Archinect - News 2016-10-01T13:11:25-04:00 An ode to Brutalism Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T15:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:31:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism will never happen again. Our stock of Brutalism is limited, and sadly under constant attack. The demolition and &lsquo;refurbishment&rsquo; of great buildings by Rudolph, I M Pei, Denys Lasdun and other giants of the movement should be taken as seriously as would the loss of buildings by Donato Bramante, Christopher Wren or Frank Lloyd Wright. Brutalism deserves far better than the wrecker&rsquo;s ball: it was the pinnacle of world architecture through all of history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> Susan Sontag on Beauty vs. Interestingness Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-20T18:52:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:21:17-05:00 <img src="" width="484" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The perennial tendency to make of beauty itself a binary concept, to split it up into &ldquo;inner&rdquo; and &ldquo;outer,&rdquo; &ldquo;higher&rdquo; and &ldquo;lower&rdquo; beauty, is the usual way that judgments of the beautiful are colonized by moral judgments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Susan Sontag would have been 82 years old this week. Here is a link to some of her illuminating writings as pointed by Maria Popova. We could use some of these ideas applying them to architecture as we, hopefully, move towards more "interesting" criticism after a period of sling-shotting and targeting the walls of the obvious.</p> Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens? Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T22:36:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hundred and some years ago, an aesthetic force called the City Beautiful movement professed the theory that grand public buildings, lovely civic palaces, could inspire Americans to become good citizens. [...] Since the 1960s, though, it seems as if great civic architecture has become an embarrassment. Politicians who love to cut ribbons find it hard to justify paying for beautiful on top of functional. The result is a style I call Sunbelt Stalinism [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Enlightenment About Parking: Q&A with Architect Darius Sollohub Alexander Walter 2014-04-29T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:18:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We might ask ourselves the question, why is it that so many communities want to disguise the utilitarian cell phone tower as a fake tree? They fool no one and actually call more attention to them. Or why are there hundreds of parking structures that have false fa&ccedil;ades that make people initially think they are foreclosed buildings with all the windows broken? There seems to be much cultural confusion about the beauty of the utilitarian.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why We Love Beautiful Things Archinect 2013-02-27T19:03:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T19:03:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>window views of landscapes, research shows, can speed patient recovery in hospitals, aid learning in classrooms and spur productivity in the workplace. In studies of call centers, for example, workers who could see the outdoors completed tasks 6 to 7 percent more efficiently than those who couldn&rsquo;t, generating an annual savings of nearly $3,000 per employee.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #266 Nam Henderson 2012-05-28T20:14:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T19:08:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Still Ugly After All These Years: A Close Reading of Peter Eisenman&rsquo;s Wexner Center, Alexander Maymind argued the center's "grid-based diagrams instantiate disestablishment effects[2]...hinge on a particular aesthetic reading of architectural ugliness." 18x32 responded "I like where you've gone with the 'Ugly' here, but I don't think this building offers the best example. Nothing about Wexner is viscerally repellant, abhorrent or disgusting."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Maymind</a> shared his essay&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Still Ugly After All These Years: A Close Reading of Peter Eisenman&rsquo;s Wexner Center</a>,&nbsp;recently published&nbsp; in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One: Twelve Issue 4, April 2012</a>.&nbsp;Therein he begins by suggesting how the center's "<em>grid-based diagrams instantiate disestablishment effects[2] related to the aims of a contemporary art institution sited in a traditional neoclassical campus plan. These effects; critical, discursive and haptic, hinge on a particular aesthetic reading of architectural ugliness.</em>"</p> <p> <strong>18x32 </strong>responded "<em>I like where you've gone with the 'Ugly' here, but I don't think this building offers the best example. Nothing about Wexner is viscerally repellant, abhorrent or disgusting. Everything is too clean, too precise, too clinical, too withdrawn, too intentional to be grotesque. The 'Uncanny' might be a more accurate descriptor and be more in line with Eisenman's own position (see, for example, his comments on Moneo's Town Hall in Logro&ntilde;o in discussion with Christopher Al...</em></p> Brains before beauty: top architecture graduate crowned Miss Universe-Phillipines J. James R. 2011-04-12T18:45:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An architecture magna cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines who topped the architecture licensure exams in 2010 bested 39 other contestants to win the 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title at a glittering three-hour coronation night Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shamcey Supsup, 24, is now a licensed architect and beauty queen in the Philippines. Her portfolio, however, is unavailable online. Her portion of the talent competition involved <a href="" target="_blank">charcoal pencils and trace paper.</a></p>