Archinect - Features 2014-10-02T04:48:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/103324398/op-ed-from-ex-cite-to-in-cite-reflecting-on-rem-s-biennale Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale Esther Sperber 2014-07-07T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T10:01:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxleo239b3xicwkv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>EXCITE</strong></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/elements/" target="_blank">Elements</a> and <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/" target="_blank">Fundamentals</a> of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for new design.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/97029910/op-ed-response-to-screen-print-6-monu-s-greater-urbanism Op-Ed: Response to Screen/Print #6, MONU's "Greater Urbanism" Petros Phokaides 2014-04-07T17:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:07:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs6kfxcfvzdeuznr.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Greater urbanism, the focus of the latest issue of <em>MONU</em> magazine, is a term aiming to describe urban phenomena and strategies associated with cities expanding their territories (&ldquo;greater&rdquo; as bigger and more complex); and/or increasing their economic or symbolic power (&ldquo;Greater&rdquo; as grander). Revisiting the magazine&rsquo;s rich content, profiled in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91708100/screen-print-6-monu-s-greater-urbanism" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em> #6</a>, this review, by Petros Phokaides,&nbsp;Loukas Triantis and Iris Polyzos, aims to offer critical insights on some of the challenges faced by urbanism today, and a quick reflection on current dynamics/discussions on the future of cities.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/85989677/op-ed-millennials-and-opportunity-embracing-intentional-vs-spontaneous-change-in-the-workforce Op-Ed: Millennials and Opportunity: Embracing Intentional vs Spontaneous Change in the Workforce Beth Mosenthal 2013-11-07T15:37:00-05:00 >2013-11-12T08:17:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/za6gtgfei7hr3adq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It seems I can&rsquo;t have a conversation these days without someone invoking the ever-popular saying, &ldquo;the only constant is change.&rdquo;&nbsp; As a young professional with friends in a wide cross-section of demanding fields, the truth behind this statement is highly apparent in their various professional lives. All this change has made me wonder whether or not there are exceptions to the new professional rule, and whether or not change has in fact become the &ldquo;safer&rdquo; option than digging in and embracing the abstract notion of something &ldquo;long-term.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/77746690/op-ed-thoughts-on-naivete-as-design-method-or-why-our-entry-didn-t-have-a-6-curb Op-Ed: Thoughts on Naivete as Design Method or, Why Our Entry Didn’t Have a 6” Curb Ann Lui 2013-07-24T12:35:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T21:17:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8p2mac7ni6gpnzmb.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> When asked about courage in architecture, Elizabeth Diller has <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323936404578581921126746506.html" target="_blank">said</a>: "[It] comes half from being naive and also not having the cynicism to stop yourself when you have a good idea that you don't know how to work it out.&rdquo; More simply: You can&rsquo;t know that it can&rsquo;t be done if you&rsquo;re going to do it. My partner and I recently won a Jury Citation &mdash;&nbsp; a euphemism for 9th place &mdash;&nbsp;in a <a href="http://chicagoarchitecturalclub.org/Competition-2013-Burnham-Prize" target="_blank">competition</a> for bus rapid transit stations. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75463392/hurry-up-and-slow-down-2013-burnham-prize-next-stop-citation" target="_blank">Our project </a>was by any measure grossly out of scale, eclipsing any imaginable budget or structural methods, and barely included any buses at all. Rather than being sited in an expanded traffic lane, our entry swooped high and far above the city. It created a counterpoint to the constant discourse on hyper-efficiency and speed. It provoked, I hope, questions about the nature of the competition as well as addressing the brief. But the night before we submitted our entry, I reviewed the FAQ and had a moment of panic.</p> <p> Other entrants had asked, &ldquo;frequently&rdquo;, how high th...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/73381902/op-ed-the-ego-and-the-architect Op-Ed: The Ego and the Architect Beth Mosenthal 2013-05-20T09:36:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T12:39:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w001jefaon3qa2kp.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few weeks ago, I witnessed an interaction that I imagine most people in the design industry experience numerous times both in school AND professional life. What transpired was this: a few junior architects were pinning up carefully composed drawings, renderings, and sketches for a client meeting. Under a tight budget and time constraint, the amount of thought, options, and exploration on the wall felt vital and impressive. As the last drawing was being pinned, a visiting architect from a different office briefly stepped into the room, looked at the wall for about thirty seconds, and quickly claimed &ldquo;Oh, I built this building in the 90&rsquo;s&hellip;&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/10733174/op-ed-an-open-house Op-Ed: an Open house? Nick Axel 2011-06-21T19:18:00-04:00 >2012-09-27T17:49:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Written by Nick Axel</em></p> <p> The recent project of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7551/droog" target="_blank"><em>Open house</em> by Droog with Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> is refreshing in the sense that it engages a pervasive condition and experience of the built environment that often goes unthought. The idea of envisioning a &lsquo;future suburbia&rsquo; has strongly provoked the attention of architects and the non-architect, better known as the resident. The content of the project has to this date contained a one day event that included a seminar taking place in New York City, polemical installations within the archetypal suburb of Levittown, New York, visionary representations of a potential life in suburbia (1), and a host of online journalism. <em>Open house</em> uses traditional architectural conventions as provocative mediums in order to communicate, what I would like to show, a much deeper and significant concept that is at the root of the project. By employing the potentiality of a service economy, <em>Open house</em> fundamentally works on an ideological level that seeks to...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/9349928/op-ed-the-neglected-public-bathroom Op-Ed: The Neglected Public Bathroom Archinect 2011-06-09T18:55:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T20:12:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnbxkebno1y2y0b.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to the New York Post, the National 9/11 Memorial will open this year with no bathrooms. The $508 million project will draw legions of visitors and is characterized by gushing water, but anyone seeking a toilet will have to leave the site for a nearby department store.</p> <p> This omission of public bathrooms resonates with a personal architectural experience. Over the past six months, I participated in a collaboration of art and architecture students to design a pavilion at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3109814/columbia-university" target="_blank">Columbia University</a>. It is located in a courtyard behind the architecture school and will be up for most of the summer. A temporary structure, a pavilion is often the architect&rsquo;s opportunity to build without the inconvenience of plumbing or other practicalities.</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> http://archinect.com/features/article/103569/archinect-op-ed-meier-or-piano-a-provocation Archinect Op-Ed: Meier or Piano? A Provocation. Nam Henderson 2011-01-18T12:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-14T14:34:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vikihz5pq5xz6gdw.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few months ago, before I visited the High Museum complex for the first time, a friend explained to me why he preferred the work of Piano's addition in comparison to Meier's original building. Key for him were two factors. First, the quality of detailing on Piano's addition, with regards especially to his attention to light(ness). He also expressed the belief that Piano is a master at making human spaces, and beautiful moments.<br> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/97265/archinect-op-ed-a-response-to-nicolai-ouroussoff-s-article Archinect Op-Ed: A Response to Nicolai Ouroussoff’s Article Seth Embry 2010-04-01T15:20:00-04:00 >2012-12-14T13:59:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rm2mgxagluvf4qoz.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Having recently had the pleasure of reading Alexandra Lange's critique of the <i>New York Times</i>' resident architectural critic Nicolai Ouroussoff on <a href="http://www.designobserver.com/observatory/entry.html?entry=12708" target="_blank">Design Observer</a>, I realized that I wasn't alone in my unappreciative assessment of his writing. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/arts/design/31planning.html?ref=design" target="_blank">This article</a> has only intensified my antipathy into simmering anger, due to the amount of contempt that it displays toward both the <i>Times</i>' Design section readers and the people affected by the disaster in Haiti, as well as those involved in the reconstruction efforts there.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/90818/archinect-op-ed-the-acropolis-museum-an-unhappy-fit Archinect Op-Ed: The Acropolis Museum; An Unhappy Fit Archinect 2009-07-31T11:36:00-04:00 >2013-05-17T19:07:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdzmwwmidzrwkkvi.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last June, after three decades of competitions and debate, the Acropolis Museum in Athens opened to the public. It was designed by internationally re-known architect Bernard Tschumi, and it houses nearly 4000 ancient Greek artifacts, including the great stones of the parthenon&#700;s frieze. I &#64257;rst visited the Acropolis 15 years ago as an undergraduate student of architecture. Last month I had the opportunity to visit the site again, now with the eyes of an experienced architect. Hearing about the controversy surrounding the new museum, I was eager to see how one of the great theorists and idols from my student yeas responded to such a challenging, high-pro&#64257;le commission. My &#64257;rst glimpses of the building brought that familiar rush of excitement and anticipation, the kind you get at a concert just before the performer takes the stage. The simple geometric volumes, one rotated above the other, were familiar from pictures and, seeing it live, I could appreciate its powerful yet restrained...</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/87153/archinect-op-ed-big-bangs-slums-and-suburbia Archinect Op-Ed: Big Bangs, Slums, and Suburbia will galloway 2009-03-29T11:39:00-04:00 >2012-12-10T19:47:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b8gy8nci2nfl45i.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> This is not a scientific statement by any means, but I think it&rsquo;s reasonable to assume that every universe pretty much gets just one big bang.<br><br> However, architecture and planning (both professions in which I have some experience) generally are practiced as if the opposite was the case. Not in a literal sense, of course. It isn&rsquo;t like we walk around our offices worrying about celestial events. Yet we are clearly entranced with the possibility of using our arts to magically sweep aside - all at once - every wrong that we see before us; replacing entire cities and neighborhoods with little mini-novas of creative destruction. The Big Bang model of urban planning &ndash; where existing matter is rubbed out, the new stuff is all good, everything is pre-decided, and the outcome inexorable. It&rsquo;s very mechanistic.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/83958/archinect-op-ed-global-systems-vs-local-platforms Archinect Op-Ed: Global Systems vs. Local Platforms Archinect 2008-12-20T22:51:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T20:42:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/eexxx2d5nlfgywha.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We are in the midst of radical social and economic change brought on by the emergence of a global system that is completely and utterly uncontrollable -- it is too big, too fast, and too complex to control. Unfortunately, the lack of a global control system means that we face a long series of increasingly severe shocks (due to the system&rsquo;s tight coupling, each new shock will sweep the world in months), wrecking long standing and established structures with ease. The first shocks, a bubble in energy and a financial crisis, have already done significant damage. More are on the way as the global system moves ever farther from normal patterns of operation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/82515/archinect-op-ed-the-public-image-s-of-architecture Archinect Op-Ed: The Public Image(s) of Architecture o d b 2008-11-08T21:03:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T14:38:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i7/i7hbwakec1614er4.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture and politics have a long and sordid relationship. It has been said that all architecture is political. Typically architecture serves a subservient role in this relationship by merely representing the politics of the building&rsquo;s patron&mdash;what Deyan Sudjic has described as the Edifice Complex. Nevertheless, at times throughout history architects themselves take on a political agenda and use their projects as rhetorical devices for the elucidation of these views.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/82217/archinect-op-ed-the-academy-transformed Archinect Op-Ed: The Academy Transformed? aml 2008-11-01T21:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-17T19:03:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/aiu_op-ed.jpg" width="436" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the last few years, architecture programs have started offering more courses that address current problems. I&rsquo;m referring specifically to sustainability classes and social housing studios. This may be partly because of a general move in education to accommodate a growing market and student demand for green practice. Although this is great news, and there is still work to be done, I&rsquo;d like to take this opportunity to issue some warnings on the subject.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/81604/archinect-op-ed-let-s-get-small Archinect Op-Ed: Let's Get Small Fred Scharmen 2008-10-25T22:54:00-04:00 >2013-05-17T19:02:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2icrytp50ouwp55.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Over the past year, many offices in the profession have seen their projects shrink. Institutions are moving away from the all-at-once construction of a single new building. They are instead asking architects for ideas about phased, long-term master-planning - with an emphasis on step-by-step reuse, renovation, and optimization of existing space, structures, and resources.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/81083/archinect-op-ed-a-green-lining-to-our-financial-crisis-clouds Archinect Op-Ed: A green lining to our financial crisis clouds Barry Lehrman 2008-10-12T00:09:00-04:00 >2012-12-07T17:15:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anjm8g3m1spugtdz.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Beyond the Malthusian gloom and doom that pervades most of the discussion about climate change and the current economic outlook, I am optimistic about the unique opportunity we have to change our behavior to preserve the environment and our future. Our consumer culture needs to shift towards living off of nature&rsquo;s income and not nature&rsquo;s capital. With the shreds of financial deregulations burning down our house of debt - we have become a nation that can no longer feed our material addiction. Maybe, just maybe, we have reached a tipping point where it is easier to change our behavior then maintain the Gordon Gecko greed and wonton consumption of the last 30 years. If we are to tackle the inconvenient truth of climate change and environmental degradation before its too late, we <i>must</i> act.<br> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/80637/archinect-op-ed-generous-criticism-don-t-be-lazy Archinect Op-Ed: Generous Criticism: Don't Be Lazy Donna Sink 2008-09-28T12:56:00-04:00 >2012-12-07T17:30:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thccboom7258otks.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I recall reading an interview with a singer/guitarist in the grunge era, a small local band, who said after a performance he was typically surrounded by people telling him it was a great show, but inevitably one person would say something flippantly negative, and sadly that was the only comment he could ever remember as he laid awake at night.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/78771/archinect-op-ed-urban-regeneration-the-promise-of-past-and-future-olympic-games Archinect Op-Ed: Urban Regeneration: the Promise of Past and Future Olympic Games Nam Henderson 2008-08-24T23:48:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T17:09:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/aiu_op-ed.jpg" width="436" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/features/article/77811/archinect-op-ed-pre-fab-2-0-the-promise-not-yet-achieved Archinect Op-Ed: Pre-FAB 2.0: The Promise Not (Yet) Achieved Quilian Riano 2008-07-28T15:56:00-04:00 >2012-12-05T18:13:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fiplxd90pkkwcn5l.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/features/article/77616/archinect-op-ed-untitled Archinect Op-Ed: Untitled David Cuthbert 2008-07-20T22:20:00-04:00 >2012-12-05T18:52:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezx3dlfsdkqdky9d.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>