Archinect - News 2016-08-29T05:22:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code Justine Testado 2016-04-07T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T17:48:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7mdib0oy5xkad4e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not enough to just catalogue these [structures] in photos and videos, it is our aim to break down the logic of these patterns, and recreate them in code in order to make them more accessible and possibly allowing them to find new life in contemporary applications. By building an open source library, accessible to architects, artists, mathematicians, and software engineers, we can carry these patterns and traditions forward for future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lauren Connell (architect at BIG), Alexis Burson (associate at Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners), and Baris Yuksel (Google senior engineer) share their architectural and computer engineering perspectives on Project Agama. The&nbsp;collaboration aims to document and digitally preserve the intricate geometric patterns and tilework of ancient Central Asian architecture by converting the patterns to code, which will eventually become a accessible resource for architects to potentially apply in new applications.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115729424/khamenei-s-fight-against-un-islamic-architecture-in-iran" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125817966/the-young-woman-who-designed-tehran-s-new-popular-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103716754/the-architecture-of-al-medina-al-munawwarah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of al-Medina Al-Munawwarah</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144462917/editor-s-picks-438 Editor's Picks #438 Nam Henderson 2015-12-29T12:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-29T20:05:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1lgg571hl0951nu.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of the "<em>recently redesigned Petersen Museum</em>".&nbsp;Responding to her criticism <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/15075112/seth-terry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seth Terry</a>&nbsp;asked "<em>has the public really been cheated?...I find it telling that the members of the public quoted in the article itself not only like the museum but find that it fills the role of providing whimsy in the architectural landscape. Is it a masterful piece of design-as-criticism? Absolutley not. But Urban Blight? Hardly.</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/2u/2ugw2l6mr2ybgt29.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile <a href="http://archinect.com/NickCecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;spoke with the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/141844613/procedural-geometry-an-interview-with-aranda-lasch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">founders of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/arandalasch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aranda\Lasch</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/141844613/procedural-geometry-an-interview-with-aranda-lasch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, Benjamin Aranda, Chris Lasch, as well as Joaquin Bonifaz</a> (also from the firm) about informality,<em> "a commitment to systems</em>" and "<em>extreme modularity</em>".&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> reflected "<em>interesting how architecture goes in and out of phases where pattern and geometry are considered interesting or important...I'm eager to see what they come up with as they scale up in their work. And how it compares to the less-rigorous 'pattern space' being explored by some like Heatherwick and ...ahem... BIG.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ib/ibt6g2ltrk0ynqq1.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143437694/zaha-hadid-is-not-impressed-by-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126048642/photographer-serge-najjar-captures-the-duel-between-man-and-architecture Photographer Serge Najjar captures the "duel" between Man and Architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T12:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:12:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5ah2m3tsvf3agiga.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The work of Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar shows a striking mix of vibrant colors and stark architectural geometry. His pictures generally feature a small, lone figure in the midst of an overpowering backdrop, giving an impression of man&rsquo;s smallness as he moves through the world he&rsquo;s created &mdash; an inverted power relationship in which the man-made dominates the maker.</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/121692925/hy-bol-pavilion-at-city-college-of-new-york HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York op-al 2015-02-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:32:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjii61dklitskyzd.jpg" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.</p><p>"Architecture is <em>Building-plus-value</em>." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108560269/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:28:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70717b1227877d8482d4f4c163de7fd0.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A project from three students at Barcelona&rsquo;s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya continues that exploration by looking at how physical spaces could someday morph based on various environmental inputs. The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light.</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/94978858/advanced-geometry-with-oyler-wu-collaborative-s-the-cube Advanced geometry with Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Justine Testado 2014-03-05T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0by6jwvrcxz7pyq.jpg" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. architectural practice <a href="http://oylerwu.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a> designed "The Cube" from a fundamental notion: to challenge the spatial and geometric properties of the cube, a geometric form long regarded as a basic element for design, art, and science. Built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, the sculpture transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece -- and just a really cool-looking installation that surely makes a nifty backdrop for picture-taking.</p><p>We'll let Oyler Wu explain the intricate details behind the project:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptpt5o01cgp2iwhf.jpg"><br><br>"The Cube was designed with the intention of challenging the perceptual reading of the volumetric object. Beginning with this iconic and basic geometry, the overall scheme is designed to maintain the clear presence of the six-sided object in space.</p><p>Closer inspection of the scheme, however, is intended to reveal a more nuanced and experiential spatial effect - one that moves beyond the object and offers a radically different reading. Approximately sixteen meters tall and constructed of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73944181/pure-hardcore-icons-manifesto-book-by-wai-think-tank Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Book by WAI Think Tank croixe 2013-05-28T18:58:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:14:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sx/sx96q4h6zj07p7lg.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> WAI Architecture Think Tank upcoming publication <strong>Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture</strong> (August 2013) is featured on <a href="http://www.artificebooksonline.com/ARTIFICE_WEB/Artifice_books_on_architecture_.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artifice Books on Architecture</a> Autumn 2013 Catalog.</p> <p> The Catalog can be downloaded <a href="http://www.artificebooksonline.com/ARTIFICE_WEB/Artifice_books_on_architecture__files/ArtificeCatalogue_Autumn2013.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Pure Hardcore Icons</strong>&nbsp; summary:</p> <p> In the kingdom of architecture the shape reigns supreme. Ever since the beginning of history, pure geometric form has been one of architecture&rsquo;s recurrent obsessions. A genealogy of buildings shaped as pyramids, spheres, and cubes can be traced back to ancient times, while contemporary projects, either as poured concrete or virtual bytes, often resemble stacked boxes and looping skyscrapers.</p> <p> Despite torrents of pure shapes flooding with evidence magazine pages and computer screens around the world, architecture lacks a written work to declare its intentions. <em>Pure Hardcore Icons</em> is the first manifesto on pure form in architecture.</p> <p> <a href="http://waithinktank.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a>, directed by authors <a href="http://cargocollective.com/garciafrankowski" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia</a>,...</p>