Archinect - News 2014-04-17T23:07:01-04:00 Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T20:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T12:33:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He&rsquo;s waited until his ninth decade, but Frank Gehry is turning his attention to the London skyline, starting with Battersea Power Station, where he will draw on the capital&rsquo;s sweeping crescents and stucco terraces as part of its &pound;8bn redevelopment. He tells Harry Mount about courting controversy, banter with Norman Foster and working for Mark Zuckerberg</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:45:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And hierarchies don&rsquo;t disappear when you place everyone at a communal table or &ldquo;superdesk&rdquo;; they persist in more subtle modes of workplace interaction. I suspect that people thrown into open plans might even miss their cubicles. And there are features of cubicles&mdash;such as the need to partition wide spaces&mdash;that I suspect will continue to be useful and never go away; these needs precede the invention of the cubicle itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the development of the American workplace in Archinect's feature article, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</em></a>.</p> Sjors De Vries On Next-Level City-Making In The Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T11:50:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sjors de Vries is a Dutch urban planner and founder of RUIMTEVOLK (&lsquo;Space People&rsquo;), a leading online discussion platform about planning and urbanism in the Netherlands. We spoke with him about the current state of planning in the Netherlands, the best ways to upscale cute and small initiatives to make them serious improvements to the city, about the power of online media in city-making and the role of their platform.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NYT Podcast: Cities of the Present, Cities of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:54:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What have we learned so far about how cities function &mdash; and how they don&rsquo;t? What is the role of that most symbolic of city features, the skyscraper? And is it possible to &ldquo;break&rdquo; a city? Five experts offered their perspectives on the use of data to solve urban problems, the ways in which the skyscraper is venerated and misused, and their best guesses on what the cities of the future might look like.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For his NYT Science Times Podcast, Jeffery DelViscio sits down with SOM structural engineer William F. Baker; architect and IIT architecture dean Wiel Arets; University of Chicago associate professor Virginia Parks; Columbia University professor Saskia Sassen; and Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat executive director Antony Wood to discuss "The Future Skyline."</p> Interview with Ai Weiwei: 'My Virtual Life Has Become My Real Life' Alexander Walter 2014-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T17:01:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 56, discusses how the authorities monitor his movements in sometimes bizarre detail and the feud with the government in Beijing that has kept him from being allowed to leave the country for three years now.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> John Edwards Lecture 2013: Peter Marino in conversation with Marc Jacobs Archinect 2013-12-30T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:29:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2013 edition of The AF&rsquo;s annual headline event and trans-disciplinary dialogue presented New York-based architect Peter Marino in conversation with fashion designer Marc Jacobs. The event, which took place at Tate Modern&rsquo;s Starr Auditorium, was chaired by Penny Martin, editor in chief, The Gentlewoman explored the territories of fashion and architecture and the space in which these two art forms interlink.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Knowing Kuma Archinect 2013-12-27T13:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:57:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Starting from small things", motto of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, we begin to grasp the view of a man's goal to "recover the traditional Japanese building." From philosophy of nature and materiality to personal taste in film and music, Kuma travels to San Diego to share his influences and insight on the world of architecture with design students from Woodbury School of Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview: Frank Gehry Archinect 2013-12-02T19:46:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T19:55:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He is grouchy, says a man who knows Frank Gehry well, when I ask him what to expect of my meeting with the architect. Grouchy, but sweet. I bear those words in mind as I am introduced to Gehry in the office of his Los Angeles studio, and explain in a super-polite way my role as the FT&rsquo;s arts writer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview with CASE-REAL, architects of "Restaurant on the Sea" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-13T17:54:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:32:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Recently featured as part of our&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase</a>&nbsp;series,&nbsp;&nbsp;"Restaurant on the Sea" by CASE-REAL is an elegant restaurant located smack on the coastline of Teshima, a tiny island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. Opening for the Setouchi Triennale, the restaurant continues to serve local Japanese fare to the island's 1,000 inhabitants, after the art-seeking tourists' exodus.</p> <p> The modest project description left us wanting more, so we asked CASE-REAL to comment on a few of the restaurant's details.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What kind of food will the restaurant serve?</p> <p> <strong>CASE-REAL </strong>(Ritsu Shibata):&nbsp;You can eat Japanese food in this restaurant, using the local ingredients including seafood from Setouchi Ocean. The restaurant serves a lunch menu, along with a prix fixe dinner menu (only with reservation).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What was the inspiration behind the public kitchen?</p> <p> <strong>CASE-REAL:&nbsp;</strong>The idea of the "public kitchen" was originally requested by the owner, Ms. Mitsuko Fukutake, who is also a councilor of Fuku...</p> Thom Mayne: Inquiry is Everything Archinect 2013-09-26T20:39:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:27:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine contributor Andrew Caruso recently sat down with AIA Gold Medalist Thom Mayne to talk about the early days of his career and the major design school, public projects, and trajectory of work that followed. Thom talks innovation, politics, education&hellip; and about debunking his reputation as the &ldquo;bad boy&rdquo; of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Building After - Artforum talks with this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Toyo Ito Archinect 2013-09-06T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:42:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our way of life is still based in twentieth-century ideas, specifically a modernist philosophy that assumes we can use science and technology to conquer nature. So we try to isolate ourselves from nature; our cities are completely segregated from the environment. [...] That kind of modernist thinking has reached its limit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ball-Nogues about Euphony, the studio's Nashville Music City Center Installation Archinect 2013-08-16T17:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:23:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Euphony, a dramatic installation of suspended stainless-steel ball chains by Ball-Nogues, has been created for Nashville's Music City Center. The studio, headed by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, intersects the disciplines of architecture, art and industrial design. We talk to Benjamin Ball about Euphony and the process of its construction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An interview with Indonesian architect Andra Matin Metropolitan Monk 2013-08-06T16:35:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:00:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major force within contemporary Indonesian architecture, the soft-spoken man is recognized as the helmsman of a generation of independent architects, yet hardly anyone outside his native country knows his name. Locally celebrated but internationally undiscovered, Matin was one of the first Indonesian architects to establish an independent practice after the fall of Suharto in 1998.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #44</a> (June-July 2013) put the spotlight on the architectural scene in Indonesia. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> contributed with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an interview with leading Indonesian architect Andra Matin</a> who is hailed as &lsquo;<em>a well kept secret in the architecture world</em>&rsquo;. An extract:</p> <p> A major force within contemporary Indonesian architecture, the soft-spoken man is recognized as the helmsman of a generation of independent architects, yet hardly anyone outside his native country knows his name. Locally celebrated but internationally undiscovered, Matin was one of the first Indonesian architects to establish an independent practice after the fall of Suharto in 1998. (...) Andra Matin&rsquo;s portfolio is vast and diverse. He designs houses, museums, galleries, restaurants, public parks, mosques and artist studios. (...) In 2011 Rem Koolhaas visited Matin&rsquo;s office and future home. &lsquo;<em>I didn&rsquo;t understand why he wanted to see my house. The day before he arrived, he saw another project of mine, the Winfred House, wher...</em></p> Interview: Bjarke Ingels of BIG Archinect 2013-07-25T18:45:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T19:19:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Holt speaks to Bjarke Ingels, founder of Danish practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), about the exchange of skills and ideas that stem from international collaborations, and the potential for a hybrid of urban, landscape and architectural form at Barangaroo.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> James Turrell appears on Charlie Rose Archinect 2013-07-10T12:35:00-04:00 >2013-07-10T12:49:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The artist also explained why he needs three museums for his 48-year retrospective. "It's only 23 works," he said, quicly [sic] adding that these are "works that luxuriate in space, and it takes a lot of space to do that."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to watch the interview on BloombergTV.</p> uncube talks to Charles Correa Archinect 2013-07-01T18:55:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T11:29:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="708" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Charles Correa was recently in London for the opening of his RIBA exhibition, Rob Wilson spoke with him about some of the key ideas, influences and recurrent themes in his work throughout his long career.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview: The Principals (Part I.) Gravitas 2013-06-21T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-06-21T20:35:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can we start by exploring your process of developing an initial idea for a project? You all have very different backgrounds, specialising in metalwork, industrial design and architecture. How do these backgrounds integrate? Can this culmination of different abilities become challenging? It is extremely challenging integrating our different perspectives &ndash; based on our specialties, you can encounter all phases and scales of project development simultaneously</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An Interview with Anouska Hempel, Interior Designer of London's La Suite West Hotel Archinect 2013-06-13T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:01:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Anouska Hempel is a London-based hotelier and interior designer. Recently, Archinect correspondent, Jill Johnson, had the opportunity to stay at one of Anouska's recent projects, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Suite West</a>, a boutique hotel in London, and followed up her stay with a brief conversation about the design.</p> <p> <strong>Can you discuss the balance of architecture, interiors and styling in your work?</strong><br> To manage all the work there are many rules. One cannot be considered without the other however we are a design studio so the vision (beauty) comes first which is complimented by the architecture, followed by the interiors and styling.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>The style in your portfolio seems to range from highly decorative to minimal. How do you define your style?</strong><br> Simply, I don&rsquo;t think one can. I truly enjoy and appreciate a broad spectrum, as demonstrated, but if one had to define it in a word, that would most likely be &ldquo;couture&rdquo;. The style can vary but the quality most definitely cannot!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Where did you study design? Whom di...</strong></p> uncube converses with UNStudio's Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos Archinect 2013-05-29T19:13:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:11:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In contrast to postmodernism &ndash; to Krier but also to Tschumi and Koolhaas, who tended more toward approaching architecture through the political issues of that time &ndash; we started solely from architectural issues. We also wrote our first book about that, about how architecture itself can again be a source of fascination.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Q+A w/ Richard Meier on AD Richard Meier & Partners 2013-04-25T10:50:00-04:00 >2013-05-12T13:34:20-04:00 <img src="" width="440" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the real challenges, since we&rsquo;re working in so many places&mdash;Mexico, Japan, Brazil&mdash;is understanding variations, both in terms of culture and context. It&rsquo;s important to understand differences in scale and environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Philip Michael Wolfson featured in VICE's Art Talk Alexander Walter 2013-02-27T17:18:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:11:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Michael Wolfson is an architect from Philadelphia. He was Zaha Hadid's head of design for ten years and now runs his own studio where he works on sculptural pieces and interior architecture. In this episode of Art Talk, we visit Philip in his London studio and he discusses his creative process and shows us a recent piece called "Tsukumogami."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Luxury of Light and Shadows Archinect 2013-02-12T19:09:00-05:00 >2013-02-18T17:50:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nestled in the flatlands of rural Bangladesh near the River Brahma-Jamuna, coursing down from Tibet, flush with the silts and melted snows of the Himalayas, the Friendship Centre is one of those new buildings which feels as though it may have been there for a very long time. Whilst the simple, graphic forms of its brick construction present a slightly archaic aspect, its enclosure by a bund or embankment lends the whole site an inward-looking inverted feel, almost like an excavation. T</p></em><br /><br /><p> Online publication, uncube, interviews Bangladeshi architect Kashef Chowdhury, discussing his recent project, the Friendship Centre, in Gaibandha.</p> Make mag interviews toothpick architect Archinect 2012-09-17T23:53:00-04:00 >2012-09-23T20:28:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today we chat with a man on a mission, Stan Munro, creator of the astounding and ever-growing Toothpick World. Stan is out to re-create the world&rsquo;s most famous buildings &mdash; using nothing but toothpicks and glue.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Ideology of Publication / Conversation with Bernd Upmeyer croixe 2012-08-14T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:57:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Urbanism is one of those malleable concepts that defy definition. A flexible subject where, by trying to lock it within a specific scope, its validity sometimes gets undermined and its potential spoiled.</strong></p> <p> <strong>But when a magazine develops and maintains its own way to portray the multiple faces, forms, shapes, relationships, arguments, contradictions, images, consequences, and messages of the discipline that is supposed to carry the unbearable load of thinking the city, then the exercise of defining urbanism becomes an enriching intellectual journey.</strong></p> <p> <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONU</a> (Magazine on Urbanism) was born in 2004 in Rotterdam. What was originally an almost underground magazine made available through a pdf dossier and a stapled black and white print has evolved into one of the main independent publications, a reference for the collective intelligence of urbanism, and an icon of exquisite aesthetics.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Set to satisfy a growing urbanophilic hunger, MONU has thrown into the mix an intoxicating mixture o...</strong></p> Drawing Architecture - Conversation with Perry Kulper croixe 2012-08-05T11:50:00-04:00 >2013-12-03T21:20:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>If &ldquo;action painting&rdquo; is produced by the dynamics of dripping, smearing, and sweeping brushstrokes of paint to reveal the complex character of abstract art, then &ldquo;action drawing&rdquo; would be something like juxtaposing lines, planes, volumes, typographical elements, photographs, and paper cutouts on a&nbsp; drawing that aims to uncover the intricate universe of architectural ideas.</strong></p> <p> <strong>Each of Perry Kulper&rsquo;s architectural drawings is a cosmos of information and possibilities that resist the banal and simplistic reductionism so typical of contemporary architectural representation.&nbsp; Series after series, his drawings display objects as background, and background as object in a constant visual journey of an architecture that&nbsp;doesn't&nbsp;settle and always evolves: an architecture of ideas.</strong></p> <p> <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> discussed with Perry Kulper the concept, intention, and potential of drawing architecture.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> <strong>WAI: There was a moment in our academic experience in which we became very interested in th...</strong></p> Charlie Rose interviews Tod Williams & Billie Tsien tonight Archinect 2012-06-18T20:43:00-04:00 >2012-06-19T09:31:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charlie Rose</a> will be interviewing Tod Williams &amp; Billie Tsien on tonight's show. Check your local listings for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">broadcast times</a>.</p> Orhan Ayyüce: L.A. Love At First Sight Archinect 2012-05-24T17:01:00-04:00 >2012-05-30T13:03:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I met this gray-haired woman. I lit her cigarette and she asked me what I was doing there? I said I just wanted to meet some architects and learn where I could go to school. "She said, okay, 'If you have a car, tomorrow go to this place in Santa Monica called SciArc, it's a new school. Ask for Ray Kappe and tell them that Esther McCoy sent you.'</p></em><br /><br /><p> KCET just sat down with Archinect senior editor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> for an interview about his Turkish roots, the arrival in Los Angeles, and his unlikely introduction to the world of architecture.</p> …China changes you Metropolitan Monk 2012-05-16T10:35:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:35:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> interviews Dutch architect John van de Water &ndash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT ARCHITECTS China</a> &ndash; about his book &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You can&rsquo;t change China, China changes you</a>&rdquo; [010 publisher, 2012]. The book is a a formidable page-turner telling the story of a three-year long architectural discovery in and of China. In the interviews John van de Water talks about his motives to write the book, to come and a set-up office in China, the tension he feels between a Dutch/Western and a Chinese approach to architecture and talks about the discovery and rethinking of two basic design parameters that are related to the limits of architectural design in China.</p> <p> Extract:</p> <p> First of all it is a shortcoming of western architects to think that we are equipped to provide solutions to answers. Chinese architects provide possibilities and western architects provide solutions. The second shortcoming is that we always want to change. [...] We tend to think that we can make flexible buildings, but Chinese people are able to make m...</p> Lebbeus Woods talks with Thom Mayne Archinect 2012-04-23T17:37:00-04:00 >2012-04-24T12:53:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Your message is really a philosophical message to architects. You&rsquo;re trying to show us how we can build cities and break out of the old modes of urban planning and urban design. And even thinking about or imagining cities that we have had for the past few hundred years, you&rsquo;re offering a new way. I don&rsquo;t know anyone else that&rsquo;s done that today. Maybe someone will say Colin Rowe. OK&mdash;Collage City, but this goes far, far beyond Collage City and any urban theory of Corbusier or anyone else.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Excerpts of a Candid Conversation between Thom Mayne and Lebbeus Woods Recorded in the privacy of LW&rsquo;s studio, transcribed by Dave Irwin</p> KCRW's DNA interviews Moby on LA architecture Paul Petrunia 2012-03-23T18:44:00-04:00 >2014-03-01T01:58:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chances are, you know Moby best for his electronic dance music. But it turns out the eclectic-minded musician has another life, as an architecture buff who recently moved to LA and now writes a blog about buildings here he loves. The blog is called, simply, Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog, and features his photos of local architecture. Frances Anderton talks to Moby about his love of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And, on that note, I promise this will be the last we refer to Moby's over-hyped move into the world of architecture blogging.</p><p></p>