Archinect - News 2015-11-25T15:33:22-05:00 The Fairy Tales 2016 competition is now open for registration! Justine Testado 2015-10-14T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T18:20:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Brush up on those storytelling skills, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition 2016</a> launches today! First started in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014</a> by Blank Space, the competition invites the creatively inclined &mdash; architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students, and the like &mdash; to pen their own architectural fairy tale. Entrants get to use fictional storytelling as a means to explore architectural possibilities and discuss real-world topics.</p><p>The last two competitions were wildly successful, with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015</a> reeling in a record-breaking 2,000 stories from participants in 65 countries. Who knows what the 2016 edition will bring?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>2015 1st prize winner: &ldquo;Empty&rdquo; by Zigeng Wang.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><em>2014 1st prize winner: &ldquo;Chapter Thirteen&rdquo; by Kevin (Pang-Hsin) Wang and Nicholas O&rsquo;Leary.</em></p><p>The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.</p><p>Participants can register for a <strong>special early-bird discount...</strong></p> How connected do architects still feel to the profession? More Dear Architecture letters explore that question Justine Testado 2015-09-23T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-24T23:11:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While it's just as important to have serious discussions about the future of architecture, so is taking a hard, honest look at its present state. And if the letters from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently concluded "Dear Architecture" competition</a> indicate anything about how individual architects perceive the field right now, things are looking bleak.</p><p>Organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the competition invited entrants to write an approximately 500-word letter addressed to Architecture, whether as a concept, a social practice, or a community. The 12 Honorable Mention entries, although written as seemingly fictional anecdotes, consistently expressed feelings of disconnection with architecture&nbsp;&mdash; topped with a melancholic tone that is just yearning for the better.</p><p>Read the 12 Honorable Mentions in their entirety (listed in no particular ranking):</p><p>1. <strong>Aditya Ghosh</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Architecture,&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s paper, exactly 9 inches wide and 15 inches high. It&rsquo;s two dimensional, flat and featureless. A shade of white that is incapable of any ex...</p> "Dear Architecture" winners write fictional letters addressing real problems in the field Justine Testado 2015-09-16T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-25T09:09:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We surely have loads to say about the architecture profession, but how would you compose all those thoughts into the good ol' classical form of a letter? The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Dear Architecture" ideas competition</a> asked its participants just that.</p><p>Created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the same people who organized the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>, "Dear Architecture" entrants had to pen their own 500-word letter to architecture &mdash; whether as a concept, a social practice, or as a community &mdash; along with an illustration to supplement their letter's message.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Entrants from over 60 countries responded to the brief. Not too surprisingly, the letters got upfront and personal, if not a little bit heart-breaking.</p><p>The jury &mdash; which included Fernando Romero, Elena Manferdini, Hani Rashid, Natasha Jen, and Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>'s very own Alexander Walter &mdash; selected three top-prize winners and 12 Honorable Mentions.</p><p>Read the top three letters in their entirety below.</p><p><strong>1ST PRIZE ($1,500): Craig L. Wilkins, Ph.D., RA</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Archit...</p> Regular Registration for Dear Architecture ends June 24 Justine Testado 2015-06-23T21:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T14:26:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Regular Registration period for the Dear Architecture competition is coming to a close tomorrow, June 24. Afterward, the current $40 fee will go up to $50 until the final deadline on July 24.</p><p>Presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a> &mdash; the creators of the successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a> &mdash; along with Archinect, our sister site <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>, and ArchDaily, Dear Architecture invites participants worldwide to write their own 500-word letter to architecture &mdash; whether as a concept, a social practice, or as a community &mdash; along with an illustration to supplement their letter's message.</p><p>Through letter-writing, the competition hopes to initiate an open dialogue and valuable exchange of ideas about the role and responsibility of architecture in modern society.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Remember: The final registration + submission deadline is <strong>July 24</strong>.</p><p>The jury includes:</p><ul><li>Beatrice Galilee: Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art</li><li>Fernando Romero: Founder, FR-EE</li><li>Daniel Arsham &amp; Alex Mustonen: ...</li></ul> Articulate your feelings in the "Dear Architecture" competition. Register now! Justine Testado 2015-05-13T21:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-17T15:07:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Needless to say, effective communication is vital in architecture, but how often do architects get the chance to elaborate their own thoughts and feelings on the discipline itself&nbsp;&mdash; in the form of a letter?<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Blank Space</a> (the creators of the successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>) along with Archinect, our sister site <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>, and ArchDaily are presenting a new challenge: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Dear Architecture"</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dear Architecture invites participants worldwide to write their own 500-word letter to architecture &mdash; whether as a concept, a social practice, or as a community &mdash; along with an illustration to supplement their letter's message. Through letter-writing, the competition hopes to initiate an open dialogue and valuable exchange of ideas about the role and responsibility of architecture in modern society.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Register by <strong>May 27</strong> to take advantage of the <strong>$30</strong> early-bird special (Regular registration: $40; Late registration: $50). The final submission deadline is <strong>July 24</strong>.</p><p>As always, give this competition...</p> "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" to debut at the Graham Foundation this Friday Justine Testado 2015-01-21T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:25:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The upcoming publication and exhibition "<em>Treatise: Why Write Alone?</em>" at the Graham Foundation in Chicago utilizes the architectural treatise as a platform for experimentation, theoretical inquiry, and debate through the collective works of 14 emerging designers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Bureau Spectacular (Jimenez Lai),"Inside Outside In-between," 2014-15.</em></p><p>Bureau Spectacular founder Jimenez Lai developed the exhibition after receiving a recent grant from the Graham Foundation. Based on the idea, "Why Write? And why write alone?", the exhibition will display over 200 new and recent drawings, models, multimedia installations, and site-specific wall drawings that will fill the galleries of the Graham Foundation's historic Madlener House.</p><p>The exhibition will feature the works of:</p><ul><li><strong>Bittertang</strong> (Michael Loverich &amp; Antonio Torres), New York, NY</li><li><strong>Bureau Spectacular</strong> (Jimenez Lai), Chicago, IL</li><li><strong>CAMES/Gibson</strong> (Grant Gibson), Chicago IL</li><li><strong>Design With Company</strong> (Stewart Hicks &amp; Allison Newmeyer), Chicago, IL</li><li><strong>Fake Industries Architectu...</strong></li></ul> Winners of the "Writing Architecture" book giveaway Justine Testado 2014-10-23T19:21:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:54:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Written by Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman, <em>Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment<em> </em></em>is a guidebook recently published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trinity University Press</a> that discusses the techniques of writing architecture that is accessible and appealing, especially to non-architectural folks.</p><p>In our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giveaway</a>, Archinectors shared some of their biggest hurdles when writing about architecture (sometimes with a little snarky humor). It was pretty tough picking only five. But without further ado, here are our lucky winners:</p><ul><li>Jean Pierre Walker, NY</li><li>ArchKatie, MN</li><li>Pawlz, VA</li><li>tint, CO</li><li>mohiashi, Brazil</li></ul><p>Congrats! And best of luck with all your writing endeavors. Last but not least, thanks to everyone that participated.</p> Win a copy of "Writing Architecture", a practical guide to sharpening your architecture writing skills Justine Testado 2014-10-10T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:54:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we know, having the ability to communicate ideas behind an architectural design is crucial in the architectural profession. But perhaps what's more important is knowing how to write about architecture in a way that is accessible and appealing to non-architectural folks as well, considering that the built environment plays a significant part in shaping people's everyday experiences.</p><p>In relation to this, Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman discusses the process, techniques, and the value of architecture writing in his book, "Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment" recently published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trinity University Press</a>.</p><p>If you're eager to get your hands on a copy, now is your chance. Archinect is giving away <strong>five </strong>copies of the book to our readers!</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:</strong> <strong>In the comment section below, tell us your biggest struggle in writing about architecture. Giveaway ends on October 17, 2014.&nbsp;Five winners will be selecte...</strong></p> If We Talked About Architecture Like We Talk About Writing Archinect 2014-05-14T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:06:57-04:00 <img src="" width="175" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Where do you get your ideas for buildings?&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh, I could never do what you do &mdash; you know, get up in the morning and go to my job and do my job there.&rdquo; &ldquo;Sometimes I feel like I have a building in me.&rdquo; &ldquo;What&rsquo;s your favorite building to re-look at?&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh, I&rsquo;d love to design an office complex, but I&rsquo;m just so busy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “The Space of Poetry” exhibition in Boston examines the built environment of poetry Justine Testado 2014-04-22T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:50:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Who knew that architecture could let you perceive poetry in a new angle or two. Currently at Boston Architectural College's 951 Boylston Street Building until May 1, "The Space of Poetry" exhibition reveals the intricate ties between the written art form and architectural history, theory, and design &mdash; all by Cara Armstrong, a trained architect and poet who works as an educator, writer, and illustrator.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As an exhibition extra, the gallery is inviting everyone to a free talk on April 30 at 5 p.m. We can be sure this won't be like your typical poetry analysis class.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The exhibition delves into the space of poetry by bringing it together with architecture history, theory and design, encouraging viewers to look critically at poetic construction and promoting a more evocative understanding of architecture and writing...</p><p>Using the lens of architecture and art, [Armstrong] visually considers story, structure, music, and imagination as building blocks. Then, through architectural analysis techniques such as solid/void analysis and diagramming, she translates individual poems into a set of spatial relationships that becomes art in its own right. This allows the work of poets such as John Donne, Jean Valentine, and Jane Mead to converse across time and brings to light similarities in form, structure, and meaning."</p><p>Find more details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Art/Architecture critic Philip Kennicott wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism Archinect 2013-04-17T19:42:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T19:18:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kennicott&rsquo;s entry included several pieces published in the Style section last year. One was a review in June of an exhibit of creations by the architect Kevin Roche at the National Building Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Assessing Roche&rsquo;s work, Kennicott wrote, &ldquo;In the end, Roche&rsquo;s reputation will rise or fall depending on what becomes of the corporate world he served. If the end of corporate America is a dystopian hell of environmental catastrophe, vast economic inequity and social instability, the corporate architects of our age will not be remembered fondly. But if our age yields to a better one, just as the tyrannies and kleptocracies of past centuries sometimes yielded (perhaps temporarily) to more enlightened, democratic societies, then Roche&rsquo;s work might have the charm of baroque palaces, Egyptian pyramids and Parisian avenues.&rdquo;</p> Why Don’t We Read About Architecture? anthony dong 2012-03-03T09:28:00-05:00 >2012-03-07T17:15:16-05:00 <img src="" width="427" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buildings are discussed &mdash; indeed aspects of them obsessed upon &mdash; but almost exclusively in the context of economics. This building went over budget, that surplus of houses led to the foreclosure crisis, that condo broke the record for residential real estate, etc. To the layman, then, architecture is conveyed as little more than something that costs a lot and causes a lot of grief, rather than something with the potential to enhance our daily lives.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New York Times names Michael Kimmelman to be new architecture critic Paul Petrunia 2011-07-06T00:04:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="292" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York Times&nbsp;art critic and "Abroad" columnist&nbsp;Michael Kimmelman will become the paper's&nbsp;new&nbsp;architecture critic, the Times&nbsp;is announcing today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Westward-Moving House: A classic revisited Paul Petrunia 2011-07-05T17:47:02-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three hundred years ago one Nehemiah Tinkham, with wife Submit Tinkham and six children, landed on the shores of New England to establish a home in the wilderness.</p></em><br /><br /><p> DesignObserver has just republished J.B. Jackson's classic essay "The Westward-Moving House," originally published in Landscape in 1953, which traces the evolution of the American house over three centuries and across the continent. Geographer Paul F. Starrs and photographer Peter Goin at the University of Nevada, Reno, have purchased the archive of Landscape and plan to digitize the archive and make it fully accessible. Fewer than a dozen libraries have a full set of the magazine. Jackson's terrific essay "The Westward-Moving House" was last anthologized 15 years ago and is now out of print. DO will be following later this week with a contemporary riff, "The Eastward-Moving House," by architect David Heymann.</p> AJ Writing Prize: Alan Berman on what makes good architectural writing Paul Petrunia 2011-06-13T17:33:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Historians today don&rsquo;t do history, but historiography. Each aims to better the last in range of content and extremes of references, in language increasingly esoteric and dense: a babble of self referential writing that addresses only others in the lodge. Architectural writing, prone to fashion like all else in the design professions, has followed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>