Archinect - Features 2017-03-24T06:29:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149997921/brexit-diaries-chris-williamson-20-march-2017 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j2zsj1qpio5lnu15.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149997468/who-builds-your-architecture-a-critical-field-guide 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3h/3hfat6phjtlisajn.jpg" width="650" height="989" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://whobuilds.org/" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149996948/reflecting-and-refracting-the-politics-of-glass-architecture 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xb47n9mu7pwne1d1.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149993363/dissolving-the-line-between-client-and-staff-spaces 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d14nd6lqjexi7pn3.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149994771/phil-freelon-on-engaging-with-black-history-through-architecture 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssdcivymcvq1j882.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/94941597/freelon-group-bought-by-perkins-will" target="_blank">Phil Freelon</a> played a pivotal, and perhaps under-recognized, role in the creation of the critically-acclaimed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/767550/national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" target="_blank">National Museum of African American History and Culture</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149994216/decoding-gender-discrimination-in-design-with-qspace Decoding Gender Discrimination in Design with QSPACE Nicholas Korody 2017-03-02T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-03-03T23:06:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/tp/tpngzmisj3qclz1r.gif" width="3300" height="3300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week, President Trump <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/devos-sessions-transgender-students-rights.html" target="_blank">rescinded</a> an Obama-era order that had provided protections for transgender and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_variance" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937477/mapping-transgender-friendly-bathrooms-in-hostile-north-carolina" 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="http://qspacearch.com/" target="_blank">QSPACE</a>, a &ldquo;queer architecture research organization&rdquo; based at the <a href="http://archinect.com/columbiagsapp" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149994523/uncovering-the-architecture-of-colonialism-with-the-funambulist 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46rk80xt3la5lvfh.jpg" width="650" height="907" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="https://thefunambulist.net/" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149993410/brexit-diaries-andrew-whalley-of-grimshaw-27-february-2017 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t6/t6g30dbuz5m4mbn9.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149993731/dioniso-lab-s-new-home-puts-the-outside-at-the-center 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vt9srot013gio1zm.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/features/tag/150883/portugal" 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="http://www.dionisolab.com/" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149991941/buildings-need-to-be-curated-collaboration-with-other-fields-is-vital-to-an-era-of-experience 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6s/6s57y2p14196qzdl.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988794/the-environment-we-design-designs-us-back-a-conversation-with-eran-chen-of-oda "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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/64cervgox3jcvbd1.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/105017616/oda-architecture" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149992224/architecture-in-the-trump-era-a-report-from-columbia-gsapp-by-a-l-hu 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ube5lqnjbxy3nzpd.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149991760/brexit-diaries-chris-williamson-14-february-2017 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/30/30s04lpohi7i4bbl.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149990867/hgtv-theory-tiny-house-hunters-debt-resistors 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bb/bbht2mouwoumpft2.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149990064/trump-s-travel-ban-architects-and-educators-respond 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rh/rhdczqa7ctd9euny.jpg" 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="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/government-reveals-over-100000-visas-revoked-due-to-travel-ban/2017/02/03/7d529eec-ea2c-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.0a613aaf1118" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988791/screen-print-49-bracket-ponders-how-architecture-should-respond-in-extreme-times 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qm/qmp4ich7j1sijtsn.jpg" 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="http://brkt.org/" target="_blank"><em>Bracket</em></a>&nbsp;examines the role of architecture in a world in which "extreme" is constantly being redefined.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988140/hear-ye-the-new-10-commandments-for-architecture 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p22rkfozevswggb3.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982007/lorcan-o-herlihy-architects-pumps-up-the-volume-with-amplified-urbanism 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5j/5jdmc4grcyibb94q.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="http://archinect.com/LOHA" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy Architects</a>&rsquo; new monograph <a href="http://amzn.to/2j7D8fH" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149987667/climate-change-was-removed-from-whitehouse-gov-today-what-does-this-mean-for-architects Climate change was removed from whitehouse.gov 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqzy7kuv5zo5teba.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Directly following the inauguration of our new 45th president, whitehouse.gov received an overhaul. The most notable change was the complete deletion of the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfcv4rx6s31qwjno.jpg" 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="http://amzn.to/2jje9tX" 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="http://amzn.to/2jJojAv" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979720/small-studio-snapshots-peter-zellner-of-zellnerandcompany 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rn/rn5579geqgiahe0y.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/ZNcArchitects_PeterZellner" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/ZELLNERandCompany" target="_blank">ZELLNERandCompany</a>, an award-winning design firm based out of Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149986212/brexit-diaries-chris-williamson-13-january-2017 Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 13 January 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-01-13T03:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:19:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sn/snphhruiavjepi76.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With 2 months to go before Article 50 is enacted we are no nearer knowing what Brexit means.</p><p>Obviously the Government is not likely to reveal details which might undermine their negotiating position but it would be well advised to outline its objectives and strategy. A statement has been promised but is now well overdue.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149984821/how-to-inject-poetry-into-architecture-carme-pin-s-in-conversation-with-orhan-ayy-ce 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8a/8azxa00w4siot7mp.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/19722/richard-neutra" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016 No Particular Place To Go: Cuba, 2016 Evan Chakroff 2017-01-06T13:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T00:39:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8k/8k0ej50j6h31gl62.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s no divorcing architecture from politics. Every construction project beyond a certain size necessitates coordination - cooperation, or coercion &ndash; and an organization of effort and labor in service of a design. Until the day a builder can direct a swarm of drones to lay brick or erect steel, architecture will by necessity remain a collaborative effort; buildings and cities the work of societies, not individuals.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982005/dean-s-list-kate-schwennsen-s-balancing-act-at-clemson-university Dean's List: Kate Schwennsen's balancing act at Clemson University Julia Ingalls 2016-12-27T10:02:00-05:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vg/vgk9b8yj5edjx929.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149983280/sustainable-slate-tiles-dress-this-danish-family-s-energy-efficient-future-house Sustainable slate tiles dress this Danish family’s energy-efficient “Future House” Sponsor 2016-12-19T15:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T06:16:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/se/sefts38pu0sirsjf.jpg" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Scandinavian design, it&rsquo;s the little things that count. When this Danish family wanted to design and build their own home, they wanted all the little things to add up to a balance of energy efficiency with light and atmosphere, cost with comfort, aesthetics with sustainability. All that would combine to create something that lasted, both functionally and aesthetically. The resulting &ldquo;Future House&rdquo; by Danish firm <a href="http://novaform.dk/" target="_blank">Novaform Arkitekterne</a> gets the job done elegantly, harnessing a modest structure to diverse ends.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982003/screen-print-48-lobby-investigates-faith-in-architecture Screen/Print #48: "Lobby" Investigates Faith in Architecture Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T01:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:56:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/01/01a1ns808zq2k5f6.jpg" width="650" height="912" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The fifth issue of <em>LOBBY</em>, the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London's publication of thematically related essays and interviews, explores the meaning, fragility, and ultimate worth of a unifying architectural "faith."</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149981665/brexit-diaries-chris-williamson-7-december-2016 Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 7 December 2016 Chris Williamson 2016-12-07T04:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T23:33:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/db/db3657guldw104hw.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I remember standing stunned in a state of disbelief and despair outside 10 Downing Street in May 1979 amongst a cheering throng of enthusiastic supporters watching Margaret Thatcher appear as the new Prime Minister. As Jeremy Thorpe the Liberal leader awaiting trial at the Old Bailey said at the time "I am horrified. She makes Ted Heath look like a moderate.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149980745/at-usc-s-homeless-studio-students-work-towards-real-solutions-to-the-city-s-homeless-crisis 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/th/thwcucltgtidb6tk.jpg" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few miles from the <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/149980050/short-and-not-so-sweet-a-collection-of-architecture-haiku-criticism Short and Not-So-Sweet: A Collection of Architecture Haiku Criticism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T12:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T00:27:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l7/l7uiwlszmzisyngn.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In honor of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974072/open-call-for-submissions-xs" target="_blank">November's XS theme</a>, we asked readers to send us notes of architectural criticism, in haiku: the Japanese poetic form restricted to three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, in that order. And boy, did folks deliver. You can pack a lot of sour into 17 syllables, but also beauty. Below are the best haiku from our open call, and a few from Archinect's forum. Enjoy.</p>