Archinect - News 2016-07-25T06:05:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149952038/vernacular-architectural-photographer-john-margolies-has-died Vernacular architectural photographer John Margolies has died Julia Ingalls 2016-06-16T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T13:10:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7q/7q093l7rqjtzmg4z.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Margolies, who died on May 26, at 76, was considered the country&rsquo;s foremost photographer of vernacular architecture &mdash; the coffee shops shaped like coffeepots; the gas station shaped like a teapot (the Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Wash.); and the motels shaped like all manner of things, from wigwams to zeppelins to railroad cars &mdash; that once stood as proud totems along America&rsquo;s blue highways.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In memoriam, here are a few of Margolies' idiosyncratic finds, many of which were compiled into the 2010 book "John Margolies: Roadside America":</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h2/h2rbovwqm6q5anu3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c9/c9sl7i4l7xxgvomn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1aoxamwefrbwrsy4.jpg"></p><p>Other architectural photographers who are still doing their signature thing:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141904862/photographer-captures-the-beauty-of-beirut-s-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941590/b-ka-lemoine-s-cinematic-canon-acquired-by-moma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B&ecirc;ka &amp; Lemoine's cinematic canon acquired by MoMA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149392651/editor-s-picks-442 Editor's Picks #442 Nam Henderson 2016-03-03T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T17:10:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/iearo5h5pibsvym1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;penned a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147196490/talking-with-assemble-before-they-won-the-turner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reflection</a>&nbsp;on a workshop he instigated at Keio University, with&nbsp;members of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/617484/assemble" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>, Paloma Strelitz and James Binning (pre <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142830022/assemble-wins-turner-prize-becoming-first-architects-to-win-uk-s-most-prestigious-art-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize</a>). The studio ended with students building a very rough and very temporary Onsen. The three later discussed, the history of Assemble, architecture&rsquo;s "<em>long history of collective action</em>" and "<em>amazingly entrepreneurial architectural practices</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;loved their take on radicalism "<em>as just being a reasonable way to practice. They believe they're not radical at all. I'm onboard with removing the word &lsquo;non-traditional&rsquo; from the descriptor &lsquo;non-traditional practice&rsquo; when it comes to architecture of this kind. It's just practice, which is a broad world.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r4/r4gz1t544mzujfh6.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147814975/inside-pamphlet-how-one-of-the-most-enduring-experimental-architecture-publications-got-its-start" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Steven Holl and Kevin Lippert (founder of Princeton Architectural Press) about Pamphlet Architecture.&nbsp;<strong>rprt frm th heartland</strong> praised Pamphlet as "<em>chewy and lovely</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Over at Architect Magazine Blaine Brownell, AIA, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147824629/the-crisis-in-flint-and-why-architects-should-care-about-decentralizing-our-water-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">e...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146736553/as-la-densifies-its-iconic-roadside-restaurants-disappear As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T13:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/puwkyi9a23e162gk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hamburger stand is part of southern California&rsquo;s rich tradition of roadside architecture. These buildings are typically 100 square-foot boxes, with an outdoor window to order and pick up food. Next to the structures are rudimentary dining areas, often consisting of no more than a plastic tarp and a few fold-up chairs and tables [...] The hipsterfication of LA&rsquo;s hamburger stands may... prove the final chapter in the saga of these half-century-old structures.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51499334/googie-architecture-of-the-space-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Googie: Architecture of the Space Age</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142133385/providing-egalitarian-habitat-for-humanity Providing egalitarian habitat for humanity Nam Henderson 2015-11-30T05:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-29T22:07:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczderrig73j7f8x.jpg" width="514" height="84" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>more of them were built in the former Czechoslovakia &mdash; in a boom that stretched from 1959 to 1995 &mdash; than any place else on what was once Soviet earth. Today, about a third of all Czechs and Slovaks, from all income brackets, still call their panelaks home</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lisa Schwarzbaum traveled to Bratislava to explore its ubiquitous&nbsp;panelaks (aka "panel house"), Soviet era&nbsp;concrete high-rise housing units. The city is also the home of&nbsp;monuments to new capitalism, such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aupark-bratislava.sk/W/do/centre/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aupark</a>&nbsp;shopping center and corporate complexes like Digital Park.</p><p>On a related note back in 2014, <a href="http://www.czech.cz/en/Life-Work/What-does-the-future-hold-for-prefabricated-%E2%80%98panel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Czech Republic</a>&nbsp;interviewed architect&nbsp;Michal Kohout&nbsp;regarding possible future(s) for the panelak housing estates.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings Nam Henderson 2015-11-24T01:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T14:25:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6ua2e1jr0f567yp3.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prefab housing plays a big role in recreational dwelling, aside from permanent and work-nomadic forms. This is well illustrated by the thriving KOA (Kampgrounds of America) site I pass on the way into town. KOA, founded in 1962, has 500 sites around US&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;an alternate housing archipelago experienced by millions of vacationing Americans, and the world&rsquo;s largest private campsite chain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://twitter.com/tmccormick" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim McCormick</a>&nbsp;(Founder at&nbsp;<a href="http://houslets.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Houslets</a>&nbsp;a modular, redeployable, user-buildable, live/work-spaces&nbsp;project), takes readers on a&nbsp;prefab housing tour of Willits, CA.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/AlJavieera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AlJavieera</a><a href="https://twitter.com/AlJavieera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/contact-submit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/africanarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430634/toshiko-mori-designs-pro-bono-a-new-artists-residency-in-senegal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104423180/architecture-for-humanity-designed-football-for-hope-centers-give-african-youth-a-solid-start" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128804131/kengo-kuma-architecture-can-initiate-communication-among-people Kengo Kuma: "Architecture can initiate communication among people." Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T23:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:58:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5c1c4b22b9f66c3f93d4b2355cef8ac.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo is known for its mix of modern and traditional architecture, but for long-term residents it is easy to feel like the concrete is winning out. [...] The buildings done by&nbsp;acclaimed Tokyo-based architect Kengo Kuma are different. [...] Kuma&rsquo;s campaign to bring Japanese-ness back to architecture has had fascinating results.</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/105884329/editor-s-picks-379 Editor's Picks #379 Nam Henderson 2014-08-06T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bm0q30yvpu1ld33.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oyfauutobve3u9xj.jpg"></p><p>The latest<strong> Show Case:</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105482832/show-case-schapenboeten-holiday-home-by-benthem-crouwel-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a holiday home modeled after the Dutch vernacular &lsquo;schapenboeten&rsquo;</a>, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> wondered "<em>what makes fishing nets a good cladding material? Isn't the purpose of a net pretty much exactly the opposite of the purpose of a cladding? I want insane rationalism</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Non Sequitur</strong> added "<em>The colour coding is nice but I was really hoping to see fishing nets used as interior walls</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas announced</a>, an architectural team for his planned museum on Chicago's lakefront.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was impressed "<em>Chicago has really made a commitment to creating great new buildings. I recently visited the WNS Boathouse and Nature Boardwalk structure in the Zoo, both by Studio Gang. Its very exciting and I hope it spreads to cities across the US</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruojc2dkz6retvp6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4ut7o01grg8t5n7d.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554301/shigeru-ban-designed-aspen-art-museum-ready-for-grand-opening-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT&rsquo;s Roberta Smith reminded readers</a>, of the upcoming opening for Aspen Art Museum&rsquo;s new Shigeru Ban&rsquo;s-designed building.&nbsp;<strong>boy in a well</strong> was excited by the "<em>wood!</em>" and believed that a few winters in Col...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72203093/editor-s-picks-313 Editor's Picks #313 Nam Henderson 2013-04-30T11:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-03T15:14:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kb/kbyq4qn890cyuemr.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SDR complained "The Saratoga Community Center is &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; ? Really ? Brickwork with masonry or ceramic trim is no longer a viable architectural material ? What'll be declared dead, next -- the rectangle ?...I don't defend the example above as a work of architecture. I know nothing about it. But it's a surprising contender for 'traditional'--- isn't it ?)".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71569308/buildings-that-lie-about-their-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Gray reviewed</a> John Hill&rsquo;s book <em>A Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture</em>, reflected on the current revival of traditional architecture in the United States, and asked Mr. Hill if he has "<em>a bias against the neo-traditional movement?</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <strong>SDR</strong> complained "<em>The Saratoga Community Center is &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; ?&nbsp; Really ?&nbsp; Brickwork with masonry or ceramic trim is no longer a viable architectural material ?&nbsp; What'll be declared dead, next -- the rectangle ?...I don't defend the example above as&nbsp; a work of architecture.&nbsp; I know nothing about it.&nbsp; But it's a surprising contender for 'traditional'--- isn't it ?)</em>".</p> <p> <strong>observant</strong> summarized Mr. Gray&rsquo;s argument "<em>Ok, so the world is getting tired of peeling Gehry's buildings and the odd cowlicks in Morphosis's buildings, and we're headed back to another swat at post-modern, except that this one is Prairie School revival.&nbsp; I would not have been able to deduce that very easily.&nbsp; It's really watered down.&nbsp; And if the people in the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70085698/editor-s-picks-308 Editor's Picks #308 Nam Henderson 2013-03-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T14:50:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t5/t5xthip40fqc7qz6.jpg" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archinect published work from Beyond Prototype, an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at Columbia University...Nicholas Cecchi was impressed but also offered some criticism "This is amazing student work...However, I would like architecture schools to stop pushing students to contextualize this kind of research-based exploration. Showing these as enclosures (or the one as a gondola) only undermines the amazing generative capacity of this kind of design"</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest edition of the Student Works feature, Archinect published work from <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/65758020/student-works-beyond-prototype" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Prototype, an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation by Jason Ivaliotis and Nicholas Kothari</a>. In the course "<em>Students develop parametrically controlled tessellations and transform them into building component systems that can be built using conventional sheet stock materials. These tessellated systems are extracted from the digital realm and built at full scale</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/54894565/nicholas-cecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Cecchi</a> was impressed but also offered some criticism "<em>This is amazing student work. The craft and quality is great, and the theory behind it is impressive. However, I would like architecture schools to stop pushing students to contextualize this kind of research-based exploration. Showing these as enclosures (or the one as a gondola) only undermines the amazing generative capacity of this kind of design. These should not be taken liter...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13731551/ukraine-s-wooden-churches-and-folk-architecture-s Ukraine’s Wooden Churches and Folk architecture(s) Nam Henderson 2011-07-17T21:12:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2sw6zlzvj3ce79m5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The language was impossible to understand, but the building itself communicated in a clear vernacular: thick columns, coarsely hewn and partly painted white, were topped with gold-haloed icons and lovely scarves that must have been embroidered by hand. The ceiling in the back was only an arm&rsquo;s breadth above my head...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/misc/pixel.gif">Evan Rail travels to the&nbsp;Carpathian foothills near&nbsp;Zakarpattia, the western region of Ukraine. The vernacular folk architecture includes a number of unusual wooden churches dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. After years of neglect, the buildings are in danger of disappearing and being forgotten.</p>