Archinect - Features 2015-05-28T18:32:58-04:00 Screen/Print #32: NAAM's "On the Edge of Architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-13T09:16:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T10:31:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In our scope of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Screen/Print</em>s</strong></a>, architectural writing runs the gamut from object-oriented and project-specific analysis, to the fantasy realm of future conjectures and other worlds. The pieces can&rsquo;t be generalized by topic or style, only by approach &ndash; taking on any genre with architecture as the protagonist. Our featured issue of <strong><em>NAAM</em></strong>, &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">On the Edge of Architecture</a>&rdquo;,<strong> </strong>embodies that spirit wholeheartedly.</p> Art + Architecture: Andreas Angelidakis between the monumental and the particular Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-05-17T22:49:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Buoyantly imaginative yet grounded by a commitment to sociopolitical realism, the work of the Greek-born architect <a href="" target="_blank">Andreas Angelidakis</a>&nbsp;defies categorization. In fact, while he was trained as an architect at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, Angelidakis' work is perhaps better known in contemporary art circles than among architects. After all, Angelidakis exhibits in museums (and online) more than he builds. Yet his work, which takes the form of renderings, videos, sculptures, dioramas and installations, is visibly marked by an architectural sensibility. With near-manic intensity, Angelidakis&rsquo; work operates fluidly on the uneven terrain of the contemporary moment, invoking ecological disaster, digital and post-digital networks, economic crises, celebrity culture &ndash; often all at once. At the same time, specters of history &ndash; both imagined and real &ndash; never escape his expansive purview.</p> Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone Nicholas Korody 2015-05-07T12:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T20:43:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This is the third installment of the recurring feature&nbsp;<em>Architecture of the Anthropocene,&nbsp;</em>which explores the implications of the <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene thesis</a>&nbsp;for architecture. The <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> is a contested name for "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth."</p><p>Prior installments can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Screen/Print #31: Dialectic III, "Dream of Building or the Reality of Dreaming" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T17:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T18:07:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="633" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The official publication of the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Utah&rsquo;s School of Architecture</a>, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Dialectic</em></strong></a> is an explicit extension of the discussions and issues taking place within the school. The annual publication seeks to add nuance and opposing viewpoints to content already being produced by students, culling the best of student work produced throughout the year, framed by an editorial response to the same issues the external architectural community is facing.</p> How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes) Julia Ingalls 2015-04-30T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-10T04:48:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>April 25th&rsquo;s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has razed entire villages, severely disrupted basic infrastructure, and is responsible for the loss of over 5,000 lives. According to The Guardian, the death toll may rise to as many <a href="" target="_blank">10,000 people</a>. Unfortunately, in the wake of natural disasters, the architectural community has traditionally waited out the initial emergency phase before lending aid. The embarrassing response to 2005&rsquo;s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, in which thousands of refugees sweltered in the Superdome for days without ready access to running water, prompted organizations including the AIA to revamp their emergency-response guidelines. Now, architects are encouraged to immediately respond to a disaster.</p> Screen/Print #30: SOILED's "Cloudscrapers" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T09:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-08T18:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>SOILED</strong></a> is back, dirtier than ever. Our first-ever&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Screen/Print</em></strong></a>&nbsp;featured <strong>SOILED'</strong>s <em><a href="" target="_blank">Windowscrapers</a></em>,&nbsp;and for its next issue, the Chicago-based publication devoted to making &ldquo;a mess of the built environment and the politics of space&rdquo; set it sights a bit higher up. After scraping the windows, it gazes to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Cloudscrapers</a></em>, centering its architectural storytelling into the upper reaches of our atmosphere.</p> Ghosts of Schindler's past haunt Renee Green's MAK Center exhibition Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T12:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-02T22:51:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Where does an encounter with a work of architecture begin? There is the building as it first emerges on the horizon. Then the series of connected moments as you approach, that, like in a film, change according to variables of speed and distance, of the position of the subject in relation to the object. There is also the moment of crossing the threshold, the ambiguous line that demarcates inside from outside.</p> An open letter to Guest Lecture series Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-20T15:32:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T20:01:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Screen/Print #28: PLACE-HOLDER's interview with Greg Lynn for Issue 1/2, "Afterschool" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-23T10:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-08T16:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="741" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s foolish to think of process as a straight-line; tangents, detours, dead-ends and roundabouts are the foundation of architecture's process, however immaculate its presentation. <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>PLACE-HOLDER</strong></a>, a publication out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto</a>, focuses on the messy preamble and sequels to architecture, publishing those fringes of architectural practice and study that otherwise might be sheared away.</p> UpStarts: Martha Read Architects Julia Ingalls 2015-02-20T09:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T20:41:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="855" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2012 by former literature student and obituary writer Martha Read, UK-based Martha Read Architects is the distillation of multiple cultural sensitivities, honed over decades of teaching, writing, and working globally.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>UpStarts</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North America, Asia, and beyond will be asked to address the work behind getting the work, and the effect of cultural contexts. The focus will be on how a practice is initiated and maintained. In many ways, the critical years of a fledgling design partnership is within the initial five years, after the haze and daze of getting it off the ground.&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">UpStarts</a></strong>&nbsp;surveys the first years of practice as a tool for tracking the tactics of the rapidly evolving methods for sustaining a practice.</em></p> Oyler Wu Collaborative in ink, graphite and steel Anthony Morey 2015-02-09T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and writers write, yet architects do not architect &ndash; they draw, model, and write. Architecture is one of the few creative fields that does not allow the artist to work in the medium where the final work will be produced. Yet Oyler Wu Collaborative makes productive use of that cognitive jump.</p> The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture #2 Nicholas Korody 2015-01-16T09:45:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T19:31:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Do you know anyone who is not a debtor, at least in some sense? The idea is practically unthinkable. To participate in modern life, one must take on debt: credit cards, housing loans, medical bills, education. Even cash is a form of debt, albeit normalized to the point that we no longer think of it as such. <em>State of Debt and the Price of Architecture </em>is a series that attempts to consider the particular situation of architecture student debt within a larger cultural and historical framework: to show just how strange (and untenable) the normal actually is.</p> The Age Of The Plastic Chimney: How Cookie-Cutter Homes Drove Me to Despair… And Away from the Profession Paul Keskeys 2014-12-19T10:28:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:23:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A UK architect berates the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: How can we rock the status quo?</p> Op-Ed: If Architecture Were Optimism; A Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC Beth Mosenthal 2014-12-01T11:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T22:49:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the last year or so, reading or watching the news has become a game of roulette. Taking my chances, I scan pages or flip channels hastily in an attempt to avoid disturbing imagery and narrative in favor of landing on something meaningful and at least slightly optimistic.</p> Home is where the art is: Contemporary Artists and the Modern House Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-06T10:03:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hosting new art in old homes can make for some strange bedfellows.</p> Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories Nicholas Korody 2014-11-25T10:09:00-05:00 >2015-05-06T20:00:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In horror fiction, a house is usually haunted in one of two ways: either a building is inhabited by the ghosts of dead humans, or the structure itself is animated by a strange, non-human life. Edgar Allen Poe&rsquo;s short story &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Fall of the House of Usher</a>,&rdquo; an influential achievement of the genre, falls into the latter camp; the horror of the House of Usher can never be properly pinned down because it pervades the setting itself. But what&rsquo;s so scary about a living building?</p> Invasion: A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco Paul Keskeys 2014-11-24T10:13:00-05:00 >2014-12-02T12:12:47-05:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At thirty-three years old and counting, the <a href="" 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> 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="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the United States, around <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">10%</a>, student debt has increased by nearly <a href="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="721" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="" 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> AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-14T15:50:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T19:04:43-04:00 <img src="" 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> Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1 Nicholas Korody 2014-09-29T11:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T17:26:59-04:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="721" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a name like <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>LOBBY</strong></a>, <a href="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we've seen throughout our <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>, starring Tom Cruise.</p> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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> 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="" 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>