mike Davis Orhan Ayyüce 2009-10-12T14:07:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T20:08:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/ortz22gjd9uwqpst.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Mike Davis and I met on a summer day in San Diego. He graciously drove his truck and showed me his collection of &ldquo;interesting sites&rdquo; he planned for us to see in the area. As we were visiting those places, we talked about variety of subjects.</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> http://archinect.com/features/article/68296/the-pink-project The Pink Project Paul Petrunia 2007-12-03T07:25:00-05:00 >2012-07-13T14:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9llkxoneglchsjik.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While filming on a set in New Orleans, actor Brad Pitt became seduced by the powerful image of a pink-clad CGI house within the lush Louisiana surroundings. He saw the pink structure as a metaphor, representing the future of renewed housing for those displaced by the recent disasters.</p>