Archinect - News 2016-08-25T07:39:32-04:00 Following a landmark decision, graduate students will now be able to unionize Nicholas Korody 2016-08-24T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T17:51:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The National Labor Relations Board decided in favor of Columbia University graduate students and teaching assistants in a landmark case over their right to unionize. The decision will affect private universities nationwide and overturns a 2004 Brown University precedent, which asserted that students were not employees and therefore did not have the right to collectively bargain.</p><p>The decision was preceded by a long legal battle between the Graduate Workers at Columbia group and the university. The students complained about a lack of job and wage security, late paychecks, poor medical coverage, and a host of other issues. Columbia University argued that students "have a primarily academic relationship with the University and therefore are not employees."</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t the Columbia Spectator</a></p><p>Interested in other labor-related issues? Check out these past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the rea...</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: University of Texas at Austin, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-08-23T18:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T14:45:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2016</strong></a></p><p>Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall?&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Next up is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture</a>. Kicking off next Monday, UTSOA's jam-packed Fall '16 lecture series includes visits from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alberto Campo Baeza</a> and&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Dykers</a>, a talk about technology with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">THEVERYMANY</a>'s Marc Fornes, and an investigation of 0 Km Architecture's work &mdash; which aims to minimize one's carbon footprint while promoting the local economy. Also look out for timely exhibitions like &ldquo;States of Incarceration&rdquo;, which explores&nbsp;mas...</p> Get Lectured: University of Minnesota, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-08-22T15:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T13:02:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2016</strong></a></p><p>Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall?&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>First up is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Minnesota&nbsp;School of Architecture</a>. Their Fall 2016 Lecture Series brings together a range of leading architects, designers, historians, and theorists whose work is actively reshaping discourse in the architectural industry and education.&nbsp;Lecturers will present their current bodies of work and research through unique lenses guiding their own design practices and pedagogy.</p><p><strong>Sept 21</strong><br>Ferda Kolatan / PennDesign | Brooklyn, NY</p><p><strong>Sept 26</strong><br>Jennifer Siegal / Office o...</p> The Funk in Functionalism: Charlie Hailey, author of 'Design/Build with Jersey Devil: A Handbook for Education and Practice' on One-to-One #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-22T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T13:34:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Design/Build with Jersey Devil: A Handbook for Education and Practice</em>&nbsp;is a wonderful mixture of history, interviews, experiments and how-to&rsquo;s, all focused around the design/build pedagogy and practice of its 1970s pioneers, Jersey Devil. Author Charlie Hailey, who is also an architecture professor at the University of Florida, spoke with me&nbsp;about Jersey Devil's beginnings at Princeton University, and the implications of design/build pedagogy for today&rsquo;s academic climate.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#35 with&nbsp;<strong>Charlie Hailey</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Special thanks to Princeton Architectural Press for helping coordinate this interview.</em></p><p><em>This episode's title is a reference to architect and writer Michael Sorkin's description of the firm: Jersey Devil&nbsp;&ldquo;put the funk ...</em></p> SCI-Arc appoints David Ruy as Postgraduate Programs Chair of new EDGE Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-17T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T09:34:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the cusp of SCI-Arc&rsquo;s first semester implementing its new EDGE Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture program, Director Hernan Diaz Alonso <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has named</a> David Ruy as chair.</p><p>SCI-Arc <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> it was launching EDGE in November of last year, offering &ldquo;four graduate degree programs in fields including architectural technologies, fiction and entertainment, design of cities, and design theory and pedagogy&rdquo;. Respectively, those translate into an MS in Architectural Technologies (Marcelo Spina), an MS in the Design of Cities (Peter Trummer), an MA in Fiction and Entertainment (Liam Young), and a MS in Design Theory and Pedagogy (David Ruy). The first two degrees are based on preexisting SCI-Arc programs,&nbsp;while the second two are new.&nbsp;</p><p>The earlier press released&nbsp;issued by SCI-Arc on November 10 of 2015 named Ruy as EDGE's Chair, but this was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">later changed</a> to only refer to Ruy as leading the MS in Design Theory and Pedagogy. Commenting on this update on November 11, user ARP1 asked "W...</p> 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city&rsquo;s many departments, a daunting prospect in itself. None of this is necessarily inappropriate for such an exhibition, but it does ignore the question of where much of the aesthetic and spatial expression in our built environment comes from, and how we might change it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Open Call : MASKS the Journal // FAUX FAMI(lies) Anthony Morey 2016-08-11T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T00:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>MASKS</strong>&nbsp;is an independent journal of dissimulation in art | architecture | design&nbsp;founded in 2015 by Clemens Finkelstein and Anthony Morey&nbsp;while being graduate students in the History and Philosophy of Design at Harvard University.</p><p><strong>Faux Families&nbsp;</strong>exploits our insatiable longing for&nbsp;be-longing.&nbsp;It infiltrates our conscious and unconscious disciplinary behavior.&nbsp;Conceived at a time that has been dubbed&nbsp;<em>the age after-belonging</em>, the upcoming issue of&nbsp;<strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>will take a&nbsp;closer&nbsp;look at the structures of connectivity and the patterns of disconnection at work&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&hellip;</a></p><p>//</p><p><strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>is a questing spirit for everything exploring the aggregate of present, past and future disciplinary structures in and between the fields of art, architecture and design.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>challenges the basic assumption of the dialectic reality/fiction. Fictional narratives become reality through ritualistic events. MASKS is the shaman that performs these rituals.</p><p><strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>believes in the performance of appearance, not the predetermined disciplin...</p> Questioning urban truisms with artificial intelligence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-10T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:52:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>computer vision and artificial intelligence are the keys to a debate behind a door that&rsquo;s been locked for a long time: the social impact of design in cities. [...] "Now that we have new tools to measure aesthetics, we can estimate its consequences" [...] [MIT Media Lab associate professor Cesar Hidalgo] wants to develop more empirical ways to study cities and the way they&rsquo;re perceived&mdash;and, in turn, provide better science to the policy-makers who shape legislation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on neural networks and aesthetic quantification:</p><ul><li><a title="Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI &quot;like Jarvis in Iron Man&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a title="Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Neuromorphic Architecture&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Neuromorphic Architecture"</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Sculpting the Architectural Mind&quot; conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></li></ul> Sign up now for AA Chania Visiting School Progressions, 4-14 October 2016 Sponsor 2016-08-10T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:05:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Greece Visiting School</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>AA Chania Progressions::<br>4 October &ndash; 14 October 2016</em></p><p>In 2016, the AA Chania Visiting School will continue to pursue its design agenda concentrating on the bigger picture of the Chania city&rsquo;s characteristics. The city of Chania is the second largest city of Crete. Chania can be divided in two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one. The Visiting School will revisit the way by which the built environment has been put together and will explore design possibilities which can be applied in order to improve connectivity and functionality in the city. Interactive design coupled with generative form-finding techniques towards the fabrication and assembly of a 1-to-1 scale prototype will be investigated.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Each year a series of software tutorial sessions takes place in order to allow participants develop their basic skills on controlling models parametrically and on producing interactive presentations. These session...</p> Melania Trump's website disappears after architecture degree claim is debunked Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-29T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T22:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As you may remember <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from last week</a>, Melania Trump's (and the RNC's) claim that she has an architecture degree was debunked, after scrutiny from multiple news sources:</p><p><em>The ensuing wave of critical attention towards Melania Trump [for plagiarizing Michelle Obama] dug up other questionable details about her position in the campaign&mdash;among them, its claim that she obtained &ldquo;a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia&rdquo;, according to her bio in the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GOP Convention&rsquo;s program</a>. The same information appears on Melania Trump&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official website</a>.</em></p><p><em>An obvious red flag, pointed out by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, is that &ldquo;There is no &lsquo;University in Slovenia,&rsquo; nor is there a &lsquo;University of Slovenia.&rsquo;&rdquo; Previous to the RNC, multiple profiles of Melania Trump (including those for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GQ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>) had looked into her academic background and reported that she did indeed attend the school of architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, to become a designer, but dropped out to pursue modelin...</em></p> UK architecture students seeking mental health care is on the rise, according to Architects' Journal survey Justine Testado 2016-07-29T13:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T15:53:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly 90% of the 447 respondents said they had had to work through the night at some point. Almost one-third said they have to do it regularly. Two-thirds of undergraduates said their debt at the end of their course would be &pound;30,000 or above. Despite that, almost a third said they had been asked to work in practice for free... [One student respondent] said: &ldquo;A culture of suffering for your art is promoted within education.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode 6 of Archinect Sessions, "Money Changes Everything", is out now!</a></p> Ennead Architects to design a new 'University Commons' at Northwestern Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T19:21:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T14:53:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Northwestern University announced a plan to replace an existing campus center with a 209,000 sq. ft building designed by Ennead Architects. The lakeside building will be accessible from multiple sides on two levels and will include an auditorium, a black box theater, and a large multipurpose space. The building, named "University Center," will also have both indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to performances, recreation, study, and other programs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;We are excited to announce our plan to create a welcoming, dynamic space where the entire community can come to meet, create, learn and relax in this stunning lakeside setting,&rdquo; states President Morton Schapiro in the press release. &ldquo;This will be a spectacular place where students can study and hang out, faculty and staff can work or connect, and alumni and families can visit and engage with the community.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> It's been one month since Brexit. How are you coping? Ellen Hancock 2016-07-28T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T13:33:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the following month, the pound dropped&nbsp;10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest since the 1980s), PM David Cameron resigned, Boris Johnson resigned, Nigel Farage too (not before insulting all of the European parliament), and the Labour party are squabbling like children.</p><p>After everyone else jumped ship, Theresa May now resides at No.10 and must deal with the aftermath of Brexit. With her new cabinet in place (we are still hoping Boris' appointment as Foreign Secretary is a joke) and the promise that Article 50 will not be triggered until the new year, what happens next?</p><p>Fill out our <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a></strong> and tell us how Brexit has affected you already, and what you think the future holds for a UK outside of the EU.&nbsp;</p> Yale Dean Deborah Berke advocates pluralism in pedagogy Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:33:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Deborah Berke, a practicing architect with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a firm of over 60 employees</a> and former adjunct Yale professor, has replaced the inimitable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert "Bob" A.M. Stern</a> as the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Berke has ideas about how to shape the future of the school's pedagogy. In an interview with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTPost</a>, she lays out her vision, which is centered on advancing the "history of pluralism":&nbsp;</p><p><em>In terms of curriculum, her definition of pluralism will expand to include more emphasis on how architecture can respond to the impact of climate change and globalization, both of which she emphasizes as &ldquo;rapid.&rdquo; For the student body, which is already about 50 percent female, and faculty, pluralism translates to broader diversity.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s put it this way,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;the profession of architecture does not look like the population at large and I am going to work hard toward having the architects we train and the architects who teach be more reflective of the population at large.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More on Deborah Be...</p> Students go above the double-curve in “InFlux”, from AA Summer DLAB::RED Justine Testado 2016-07-27T18:49:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:25:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Contrasting against the greenery of Hooke Park is &ldquo;InFlux&rdquo;, a brick-red wall prototype that 18 students and their tutors assembled for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::RED 2015 program. Taking place from July 27 to August 8, the RED-themed agenda explored the phenomenal process of decay in nature.&nbsp;</p><p>InFlux builds upon the material behavior research that began&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, with further investigations that connect geometry, material, and structure. During the first two weeks, students&nbsp;investigated the fabrication and construction of double-curved complex geometries in applying generative design techniques and robotic milling strategies. Students then applied their skills in constructing the 1:1 working prototype during the last seven days of the program. Since then, InFlux has become a permanent installation at Hooke Park.</p><p>Also be on the lookout for more from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Summer DLAB::ORANGE</a>, which just started earlier this week.</p><p>Keep reading for more about InFlux's fabrication process:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Ph...</em></p> Newcastle Degree Show in London 2016 Erin Whalley 2016-07-25T04:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:39:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Newcastle&rsquo;s degree show, despite being heavily edited for its London venue, manages to present a large range of design that emphasises just how creative the study of architecture can be. The breadth of research is inspiring, with studies covering everything from Walt Disney wonderlands, to the highly geophysical formation of sand patterns. It is a credit to the current architectural climate that students are encouraged and supported to find resolved architectural expressions for such diversity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>(Greg Walton, MArch.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>(Simon Baker, March.)</p><p>Amongst the fantastical explorations (one example of which delves into an analysis of C.S.Lewis, and how architectural form can be found within his fictional worlds) are an equal number of technological forays. Some of these look into harnessing new sustainable energy sources, other provide possible methods for cleaning waterways of litter.&nbsp;</p><p>A current trend that can be seen across architecture and design at the moment, and is exhibited in several projec...</p> Yeah, so about Melania Trump's architecture degree... Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-20T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T23:48:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Melania Trump&rsquo;s much-anticipated address at the Republican National Convention on Monday provoked outrage for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plagiarizing Michelle Obama&rsquo;s speech</a> at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the typically demure member of Trump&rsquo;s campaign suddenly became the center of a lot of negative press.</p><p>The ensuing wave of critical attention towards Melania Trump dug up other questionable details about her position in the campaign&mdash;among them, its claim that she obtained &ldquo;a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia&rdquo;, according to her bio in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GOP Convention&rsquo;s program</a>. The same information appears on Melania Trump&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official website</a>.</p><p>An obvious red flag, pointed out by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, is that &ldquo;There is no &lsquo;University in Slovenia,&rsquo; nor is there a &lsquo;University of Slovenia.&rsquo;&rdquo; Previous to the RNC, multiple profiles of Melania Trump (including those for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GQ</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>) had looked into her academic background and reported that she did indeed attend the school of architecture a...</p> Reflections on Binational Urbanism by Ryan Dewey BOARD 2016-07-18T20:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T17:18:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier in my career I was based in Chicago but I was working in Nigeria and also doing some graduate work in the summer in England.<br><br>The longest trip I packed for was 60 days in the same suitcase and it covered a month in England and a month in Nigeria.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>It was a tough time in my life, but it was also kind of utopian as well because there are certain advantages to being highly mobile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>In Germany today there are 1.8 million Turks. Every year 93.5% of those people travel from Germany to Turkey at least one time, that is nearly 1.7 million Turks across all strata of society who regularly travel between cities in Germany and cities in Turkey.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Looking at the lifestyle of this population, Bernd Upmeyer develops a theory of a new form of urbanism in his book <em>Binational Urbanism</em>. A binational urbanist is someone who because of the practical matters of their lives spend their time living in oscillation between two different countries. This is a thoughtful book with an interesting approach to rese...</p> Is psychedelia the new black in student architectural work? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T15:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T04:24:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects might be known for wearing black, as if in permanent mourning for the lives they once had, and for spending months searching for the perfect shade of grey. But judging by this year&rsquo;s student shows, that monochromatic hegemony is under threat: the next generation appears to be plotting a psychedelic revolution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Incorporating influences drawn from popular media and gaming, architecture is increasingly reflecting the multi-faceted world in which we live, at least if you take a look at this new UK-based student work. Students from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bartlett</a> at the University College London, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Royal College of Art</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a>&nbsp;have created unusually vibrant and occasionally pop-culture referential drawings:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the mood for more trippy-ness? Here's a sampling:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Famous Architecture as Rendered Through Google's Creepy "DeepDream"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking"</a></li></ul> What drives creativity among architects? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-13T14:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:41:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What makes a person creative? What are the biographical conditions and personality traits necessary to actualize that potential? These were driving questions behind&nbsp;a 1958-59 study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, which attempted to divine the elements of creativity by analyzing and interviewing several prominent architects of the time, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Eames</a>, Gregory Ain, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quincy Jones</a>. The architects were also encouraged to rate each other. Bottom line? Richard Neutra "has intellect" while Mies Van Der Rohe was considered to be "a great sculptor"&nbsp;although "human comfort is disregarded."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The study languished in obscurity until this&nbsp;year&nbsp;when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierluigi Serraino published <em>The Creative Architect</em> (and spoke about it on Archinect's 1:1 podcast)</a>.&nbsp;On reading the book, Steven Holl commented:&nbsp;&ldquo;We now know that childlike wonder, an absence of fear, and strong intuition are key aspects of creativity.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Creative Architect</em></a>&nbsp;is a thought-provoking and ...</p> Coop Himmelb(l)au compares campus redesign of the University of Applied Arts Vienna to a "prison courtyard" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-11T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:37:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After the University of Applied Arts Vienna chose a winner for its campus redesign competition in 2012, the proposal is just now being made a reality&mdash;much to the disappointment of another prominent Viennese institution, Coop Himmelb(l)au.</p><p>The University selected Riepl Kaufmann Bammer Architecktur&rsquo;s design for a major renovation and expansion of its current buildings, totaling 9,500 square meters of new space. On July 6, the University broke ground on the project, and on July 8, Coop Himmelb(l)au&rsquo;s communications office sent out an email decrying the design, comparing it to a &ldquo;prison courtyard&rdquo; and asking &ldquo;does it necessarily have to be the worst project which will now be realized?&rdquo;:</p><p><em>Commonly, Architecture is understood to be a three-dimensional imprint of content. Following this view, the rendering &ndash; boastfully called &ldquo;inwards facing campus&rdquo; &ndash; looks rather like a prison courtyard. If that image was a reflection of the University of Applied Arts&rsquo; curricula, one should definitely be con...</em></p> ArcSoc (University of Cambridge) Summer Exhibition Anna Jenkin 2016-07-07T01:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:28:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="731" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>The University of Cambridge Department of Architecture (ArcSoc) is proud to host their annual exhibition at the Bargehouse (SE1 9PH) from the 14th-17th July (Press preview, 6pm, Thursday 14th July). The Summer Show is the culmination of a year&rsquo;s design work in the studios and is entirely student curated, designed and run. From the initial explorations of first years to the final schemes of their graduates, the ethos of their work is grounded in context and collaboration across the school.</em></strong></p><p>The exhibition will run until the 17th July, including&nbsp;lectures from alumni and on the 16th July, prospective students will be invited to attend talks by current students and studio tutors. Alongside the drawings and models, there will be pavilions and extracurricular artwork to showcase our students&rsquo; many talents.</p><p>ArcSoc is an entirely student-run society. We raise funds for the exhibition by hosting a variety of events in Cambridge throughout the year, from drawing classes that support the universi...</p> Columbia GSAPP names Weiping Wu Director of Urban Planning Program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-06T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="669" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Effective July 1, Wu became the new Director of the Master of Science in the Urban Planning program at Columbia's GSAPP, as announced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current dean, Amale Andraos</a>. In a press release issued by GSAPP, Wu is referred to as one of the "top scholarly experts on Chinese urbanization", focusing on issues of migration, housing and infrastructure.&nbsp;</p><p>Andraos described Wu as "that rare scholar who has the ability to bridge theory and practice and is committed&nbsp;to advancing the field towards the bettering of our built environment.&rdquo; Previously, Wu was the Chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department at Tufts University, and editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. She will continue in her role as&nbsp;President and&nbsp;President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).</p><p>More from GSAPP:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dismantled Models: Amale Andraos on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #21</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Easing from sc...</a></li></ul> Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V & A Museum. work_for_free 2016-07-06T04:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T04:26:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Todays, pavilions are an omnipresent type of building. Unburdened to a certain degree from constraints of conventional architectures, such as program or function, pavilion designs offer architects a reign of technological and formal possibilities. Architects are commissioned for designs, in which speculation, provocation and experimentation is allowed, or even more, it is requested. Currently, visitors of Victoria &amp; Albert Museum, run in the courtyard into an exemplary architecture experiment, posing a radical statement for contemporary digital architecture technology.</p><p>The Elytra Filament Pavilion, designed by a team of architects and engineers around Achim Menges from the Universities of Stuttgart and Munich, demonstrates a visionary for a yet to be determined digital future in the building industry. Within the context of the exhibition "Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design", the museum's courtyard has been turned into a test ground for the latest emerg...</p> Robert Durst's favorite spot in LA? SCI-Arc! Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T15:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T22:16:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an exchange with The Times following his sentencing Wednesday, real estate heir Robert Durst reflected on his health, politics in America and the 16-year-old murder case that&rsquo;s expected to bring him back to Los Angeles this summer. [...] Were there places in L.A. that he liked best? &ldquo;SCI-Arc,&rdquo; he replied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Of course.</p><p>For more news from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Scientist: SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #18</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Liberal Education: Tom Wiscombe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #14</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philosopher Graham Harman to join SCI-Arc faculty</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc launches "MEAT," a curatorial summer program</a></li></ul> Thomas Heatherwick awarded Honorary Fellowship by Goldsmiths, University of London Ellen Hancock 2016-07-05T10:47:00-04:00 >2016-07-05T10:47:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="599" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heatherwick who founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 has been recognised for his 'innovative' contribution to the architecture and design field.&nbsp;</p><p>Writer and Goldsmiths lecturer Adam Mars-Jones, who will introduce Goldsmiths&rsquo; new Honorands to the stage over four graduation ceremonies this July, says:<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Thomas Heatherwick has a multi-disciplinary approach, a practice of looking<br>at things afresh and moving in unexpected directions, so that the resulting objects are both elegant design solutions and examples of lateral thinking made visible.&rdquo;</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p>His best known projects include the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the New Bus for London. In 2013 he was awarded a CBE for his services to design.&nbsp;</p> REMINDER: The 2016 AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE application deadline is July 11! Sponsor 2016-06-29T15:11:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T01:29:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></em></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Summer DLAB 2016</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in &lsquo;orange&rsquo; for its 2016 cycle, as a starting point to investigate principles of natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces. These concepts are carefully interwoven with spatial, performance-based, and structural criteria in order to create full-scale working prototypes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The three-week long programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the two-week initial phase, participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase, lasting for a week, shifts to AA Hooke Park and revolves around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention realized by the use of robotic fabrication techniques in AA&rsquo;s Hooke Park premises.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Prominent Features ...</p> After being rejected by Princeton, three Michael Graves properties slated for purchase by Kean University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T18:01:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through his will, he donated the properties to Princeton University, his neighbor and longtime employer. [...] &ldquo;We were grateful to be able to consider the possibility of accepting Michael Graves&rsquo;s properties, but concluded that we could not meet the terms and conditions associated with the gift,&rdquo; [Princeton] said in a statement. Among those &ldquo;terms and conditions&rdquo; were preserving the houses and making them fit for education &mdash; a cost that Kean said it was willing to take on.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Estimates by Kean's president, Dawood Farahi, place annual maintenance costs for the three Princeton, NJ properties (including The Warehouse, Graves' home and studio) at $30,000 to $40,000 per year, and "retrofitting the buildings for student use would cost about $300,000. The three properties were appraised for a total value of nearly $3.2 million."</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List: David Mohney of the Kean University's Michael Graves School of Architecture</a></li><li><a title="NJIT blasts Kean U. architecture school plans; calls proposal duplicative, wasteful" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NJIT blasts Kean U. architecture school plans; calls proposal duplicative, wasteful</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Fast Forward, Look Back&quot;: Archinect Sessions Episode #21, featuring Craig Hodgetts of UCLA's Hyperloop Studio, and remembering Michael Graves with colleague Patrick Burke" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Fast Forward, Look Back": Archinect Sessions Episode #21, featuring Craig Hodgetts of UCLA's Hyperloop Studio, and remembering Michael Graves with colleague Patrick Burke</a></li><li><a title="Kean University announces the Michael Graves School of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kean University announces the Michael Graves School of Architecture</a></li></ul> Holistic design tool HOMEKIT takes on issues of resilient community and sustainability in rural Colombia Sponsor 2016-06-28T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T11:00:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial_Programs&amp;utm_source=Archinects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Population growth and lack of shelter are the main indicators of increased poverty in developing countries. Every year, millions of people in rural communities in tropical climates migrate to cities in search of a better life. Informal settlements proliferate on the cities&rsquo; peripheries. However, what often awaits them is misfortune: few employment opportunities, lack of clean water, crowded housing spaces, crime, and other threats to their family traditions and lifestyle.</p><p>The HOMEKIT training program educates people in rural areas to sustainably cultivate bamboo and empower their villages to be self-reliant and to meet their own shelter needs. The system reduces forest depletion and contributes to the socioeconomic infrastructure of the villages. It provides safe, dignified, highly functional homes that respond to the local environment and natural disasters, connects people with the natural systems that support them, and he...</p> Katherine Ankerson named dean of UNL College of Architecture Alexander Walter 2016-06-24T19:42:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T19:42:17-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University, has accepted appointment as dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture. [...] Ankerson, who was a professor and associate dean in the UNL architecture college from 1996 to 2011 before her tenure at Kansas State, will assume the dean's post July 1.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Killinger named interim dean of UNL's College of Architecture</a></p>