Archinect - Features 2014-04-18T10:30:52-04:00 Interview: José Oubrerie Orhan Ayyüce 2014-04-11T12:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T10:54:02-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Assembly</a> and Archinect's own <a href="" 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> 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="" 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> Slow Weather of Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2013-09-04T13:18:00-04:00 >2013-12-18T20:50:10-05:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" 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> NEXT SERIES: Media Specialist Wanted Orhan Ayyüce 2013-04-10T11:59:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T16:22:06-04:00 <img src="" 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> Fishing for Architecture with John Lurie Orhan Ayyüce 2013-01-16T13:20:00-05:00 >2014-02-04T20:34:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="769" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I became familiar with the work of <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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> Manhattanisms : RAM(s) vs. REM Alex Maymind 2012-08-14T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-01-25T01:46:53-05:00 <img src="" 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="" 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> UpStarts: FreelandBuck Orhan Ayyüce 2012-08-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T23:47:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>.</p> Still Ugly After All These Years: A Close Reading of Peter Eisenman’s Wexner Center Alex Maymind 2012-05-22T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-01-25T01:48:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>(Published in <a href="" target="_blank">One: Twelve Issue 4</a>, April 2012.)</em></p><p><em>By: 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> 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Axel Schmitzberger</a>, during Ando's brief visit to Los Angeles to collect his <a href="" target="_blank">2012 Richard Neutra Award</a>. So, <a href="" target="_blank">Orhan</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Alex</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kaori</a> and I headed out to <a href="" target="_blank">Neutra's VDL House</a> in Silver Lake, on a chilly afternoon in late March, for a brief, yet memorable, chat.</p> NEXT SERIES: FASTER PUSSYCAT CITY Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-21T15:23:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T13:14:31-04:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> If you haven't heard of <a href="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> Amateur Architecture: A New Vernacular? Evan Chakroff 2012-03-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-09T21:03:41-05:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> Last week&rsquo;s <a href="" 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="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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> Op-Ed: an Open house? Nick Axel 2011-06-21T19:18:00-04:00 >2012-09-27T17:49:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Written by Nick Axel</em></p> <p> The recent project of <a href="" 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> PS1 YAP 2011 Wrap-up bryan boyer 2011-06-13T14:30:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> With the winning PS1 entry by Interboro Partners <a href="" target="_blank">being installed right now</a>, Archinect takes a moment to catch up with Formlessfinder, <a href="" target="_blank">winner of the Peoples' Choice Award</a>, to talk about the how and the why of innovative architecture.</p> 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="" 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> MIT, Going FAST After 150 Years Aaron Willette 2011-05-06T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:31:33-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">FAST Light festival</a>, an open house showcasing a number of installation projects by both faculty and staff.</p> Review: Central Park at Playa Vista by Michael Maltzan Architects Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-27T14:27:00-04:00 >2013-04-26T19:21:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Placed near the east end of continuously expanding Playa Vista, a mixed use development with the marketing strategies and lifestyles of loosely called New Urbanist or thereabouts genre, the newly opened &ldquo;Central Park&ldquo; could be described with the words of my film maker friend as a &ldquo;designer park,&rdquo; meant semi ironically and with an admiration for its talented layout and realization.</p> Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 2 Steven Song 2011-04-26T22:06:00-04:00 >2012-12-14T17:56:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Our education is based upon the Classical education. An architect is a mason who has learned Latin. Modern architects seem, however, more likely to have mastered Esperanto.<br><br> Adolf Loos, &ldquo;Grunds&auml;tzliches von Adolf Loos,&rdquo; Adolf Loos (Vienna: 1930), p. 17.<br><br> In our world of powerful stimuli and the often irresponsible, commercially motivated love of experimentation for its own sake, there is a great deal that does not establish real communication. For intoxication alone cannot insure lasting communication.<br><br> Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful (UK: 1970), p. 51.<br><br> The art of building has been transformed into a business of self-display and promotion through the design and construction of figurative motifs, making it an object of consumption.<br><br> David Leatherbarrow, The Roots of Architectural Invention, (UK: 1993), p.1.</p> Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 1 Steven Song 2011-04-08T12:46:07-04:00 >2011-11-17T15:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Our education is based upon the Classical education. An architect is a mason who has learned Latin. Modern architects seem, however, more likely to have mastered Esperanto.<br><br> Adolf Loos, &ldquo;Grunds&auml;tzliches von Adolf Loos,&rdquo; Adolf Loos (Vienna: 1930), p. 17.<br><br> In our world of powerful stimuli and the often irresponsible, commercially motivated love of experimentation for its own sake, there is a great deal that does not establish real communication. For intoxication alone cannot insure lasting communication.<br><br> Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful (UK: 1970), p. 51.<br><br> The art of building has been transformed into a business of self-display and promotion through the design and construction of figurative motifs, making it an object of consumption.<br><br> David Leatherbarrow, The Roots of Architectural Invention, (UK: 1993), p. 1.</p> UpStarts: 5468796 Architecture will galloway 2010-10-26T20:19:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T15:14:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by William Galloway</em></p> <p> Sometimes it is possible to catch a group of people who are literally taking their first steps towards something interesting. If luck is on your side you can find out what they are thinking about - before hindsight settles in and the interesting things have become normal, and the answers to questions are all pre-digested. If the timing is right it is possible to learn a bit about what it is like to be an up-start.</p> Coy Howard Interview Orhan Ayyüce 2010-10-12T16:20:00-04:00 >2013-02-06T01:26:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Coy Howard&rsquo;s Ellen and Jay McCafferty House in San Pedro was built in 1980, just around the pivotal, transforming times in California architecture. This is when experimentation with form and materials inspired the whole generation of architects as fresh ideas were beaming from Los Angeles. Group of young architects led by Frank Gehry were making buildings with plywood and drywall but were doing them outrageously. It quickly caught on by the students as most of the group were <a href="" target="_blank">teaching architecture</a> in UCLA and newly opened SCI-Arc.</p> UpStarts: LAN Architecture katyatylevich 2010-01-07T11:04:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T19:34:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Coordinating schedules with Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano of <a href="" target="_blank">LAN [Local Architecture Network] Architecture</a> is hard. They&rsquo;re busy. Which is just about the best adjective you can wish upon these founders of an (almost) eight-year-old practice. Well, that, and &ldquo;happy&rdquo; &mdash; specifically with the projects keeping them chained to the drawing board. Oh, but we&rsquo;ll get to the topic of architectural hedonism yet, believe me.</p> UpStarts: MAPT Archinect 2009-10-27T13:16:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T20:01:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> MAPT, a Danish architecture practice several months shy of its fifth birthday, leaves an intricate trail of breadcrumbs behind its projects. It's not easy retracing the steps between a realized MAPT idea and its inception. The firm's works are often products of an ongoing "mad science," after all&mdash; years of lab experiments, workshops, lectures, installations, tests, and trial runs.</p> UpStarts: Ball-Nogues Studio katyatylevich 2009-09-25T14:45:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T20:30:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <i>I arrive at <b>Ball-Nogues Studio</b> in downtown Los Angeles ten minutes early. <b>Benjamin Ball</b> is still on the phone with a client, which I take as a green-light to snoop around the office &mdash; a spacious room decked with suspended shapes and colorful projects-in-progress. Against one wall, a small library points to the &lsquo;reference medley&rsquo; Ball and partner <b>Gaston Nogues</b> bring to their practice. Art and architecture represent in the titles, of course, but no less so than, say, Constructivist theater. I find this fitting for a young design and fabrication firm whose varied projects give way to many hyphenations: &ldquo;architecturally-integrated&rdquo;; &ldquo;digitally-hand-crafted&rdquo;; &ldquo;lightly-weighty.&rdquo;</i></p> UpStarts: SUPERPOOL Orhan Ayyüce 2009-09-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2012-12-10T20:54:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Selva G&uuml;rdo&#287;an</strong>, Architect (born 1979, Turkey. 2003 graduate from Sci-Arc, USA) and <strong>Gregers Tang Thomsen</strong>, Architect (born 1974, Denmark. 2003 graduate from Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark) founded <strong>Superpool</strong> in Istanbul in 2006. They met at Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture - OMA - in 2003, where they worked until establishing Superpool.</p> Captain Concept - Archinect Interviews Michael Jantzen katyatylevich 2009-09-04T14:50:00-04:00 >2013-09-25T19:19:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The artist and designer Michael Jantzen has added another structure to the surreal panorama made of his alternative-energy social and living spaces. This latest addition &mdash;Sun Rays Pavilion &mdash; is an oblique gathering area made of 12 precast concrete columns towering 150 feet tall. The Pavilion&rsquo;s flat roof, as it were, faces south. Glazed with photovoltaic film, the structure generates its own electricity, with some to spare &mdash; providing the local power grid with surplus energy. Large glass sections and doors keep the space ventilated.</p> <p> As it is with such projects, there are no production plans. Not yet, anyway. Nevertheless, in the fantastical landscape where many of Jantzen&rsquo;s concepts reside, Sun Rays Pavilion serves its purpose: it is a gathering space, after all, visited in no small part by bloggers and magazine readers; it further broaches exactly those questions and concerns Jantzen hoped it would. Besides, as Jantzen tells me, the fate of a realized structure may be even harde...</p>