Archinect - Features 2014-11-25T18:30:00-05:00 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/112437605/zaha-hadid-keeps-it-light-at-acadia-2014-conference Zaha Hadid Keeps it Light at ACADIA 2014 Conference Nicholas Korody 2014-10-31T16:59:00-04:00 >2014-11-04T23:01:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7gedpyizvyllsuhf.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you didn&rsquo;t know better, it would be easy to mistake the eager faces populating the swarming mass of ticket lines outside of Bovard Auditorium at USC as the fans of a pop icon instead of the prolific, controversial &lsquo;starchitect&rsquo; Zaha Hadid. Behind us, students were being interviewed by reporters from the USC newspaper about the architect; everyone seemed genuinely enthused, albeit perhaps drawn more for her celebrity than appreciation for her work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105942972/the-life-of-a-new-architect-eric-h-weler The Life of a New Architect: Eric Höweler Sean Smith 2014-09-17T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T10:16:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqr5cow2anuhuxhh.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's working as an architect actually like? Even for students on track to become one, the answer isn't always clear or forthcoming, and for those outside the industry, common ideas about architecture rarely reflect its reality. In our "<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/494990/the-life-of-a-new-architect" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect</a></strong>" series, three young architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/108112212/cutting-room-joseph-kosinski-talks-to-archinect-about-his-transition-from-architecture-to-hollywood Cutting Room: Joseph Kosinski talks to Archinect about his transition from architecture to Hollywood Paul Petrunia 2014-09-05T11:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-13T07:59:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/njfgla8slmomxfhq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we've seen throughout our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series, there's a clear relationship between architecture and filmmaking. Architecture is inspired by film as often as film is inspired by architecture, so it's not uncommon for architects to experiment with film, or even transition into a film career. <a href="http://www.josephkosinski.com/" target="_blank">Joseph Kosinski</a> is one such individual, but his path to filmmaking is a little different than normal. His full-length directorial debut was for 2010's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001?ref_=nm" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a>, a blockbuster sequel to the early 80's classic. Three years later, he followed that with the visually stunning <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013?ref_=nm" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>, starring Tom Cruise.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105250588/book-review-the-city-in-the-city-berlin-a-green-archipelago-a-manifesto Book Review: "The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto" Karen Lohrmann 2014-07-31T09:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T07:22:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l17e36jvorn9dyys.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When its first seeds were presented in 1977, <a href="http://www.lars-mueller-publishers.com/en/die-stadt-in-der-stadt" target="_blank"><em>Berlin: A Green Archipelago</em></a> was a quiet, prescient manifesto. Oswald Mathias Ungers and a number of colleagues at&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1544387/cornell-university" target="_blank">Cornell University</a> deviated from the intellectual tenets of current reconstruction efforts, seen in the post-war development of European cities, to propose a new model for the "shrinking city". The text's&nbsp;idea of a polycentric urban system really took hold in the 1990s, as urban planning discourse turned towards socioeconomic considerations of ebbing and flowing growth.&nbsp;</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/103723175/art-architecture-schumacher-vs-post-net Art + Architecture: Schumacher vs. Post-Net Nicholas Korody 2014-07-09T17:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T21:50:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ds/dseafbparcxuthqb.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In some architecture circles, hating on Patrik Shumacher&rsquo;s &ldquo;parametricism&rdquo; is like <a href="http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/223896/robin-thicke-twitter-qa/" target="_blank">hating on Robin Thicke&rsquo;s &ldquo;Blurred Lines&rdquo;</a>. It signals a basic shared understanding that, among many other things, artistic professions are <em>not</em> removed from politics, that their practitioners <em>do </em>have responsibilities outside of formal concerns, and that replicating structures of violence is, in general, not a good thing. These conversations are so frequent that they are starting to feel rehearsed: first the staid question, then the momentary pause, finally the sigh of relief. &ldquo;Now we can move on to the important things.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101728824/rem-s-venice-biennale-is-like-being-immersed-in-a-stormy-s-m-l-xl-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-hundreds-of-other-people Rem's Venice Biennale is "like being immersed in a stormy S,M,L,XL, with a glass of wine, and hundreds of other people" Terri Peters 2014-06-16T10:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:43:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru6bcb8mio6w1kv6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Modernism &ldquo;history&rdquo;? How do Modern concepts, especially regarding representation, nature, technology and housing, relate to the current state of architecture? These were some overarching questions embedded in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The show opened June 7th under the &ldquo;Fundamentals&rdquo; theme, and it is worth visiting for the important questions it raises about the current state of architecture and building.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101037765/while-buildings-rot-film-preserves-architecture-s-memory-cutting-room-s-interview-with-malachi-connolly-director-of-built-on-narrow-land-documentary While buildings rot, film preserves architecture's memory: Cutting Room's interview with Malachi Connolly, director of "Built on Narrow Land" documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T10:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-15T23:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0ndnyba4z45ipl6.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before the Cape Cod National Seashore was declared public land in 1959, the grassy dune landscape was already dotted with a handful of Bauhaus-inspired beach houses. Built by a strain of rogue bohemian architects, the houses served as beloved, experimental cottages until the land underneath them was seized by the federal government. Many of the houses were abandoned and left to slowly rot in the landscape, whether or not they were protected by historical status.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture A new nature: Interview with Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:05:00-04:00 >2014-06-05T13:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dp9t9yh89308vmts.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ma Yansong is a trailblazing figure for Chinese architecture, having made a name for himself around the world as a business leader and innovative architect. Recently named <a href="http://www.i-mad.com/ennews_details.aspx?id=145" target="_blank">2014's Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum</a> and one of <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3029521/most-creative-people-2014/ma-yansong" target="_blank">Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business</a>, Yansong founded MAD Architecture ten years ago in Beijing, and earlier this year announced the opening of another office in Los Angeles.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/97664287/interview-jos-oubrerie Interview: José Oubrerie Orhan Ayyüce 2014-04-11T12:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T10:54:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gr/gr4vwgq7tvkm8482.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I met with Jos&eacute; Oubrerie in February at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and later we drove to the Schindler House on Kings Road. He was in town for the book launch of <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Et-Suburbia-Ego-Oubreries-Miller/dp/1881390527" target="_blank">Et in Suburbia Ego: Jos&eacute; Oubrerie&rsquo;s Miller House</a>&nbsp;edited by Todd Gannon</em>. The following is our conversation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/87160008/review-glen-small-father-of-green-architecture Review: Glen Small, Father of Green Architecture eric chavkin 2013-11-25T17:33:00-05:00 >2013-11-30T00:43:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/syp6v9ew5a0jaizm.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It is always good to see old friends, past mentors and new students at an exhibit honoring someone you love and admire. The work of Glen Small, the 'hesitant' father of Green Architecture is on display until the end of November.</p> <p> The organizer and curator of the exhibit, <a href="http://assemblyof.com" target="_blank">Assembly</a> and Archinect's own <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>, has put together a smart, focused, visual overview that also includes several lectures, workshops, a book and a screening of the documentary film <em>MY FATHER THE GENIUS</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/83387409/7-lessons-from-the-3rd-international-architectural-education-summit 7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-07T10:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T16:33:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Just over a year ago, the <em>Architectural Review</em> published &ldquo;Alternative Routes for Architecture&rdquo;, calling for a drastic reinterpretation of architectural education in the face of rigid institutions and extreme financial strains. Certainly this demand is older than a year -- as we allow technology to knit information more thickly into our cultural fabric, we question the nature of education at large as having a physical place and hierarchy, through systems such as MOOCs or mobile workspaces. Add prohibitively high costs, followed by debt and depressing unemployment rates, and the architect is getting fit to reconstitute itself as newly relevant and multi-faceted professional.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/81002757/slow-weather-of-architecture Slow Weather of Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2013-09-04T13:18:00-04:00 >2013-12-18T20:50:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hi6859lbk1qlem2w.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Larry Totah died few years ago. All his close friends, including me, have seen him wither away, but he managed to keep an encompassing fog around his demise as if his architecture was going to survive in it, and it did.<br>Only then but not now. It remained there not frozen but still, not void nor empty and not sad.</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/70943831/next-series-media-specialist-wanted NEXT SERIES: Media Specialist Wanted Orhan Ayyüce 2013-04-10T11:59:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T16:22:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfy87s4cdm57i8ca.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In architectural media, what it used to be "there is no such thing as bad publicity" in the prime print years, has turned into "puffery is the only publicity" in the age of social media and infinite promotion. There might be some flickers of hope here and there for intelligent criticism, but media in general might as well be one big love fest for the positive thinking which is explained in Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man. The quantity is the key word here and it is counted by thumb up style likes..</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/65557450/fishing-for-architecture-with-john-lurie Fishing for Architecture with John Lurie Orhan Ayyüce 2013-01-16T13:20:00-05:00 >2014-02-04T20:34:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vq/vqypswdygcbd1iq9.jpg" width="514" height="769" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I became familiar with the work of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lurie" target="_blank">John Lurie</a> in mid 80's when a friend put in a cassette tape during an intoxicating balmy night on Aegean coast of Turkey with meandering sounds of <a href="http://www.strangeandbeautiful.com/" target="_blank">Lounge Lizards</a> mixing into the starry skies above. Since then, I have listened to more of his music, watched the films and became aware of <a href="http://johnlurieart.com/" target="_blank">his fascinating artistic output</a>. Due to his illness, suffering from Lyme disease, John Lurie had to refocus his artful existence doing paintings which are no less expressive and heartfelt than his masterful work in other forms. I had an opportunity to ask him to talk with me about architecture and this conversation resulted over a few days of messaging in cyber space. By the end, we became somewhat friends and so far have been checking in with each other on a daily basis. He is a rare, multi-talented artist for sure. And I really believe he knows more about architecture than he thinks.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/55285437/manhattanisms-ram-s-vs-rem Manhattanisms : RAM(s) vs. REM Alex Maymind 2012-08-14T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-01-25T01:46:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qglz83d0quqdsaf.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>by Alex Maymind &amp; Matthew Persinger</em></p><p><em>(published in </em><a href="http://pidginmagazine.com/" target="_blank">Pidgin Magazine</a>: Issue 11<em>, Princeton University School of Architecture, p. 208-219.)</em></p><p>&ldquo;In other words, it&rsquo;s Stern&rsquo;s commonness as opposed to his rarity, that makes his work so significant.&rdquo; - Mark Jarzombek[1]</p><p>&ldquo;Pretending histories left and right, its contents are dynamic yet stagnant, recycled or multiplied as in cloning: forms search for function like hermit crabs looking for a vacant shell . . .&rdquo; - Rem Koolhaas, Junkspace[2]</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/55065980/upstarts-freelandbuck UpStarts: FreelandBuck Orhan Ayyüce 2012-08-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T23:47:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ow221yq4fpxbxvm.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://www.freelandbuck.com" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a> is an architectural design practice based in New York and Los Angeles affiliated with&nbsp;Yale School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC)&nbsp;and Woodbury University. The office focuses on research and design, exploring the overlap between academia and practice.</p> <p> This interview has been conducted via series of e-mail exchanges between Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce, David Freeland and Brennan Buck on July 31 - August 6, 2012. After initial answers by David and Brennan, the responses were attributed to <a href="http://archinect.com/FreelandBuck" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/49090085/still-ugly-after-all-these-years-a-close-reading-of-peter-eisenman-s-wexner-center Still Ugly After All These Years: A Close Reading of Peter Eisenman’s Wexner Center Alex Maymind 2012-05-22T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-11-12T10:13:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrj6ol8kmgyclk82.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>(Published in <a href="http://onetwelveksa.com/2012/04/27/issue-4/" target="_blank">One: Twelve Issue 4</a>, April 2012.)</em></p><p><em>Alex Maymind</em></p><p>Peter Eisenman&rsquo;s Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University has been typically understood through its relationship to and manipulation of then-current postmodern trends within architectural discourse. While the discussion about the building has been host to a plethora of theoretical issues (ranging from the historicity of quotation, to new forms of monumentality, to contemporary modes of estrangement, to architecture-as-collage, etc.) it seems that today certain shifts have caused the work to move to the fringe of current debates.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/43132544/tadao-ando-interview-20-minutes-with-a-master Tadao Ando Interview: 20 Minutes with a Master Paul Petrunia 2012-04-23T20:10:00-04:00 >2013-11-06T23:13:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msptdh4rr4nt2pjs.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I can easily point to Tadao Ando's work as one of my earliest sources of inspiration, pulling me toward a life embedded in architecture. The powerful simplicity of his forms has always seemed to me, to represent an understanding far greater than that of the built environment alone. A few weeks ago, we had a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the master, thanks to a generous offer from <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/7374/california-state-polytechnic-university-pomona" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> and <a href="http://www.11dot1.com" target="_blank">Axel Schmitzberger</a>, during Ando's brief visit to Los Angeles to collect his <a href="http://www.csupomona.edu/~arc/images/news/ando.jpg" target="_blank">2012 Richard Neutra Award</a>. So, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" target="_blank">Orhan</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/200410/alexander-walter" target="_blank">Alex</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2566394/kaori-walter" target="_blank">Kaori</a> and I headed out to <a href="http://www.neutra-vdl.org" target="_blank">Neutra's VDL House</a> in Silver Lake, on a chilly afternoon in late March, for a brief, yet memorable, chat.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/42138898/next-series-faster-pussycat-city NEXT SERIES: FASTER PUSSYCAT CITY Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-21T15:23:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T13:14:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4pwddq6edxs1dct.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I used to be more intrigued by the voodoo goat head in New Orleans, but lately, cities designed in few charrette hours became more of a curiosity.</p> <p> I like the ones that twirl but I even developed a particular taste for those 20 ft. square ones on pedestals attended by architecture students, their teachers, bartenders and by others who go to pecha kucha parties.</p> <p> Playing instant cities on plywood trays are easy, fast and you get to meet a lot of people. This activity is usually done with creative types who like cultural districts full of galleries and sidewalk cafes where trend followers wait on the line to get eggs Benedict with fresh urban farmed herbs in weekend mornings.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/39788357/working-out-of-the-box-pinterest-co-founder-evan-sharp Working out of the Box: Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp Paul Petrunia 2012-03-16T13:30:00-04:00 >2013-10-02T11:59:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q4/q4lvjve1b3pelocx.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> If you haven't heard of <a href="http://pinterest.com" target="_blank">Pinterest</a> yet, you don't get online much. Pinterest, Silicon Valley's latest darling, has skyrocketed in popularity due to its dead-simple concept and beautiful execution. It's a website (and app) that allows members to collect and share their favorite images, directly from websites, organizing them in "boards". Other members can then follow users or the theme-specific boards, providing a never-ending daily dose of eye-candy for the visually inspired.</p> <p> Evan Sharp, co-founder and lead designer of Pinterest, started up Pinterest shortly after studying architecture at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3109814/columbia-university" target="_blank">Columbia's GSAPP</a>. To learn more about his transition from architecture to web super-stardom, Evan and I had a chat.</p> <p> <em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, <a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/41080183/amateur-architecture-a-new-vernacular Amateur Architecture: A New Vernacular? Evan Chakroff 2012-03-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-09T21:03:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx8ebhtqk6yxdnjc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Wang Shu may be a surprising choice for this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize, but it&rsquo;s an excellent one, and well-deserved. In recent years the Pritzker Committee has gravitated towards architects who produce work with an innate understanding of place, allowing their ties to local culture to infuse their work. The choice of Wang Shu (and, by extension, of Amateur Architecture and partner Lu Wenyu) continues this trend: his work is as culturally-sensitive and contextually responsive as it is aesthetically stunning.</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/31829593/top-10-design-milestones-of-2011-for-the-public-good Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011—for the public good John Cary 2011-12-22T12:16:00-05:00 >2012-10-07T18:56:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4h3i4igudpopy1vc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> &lsquo;Tis the season for gift guides, year-end donation appeals, and lots and lots of lists. Among others, we saw a few standout designers among <em>Forbes</em>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2011/30-under30-12/30-under-30-12_land.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;30 Under 30&rdquo;</a> list earlier this week, and it&rsquo;s hard to disagree with most of Alissa Walker&rsquo;s picks in her annual <em>GOOD</em> <a href="http://www.good.is/post/the-year-in-design-%20that-works/" target="_blank">design year-in-review</a> list, which is always worth a read.</p> <p> The following list, by contrast, favors people, places, and projects that advance the notion of design for the public good. It profiles built projects, new sources of funding, powerful public voices, nonprofit start-ups, and web-based ventures. Lists like this are never comprehensive; this one, for its part, seeks to showcase how design can and is making the world a better place, if not directly transforming people&rsquo;s experiences and lives.</p> <p> Looking forward, stay tuned for a companion list of the &ldquo;Top 10 Design Initiatives Worth Watching in 2012,&rdquo; right here at <em>Archinect</em>.</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/4745896/ps1-yap-2011-wrap-up PS1 YAP 2011 Wrap-up bryan boyer 2011-06-13T14:30:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phx14hgomz4ng96k.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> With the winning PS1 entry by Interboro Partners <a href="http://www.interboropartners.net/2011/holding-pattern-installation/" target="_blank">being installed right now</a>, Archinect takes a moment to catch up with Formlessfinder, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104651/2011-ps1-young-architects-program-people-s-choice-award" target="_blank">winner of the Peoples' Choice Award</a>, to talk about the how and the why of innovative architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/8302721/next-series-architecture-jury-a-factual-and-fictional-manual NEXT SERIES: ARCHITECTURE JURY, A Factual and Fictional Manual Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-31T16:53:46-04:00 >2012-01-04T17:46:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x0/x0q888nr7pvt43vd.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To spectators, the architecture jury critics might mean deities if they don't know they are not. In fact, some students know this but it is a best kept secret so they can stand back and watch the divine comedy folding out on the first rows of their presentation. Not all students take criticism personally although it is hard not to.</p> <p> Most architecture schools are the continuation of the traditional model, design studios taught by people who are, if you say so, spatial experts. In general, architecture education is defined by how to draw and produce space. Most people in the world can say something about buildings. Naturally, architects use a unique vocabulary to control and develop their craft.</p> <p> I was asked if I would write a piece on architectural juries. After thinking about it for a few hours I came up with this idea of subjectively stereotyping the people who sit in front of the presentations and say 'wise' things about student projects. I hope this will help the audience and...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/5399391/mit-going-fast-after-150-years MIT, Going FAST After 150 Years Aaron Willette 2011-05-06T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:31:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1z4il6adipr2tgc.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In 2011 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding, an occasion marked with 150 consecutive days of activities commemorating its long history of technology innovation. The most prominent of the exhibits, performances and symposia making up the celebration is the <a href="http://arts.mit.edu/fast/" target="_blank">Festival of Art, Science and Technology (FAST)</a>, a series of events meant to highlight the institute&rsquo;s often overlooked tradition in the arts. Organized as a six-part series of events spanning three months, FAST offers the public direct access to a body of work that transcends art as a means of representation to instead becomes an agent of social and technological exploration. On May 7th and 8th FAST culminates in the <a href="http://arts.mit.edu/fast/fast-light/" target="_blank">FAST Light festival</a>, an open house showcasing a number of installation projects by both faculty and staff.</p>