Archinect - News 2014-10-31T05:48:48-04:00 Michael Rotondi's 2012 SCI-Arc Commencement Speech Archinect 2012-09-20T17:30:00-04:00 >2012-09-25T18:55:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a> for providing us with the transcript from his '12 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> commencement speech, and thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan</a> for bringing it to our attention.</p> <p> ---</p> <p> <strong>Now and Then<br> The Upside of Evolution</strong></p> <p> Good afternoon everyone &ndash;<br> My name is Michael Rotondi aka Roto<br> Parents,&nbsp; relatives, friends, my colleagues, Director Moss, Board of Trustees, and especially</p> <p> <strong>all you in the Class of 2012 _ The 40th Graduating Class of SCI-Arc, congratulations</strong></p> <p> I represent the first Graduating Class___1973&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;there were ten of us, all top 10.<br> I have been a part of SCI-Arc for 40 years, in every capacity.<br> A Student, a Teacher,&nbsp; a Director,&nbsp; a Trustee, and most importantly, a member of the Family.</p> <p> Throughout, I&rsquo;ve been a witness to a form of Creation Itself.<br> A collective organism, conceived at the epicenter,<br> where the counter productive force of Anger<br> transforms into the generative power of Creativity.<br> Although it began as a revolution, SCI-Arc was a Love Child.</p> <p> I am often asked &ndash;<br> How...</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> 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="514" height="386" 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> Sketchbooks of RoTo Orhan Ayyüce 2011-06-03T09:55:00-04:00 >2012-10-12T19:22:21-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My ideal workspace is wherever I am when a thought or an image comes to mind and I can sit with my sketchbook. I have always carried a notebook with me, for at least thirty years. This hand to paper, mediated by my fountain pen or RoTo pencils, switches on my mind and focuses my attention. As I draw or write, all of my senses become more acute&mdash;apprehending everything around me more clearly and precisely. A paradox, but true.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cal Poly Pomona ENV40 Celebration Sarah Lorenzen 2011-04-12T15:09:02-04:00 >2011-04-12T17:54:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="99" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Event includes panel discussions featuring leaders of the environmental design professions including: Marvin J. Malecha, Ray Kappe, Richard Chylinski, Frank Clementi, Stefanos Polyzoides, Deborah Sussman, Michael Rotondi, Ken Smith, Rick Bishop, and Lorraine Wild.</p></em><br /><br /><p>SCHEDULE OF ENV 40 PANELS, Saturday April 16th 2011<br><br>10 &ndash; 11 am:&nbsp; The early years<br></p> <ul><li>Dean Emeritus Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, 2009 President of the American Institute of Architects</li><li>Professor Emeritus Ray Kappe, FAIA, former Chair of the Architecture Department (who went on to found SCI-ARC)</li><li>Professor Emeritus Richard Chylinski, FAIA, former Chair of the Architecture Department (who helped establish the department in 1966)</li><li>Professor Emeritus Ken Nakaba, FASLA, former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department</li><li>Professor Emeritus Bob Perry, Landscape Architecture Department</li><li>Professor Emeritus Charles Loggins, Urban and Regional Planning Department, former Associate Dean of ENV<br></li></ul><p>11 &ndash; 11:45 am:&nbsp; Years of growth<br></p> <ul><li>Dean Emeritus Barry Wasserman, FAIA, former California State Architect</li><li>Professor Emeritus Rod Tapp, FASLA, Landscape Architecture Department</li><li>Calvin Abe, FASLA, AHBE Landscape Architects</li><li>Steven A. Preston, FAICP, City Manager, City of San Gabriel</li><li>Bob Kain, AIA, Healthcare Principal, HMC Architec...</li></ul>