Archinect - News 2015-10-08T16:29:59-04:00 Diana Agrest gets profiled as one of NPR's "50 Great Teachers" Justine Testado 2015-04-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:36:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture is both expansive and specific, artistic and technical. Agrest says that even after teaching and practicing the discipline for over 40 years, she still marvels at how much there is to learn. 'Architecture is really difficult. I realized that only very recently,' she says. 'It's like music. You can enjoy it but &mdash; to know it &mdash; it's a different story.' Another bit of wisdom she shares with her students: The career of an architect blossoms late.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now at 70 years old,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diana Agrest</a> reflects on some of her teaching and design approaches in her illustrious career, with those approaches having influenced both former and current students and fellow educators alike.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> Mueller, Texas: a new urbanism shot at utopia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T20:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mueller is the product of the "new-urbanism" concept: the idea that a built environment can create meaningful community. Planners minimize the supremacy of the automobile and shape the environment around pedestrians. [...] One of the criticisms of new urbanism is that its communities look too much like a movie set &mdash; too quaint, too utopic. Yet Mueller feels real, with its ample greenways, eclectic yard art and Craftsman-style homes built with lots of native limestone.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever Paul Petrunia 2014-05-20T18:44:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T19:59:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just in time for graduation, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NPR has hand-picked 300 of the best commencement speeches</a>, searchable by name, school, date or theme.</p> The monuments to Qatar's phenomenal growth Nam Henderson 2013-12-27T14:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T14:42:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="181" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"are the skyscrapers that tower over the Corniche, Doha's Waterside Drive, and it's an amazing skyline...There's a building that looks like a great blue cylinder whose top...It looks like Darth Vader helmet at the top of it...a building that looks like a big pickle with a toothpick stuck out of the top and another that's kind of like a vase on a potter's looks as if it was a huge architectural competition and everybody won and everybody got to design a building." - Robert Siegel</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a piece about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qatar's National Food Security Program</a>, Robert Siegel examines the challenges and opportunities of food and water security in the Gulf nation. While visiting Doha to speak with&nbsp;Fatah al-Attiya, director of the program, Mr. Siegel reflects on the wealth/success/growth for which Qatar and the other Gulf states have become synonymous in recent decade.</p> Ezra Stoller, The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous Archinect 2013-03-01T14:10:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:10:29-05:00 <img src="" width="471" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The task is to capture the intention behind someone else's design &mdash; to distill the philosophy of a building into a single, digestible image that transcends explanation. It's not easy, but when it's done well it looks effortless... "I'm not interested in art photography," Ezra Stoller once said in an interview. "I'm interested in architecture as it is, to look at and enjoy. But what I do is a job of work, that is what it is."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NPR talks to McGill professor about China's architectural knock-off of Zaha's Wangjing Soho Archinect 2013-01-04T13:07:00-05:00 >2013-01-22T09:57:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is also the land of the knock-off: knock-off designer handbags, knock-off blockbuster movies on DVDs, etc. But now, it seems the knock-off has gone off the charts in terms of proportion: entire buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As we have previously mentioned</a>, Zaha Hadid is the latest victim of piracy in China, with a upcoming copy of her Wangjing Soho complex... scheduled to be completed before the original. NPR explores this issue with McGill architecture prof Avi Friedman.</p>