Archinect - Features 2017-04-28T12:15:48-04:00 How 3 Architecture Firms Are Using Showreels to Present and Promote Their Work Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T17:32:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a director or actor, putting together a showreel&mdash;a short video of spliced footage&mdash;is the first step in securing a gig. One may think of it as a cinematic portfolio: the means by which one presents work to the world of one's profession when the work is in motion. It might seem redundant, then, for an architect to have one too.&nbsp;After all, buildings are, by and large, static objects&mdash;and drawings, plans, photos and renderings can tell a lot. But, for those architects that do attempt to encapsulate their portfolio with real, edited footage&mdash;usually in combination with either voice-over or text statements&mdash;the rewards can be great. Not only does it make their work very accessible, it's also a bit of a control freak&rsquo;s dream: the narrative of the practice is orchestrated, down to the millisecond.</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> Globe trotting designers Peter Murray 2017-04-24T04:16:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T04:18:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following my last blog on the size of London's architectural economy, I was interviewed for a programme on BBC television about the impact of Brexit. Jack Pringle, UK head of Perkins and Will and ex President of the RIBA, was also on the programme and showed the presenter around his office and quizzed his staff about where they were from - "Italy", "Slovakia", "Spain" they responded.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 20 April 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-04-20T01:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T14:14:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the London Festival of Architecture opening in June &ndash; during which Weston Williamson and Partners have events planned &ndash; the organisers have commissioned a survey of the contribution that architecture makes to the UK economy. When we met last year, Tamsie Thompson the Director of LFA was keen to promote the event on a par with London Fashion week, and we suggested she needed firm evidence of the financial musclier order to convince Government why they should support her. She now has that research, and it makes interesting reading particularly for those responsible for our Brexit negotiations.</p> Johnston Marklee tackle the “tyranny of newness” in 2017's Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T09:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the artistic directors of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, Johnston Marklee are interested in examining history and its contributions to contemporary architecture in a way that isn&rsquo;t about promoting rearguard ideas, but rather one that demands a more thoughtful approach toward the value of &ldquo;newness.&rdquo;</p> Never Meant to Copy, Only to Surpass: Plagiarism Versus Innovation in Architectural Imitation Hannah Wood 2017-04-13T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T20:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wangjing SOHO, a three tower complex in Beijing penned by <a href="" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, became a worldwide sensation when it was revealed that the scheme was being <a href="" target="_blank">plagiarized</a> by an illicit construction team in Chongqing, southern China. Despite the subsequent outcry from the professional design world, Hadid responded that if the &lsquo;copy-cat&rsquo; designs displayed innovative mutations, &ldquo;that would be exciting&rdquo;. While many architectural icons are commissioned precisely for their artistic originality, the design response is often non-site specific, which raises interesting questions when such icons are reproduced around the globe. What does it mean for architectural originality and innovation, when a &lsquo;copy-paste&rsquo; strategy is normalized?</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> Designing support for incarcerated trans and GNC people: an interview with from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-30T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank"></a> is necessary because we have an unjust bail system that keeps people in prison and detention for up to years at a time before ever seeing trial,&rdquo; says Blaine O&rsquo;Neill, one-third of, a crowdfunding tool to support, in particular, trans and gender nonconforming (GNC) people in jail, prison and detention. Comprising O&rsquo;Neill, Rye Skelton and Grace Dunham,;is a platform that uses design and new technologies to securely and anonymously connect a network of supporters to grassroots, trans and GNC led organizations that run community bail funds. We talked with them as part&nbsp;of Archinect&rsquo;s live podcasting event <em><a href="" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> London's key role as a global design and construction skills hub Peter Murray 2017-03-29T01:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T12:20:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"The analysis showed that London's architecture sector produced a massive &pound;1.7 billion in gross value added (GVA)&mdash;38 per cent bigger than the product, graphic and fashion design sectors put together and greater than many observers expected."</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 20 March 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-03-20T07:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:50:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing&nbsp;this month's&nbsp;Brexit Blog at MIPIM, the annual international property conference. The bill to leave received Royal Assent during the week with ironic timing. MIPIM is a good opportunity to find out about the real drivers of the property market and study changes&nbsp;post referendum.</p> Who Builds Your Architecture? A Critical Field Guide wbya? 2017-03-17T11:53:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T11:56:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="989" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Who Builds Your Architecture?</a> (WBYA?) asks architects and allied fields to better understand how the production of buildings connects their design and consulting practices to the workers who ultimately build them. As a primer, the WBYA? Critical Field Guide introduces key terms, questions, case studies, and proposals that locate architecture within the complex transnational networks of contemporary building construction and connects it to the problems faced by construction workers who exist within the same system. It aims to shift the focus from how buildings are conceived by architects to how they are materialized by a broad network of people including architects, construction workers, and a host of other actors.&nbsp;</p> Reflecting and Refracting the Politics of Glass Architecture Jeffrey Grunthaner 2017-03-16T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T06:06:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It seems to me unquestionable that an anti-capitalist world&mdash;a society that emphasizes process over product, lived experience over representations&mdash;would look very different from the one we currently inhabit. The distinguishing characteristics of that world are more difficult to determine. In what way would a historically unique organization of labor yield a correspondingly unique architecture?</p> Dissolving the line between client and staff spaces Robert Myers 2017-03-10T04:13:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T04:13:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Workplace designers are changing their approaching to client spaces within the office. </em></p><p>Traditionally, clients occupied dedicated and contained spaces that are segregated&nbsp;from staff areas and amenities. These spaces are designed as microcosms for meeting and entertaining, often with higher levels of finishes and with the best views. A carefully planned sequence of arrival spaces and &lsquo;protected routes&rsquo; guide clients to these areas, which would often be the only spaces visitors see.</p> Phil Freelon on Engaging with Black History Through Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-03-02T17:04:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T17:04:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From translating historic iron latticework into a digitally-produced fa&ccedil;ade to ensuring LEED certification, <a href="" target="_blank">Phil Freelon</a> played a pivotal, and perhaps under-recognized, role in the creation of the critically-acclaimed <a href="" target="_blank">National Museum of African American History and Culture</a>.&nbsp;</p> Decoding Gender Discrimination in Design with QSPACE Nicholas Korody 2017-03-02T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-04-03T20:50:51-04:00 <img src="" width="3300" height="3300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week, President Trump <a href="" target="_blank">rescinded</a> an Obama-era order that had provided protections for transgender and <a href="" target="_blank">gender nonconforming</a> (GNC) students by allowing them to use bathrooms that correlate to their gender identity. Often unnoticed spaces, bathrooms have become the locus point for struggles to secure civil rights for trans and GNC individuals since the passing of exclusionary &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Bathroom Bills</a>&rsquo; in North Carolina and nine other states last year, which, among many other things, force individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex registered on their birth certificate. <a href="" target="_blank">QSPACE</a>, a &ldquo;queer architecture research organization&rdquo; based at the <a href="" target="_blank">GSAPP</a> Incubator in New York, has been working to expose the complicity of design in this dangerous architecture of normativity: &ldquo;how laws, codes, and design standards systematically create exclusionary and sometimes violent spaces for members of the LGBTQ community.&rdquo;</p> Uncovering the Architecture of Colonialism with 'The Funambulist' Nicholas Korody 2017-03-01T07:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T03:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="907" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Funambulist </em></a>is a bimestrial online and print journal founded by the French architect L&eacute;opold Lambert in 2015. Operating alongside a blog and a podcast, <em>The Funambulist </em>critically engages with some of the most pressing issues of the day, focusing on the political relationships between bodies and the built environment. Their tenth issue, released today, contends with the role of architecture in colonialism, understood here not as a "delimited period" but rather as a "continuous process" and "system of domination". To celebrate the issue&rsquo;s launch, Archinect is featuring the introduction, which is written by Lambert, edited slightly for clarity. &nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Andrew Whalley of Grimshaw, 27 February 2017 Andrew Whalley 2017-02-27T01:00:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T13:01:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As Theresa May prepares to invoke Article 50 before the imminent March 2017 deadline, the UK Government are on the lookout for new economic partnerships to bolster the country&rsquo;s long term financial position.</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> Buildings Need to be Curated; Collaboration With Other Fields Is Vital to an Era of Experience Julian Gitsham 2017-02-24T01:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T21:20:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Look around. What is it that makes you most happy? Is it the mountain bike, or is it where that mountain bike takes you? Out amongst nature, wind in your face, exploring newfound tracks. Without this, the experience, it would simply just be a steel frame with wheels, sitting in a rack.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the same with buildings or places. Without activation and life, they are just mere bricks and mortar or concrete structures, static in nature.</p> "The environment we design, designs us back:" A Conversation with Eran Chen of ODA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:53:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="" target="_blank">ODA</a>&rsquo;s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA&rsquo;s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city, the challenges behind designing &ldquo;permeable buildings,&rdquo; and what he learned from his dealings with Donald Trump.</p> Architecture in the Trump Era: A Report from Columbia GSAPP by A.L. Hu A.L. Hu 2017-02-16T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T22:01:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A week after taking to the streets for the Women&rsquo;s March in New York City and two weeks into the spring semester, I felt restless and helpless as the barrage of outrageous news took its toll. It&rsquo;s difficult to sit still in studio when it seems as if the world is beginning to morph into a reality that is at once unrecognizable in its incredulousness and intensely familiar&mdash;the beginnings of history repeating itself.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 14 February 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-02-14T05:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T17:12:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing this en-route to Australia where we are trying to win our biggest project to date. So I&rsquo;m in a particularly - but not unusual - optimistic mood. I sense more optimism around generally following the PM&rsquo;s long awaited speech spelling out our Brexit aims and also her visit to USA.</p> HGTV Theory: Tiny House Hunters, Debt Resistors Nicholas Korody 2017-02-08T12:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-12T20:03:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the episode &ldquo;Family of Six Goes Tiny&rdquo; of HGTV&rsquo;s <em>Tiny House Hunters, </em>Cindy, Dan, and their four daughters, ranging in age from 14 to two, downsize from their 2,500 square foot house in Santa Clarita to a 600 square foot home in Corning, New York&mdash;100 square feet per person. The real estate agent thinks they&rsquo;re insane. What motivates such an extreme move? Debt aversion, in part.</p> 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> Screen Print #49: "Bracket" ponders how architecture should respond in extreme times Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:40:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="809" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can&nbsp;design&nbsp;be productive in chaotic times? In its latest release "At Extremes," the journal&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Bracket</em></a>&nbsp;examines the role of architecture in a world in which "extreme" is constantly being redefined.</p> Hear Ye! The New 10 Commandments for Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-01-26T12:22:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:47:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since at least Vitruvius, architects have searched for rules to live by. After all, when your job is to shape the world we all have to live in, it&rsquo;s a good idea to make sure you know what you&rsquo;re doing. But dictates, like the profession itself, need to change with time. So we asked around to find out what today&rsquo;s architectural &ldquo;ten commandments&rdquo; should be. Turns out that, in the 21st century, defining <em>how</em> we practice seems to be more of a concern than establishing rules for what it is we make.</p> Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects pumps up the volume with "Amplified Urbanism" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T13:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:33:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy Architects</a>&rsquo; new monograph <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Amplified Urbanism</em></a>, not only has Los Angeles arrived as a city with its own idiosyncratic urbanism, but that urbanism deserves bolder, louder expression through architecture.</p> Climate change was removed from today. What does this mean for architects? Katherine Stege 2017-01-20T17:40:00-05:00 >2017-01-25T07:53:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Directly following the inauguration of our new 45th president, received an overhaul. The most notable change was the complete deletion of the <a href="" target="_blank">climate change page</a>, which previously housed local, national, and international plans for combating climate change, as well as actions and goals of the previous administration. In this symbolic erasure, the new administration rejects climate change as a critical priority, denies the overwhelming evidence of human contribution to recent warming trends, and turns a blind eye to the critical research, policy, and international collaboration required in safeguarding our environment from significant long-term destruction.</p> When you cut funding and abandon people, surprises happen Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T11:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T18:44:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Detroit, once one of the 20th century&rsquo;s top three thriving U.S. metropolises, has been a case study in ruin and decay for nearly half a century. &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age</a>,&rdquo; a new book of photographs and nuanced essays by <a href="" target="_blank">Camilo Jose Vergara</a>, delves into this culture of ruin, offering architects and urban planners an intriguing (and often surprising) pictorial atlas of what happens to a civilization during uncivilized times.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Peter Zellner of ZELLNERandCompany Nicholas Korody 2017-01-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:12:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chances are, when you first considered pursuing architecture, you imagined forging your own path. But, of course, the realities of practicing architecture in the 21st century make that easier said than done. Starting your own small practice is no small feat. We&rsquo;re interviewing a variety of different, small-scale practices about the difficulties they&rsquo;ve encountered and the rewards they&rsquo;ve reaped. For this installment, we talk with <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">ZELLNERandCompany</a>, an award-winning design firm based out of Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p>