Archinect - Features 2017-04-25T20:20:37-04:00 The Proust Questionnaire: Peter Eisenman Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-25T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T18:21:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">the Proust Questionnaire</a>, we're talking with the noted theorist and architect <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Eisenman</a>, who reflects on having not written a book, disliking Scandinavian buildings, and Charlie Brown. With this one, we changed up the questions a bit, per Eisenman's request.</p> Enjoying architecture with Kwong Von Glinow Design Office Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T14:45:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>They may not have even reached their paper anniversary, but <a href="" target="_blank">Kwong Von Glinow Design Office</a>&nbsp;has already made waves having won a few high-profile competitions including the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Chicago Prize</a>. Founded by Lap Chi Kwong and&nbsp;Alison Von Glinow in December of 2016 (which for those that are counting, is all of 5 months ago!), the two Harvard GSD grads have impressive CV's including stints at <a href="" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Wang Shu</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">SOM</a>.</p><p>For obvious reasons, we have included them in our weekly-series, <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>. Read on as the duo discuss collaborative working models, getting clients to support innovative design, and simply, enjoying architecture.&nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #53: Richard Meier Ponders the Meaning of 'Home' in America, Today Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T12:09:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;What does it take to make a house a home?&rdquo; asks Bernard Friedman, editor of the newly-released book <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The American Idea of Home: Conversations About Architecture and Design</em></a>. Featuring interviews with thirty of the most significant architects practicing today, the volume probes the meaning of home past and present, as well as the role of architecture in constructing it, particularly during an era when most American homes aren&rsquo;t designed by architects at all.</p> Designing For and With the Landscape: an Interview with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Nicholas Korody 2017-04-19T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:34:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a way, the work of <a href="" target="_blank">MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects</a> stands out in that it fits in. That is to say, while so many of their contemporaries orient their work around attention-grabbing icons, the Halifax-based practice led by Bryan MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple strives to make buildings that bring attention towards, rather than away from, the landscape.</p> Talking Intra-Office Communication with LADG Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-17T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2004 by principals Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Design Group</a>&nbsp;straddles the line between being a service-oriented firm dedicated to building real projects and an experimental laboratory.&nbsp;</p><p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the partners about intra-office communication, the proverbial grandma's closet, and the difficulties in teaching methods of experimentation.&nbsp;</p> Frank Gehry, Architectural Education, and the “Future of Prisons” Leo Shaw 2017-04-12T11:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T19:13:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week the Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper reported that <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, the 88-year old superstar of American architecture, is teaching a course at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> this spring entitled &ldquo;The Future of Prison.&rdquo;</p><p>To denizens of architecture Twitter, which has specialized in outrage over the past several months, the news seemed like a bad April Fool&rsquo;s joke. Even the course description had the tone-deaf optimism of a Silicon Valley pitch line, asking &ldquo;emerging architects to break free of current conventions and re-imagine what we now refer to as &lsquo;prison&rsquo; for a new era.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Fernando Romero Nicholas Korody 2017-04-11T13:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T18:13:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every other week, we get personal with a major architect for our new series <a href="" target="_blank">the Proust Questionnaire</a>. For this week's iteration, we're talking with Fernando Romero, the OMA-trained architect who heads the Mexico City-based studio&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">fr&middot;ee</a>.</p> Studio Visits : Studio WOK, Milan 6th April 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-04-11T03:57:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T06:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While exploring the streets of Milan for Design Week we took the opportunity to visit local architecture practice, <a href="" target="_blank">Studio WOK</a>. They showed us around their studio, talked us through past and present projects as well giving us a few hot tips for Milan.&nbsp;</p> Trying Something New with Matter Design Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T14:21:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of <a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>&nbsp;- an interdisciplinary studio founded in 2008. Recent finalists of the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 AZ Awards</a>, the duo discuss their love of taking on experimental projects, merging the design and making process, and even give us a little background on the history of the architecture studio.</p> Building 'togetherness' through architecture: an interview with ConstructLab Joanne Pouzenc 2017-04-04T09:44:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T06:48:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">ConstructLab</a> is a collaborative design and construction practice founded by the carpenter-slash-architect Alexander R&ouml;mer in the early 2000s. Working on both ephemeral and permanent projects, ConstructLab gathers architects, designers, builders, social scientists, curators, graphic designers, photographers, gardeners and cooks around the ideas of bringing sites to life and creating a sense of place. But beyond construction and design, what really binds those individuals is the notion of &lsquo;togetherness&rsquo;.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Farshid Moussavi Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-29T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:22:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a> is our new series in which we have well-known architects answer a series of unusual questions. A popular parlor game amongst the Victorian literate class, the questionnaire is believed to reveal the individual's true nature. &nbsp;</p><p>For this iteration, we talk with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Farshid Moussavi</a>, the highly in-demand British (by way of Iran) architect behind the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio, among other notable projects.&nbsp;</p> 'Working through architecture and its refusal': an interview with f-architecture from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-04-02T01:07:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re interested in bodies and their implications in space, their political positions in space, and how materially and technologically they are constituted,&rdquo; states the Feminist Architecture Collaborative, otherwise known as <a href="" target="_blank">f-architecture</a>, during an interview conducted as part of Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Next Up: Floating Worlds</em></a>.</p> Between the home and the market: an interview with Christine Bjerke from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-28T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T12:03:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The economy of the home becoming an investment culture instead of a savings culture disrupts the idea of very specific gendered roles in Japanese society,&rdquo; states the Copenhagen-based architect <a href="" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a> during an interview conducted as part of Archinect&rsquo;s <em><a href="" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a>. </em>Bjerke&rsquo;s project <a href="" target="_blank"><em>(On the Floating World of the) FX Beauties</em></a>, which inspired the name of the event,<em> </em>derives from her research into the spatial implications of the work of the FX Beauties, a club of Japanese housewives who engage in day-trading on foreign exchange markets.</p> 'What it means to live today': an interview with Jack Self from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-27T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T12:50:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Everything we think of as being normal in the home, everything we think of as being traditional&mdash;they&rsquo;re all inventions,&rdquo; states <a href="" target="_blank">Jack Self</a>, the London-based founder of the <a href="" target="_blank">REAL Foundation</a>, during an interview conducted as part of Archinect&rsquo;s fourth live podcasting event, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Next Up: Floating Worlds</em></a>. &ldquo;The corridor is an invention, the single bed is an invention, the kitchen is an invention. And they&rsquo;re all constantly in a state of evolution. If we can view the house as a design object and as an artificial construct with social relations, then anyone can have power to change the way that they live. Go home and rearrange your living room. Put all the soft surfaces in one room and all the hard surfaces in another room. You&rsquo;ll instantly see how much of a construct your home is.&rdquo;</p> 10 Essential Skills for a Life Beyond Architecture Laura Amaya 2017-03-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T19:34:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="976" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The decision to study architecture feels like choosing a path for a lifetime at the age of 20. As you enter university, you think that architecture is about drawing and building as you get ready to become the next Mies van der Rohe. What you may not realize, though, is that <a href="" target="_blank">architecture school</a> also prepares you for many other careers out there.</p> Studio Visits : YARD Architects, 23rd March 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-03-24T11:27:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T12:28:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="724" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the first in a new series, Studio Visits, we went to see an emerging architecture practice in South London. As well as having a good poke around we asked them to reveal a bit more about who <a href="" target="_blank">YARD Architects</a> are and what goes on in their studio.</p> Finding the Contemporary City Between the Local and the Global with In-Between Economies Nicholas Korody 2017-03-22T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T12:03:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How is the city made? Who is it made by? Who is it made for? These are the questions poised by <a href="" target="_blank">In-Between Economies</a>, an interdisciplinary research platform based in Copenhagen, London and Oslo. In their view, the only way to address them in the 21st century is to expand beyond the purview of architecture or urbanism. &ldquo;Urban life, and our experience of it, is a complex mix of economic systems, social relationships, and infrastructural spaces,&rdquo; they tell me. And to grapple with it, we need to start talking with people besides architects.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: S-AR Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-20T13:05:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T12:36:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located in Monterrey, Mexico,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">S-AR</a>&nbsp;bills themselves as a collaborative Alternative Architecture workshop. Their work focuses on the design and development of architectural projects of several scales and typologies. The team works on projects that range from the designing of objects to experimental, social houses and educational buildings.&nbsp;</p><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the team and discuss&nbsp;how keeping a small office allows them to take on projects that they find meaningful.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 20 March 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-03-20T07:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:50:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing&nbsp;this month's&nbsp;Brexit Blog at MIPIM, the annual international property conference. The bill to leave received Royal Assent during the week with ironic timing. MIPIM is a good opportunity to find out about the real drivers of the property market and study changes&nbsp;post referendum.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Ben van Berkel Nicholas Korody 2017-03-14T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T08:16:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You know their name and you know their architecture. But how much do you actually know about the people behind the architectural practice <a href="" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>?</p><p>In this iteration of the <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a>, our new series profiling leading figures in architecture, we speak with Ben van Berkel, the Utrecht-born, award-winning architect. Like with our other Proust Questionnaires, the questions are a bit unusual for an architecture interview, oriented around the personal more than the professional.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: 31/44 Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-03-13T12:13:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T17:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">31/44 Architects</a>, a practice with studios in both Amsterdam and London established in 2010. &nbsp;</p> The People’s Architecture Office Uses Mass-Production and Readymades to Deliver Affordable Architecture to Difficult Sites Nicholas Korody 2017-03-07T12:21:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:38:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a name like theirs, it&rsquo;s no surprise that the <a href="" target="_blank">People&rsquo;s Architecture Office</a> strives for inclusive, socially conscious and accessible design. The Beijing-based studio has developed a practice that takes advantage of aspects of the Chinese economy to deliver affordable, contemporary design to difficult sites, from historic <a href="" target="_blank"><em>hutong </em></a>districts to rural areas.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: DEOC-A Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-06T12:45:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T12:50:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we are featuring a studio&nbsp;that, while small, has managed to spread its wings far with offices in both Guatemala and Boston. We talked with Roberto de Oliveira Castro, founder of <a href="" target="_blank">De Oliveira Castro Arquitectos</a>,&nbsp;to see what set of unique challenges this set-up presents.</p> Phil Freelon on Engaging with Black History Through Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-03-02T17:04:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T17:04:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From translating historic iron latticework into a digitally-produced fa&ccedil;ade to ensuring LEED certification, <a href="" target="_blank">Phil Freelon</a> played a pivotal, and perhaps under-recognized, role in the creation of the critically-acclaimed <a href="" target="_blank">National Museum of African American History and Culture</a>.&nbsp;</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Kirkwood McCarthy Ellen Hancock 2017-02-27T12:09:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T21:35:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Kirkwood McCarthy</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>-based architecture and design studio established in 2013 by Fiona Kirkwood and Sophie McCarthy. Known for working on constrained and often overlooked sites, the two discuss how opportunity and creativity can arise during even the most trying times.</p> Screen Print #50: Rem Koolhaas discusses controversy, collaboration, and cultural revolution in "Happy Tropics" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-22T13:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T14:23:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="922" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of an ethically and aesthetically astute architect in a market-driven economy? For Rem Koolhaas, the obstacles of reality shouldn't hinder architects who wish to contribute works that enhance the public realm. In this discussion with <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Schindhelm</a>&nbsp;excerpted from <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Happy Tropics 1</em></a>, Koolhaas explains how by working in Asia, he has not only witnessed the increasing cultural influence of the East versus the West, but also retained his idealism, drive, and desire for collaboration.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studio Modh Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-20T12:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T19:17:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the words of this week's interviewee, running one's own practice is not for everyone! This gives us all the more reason to take a look inside the small studios that have found a way to make it work.</p><p>This week, we take a look at <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Modh</a>, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Philip Ryan, formerly of <a href="" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>.&nbsp;</p> Xeno-Architecture: Radical Spatial Practice and the Politics of Alienation Alison Hugill 2017-02-17T12:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T12:46:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following on from Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">interview</a> with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, authors of the recent book <em>Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work</em>&mdash;wherein the pair discussed the implications of their &lsquo;accelerationist&rsquo; political theory for the field of architecture&mdash;we spoke to a Brussels-based curatorial and research platform that seeks to transpose &lsquo;xenofeminist&rsquo; politics on to considerations of spatial practice. Xenofeminism is a critically updated, queer and gender abolitionist response to accelerationism&rsquo;s political and economic theory, laid out in the manifesto of collective Laboria Cuboniks, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation</a>.</em></p> "The environment we design, designs us back:" A Conversation with Eran Chen of ODA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:53:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="" target="_blank">ODA</a>&rsquo;s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA&rsquo;s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city, the challenges behind designing &ldquo;permeable buildings,&rdquo; and what he learned from his dealings with Donald Trump.</p> Contingencies, Complicities and Contradictions: Andrés Jaque Exposes the Processes Behind Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-02-15T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-02-15T12:21:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque and the Office for Political Innovation</a> have been tasked with renovating CA2M, a museum in central Spain. But, rather than close the building for a few years, they&rsquo;re keeping the museum open during the remodel. In the process, they&rsquo;re making the act of architecture itself&mdash;in all its messiness&mdash;an object on display.</p>