Archinect - Features 2017-07-26T02:55:25-04:00 The Open Workshop explores how housing density may have decided the U.S. 2016 Election Julia Ingalls 2017-07-21T13:11:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T18:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="925" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think about the American political landscape, and a highly partisan, Russian-government-colluding version may come to mind. But what about the literal American political landscape, as defined by housing density and building typology per acre? The project &ldquo;Environment as Politics: From Identity to Density Politics&rdquo; by <a href="" target="_blank">The Open Workshop</a>, originally presented on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Places Journal</em></a>, studied voting patterns in the 2016 election for the U.S. President and discovered that how closely people live together may be the soundest predictor of which candidate gets their vote.</p> Can Trump’s anti-immigrant border wall be built without immigrant labor? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-25T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T07:40:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Border agents don&rsquo;t want an opaque, precast concrete wall. Financially, the wall is unlikely to be built without immigrant labor. And historically, large-scale border walls don&rsquo;t keep people out as much as signal that an empire is caving in. Here&rsquo;s why Donald Trump&rsquo;s proposed U.S./Mexico border wall isn&rsquo;t just a moral failure, but a practical one.</p> Untangling Manila's Infrastructural Mess With a Web of Aerial "Capsules" Nicholas Korody 2016-10-20T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:36:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Manila</a>, the capital of the <a href="" target="_blank">Philippines</a> and its second-largest city, is beset by heavy traffic, public health problems, homelessness, pollution, water sanitation issues, and a growing number of informal developments. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Jonathan Gayomali</a>, this is due, in part, to its underdeveloped infrastructure.</p> Putting the Planet to Paper: The Monumental Geographies of DESIGN EARTH Nicholas Korody 2016-10-19T11:50:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:37:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;DESIGN EARTH is concerned with relationships between design and the Earth&mdash;as matter, scale, and worldview&mdash;to open aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism,&rdquo; state El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn of their collective practice.</p> Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:54:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is defined by its freeways: everyone from Joan Didion to <a href="" target="_blank">Ice Cube</a> to "Saturday Night Live" has conceptualized the city through them. So why is such an integral part of the city&rsquo;s urban fabric left largely to stagnate in the collective architectural imagination?</p> A well, a windmill, a mirror: Sigil's real and symbolic interventions in Syria Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:34:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Hospitals, water and electricity are always the first to be attacked,&rdquo; states a doctor from Anadan, a city in Northern Syria, as quoted in an Amnesty International <a href="" target="_blank">report</a>. &ldquo;Once that happens people no longer have services to survive.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T14:48:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T12:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" 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> The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> Student Works: Martin McSherry's "Vertical Graveyards" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T10:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T21:56:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Martin McSherry&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Vertical Graveyards&rdquo; is a speculative proposal for a new infrastructure of death, mimicking the skyscraper as a symbol of expanding and densifying urban systems. Currently an MArch student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, McSherry initially drafted the project as a proposal to the Nordic Association for Graveyards and Crematoria&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Graveyards of the Future&rdquo; competition. Imagining the cemetery as vertical and central, rather than horizontal and suburban, the project focuses less on design specifics and more on provoking a change in societal attitudes towards death.</p> Working out of the Box: Steven Fleming Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-23T11:00:00-04:00 >2016-12-15T04:54:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box </strong></a>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 architectural-theorist of cycling <a href="" target="_blank">Steven Fleming</a>.</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, <a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> Student Works: The Petropolis of Tomorrow: Drift & Drive Archinect 2012-12-10T01:11:00-05:00 >2013-01-22T12:23:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Drift &amp; Drive</em> proposes a new model of water-based urbanism by readdressing the technological and logistical challenges of offshore oil extraction. Our project is a solution to the desire on the part of Petrobras, the Brazilian petrochemical company, to relocate workers offshore, as rigs are established ever further from the coast, increasing the transportation cost of both workers and oil.</p> What is a Park - Landscape or Infrastructure Nam Henderson 2011-04-07T00:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T05:19:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can a park be designed to serve as infrastructure(s)? Thinking not in terms of metaphor alone. But rather a park as the architecture for numerous designed outcomes. Park as infrastructure, means park as platform not only designed object/scape. From a singular tool to multivalent toolkit. It is important in such discussion to think of the less immediate impact. Of social design, the design of relationships. Such a platform-as toolkit-may result from more efficient, and stack(ed) programming. Thus maximizing urban spaces, suburban spaces, available spaces, that are under-performing. In essence, we should think about the best ways to maximize our various infrastructural corridors: utility, transportation, waterways et al.</p>