Archinect - Features 2017-07-20T14:54:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/150012885/i-think-of-architecture-as-an-act-of-writing-in-the-city-vishaan-chakrabarti-discusses-pau-s-upcoming-projects "I think of architecture as an act of writing in the city": Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses PAU's upcoming projects Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:22:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vs/vsyfehbjl9m93znq.jpg" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139466539/vishaan-chakrabarti-leaves-shop-launches-new-firm-pau" target="_blank">PAU</a>, Vishaan Chakrabarti is an architect and urban planner who considers every aspect of the city with foresight, but isn't as concerned with the culture of celebrity that has often dominated the profession. "Calling oneself a humanist over the last couple of decades was a real no-no," he explains via phone. "You're supposed to be a bad-boy, cape-wearing starchitect." He purposefully did not name the firm after himself in order to place emphasis on intelligent discussion, not hierarchy. Although he's excited about taking on more projects, he never wants PAU to grow beyond roughly 30 employees so that he will always know everyone in his office.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988794/the-environment-we-design-designs-us-back-a-conversation-with-eran-chen-of-oda "The environment we design, designs us back:" A Conversation with Eran Chen of ODA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:53:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/64cervgox3jcvbd1.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/105017616/oda-architecture" target="_blank">ODA</a>&rsquo;s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA&rsquo;s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city, the challenges behind designing &ldquo;permeable buildings,&rdquo; and what he learned from his dealings with Donald Trump.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988793/cutting-a-rug-making-the-abstract-tangible-with-urban-fabric-elena-manferdini-s-building-portraits-area-rugs Cutting a Rug: Making the Abstract Tangible With Urban Fabric + Elena Manferdini's "Building Portraits" area rugs Julia Ingalls 2017-02-10T12:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T12:35:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/10/10003ltkasvpv70e.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After the success of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design" target="_blank">Four O Nine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Urban Fabric&rdquo; rugs</a>, the firm has partnered with designer Elena Manferdini to create &ldquo;Building Portraits,&rdquo; a series of limited-edition area rugs that incorporate riffs on Miesian patterns and city grids with more abstract impressions of urbanity. The result, as unveiled in an opening in L.A.&rsquo;s Chinatown on January 27th, is a mesmerizing blend of texture and architectural imagination.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149982007/lorcan-o-herlihy-architects-pumps-up-the-volume-with-amplified-urbanism Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects pumps up the volume with "Amplified Urbanism" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T13:15:00-05:00 >2017-06-05T17:20:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5j/5jdmc4grcyibb94q.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="http://archinect.com/LOHA" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy Architects</a>&rsquo; new monograph <a href="http://amzn.to/2j7D8fH" target="_blank"><em>Amplified Urbanism</em></a>, not only has Los Angeles arrived as a city with its own idiosyncratic urbanism, but that urbanism deserves bolder, louder expression through architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/122742069/art-architecture-the-los-angeles-nomadic-division-sets-up-camp Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T10:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T21:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w8/w8a7n8jasoqurmdd.jpg" width="598" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"The easiest way to grasp what we do and to understand our mission is that we're a contemporary art museum without walls," explained Laura Hyatt, development director of the <a href="http://nomadicdivision.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles Nomadic Division</a> (LAND), an LA-based organization dedicated to facilitating public art projects. After celebrating their fifth anniversary last year, LAND is settling into its role as a major force in redefining the relationship between contemporary art and its context.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city AfterShock #3: Brains and the City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T10:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T11:11:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j6pdgvke18am89pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navel-gazing has become a data-driven sport. We are awash in technology that allows us to track our own activities, and then take responsibility for that scrutiny, holding us accountable for calories consumed or credit cards exhausted. The quantified-self movement can be a sandstorm of uselessness, or it can sublimate into constructive action. If we try to focus our navel-gaze to better understand ourselves, it seems imminent that such scrutiny will next focus on the brain.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101180316/screen-print-18-new-suburbanisms-by-judith-k-de-jong Screen/Print #18: "New SubUrbanisms" by Judith K. De Jong Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-09T10:16:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T22:39:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i9/i99mwcrc7wkzh6bd.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The American suburbs no longer exist as physically and conceptually peripheral to the downtown, the central consciousness of urban development. According to <a href="http://www.arch.uic.edu/faculty/dejong.php" target="_blank">Judith K. De Jong</a>&rsquo;s new book,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-SubUrbanisms-Judith-De-Jong/dp/0415642175" target="_blank">New SubUrbanisms</a>, </em>the suburbs'&nbsp;mainstream designation as places of seclusion, domesticity, superficiality, and safety (set in comparison to their accompanying denser urban downtowns), has collapsed in the wake of a feedback loop between central city and suburbia.</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/650x/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/37942258/contours-urbanism-housing-and-the-economy CONTOURS: Urbanism, Housing, and the Economy Sherin Wing 2012-02-13T15:32:00-05:00 >2012-02-21T00:52:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/de7wj49bd50dg4w1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Two issues that effect everyone, whatever social, economic, and professional strata they occupy, are population and urban growth. What&rsquo;s more, ongoing shifts in population and urbanism across the world, especially in developing nations, have dramatically impacted the building industry. Housing and mixed-use projects in East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America are rapidly increasing.</p>