Archinect - Features 2017-05-27T12:02:10-04:00 The Proust Questionnaire: Kengo Kuma Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T21:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>, the prominent architect and writer known for blending modernist approaches with traditional Japanese values,&nbsp;reveals his love for the color white, his desire to learn the piano, and his fondness for designing sacred spaces in this iteration of Archinect's recurring series <a href="" target="_blank">The Proust Questionnaire</a>.</p> Architecture in the world of DIY: an interview with Weather Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T12:08:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Weather Projects</a> was founded in 2012 by Shannon Han and Hunter Knight who wanted to flush out their own ideas after respective stints at SHoP and Morphosis. We talked with the two about working in Los Angeles, the general population's growing interest in design, and having stake in one's own projects. This week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio</a>&nbsp;also happens to be hiring! Check out their listing <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Remix and Reconfigure: the Radical Cut-Up Method of Lukas Feireiss Nicholas Korody 2017-05-17T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T12:13:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For all the haranguing and hand-wringing about originality and novelty in the discipline, architecture is, at its core, <a href="" target="_blank">a remix practice</a>. Most elements in a building have existed for centuries, and the most celebrated &ldquo;innovations&rdquo; are usually iterations, fundamentally indebted to a concatenation of predecessors. That applies to structure, but also to form. In other words, there is a language of architecture and, like all languages, every utterance is assembled from a pre-existing vocabulary: at once a repetition and a unique assemblage. A peaked roof isn&rsquo;t necessary in sunny California&mdash;but it still signifies &lsquo;home&rsquo;. For Lukas Feireiss, the logic of the remix&mdash;or, in his parlance, the &ldquo;radical cut-up&rdquo;&mdash;has suffused his work to the point that even his practice itself is something of a collage of disciplines, straddling the worlds of design, art, publishing, pedagogy, and curation.</p> A Studio of One: in Conversation with Clark Thenhaus of Endemic Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-15T12:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T12:25:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded by Clark Thenhaus, a recipient of the 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects, the multi-disciplinary office&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Endemic </a>positions itself between the fields of architecture, landscape, urban design and research.</p><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with Clark to get his insight on the struggles and benefits of what is essentially a one-man practice.</p> Studio Visit : Delvendahl Martin Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-05-15T05:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T11:29:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our latest Studio Visit we went to see&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Delvendahl Martin Architects</a>&nbsp;in their studio at Bow Arts, East London. We talked through their current projects, their plans for the future and had a nosey around their new model workshop come meeting room space.</p> Screen/Print #55: Marlon Blackwell On Moving Architecture Away from Idealism, Utopianism, and Easy Meanings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-11T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T00:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In American architecture, the big cities, in particular New York and Los Angeles, tend to hog attention. So, for the latest issue of <em><a href="" target="_blank">Project</a></em>, a yearly journal for architecture, the editors decided to look elsewhere. The issue, which is featured here as part of our recurring series <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>, highlights a new cast of architects and critics operating outside these two hubs of architectural production.</p> Moshe Safdie Reflects on the 50th Anniversary of Habitat 67, the Masterpiece He Completed at 25 Nicholas Korody 2017-05-10T11:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T00:20:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fifty years ago, a young Canadian-Israeli architect got the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to realize his senior thesis for the 1967 World Fair in Montr&eacute;al. The resulting housing complex inspired generations of architects inside and outside of Canada, and its influence is visible in buildings built to this day. It wasn&rsquo;t just formal innovation that determined <a href="" target="_blank">Habitat 67</a>&rsquo;s significance&mdash;although that&rsquo;s certainly part of it&mdash;but also the new way of life it imagined by way of affordable, dense urban housing with all the greenery, spaciousness, and privacy of the suburbs.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Francine Houben Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-09T12:02:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T23:21:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a>, we talked with the Delft-based architect Francine Houben, co-founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, and received some answers quite fitting for a Netherlander. Her favorites flowers? Tulips. Her favorite poet? Ramsey Nasr. Read on to find out what else makes Houben tick.</p> GoCStudio, a Small Studio in Seattle, Shares Some Secrets for Starting From Scratch Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T00:06:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we sit down with the Seattle-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">goCStudio</a>, founded by Jon Gentry and Aim&eacute;e O&rsquo;Carroll in 2012. The team fills us in on how being a small business allows them to create close relationships whether it be with a client, a craftsman, or the photographer of their next project.</p> Getting to know London Landscape Architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman Abigail Banfield 2017-05-05T04:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-05T01:47:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Gustafson Porter + Bowman</a> are a landscape architecture firm based in Camden, London, with work ranging from conservation of significant sites to innovative re-thinking of urban brownfields.&nbsp;</p> S9 Architecture is Remaking the City and Suburbs Through Iterative Design Ryan King 2017-05-02T12:14:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:38:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">S9 Architecture</a>, a Manhattan-based firm, is involved in a plethora of projects that are not so much shaping the skyline of the city as quietly addressing the context of the city and the impacts of new spatial needs from the street and human scale. Their work has even attracted the likes of &lsquo;starchitect&rsquo; <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>, who recently moved into a rustic, rusted penthouse in one of their Brooklyn buildings. A relatively young firm, S9 has a style and philosophy that has helped them secure a position at the forefront of a new market for vibrant mixed-use development in New York and its surroundings, with projects like the Dock 72 building in Brooklyn&rsquo;s Navy Yard under construction&mdash;which has <a href="" target="_blank">WeWork</a> as a major tenant&mdash;to iterations on reviving and adapting the shopping experience in suburbia.</p> Taking a step outside with Terremoto's David Godshall, a self-proclaimed punk and art-historian-turned-landscape-architect Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T11:48:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we're heading outdoors to talk with David Godshall, a self-proclaimed punk and art-historian-turned-landscape-architect.</p><p>Godshall, alongside with&nbsp;Alain Peauroi, founded <a href="" target="_blank">TERREMOTO</a>,&nbsp;a landscape architecture firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco specializing in localized landscapes that are both formally and conceptually adventurous.</p> How 3 Architecture Firms Are Using Showreels to Present and Promote Their Work Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:08:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a director or actor, putting together a showreel&mdash;a short video of spliced footage&mdash;is the first step in securing a gig. One may think of it as a cinematic portfolio: the means by which one presents work to the world of one's profession when the work is in motion. It might seem redundant, then, for an architect to have one too.&nbsp;After all, buildings are, by and large, static objects&mdash;and drawings, plans, photos and renderings can tell a lot. But, for those architects that do attempt to encapsulate their portfolio with real, edited footage&mdash;usually in combination with either voice-over or text statements&mdash;the rewards can be great. Not only does it make their work very accessible, it's also a bit of a control freak&rsquo;s dream: the narrative of the practice is orchestrated, down to the millisecond.</p> "The Element of Time": Celebrating a Century of I.M. Pei Julia Ingalls 2017-04-26T09:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T00:09:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On April 26th, I.M. Pei turns 100 years old. From his former colleagues to Sir Norman Foster to the architect himself, here are remembrances, anecdotes, and a general celebration of the genius of one of the masters of architecture.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Peter Eisenman Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-25T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T16:46:45-04:00 <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 >2017-04-27T13:29:50-04:00 <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>