Archinect - Features 2016-05-25T12:54:01-04:00 Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: the United States' "Architectural Imagination" Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T17:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T01:05:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In advance of the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a>, we've spoken with the curators behind a few select pavilions to check in on the status of their exhibitions. For this feature, we share our conversation with&nbsp;Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon&nbsp;of the&nbsp;American Pavilion, "The Architectural Imagination".</p> Slight of hand: Konishi Gaffney meld beautiful interventions with Edinburgh's history Robert Urquhart 2016-04-28T05:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T23:09:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I&rsquo;m in Leith, a short distance from Edinburgh city centre, to interview Kieran Gaffney, one-half of the <a href="" target="_blank">Konishi Gaffney</a> work partnership with his wife, Makiko Konishi. Konishi and Gaffney met whilst working for <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a> in London. Gaffney was Heatherwick&rsquo;s first employee, working as an architect on early projects from 1998 until 2004.</p> The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T08:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T11:24:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Elizabeth Diller, co-founding partner of Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, almost didn&rsquo;t become an architect. In her student years at <a href="" target="_blank">Cooper Union</a>, Diller expressed a greater interest in pursuing film than in taking up traditional architectural practice, partly because the profession seemed like too much of a commercial pursuit. Some thirty-six years later, from the <a href="" target="_blank">Broad Museum</a> to Lincoln Center to <a href="" target="_blank">The High Line</a>, DS+R&rsquo;s built work consistently pushes the visitor to experience space in an unanticipated way without providing a ready-made interpretation.&nbsp;</p> Glasgow's Collective Architecture finds success and freedom in employee ownership Robert Urquhart 2016-03-29T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Glasgow-based <a href="" target="_blank">Collective Architecture</a> was founded in 2007. In what can now be heralded as a great strategic move, former owner Chris Stewart decided to transfer company ownership from himself &ndash; after a successful ten year run as Chris Stewart Architects &ndash; to an employee-owned trust. Now operating with 34 staff, all pulling together, the trust is not just that of finance but of principle and practice.</p> When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold Julia Ingalls 2016-03-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think bank architecture and its associated headquarters and you may find yourself stultified by visions of doric columns, artless atriums, and bland corporate highrises. However, these six structures by prominent practitioners are a survey of the unusual and intriguing. Here&rsquo;s what each financial institution says about its social/historical context, as well as the role of money at that time.</p> Coy Howard, interviewed by SCI-Arc students: part 3 of 3 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-23T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:03:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last fall, students in <a href="" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo; Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, democratically voted to interview <a href="" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, together, as part of the course. Their reasoning, according to Southern, is that while Howard has long been a fixture at SCI-Arc, he still runs a low-profile, foregoing final reviews in his studio and producing a fair amount of handmade work. The following is the third and final part of the transcribed interview, slightly edited for length and clarity.</p> “An absolutely insanely private, esoteric conversation”: Thom Mayne on ‘M’ Julia Ingalls 2016-03-21T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-05T23:30:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does an architect tell his story? Thom Mayne, who spent decades struggling to put the idiosyncratic visual terrain of his imagination into relatable speech, has chosen to tell his story with &lsquo;M.&rsquo; Ostensibly the latest monograph by Morphosis, &lsquo;M&rsquo; is also in Mayne&rsquo;s view a comprehensive tour of his sensibility.</p> Coy Howard, interviewed by SCI-Arc students: part 2 of 3 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-16T14:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:03:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last fall, students in <a href="" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo; Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, democratically voted to interview <a href="" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, together, as part of the course. Their reasoning, according to Southern, is that while Howard has long been a fixture at SCI-Arc, he still runs a low-profile, foregoing final reviews in his studio and producing a fair amount of handmade work. The following is part two of a transcript of that interview, slightly edited for length and clarity.</p> Coy Howard, interviewed by SCI-Arc students: part 1 of 3 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-14T08:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:03:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last fall, students in <a href="" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo;&nbsp;Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>,&nbsp;democratically voted to interview <a href="" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, together, as part of the course. Their reasoning, according to Southern, is that while Howard has long been a fixture at SCI-Arc, he still runs a low-profile, foregoing final reviews in his studio and producing a fair amount of handmade work. The following is a transcript of that interview, slightly edited for length and clarity, presented in three parts.</p> The far-reaching work by "state-of-the-art weirdos" MOS Architects Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-11T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-04-03T00:53:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MOS</a> has developed an impressive cache of work over a relatively brief period of time, including a range of designs unequivocal to the company&rsquo;s unique, and at times quirky, style. Their approach considers economic climates and environmental limitations, but evades conventional aesthetics. Take it from the firm&rsquo;s website; MOS rejects the ordinary. A succinct self-description concludes that their company is &ldquo;a collective of designers, architects, thinkers and state-of-the-art weirdos.&rdquo;</p><p>With the recent release of <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0763669903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=archinectarchite&amp;linkId=Z7RWU7IPK6BIJ7GS" target="_blank"><em>MOS: Selected Works</em></a>, it seems fitting to reflect on a selection of projects that highlight the company&rsquo;s discernible attitude toward conceptual design and architecture.</p> Ray Kappe, founder of SCI-Arc, revisits the school's roots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-10T11:50:00-05:00 >2016-03-14T00:37:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="616" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Distinguished by nearly forty-five years of SCI-Arc history between them, founding director Ray Kappe sat with current director Hernan Diaz Alonso last Wednesday evening for a reflective public conversation at the school. Part of SCI-Arc&rsquo;s &ldquo;Duel + Duet&rdquo; speaker series, where a visiting figure is interviewed by a leader at the school, Alonso prompted Kappe to chart the school's historical narrative, touching on both the exciting possibilities and potentially debilitating difficulties inherent to running an independent educational institution &ndash; no less true today than they were in the 1970s.</p> Working Warrior: an interview with Katy Marks of Citizens Design Bureau Robert Urquhart 2016-02-23T04:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-25T11:07:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Three awards sit centre stage on the desk of Citizens Design Bureau&rsquo;s tiny office and workshop in Hackney Downs, in East London. First a Sterling Award 2014 for The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, from CDB founder Katy Marks&rsquo; time at <a href="" target="_blank">Haworth Tompkins Architects</a>, and then two fresh World Interiors Awards: Best Leisure and Entertainment Venue, again with Haworth Tompkins, and Best Bar for the Royal Court, with <a href="" target="_blank">Lyndon Goode Architects</a>. This is no ostentatious display: these are hard-won trophies for an architect with a visionary, warrior-like approach to contemporary practice.</p> Talking with Assemble – before they won the Turner will galloway 2016-02-09T13:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T21:40:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>My first meeting with <a href="" target="_blank">Assemble</a> was at their studio in London, in a search to find and speak with interesting people who think that building stuff at 1:1 scale sounds pretty normal. I wanted to convince them to host a workshop at Keio University, where I teach, and I succeeded: our run in with Assemble ended with students building a very rough and very temporary Onsen (the Japanese term for bathing facilities near hot springs), and an equally rough kitchen on a construction site at our university campus.</p> Designing for horses with history: the new stables of Dyrehaven park by Bertelsen & Scheving Nicholas Korody 2016-01-20T05:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-23T10:23:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just to the north of Copenhagen, the Dyrehaven &ndash; &ldquo;deer park&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;shelters exactly what its name suggests: sizeable populations of red and fallow deer who roam freely across its 4.2 square miles of ancient oaks. Alongside its namesake animal population, the park is also home to the horses that transport human visitors along its picturesque pathways. Those equine inhabitants are housed within stables that recently underwent an extensive, site-sensitive and rather handsome renovation by the firm <a href="" target="_blank">Bertelsen &amp; Scheving</a>.</p> Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T14:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T12:06:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What to make of this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize awarding? With today&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">announcement</a>, the Chilean architect <a href="" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> has secured his place within the upper echelon of the architecture community. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be his big year: he&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">curating this summer&rsquo;s Venice Biennale</a>, which is expected to be something of a showcase for the type of high-design yet socially-aware and economically-pragmatic practices that his own &ldquo;Do Tank,&rdquo; <a href="" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, typifies.</p> Making space (and a business), one thread at a time will galloway 2016-01-12T18:39:00-05:00 >2016-01-30T02:55:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I met with <a href="" target="_blank">Samira Boon</a> earlier this year at her studio in Amsterdam, while on a trip around Europe and Asia to talk with people who are carrying the profession of architecture in new directions. I admit this is a bit of a red herring, because practice is always changing, but we are now witnessing a period where outliers are becoming a bit mainstream, even rewarded for their efforts. Which makes it absolutely the best time to talk with them.</p> Procedural Geometry: an interview with Aranda\Lasch Nick Cecchi 2015-12-22T11:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T22:59:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since founding <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Aranda\Lasch</strong></a> in 2003, Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch have pursued their own uncompromising vision of architectural practice. Driven by computation and a fascination bordering on obsession with process, Aranda\Lasch has turned out some of the most exceptional architectural geometry on this side of Neil Denari.</p> "A continuation of his way of being" – an interview with the editor of "Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-16T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T05:56:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="738" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The champion of &ldquo;radical reconstruction,&rdquo; the revolutionary architect who wasn&rsquo;t technically an architect, the artist, the teacher and theorist &ndash; Lebbeus Woods was also a blogger. Beginning in 2007 and lasting into 2012, up until a few months prior to his death, Woods posted drawings, articles, and journal-style ruminations to his own personal blog, drawing together his array of concerns that, in the words of the <em>New York Times</em>&rsquo; architecture critic Michael Kimmelman,&nbsp;&ldquo;hoped to liberate architecture from its material tethers and encourage everybody who engaged with it to think more boldly and humanely.&rdquo;</p> Towards a decentralized architecture with FOAM + the Blockchain Nicholas Korody 2015-12-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T00:37:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Decentralized computation, virtual machines, cryptocurrencies: these terms seem to linger in shadows, conjuring abstract images of the &ldquo;dark&rdquo; web that lurks beneath the glossy surface of the screen. Architecture may be becoming &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; but we still perceive its domain to be brickwork instead of the tangled fiber optic cables it obscures &ndash; the walls that physically enclose rather than the signals that pierce.</p> Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-02-23T21:25:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"I'm always looking at things and taking them at face value," said Mike Nesbit, a Los Angeles-based architect and artist, as he leaned over the table and grabbed an empty glass to use as illustration. He turned the glass over in his hands several times causing the reflection of an overhead light to splinter and reform with each rotation. &ldquo;Surveying a found object,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;and trying to eliminate the predetermined meaning that I have in my hand.&rdquo;</p> "A Dance for Architecture": A conversation with Steven Holl Julia Ingalls 2015-11-20T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:29:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As a 34-year old architect, Steven Holl was appointed to a full-time teaching position at Columbia University with barely any completed works to his name, based on the strengths of his publication <em>Pamphlet Architecture</em>, previous teaching stints at Syracuse University&nbsp;and the University of Pennsylvania, and his competition entries. But rather than settling into academia, Holl continued to hone his conceptual formulations to create real buildings that incorporate a signature use of color, a notion of &lsquo;poetry&rsquo; within physical places, and a constant refinement of his foundational architectural convictions.</p> Emotional tactility: Tom Kundig's latest "Works" Julia Ingalls 2015-11-17T11:45:00-05:00 >2015-12-23T14:07:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tom Kundig has a few credits to his name: aside from a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Smithsonian&rsquo;s 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design, and eleven national AIA awards, his firm <a href="" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a> has also twice been named one of Fast Company&rsquo;s &ldquo;Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.&rdquo; Now, the would-be geophysicist turned architect, known for his inventive blending of mechanics and aesthetics in private residences and public buildings alike, has a collection out by Princeton Architectural Press featuring his latest nine works, called&nbsp;<em>Tom Kundig: Works</em>.</p> An interview with Bogotá-based Giancarlo Mazzanti Laura Amaya 2015-09-30T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-10-18T05:00:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Giancarlo Mazzanti</strong>&nbsp;is the Colombian architect behind such transformational works as the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Espa&ntilde;a Library in Medell&iacute;n</a>&nbsp;and El Porvenir Kindergarten in Bogot&aacute;. Founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti, he has developed an innovative aesthetic based on high quality design as a catalyst for social change.</p> The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II Julia Ingalls 2015-09-04T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:14:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the best way to apply for an <a href="" target="_blank">architecture job</a>? We <a href="" target="_blank">once again</a> asked <a href="" target="_blank">employers</a> on Archinect to tell us what they look for in <a href="" target="_blank">job candidates</a>, including portfolio tips, desired software skills, and the best way to impress during an in-person interview.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here&rsquo;s what&nbsp;we asked employers:</strong></p><ol><li>How important is it for applicants to grasp/articulate the underlying philosophy of the firm in their cover letter/application materials?</li><li>What software skills do you wish applicants to have?</li><li>How much work should an applicant include in their portfolio? Should that work be tailored to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes, or is it important to see a broad range of what the applicant can do?</li><li>How should an applicant prepare for the in-person interview process?</li><li>How important are references?</li><li>How important is your website, and the applicant's knowledge of your website, to the interview process?</li><li>What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?</li><li>Can you offer any other ...</li></ol> Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T11:28:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We&rsquo;re perched high above Santiago de Chile in an unassuming meeting room, near the top of a nondescript office tower at the base of the famous San Crist&oacute;bal hill. Visually-speaking, we&rsquo;re as far away from the architecture of Smiljan Radi&#263; as possible. There are no boulders or found objects, just a wooden table separating us and some relatively simple chairs. &ldquo;Why should an architect have to design furniture?&rdquo; Radi&#263; asks with a laugh, gesturing at the furnishings. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s enough of it around already.&rdquo;</p> Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House Gary Garvin 2015-08-07T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T08:37:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There are small problems that vex as much as they intrigue us, whose answers only lead to larger questions.</p> Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-17T16:29:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 13 of this year, Los Angeles will get its first major exhibition of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s work, ever. Despite being the adopted hometown of the world-famous architect, and the city whose new-millennium architectural identity has been inflected most by his work, Los Angeles has not yet hosted a show exclusively on Gehry's retrospective.</p> Upstarts: Design, Bitches Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T03:37:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the name suggests, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Design, Bitches</strong></a> is a synergy of creativity and earthiness. Combining a refined sense of order with playful humor, the Los Angeles-based firm founded by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph distills the splendor of urban chaos in their graphic branding, art projects, and commercial and residential interiors.</p> A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture Julia Ingalls 2015-07-10T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T22:58:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun never sets on Gensler. One can visit their website and watch in real time as the bell curve of night fails to shadow all 46 of their office locations. Founded in 1965 by M. Arthur J. Gensler Jr., the firm has grown to <a href="" target="_blank">employ</a> over 4,500 people in 16 different countries. It&rsquo;s the kind of sprawling, vast enterprise that draws more analogies to <a href="" target="_blank">historic tea companies</a> than design firms. How can an architecture firm of this size maintain a unified studio culture? Or should it?</p> As COSMO gets ready to 'Warm Up,' we sit down with Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-06-21T11:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T16:23:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This Tuesday, the eagerly-awaited, annual <em><a href="" target="_blank">Warm Up</a>&nbsp;</em>series of concerts and events will launch beneath the orbicular forms of <a href="" target="_blank">COSMO</a>, the winning entry of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1&nbsp;</a><a href="" target="_blank">Young Architect&rsquo;s Program</a> competition. Designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque / the&nbsp;Office for Political Innovation</a>, COSMO is not just a pavilion but also a complex water filtration system.&nbsp;Archinect got in touch with Andr&eacute;s Jaque to talk about the process behind the design as well as his hopes for its impact, both locally and abroad.</p>