Archinect - Features 2014-11-27T19:28:09-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/114207240/home-is-where-the-art-is-contemporary-artists-and-the-modern-house Home is where the art is: Contemporary Artists and the Modern House Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T15:24:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3beybfx7avfcs444.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hosting new art in old homes can make for some strange bedfellows.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113965543/invasion-a-first-hand-view-of-gentrification-in-san-francisco Invasion: A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco Paul Keskeys 2014-11-24T10:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-27T04:05:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbvxnf9velv8mij6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A recent Bay Area transplant sees old and new duke it out over the Bay Area's shifting public-private fault line.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112897593/view-from-above-acadia-conference-2014-in-a-nutshell View from above: ACADIA Conference 2014 in a nutshell Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-05T12:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T20:44:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6hjteisy5g4ycpd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At thirty-three years old and counting, the <a href="http://acadia.org/" target="_blank">Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture</a> has seen a lot of changes in the field of digital design. Its annual conference is a time to step back and reflect, and particular to this year's conference, consider the power computers have over architects' work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112570077/did-you-see-it-wait-now-it-s-gone-casey-reas-generative-art-at-acadia-2014 Did You See It? Wait, Now It's Gone: Casey Reas' Generative Art at ACADIA 2014 Anthony Morey 2014-11-03T12:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T21:32:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/sph3xhb2ux2uxnnd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ACADIA 2014 was labeled as a conference focused on Architectural Design Agency and Authorship, yet of course it seemed only fitting that it would close out with a keynote by Casey Reas. Art, the word that an architect cringes at. A word that can resonate more as a critique than a compliment. One that signifies the ripping from architectural ideals, even if such ideals are still up for debate.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2014-11-03T10:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T09:55:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3scyx4yprxjoikp.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the United States, around <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mccarthy/10-fun-facts-about-student-loan-debt_b_4639044.html" target="_blank">40 million people</a> currently hold student debt. This is a population that is greater than that of many countries. While, over the last 14 years, the average salary for young people has decreased by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mccarthy/10-fun-facts-about-student-loan-debt_b_4639044.html" target="_blank">10%</a>, student debt has increased by nearly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mccarthy/10-fun-facts-about-student-loan-debt_b_4639044.html" target="_blank">500%</a>. &nbsp;For most Americans, to become educated means to take on a relationship with banks that will last for years. But for young American architects the situation is even worse; the amount of schooling required to be able to practice professionally means taking on debt that you may be paying off for the rest of your life.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh Screen/Print #26: Intern Magazine, interview with Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-20T16:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T11:33:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3i1womlnld5kmaah.jpg" width="514" height="721" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="http://intern-mag.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Intern Magazine</strong></a></em> is devoted to &ldquo;intern culture&rdquo; in the creative industries, elevating the talents of an oft under-valued workforce in a classy, bi-annual glossy. Part polemic and part showcase, the magazine is dissatisfied upfront with the current state of unpaid/underpaid intern labor, and hopes its pages can provoke a reevaluation of the too-often exploited population.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-14T15:50:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T08:56:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p6/p6ot0pqalnvjmpy7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You&rsquo;ve heard it before. In the span of architecture folklore, this origin story is old hat: I wanted to become an architect because it combines art and science. As pithy as it sounds, this always struck me as problematic, because it presumes that such a combination is easily wrought. What is really going on, at the arguably-genetic root of architectural practice, that manages the push and pull between expression and empiricism? Architecture occupies that limbo space between the quantifiable and the phenomenological, and that gap is insistently being narrowed by technology &ndash; not only in design, but in how we actually perceive our surroundings.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1 Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1 Nicholas Korody 2014-09-29T11:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T17:26:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqhxxx6lffkx9qnl.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Hurricane Kyle is tracking way off shore, but still Miami South Beach is underwater,&rdquo; reports Sam Champion of the Weather Channel beneath a shifting, computer-generated dome. On the ground, storm tracker Jim Cantore, with the aid of a hovering drone, analyzes the surging tides that have inundated the coastal town despite the distance of the hurricane. In Chicago, a deadly heat wave forces the Cubs to play their games at night and in 90 degree weather. Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams documents cities endangered by the megadrought in the Southwest. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s only going to get worse.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/109724744/screen-print-25-the-debut-issue-of-the-bartlett-s-lobby Screen/Print #25: The debut issue of The Bartlett's "LOBBY" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-25T19:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T22:57:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8m60usu7ulphfjap.jpg" width="514" height="721" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a name like <a href="http://www.bartlettlobby.com/" target="_blank"><strong>LOBBY</strong></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/299/university-college-london-ucl" target="_blank">The Bartlett&nbsp;School of Architecture</a>&rsquo;s new architecture magazine puts itself in two camps. Interpreted as an architectural metaphor, the magazine is a waiting area, a limbo-space between inside and outside. Alternatively, it&rsquo;s a political rallying group, pushing its agenda on the powers that be. From the looks of the first issue, <em>Un/Spectacle</em>, <strong>LOBBY</strong> is set on occupying both those territories.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105942972/the-life-of-a-new-architect-eric-h-weler The Life of a New Architect: Eric Höweler Sean Smith 2014-09-17T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T10:16:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqr5cow2anuhuxhh.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's working as an architect actually like? Even for students on track to become one, the answer isn't always clear or forthcoming, and for those outside the industry, common ideas about architecture rarely reflect its reality. In our "<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/494990/the-life-of-a-new-architect" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect</a></strong>" series, three young architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/108655901/factory-berlin-a-new-tech-incubator-emerges-from-the-ruins-of-the-berlin-wall Factory Berlin, a New Tech Incubator, Emerges from the Ruins of the Berlin Wall Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T11:06:00-04:00 >2014-11-09T21:42:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mwrmyr451lqw6q64.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The archives of the <em>New York Times </em>testify to the euphoria that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. An article entitled <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/11/opinion/the-end-of-the-war-to-end-wars.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;The End of the War to End Wars&rdquo;</a> reads: &ldquo;Crowds of young Germans danced on top of the hated Berlin wall Thursday night. They danced for joy, they danced for history. They danced because the tragic cycle of catastrophes that first convulsed Europe 75 years ago, embracing two world wars, a Holocaust and a cold war, seems at long last to be nearing an end.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/108112212/cutting-room-joseph-kosinski-talks-to-archinect-about-his-transition-from-architecture-to-hollywood Cutting Room: Joseph Kosinski talks to Archinect about his transition from architecture to Hollywood Paul Petrunia 2014-09-05T11:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-13T07:59:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/njfgla8slmomxfhq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we've seen throughout our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series, there's a clear relationship between architecture and filmmaking. Architecture is inspired by film as often as film is inspired by architecture, so it's not uncommon for architects to experiment with film, or even transition into a film career. <a href="http://www.josephkosinski.com/" target="_blank">Joseph Kosinski</a> is one such individual, but his path to filmmaking is a little different than normal. His full-length directorial debut was for 2010's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001?ref_=nm" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a>, a blockbuster sequel to the early 80's classic. Three years later, he followed that with the visually stunning <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013?ref_=nm" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>, starring Tom Cruise.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107718872/screen-print-24-architectural-fantasies-from-fairy-tales-when-architecture-tells-a-story Screen/Print #24: Architectural fantasies from "Fairy Tales — When Architecture Tells A Story" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-03T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T20:14:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/ripe6mp0xej2h08h.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A good fairy tale, like good architecture, makes fantasy inhabitable. It provides a foundation for the reader to stand on, and then let&rsquo;s them loose to fill in the rest with their own experiences, making a universal structure personal. But sometimes, when architects try to tell the story of their world-building to others, they rely on too exclusive of a foundation.&nbsp;<strong><em><a href="http://www.blankspaceproject.com/" target="_blank">Fairy Tales &mdash; When Architecture Tells A Story</a></em></strong>, a collection of fantastical stories written and designed by architects, tries to make that foundation more accessible.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T14:48:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T14:10:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m9/m9pj1zd5rfr3ih37.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Water has become a central focus for both the Islamic State and its combatants in the current struggle being waged over the large geographic area of northern Iraq and southern Syria.&nbsp;Previously overshadowed by the conflicts in Gaza and Crimea, the rapid emergence and expansion of the Islamic State (IS) has recently become the focus of international media attention, accelerated by the release and dissemination of a video depicting the execution of American journalist Steven Foley, allegedly by the IS.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/107106663/material-witness-3-windows-to-the-soul-less Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less) Julia Ingalls 2014-08-22T11:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T12:35:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h4/h47tjdxo78oy4ox0.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Love is the universal tether that binds kings to paupers and geniuses to fools. Perhaps this is why audiences are endlessly fascinated by psychopaths, serial killers, and other characters who seemingly live without love.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105501323/screen-print-23-rem-magazine-interviews-philippe-rahm-and-ugo-la-pietra Screen/Print #23: REM magazine interviews Philippe Rahm and Ugo La Pietra Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-23T13:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vy96xxzc8604di15.jpg" width="514" height="724" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It might be best to consider <em><a href="http://magazinerem.tumblr.com/interviews" target="_blank">REM magazine</a></em> as a performance, rather than a publication. The &ldquo;short-term&rdquo; magazine isn't solely about Koolhaas, but began publishing at the start of his Venice Biennale of Architecture in June, placing its feet firmly alongside other satellite exhibitions taking place during the Biennale. But <em>REM</em> isn&rsquo;t here to analyze &mdash; it&rsquo;s here to pit architects against one another in Koolhaas&rsquo; boxing ring.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106419198/screen-print-22-interview-with-steven-holl-for-macmag39 Screen/Print #22: Interview with Steven Holl for "MacMag39" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T17:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7xujahclmu3bi63.jpg" width="514" height="716" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/16607/the-glasgow-school-of-art" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art</a>&rsquo;s architecture is a concise conversation between old and new. Recent events on campus, however, tipped the discussion in favor of the contemporary &mdash; a new building by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> opened, and just a few weeks later, a fire ravaged the school&rsquo;s historic Mackintosh Library, directly across the street.&nbsp;This conversation between the traditional and contemporary, and the eventual transition of the contemporary into the traditional, is built into <a href="http://macmag39.com/" target="_blank"><em>MacMag</em></a>, the architecture school&rsquo;s annual publication.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-13T11:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T15:12:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnaai243sa2ps5d5.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a recent episode of the Comedy Central show <em>Broad City, </em>protagonists Ilana and Abbi find themselves the inadvertent hosts of a hurricane party. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, such impromptu events &ndash; a tradition in the American South in which people who cannot (or will not) evacuate gather together to drink and weather the storm &ndash; are increasingly appearing in television shows, revealing the degree to which global warming has infiltrated popular media. In this particular instance, Abbi finds out that the storm has shut off the plumbing at the exact moment that her neighbor-slash-crush arrives, and right after she&rsquo;s defecated.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children Archinect 2014-08-05T14:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T13:19:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hme2va65utvojmya.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>They say children are made readers on the laps of their parents.&nbsp; I couldn&rsquo;t agree more, but what else can a child become between the covers of a book?&nbsp; A chef, an astronaut, an architect?&nbsp; Yes, yes, and yes.&nbsp; Books entertain us, expand us, spark the imagination, and expose us to new worlds.&nbsp; A child can find themselves&mdash;present and future&mdash;amongst the pages of a great story.&nbsp; Looking out from there, anything seems possible.</p><p><em>Elementary school librarian, <a href="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shares her top recommendations for young, aspiring builders...</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105250588/book-review-the-city-in-the-city-berlin-a-green-archipelago-a-manifesto Book Review: "The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto" Karen Lohrmann 2014-07-31T09:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T07:22:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l17e36jvorn9dyys.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When its first seeds were presented in 1977, <a href="http://www.lars-mueller-publishers.com/en/die-stadt-in-der-stadt" target="_blank"><em>Berlin: A Green Archipelago</em></a> was a quiet, prescient manifesto. Oswald Mathias Ungers and a number of colleagues at&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1544387/cornell-university" target="_blank">Cornell University</a> deviated from the intellectual tenets of current reconstruction efforts, seen in the post-war development of European cities, to propose a new model for the "shrinking city". The text's&nbsp;idea of a polycentric urban system really took hold in the 1990s, as urban planning discourse turned towards socioeconomic considerations of ebbing and flowing growth.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster Architectures of the Disaster Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/ncsacrffdgd6p8gb.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>45.2 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution, <a href="http://www.unhcr.org" target="_blank">according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees</a> (UNHCR). The number accords with the <em>1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees</em> articulation of a refugee as: an individual who has fled their country &ldquo;owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.&rdquo; But, as their website admits, in the 63 years since the convention, the dynamics of displacement have radically changed. This definition of a refugee does not account for the millions of people currently displaced by natural disasters, droughts, desertification, sea level rise, population growth, or resource scarcity. Of course such ecological crises are also intricately enmeshed in sociopolitical conflicts, complicating attempts to redefine the refugee or to classify a new category of &ldquo;climate refugees&rdquo; or &ldquo;environmental migrants.&rdquo;</p>... http://archinect.com/features/article/104868902/screen-print-21-log-31-new-ancients Screen/Print #21: Log 31, "New Ancients" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T10:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T19:05:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ub7f5yy5u4rjxgqj.jpg" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46037753/log" target="_blank"><em>Log</em></a> is an insistently literary architecture publication &mdash; that is, it prioritizes text far over image. Rejecting &ldquo;the seductive power of the image in media&rdquo;, <em>Log</em> tries to communicate the significant aspects of contemporary architectural discourse within the diverse and often divisive international architectural community.&nbsp;This can be seen as an overt move away from the dominating form of architectural discourse around the globe, one perpetuated by flashy images with little or no context, let alone criticality.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city AfterShock #3: Brains and the City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T10:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T18:36:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6pdgvke18am89pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navel-gazing has become a data-driven sport. We are awash in technology that allows us to track our own activities, and then take responsibility for that scrutiny, holding us accountable for calories consumed or credit cards exhausted. The quantified-self movement can be a sandstorm of uselessness, or it can sublimate into constructive action. If we try to focus our navel-gaze to better understand ourselves, it seems imminent that such scrutiny will next focus on the brain.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103884029/koolhaas-wreaks-havoc-at-a-d-museum-s-s-m-l-xla-exhibition Koolhaas wreaks havoc at A+D Museum's "S,M,L,XLA" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-14T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9eho4v2hfgxo570.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the 1958 classic film "The Blob", a globular alien terrorizes a small Pennsylvanian town, ravenously absorbing everything and everyone in its path. It's formidable but silly looking at the same time, and the more it takes in the bigger and angrier it gets. Walking through the <a href="http://aplusd.org/" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> at the opening of their <em><strong>S,M,L,XLA</strong></em> exhibition, at times it felt like The Blob had overtaken curation.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102640739/screen-print-20-architecture-in-formation-design-manual-for-the-second-digital-revolution Screen/Print #20: "Architecture in Formation", design manual for the second digital revolution Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-11T11:06:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T18:56:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxq9pdq3cqrnfyt0.jpg" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part provocation, part manifesto-by-committee, part historical benchmark, <a href="http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415534901/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Architecture in Formation</em></strong></a> is designed as the digital architecture manual for the second digital revolution. Anticipating a merger between theory and practice, the book combines formerly unpublished essays and interviews with architecture professionals, musing on how information processing creates, and is changed by, architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103723175/art-architecture-schumacher-vs-post-net Art + Architecture: Schumacher vs. Post-Net Nicholas Korody 2014-07-09T17:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T21:50:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ds/dseafbparcxuthqb.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In some architecture circles, hating on Patrik Shumacher&rsquo;s &ldquo;parametricism&rdquo; is like <a href="http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/223896/robin-thicke-twitter-qa/" target="_blank">hating on Robin Thicke&rsquo;s &ldquo;Blurred Lines&rdquo;</a>. It signals a basic shared understanding that, among many other things, artistic professions are <em>not</em> removed from politics, that their practitioners <em>do </em>have responsibilities outside of formal concerns, and that replicating structures of violence is, in general, not a good thing. These conversations are so frequent that they are starting to feel rehearsed: first the staid question, then the momentary pause, finally the sigh of relief. &ldquo;Now we can move on to the important things.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103324398/op-ed-from-ex-cite-to-in-cite-reflecting-on-rem-s-biennale Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale Esther Sperber 2014-07-07T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T10:01:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxleo239b3xicwkv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>EXCITE</strong></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/elements/" target="_blank">Elements</a> and <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/" target="_blank">Fundamentals</a> of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for new design.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcljl3erng7b5sh3.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102111838/i-am-trying-to-function-a-little-bit-in-a-humble-way-as-an-ambassador-for-los-angeles-interview-with-gabriel-kahane-about-his-new-album-the-ambassador "I am trying to function a little bit, in a humble way, as an ambassador for Los Angeles": Interview with Gabriel Kahane about his new album, The Ambassador Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-06-25T21:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfx6b94cnrcx3jnv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Gabriel Kahane's new album, <em><a href="http://gabrielkahane.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">The Ambassador</a></em>, builds songs from the moods of places within Los Angeles. Born in Venice Beach, raised in northern California and living in Brooklyn, Kahane has created an unlikely ambassador for Los Angeles' pathos.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101798672/screen-print-19-chicagoisms-honors-the-windy-city-s-architectural-clout Screen/Print #19: "Chicagoisms" honors the Windy City's architectural clout Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-17T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T14:20:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7xrv0amgx2u4kob.jpg" width="514" height="687" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Judging by its nicknames, Chicago is a city driven by industry and a competitive mentality, whether matched up against comparable US metropolises or cities abroad. And while it may no longer be regarded as&nbsp;<em>the</em> urban symbol of architectural influence, Chicago has played an undeniably central role in the creation and dissemination of new ideas, inspiring those who passed through (including Adolf Loos and Frank Lloyd Wright) regardless of how long they stayed. A new collection of essays, gathered under the title <a href="http://www.aeisenschmidt.com/book-_-chicagoisms-the-city-as-catalyst-for-architectural-speculation#more-1515" target="_blank"><strong><em>Chicagoisms</em></strong></a>, explores the city&rsquo;s personality and influence on the forefront of architectural progress, setting a new tone for how architects talk about the &ldquo;Second City.&rdquo;</p>