Archinect - Features 2016-02-09T00:43:17-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/146119595/designing-for-horses-with-history-the-new-stables-of-dyrehaven-park-by-bertelsen-scheving Designing for horses with history: the new stables of Dyrehaven park by Bertelsen & Scheving Nicholas Korody 2016-01-20T05:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-23T10:23:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/py48418ir073nggj.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just to the north of Copenhagen, the Dyrehaven &ndash; &ldquo;deer park&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;shelters exactly what its name suggests: sizeable populations of red and fallow deer who roam freely across its 4.2 square miles of ancient oaks. Alongside its namesake animal population, the park is also home to the horses that transport human visitors along its picturesque pathways. Those equine inhabitants are housed within stables that recently underwent an extensive, site-sensitive and rather handsome renovation by the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/bertelsenscheving" target="_blank">Bertelsen &amp; Scheving</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145673128/aravena-s-pritzker-a-critical-round-up Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T14:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T12:06:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rg7pwns6cssvoz9s.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What to make of this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize awarding? With today&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145643352/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-director-of-this-year-s-venice-biennale-named-2016-pritzker-prize-laureate" target="_blank">announcement</a>, the Chilean architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/598317/alejandro-aravena" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> has secured his place within the upper echelon of the architecture community. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be his big year: he&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" target="_blank">curating this summer&rsquo;s Venice Biennale</a>, which is expected to be something of a showcase for the type of high-design yet socially-aware and economically-pragmatic practices that his own &ldquo;Do Tank,&rdquo; <a href="http://archinect.com/Alejandro_Aravena" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, typifies.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145190627/making-space-and-a-business-one-thread-at-a-time Making space (and a business), one thread at a time will galloway 2016-01-12T18:39:00-05:00 >2016-01-30T02:55:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nd/ndt0cv4lchqfv42x.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I met with <a href="http://www.samiraboon.com/" target="_blank">Samira Boon</a> earlier this year at her studio in Amsterdam, while on a trip around Europe and Asia to talk with people who are carrying the profession of architecture in new directions. I admit this is a bit of a red herring, because practice is always changing, but we are now witnessing a period where outliers are becoming a bit mainstream, even rewarded for their efforts. Which makes it absolutely the best time to talk with them.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/141844613/procedural-geometry-an-interview-with-aranda-lasch Procedural Geometry: an interview with Aranda\Lasch Nick Cecchi 2015-12-22T11:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T22:59:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2ugw2l6mr2ybgt29.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since founding <a href="http://archinect.com/arandalasch" target="_blank"><strong>Aranda\Lasch</strong></a> in 2003, Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch have pursued their own uncompromising vision of architectural practice. Driven by computation and a fascination bordering on obsession with process, Aranda\Lasch has turned out some of the most exceptional architectural geometry on this side of Neil Denari.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/143383898/a-continuation-of-his-way-of-being-an-interview-with-the-editor-of-slow-manifesto-lebbeus-woods-blog "A continuation of his way of being" – an interview with the editor of "Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-16T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T05:56:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xu4k59tydw8tj8jq.jpg" width="514" height="738" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The champion of &ldquo;radical reconstruction,&rdquo; the revolutionary architect who wasn&rsquo;t technically an architect, the artist, the teacher and theorist &ndash; Lebbeus Woods was also a blogger. Beginning in 2007 and lasting into 2012, up until a few months prior to his death, Woods posted drawings, articles, and journal-style ruminations to his own personal blog, drawing together his array of concerns that, in the words of the <em>New York Times</em>&rsquo; architecture critic Michael Kimmelman,&nbsp;&ldquo;hoped to liberate architecture from its material tethers and encourage everybody who engaged with it to think more boldly and humanely.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/142920059/towards-a-decentralized-architecture-with-foam-the-blockchain Towards a decentralized architecture with FOAM + the Blockchain Nicholas Korody 2015-12-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T00:37:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ay596m2kst3x97xb.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Decentralized computation, virtual machines, cryptocurrencies: these terms seem to linger in shadows, conjuring abstract images of the &ldquo;dark&rdquo; web that lurks beneath the glossy surface of the screen. Architecture may be becoming &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; but we still perceive its domain to be brickwork instead of the tangled fiber optic cables it obscures &ndash; the walls that physically enclose rather than the signals that pierce.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/141826948/art-architecture-swipes-and-changeups-with-mike-nesbit Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T04:02:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixf1r1swfej2c6qz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"I'm always looking at things and taking them at face value," said Mike Nesbit, a Los Angeles-based architect and artist, as he leaned over the table and grabbed an empty glass to use as illustration. He turned the glass over in his hands several times causing the reflection of an overhead light to splinter and reform with each rotation. &ldquo;Surveying a found object,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;and trying to eliminate the predetermined meaning that I have in my hand.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/140953853/a-dance-for-architecture-a-conversation-with-steven-holl "A Dance for Architecture": A conversation with Steven Holl Julia Ingalls 2015-11-20T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:29:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0of5o7dqyrefle88.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As a 34-year old architect, Steven Holl was appointed to a full-time teaching position at Columbia University with barely any completed works to his name, based on the strengths of his publication <em>Pamphlet Architecture</em>, previous teaching stints at Syracuse University&nbsp;and the University of Pennsylvania, and his competition entries. But rather than settling into academia, Holl continued to hone his conceptual formulations to create real buildings that incorporate a signature use of color, a notion of &lsquo;poetry&rsquo; within physical places, and a constant refinement of his foundational architectural convictions.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/141017276/emotional-tactility-tom-kundig-s-latest-works Emotional tactility: Tom Kundig's latest "Works" Julia Ingalls 2015-11-17T11:45:00-05:00 >2015-12-23T14:07:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vpa3krupuysma7c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tom Kundig has a few credits to his name: aside from a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Smithsonian&rsquo;s 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design, and eleven national AIA awards, his firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/49784837/olson-kundig-architects" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a> has also twice been named one of Fast Company&rsquo;s &ldquo;Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.&rdquo; Now, the would-be geophysicist turned architect, known for his inventive blending of mechanics and aesthetics in private residences and public buildings alike, has a collection out by Princeton Architectural Press featuring his latest nine works, called&nbsp;<em>Tom Kundig: Works</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/137512201/an-interview-with-bogot-based-giancarlo-mazzanti An interview with Bogotá-based Giancarlo Mazzanti Laura Amaya 2015-09-30T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-10-18T05:00:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jc/jchtso6cvowfvnh1.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Giancarlo Mazzanti</strong>&nbsp;is the Colombian architect behind such transformational works as the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61069/medellin-s-redemption-through-architecture" target="_blank">Espa&ntilde;a Library in Medell&iacute;n</a>&nbsp;and El Porvenir Kindergarten in Bogot&aacute;. Founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti, he has developed an innovative aesthetic based on high quality design as a catalyst for social change.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/135648933/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers-part-ii The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II Julia Ingalls 2015-09-04T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0mqp70zti5b3ulf8.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the best way to apply for an <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">architecture job</a>? We <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62511/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers" target="_blank">once again</a> asked <a href="http://archinect.com/employers" target="_blank">employers</a> on Archinect to tell us what they look for in <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">job candidates</a>, including portfolio tips, desired software skills, and the best way to impress during an in-person interview.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here&rsquo;s what&nbsp;we asked employers:</strong></p><ol><li>How important is it for applicants to grasp/articulate the underlying philosophy of the firm in their cover letter/application materials?</li><li>What software skills do you wish applicants to have?</li><li>How much work should an applicant include in their portfolio? Should that work be tailored to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes, or is it important to see a broad range of what the applicant can do?</li><li>How should an applicant prepare for the in-person interview process?</li><li>How important are references?</li><li>How important is your website, and the applicant's knowledge of your website, to the interview process?</li><li>What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?</li><li>Can you offer any other ...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/features/article/134655300/architecture-at-the-limits-of-instability-an-interview-with-smiljan-radi Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T11:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7naajxp9f8q2r1u9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We&rsquo;re perched high above Santiago de Chile in an unassuming meeting room, near the top of a nondescript office tower at the base of the famous San Crist&oacute;bal hill. Visually-speaking, we&rsquo;re as far away from the architecture of Smiljan Radi&#263; as possible. There are no boulders or found objects, just a wooden table separating us and some relatively simple chairs. &ldquo;Why should an architect have to design furniture?&rdquo; Radi&#263; asks with a laugh, gesturing at the furnishings. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s enough of it around already.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House Gary Garvin 2015-08-07T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T08:37:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p41eql2v0k9rff60.jpg" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There are small problems that vex as much as they intrigue us, whose answers only lead to larger questions.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-17T16:29:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b16jma0bcpw7901.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 13 of this year, Los Angeles will get its first major exhibition of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s work, ever. Despite being the adopted hometown of the world-famous architect, and the city whose new-millennium architectural identity has been inflected most by his work, Los Angeles has not yet hosted a show exclusively on Gehry's retrospective.</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/514x/ir/ir846wa6t0dlmpfi.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/130410486/a-studio-of-4-500-inside-gensler-s-culture A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture Julia Ingalls 2015-07-10T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T22:58:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56c4uxgvi7motprw.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun never sets on Gensler. One can visit their website and watch in real time as the bell curve of night fails to shadow all 46 of their office locations. Founded in 1965 by M. Arthur J. Gensler Jr., the firm has grown to <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">employ</a> over 4,500 people in 16 different countries. It&rsquo;s the kind of sprawling, vast enterprise that draws more analogies to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_India_Company" target="_blank">historic tea companies</a> than design firms. How can an architecture firm of this size maintain a unified studio culture? Or should it?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation As COSMO gets ready to 'Warm Up,' we sit down with Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-06-21T11:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T16:23:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4hefoxtc3b54bsy0.jpg" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This Tuesday, the eagerly-awaited, annual <em><a href="http://momaps1.org/warmup/" target="_blank">Warm Up</a>&nbsp;</em>series of concerts and events will launch beneath the orbicular forms of <a href="http://momaps1.org/yap/view/19" target="_blank">COSMO</a>, the winning entry of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47555/young-architects-program" target="_blank">MoMA PS1&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120059665/yap-2015-winner-andr-s-jaque-office-to-install-cosmo-at-moma-ps1-this-summer" target="_blank">Young Architect&rsquo;s Program</a> competition. Designed by <a href="http://andresjaque.net" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque / the&nbsp;Office for Political Innovation</a>, COSMO is not just a pavilion but also a complex water filtration system.&nbsp;Archinect got in touch with Andr&eacute;s Jaque to talk about the process behind the design as well as his hopes for its impact, both locally and abroad.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126838477/don-t-be-a-tool-role-of-software-vs-vision-in-architectural-employment Don't Be a Tool: Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment Julia Ingalls 2015-06-18T10:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T02:27:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2c7ehbehgxyorfax.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One must be smarter than the tools one is working with, but what exactly does that mean in a profession that increasingly relies on software initially developed for the aerospace industry? How important is it for a student to master <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/search/0/130480362" target="_blank">Rhino</a> or <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/search/0/130480363" target="_blank">REVIT</a> versus the intrinsic philosophy of great design itself? Most importantly, how does a student balance the need to become a high-end CAD monkey while developing creative thought?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/128118195/the-forever-unfinished-business-curated-thoughts-from-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche The forever unfinished business: Curated thoughts from our conversation with Kevin Roche Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-10T11:50:00-04:00 >2015-06-14T23:16:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29skdufycxsbw6ou.jpg" width="514" height="624" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Kevin Roche speaks, you should listen. Roche is a hero of the long-game &ndash; during his sixty-five year career in the U.S. (and counting), he has trained or worked alongside seminal architectural vanguards Charles and Ray Eames,&nbsp;Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen, and on projects for such heavyweight clients as the Federal Reserve, MIT, Ford, Deutsche Bank and IBM. Still practicing today at age 92, Roche is a force to be reckoned with, thanks to an unflagging work ethic and realist approach to the profession&rsquo;s shifting tides.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126440054/10-ways-architectural-employers-can-maximize-the-effectiveness-of-their-employees 10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees Julia Ingalls 2015-06-04T10:57:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T13:01:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aw1j5jxit1o1m5r.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms" target="_blank">Management</a> is not a science; it is an art. Maximizing the effectiveness of a studio is not about implementing broad strokes out of a Step-by-Step guide, but rather requires understanding the nuances of <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">performance</a>, environment, and long-term goals. These ten suggestions serve as a starting point for creating a more holistic management strategy.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126437034/what-should-be-in-your-portfolio-firms-tell-you-what-they-re-looking-for-and-how-to-get-hired What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired Julia Ingalls 2015-05-28T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:10:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0n0mrhus24q4bit.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Putting together a portfolio for a <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">job application</a> is practically a design commission in of itself. What projects should be included? How should they be presented? Most importantly, what does the compendium of work say about you, the applicant? After speaking with <a href="http://archinect.com/employers" target="_blank">employers</a>, we discovered that the work itself isn&rsquo;t necessarily as important as the <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">thought and agility</a> the portfolio demonstrates.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126844507/art-architecture-andreas-angelidakis-between-the-monumental-and-the-particular Art + Architecture: Andreas Angelidakis between the monumental and the particular Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T21:14:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xr/xr4ilxtu8kqbzwb3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Buoyantly imaginative yet grounded by a commitment to sociopolitical realism, the work of the Greek-born architect <a href="http://www.angelidakis.com/" target="_blank">Andreas Angelidakis</a>&nbsp;defies categorization. In fact, while he was trained as an architect at <a href="http://archinect.com/sci-arc" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, Angelidakis' work is perhaps better known in contemporary art circles than among architects. After all, Angelidakis exhibits in museums (and online) more than he builds. Yet his work, which takes the form of renderings, videos, sculptures, dioramas and installations, is visibly marked by an architectural sensibility. With near-manic intensity, Angelidakis&rsquo; work operates fluidly on the uneven terrain of the contemporary moment, invoking ecological disaster, digital and post-digital networks, economic crises, celebrity culture &ndash; often all at once. At the same time, specters of history &ndash; both imagined and real &ndash; never escape his expansive purview.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126542532/the-motley-life-and-uncertain-legacy-of-lina-bo-bardi The motley life and uncertain legacy of Lina Bo Bardi Nick Cecchi 2015-05-04T10:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T21:30:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/al/alj90lqncvunhbzc.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em> is not, and does not attempt to be, the definitive collection of Lina Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work, but rather an examination of her life, influences, and motivations for producing her timeless architecture and enduring contributions to Brazilian, particularly Bahian, culture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/125518443/touching-base-with-volkan-alkanoglu Touching Base with Volkan Alkanoglu Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-21T14:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T11:31:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8ngm6np523ejzj9t.jpg" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Touching Base" is a series of mini-interviews meant to expose, promote and occasionally burn highly talented people in architecture, who are working outside of the mainstream's limelight.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects UpStarts: Martha Read Architects Julia Ingalls 2015-02-20T09:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T20:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kj/kj15sykvah1jr7mw.jpg" width="514" height="855" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2012 by former literature student and obituary writer Martha Read, UK-based Martha Read Architects is the distillation of multiple cultural sensitivities, honed over decades of teaching, writing, and working globally.</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank"><strong>UpStarts</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North America, Asia, and beyond will be asked to address the work behind getting the work, and the effect of cultural contexts. The focus will be on how a practice is initiated and maintained. In many ways, the critical years of a fledgling design partnership is within the initial five years, after the haze and daze of getting it off the ground.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank">UpStarts</a></strong>&nbsp;surveys the first years of practice as a tool for tracking the tactics of the rapidly evolving methods for sustaining a practice.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/120061268/oyler-wu-collaborative-in-ink-graphite-and-steel Oyler Wu Collaborative in ink, graphite and steel Anthony Morey 2015-02-09T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8du28kpu4sl1akr.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and writers write, yet architects do not architect &ndash; they draw, model, and write. Architecture is one of the few creative fields that does not allow the artist to work in the medium where the final work will be produced. Yet Oyler Wu Collaborative makes productive use of that cognitive jump.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design Julia Ingalls 2015-01-12T09:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T20:48:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/defyr5i1bhvqzqoa.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a country infamous for its one time zone and countless architectural knock-offs, Four O Nine's success is startling and original.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank"><strong>UpStarts</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North America, Asia, and beyond will be asked to address the work behind getting the work, and the effect of cultural contexts. The focus will be on how a practice is initiated and maintained. In many ways, the critical years of a fledgling design partnership is within the initial five years, after the haze and daze of getting it off the ground.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank">UpStarts</a></strong>&nbsp;surveys the first years of practice as a tool for tracking the tactics of the rapidly evolving methods for sustaining a practice.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115273546/upstarts-paul-michael-davis-design UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design Julia Ingalls 2014-12-08T16:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T02:11:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uq/uql0gwn0okw38qe6.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it comes to sustainable design, it seems like most firms skew either green but boring, or exciting but radically inefficient. <a href="http://archinect.com/paulmichaeldavis" target="_blank"><strong>Paul Michael Davis Design</strong></a> in Seattle, WA handily straddles this schism, creating visually compelling, sustainable designs at an affordable cost. Founded in 2009, in the midst of a recession which pushed many newly minted graduates out of the profession, PMDD has since expanded to include an associate and an intern, and occasionally collaborates with independent firms. Notably, PMDD is developing several low-cost prefab housing projects that look like places you'd actually want to live in.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/115281577/showcase-antoine-de-st-exupe-ry-home-for-dependent-elderly-people-by-naud-poux-architectes Showcase: Antoine de St exupéry home for dependent elderly people, by Naud & Poux Architectes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-08T00:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T21:36:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z7/z705caayffxcbrh0.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the complex and fraught world of elder care, architecture can seem indifferent, dictated primarily by medical and physical concerns. Not so with Naud &amp; Poux Architectes' facility in Villejuif, France, whose solid and distinctive design accommodates the needs of dependent elderly people, while looking more like a home than a hospital.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113594682/jimenez-lai-storyteller-by-design Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design Julia Ingalls 2014-11-17T12:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T00:32:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s0/s0jzbn6oy2eognyf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many, "experimental" is the kindly euphemism for "unrealized crap." In conceptual fields like architecture, it's easy to call up dozens of flashy-looking, ultimately failed experiments disguised as ideas. This is why <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a> is arguably one of the most remarkable people currently working in architecture. His ideas are experimental, but they're also realized; in other words, he's pioneering farsighted concepts that have a direct application to reality, but don't bore you to tears with footnotes and clich&eacute;d allusions to Italo Calvino.</p>