Archinect - News 2014-09-01T18:17:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98261110/sou-fujimoto-discusses-limbo-dichotomies-and-nature-in-his-architecture Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:16:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56tps3f280egmqop.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y8esce8bbx8agi9.jpg"></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97025881/stanford-spring-lecture-series-2014-origins Stanford Spring Lecture Series 2014: Origins Kyu Kim 2014-04-01T14:02:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:13:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmgo6s9gc2y8jibu.jpg" width="514" height="822" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The series features landscape architects, architects, engineers and artists working together in the building and design industry. Past speakers have included Tom Kundig, Steven Ehrlich, Joshua Aidlin and David Darling, Richard Olcott, Ricardo Legorreta, Sr. Norman Foster, Peter Bohlin, and Peter Busmann. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public. All lectures are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., April and May, location - Clark Center Auditorium and Cemex Auditorium (for Symposium 5/21/14).</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the program that brought you football fans Andrew Luck, Stanford Architecture announces its 2014 spring lecture series hosted in the Norman Foster designed James H. Clark Center underground rotunda.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96962248/gsapp-lecture-addresses-architecture-s-role-in-new-democratic-systems GSAPP Lecture Addresses Architecture's Role in New Democratic Systems Ayesha Ghosh 2014-03-31T18:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T20:59:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxow6bbdpa40xgbd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>GSAPP continued its spring lecture series&nbsp;last Thursday night&nbsp;with the Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe. The talk provided a brief interlude away from pure architecture and explored Mouffe&rsquo;s theories on counter-hegemonic radicalization of democracy by the multitude through agonistic pluralism. Considering the entire lecture was as dense as the previous statement, Mouffe began with a much-needed summary of post-modern political philosophers ranging from Negri to Virno. She pointed out how they all advocated a general strategy of withdrawal, using exodus from established hegemonies as a form of political action. While Mouffe didn&rsquo;t directly address the architect&rsquo;s role within this paradigm, she noted how artists with political intentions abandon traditional institutions (museums, galleries, etc) to instill their work with radical meaning.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xx/xxa3zhw4qxlcqttu.jpg"></p><p>Mouffe formulated her lecture to bring up two essential points to her theories of agonistic pluralism, the first elucidating how withdraw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95112373/the-living-and-surfacedesign-inc-give-first-lecture-in-2014-s-emerging-voices-series The Living and Surfacedesign Inc. give first lecture in 2014's Emerging Voices series Ayesha Ghosh 2014-03-07T17:46:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:27:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lg19nndz1infkcn7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archleague.org/competitions/emerging-voices-competitions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emerging Voices</a> is an annual award given by the Architectural League. It is an invited portfolio competition, identifying eight firms in North America that are influencing the current condition of architecture, landscape design and built environments. To see a full list of this year&rsquo;s award recipients, click&nbsp;<a href="http://archleague.org/2014/02/emerging-voices-2014-2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. The winners will present their work weekly in a lecture series hosted by the Architectural League of New York during the month of March. For more information about these events, click&nbsp;<a href="http://archleague.org/events/emerging-voices-events/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The Emerging Voices lecture series kicked off last night with presentations by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thelivingnewyork.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Living</a>&nbsp;(David Benjamin) and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sdisf.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Surfacedesign Inc</a>&nbsp;(Geoff di Girolamo,&nbsp;James Lord, and&nbsp;Roderick Wyllie). Despite the differences in the scope of work between both offices, the pairing offered complementary insights into alternative approaches to designing built environments. David Benjamin&rsquo;s work is inspired by experimentation and synthetic biology, employing a cross-disciplinary approach to undertake responsiv...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95056910/wolf-d-prix-reflects-on-raimund-abraham-as-both-friend-and-visionary Wolf D. Prix reflects on Raimund Abraham, as both friend and visionary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-07T11:02:00-05:00 >2014-03-14T14:38:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6yhzcmr7uie5gn9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au gave the 4th annual Raimund Abraham memorial lecture this past Wednesday night at SCI-Arc, honoring Abraham with a congenial discussion of his friend and peer&rsquo;s work. When Prix first started Coop Himmelb(l)au over 45 years ago, Abraham served as a strong influence, and the two developed a strong (if not somewhat combative) relationship as co-conspirators and fellow Austrians. Prix&rsquo;s lecture reflected on a variety of Abraham&rsquo;s work, alongside pieces from G&uuml;nther Domenig, Hans Hollein, Walter Pilcher and others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5fpxks938m16ls2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o4/o41kxpo5yg4s8apw.jpg"></p><p>After Eric Owen Moss&rsquo;s introduction, describing both Prix and Abraham as &ldquo;those who lived on an island where no one else lived&rdquo;, Wolf&rsquo;s lecture focused on the lasting futurism of Abraham&rsquo;s work and its continuing relevance in the context of a digital society. While so few of his designs were built, his drawings&rsquo; &ldquo;<em>were</em> architecture -- why do we have to build these buildings if they&rsquo;re already described so perfectly?&rdquo;. Prix touched upon the conce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94425539/the-architecture-of-abortion-clinics The Architecture of Abortion Clinics Alexander Walter 2014-02-26T15:28:00-05:00 >2014-07-03T13:18:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tpqzdng9jpxzati8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though abortion and the legal disputes that often surround it are visible media topics, abortion clinics are often pushed to the fringes of communities where access is the most crucial. But what if they were integrated into the mainstream of our everyday space: clinics in malls, clinics on military bases, clinics on high school campuses, and open access to preventative care?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Lori Brown explores this topic in her book </em>Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women&rsquo;s Shelters and Hospitals <em>and delves into politics and architecture and how they manufacture landscapes with regard to reproductive healthcare access. </em></p><p>Brown, an architect herself, will be giving a <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/contested_spaces_abortion_clinics_womens_shelters_a/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public lecture</a> about researching abortion clinics tonight in New York at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86600168/knowlton-school-blog-reports-on-last-month-s-lecture-by-laura-kurgan Knowlton School Blog reports on last month's lecture by Laura Kurgan Archinect 2013-11-15T12:41:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b8f964ffe5c71e9d3ba8a96e34e11f0.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One project she presented was titled &ldquo;Million Dollar Blocks&rdquo; in which they were looking to discover the &ldquo;spatial patterns that link, poverty, racial segregation, and incarceration&rdquo; within in New York City. Working with the municipal court they were allowed access to a data set which tracked the flow of prisoners in, out, and transfers to other prisons.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85763656/hitoshi-abe-on-place-making-and-layered-formalism-at-ucla Hitoshi Abe on place-making and layered formalism at UCLA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-05T17:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampgqunhifahzxce.jpg" width="514" height="681" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can we understand a place, and seek to define it? What elements do we identify as components of that place, and how do they interact with each other? In a recent lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hitoshi Abe, chair of <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA&rsquo;s Architecture and Urban Design department</a>, approached these questions through a study of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106328/atelier-hitoshi-abe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Hitoshi Abe</a>, his design practice located in both Los Angeles and Sendai, Japan. Drawing on Japanese ideas of place-making, Abe conceptualizes his structures not as monoliths of positive and negative spaces, but as a system of layers that collectively define the building.</p> <p> The concepts of &ldquo;space&rdquo; and &ldquo;place&rdquo;, as conceived by Japanese philosopher <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitaro_Nishida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kitaro Nishida</a>, are part of the objective reality that an individual uses to define themselves -- but instead of that objective reality being based on discrete physical forms, the sense of self arises from a reactive relationship with the space, rather than in opposition to it*. Highlighting internati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85232154/hitoshi-abe-to-lecture-at-ucla-november-1 Hitoshi Abe to lecture at UCLA, November 1 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-28T20:16:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T17:09:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lreh26yh9w9x1v0k.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Hitoshi Abe, the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA and principal at Atelier Hitoshi Abe Sendai/Los Angeles, will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu/news/lecture_hitoshi_abe_335.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lecture</a>&nbsp;on the UCLA campus this Friday, November 1.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.a-slash.jp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Hitoshi Abe</a> is known for producing both structurally inventive and and spatially complex architecture, with offices in both Sendai, Japan and Los Angeles. Since winning first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition in 1992, Dr. Hitoshi Abe has maintained an international practice alongside lecturing and publishing. He became Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA in 2007.</p> <p> As A.UD Chair, Abe has developed programming to be more cross-cultural, technologically innovative, and critical, while also establishing the new M.Arch II program, <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu/programs/m_arch_ii_degree_1.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SUPRASTUDIO</a>.</p> <p> Event details:</p> <p> Where: <a href="http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/?locid=83879" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perloff Hall, Decafe, UCLA Campus</a></p> <p> When: 6:30pm, Friday, November 1</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81982004/video-from-jacque-herzog-s-columbia-lecture Video from Jacque Herzog's Columbia Lecture Archinect 2013-09-16T13:41:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T22:02:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhgiirq4qht0i8t9.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think it is a compliment that our very best architects make people seem stupid.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59560583/video-of-toyo-ito-s-lecture-what-was-metabolism-reflections-on-the-life-of-kiyonori-kikutake Video of Toyo Ito's lecture, "What Was Metabolism? Reflections on the Life of Kiyonori Kikutake" Archinect 2012-10-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3eaf599530025ee808c11949bed1f7f9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Metabolist Movement in the 1960s established the foundation from which contemporary architecture in Japan has emerged up to the present. Even today, the visionary architectural and urban projects created by the leading Metabolist Kiyonori Kikutake continue to shine brightly, according to Toyo Ito. In this lecture, he will consider Metabolism&rsquo;s significance today through his rereading of Kikutake's works of that time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59103155/after-march-11th-kengo-kuma-s-lecture-at-gsd After March 11th, Kengo Kuma's Lecture at GSD Archinect 2012-10-11T18:21:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:20:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/jeu9rcsnoeqzkuud.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The great disaster of March 11, 2011 differed from any other catastrophe since the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. In the age of advanced technology and "strong" buildings, the tsunami flattened Tohoku coastline in seconds. The nuclear accident that followed further revealed the vulnerability of "big and strong" architecture. In the face of radiation, materials such as concrete and steel were insufficient, even though nuclear energy had been a solution for our drive to be bigger, stronger...</p></em><br /><br /><p> To follow up with <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/58969220/live-blog-kengo-kuma-after-march-11th" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian's exceptional, as always, live coverage of Kuma's lecture</a>, we present you with the video.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56827749/the-yale-daily-news-summarizes-last-night-s-workac-lecture The Yale Daily News summarizes last night's WORKac lecture Archinect 2012-09-07T12:50:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T09:33:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/5359d6d7195b3f47395c7ad3b944b43f.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t believe architecture can solve anything,&rdquo; Andraos said of the relationship between environmentalism and design in WORKac&rsquo;s creations. &ldquo;Rather, we feel this is a question of impacting culture. In the architect&rsquo;s Sisyphean relation to power, we believe in the visionary, and his agency to radicalize and to move culture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/44077467/marc-simmons-process-performance Marc Simmons, "Process Performance" Archinect 2012-04-06T18:34:00-04:00 >2012-04-07T18:52:23-04:00 <em><p>With the firm Front, in which he is a Partner, Marc Simmons has collaborated on projects with OMA, Asymptote Architecture, ARO, Beyer Blinder Belle, Gehry Partners, Herzog &amp; De Meuron, Kengo Kuma, KPF, Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects, Renzo Piano, Sejima + Nishizawa Associates, Steven Holl Architects, Toshiko Mori, and many other architects. His lecture will explore themes in his recent work, including the speculative and experimental potential of the facade specialist.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Via <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/44063035/video-marc-simmons-you-talk-pretty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian's GSD blog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/43156688/watch-live-digital-systems-theory-practice-keynote-by-greg-lynn Watch Live: Digital Systems: Theory + Practice; Keynote by Greg Lynn Archinect 2012-03-29T19:27:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T23:36:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mueyhkzkbhwyphjf.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Panelists will explore the theoretical approaches to Digital fabrication and tooling systems, as well as the various implications and practical applications of digital fabrications and their impact on the practice and pedagogy of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/37254658/barbara-bestor-blue-sky-curricula-for-the-next-century Barbara Bestor: Blue Sky Curricula For the Next Century Archinect 2012-02-07T14:37:00-05:00 >2012-11-14T01:39:57-05:00 <em><p>Architect and Woodbury School of Architecture professor Barbara Bestor presented an optimistic vision of architecture&mdash;one grounded in entrepreneurial practice and creating new opportunities&mdash;at the 2011 ACSA Administrators Conference: Old School/New School in November. (Co-chaired by Dean Norman Millar.)</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/29024088/post-card-ideological-icons Post(card) Ideological Icons croixe 2011-11-28T05:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-02T13:09:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlsf4xutzryv0io3.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What about revisiting the hardcore shapes of the avant-garde?</strong></p> <p> It has been almost a century since the air was heavily saturated with the combustible gas of ideology. Almost a hundred years have passed since everything from film, through art and architecture, to urbanism was susceptible to the slightest friction in the atmosphere sparking endless manifestoes and multiple visions of the perennial &ldquo;new beginning&rdquo;. But what happens when the ideological fire that fuels urbanism is extinguished, and in its place just smoke remains? What is left after the idealistic energy of the avant-garde has vanished and we are left with necrophilic icons of dead ideologies? Why aren&rsquo;t we able to see the striking similarities and contrasting disparities between the avatars of yesterday&rsquo;s ideological urbanism and today&rsquo;s pop-architectural icons?<br><br> In the twenties imaginary taut wires, steel trusses, and structural concrete gave form to the muscular monuments of a <em>Potemkinesque</em> avant-garde.&nbsp; Utopia had...</p>