Archinect - News 2017-06-22T16:38:37-04:00 What is feminism's role in contemporary architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T13:30:00-05:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this interview with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PSMag</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchiteXX</a>&nbsp;co-founder and Syracuse University School of Architecture professor Lori Brown talks about the difficulties and rewards of attempting to design while female. She's specifically asked about how an architect attempts to integrate feminist notions of design in a political climate that would prefer women's structural contributions remain limited to conducting barefoot and pregnant installations in the kitchen. Here's a sampling:</p><p><strong><em>What might be different about a feminist design versus a design that doesn&rsquo;t take feminism into account?</em></strong></p><p><em>The goal is to consider and incorporate where we are socially, politically, environmentally, and even economically [into designs]. We operate from the position that everyone is valued and everyone should be considered, which requires different ways of operating as a designer [and] thinking about the types of spaces you design, the types of users that would be needing these spaces. It&rsquo;s not to create autonomous and separat...</em></p> Following criticism of the lack of women speakers at the 2017 AIA Conference, Elizabeth Diller added to roster Nicholas Korody 2017-03-06T19:50:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T13:06:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a>, the founding partner of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, will now deliver a keynote address at this year&rsquo;s AIA Conference on Architecture. The announcement follows intense criticism lodged at the AIA last month following an initial announcement of a lineup without any women.&nbsp;</p><p>Many architects voiced criticism and some signed an open <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">letter</a> calling for the AIA to take more meaningful action to address gender inequity in the profession. Subsequently, the AIA added a panel with N&oacute;ra Demeter, Michael Ford, and Cheryl McAfee, moderated by Frances Anderton.</p><p>Diller will be sharing a stage with last year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize winner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a>, as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;,</a> who will be designing the Serpentine Pavilion this summer. The inclusion of several significant architects follows <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism</a> of last year's lineup, which favored non-architect celebrities over practitioners.</p><p>This year the AIA Conference on Architecture will be held on Orlando and will revolve around the theme &lsquo;Antic...</p> Archinect presents Next Up: Floating Worlds at the Neutra VDL on Saturday, March 4! Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T13:42:17-05:00 <img src="" width="1500" height="1157" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We don&rsquo;t draft designs in a void and cities don&rsquo;t spring straight from our imaginations. Architecture is itself a designed object, circumscribed and delimited by the social, political, and economic conditions of the era. But, likewise, these conditions aren&rsquo;t exactly natural&mdash;they&rsquo;re designed by a host of actors and forces. For a new generation of architects, the most-pressing design challenge of the twentieth century isn&rsquo;t to create new forms, but to re-design the architecture of architecture, itself. And, the first step in this process, like with any project, is visualization.</p><p>For the fourth iteration of Archinect&rsquo;s live podcasting series <strong><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em></strong>, we&rsquo;re taking a look at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal political economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity. In a sense, what we&rsquo;re looking at is how architecture is itself designed&mdash;and, specifically, how we can redesign the systems in which it is enmeshed. In what ways are people chal...</p> Blair Kamin's standout Chicago architects of 2016 are all female, "but that's incidental" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-22T12:36:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T21:34:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang completed three exceptional projects, including the dramatic Writers Theatre in Glencoe, and saw construction begin on her 98-story Vista Tower [...] Carol Ross Barney finished the latest extension of Chicago's downtown Riverwalk [...] Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, led the successful fight against George Lucas' planned narrative art museum [...] What unites these achievements? Probably the fact that gender, in the end, had little to do with them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on gender in architecture:</p><p><a title="Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce</a></p><p><a title="UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on &quot;race, gender, and the American built environment&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment"</a></p><p><a title="North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage</a></p><p><a title="Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></p> Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T18:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T19:44:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The undergraduate major at Yale is made up of 28 students, just 12 of whom are male. The Yale School of Architecture, with over 200 graduate students, is 42 percent female [...] But despite the near gender parity in the classroom, discrepancies persist in the professional field, with very few women serving as partners or leaders of firms. According to a 2012 American Institute of Architects survey of 2,805 member firms, only 17 percent of firm partners and principals are women.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Women in architecture" vs. "now in architecture": Mimi Zeiger on gender and architecture today</a></li></ul> UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-09T18:06:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:15:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort aims to facilitate diversity among design and planning professionals and students, and foster innovation in teaching and research on race, gender and inequality in American cities. Partially funded by the university&rsquo;s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the initiative will ensure that the School of Architecture is on the leading edge of scholarship and practice regarding these important issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on race and gender in architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a></li><li><a title="A profession almost as white as the walls." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A profession almost as white as the walls.</a></li><li><a title="Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America</a></li><li><a title="More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before</a></li><li><a title="Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></li></ul> The enduring significance of gay bars in American cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-16T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:10:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The moment a space like [a gay bar] disappears, a sense of identity goes with it. &ldquo;When you don&rsquo;t have those spaces, you lose the ability to see yourself," [...] "...we also need to continue to modify it in a way so everybody has access, so we&rsquo;re not doing the same thing that the mainstream population is doing to us and isolating ourselves in certain spaces due to access.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Obama administration to designate Stonewall as America's first LGBT memorial" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama administration to designate Stonewall as America's first LGBT memorial</a></li><li><a title='As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li><li><a title="The future of gay neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The future of gay neighborhoods</a></li><li><a title="How LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Urban America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Urban America</a></li><li><a title="U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #447 Nam Henderson 2016-06-05T16:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-05T23:26:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a> wrote about architectural solutions, four major U.S. cities have used, to address homelessness.&nbsp;<strong>no_form</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">quipped</a>&nbsp;"<em>Giving homeless people housing solves homelessness. Wow, fucking brilliant. Took long enough to recognize the obvious.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;previewed Anupama Kundoo's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Knowledge</a>"&nbsp;and examined "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarajevo Now</a>" as part of Archinect&rsquo;s 2016 Venice Biennale coverage.</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>The Guardian provided <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a First look</a>: inside the Switch House. The new "<em>arresting brick ziggurat</em>"&nbsp;for Tate Modern's.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong>, commented "<em>Those stairs are beautiful.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that Swiss architect Simon Kretz is the lucky prot&eacute;g&eacute; who will get to work with David Chipperfield in a year-long architecture mentorship (from the 2016-17 Rolex Arts Initiative), kickstarted a discussion about diversity, "<em>white male shit....</em>"&nbsp;and mentoring vs patronage. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller</a>&nbsp;paused to put things in perspective, via an amazing podcast with<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Mabel Wilson</a> from Columbia. "<em>The were some crazy points brought up, like the...</em></p> Kickstart this! Fa├žadomy: a new journal that looks at gender and identity through architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T20:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:13:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fa&ccedil;adomy is new publication that looks at contemporary identity through the lenses of art and architecture. Fa&ccedil;adomy's inaugural issue, Gender Talents explores the landscape of self-determined gender. It builds off the work of progressive sexologist Esben Esther P. Benestad, who has observed seven distinct genders in their practice as a therapist in Norway. Three prominent voices in contemporary art and architecture reflect on these seven themes...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Conversations around gender and identity &ndash; long excluded from the "gentleman's profession" of architecture &ndash; are seeping more and more into architectural discourse.</p><p>For example, the AIA <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;recently that they would cancel their conference in North Carolina because of the passage of HB2, a bill widely described as transphobic, exclusionary, and bigoted. And, while the number of women in architecture <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remains</a> low (with a high dropout rate post-college), and the way female architects are treated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remains</a> poor (if not violent and illegal), at least the conversation seems to have picked up in recent years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>But there's so much more to be said about the relationship between architecture and identity-formation than can fit into a crisis management-oriented footnote. The built environment both mirrors societal norms about identity and reinforces them. It's the ground on which we learn, perform, enforce, resist, or trouble gender norms.</p><p>Enter <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fa&ccedil;adomy</a>,</em> a new publication that looks squarely a...</p> North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T06:19:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilmington officials say the cancellation of an architect business conference due to HB2 will cost the city nearly $1 million. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Monday it will nix its three-day conference scheduled for later this fall at the Wilmington Convention Center. AIA officials cited the passage of HB2 as the reason for the cancellation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being a bigot isn't just ridiculous&mdash;it's costly! Supposedly pro-business Republican senators in North Carolina have managed to drive away Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and now the AIA thanks to their passage of HB2, which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Towelroad</a> describes as a bill that "bans all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state" while introducing "some of the most draconian anti-trans 'bathroom regulations' in the U.S." Talk about pissing it all away...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the fight for equality:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much Justine Testado 2016-04-05T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:07:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's a triple whammy," [Hadid] told the BBC Radio 4 in February. "I'm a woman, which is a problem to many people. I'm a foreigner &mdash; another problem. And I do work which is not normative, which is not what they expect. Together, it becomes difficult." Like any high-profile architect, Hadid was expected to produce strong, functional designs. But as a woman, she also faced the added pressure of having her work interpreted as some sort of gender statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;We just loved her&rdquo;: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fun game: spot the double-standards in this Zaha-bashing piece!</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid: 'Being an Arab and a woman is a double-edged sword'</a></p> "Women in architecture" vs. "now in architecture": Mimi Zeiger on gender and architecture today Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T15:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:21:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a while I&rsquo;ve held the belief that identifying oneself as an architect is a kind of drag, a mannered persona donned for effect. How else to describe the clich&eacute;d sartorial signifiers: extreme eyewear, black daywear and designer footwear? As the education of an architect is so historically weighted to a canon of male practitioners, theorists and educators, a woman entering the field often operates as a kind of architectural androgyne...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...we are trained to see world of design through black-framed, male-coloured glasses. Gender differentiation, then, comes with a thorny rhetorical question: &lsquo;What&rsquo;s the difference?&rsquo; If the goal is to recognise talent, experimentation and innovation, there seems no reason to create a binary in the field."</em></p><p>For more articles on issues related to gender-parity and -visibility in architecture, take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women in Architecture Awards recognize Odile Decq and Julia Peyton-Jones</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA moves one step forward in approval of Equity in Architecture resolution</a></li></ul> Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-01T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T13:40:49-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One in five women worldwide say they would not encourage a woman to start a career in architecture [...] dissatisfaction among women is lower in practices where a significant proportion of management are women, and in practices with regular career development reviews and/or mentoring schemes, with mentoring the better of the two. [...] Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of women worldwide say they have experienced sexual discrimination, harassment or victimisation during their career</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sigh. For more data on women in architecture, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Salary Poll</a>.</p><p>Other related news:</p><ul><li><a title="Women in Architecture Awards recognize Odile Decq and Julia Peyton-Jones" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women in Architecture Awards recognize Odile Decq and Julia Peyton-Jones</a></li><li><a title="Un-Forgetting Influential Voices: Women in Architecture #wikiD Writing Workshop" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-Forgetting Influential Voices: Women in Architecture #wikiD Writing Workshop</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a></li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></li><li><a title="How Women Are Climbing Architecture's Career Ladder" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Women Are Climbing Architecture's Career Ladder</a></li></ul> Single women emerge as second-strongest group of homebuyers Alexander Walter 2016-02-24T13:48:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:08:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's hard to remember that just a few decades ago it was difficult, if not impossible, for a woman alone to take out a mortgage. Federal legislation changed that. And yet, it's still surprising to learn how dominant single women have become in the housing market today: Their share is second only to married couples, and twice that of single men.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennials, not forming enough households</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #434 Nam Henderson 2015-11-06T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T12:26:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;highlighted the work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Build Research (DBR), based in Vancouver, British Columbia</a>. Currently a non-profit institute led by architect Michael Green&nbsp;and creative entrepreneur Scott Hawthorn, one of the earliest projects was building a theater when TED headquarters&rsquo; moved from Long Beach, California to Vancouver.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>zenza</strong> commented "<em>I was a part of the TED Talk stage design/build (I`m in the last photo actually!). &nbsp;It was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot...Having learned extremely little about construction and the act of assembling things in school, this program offered an awesome addition to my design education.</em>"</p><p>Meanwhile the latest edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>: featured the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">October 2015 issue of the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Journal of Architectural Education</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, volume 69: "</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S,M,L,XL</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Belmont Freeman (principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penned an essay</a> questioning whether preservation has become too conservative and elitist? What&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eva...</a></p> Sign the petition to revise unisex bathroom code by July 17 Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:53:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people have been in the frustrating position of waiting in line for a single-stall restroom while the restroom designated for the other gender sits empty. In establishments that have two single-user restrooms, making those restrooms inclusive of all genders will double the options for everyone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Transgender Law Center, along with numerous educational institutions, lawyers, architects, and building code experts, are petitioning the International Building Code to make all single-occupancy restrooms unisex.&nbsp;The petition will be submitted to the International Code Council by noon PDT this Friday, July 17th.&nbsp;Several cities, including Seattle, Santa Fe, and Washington, D.C., have already changed their building codes to allow single-occupancy bathrooms to be designated gender neutral.&nbsp;Those who wish to join the petition should email their name, the title of their organization and/or affiliation, and their geographical location to: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>. Their names will be added to the full petition with a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-formulated comment</a>&nbsp;and then submitted to the ICC as a collective document.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As&nbsp;petition-supporter&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design in Public</a> notes, "Current building codes typically require facilities to maintain separate Men's and Women's restrooms, including restrooms that are...</p> Being an architect is sexy, according to modern society Justine Testado 2015-02-25T23:08:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T23:20:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nothing screams commitment like something that is built on a concrete foundation and set in stone: literally. Go ahead, then. Design something that will last forever.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While people working in architecture, whether through practice or academia, can give insight into the reality of the field, how does broader modern society perceive architects and architecture as a career?</p><p>In one of the more amusing approaches to that topic, sexy has stood as one assumption, especially when it comes to dating or looking for an ideal partner. According to one cringe-worthy heteronormative list aptly titled "Top 10 Sexiest Jobs for Men" by higher-education online database <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, Architect ranked as number 1 -- accompanied by some oh-so-thoughtful commentary that is just comical gold (but not really). There's a list <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for women</a> too, but Architect or anything closely related to the field didn't make the cut. Big surprise.</p><p>Quite similarly, Mary Balfour of a dating agency called Drawing Down the Moon conducted a survey in 2012/13 that asked men and women what jobs they considered the most attractive. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those results</a> showed that men working as an Architect or Designer...</p> What would our cities be like if they were designed by women? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-05T17:13:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:35:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nowhere in the world has a city yet been conceived and constructed along the lines that these women planners would like. Nowhere in the world do women, and others who share the inclusive goals of gender planning, have the political power or access to capital that such an urban renewal project would require.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect remains committed to addressing the gender gap in architecture. If you haven't already, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">listen to our first podcast, which was devoted to the subject</a>.</p><p></p> U of M architecture dean encourages minority high school students to storm barriers in a field dominated by white males Alexander Walter 2014-11-17T13:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T19:42:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Monica Ponce de Leon, a leading American architect proud of being a Hispanic woman in a field long dominated by white men, wants to change the face of her profession. [...] agreed to conduct a class earlier that day for juniors from John Hay High School - the vast majority of whom were black. Ponce de Leon, dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning [...], wanted to inspire the students to enter a field in which the vast majority of practitioners don't look like them.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An architecture of exclusion? Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:07:17-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last fall, a group of transgender students at Wesleyan University tore down gendered bathroom signs and replaced them with ones that read, &ldquo;All Gender Restroom.&rdquo; [...] On college campuses across the country, student activists are dismantling what Sheila Cavanagh dubs an &ldquo;architecture of exclusion,&rdquo; more commonly known as gendered bathrooms. [...] To this day, plumbing regulations in Massachusetts limit the number of gender-neutral bathrooms a building can have.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arab Women in Architecture Film FarahTell 2014-02-06T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T10:22:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This 56-minute documentary film features interviews with nineteen Arab architects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia. It explores the subject of the practice of architecture by Arab women architects and features stories on their experiences, challenges, and achievements. In order to facilitate viewing, the film is divided into six sequels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The film was first screened during the Award's sixth cycle ceremony, which took place on January 7, 2014 at the German Jordanian University's Othman Bdeir House for Architecture and Design in Amman, Jordan.</p> feminist wall of shame Quilian Riano 2013-11-15T12:44:00-05:00 >2015-05-16T09:08:10-04:00 <img src="" width="240" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New tumblr blog that looks at "outrageously gender-imbalanced lecture series, etc." send observed inequalities to feministwall at gmail dot com.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #340 Nam Henderson 2013-11-05T12:13:00-05:00 >2013-11-06T11:06:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect announced Screen/Print, an experimentat in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. For it's first run, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print featured SOILED magazine&rsquo;s fourth issue, Windowscrapers</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, in the latest edition of the&nbsp;<strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect spoke with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect-turned-fashion designer (andProject Runway season 12 finalist) Justin LeBlanc</a>.&nbsp;Mr. LeBlanc received his BA in Architecture at North Carolina State University from 2004-2009 and is "<em>currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State the Art and Design Department with a concentration in Fashion...also the Faculty Advisor for NCState&rsquo;s Art2Wear program</em>"</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buffalo Rising called Archinectors attention to the fact that on Nov 6, 2013 the Buffalo City Planning Board will meet to review plans submitted by Norstar Development that will demolish five buildings of the Paul Rudo...</a></p> Editor's Picks #338 Nam Henderson 2013-10-22T11:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T06:23:48-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke with Stockholm-based English photographer Robin Hayes</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Abrahamson</a>&nbsp;currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan <a href="" 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> Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based designer &amp; artist Doug Johnston</a>.&nbsp;His current profession is creating "<em>objects by stitching rope together</em>" and he explains "<em>I guess sometime early on, I realized that my design work wouldn't be limited to buildings or objects, but would extend to the &lsquo;design&rsquo; or planning of a functioning business and studio practice. This guided my choice to work in smaller offices so that I could have more exposure to the nuts and bolts of generating income managing workflow and cashflow, etc...Being able to apply design thinking to the business structure itself has been really exciting and helpful</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;liked what he saw "<em>Really beautiful stuff.&nbsp; It makes me think it would be incredibly useful to have architecture students actually build things besides models during school.&nbsp; If only to get a tactile understanding of what their drawings might be and what goes into realizing them</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> Why are so many women leaving architecture? Archinect 2013-08-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:25:52-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a sad fact that the number of women in architecture is dropping, whilst in many other professions women have long had parity in numbers as well as pay and status. Of the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) 27,000 chartered architects, just 4,000 are women. Whilst the number of female architecture students has grown &ndash; now 44%, we can't seem to retain them in the profession. Just 34% officially qualified chartered architects are women.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Beyond the Pritzker: What's Next for Women in Architecture? Places Journal 2013-07-30T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-31T12:44:59-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My own conviction is that the most meaningful prolonged response to the Pritzker &mdash; but much more, to the entrenched discrimination it both reflects and reinforces &mdash; will involve political action directed toward measureable change. It will involve ramping up the current professional and cultural conversation &mdash; now focused on sharing experiences, promoting awareness, influencing leaders in the field &mdash; and articulating specific goals, definable outcomes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lately the subject of women's status in architecture &mdash; long dismissed as essentialist and unnecessary &mdash; has bounded back onto the agenda. As recent articles, books, exhibitions, online discussions and petition campaigns all attest, the full integration of the profession remains a fraught and unfinished business. Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time to engage the larger sphere of political activism &mdash; to translate the widespread awareness of tenacious inequality into an ongoing campaign with concrete goals.</p> A blueprint for women architects to overcome doubt, discrimination Archinect 2013-05-02T14:29:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:52:11-04:00 <img src="" width="380" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Women make up almost half the graduating architecture classes, but only 17 percent of architecture-firm leadership. Even as women have made great strides in the field over the last several decades, that disconnect hasn&rsquo;t gone away.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Glamour Magazine names Zaha Hadid "Woman of the Year 2012" Archinect 2012-11-02T12:26:00-04:00 >2012-11-06T06:24:22-05:00 <img src="" width="310" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid is a Woman of the Year because&hellip; &ldquo;She&rsquo;s an extraordinary force of nature that came out of the blue and whacked us all on the back of the head and said, &lsquo;Wake up, kids, there&rsquo;s more stuff to do.&rsquo;&thinsp;&rdquo; &mdash;architect Frank Gehry</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What can a toy do for architecture? Archinect 2011-11-21T18:59:12-05:00 >2011-11-21T19:47:03-05:00 <img src="" width="450" height="822" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opinion seemed to be divided along generational lines. Simon, FAIA, shared Berman&rsquo;s sentiment. Simon founded San Francisco-based SMWM, once the region&rsquo;s most successful woman-owned firm. (SMWM has since joined Perkins + Will where the formidable Simon is now a design principal.) She thinks &ldquo;Architect Barbie&rdquo; trivializes the profession and objectifies its female practitioners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>