Archinect - Features 2015-04-26T20:18:18-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design Julia Ingalls 2015-01-12T09:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T20:48:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/defyr5i1bhvqzqoa.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a country infamous for its one time zone and countless architectural knock-offs, Four O Nine's success is startling and original.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" 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="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/116348258/student-works-townization-a-new-chinese-urbanization-paradigm-from-the-gsd Student Works: "Townization", a new Chinese urbanization paradigm from the GSD Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-26T10:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-30T21:33:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wg/wggh48rrvecsxgbn.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It would be something of an understatement to say the last thirty years of urbanization in China have been rough. Rapid and often unsustainable growth made newly transitioned cities difficult to maintain and economically fraught, burdened by their own heft. So when the Chinese government revised its strategy in 2013, it focused on more subtle and adaptive goals. Dingliang Yang, an urban planning student at the GSD, has a plan to make sure that happens.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture Showcase: Garden School / Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus by OPEN Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-14T19:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T05:40:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2mp55s4kkcfv2j2r.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking cues from the urban and pastoral, Beijing No. 4 High School (aka Garden School) strives not only to model elite Chinese public education, but also to also drive development in its relatively new town of Fangshan.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture A new nature: Interview with Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:05:00-04:00 >2014-06-05T13:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dp9t9yh89308vmts.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ma Yansong is a trailblazing figure for Chinese architecture, having made a name for himself around the world as a business leader and innovative architect. Recently named <a href="http://www.i-mad.com/ennews_details.aspx?id=145" target="_blank">2014's Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum</a> and one of <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3029521/most-creative-people-2014/ma-yansong" target="_blank">Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business</a>, Yansong founded MAD Architecture ten years ago in Beijing, and earlier this year announced the opening of another office in Los Angeles.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/98099301/what-is-the-los-angeles-biennale-of-architecture-urbanism What is the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-06T11:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T11:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1om99rslys1yxud1.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For three days this past February, eight loosely-affiliated individuals sat around a makeshift table in Shenzhen and talked about Los Angeles. This is the purely pragmatic explanation of what the Los Angeles Biennale was, in its inaugural form at 2013&rsquo;s Bi-City Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism, taking place in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-27T17:59:00-05:00 >2014-01-26T23:25:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lv04qs1u2c6fqs3w.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/330501/aftershock" target="_blank"><strong>AfterShock </strong></a>is a non-conclusive series that grapples with the impact and responsibility of contemporary architectural design, hoping to instigate dialogues on how to make architecture more accountable.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/59982286/showcase-liyuan-library-by-li-xiaodong-atelier ShowCase: Liyuan Library by Li Xiaodong/Atelier Archinect 2012-10-24T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-13T14:07:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ezoc4sbxbducqbs.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/41080183/amateur-architecture-a-new-vernacular Amateur Architecture: A New Vernacular? Evan Chakroff 2012-03-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-09T21:03:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx8ebhtqk6yxdnjc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Wang Shu may be a surprising choice for this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize, but it&rsquo;s an excellent one, and well-deserved. In recent years the Pritzker Committee has gravitated towards architects who produce work with an innate understanding of place, allowing their ties to local culture to infuse their work. The choice of Wang Shu (and, by extension, of Amateur Architecture and partner Lu Wenyu) continues this trend: his work is as culturally-sensitive and contextually responsive as it is aesthetically stunning.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/7706563/op-ed-sticks-and-stones-ai-weiwei-and-the-uses-of-architecture Op-Ed: Sticks and Stones; Ai Weiwei and the Uses of Architecture Fred Scharmen 2011-05-26T12:39:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:16:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtmszdv4oaoq69h7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> This op-ed was initially conceived as a series of critical Twitter messages by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>, aka <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/sevensixfive" target="_blank">sevensixfive</a>, directed at blogs (including Archinect) that have been providing ongoing exposure of new architecture projects in China, considering China's unfair capture and treatment of artist/activist Ai Weiwei. In an effort to investigate this issue further, and hopefully spark a little productive debate, we invited Fred to pen this op-ed.</p> <p> Should the media protest the treatment of Ai Weiwei by ceasing promotion of all new architectural work in China? Should architects refuse to take on new work in China? Should we continue to support the work of architects and artists in China, but only with a disclaimer? Please share your thoughts in the comments.</p>