Archinect - News 2016-05-29T23:11:22-04:00 Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:54:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget the life and death drama of heart transplant surgery&mdash;what about the insane pressure to expertly fold a piece of origami in under 15 minutes? Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s Okayama prefecture, Kurashiki Central Hospital&nbsp;is holding fierce recruitment competitions in which surgeons must assemble tiny models&mdash;in one case, a piece of sushi with a single grain of rice&mdash;to demonstrate their fine motor skills (and coolness in a complicated deadline situation: sound familiar, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">model builders</a>?). Here's the video of the tryouts:&nbsp;</p> Envision your next design with Arckit + giveaway! Justine Testado 2016-01-28T12:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-19T14:26:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need a break from LEGOs or want to refresh your creative process for your next project? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit</a> is a choice you wouldn't want to pass up. Irish architect Damien Murtagh created the aesthetically savvy modular kit for architects, students, hobbyists, and design enthusiasts of any age to enjoy and use for their architectural modeling needs.</p><p>Arckit uses a series of reusable modular components that connect without glue(!), allowing the creation of freeform structures that can be endlessly modified.&nbsp;The system is based on modern building techniques and uses a universal sale &mdash; making it ideal for architectural projects, showcasing finished designs, or just for good ol' fun.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Are you in dire need of one of these kits? Archinect is giving away three Arckit sets to our lucky readers!</p><p>Read on for more about Arckit, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'You can design almost any structure with Arckit &ndash; from a room, extension, walled garden, dream home, street, high-rise tower or even replicate so...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Sou Fujimoto's potato chips and other found architectures Nicholas Korody 2015-10-11T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:08:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="702" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s a difficulty inherent to any presentation of architecture in an exhibition context: architecture (it is commonly thought) operates in the physical world, so how do you <em>do </em>architecture inside a gallery space? Hence, it&rsquo;s pretty inevitable that a survey like the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be met with lots of questions marks and even defiant denouncements: &ldquo;This is not architecture!&rdquo;&nbsp;In general, such accusations tend to fall flat: architecture is hardly an immutable object moving through space-time.&nbsp;</p><p>But then again, when an exhibit is explicitly tailored to professional, academic, <em>and </em>lay audiences, it&rsquo;s also difficult to ignore the murmurs of an exiting tourist, &ldquo;I just don&rsquo;t get what that has to do with architecture&hellip;&rdquo; For some, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto&rsquo;s installation <em>Architecture is Everywhere</em>, comprising a collection of &ldquo;found architectures&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;a pile of potato chips, a cardboard box, an upturned ashtray &ndash; left them scratching their heads.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There&rsquo;s a whole lot...</p> International architecture star Shigeru Ban is a Prospect.3 no show Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T14:42:06-05:00 <img src="" width="493" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Internationally renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is one of the biggest names on the roster of New Orleans' international art festival, Prospect.3. But his exhibit at Longue Vue House and Gardens is a non-starter. [...] Unfortunately, whatever plans Ban had for presenting a structure or artwork at Prospect.3 must have fallen through, because the exhibit at Longue Vue is comprised of nothing more than a sleepy selection of miniature architectural models and photos.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #358 Nam Henderson 2014-03-12T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-13T11:46:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Student Works:</strong> highlighted three different pop-up shops designed and built by some students at Tsinghua University in Beijing for their "<strong>Tectonic Studio</strong>". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructed for under 2500 RMB (569 USD or 412 EUR), the program was to store and sell t-shirts.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>arllita</strong> felt they were "<em>beautifully designed and provide an efficient solution to rolling storage! Do you know if they or something similar are available for sale and, if so, are you able to direct me?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, the ninth edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong><strong>: </strong>featured: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come</em></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> &nbsp;by Sean Lally</a>.&nbsp;The featured excerpt is from the introduction where Lally proposes;</p><p>"<em>Instead of thinking of architecture as a mass of inert and ossified energy&mdash;even stone and steel were not always solid masses&mdash;standing as walls in opposition to their surroundings and carving out interior space, why not look to intensify those very energy systems we know are capable of creating microclimates and ...</em></p> A Master Model Maker Nam Henderson 2014-02-27T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-28T13:08:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural models can cost upward of $100,000, and sometimes far more. Architects use models to realize and improve upon their designs; developers rely on them during presentations, hoping the models will convince the relevant authorities to approve their plans. For brokers, models have become a key marketing tool, used to persuade buyers to shell out millions of dollars for homes that have yet to be built.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Julie Satow profiles&nbsp;Richard Tenguerian&nbsp;who has spent the past three decades working for some of the world&rsquo;s most famous architects. Even though he&nbsp;graduated in 1984 with a degree in architecture he eventually went into business for himself, as a&nbsp;professional model maker.</p> "MODEL" - a short film exploring the future of model building Archinect 2013-09-05T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple of years ago, I took a temp job assisting an architectural model builder. It was an intense experience - meticulously crafting delicate materials into structural works of art. I became fascinated with the craftsmanship and artistic ability that goes into this work. The advent of 3D printing - as exciting as it is - poses a problem for this art form. If a machine can spit out a 3D version of a building, is the era of model-making coming to an end?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What happens when we ask writers to try their hand at architecture? anthony dong 2013-08-06T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:30:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. They lead us through space, make us slow down, speed up or stop to contemplate. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same. So what happens when we ask writers to try their hand at architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>