Archinect - Features 2017-07-20T08:59:33-04:00 With bright color palettes, Pita and Bloom's work embraces ornament Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:41:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom started their practice back in 2010 after working together for several years at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greg Lynn's Form</a>. Their firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Pita and Bloom</a>, was selected as a finalist in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's YAP competition</a>&nbsp;back in 2014 and the two have been called "female visionaries" by <em>Architecture Magazine</em>. Their work relies heavily on the principles of color theory, the impact of abstraction, and the shock of pop art. With a bright color palette, their designs use&nbsp;collage, pattern, and geometry to create an architecture that embraces ornament.</p> Proust Questionnaire: Bernard Khoury Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-18T09:28:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T08:26:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not many would cite a Home Depot in the Vatican building as a dream project, but it's precisely this attitude that has made Lebanese-architect <a href="" target="_blank">Bernard Khoury</a>&nbsp;known as&nbsp;an unpredictable visionary. For this installment of our <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a>, the maverick talks pistachios, style, and the elegance of a pole dancer.</p> STITCH design shop embraces North Carolina's rich history of progressive architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-10T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T17:05:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we are venturing to North Carolina to talk with <a href="" target="_blank">STITCH design shop</a> about what it is like to grow an architectural practice in a small city. Read on to hear how the team of seven is making a name for themselves in Winston-Salem, the city of Art and Innovation.</p> #EthelDay: celebrating the contributions made by woman to the field of architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-05T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-05T18:23:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1898, Ethel Charles became the first woman to be admitted to the <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a> (RIBA) and today <a href="" target="_blank">RIBA is celebrating the trailblazer</a> with a social media campaign marked by the hashtag #Ethelday.</p> From buildings to books and animations, WAI Think Tank approaches architecture from all angles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-05T11:50:00-04:00 >2017-07-05T16:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Books, magazines, film, animations, installations, exhibitions and curatorial programs, teaching and workshops, performance, buildings and more. Today we are talking with <a href="" target="_blank">WAI Architectural Think Tank</a>, a practice started in 2008 by Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia that approaches architecture from a variety of mediums and expressions.</p> What we do as architects is not neutral: it is political David Capener 2017-07-05T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-07T12:17:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I started writing this on the 13th of June. It was going to be a piece on the importance of critical engagement for sole or small practitioners. Thoughts on why, generally, as architects, we don't engage with other practices as much as we should; why it is important to do so; and to tell you about something we did here in Belfast to begin to explore how we might address this issue. Then, on the morning of the 14th of June, we all woke up to the news. The pictures. Smartphone footage. Tweets. Stories. Silhouettes of ghostly figures standing in smoke-filled rooms behind double glazed windows. The recordings of firefighters as they first saw the <a href="" target="_blank">24-storey, 67m high building</a> that moments later they would be entering &mdash; &ldquo;Fuck me, there&rsquo;s children in there, there&rsquo;s fucking children in there&rdquo;. The numbers; statistics; faces of missing loved ones and the beginnings of public displays of collective grief soon to be followed by anger and protests.&nbsp;</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Eric Owen Moss Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-04T13:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T02:59:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a>, we're talking with the Los Angeles-based architect <a href="" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a> who admits to relying too much on the enigmatic and (yet) would like to build on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro or the bottom of the ocean.</p> A look at 22 talented immigrants expanding the definition of American architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-07-04T13:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T23:23:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,&rdquo; read the famous lines inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. Housing nearly 20% of all immigrants in the world, the United States is a famously diverse country and, when at its best, incredibly welcoming. This Fourth of July, we&rsquo;re celebrating this proud tradition by taking a look at architects from around the world who&rsquo;ve made America their home.</p> How Pedro&Juana Went from Working for Artist Jorge Pardo to Launching their Small Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-03T12:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T12:44:17-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We first met <a href="" target="_blank">Pedro&amp;Juana</a> at the 2015 <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architectural Biennial</a>, where we hosted the second <a href="" target="_blank">Next Up</a> inside a relaxed forum space they designed in the lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center.&nbsp;For today's <a href="" target="_blank">Small&nbsp;Studio Snapshot</a>, we're catching up with the Mexico City-based practice.</p> Why Not London? Peter Murray 2017-07-03T04:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T12:46:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Why not London?" I kept asking myself as I wandered round the spectacular opening reception of the spectacular <a href="" target="_blank">HQ of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid</a>. Housed in the former Turkish Embassy building designed by Joaquin Soldana in 1902 the foundation is a treasure trove of Normanalia - early drawings, models, sketches, huge renderings, personal artefacts, bicycle designs and cross country skis. Everything presented in museum-quality perfection. Each room overseen by a uniformed assistant who not only asked you politely not to take photos but also could provide a bi-lingual description of the works on show.</p> Happy Canada Day! Here's a look at some of our favorite practices from each province and territory Nicholas Korody 2017-07-01T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-02T13:58:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every July 1, Canadians unite to celebrate their country and its history. Specifically, Canada Day commemorates the merger of what were once three separate colonies&mdash;New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada (contemporary Ontario and Quebec). It was a milestone in the movement from colony to commonwealth to independent country.&nbsp;</p> Jenny Sabin Discusses 'Lumen' as MoMA PS1's 2017 Young Architects Program Opens Laura Amaya 2017-06-29T12:08:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jenny Sabin, principal of Jenny Sabin Studio and director of the Sabin Design Lab, has been selected as the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 winner of MoMA PS1's annual Young Architects Program</a>, which kicks off today, June 29. Sabin is active in academia and the cultural sphere, often showcasing her work in pavilions and installations like this year&rsquo;s <em>Lumen.</em></p> Can good design cure LA’s homeless problem? We asked Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-02T20:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For Skid Row Housing Trust, a nonprofit developer in Los Angeles that builds housing for LA&rsquo;s homeless population, good design is a basic civil right. Understanding that the environment plays a vital role in their residents&rsquo; recovery, the organization consistently teams up with renowned architectural firms such as <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Architecture</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Brooks+Scarpa</a> to design buildings for the homeless that stand out.</p> "I think of architecture as an act of writing in the city": Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses PAU's upcoming projects Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:22:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">PAU</a>, Vishaan Chakrabarti is an architect and urban planner who considers every aspect of the city with foresight, but isn't as concerned with the culture of celebrity that has often dominated the profession. "Calling oneself a humanist over the last couple of decades was a real no-no," he explains via phone. "You're supposed to be a bad-boy, cape-wearing starchitect." He purposefully did not name the firm after himself in order to place emphasis on intelligent discussion, not hierarchy. Although he's excited about taking on more projects, he never wants PAU to grow beyond roughly 30 employees so that he will always know everyone in his office.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Craig Dykers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-20T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T18:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Craig Dykers</a>, of the international practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>,&nbsp;takes our <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a> and has some difficulty picking favorites!</p> This small Ann Arbor Studio shows us how to work as a T+E+A+M Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T12:10:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">T+E+A+M</a>&nbsp;is comprised of four professors based&nbsp;out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor</a>. All holding principal positions within the small practice, this structure is quite unusual for a firm of their size. As they currently complete their <a href="" target="_blank">residency at the Ragdale Foundation</a>, we catch up with the quartet to discuss how they manage creative production with so many principals.&nbsp;</p> Place-making with After Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">After Architecture</a>&nbsp;is an internationally recognized design practice, founded by Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann, dedicated to place-making across scales. For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the duo about the problem with typological specialization, about foregoing the traditional architectural apprenticeship, and about the power of place.</p> Studio Visits : BDP, London Ellen Hancock 2017-06-09T06:31:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T12:49:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we went to visit BDP at their office in Clerkenwell. They took us on a tour around their beautiful office in Brewhouse Yard, and told us a little more about the people and culture behind the interdisciplinary, world-renowned practice.&nbsp;</p> For Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, we interview Dan Nichols who has been living in and restoring Wright’s Sweeton House in New Jersey Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-10T08:21:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> is one of the few architects who needs little introduction regardless of to whom you are talking. With a career lasting over 60 years, and with over 400 homes scattered across the US, his enduring legacy and contribution to the field of architecture is unparalleled. The famed architect would have turned 150 this month.</p> Helmut Jahn on His Practice, His Career, and His Most Recent Chicago Project 1000M Nicholas Korody 2017-06-07T16:40:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T17:40:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in the day, he was known as &ldquo;Flash Gordon&rdquo;&mdash;a daring young German-American architect with equally daring designs for his adopted home of <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. Now, just over 50 years since he first arrived to the Windy City, a more experienced and restrained <a href="" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a> is working on a major new project for a prominent site on Michigan Avenue.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Deborah Berke Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-06T11:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T14:37:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect and dean of the <a href="" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Deborah Berke</a>&nbsp;talks engaging with art and culture, lacking an architectural signature and her love of repetition for this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">the Proust Questionnaire</a>.</p> Scaling across disciplines: an interview with Founders Rome Prize winners MODU Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-05T06:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every Monday we take a look at the ins-and-outs of growing a small architectural practice by highlighting stand-outs in the field. For this&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we're talking with the winners of the 2016-2017 <a href="" target="_blank">Founders Rome Prize in Architecture</a>, Rachely Rotem and Phu Hoang. The duo, who run the New York-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MODU</a>,&nbsp;discuss&nbsp;how the award has altered their practice, how to design for a rapidly changing environment, and how they are scaling across disciplines.&nbsp;</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studioshaw Ellen Hancock 2017-05-29T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T16:01:05-04:00 <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 <a href="" target="_blank">Studioshaw</a>, a practice set up in 2016 based in Shoreditch, London.&nbsp;</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Kengo Kuma Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T23:35:24-04:00 <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 >2017-05-30T23:11:24-04:00 <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 Visits : Delvendahl Martin Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-05-15T05:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T09:07:20-04:00 <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>