Archinect - News 2015-11-25T05:27:31-05:00 A peek into The Now Institute's "Haiti Now" publication + giveaway winners Justine Testado 2015-11-10T11:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:07:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking back at the Season 1 finale of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> this past summer &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featuring Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi</a>, our listeners had the chance to win a copy of "Haiti Now". The book is a visual almanac of the "Haiti Now" project from the NOW Institute. Founded by Thom Mayne, the Now Institute is an urban research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design that applies strategic urban thinking to real-world issues.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo via The NOW Institute.</em></p><p>Haiti Now is a cross-disciplinary research-driven project that is dedicated to addressing Haiti's contemporary urban issues and potential for future development as thoroughly as possible. The project began in 2011 when the Now Institute was asked to be involved in the development of Haiti, after the Institute completed a design for the Make It Right foundation and a proposed masterplan for the city of New Orleans.</p><p>"It is our hope that this book can provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding of Haiti and many issue of development to uni...</p> Now and Then: Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi on Archinect Sessions' season finale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-30T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T09:24:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eui-Sung Yi</a> join us to discuss their recently published book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Now</a>&nbsp;&ndash; </em>a herculean resource on post-disaster urbanism in Haiti, published by their urban think tank, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NOW Institute</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The rest of this episode takes a look back at the first forty episodes of Archinect Sessions, as we wrap up season one. Each new episode has expanded, and sharpened, our idea of what the podcast can and should be. We've spoken with some pretty heavy hitters, including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, as well as some up and comers, like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jaque</a> (winner of MoMA's 2015 YAP), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki</a>&nbsp;(winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition).</p><p>It's been a blast, but moving forward, we want to tighten up, dig deeper and move the proverbial furniture around.&nbsp;We'll start up season two in the coming weeks, but while we're on hiatus...</p> On the Ground: UCLA's new IDEAS campus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T19:12:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T02:25:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect recently took a field trip to Playa Vista, a quiet community minutes from the ocean in west Los Angeles, to check out UCLA&rsquo;s new satellite architecture campus, IDEAS. Entirely housed within a 13,000sqft airplane hangar, the campus is used by architecture students in the university&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SUPRASTUDIO</a> program, a one-year MArch II that pairs students with industry and non-profit leaders to focus on an advanced research project. Since its first run in 2008, SUPRASTUDIO has tripled in size and offerings, now composed of 41 students working in studios led by Gehry Partners/Gehry Technologies, Greg Lynn, and Thom Mayne/The Now Institute.</p> <p> A far cry from the hilly green labyrinth of UCLA&rsquo;s Westwood campus, the IDEAS hangar formerly belonged to famed aviation magnate Howard Hughes, and now plays neighbor to Los Angeles&rsquo; YouTube Space (and nearby Google in Venice). The Playa Vista community is still very new, first developed in the early aughts as part of President Bill Clinton&rsquo;s init...</p>