Archinect - Features 2017-07-26T14:55:35-04:00 Mid-Century Surprises: Sam Lubell's 10 Favorite Finds From His New Book "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide" Sam Lubell 2017-04-20T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T17:26:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The West Coast has one of the greatest legacies of mid-century modern architecture in the world. Everybody knows its legendary icons, like <a href="" target="_blank">Pierre Koenig</a>&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Case Study 22</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Eames House</a>, and the timber homes of Sea Ranch. But there are so many surprises hiding in plain sight, showcasing the exceptional talent and variety within the modernist movement, and taking you to places you&rsquo;d never go. Here are a few of the best.</p> Johnston Marklee tackle the “tyranny of newness” in 2017's Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T09:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the artistic directors of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, Johnston Marklee are interested in examining history and its contributions to contemporary architecture in a way that isn&rsquo;t about promoting rearguard ideas, but rather one that demands a more thoughtful approach toward the value of &ldquo;newness.&rdquo;</p> The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects Julia Ingalls 2016-11-03T11:52:00-04:00 >2016-11-14T04:38:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A success among urban planners but a failure among architects (with the exception of <a href="" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen</a>, who used them in his prototype modeling stages), Modulex&mdash;the architectural modeling Lego-offshoot&mdash;was largely shuttered by the 1980s, almost revived in 2015, and now serves as an XS cult classic in architecture.</p> "African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers Nick Cecchi 2016-03-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:44:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence" is a sprawling and immersive exhibition that uses every inch of available gallery space at Chicago&rsquo;s Graham Foundation. Curated by <a href="" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a> with input for this particular exhibition by <a href="" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a>, head of Graham Foundation, the show is based on Herz&rsquo;s voluminous tome of the same name. At over 700 pages, Herz&rsquo;s scholarly investigation and cataloging of modern architecture in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d&rsquo;Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia provided a surplus of projects and information, requiring a careful distillation to produce the exhibition.</p> How the couch furnished modernity’s notions of privacy Julia Ingalls 2016-03-07T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-07-24T17:33:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the 21st century, the couch is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. We find them in commercial waiting rooms, in private homes, as infested harbingers of urban decay on street corners. They populate television talk shows and form a shorthand for psychiatric evaluation. But how has this piece of furniture, which has only been around for about 330 years, become the seat of our culture?</p> Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida Nicholas Korody 2016-03-02T08:19:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:03:21-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Jader Almeida</strong>, a Brazilian furniture and product designer.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> ShowCase: Casa H by Bojaus Arquitectura Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-05T14:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T18:32:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Bojaus Arquitectura</a>&rsquo;s Casa H is a modernist white cube, but it&rsquo;s also not what you think it is. The cube is sometimes interpreted as a reflex towards neutrality, to get the spaces and the inhabitants within to speak for themselves. But Casa H isn&rsquo;t arbitrarily a white cube; it&rsquo;s the logically resulting form of rationalist, as well as aesthetic, concerns.</p> Soriano's Glen Lukens House: Back to Life and Happy Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-26T17:41:00-04:00 >2012-08-02T15:53:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Opportunities to write about <a href="" target="_blank">historically significant</a> modern houses in Los Angeles keep coming to my attention this summer and more are on the way. It is kind of fun to write about these masterpieces from my messy office alcove next to the kitchen in our little happy dingbat apartment in Glendale, California.</p> Lautner's Concannon Residence, from Dust to Dust Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-02T12:35:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T23:30:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> John Lautner's Concannon Residence, designed in 1960, was built in a blurry area contested by the cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, with BH having the post office address but not collecting the property taxes. Both cities have a sad track record with the protection of historically significant structures, and have countless modernist architecture bones in their walk-in closets. Both are gleaming their real estate teeth, and are penchant for greed and mediocre architecture. And both have a negligible clue of the cultural values bestowed upon them by their architectural heritage.</p> Branner Fellowship Summary: Aging Modernism Archinect 2011-02-09T13:00:20-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship</a>, awarded each year to three masters of architecture students in their final year at the University of California, Berkeley, gives recipients the opportunity to travel the world for twelve months in pursuit of architectural inquiries that will later inform their theses. This fellowship represents one of the most extensive pre-thesis travel research grants awarded to master level students in the United States. The 2010 Branner Fellows, Adriana Navarro-Sertich, Eleanor Pries, and Melissa Smith have just returned from their travel and are in the midst of thesis production.</p>