Archinect - Features 2014-04-24T07:47:12-04:00 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 >2013-01-09T14:27:32-05:00 <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>