Archinect - News 2014-10-24T14:02:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108201416/editor-s-picks-383 Editor's Picks #383 Nam Henderson 2014-09-05T00:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T15:19:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hl81q6f9mbtuxy3s.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/SeanS" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Smith</a>&nbsp;published the first in a series of articles in which "<em>three architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106956389/the-life-of-a-new-architect-elizabeth-christoforetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The interview with Elizabeth Christoforetti</a>&nbsp;looks back at her time with <a href="http://www.aecom.com/strategyplus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DEGW</a>, her time at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and her work at Utile, where she tackles everything from "<em>front-end design work</em>"&nbsp;to "<em>entrepreneurially-oriented master plannin</em>g".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nf/nfl07q1g6je83il4.jpg"></p><p>After reading this interview and others like it, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;is convinced studio education "<em>of the architect should not be the dominant method for training an architect...somehow salary means working like studio and the only reason we work so long when we start is we learned very little on how to be an architect and know even less on how to offer additional non traditional input on projects that get sourced out to construction managers, lawyers, specialists, etc......</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108019723/what-can-forensic-architecture-reveal-about-the-conflict-in-gaza What can ‘forensic architecture’ reveal about the conflict in Gaza? Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T13:26:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45d7da87b1cc887805e8e2775b6342c9.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Weizman has also made a name for himself as the chief proponent of &ldquo;forensic architecture&rdquo;, by which he analyses the impacts of urban warfare for clues about the crimes that were perpetrated there. To Weizman, buildings are weapons. When he looks out across the landscape of the occupied Palestinian West Bank [...] he sees a battlefield. &ldquo;The weapons and ammunitions are very simple elements: they are trees, they are terraces, they are houses. They are barriers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107811930/see-for-yourself See For Yourself Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-01T12:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T14:18:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxf4vugh2g9aaam5.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 percent of the housing stock affected, five percent of the housing stock is uninhabitable &ndash; an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged. This on top of a shortage of 71,000 housing units before the Israeli attack.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a real challenge for architecture. I urge&nbsp;<a href="http://architectureforhumanity.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to directly involve and bring this&nbsp;crisis&nbsp;into their working platform, producing ideas of reconstruction.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107021440/rebuilding-gaza Rebuilding Gaza Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T21:33:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uvvq2sayr0grnkym.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palestinian Authority government has estimated that it could cost $6 billion to rebuild the territory: 50,000 homes have been totally or partially destroyed, roughly 250 factories have reportedly been rendered inoperable, and Gaza's sewage treatment facility and power plant have been damaged, shrinking the available supply of drinkable water and creating a potential health crisis for residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recent (and <a href="http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/20/israel-hamas-assassination.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ongoing</a>) Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip has taken a massive toll on the densely-populated urban area's infrastructure. While the need to begin reconstruction is urgent and unquestionable, the mechanics are much trickier. In order to get cement into Gaza, Palestinians must either smuggle it in or wait for Israel to slacken the seven-year old embargo. Israel, on the other hand, remains opposed to easing restrictions on construction materials after Hamas used imported cement to construct its network of tunnels, &nbsp;although it has <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.610061" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently signaled</a> that it will slacken some elements of the blockage.&nbsp;The process will begin with a donor conference with funds processed by the Palestinian Authority, which is supposed to lead reconstructive efforts.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104194736/gaza-attacks-lethal-warnings Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings Orhan Ayyüce 2014-07-14T22:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:07:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ih/ihl05rgzvh1feblx.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Israeli military lawyers argue that if residents are warned, and do not evacuate, then they can be considered legitimate collateral damage. Under this interpretation of the law, the civilian victims become human shields. This is a gross misuse of international law.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Israeli architect Eyal Weizman&nbsp;who teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he runs the <a href="http://www.forensic-architecture.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forensic Architecture</a> project pens an account of misinformation IDF uses on so called "warnings" and fabricating the "human shield" factor further criminalizing Hamas. The article illustrates how the IDF lawyers legitimizing Israeli Army's ruthless destruction of civilians indiscriminately and coins the term "lawfare".</p><p>In this research based article the misinformation and terminologies circulating the western media are debunked.</p><p>Mr. Weizman and his team of researchers reconstruct a 3d model of destroyed Salha family home in Gaza based on the interviews of the surviving members of the family and other evidence.&nbsp;</p><p><em>"Our work was an attempt to reconstruct what happened between the warning shot and the lethal shot. The architectural model provided an aid for the recollection of events obscured by time and trauma. It was evidence intended to counter&nbsp;the Israeli Army's version of the event and the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/12679515/in-gaza-real-estate-is-at-a-premium In Gaza, real estate is at a premium Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T18:10:36-04:00 >2011-07-11T19:45:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdppteli429c4t6p.jpg" width="200" height="175" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you believe the adage about real estate -- that bit about the three most important things being location, location, location -- then one would think there are few places worse to own a home than the Gaza strip. [...] And yet, home prices are up sharply.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>