Archinect - Features 2017-02-28T05:17:47-05:00 Trump's Travel Ban: Architects and Educators Respond Nicholas Korody 2017-02-03T13:40:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T11:54:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Friday, President Trump issued a highly controversial executive order that temporarily bans citizens and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries&mdash;Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. According to an attorney for the government, 100,000 visas have been <a href="" target="_blank">revoked</a> already. Almost immediately after it was announced, architects and architecture schools decried the order. Some made reference to the fact that notable architects, like the late Dame Zaha Hadid, would not be allowed to enter the United States according to the restrictions. Universities felt an immediate effect, as faculty members and students were stranded abroad, unable to return to their classes.</p> How to Inject Poetry into Architecture: Carme Pinós in Conversation with Orhan Ayyüce Nicholas Korody 2017-01-10T13:28:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T13:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Can architecture be both poetic and serve the needs of the people who use it? That&rsquo;s the question that orients this conversation between Orhan Ayyuce and Carme Pin&oacute;s, the award-winning Spanish architect. Conducted at the former home of the famed architect <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a>&mdash;what is now the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences&mdash;the discussion was occasioned by a lecture Pin&oacute;s delivered at Cal Poly Pomona, upon her acceptance of the 2016 Neutra Award for Professional Excellence.</p> Dean's List: Kate Schwennsen's balancing act at Clemson University Julia Ingalls 2016-12-27T10:02:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T23:46:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1000" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kate Schwennsen, Dean of Clemson University's School of Architecture, is hoping to strike that ideal balance between theory and practice that will prepare students to not only tackle the day-to-day challenges of working in architecture, but give them the inspiration to explore new conceptual territory.&nbsp;</p> Deans List Special: How Architecture School Leaders are Responding to Trump Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T12:11:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T22:49:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As seen in the recent <a href="" target="_blank">#NotMyAIA shake-up</a>, the election of Donald Trump provoked a heated response within the architecture community. Many architects felt that now, more than ever, they had to voice their concerns over the president-elect's policies that threatened their professional values&mdash;chief among them, the leveraging of architecture to perpetuate xenophobic rhetoric, through one of Trump's loudest campaign promises, the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S./Mexico border wall</a>.</p><p>Many in architecture schools also felt the responsibility to organize and speak out, perhaps especially because of their position to influence the next generation of architects. Since the election, we've been reaching out to academic leaders from across the U.S. to hear how they were handling Trump's presidency&mdash;and what they were telling their students. We've gathered their responses here.</p> At USC's 'Homeless Studio', Students Work Towards Real Solutions to the City's Homeless Crisis Nicholas Korody 2016-11-30T12:21:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:18:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few miles from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>&nbsp;campus, Skid Row contains a significant portion of the homeless population of Los Angeles, a city in the midst of a declared <a href="" target="_blank">state of emergency</a>&nbsp;with nearly 47,000 people in total living in shelters and on the street. For R. Scott Mitchell and Sofia Borges, two instructors at the USC School of Architecture, this city-wide crisis demands an architectural response. &ldquo;The homeless are always thinking about architecture. It's time we started thinking about them,&rdquo; they wrote in the syllabus for their course, Homeless Studio.</p> Architecture 2030's Ed Mazria outlines an environmentally-responsible plan for the architecture and design industries Archinect 2016-11-21T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T20:38:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>A Sleeping Giant Awakens</strong><br>The election of Donald Trump, and <a href="" target="_blank">a hastily composed (and later retracted) post-election statement by the American Institute of Architects </a><a href="" target="_blank">(AIA)</a>, has galvanized the U.S. design community. After much soul-searching prompted by anxiety and anger, architects and our allied design and planning professionals have articulated a vibrant vision for themselves and their profession.</p> Screen/Print #47: Fresh Meat's 'Of the City', from UIC Nicholas Korody 2016-11-09T12:05:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T09:56:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="809" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Individuality is a prized commodity. &ldquo;Dare to be different,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re told. &ldquo;To thine own self be true,&rdquo; inspirational posters implore, butchering a quotation from <em>Hamlet</em> that originally implied multiple, different meanings. But how? After all, the most punk of punks is the one who copies the best.</p> Michael Rotondi's GamerLab™ Wants to Revolutionize Architecture Education Through Gaming Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T15:41:00-04:00 >2016-11-08T00:46:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a typical media narrative, video games are responsible for social isolation, decreased attention spans, and even violent tendencies. But according to GamerLab&trade;, a new educational platform and pedagogical method developed by the LA-based <a href="" target="_blank">RotoLab</a>, as well as an increasingly large body of research, games can offer major benefits for education, particularly when it comes to architecture.</p> Student Works: 'Ensemblespiel' Makes Uncanny Architecture from Everyday Objects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-25T12:07:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:58:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;In an ensemble, the tone of a singular instrument becomes difficult to distinguish at the moment when all of its players strike a note,&rdquo; explains the German-born, LA-based designer Paul Krist, a recent graduate of the <a href="" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a>&rsquo;s M.Arch II program. &ldquo;Each sound vibrates to produce a unifying harmony, an emergent sensation.&rdquo;</p> The Bartlett's Director of Architecture, Bob Sheil, Pushes for Evolving Research in Academia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-11T12:05:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T04:45:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Bartlett School of Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">University College London</a> is consistently one of the most highly ranked architecture schools globally, and occupies a significant part of revolutionary educational history in the UK. Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university to accept students regardless of religion, gender or social status, and was also the first to appoint a chair of architecture, in 1841.</p> If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students Nicholas Korody 2016-09-29T12:16:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:31:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Anyway you slice it, the decision to go to architecture school is a big one&mdash;one of the biggest you may make. Architecture school is notorious for its grueling academic culture, so get used to sleeping under a desk. It&rsquo;s also long (up to five years for a B.Arch, and two to 3.5 years for an M.Arch usually). Perhaps most importantly, today&rsquo;s sky-high tuition usually necessitates taking on some <a href="" target="_blank">debt</a>, particularly if you&rsquo;re studying in the United States. So is it worth it?</p> Deborah Berke shares her vision as incoming dean at the Yale School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-14T12:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T06:28:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As of this July, Deborah Berke took over the deanship at the Yale School of Architecture, <a href="" target="_blank">succeeding Robert A.M. Stern</a> after his nearly twenty years in the position. Having taught at Yale herself for almost thirty years, Berke is no stranger to its academic culture, and has expansive plans now that she&rsquo;s assumed the historic title of the School&rsquo;s first female dean.</p> Screen/Print #44: 'Education: Trial and Error' from The Metropolitan Laboratory Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-09-08T11:26:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:27:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="924" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A hyper-competitive culture pervades today&rsquo;s workplaces and academic settings. It often seems like the only path to success is, well, success. But what about the value of failure? After all, it&rsquo;s hard to know what&rsquo;s right when you don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s wrong.</p> London is a game of life or death in 'Metropoly' Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T09:33:00-04:00 >2017-02-05T03:51:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The city has long been a tool for social development and progression,&rdquo; writes Adam Fryett in Metropoly, his submission to Archinect&rsquo;s open call for August. &ldquo;It is clear however that the <a href="" target="_blank">neoliberal</a>&nbsp;age&nbsp;of consumer capital has led to a regression of the social standards of modern city development, leading to a vast reduction in both the quality of life and life itself of a vast number of inhabitants.&rdquo;</p> The students behind 'Liquid Shard' – a dynamic sculpture for downtown Los Angeles Eulalia Moran 2016-08-22T10:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:57:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Liquid Shard was raised on July 28, 2016 as the product of the students of the Los Angeles Visiting School of the <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Association in London</a> (AAVSLA) and Poetic Kinetics, an L.A. based company specialising in large-scale art installations and experimental design.</p> Working Life: Does Taliesin’s collaborative and pedagogical domesticity suit the 21st century? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded at a time when Frank Lloyd Wright was floundering financially, Taliesin&rsquo;s blend of education and site-bound intimacy has created a custom domesticity. As the site for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin combines both passion and white-knuckled acumen, teaching its student inhabitants to thrive with scarce resources and a generous community.</p> SCI-Arc students step out of the studio to build an affordable, eco-friendly home with Habitat for Humanity Nicholas Korody 2016-07-25T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T21:13:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not that often that architecture students get to actually build a house while still in school. But a class of <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> students led by faculty member Darin Johnstone got to design and build a new home&mdash;and an affordable, eco-friendly one, at that.</p> Aaron Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, lays out Taliesin's legacy in architecture education Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-06T12:08:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T00:51:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When <a href="" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky</a> started his deanship at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the historic school was in a difficult spot. Under new requirements by the Higher Learning Commission, if it didn&rsquo;t raise $2 million to become a separate institution from its funding organization, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, it <a href="" target="_blank">would lose accreditation and have to shut down</a>. By late December of 2015, less than a year into his deanship and just under the fundraising deadline, Betsky helped the school <a href="" target="_blank">reach its goal</a>.</p> An alternative, smart "Homestead" for Kansas City Julia Ingalls 2016-06-06T13:43:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T22:56:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What makes a truly smart city? Just as importantly, how do designers help revitalize older urban cores without repeating past mistakes that led to displacement and inequitable urbanism? These are some of the questions raised in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Bruno</a>'s&nbsp;master's thesis project for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">New Jersey Institute of Technology</a>, submitted to <a href="" target="_blank">May's open-call</a> for equitable architecture proposals.</p> The unbranded, hybrid approach of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Robert Urquhart 2016-04-08T05:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:10:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="977" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past January, Suzanne Ewing became the head of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">The University of&nbsp;Edinburgh</a>&nbsp;in Scotland. Prior to the post (which is held on a rotating system among academics at the school), she served as a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory. I paid a visit to the school to interview her and to find out more about her role, the academic connection between architecture and landscape, and her ambitions for the school's future.</p> Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work Nicholas Korody 2016-03-18T10:32:00-04:00 >2017-01-11T10:21:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells,&rdquo; writes Karl Marx in <em>Das Kapital</em>, likely the most direct invocation of architecture in his influential, and controversial, writings. &ldquo;But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.&rdquo;</p> Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2016-04-02T18:05:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How you design a building directly <em>is</em> ecological awareness,&rdquo; states Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at <a href="" target="_blank">Rice University</a>. &ldquo;And your design is a game that will inculcate all kinds of ecological awareness. So realize that and act accordingly...&rdquo;</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="650" height="779" 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> New kids chipping on the old blocks – the London School of Architecture's first phase Robert Urquhart 2016-02-25T03:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:01:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="178" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is contemporary architecture practice forging a new identity for itself through collaboration? What part does education play in this mix?</p> Student Works: Questioning monumentality at Cal Poly Pomona Julia Ingalls 2016-01-29T11:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:40:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What defines a monument? According to&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Heresy of Function, Reprise</a>,&rdquo; a senior project studio at <a href="" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a>&nbsp;run by Frank Clementi (of <a href="" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale&nbsp;Studios</a>), the essence of a monument isn&rsquo;t based on its utility (or overt lack thereof), but rather its intangible qualities or &ldquo;meaning.&rdquo; In order to investigate the apparent meaning of a monument, this <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Student Works</strong></a> explores the metaphysical import and power of various famous monuments by attaching architectural &ldquo;prosthetics&rdquo; to them, applying a programmatic addition to &ldquo;create a complete, if however incongruous, symbiosis of function and meaning.&rdquo;</p> Screen/Print #39: "Pleasure" from PennDesign's LA+ Nicholas Korody 2016-01-07T13:55:00-05:00 >2016-01-16T22:40:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="821" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an era marked by ecological crisis, the figure of the landscape architect can assume an austere, if not downright sanctimonious, stance. Like some contemporary prophet, the landscape architect calls for repentance, moderation, and preparation &ndash; a voice in the wilderness of our apparently excessive time. Yet the discipline&rsquo;s origins are far less pious, as is made clear in &ldquo;Pleasure,&rdquo; the newest issue of <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><em>LA+</em></a></strong>, produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a>. Revisiting arcadias of past and present &ndash; from the gardens of Ancient Rome to the resort-styled Discovery Bay development in Hong Kong &ndash;&nbsp;the issue considers the complex relationship between landscape architecture and pleasure.</p> The school of helpful knocks: the experiential pedagogy of Design Build Research Julia Ingalls 2015-10-21T16:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-02T23:28:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In some veins of architecture pedagogy, there seems to be a movement towards new technology at the expense of hands-on construction techniques.&nbsp;In the opinion of architect <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Green</a> and creative entrepreneur Scott Hawthorn, these schools increasingly churn out graduates who are so moored in abstraction that they have very little practical ability. This is problematic in a field where clients and real, physical buildings often refuse to be abstract. Design Build Research (DBR), based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is Green and Hawthorn&rsquo;s solution to schools that isolate designers from the community for which they design.</p> The Deans List: Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-07T09:17:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T09:17:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p><p>For this issue, we spoke with&nbsp;<strong>Amale Andraos</strong>, Dean of Columbia University's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation</a>&nbsp;in New York City.</p> Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-10-02T08:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-16T08:57:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a> is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. For this issue, we spoke with <strong>Kenneth Schwartz</strong>, the Dean at <a href="" target="_blank">Tulane University's School of Architecture</a>.</p> Deans List Special: Nader Tehrani shares his thoughts as he transitions to his new appointment at Cooper Union Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T18:49:13-04:00 <img src="" width="565" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 2, students at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art returned to a school in rocky flux. Faltering under the weight of a $12 million deficit, the New York institution defaulted on its more than 150-year founding tradition, and began charging undergraduate tuition for the first time in the fall of 2014. The decision was a messy one, carrying the baggage of both a financial and identity crisis for the school.</p>