Archinect - Features 2017-07-26T02:55:23-04:00 Photographing the demolition and transformation of Chicago's public housing David Schalliol 2017-07-25T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T21:06:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A decade-long photo series shows the demolition and transformation of Chicago's public housing from a human perspective.</p> <p><em>This article was originally published on the&nbsp;</em><em><a href="" target="_blank">blog</a></em><em>&nbsp;of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The blog is edited in partnership with&nbsp;</em><em><a href="" target="_blank">Consortia</a></em><em>&nbsp;and invites designers, writers and other contributors to independently express their perspectives on the Biennial across a range of formats. The 2017 Biennial, entitled&nbsp;</em>Make New History<em>, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.</em><br></p> A modernist city in Africa and Art Deco buildings in China, among others, get added to UNESCO"s World Heritage List Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T19:51:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 41st session of <a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO</a>'s <a href="" target="_blank">World Heritage</a> Committee has been taking place in <a href="" target="_blank">Krak&oacute;w, Poland</a> since July 2nd. As the meeting comes to a close, the week has resulted in the designation of 21 new sites and five site boundary changes have also been approved.</p> After being destroyed in a fire, Canadian-firm Patkau Architects rebuilds the Temple of Light Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-06T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-07-08T16:09:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is nearing completion on the Temple of Light at the Yasodhara Ashram in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British Columbia</a>, Canada. Located near Crawford Bay and a visible landmark from Kootenay Lake, the temple was the vision of Swami Radha, a pioneer in the North American yoga movement who completed the original center in 1992.&nbsp;</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> At UCLA's Year-End Reviews, a Diversity of Impressive Student Work Makes for a Loud 'Rumble' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:16:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As summer begins and the academic year comes to a close, all the rooms and narrow corridors of <a href="" target="_blank">UCLA</a>&rsquo;s Perloff Hall are overflowing with models and drawings, celebrating the hard work of the students with the annual exhibition-style event, Rumble.</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> Screen/Print #57: Dora Epstein Jones On Re-centering 'the Building' in Architectural Discourse Nicholas Korody 2017-06-23T10:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:18:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We <em>forgot </em>about buildings,&rdquo; claims <a href="" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a> in this provocative essay for <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Building</a></em>, a new volume edited by Jos&eacute; Arag&uuml;ez and published by Lars M&uuml;ller, featured here as part of Archinect&rsquo;s recurring series <em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Screen/Print</a></strong></em>.</p> (Un)believable Utopias: 6 Forgotten Projects and their Provocative Stories Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T10:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-08T16:46:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Consciously or otherwise, social context determines design. Architecture, in turn, is capable of not only representing political ideals but also of reinforcing or shaping them&mdash;for example, through fostering forms of collective living or through breaking down gendered behavioral norms. The following projects may not be well-remembered, but they represent ambitious attempts to address or challenge the status quo through the built environment.</p> 9 Urban Planners tell us their favorite buildings in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-09T12:09:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It has become common practice for architects to be asked what their favorite buildings are. After all, it is <em>the</em> obvious question. That being said, the majority of people walking into a building aren&rsquo;t architects and they certainly have something to say on the matter! In that vein, we have decided to reach outside the field to find out what other types of professionals have to say about the buildings in their city.</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> Parliaments around the world: what can architecture teach us about democracy? 2017-05-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-21T18:52:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>David Mulder van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, who comprise the Amsterdam-based creative agency and architecture office <a href="" target="_blank">XML</a>, have spent the past five-years studying the halls of Parliament. Comparing all 193 different assembly halls, the duo investigates how the architecture of these political congregations affects the governing process and in effect, how architecture shapes political culture.</p><p>With recent elections in the US and abroad exposing serious divides in the politics of these nations,&nbsp;we have decided to share with you a timely excerpt from their book&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Parliament</a>, </em>documenting their findings.&nbsp;</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> From Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma, Ian Gillespie is a Developer that Appreciates the Value of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T20:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Making the leap from paper to brick and mortar (or from the screen to IRL) tends to require a fair amount of financial support. Back in the old days, that would mean a wealthy patron like a Medici or a Guggenheim. And today&mdash;well, it also usually means a wealthy patron. For big projects, like a <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a> tower, they&rsquo;re often developers. But, as every architect knows, few developers actually support innovative design. Enter someone like Ian Gillespie, the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Westbank</a> and the backer of many significant projects by major architects, from <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>.</p> Mid-Century Surprises: Sam Lubell's 10 Favorite Finds From His New Book "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide" Sam Lubell 2017-04-20T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T17:26:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The West Coast has one of the greatest legacies of mid-century modern architecture in the world. Everybody knows its legendary icons, like <a href="" target="_blank">Pierre Koenig</a>&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Case Study 22</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Eames House</a>, and the timber homes of Sea Ranch. But there are so many surprises hiding in plain sight, showcasing the exceptional talent and variety within the modernist movement, and taking you to places you&rsquo;d never go. Here are a few of the best.</p> Frank Gehry, Architectural Education, and the “Future of Prisons” Leo Shaw 2017-04-12T11:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T19:13:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week the Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper reported that <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, the 88-year old superstar of American architecture, is teaching a course at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> this spring entitled &ldquo;The Future of Prison.&rdquo;</p><p>To denizens of architecture Twitter, which has specialized in outrage over the past several months, the news seemed like a bad April Fool&rsquo;s joke. Even the course description had the tone-deaf optimism of a Silicon Valley pitch line, asking &ldquo;emerging architects to break free of current conventions and re-imagine what we now refer to as &lsquo;prison&rsquo; for a new era.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Trying Something New with Matter Design Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T14:21:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of <a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>&nbsp;- an interdisciplinary studio founded in 2008. Recent finalists of the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 AZ Awards</a>, the duo discuss their love of taking on experimental projects, merging the design and making process, and even give us a little background on the history of the architecture studio.</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Natural History Museum, London Ellen Hancock 2017-04-08T14:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T14:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="526" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our new series <a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p><p>For our second feature in the series, we interviewed Paul Gallagher who works at the <a href="" target="_blank">Natural History Museum</a>&nbsp;in London as Project and Programme Manager in their Central Project Office.</p><p>Presently the museum is undergoing significant refurbishment, in particular, the Hintze Hall, which is currently closed to the public.&nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #51: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary with "The Generic Sublime" Nicholas Korody 2017-02-28T17:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T17:52:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="846" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Luxury condominiums, airport hubs, resort complexes, gated communities, satellite cities &mdash; these are among the &ldquo;extra-large&rdquo; architectural typologies that have proliferated globally in recent years. In <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Generic Sublime: Organizational Models for Global Architecture</a></em><em>, </em>a new book edited by Ciro Najle and co-published by Actar and the <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a>, a series of essays explores these dominating edifices, investigating how the generic &ldquo;holds the potential to become its very opposite: the singular, the irreducible, and the extraordinary&rdquo;.</p> dIONISO LAB's new home puts the outside at the center Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-26T10:20:00-05:00 >2017-02-27T12:32:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located in a suburban area of P&oacute;voa de Varzim, a coastal town in <a href="" target="_blank">Portugal</a> known unsurprisingly for its fish and beach resorts, sits a stark white home. Inserted into a gridded plot and enclosed by fragmented gardens and paved areas, House L27, stands apart from its neighbors. Designed by Jos&eacute; Cadilhe of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">dIONISO LAB</a>, the home plays with the standard geometry of the surrounding construction by offering a more fluid alternative in which the exterior becomes the central, organizing space.&nbsp;</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Barbican Centre Ellen Hancock 2017-02-15T01:30:00-05:00 >2017-02-15T13:53:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our new series 'Iconic Buildings' we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p><p>This time we talk to Lotte Johnson, Assistant Curator at the <a href="" target="_blank">Barbican Centre</a>.&nbsp;</p> The Ulm Synagogue Mixes Modern Design with Memory Nicholas Korody 2017-01-06T12:00:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T00:01:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the night of November 9, 1938, members of the&nbsp;<em>Sturmabteilung,&nbsp;</em>the Nazi paramilitary force, and German citizens took to the streets, smashing the windows of Jewish-owned businesses and destroying over 1,000 synagogues. At least 91 people were murdered and some 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. One of the synagogues destroyed that night, now known as&nbsp;<em>Kristallnacht</em>, was in the city of Ulm, along the River Danube. Just over 70 years later, the architecture studio&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">kister scheithauer gross architects and urban planners</a> (ksg)&nbsp;was tasked with building a new synagogue on the site, which would both enshrine its history and look towards the future. We got in touch with ksg to hear more about the project.</p> Designing the House of One, a Worship Space for Three Religions by Kuehn Malvezzi Nicholas Korody 2016-12-21T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T12:26:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the Mosque&ndash;Cathedral of C&oacute;rdoba to the Hagia Sophia, there are many spaces that have, at one time or another, served different <a href="" target="_blank">religions</a>. But, by and large, each religion has a monopoly on the space at a given time. Few religious spaces are truly shared between different faiths, even if they have competing claims to the site. But with the House of One, a worship space designed for the historic Petriplatz in Berlin, a single site will be shared by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. We got in touch with the architects, <a href="" target="_blank">Kuehn Malvezzi</a>, to hear more about the project.</p> Sustainable slate tiles dress this Danish family’s energy-efficient “Future House” Sponsor 2016-12-19T15:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T06:16:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Scandinavian design, it&rsquo;s the little things that count. When this Danish family wanted to design and build their own home, they wanted all the little things to add up to a balance of energy efficiency with light and atmosphere, cost with comfort, aesthetics with sustainability. All that would combine to create something that lasted, both functionally and aesthetically. The resulting &ldquo;Future House&rdquo; by Danish firm <a href="" target="_blank">Novaform Arkitekterne</a> gets the job done elegantly, harnessing a modest structure to diverse ends.</p> Menis Arquitectos use local building techniques to create a sharp-edged sacred space Nicholas Korody 2016-12-16T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:33:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some 100 kilometers off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are an archipelago of islands and autonomous community of Spain. Tenerife, the largest island, has a population of just under 900,000 people&mdash;the vast majority of whom are Catholic. It&rsquo;s no surprise, therefore, that the island has a fair share of churches and cathedrals, including the historic La Laguna Cathedral, built at the beginning of the 20th century in a syncretic mix of styles including Neoclassical and Neo-Gothic. Not too far away (about 4km) sits the Holy Redeemer Church, built in 2012 by Menis Arquitectos&mdash;a wildly different approach to ecclesiastical architecture, but just as impressive.</p> Behind the façade: WORKac's hidden penthouse, 3D-modelled capitals, and other subtle interventions in 'the Obsidian Building' Nicholas Korody 2016-11-11T13:42:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T18:25:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the latter half of the 19th century, areas of New York City, in particular SoHo, got a facelift courtesy of a major new technology: cast-iron. Cheap, sturdy, and easily to install, cast-iron fa&ccedil;ades were used to dress up older industrial buildings and attract new tenants. The material was pliable yet durable, and could be easily cast into ornate forms, which were often informed by classical Italian and French designs with an American twist. More than just an aesthetic embellishment, replacing the fa&ccedil;ade dramatically changed the experience of the interior, allowing for enlarged windows and higher ceilings.</p> In Focus: Simón García Archinect 2016-11-06T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T19:49:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>In this feature, we talk to Barcelona-based photographer <strong>Sim&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a</strong>.</p> RIP to the EU 1973-2016: Five monumental buildings in the UK by European architects Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-09T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T18:24:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UK joined the European Community, later to become the European Union on the 1st of January 1973 with Denmark and Ireland. If the UK had never joined the EU, how different would the architectural landscape be? Lets take a look at five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.</p> Stripped of cosmetics, but imbued with substance: inside the Berard Residence Julia Ingalls 2016-08-26T09:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:04:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As conceptually oriented housing design goes, the Berard Residence has a bold aim: it attempts to shift the preconception of housing's elemental function away from shelter and into a more experiential mode, concerned with the qualities of human existence itself. Submitted to <a href="" target="_blank">our open call</a> under July's theme of Domesticity, the home aligns itself with a new interpretation of the 'case study' ideal.</p> ELL House by Domaen maximizes 'remodeled' footprint with strategic hillside ordinance loophole Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T09:25:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The stone, wood, and stucco form of the ELL house in Los Angeles' Benedict Canyon is not the first structure to grace its site. Oddly enough, the previous structure helped to accelerate ELL&rsquo;s building process: the architects were able to list their design as a remodeled residence for permitting purposes, thereby sneaking past the Baseline Hillside Ordinance's setback and building restrictions.</p> Glass and concrete tread lightly in DSDHA's London 'Covert House' Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T09:20:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is domesticity in the 21st century? Is it a blend of the 19th century ideal of the sanctuary with the 21st century notion of greater transparency and connectivity?</p>