Archinect - News 2014-10-22T18:43:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110035369/design-dialogue-brian-mackay-lyons Design Dialogue: Brian Mackay-Lyons Keith Zawistowski 2014-09-29T00:41:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:57:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/yncw2lmnrqnepcmr.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On August 22nd, 2014 Brian Mackay-Lyons hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong><em>Brian MacKay-Lyons</em></strong><em>&nbsp;is the founding partner of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlsarchitects.ca/mobile/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects</a>, a professor at Dalhousie University, and the founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2012/architecture/GhostArchitecturalLaboratory/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ghost Lab</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011.&nbsp;</em><em>While relentlessly local, Brian&rsquo;s work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications, and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an&nbsp;</em><em>Institute Honor Award for Architecture.&nbsp;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9jpt7k3n9vwl14c.jpg"></p><p><strong>Keith:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So what do you think the education and the architect ought to look like?</p><p><strong>Brian:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, what I don&rsquo;t think it needs to look like is an all design/build curriculum. I guess I have also learned that it has its limitations, like everything. One reason that Ghost has taken this hiatus is because I realized that I was being insincere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6i9iqxvay5cvjld3.jpg"></p><p>I believe an architect&rsquo;s role is not to be the builder. The architect&rsquo;s role &mdash; like a conduc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80814769/reality-check-at-arquiteturas-film-festival-lisboa Reality Check at Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa Keith Zawistowski 2013-09-01T19:37:00-04:00 >2013-09-01T20:51:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou2vuzgwvrc1y473.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2012, &#8203;filmmaker Leon Gerskovic chronicled the journey of 16 design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space. Reality Check is their inspirational story.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Reality Check" by Leon Gerskovic and including time-lapse photography from Jeff Goldberg has been selected for inclusion in the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa and will make its European Premiere on Friday September 27th at 6PM in the Cinema City Alvalade. The screening will be followed by a talk about "designing for the 99%" with Tiago Mota Saraiva of Ateliermob and a moderated discussion including Marie and Keith Zawistowski of design/buildLAB.</p> <p> More about the film, including a trailer, clips, stills, and reviews by: Scott Poole, Dean at UTK; Jeff Day, Partner at Min Day and Director at UNL; and John Cary, Founder at Public Interest Design can be found at <a href="http://www.realitycheckfilm.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.realitycheckfilm.com</a></p> <p> More information about the festival can be found at <a href="http://www.doyoumeanarchitecture.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.doyoumeanarchitecture.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75004861/editor-s-picks-319 Editor's Picks # 319 Nam Henderson 2013-06-11T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T18:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnf963f139lii3pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh9wiiui4vhkvwt3.jpg"></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;spoke with Ali Jeevanjee and Ben Anderson from the <a href="http://fluxfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux Foundation</a>, an Oakland based organization dedicated to producing large scale public art via a collaborative process. To this end they installed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73629983/the-sidewalk-s-end-by-flux-foundation-for-coachella-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk's End at this year&rsquo;s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, back in April 2013</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA's unfurled Peter Zumthor's design</a>. Mr. Hawthorne wrote "<em>Still a work in progress, the design is full of gestures that are more speculative, even searching, than fully formed. One crucial element that remains under-developed is how it will feel to walk beneath the museum's raised main floor &mdash; and how the underside of the building will be clad or look as seen from the ground. (In such a large, dark piece of architecture it will be important to keep that space from feeling cave-like.) The plan so far has little to say about landscape architecture</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>&nbsp;had a few questions "<em>is this really any ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73121553/editor-s-picks-315 Editor's Picks #315 Nam Henderson 2013-05-14T08:00:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T09:35:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9frcozbpzlwha2c.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Robin Pogrebin reported that following wide-ranging protests, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72833750/moma-reconsiders-razing-of-folk-art-museum-hands-decision-over-to-newly-selected-architects-ds-r" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Museum of Modern Art has selected the design firm Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro to re-examine it&rsquo;s planned expansion including whether to keep any of the existing American Folk Art Museum</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/scottmbgustafson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Gustafon</a>&nbsp;was somewhat relieved "<em>I believe that Tod Williams and Ricardo Scofidio are old friends, so this is a step in the right direction</em>"&nbsp;and <strong>Lian Chikako Chang</strong> deadpanned "<em>Pretty sure that DSR can handle staggered floorplates</em>". Added <strong>Darkman</strong>&nbsp;"<em>There is room behind the museum... you could install very gradual ramps or something. Additionally, i'd like to see the facade brought out to the sidewalk to open up the building--not sure how to do that though... ha.&nbsp; Or replace with semi-transparent glazing in the same pattern and shape. Would be cool to see it glow</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rg8eg6nuxx9zmob.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72761253/parabola-chair-wins-2013-icff-studio-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler.net showcased Parabola Chair by Los Angeles-based architect and product designer Carlo Aiello</a>, winner of the 2013 ICFF Studio Award. The chair will be e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70491432/editor-s-picks-309 Editor's Picks #309 Nam Henderson 2013-04-02T11:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-07T15:27:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsvng3i8m5dgfn7t.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70178032/announcing-the-2013-la-film-festival-director-s-lounge-design-competition-co-hosted-by-archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect was excited to announce a competition we're co-hosting with Designer Pages and the LA Film Festival. This competition seeks proposals for the interior design/layout of the VIP Director's Lounge for this year's LA Film Festival</a>. The winner will have their design executed, with a cash prize and an "Industry Badge" pass to the LA Film Festival in June. The winner's designs will also be on display in the director's lounge throughout the festival.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/16/16cpanwfbo8cao3b.png"><br><br><strong>News</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70068172/call-for-denise-scott-brown-to-be-given-pritzker-recognition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> The Architect&rsquo;s Journal reported that Denise Scott Brown has called for her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively as a salute to "<em>the notion of joint creativity</em><em>"</em> and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March</a>. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown&rsquo;s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard&rsquo;s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68980769/reality-check-premiere "Reality Check" Premiere Keith Zawistowski 2013-03-07T12:29:00-05:00 >2013-03-07T20:00:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampg5e2pozvfkk4i.jpg" width="514" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2012, &#8203;filmmaker Leon Gerskovic chronicled the journey of 16 design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project, a charitable undertaking, consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space. Reality Check is their inspirational story.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Reality Check" a 45-minute documentary about the conception and realization of the Masonic Amphitheatre by the students in Virginia Tech's design/buildLAB will premiere on March 28th at 7PM at VT's Hancock Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Leon Gerskovic.</p> <p> Free and open to the public!</p> <p> Go to <a href="http://www.realitycheckfilm.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.realitycheckfilm.com</a> for more information or to schedule a free screening at your own venue.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62849455/public-interest-design-100-honors-people-for-their-commitment-to-dignifying-design-for-all Public Interest Design 100 honors people for their commitment to dignifying design for all Keith Zawistowski 2012-12-06T13:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/rex6ixjr43ri6mck.jpg" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a growing movement afoot in design. It has assumed many names over the years, all of which emphasize the public good and the engagement of too-often marginalized voices. Of late, we've seen life-saving products, more dignifying environments, and more efficient systems, all designed for the betterment of all.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The University of Minnesota College of Design,&nbsp; Tandus Flooring, and PublicInterestDesign.org introduced&nbsp; Public Interest Design 100.</p> <p> The list is, a comprehensive look at 100 individuals and teams working at the intersection of design and service.&nbsp;While there are many designers, there are a great many more people working in roles essential to movement-building--as educators, communicators, connectors, funders, and more.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fyzwenozcno74jx.jpg" title=""></p>