Archinect - News 2014-04-24T10:25:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/84710003/editor-s-picks-338 Editor's Picks #338 Nam Henderson 2013-10-22T11:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T06:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/qukwxx1iok4bo8h1.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Abrahamson currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan provided a review of "Air Rights" &ndash; an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning...Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (perhaps both?), Darkman criticized "The BLDGBLOG type inquiry walks a fine line between futurism and self-indulgance"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixoy0hkgvwkmnqo0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For the latest edition of the&nbsp;<strong>In Focus</strong> series, dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better, Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/84219613/in-focus-robin-hayes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke with Stockholm-based English photographer Robin Hayes</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9xsuxno8j3y6uaxf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/3376463/michael-abrahamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Abrahamson</a>&nbsp;currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/84447208/air-rights-an-exhibit-by-drone-research-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">provided a review of "Air Rights"</a> &ndash; an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.&nbsp;Therein he explains "<em>The exhibit seems to argue that the site of misbehavior and appropriation is shifting from the tagged surfaces of graffiti to aberrant spatial practices of collection and documentation...The show is a mixed bag, displaying everything from a metaphoric play on US intelligence procedures to a pragmatic consumer drone kit. Notably absent is any attempt at using drones for the fabrication of habitable spaces</em>".</p> <p> Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (per...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84391777/denise-scott-brown-and-the-myth-of-individual-creativity Denise Scott Brown and the myth of individual creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-17T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-20T19:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xh2vp0r7mb6nv9p.jpg" width="300" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, despite breaking with the past stylistically, nonetheless maintains this image of the gifted architect as a lone autonomous genius who overcomes gravity and prevails over his client [...] Rather than an inner activity done in solitude, it has been found that people often discover their thoughts and ideas through interactions with others [...] The centrality of collaboration in architecture is often overlooked in a culture celebrating and branding &ldquo;starchitects.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Referring to recent statistics concerning <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78986132/why-are-so-many-women-leaving-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;calls for an overhaul of how we think about creativity and authorship in architecture. Her piece for <em>Lilith</em>,&nbsp;"Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration", argues that what is perceived as "creative genius" relies on cultural and social affirmation, and is therefore a necessarily collective act.</p> <p> Endorsing D.S.B.'s demand that the architecture community "salute the notion of joint creativity", Sperber's piece recognizes issues of gender inequality within the practice, but is more concerned with the whole notion of individual intellectual ownership -- creativity just doesn't work this way, and prestigious awards shouldn't either.</p> <p> As creative industries adapt "orchestrated serendipity" strategies to capitalize on collaborative processes, the presumption that intellectual production belongs to any one individual dissolves. Sperber'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75543626/editor-s-picks-320 Editor's Picks #320 Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tyb6y928ffsfk8hp.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong>: series Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/75126636/student-works-singapore-university-of-technology-and-design-library-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) library pavilion</a>, located on a sloping lawn on the temporary Dover Campus.&nbsp;The gridshell structure designed by City Form Lab had to accommodate three mature trees and forms a noise barrier toward the Ayer Raja Expressway in the north. Especially noteworthy we read "<em>The pavilion is designed to be dismantled and recycled after two years</em>". For his part&nbsp;<strong>TED</strong> liked what he saw writing "<em>Nice stuff - well done</em>"...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gce5v09ujiyin138.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br> American Public Media&rsquo;s Marketplace examined the resurgence of Midtown, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75058322/a-small-pocket-of-detroit-is-thriving-but-it-s-not-a-comeback-city-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a small pocket of Detroit that is thriving</a>.<br><br><strong>observant</strong> believed "<em>There is such a dichotomy between Bloomfield Hills et. al. and the decaying part of the core...The city is probably more in need of urban designers, planners, sociologists, and economists at this point than it is starchitects producing concepts for individual buildings</em>".</p> <p> The NYT reported that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pritzker Pr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75313095/kazy-varnelis-says-good-riddance-pritzker Kazy Varnelis says, "Good riddance, Pritzker" Archinect 2013-06-15T14:12:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T14:19:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osszpyabkj2u7083.jpg" width="490" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sort of patronizing language used in the letter by Lord Palumbo is all too familiar. It is the voice of money and authority, the same sort of voice that spoke out against the rights of the women, the poor, and minorities. It is, alas, the voice of what Brown describes as the "sad white men's award."</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/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown Pritzker jury will not revisit decision to exclude Denise Scott Brown Orhan Ayyüce 2013-06-14T19:28:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T13:18:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0viagcmcnsk6ime.jpg" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Insofar as you have in mind a retroactive award of the prize to Ms. Scott Brown, the present jury cannot do so&rdquo; -Peter Palumbo, the Pritzker chairman</p></em><br /><br /><p> No Pritzker Prize for Denise Scott Brown and no more pretzels for you guys! Boooooooo!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74514211/unforgetting-women-architects Unforgetting Women Architects Places Journal 2013-06-03T17:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T11:15:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mhrw3so8cicvochq.jpg" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A historian might spend decades undertaking research in archives and writing up discoveries in scholarly journals, but if the work does not have a presence online &mdash; and, specifically, a presence that is not behind a paywall &mdash; it is all but invisible outside academia. As Ridge states, &ldquo;If it&rsquo;s not Googleable, it doesn&rsquo;t exist.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Over the decades women architects have received scant attention from historians and prize juries. On Places, Despina Stratigakos writes, "The painful cancellation of Denise Scott Brown in the awarding of the Pritzker Prize solely to her husband and collaborator, Robert Venturi, is an important but hardly exceptional example of how female partners are written out of history by a profession suffering from Star Architect Disorder, or SAD." Stratigakos argues that it's time to write women back into history &mdash; and that the place to start is Wikipedia.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71485649/robert-stern-refuses-to-sign-petition-for-pritzker-to-grant-joint-prize-to-denise-scott-brown Robert Stern refuses to sign petition for Pritzker to grant joint prize to Denise Scott Brown Archinect 2013-04-18T14:25:00-04:00 >2013-04-21T00:49:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmbsll4r5ittcje9.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Robert A. M. Stern, the dean of Yale&rsquo;s Architecture School, said he declined to sign the petition because he objected to its use of the word &ldquo;demand,&rdquo; but that he backed it in principle. &ldquo;It would be wonderful for the Pritzker committee to review the situation and to offer her the prize,&rdquo; Mr. Stern said. &ldquo;The nature of the collaboration was so intense on every level.&rdquo;</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/70694164/denise-scott-brown-discusses-her-unusual-situation Denise Scott Brown discusses her "unusual situation" Nam Henderson 2013-04-05T16:30:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T20:04:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lk0kzp2wafakkbpd.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Naturally, there were some projects that Bob worked on more and others that I worked on more. Sometimes our collaboration was more close than others. But I think our best projects were when we worked together. I remember so many real tousles&mdash;and those were the projects that worked out best.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The co-founder of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates (now VSBA) talks to ARCHITECT about a petition to put her name on the 1991 Pritzer Architecture Prize, about sexism in architecture, and about her career in design.</p> <p> h/t&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/amlblog/status/320164546608250880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ana Mar&iacute;a Le&oacute;n</a></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/70068172/call-for-denise-scott-brown-to-be-given-pritzker-recognition Call for Denise Scott Brown to be given Pritzker recognition Archinect 2013-03-25T17:18:00-04:00 >2013-04-05T14:45:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ee40193369610299e4e5bb164fc2689.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a speech prepared for the AJ Women in Architecture lunch, Scott Brown called on her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively. Describing it as a &lsquo;very sad&rsquo; situation, she said: &lsquo;They owe me not a Pritzker Prize but a Pritzker inclusion ceremony. Let&rsquo;s salute the notion of joint creativity.&rsquo;</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>