Archinect - Features 2016-10-27T05:21:41-04:00 To Hire 'the Best in the World' Post-Brexit, Trade and Immigration Are Top Concerns Chris Williamson 2016-10-25T02:56:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T13:57:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In <a href="" target="_blank">a previous article</a> I wrote about the Brexit referendum, I concluded by saying it could be the crowning achievement of a long and glorious reign for Elizabeth II. I would like to be clear: I voted to remain in the European Union.</p> How to Get a Job at: FXFOWLE Archinect 2016-09-28T11:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:57:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience.&nbsp;When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical.&nbsp;Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> A well, a windmill, a mirror: Sigil's real and symbolic interventions in Syria Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:34:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Hospitals, water and electricity are always the first to be attacked,&rdquo; states a doctor from Anadan, a city in Northern Syria, as quoted in an Amnesty International <a href="" target="_blank">report</a>. &ldquo;Once that happens people no longer have services to survive.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> The lazy architect's guide to completing continuing education credits Julia Ingalls 2016-09-23T11:59:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T00:20:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are continuing education credits, and why are they necessary? More importantly, what&rsquo;s the easiest way of completing them? For your convenience, we've put together an overview of the AIA's Continuing Education System, and seven simple solutions for getting through it.</p> Screen/Print #45: Orhan Ayyüce interviews "The Wire" actor Bob Wisdom for LA Forum's summer issue Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T21:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="993" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For locals and beyond, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has a simple aim&mdash;highlight what makes L.A.'s architecture and urbanism discourse special, and what it can teach the rest of the world. Seasonally, <a href="" target="_blank">LA Forum</a> draws on its own board members and reaches into the community to publish a newsletter under a single theme or proposition.</p> How to Get a Job at: Studio Link-Arc Archinect 2016-09-19T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T00:21:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="609" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navigating the unpredictable landscape of job hunting is an arduous task that demands unrelenting patience.&nbsp;When you're at your wit's end, it's tempting to throw caution to the wind and send the same exact resume to multiple design firms. But no two firms are identical. Although certain technical skills are required across the industry,&nbsp;there are particular essential qualities &mdash; and red flags &mdash; that aren't always listed on a firm's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a>. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> Gaming the System: role-playing spatial and political change Quilian Riano 2016-09-01T09:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T00:18:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"[The] sovereign art, of course, will be the one whose laws rule over the relations among men in their totality. That is, Politics.</p><p>Nothing is alien to Politics, because nothing is alien to the superior art that rules the relations among men.</p><p>Medicine, war, architecture, etc. &ndash; minor and major arts, all without exception &ndash; are subject to, and make up, that sovereign art." &mdash; Augusto Boal, <em>Theatre of the Oppressed</em>, 1973</p> London is a game of life or death in 'Metropoly' Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T09:33:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:01:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The city has long been a tool for social development and progression,&rdquo; writes Adam Fryett in Metropoly, his submission to Archinect&rsquo;s open call for August. &ldquo;It is clear however that the <a href="" target="_blank">neoliberal</a>&nbsp;age&nbsp;of consumer capital has led to a regression of the social standards of modern city development, leading to a vast reduction in both the quality of life and life itself of a vast number of inhabitants.&rdquo;</p> Screen/Print #43: 'Beautifully Banal' by Architecture Hero Julia Ingalls 2016-08-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:01:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="833" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Beautifully Banal,</em>&nbsp;a marvelously detailed, narrative-driven exploration of architectural drawing types via a fly&rsquo;s structural adventures, is both a slender comic and an architectural delight.</p> 'Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y' explores new forms of living and owning in a changing London Nicholas Korody 2016-08-13T06:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While an average of 100,000 people move to London each year, only about 25,000 new homes are built annually: a <a href="" target="_blank">formula</a> that has produced a critical lack in affordable housing. The median rent in the capital city is &pound;1,400 and the average house price has passed &pound;600,000. In other words, only the very rich can afford to live in London.</p> Touring some of the world's most attractive public housing projects Julia Ingalls 2016-08-09T09:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:46:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Can affordable public housing be beautiful? It&rsquo;s a question that for years was answered with indifference.</p> In honor of the Rio Games, 6 momentous projects from the Olympics' 21st-century history Julia Ingalls 2016-08-05T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T19:29:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>20 kilometer long traffic jams, eleven dead construction workers, and one slain jaguar: the lead-up to the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Rio Olympics</a> has not been problem-free. Zika, pollution and political turmoil came alongside construction delays and problematic venues, with competitors refusing to move into the athletes' village until the wiring was fixed.&nbsp;And yet, aren't these types of problems just par for the course when it comes to the Olympics?</p> At home in a changing climate: strategies for adapating to sea level rise Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T10:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For most of us, &lsquo;home&rsquo; conjures a sense of safety and security. But a home is a fragile thing: vulnerable to quaking ground, rushing water, violent winds&mdash;not to mention, the volatility of finances and health. This has never been more true than in the time of climate change. The global thermostat of the home in which we build our homes is on the fritz.&nbsp;</p> WikiHouse's lead architect on how open-source idealism could cure a sickly building market Robert Urquhart 2016-08-02T05:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Working far beyond the simplistic notion of crowdsourced design, <a href="" target="_blank">WikiHouse Foundation</a> is a building system and a stamp of approval for open-source innovations around the building industry.</p> Brexit vote was due to "a loss of identity more than anything else" – op-ed by Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment Alan Penn 2016-07-30T06:19:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As an architect and an optimist, I am hopeful that the chaos in Britain triggered by the Brexit referendum may be accompanied by yet another great age of creative invention.</p> "Emergence: Home Beyond Boundaries" – a reader submission on Domesticity Duha Al Nasir 2016-07-23T10:33:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="630" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As one of the submissions to our <a href="" target="_blank">Open Call for July's theme of "Domesticity,"</a> Duha Al Nasir tackled the challenge of envisioning her version of the next Case Study home, riffing on the realtor "ad" prompt with a rumination on the very nature of home. Al Nasir&nbsp;locates the essential home within the nexus of experience, likening it to an "emotional suitcase" and concluding that ultimately, one's home is not a physical enclosure but a metaphor for a sense of self.</p> It's the Culture, Stupid: curatorial statement for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, from executive director George Brugmans Orhan Ayyüce 2016-07-09T09:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T00:56:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It all started January 2010 when I first <a href="" target="_blank">interviewed the director of International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam George Brugmans</a> for Archinect. Since then, our relationship developed and I closely followed his work at IABR which I find arguably the most serious biennale concerning urbanism and city-making at the highest level of reality and usefulness.</p> Brexit: a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity – op-ed by Patrik Schumacher Patrik Schumacher 2016-07-08T04:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T07:53:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I have very little in common with the arguments of the Leave Campaign, and in particular reject the anti-immigration thrust of the Campaign. However, I welcome Brexit as offering an enhanced ability and chance to experiment with new policies that dare more economic freedom.</p> The Whistleblower Architects: surveillance, infrastructure, and freedom of information according to Cryptome (part 2) Nicholas Korody 2016-07-07T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T01:37:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This is the second half of a two-part interview with Cryptome, an online repository of leaked government secrets and other documents relevant to contemporary surveillance and its infrastructure. Cryptome is run by the architects Deborah Natsios and John Young, who live and work in New York City (any use of the first person is from Natsios' perspective). Part one, which you can read <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>, delves into their backgrounds and motivations. Part two deals more with their views on the contemporary city and the politics of information access.</p> The Whistleblower Architects: surveillance, infrastructure, and freedom of information according to Cryptome (part 1) Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T08:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T01:18:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architects are no strangers to controversy, but few have had their work called a &ldquo;tip off [to] terrorists,&rdquo; as <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;once <a href="" target="_blank">described</a> Deborah Natsios and John Young&rsquo;s twenty year old project, <a href="" target="_blank">Cryptome</a>. Then again, few architects devote their time to disclosing government secrets, from the internal emails of Wikileaks to lists of alleged former members of the Stasi.</p> To design a secure bank, ask a bank robber Julia Ingalls 2016-06-30T08:22:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:19-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Joe Loya, a former bank robber turned TV writer, learned to read spaces the way other criminals learned to crack safes. His insights illuminate the changing role of privacy in the architecture of crime prevention design for banks.</p> Screen/Print #42: Harvard's New Geographies 07, 'Geographies of Information' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-24T10:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T00:23:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="809" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that, in an era of unprecedented access to information fueled by an accelerating Moore&rsquo;s Law, everything weighs on the land. While unlikely to be visible from the backyard, the infrastructure of digital technologies will only become more pervasive, and should be respected with the same aesthetic and critical discourse that we bestow on the ballet of the sidewalk, the symphony of the city, and the poetry of infrastructure.</p> Station to station: the architects behind Crossrail, Europe's biggest infrastructure project ever Robert Urquhart 2016-06-22T06:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T00:20:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it begins operating in 2018, London&rsquo;s Elizabeth Line, aka Crossrail, will ease travelers commuting and connecting across the city, bridging east and west. With construction progressing on schedule, attention has turned to the stations that will give a new lease on life to the suburbs on either end of the line. But it&rsquo;s not just the suburbs that will benefit&mdash;the interchanges in the city centre are also in desperate need of an upgrade.</p> Uniting the peripheral and the central at the 2016 Venice Biennale Ed Frith 2016-06-18T10:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T13:50:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How architects are educated, and the role they play in society, are key questions of today. As an architecture teacher, I ask my students how they see their role; are they makers, choreographers, gardeners, enablers, artists? This year&rsquo;s Venice Biennale asks, and tries to answer, the same question. There are many different answers.</p> #GetSafe: a beginner's guide to cybersecurity for architects Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:14:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cybersecurity: you hear about it often, but assume it doesn&rsquo;t really concern you. You have nothing to hide, right? And, besides, why would someone hack <em>you</em> of all people? Or your firm?&nbsp;</p> Make room, make room: Aravena's Venice Biennale juggles inclusivity with individuality Andrea Dietz 2016-06-15T10:11:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:16:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The call for the 15th La Biennale Architettura di Venezia, &ldquo;Reporting from the Front,&rdquo; asked architecture to give a damn. It did so as an expression of dissatisfaction with past performances, and by attempting to showcase remedies, all under the curatorial leadership of <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Pritzker Prize winner</a>,&nbsp;Alejandro Aravena.</p> One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps Nicholas Korody 2016-06-08T08:37:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As conflicts continue to rage in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, millions of people&nbsp;have found themselves without papers, a state, or a home. Architecture is directly <a href="" target="_blank">implicated</a> in this humanitarian crisis&mdash;providing shelter is, after all, a primary onus of the disciple&mdash;and it&rsquo;s taken notice, as the projects <a href="" target="_blank">rolling out of Venice</a> make clear.</p> Book review: "Entr'acte: Performing Publics, Pervasive Media, and Architecture" Nicholas Korody 2016-06-05T18:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:11:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the month of May, inspired in part by the theme of Alejandro Aravena&rsquo;s Venice Biennale, <a href="" target="_blank">Reporting from the Front</a>, Archinect&rsquo;s coverage has included a <a href="" target="_blank">special focus</a> on socially-engaged practices and, accordingly, hosted many conversations about how and why architects should engage with the public. Yet largely absent from this discussion is the question of who or what constitutes the public today.</p> 'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineering-design consultancy behind the Petersen Automotive Museum's redesign Aaron Willette 2016-05-31T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:00:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the second installation of the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Matters of Scale</strong></a> series I&rsquo;m talking to Bill Zahner, president and CEO of the <a href="" target="_blank">A. Zahner Company</a>. For many people Bill doesn&rsquo;t need an introduction&mdash;he&rsquo;s been involved with the engineering and fabrication of metal fa&ccedil;ade systems for the likes of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfo</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a>, and many, many others.&nbsp;When initially planning the Matters of Scale series, Bill&rsquo;s name was first on my list of people that I wanted to include in the larger conversation, and I&rsquo;m elated to be able to include him so early in the series.</p> paraSITE: the bandage over the nomadic wound Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Using the air discharged from publicly accessible HVAC units, artist Michael Rakowitz has created a series of inflatable temporary plastic shelters for the homeless he calls &ldquo;paraSITE.&rdquo; The work, which began in 1998 and was later added to the MoMA&rsquo;s Architecture and Design online collection, is both a form of social protest and an ingenious, budget-conscious design (most units cost around $5 to construct).</p>