Archinect - Features 2014-08-01T06:01:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/103338066/the-deans-list-mark-wigley-of-columbia-university-s-gsapp The Deans List: Mark Wigley of Columbia University's GSAPP Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-07T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T19:24:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbo95eg7lvxrdfwb.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p><p>For this issue, we spoke with&nbsp;<strong>Mark Wigley</strong>, former Dean of Columbia University's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3109814/columbia-university" target="_blank">Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation</a> in New York City.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/102111838/i-am-trying-to-function-a-little-bit-in-a-humble-way-as-an-ambassador-for-los-angeles-interview-with-gabriel-kahane-about-his-new-album-the-ambassador "I am trying to function a little bit, in a humble way, as an ambassador for Los Angeles": Interview with Gabriel Kahane about his new album, The Ambassador Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-06-25T21:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfx6b94cnrcx3jnv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Gabriel Kahane's new album, <em><a href="http://gabrielkahane.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">The Ambassador</a></em>, builds songs from the moods of places within Los Angeles. Born in Venice Beach, raised in northern California and living in Brooklyn, Kahane has created an unlikely ambassador for Los Angeles' pathos.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101642075/this-incredible-derogatory-racialized-way-people-talk-about-the-space-director-kelly-anderson-s-cutting-room-interview-on-gentrification-and-activism-in-her-doc-my-brooklyn "This incredible, derogatory, racialized way people talk about the space": director Kelly Anderson's Cutting Room interview on gentrification and activism in her doc, "My Brooklyn" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T11:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T22:32:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4v4wec99qc4nzj57.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="http://www.mybrooklynmovie.com/" target="_blank">My Brooklyn</a></em> takes a close look at the guiding forces behind Brooklyn&rsquo;s gentrification, from the highly personal perspective of documentary filmmaker (and&nbsp;self-identifying gentrifier), Kelly Anderson. Pivoting around Anderson&rsquo;s and producer Allison Lirish Dean&rsquo;s investigation of redevelopment efforts for downtown Brooklyn&rsquo;s Fulton Mall, the documentary carefully considers both the personal and historical factors behind gentrification&rsquo;s economic shifts, outlining (if not simplifying) the complexity of the gentrification debate.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/100286211/cutting-room-talking-architectural-dissent-and-climate-proof-buildings-with-eugene-tssui-subject-of-kyung-lee-s-telos-documentary Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's "TELOS" documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-28T10:06:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:03:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qjt5qm5exuyhznnz.jpg" width="514" height="580" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em><a href="http://www.telosmovie.com/" target="_blank">TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui</a></em></strong>&nbsp;is a slice of the architect's uphill battle against the built environment&rsquo;s status quo, documenting his crusade for what he calls &ldquo;Evolutionary Architecture&rdquo;. Maligned for his off-beat sustainable design principles as a student and struggling to build as a professional, Tssui persists as a Renaissance Man -- an artist, athlete, teacher and designer, who just doesn&rsquo;t seem made for these times.</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/100123048/screen-print-16-project-journal-s-issue-3-featuring-a-conversation-with-neil-denari Screen/Print #16: Project Journal's "Issue 3", featuring a conversation with Neil Denari Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-21T10:32:00-04:00 >2014-05-27T22:26:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2kp8repzjsng5in.jpg" width="514" height="729" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://projectjournal.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Project Journal</strong></a> is a place for critical architectural discourse, with few restrictions regarding content, but an insistence on zealous, young voices. The journal aims simply to provide a platform for new, potentially dissenting ideas in architecture, but (as the name implies) was initially inspired by discussions with practicing architects about the motivations and explanations behind individual projects. For its third issue, featured here, <strong>Project Journal </strong>is now published under the Consolidated Urbanism nonprofit, its prior two issues made possible via Kickstarter.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/99264230/the-deans-list-chris-knapp-of-abedian-school-of-architecture The Deans List: Chris Knapp of Abedian School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-12T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T19:36:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itges7bnwjtqzpdq.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p><p>For this issue, we spoke with&nbsp;<strong>Chris Knapp</strong>, Discipline Leader of Bond University's <a href="http://architecture.bond.edu.au/" target="_blank">Abedian School of Architecture</a> in Queensland, Australia.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/97664287/interview-jos-oubrerie Interview: José Oubrerie Orhan Ayyüce 2014-04-11T12:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T10:54:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gr/gr4vwgq7tvkm8482.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I met with Jos&eacute; Oubrerie in February at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and later we drove to the Schindler House on Kings Road. He was in town for the book launch of <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Et-Suburbia-Ego-Oubreries-Miller/dp/1881390527" target="_blank">Et in Suburbia Ego: Jos&eacute; Oubrerie&rsquo;s Miller House</a>&nbsp;edited by Todd Gannon</em>. The following is our conversation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/66096833/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-3-s-o-paulo-rotterdam-and-beyond Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 3, São Paulo, Rotterdam and Beyond Orhan Ayyüce 2013-01-30T17:09:00-05:00 >2013-03-14T12:25:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9kfdrdtwu9t6fdo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Continuation of Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce's interview with George Brugmans, Executive Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR).</p> <p> <em>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66092556/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-1-making-city" target="_blank">PART 1, Making City</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66096130/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-2-arnavutk-y-istanbul" target="_blank">PART 2, Arnavutk&ouml;y, Istanbul</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/66096130/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-2-arnavutk-y-istanbul Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 2, Arnavutköy, Istanbul Orhan Ayyüce 2013-01-28T15:15:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T08:58:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxe7qo363vj6whfq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Continuation of Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce's interview with George Brugmans, Executive Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR).</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66092556/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-1-making-city" target="_blank"><em>Previously: PART 1, Making City</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/66092556/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-1-making-city Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 1, Making City Orhan Ayyüce 2013-01-23T17:42:00-05:00 >2013-01-24T08:09:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mk6av1qgzjjnz28g.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>&ldquo;I do not believe in throwing good stuff away. Every IABR edition builds on earlier editions. We refocus, change perspective, pick up new elements; we re-use and reconfigure, and then we scramble and stir. Compared to most other Biennales, we&rsquo;re poor and small, so we have to be smart, not waste what we have, choose our battles, break rules, find shortcuts, work with good people, make friends and truly commit ourselves.&rdquo; - George Brugmans</em></p> <p> IABR, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam is the most engaged urban Biennale in the world. Supported by the Dutch Government, the city of Rotterdam, the municipalities where the IABR runs test sites and the collaborators from NGO's, this urban biennale continues to discuss, engage, make, critique and invent solutions for pressing problems regarding the present and the future of the cities in this so called urban century with rapidly growing megalopolises and populations.<br> IABR holds that when we would all be living in better-made citie...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/43132544/tadao-ando-interview-20-minutes-with-a-master Tadao Ando Interview: 20 Minutes with a Master Paul Petrunia 2012-04-23T20:10:00-04:00 >2013-11-06T23:13:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msptdh4rr4nt2pjs.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I can easily point to Tadao Ando's work as one of my earliest sources of inspiration, pulling me toward a life embedded in architecture. The powerful simplicity of his forms has always seemed to me, to represent an understanding far greater than that of the built environment alone. A few weeks ago, we had a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the master, thanks to a generous offer from <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/7374/california-state-polytechnic-university-pomona" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> and <a href="http://www.11dot1.com" target="_blank">Axel Schmitzberger</a>, during Ando's brief visit to Los Angeles to collect his <a href="http://www.csupomona.edu/~arc/images/news/ando.jpg" target="_blank">2012 Richard Neutra Award</a>. So, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" target="_blank">Orhan</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/200410/alexander-walter" target="_blank">Alex</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2566394/kaori-walter" target="_blank">Kaori</a> and I headed out to <a href="http://www.neutra-vdl.org" target="_blank">Neutra's VDL House</a> in Silver Lake, on a chilly afternoon in late March, for a brief, yet memorable, chat.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/31857259/building-between-dimensions-an-interview-with-sophia-vyzoviti Building Between Dimensions: An Interview with Sophia Vyzoviti Archinect 2012-02-27T20:00:00-05:00 >2013-05-15T12:23:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z15oq4m4gnvs422a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by Woody Evans</em></p> <p> Architect Sophia Vyzoviti pushes, cuts, pleats, folds, and shreds the edges of architectural design &ndash; to startling effect. I was a librarian to architecture and engineering departments at a community college for some years, and found myself often promoting her work on folding matter to CAD-dazed sophomores; it opened eyes. Her emphasis on the techniques of handling physical models and materials is refreshing in a world when so many of the Prtizker class seem to work solely in software. I interview her here about augmented reality, touching stuff, and the aesthetics of smart textures.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/13016898/architecture-and-design-graduates-how-to-secure-your-first-position-part-1 Architecture and Design Graduates – How to Secure Your First Position – Part 1 Archinect 2011-07-14T13:37:16-04:00 >2014-07-27T08:14:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2lmq0tsyz48fbfd.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by James Long/Ellicott Long</em></p> <p> Finding your first architecture or design job can be a daunting experience. It is the culmination of all those years of hard work and study and the chance to go and get some real experience in the industry. Throughout my time recruiting within the design profession I have seen a lot of graduate level CV&rsquo;s and design portfolios and I have met a lot of candidates looking to take that first step into a design firm. This article hopes to provide some useful guidance on how to maximise your chances of success in securing that initial role and draws on examples that I have myself experienced both in the UK and Asia.</p> <p> As there is quite a lot to focus on so this guide will be published in 3 parts:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Part 1 (this article):</strong> Writing Your CV, Writing a Cover Letter</li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/O4gJh6KcpMUzA00H" target="_blank"><strong>Part 2:</strong> Assembling a Portfolio, Applying for Positions</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/JNd2rEjBcdnqYhAb" target="_blank"><strong>Part 3:</strong> Interviewing Successfully, Accepting An Offer</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/features/article/13018102/architecture-and-design-graduates-how-to-secure-your-first-position-part-2 Architecture and Design Graduates – How to Secure Your First Position – Part 2 Archinect 2011-07-14T13:37:15-04:00 >2011-07-18T15:38:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5h/5hhpxgrgmgtr9aty.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by James Long/Ellicott Long</em></p> <p> Continuing our Graduate Theme, we now focus on Part 2 of our article for Architecture and Design Graduates.</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/6GonX1PB92q2xVGJ" target="_blank"><strong>Part 1:</strong> Writing Your CV, Writing a Cover Letter</a></li> <li> <strong>Part 2 (this article): </strong>Assembling a Portfolio, Applying for Positions</li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/JNd2rEjBcdnqYhAb" target="_blank"><strong>Part 3:</strong> Interviewing Successfully, Accepting An Offer</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/features/article/13018104/architecture-and-design-graduates-how-to-secure-your-first-position-part-3 Architecture and Design Graduates – How to Secure Your First Position – Part 3 Archinect 2011-07-14T13:37:14-04:00 >2013-01-23T21:47:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ng/ngod97oahad7w90c.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by James Long/Ellicott Long</em></p> <p> In the final part of our Graduate Advice blog I look at how to interview successfully and then how to handle your first offer.</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/6GonX1PB92q2xVGJ" target="_blank"><strong>Part 1:</strong> Writing Your CV, Writing a Cover Letter</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/O4gJh6KcpMUzA00H" target="_blank"><strong>Part 2:</strong> Assembling a Portfolio, Applying for Positions</a></li> <li> <strong>Part 3 (this article):</strong> Interviewing Successfully, Accepting An Offer</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/features/article/2875457/5-projects-interview-5-alexander-maymind 5 Projects: Interview 5 - Alexander Maymind Alex Maymind 2011-04-14T13:41:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:26:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1o6ix75mpch8en6.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University's School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale's campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today's architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large. Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally ...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2871847/5-projects-interview-4-brian-spring 5 Projects: Interview 4 - Brian Spring Alex Maymind 2011-04-14T12:57:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:27:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rv/rvprgig55nonltl2.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University's School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale's campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today's architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large. Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally ...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2673501/5-projects-interview-3-matthew-persinger 5 Projects: Interview 3 - Matthew Persinger Alex Maymind 2011-04-12T19:21:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:27:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nr/nrl8tuw3kvsijac7.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University's School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale's campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today's architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large. Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally ...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2656611/5-projects-interview-2-adam-tomski 5 Projects: Interview 2 - Adam Tomski Alex Maymind 2011-04-12T15:57:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kdc0ge5y9yhnq6yp.jpg" width="514" height="183" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University's School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale's campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today's architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large. Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally ...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2148211/5-projects-interview-1-mark-talbot 5 Projects: Interview 1 - Mark Talbot Alex Maymind 2011-04-07T22:18:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:28:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29i3n6t6xlutce86.jpg" width="514" height="168" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University's School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale's campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today's architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large. Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally ...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2137405/a-conversation-with-michael-woo A Conversation with Michael Woo Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-07T20:02:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adwm03e0blue59ge.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><i>By Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</i> &nbsp; <p> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Woo" target="_blank">Michael Woo</a> is the dean of California Polytechnic University, Pomona the College of Environmental Design which contains departments of&nbsp;Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. He is a familiar name in Southern California. Mr. Woo has served in Los Angeles City Council and ran for the mayor's office in 1993 as the Democratic candidate, losing by a small margin to Republican candidate and businessman Richard Riordan. A planner by education, Mr. Woo is a unique dean for a design school with the background of an established politician and, to a degree, an environmental activist. I sat down with him last December in his office and had this conversation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/92238/upstarts-ball-nogues-studio UpStarts: Ball-Nogues Studio katyatylevich 2009-09-25T14:45:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T20:30:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ps/pskchal287ojhkq1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <i>I arrive at <b>Ball-Nogues Studio</b> in downtown Los Angeles ten minutes early. <b>Benjamin Ball</b> is still on the phone with a client, which I take as a green-light to snoop around the office &mdash; a spacious room decked with suspended shapes and colorful projects-in-progress. Against one wall, a small library points to the &lsquo;reference medley&rsquo; Ball and partner <b>Gaston Nogues</b> bring to their practice. Art and architecture represent in the titles, of course, but no less so than, say, Constructivist theater. I find this fitting for a young design and fabrication firm whose varied projects give way to many hyphenations: &ldquo;architecturally-integrated&rdquo;; &ldquo;digitally-hand-crafted&rdquo;; &ldquo;lightly-weighty.&rdquo;</i></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/91718/captain-concept-archinect-interviews-michael-jantzen Captain Concept - Archinect Interviews Michael Jantzen katyatylevich 2009-09-04T14:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T17:46:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/ucvrou5twvhh8n8h.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The artist and designer Michael Jantzen has added another structure to the surreal panorama made of his alternative-energy social and living spaces. This latest addition &mdash;Sun Rays Pavilion &mdash; is an oblique gathering area made of 12 precast concrete columns towering 150 feet tall. The Pavilion&rsquo;s flat roof, as it were, faces south. Glazed with photovoltaic film, the structure generates its own electricity, with some to spare &mdash; providing the local power grid with surplus energy. Large glass sections and doors keep the space ventilated.</p> <p> As it is with such projects, there are no production plans. Not yet, anyway. Nevertheless, in the fantastical landscape where many of Jantzen&rsquo;s concepts reside, Sun Rays Pavilion serves its purpose: it is a gathering space, after all, visited in no small part by bloggers and magazine readers; it further broaches exactly those questions and concerns Jantzen hoped it would. Besides, as Jantzen tells me, the fate of a realized structure may be even harde...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/88824/student-works-rock-and-roll-fantasy-sci-arc-at-coachella-elastic-plastic-sponge Student Works: Rock and Roll Fantasy - SCI-Arc at Coachella: Elastic Plastic Sponge Paul Petrunia 2009-05-19T10:40:00-04:00 >2012-09-19T19:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q4/q4t5bjva7h2t45fm.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The title "Rock and Roll Fantasy" might be a little misleading for this SCI-Arc studio project lead by Ball Nogues ' Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon. While the program was 100% rock and roll, the practical lessons learned during this collaborative design-build experience were far from fantastical.</p> <p> The goal of the studio was to develop an iconic architectural installation for the popular music festival Coachella . The students had to work within the tight constraint of a single semester to design and build a structure using a budget of only $15k.</p> <p> Ball Nogues' studio is across the street from the Archinect HQ in downtown Los Angeles, so I was fortunate enough to follow the progress of this endeavor since the conception, prior to the start of the semester. I caught casual stories and occasional development drawings during my lunchtime visits with Benjamin. It kept me very curious and, honestly, a little doubtful that they could pull off such an ambitious undertaking....</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/62511/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers Archinect 2007-08-10T13:00:38-04:00 >2014-03-21T11:01:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xki2a2p84u2l2s0o.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A common question that frequently arises in our discussion forum is how to best apply for an architecture job. Who best to answer these questions than the employers? We have contacted some of the firms that seek talent through Archinect's job board to help provide some insight.</p> <p> The following questions were posed to the employers:</p> <ul><li> What do you like to see when reviewing a portfolio?</li> <li> How important is presentation in the portfolio?</li> <li> Should the portfolio contain a lot of work, or a smaller selection of carefully selected projects?</li> <li> Do you prefer to review applications (including portfolio) in digital or hard copy format?</li> <li> What recommendations can you give an applicant for the interview process?</li> <li> What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?</li> <li> Can you offer any other helpful information?</li> </ul><p> The following firms have been kind enough to offer their advice:</p> <p> Graft Architects , Rafael Vinoly Architects , Lettuce Office , Winter &amp; Co...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/527/primitivo-suarez Primitivo Suarez Javier Arbona 2004-04-06T14:09:00-04:00 >2012-11-29T17:11:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqm6ltt2z9lxet9q.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Primitivo Suarez has a BA in architecture from SCI-Arc (1998), and an MFA from UCLA (2000). He has demonstrated his dual training in all of his subsequent exhibitions, where he has evaporated distinctions between architecture and sculpture to create an exciting hybrid realm. Since 2000 he has been invited to exhibit at Blum &amp; Poe gallery in Santa Monica, ACE Galleries in New York and Los Angeles, the 1R Gallery in Chicago, and the Luckman Gallery at California State University Los Angeles.</p> <p> One of the hallmarks of Primitivo Suarez's work is how he manages to render the familiar fantastic. In his hands, the iconic attributes of the single family dwelling, from fenestration to foundation, are pulled, stretched, and prodded into abstracted entities at the breaking point of recognition. Houses splatter on the ground into prismatic Suprematist shards or are sucked into powerful vortices that twist them into Dali-esque follies. Ever wonder what would happen if the skeletons of exurban ...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/53/the-virtual-tectonics-of-renascent The Virtual Tectonics of Renascent Magnus Hierta 2004-02-23T16:16:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T17:08:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vd/vd3l788zwo4h30te.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Magnus Hierta interviews Joost for Archinect</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/41/sonic-intervention-the-architecture-of-sound Sonic Intervention : The Architecture of Sound Archinect 2004-02-19T03:35:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T17:06:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy00ah2dgzie8cny.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Spacekraftlab is an LA-based architecture firm run by partners Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu. With twenty combined years of professional architecture experience, including positions under world-renowned architects Frank Gehry and Coop Himmelb(l)au, Spacekraftlab is taking their own work to another level with experimentations in electronic spatial definition. Baumgartner and Uriu pursue a real architecture that can be defined by the electronic space around us such as sounds, sonograms, and magnetic distortions. Somewhere between the "visible and intangible", they are continuing to develop their own unique approach to creating a completely new form of architecture. Some recent results of their experimentations can be seen in proposals for the Nam June Paik Museum in Seoul and a Media hybrid for the Museums Quartier in Vienna.</p>