Archinect - Features 2014-04-20T13:17:59-04:00 Student Works: "[X]City: Making Interior Cities" from the Piet Zwart Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-20T16:59:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T18:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Focusing on a defunct submarine wharf in the Port of Rotterdam, students in the <a href="" target="_blank">Masters of Interior Architecture and Retail Design</a> program at the Piet Zwart Institute explored whether interior design can give way to urban redevelopment. As part of last fall's [X]City studio, students proposed a spectrum of redevelopment strategies for the wharf, varying from commercial to artistic to recreational.</p> Student Works: Tectonic Studio from Tsinghua University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-07T11:03:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:28:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The &ldquo;pop-up&rdquo; shop has long been a steadfast option for small-scale enterprises to sell their wares, creating a flexible and relatively cheap venue for businesses. The challenge is to build space that is not only efficient, but mobile and expressive of that business&rsquo; personality.&nbsp;Students at Tsinghua University in Beijing were tasked with just that, designing and building three distinct pop-up storefronts on a tight budget, over the 8-week &ldquo;Tectonic Studio&rdquo;.</p> Student Works: "Eidos" Housing Project - GSAPP Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-23T21:56:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T18:58:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The &ldquo;Eidos&rdquo; housing complex collapses communal and individual extremes into a ruthlessly mathematical structure, that somehow manages to be both homogenized and personalized at once. The building structure is equipped with its own means of production, enabling new spaces to be grafted into the old, all at the whim of the inhabitants, but in the restricted formal algorithm of the building.</p> Student Works: Martin McSherry's "Vertical Graveyards" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T10:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T21:56:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="211" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Martin McSherry&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Vertical Graveyards&rdquo; is a speculative proposal for a new infrastructure of death, mimicking the skyscraper as a symbol of expanding and densifying urban systems. Currently an MArch student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, McSherry initially drafted the project as a proposal to the Nordic Association for Graveyards and Crematoria&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Graveyards of the Future&rdquo; competition. Imagining the cemetery as vertical and central, rather than horizontal and suburban, the project focuses less on design specifics and more on provoking a change in societal attitudes towards death.</p> The Deans List: Jack Davis of Virginia Tech Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-11T10:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T21:58:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="547" 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>Jack Davis</strong>, Dean of Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies in Blacksburg, Virginia.</p> Student Works: FOUNDhouse by Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams Nam Henderson 2014-02-05T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-04-20T04:04:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams began realizing their ambition to build a micro-dwelling, they began with a Wikihouse design. The <a href="" target="_blank">WikiHouse project</a> is an open-source library of construction sets for houses, where anyone can submit, edit, and use the designs. The design's components can all be "printed" from plywood using a CNC machine, and are simple enough to assemble with minimal training. Lacy and Patrick, both MArch students at the University of Colorado, Denver, set out to build their own micro-Wikihouse last summer, personalizing the template along their way.</p> The Deans List: Sarah Whiting of Rice University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-03T15:20:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:10:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="509" 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.</p> <p> For this issue, we spoke with <strong>Sarah Whiting</strong>, Dean of the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas.</p> Student Works: rub-a-dub's "Space Oddity" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-05T11:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T23:49:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> &ldquo;Space Oddity&rdquo; meditates on what architecture can be in deep space. In such an indifferent and inhospitable vacuum, architecture as static form loses meaning, and must instead rely on a self-sustaining momentum of adaptable materials.</p> The Deans List: David Gissen of California College of the Arts Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-21T13:27:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T16:02:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <strong>Deans List</strong> 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 our first installment, we spoke with <strong><a href="" target="_blank">David Gissen</a></strong>, the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.</p> Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-06T15:05:00-05:00 >2014-03-22T23:44:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Responding to a daunting list of post-Sandy urban concerns, M.Arch students at the Parsons New School for Design proposed a variety of affordable housing complexes in an under-developed patch of Manhattan&rsquo;s Lower East Side.</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> Student Works: "Saltworks" from Washington University in St. Louis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-02T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-01-31T09:18:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Finding inspiration in the genetics behind a giraffe&rsquo;s neck, students at Washington University in St. Louis used parametric design methods to build a flexible piece of public furniture for the university campus.</p> A review of Joe Day's "Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime" (2013, Routledge) John Southern 2013-09-10T11:25:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T15:25:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>&ldquo;Since 2000, institutions of display and discipline have taken on transnational dimensions, many of them unanticipated and controversial.&nbsp; In the most literal of convergences, yesteryear&rsquo;s prisons have simply been reopened as today&rsquo;s museums.&rdquo;</em></p> Student Works: Building Soft takes on the L.A. River's infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-23T21:30:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T18:51:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> SWA&rsquo;s <em>Summer Student Program</em> challenges students to reconfigure established systems of infrastructure and landscape, adapting regional developments within a preexisting cultural environment. In its fifth year, the program has dealt mostly with California&rsquo;s diverse terrain, and now turns its focus to the bedraggled yet beloved Los Angeles River. Seven students from universities worldwide join SWA for four weeks of on-site practice, followed by five weeks of internship in an SWA studio.</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> Student Works: AI | AA Athens & AA Istanbul Visiting Schools 2013 Elif Erdine 2013-06-17T12:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-21T13:54:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by Elif Erdine (AA Istanbul Visiting School Program Director) and Alexandros Kallegias (AA Athens Visiting School Program Director)</em></p> <p> <em>AA Athens | Istanbul Visiting School (AI) </em>defines architecture as "an art of suppositioning ideas, architectural principles which are being performed repeatedly". Its foundations lie on combining theory and practice and shared knowledge, with the goal to go beyond individuality and address today&rsquo;s challenges via dialogue.</p> Student Works: Singapore University of Technology and Design Library Pavilion Archinect 2013-06-13T20:30:00-04:00 >2013-06-17T02:19:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) library pavilion is located on a sloping lawn on the temporary Dover Campus.</p> <p> Accommodating three mature trees and forming a noise barrier toward the Ayer Raja Expressway in the north, the gridshell structure of the pavilion harnesses the site constraints and activates an outdoor space behind the existing library building.</p> Student Works: Beyond Prototype Jason Ivaliotis 2013-03-21T13:27:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:04:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Beyond Prototype</em> is an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at <a href="" target="_blank">Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation</a> by Jason Ivaliotis and Nicholas Kothari. This course focuses on the development of hybridized, folded meshes that simultaneously serve as both structure and building envelope. Students develop parametrically controlled tessellations and transform them into building component systems that can be built using conventional sheet stock materials. These tessellated systems are extracted from the digital realm and built at full scale.</p> Student Works: New Horizons Iceland Expedition Archinect 2013-02-04T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-03-10T13:40:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In late November 2012, London's <a href="" target="_blank">The Bartlett School of Architecture</a> Unit 3 embarked on an expedition to Iceland.</p> <p> Warmed by the Gulf Stream, endless geysers and caught between two major tectonic plates, this land of endless volcanic activity is also home to Europe's largest glacier.</p> <p> Twelve 2nd and 3rd year students designed, built and tested a series of shelter/surveying devices to research and charted varied aspects of Iceland.</p> Student Works: The Petropolis of Tomorrow: Drift & Drive Archinect 2012-12-10T01:11:00-05:00 >2013-01-22T12:23:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Drift &amp; Drive</em> proposes a new model of water-based urbanism by readdressing the technological and logistical challenges of offshore oil extraction. Our project is a solution to the desire on the part of Petrobras, the Brazilian petrochemical company, to relocate workers offshore, as rigs are established ever further from the coast, increasing the transportation cost of both workers and oil.</p> Student Works: DRX 2012 – Minimal Surface Highrise Structures Archinect 2012-11-02T20:04:00-04:00 >2012-11-11T11:56:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Design Research Exchange (DRX) is a non-profit residency program for researchers hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">HENN Architekten</a>. The DRX, initiated by Moritz Fleischmann (HENN Research Director) and Martin Henn (HENN Design Director), provides an open platform to unite experts from various fields. By exploring architectural topics of shared interest, the DRX promotes a multi-disciplinary discussion between academics and professionals.</p> ARCHIPELAGOS: Ungers vs. Rowe Alex Maymind 2012-10-09T16:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-21T13:33:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This brief text attempts to discuss two interrelated concerns: an examination of the techniques and analyses of the city that underpinned the work of O.M. Ungers and Colin Rowe, and secondly, the way in which that examination served as the conceptual foundation for a graduate architecture studio I taught in Fall 2011 at Cornell University which took their legacies and positions as the basis for a urban design and architectural project. The four projects shown here each enacted a rigorous process of manipulation, transformation and distortion of precedents by Ungers or Rowe (two of each). In doing so, the distinction between architectural history and design was purposely collapsed, requiring a combination of analogical and analytical thinking. While the discourse surrounding these two significant figures is vast, the precise relationships between their distinct projects is less well-known. Nevertheless, a key point of overlap (among others) is the issue of contextualism (a term with ...</p> Student Works: Fallen Star Elif Erdine 2012-09-05T10:00:00-04:00 >2012-12-13T23:08:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> &ldquo;Fallen Star&rdquo; is an installation set between biomimetics, interaction, and perception. It is the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park during July 23 &ndash; August 5, 2012.</p> Student Works: INSITU Medellin Nicholas Waissbluth 2012-08-27T10:00:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T22:28:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> INSITU is an initiative founded by Blokcad Lab and uAbureau in 2011 to implement projects that investigate the informal development of cities, its non-consolidated urban spaces and auto- construction processes. Its central objective is to explore how the ecological and the social environments of the city can be merged to create new and unforeseen landscapes. Through a series of ongoing workshops, lectures and events, the program is directed to students, professionals and communities working in art, architecture, design and its related fields.</p> Student Works: PERFORMA_12 Archinect 2012-08-21T13:56:00-04:00 >2012-12-11T02:15:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The PERFORMA Studio at the University of Kentucky College of Design is an intensive research and fabrication studio run by professor Mike McKay.</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> 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> SmartGeometry 2012 in Troy, New York Terri Peters 2012-04-15T18:27:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T17:29:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Text and photos by Terri Peters </em></p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank">SmartGeometry</a> is an international community of academics and professionals who hold annual workshops and conference days at academic institutions around the world. Now in its ninth year, this year&acute;s theme was Material Intensities and both the four-day workshop and conference day was held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center</a> in Troy, New York. Sponsored by software company Bentley, the next event will be held in London in 2013. Previous Archinect features reported on <a href="" target="_blank">SmartGeometry 2009 in San Francisco</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">SmartGeometry 2011 in Copenhagen</a>.</p> Building Between Dimensions: An Interview with Sophia Vyzoviti Archinect 2012-02-27T20:00:00-05:00 >2013-05-15T12:23:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by Woody Evans</em></p> <p> Architect Sophia Vyzoviti pushes, cuts, pleats, folds, and shreds the edges of architectural design &ndash; to startling effect. I was a librarian to architecture and engineering departments at a community college for some years, and found myself often promoting her work on folding matter to CAD-dazed sophomores; it opened eyes. Her emphasis on the techniques of handling physical models and materials is refreshing in a world when so many of the Prtizker class seem to work solely in software. I interview her here about augmented reality, touching stuff, and the aesthetics of smart textures.</p> Columbia University GSAPP Fast Forward Jason Ivaliotis 2012-01-25T13:19:00-05:00 >2012-09-26T20:12:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The evolution of digital visualization over the last decade has enabled designers to articulate powerful visions of space, manipulate components, isolate significant moments and generate provocative renderings of a given space at a given time. Often, the generative process of digital modeling remains exclusively in the hands of the creator with the potential of these virtual environments frozen in the presentation of a static image or a scripted animation. In this way, there has been an inherent disconnect between the intelligence embedded within the dynamic process of generating 3D virtual environments and the presentation of static CGI images which are meant to represent them. However, what if the audience had a window into the designer&rsquo;s world, where we could interactively reshape the environment as we choose and instantaneously see the cascading results updated in real time? How would this effect the manner in which designers can effectively communicate ideas to their audience...</p>