Archinect - News 2015-03-27T18:26:31-04:00 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="514" height="371" 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="514" height="401" 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="514" height="289" 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="514" height="324" 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 >2013-11-18T22:23:39-05:00 <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="514" height="628" 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> Editor's Picks #235 Nam Henderson 2011-10-30T14:27:03-04:00 >2011-10-31T01:11:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archinect&rsquo;s newest ShowCase features the Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., with photographs by Amit Geron. collage thinks that while the "The interiors are wonderful! The facets on the exterior would benefit from being abit smaller...". For his part eric chavkin questions "Is all of the interior dynamics necessarily?....I wonder how, or if, the museum artworks would be effected by the architecture?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Archinect&rsquo;s newest <strong>ShowCase</strong> features the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Preston Scott Cohen, Inc</a>., with photographs by Amit Geron. All the commenters thought the building was a beauty. However, they had a number of questions or suggestions regarding the buildings formal exuberance. For instance <strong>collage</strong> thinks that while the "<em>The interiors are wonderful! The facets on the exterior would benefit from being abit smaller...</em>". For his part <strong>eric chavkin</strong> questions "<em>Is all of the interior dynamics necessarily?...This is an active engaging work of architecture. I wonder how, or if, the museum artworks would be effected&nbsp; by the architecture?</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>,&nbsp;wants to talk about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gender and Design Leadership</a>. Drawing on an Economist study she suggests a major reason for the dearth of women in corporate leadership, is because of motherhood. Sherin then argues that the best way to change this fact is through policy. She writes, "<em>Obviously it isn&rsquo;t going to chan...</em></p>