Archinect - News 2015-11-27T07:12:17-05:00 Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture Archinect 2013-11-26T12:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T10:12:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oshin Vartanian and his colleagues slipped a group of people inside a brain-scanning machine and flashed hundreds of interior designs -- some curvy, some angular -- in front of them. They then had the choice of describing each room as either "beautiful" or "not beautiful." The study found that participants overwhelmingly preferred interior spaces with curving coffee tables, meandering sofas and winding floor patterns to rooms filled with angular furniture and rectilinear design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building for a better Sex Life Nam Henderson 2013-07-01T01:13:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:44:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s odd how little architects have had to say on the subject of sex. If they&rsquo;re routinely designing the buildings in which sex happens, then you might expect them to spend more time thinking about it. Buildings frame and house our sexual lives</p></em><br /><br /><p> Richard J Williams (Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh) is the author of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013)</a>. In a recent piece he explores the&nbsp;relationship between sex, communal living and architecture. Mr. Williams,&nbsp;believes that architecture can improve our sex lives.</p> Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts Archinect 2011-09-28T12:05:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's &ldquo;reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.&rdquo; Uh, yeah. If a &ldquo;large droplet of water&rdquo; looks exactly like a vagina.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>