Archinect - News 2017-01-24T06:39:55-05:00 Editor's Picks #461 Nam Henderson 2017-01-12T12:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T21:33:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, a man of deeply-held spiritual convictions, about his spiritual practice and how it affects his architectural and educational practices.</p><p>To wit;</p><p>"<em>What you learn from the Buddhists, the Tibetan Buddhists in particular, is that you work on yourself first and foremost because the&nbsp;</em><em>healthier you are the healthier you are going to make everybody in your sphere of influence&hellip;.Most importantly for me, architecture is a pretext for the relationships that you can begin to construct and develop over time. Life is one architecture in my world...I see my role as an architect and the role that architecture has in the world is much different.</em>"</p><p>Some readers (<strong>Tim W</strong>) cautioned "<em>mentoring of students in muddy thinking early on</em>"&nbsp;questioning the practical utility of "<em>pseudoscience, spiritual mash-ups</em>". Most others, saw (at least) some value in an "<em>open mind</em>"&nbsp;or at least "<em>model agnosticism</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> shared his thoughts on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a visit to Cuba</a>. The trip inclu...</p> Photo of the Week: Michael Rotondi and Thom Mayne Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-04T16:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T16:01:59-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As two old friends and comrades Michael Rotondi and Thom Mayne give each other the warmest hug ever as photographed by Cal Poly Pomona&nbsp;student Jacklin Lee after the Neutra Award was presented to Michael Rotondi on Monday night November 3 rd.</p> SCI-Arc co-founder Michael Rotondi to receive Richard J. Neutra Medal at Cal Poly Pomona Justine Testado 2014-11-03T20:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T14:39:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="674" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Michael Rotondi will receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal tonight from the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence was established to recognize the contributions that Neutra made to the practice of architecture in research and design. The Medal awards individuals for their dedication to the research and development of new environments in everyday life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rotondi, who is currently principal of RoTo Architects in Los Angeles, distinguished himself in architectural education when he co-founded SCI-Arc in 1972 and then later succeeded Ray Kappe as the school's director. Rotondi also previously worked in Morphosis with Thom Mayne in 1975.</p><p>Learn more about Rotondi on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Michael Rotondi on the design of sacred spaces Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-05T01:06:00-04:00 >2012-10-12T19:24:14-04:00 <em><p>The practical problem to solve in meditation space is making it as quiet as possible, making the architecture as quiet as possible. The architecture has to come to rest if you want the mind to come to rest. And the architecture has to be, doesn&rsquo;t have to be, but it&rsquo;s best if it&rsquo;s holding you to the ground as opposed to ascension.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Metropolis conducts a Q&amp;A with Michael Rotondi on&nbsp;the design of sacred spaces. What he says is a beautiful way to look at architecture, meditative space and ourselves.</p> Editor's Picks #267 Nam Henderson 2012-06-04T23:21:00-04:00 >2012-06-05T07:51:12-04:00 <img src="" width="450" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce penned Review: Carlson-Reges House, RoTo Architects. In it Orhan described how Carlson-Reges House has grown out of logistics and a "story within a story". Steven Ward waxed nostalgic about the fact that he had an "opportunity to visit this house with mr rotondi in 2003. stunning - and completely unique. there really could never be anything else like it. and the brewery is a magic little 'neighborhood'."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Review: Carlson-Reges House, RoTo Architects</a>. In it Orhan described how Carlson-Reges House has grown out of <strong>logistics</strong> and a "<strong>story within a story</strong>". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a> waxed nostalgic about the fact that he had an "<em>opportunity to visit this house with mr rotondi in 2003. stunning - and completely unique. there really could never be anything else like it. and the brewery is a magic little 'neighborhood'.</em>"</p> <p> <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, designed by Swiss architects Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, officially opened to the public on, June 1.</a>&nbsp;Since Chinese officials had put Ai Weiwei on 'city arrest' in his hometown Beijing, he was not able to attend the ceremony together with his design collaborators Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;first thought was "<em>They really did make it out of cork!&rdquo;<br> and bothands posts &ldquo;Agreed about the lighting - pinholes through the water could've been cool...</em>"&nbsp;However, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a>&nbsp;thoug...</p> Review: Carlson-Reges House, RoTo Architects Orhan Ayyüce 2012-06-01T06:19:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T14:51:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Built 1992-onward in Los Angeles by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RoTo Architects</a>, Carlson-Reges House is an inimitable masterpiece.</p> <p> Its architect Michael Rotondi describes the building as if various parts piled on top each other like children construct their building piece by piece, one component supporting the other one, until the whole structure holds together. He also adds, in that building process, the form of the piece is the end result of more important goal, the idea of having the structure stand up.<br> In the case of Carlson-Reges House, the resultant form is quite poetic. The architect, in my reading, while choreographing the construction, holds onto ever changing concept of spatial relativities. Sometimes thought out before hand sometimes spontaneous, these are series of intellectual and material strategies.</p> <p> My first inclination to call the building is &ldquo;story within a story.&rdquo; A good way to describe the new components inserted within an old concrete shell. However, this is not a nesting concept, as...</p>