Archinect - News 2014-11-27T03:34:05-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107644165/editor-s-picks-382 Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3s98yw13gw8mj7z.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> series featured, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x</strong> had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "<em>Fantastic</em>!" and second "<em>love this series</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sxmlen0mgebl1jh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current work of Bruno Zhu</a>, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work &lsquo;<strong>Builder</strong>&rsquo;, he offers up the following explanation, it "<em>is quite na&iuml;ve and stubborn. It&rsquo;s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project&rsquo;s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Douglaswittnebel </strong>felt there was a "<em>Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aur14i96ccp0a51.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/51034459/zone-the-spatial-softwares-of-extrastatecraft Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft Places Journal 2012-06-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T00:32:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/saa7sd12rrsei7zr.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the future the wisest zone entrepreneurs will question this central feature and ask: Why enclave? What types of incentivized urbanism will actually benefit from physically segregated infrastructure&mdash;from being separate and even distant from the dense and dynamic central spaces of existing cities? Given that the zone is now generating its own urban programs &mdash; aspiring to be a city&mdash;what economic and technical benefits can result from constructing what is in effect a double or shadow of the city?</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Keller Easterling traces the global rise of The Zone -- "a.k.a., the Free Trade Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, Special Economic Zone, Export Processing Zone, or any of the dozens of variants." From pirate enclaves to Puerto Rico, from Shenzhen to Dubai, she interrogates the spatial logic of extrastate zones created to avoid national laws.</p>