Archinect - News 2016-10-25T15:25:48-04:00 Famed designer Jane Thompson dies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:04:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="751" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.</p><p>Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip Johnson. Afterwards, she helmed&nbsp;<em>Industrial Design Magazine</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thompson worked on the revitalization of Boston's Quincy Market alongside her husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. Other urban projects included the Chicago Navy Pier and the Grand Central Business District in New York.</p><p>One of Thompson's most influential endeavors was assisting her husband in operating the retail stores Design Research (D/R). Bring European designers like Alvar Aalto and Marikmekko into the United States, she helped introduce a generation of Americans to Scandinavian design. In a 2000 survey, D/R was named the number one design store, even after it had been closed for 22 years.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Metropolis Mag</a></p><p>[Correction: originally th...</p> Students go above the double-curve in “InFlux”, from AA Summer DLAB::RED Justine Testado 2016-07-27T18:49:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:25:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Contrasting against the greenery of Hooke Park is &ldquo;InFlux&rdquo;, a brick-red wall prototype that 18 students and their tutors assembled for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::RED 2015 program. Taking place from July 27 to August 8, the RED-themed agenda explored the phenomenal process of decay in nature.&nbsp;</p><p>InFlux builds upon the material behavior research that began&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, with further investigations that connect geometry, material, and structure. During the first two weeks, students&nbsp;investigated the fabrication and construction of double-curved complex geometries in applying generative design techniques and robotic milling strategies. Students then applied their skills in constructing the 1:1 working prototype during the last seven days of the program. Since then, InFlux has become a permanent installation at Hooke Park.</p><p>Also be on the lookout for more from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Summer DLAB::ORANGE</a>, which just started earlier this week.</p><p>Keep reading for more about InFlux's fabrication process:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Ph...</em></p> Reflections on Binational Urbanism by Ryan Dewey BOARD 2016-07-18T20:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T17:18:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier in my career I was based in Chicago but I was working in Nigeria and also doing some graduate work in the summer in England.<br><br>The longest trip I packed for was 60 days in the same suitcase and it covered a month in England and a month in Nigeria.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>It was a tough time in my life, but it was also kind of utopian as well because there are certain advantages to being highly mobile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>In Germany today there are 1.8 million Turks. Every year 93.5% of those people travel from Germany to Turkey at least one time, that is nearly 1.7 million Turks across all strata of society who regularly travel between cities in Germany and cities in Turkey.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Looking at the lifestyle of this population, Bernd Upmeyer develops a theory of a new form of urbanism in his book <em>Binational Urbanism</em>. A binational urbanist is someone who because of the practical matters of their lives spend their time living in oscillation between two different countries. This is a thoughtful book with an interesting approach to rese...</p> Shitting bricks: researchers experiment with making concrete from sewage Julia Ingalls 2016-07-13T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:38:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Malaysia has too much sewage sludge and not enough concrete, a problem which naturally prompted an "aha!" moment among researchers. By burning and drying wet sewage sludge cake and then grinding and sieving the dry cake to produce Domestic Waste Sludge Powder (DWSP), the Malaysian researchers are attempting to create an additive that can be mixed with cement to produce concrete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>So far, they've found a mixture of between 3% to 15% DWSP in cement produces fairly strong concrete, although the higher percentage of DWSP, the less strong the concrete becomes. Variables abound: according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this report</a>, higher incineration temperatures can produce better DWSP, and the more DWSP in the concrete, the higher the water absorption.</p><p>More waste-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li></ul> 2016 Wheelwright Prize awarded to MAIO's Anna Puigjaner for “Kitchenless City” proposal Justine Testado 2016-05-19T14:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The coveted 2016 Wheelwright Prize went to Anna Puigjaner, cofounder of Barcelona-based MAIO Studios...[who] won for her proposal &ldquo;Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare&rdquo;. Using shared domestic spaces as a starting point, Puigjaner will spend the next two years studying various collective housing models in China, Korea, India, Russia, Sweden, and Brazil aiming to find new design solutions that address persistent housing dilemmas worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Anna Puigjaner, MAIO Studios cofounder.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>MAIO Studio, Barcelona, 2011-12.&nbsp;Photo credit: Jos&eacute; Hevia.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Floating Columns, Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015. Photo credit: David Schalliol.</em></p><p>The jury cited Puigjaner's proposal&nbsp;for its relevancy to the ongoing housing issues occurring throughout the world and the need for new housing models, as cities struggle to keep up with adequate housing due to rapid urbanization.&nbsp;</p><p>Find out more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four 2016 Wheelwright finalists to compete for $100K travel grant</a></p> Graham Foundation announces the 2016 grantee projects Justine Testado 2016-05-12T13:54:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:47:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's award season at The Graham Foundation. Not long after revealing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Carter Manny doctorate student winners</a>, the Foundation recently announced 59 projects that will receive the 2016 individual grants, totaling at $491,500. The grants fund an array of inventive projects that are based on original ideas within the realm of architecture, whether through film, site-specific exhibitions, performances, research, or publications. The competition is open to not just architects and designers, but also to visual artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and the like. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last year</a>, the Foundation awarded $496,500 to 49 projects.</p><p>As usual, competition is fierce. 2016 reeled in 640 submissions representing 42 countries. A few familiar names from this year's winners include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tatiana Bilbao Estudio</a>, Alexandra Lange, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beatriz Colomina</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>, and Allan Wexler &mdash; among other talented individuals and groups to keep an eye on in the field.&nbsp;</p><p>Check out the full list of grantees:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Quynh Vantu,&nbsp;Within the ...</em></p> Six emerging practices win the “(im)permanence” 2016 Architectural League Prize Justine Testado 2016-05-05T14:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:53:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architectural League of New York highlights emerging design talent in their annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers program. First launched in 1981, the Prize carries a legacy in the contemporary architecture scene in that many now-well-known architects have received the award at the start of their careers. This year's &ldquo;(im)permanence&rdquo; theme explores how &ldquo;time affects architecture [and alters] our expectations of permanent structures in an impermanent environment.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2016 winners are:</p><p>Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy, DESIGN EARTH, Cambridge, MA and Ann Arbor, MI</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Juan Alfonso Gardu&ntilde;o Jard&oacute;n, G3 Arquitectos, Quer&eacute;taro, Mexico</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez, NEMESTUDIO, San Francisco, CA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Neeraj Bhatia, The Open Workshop, San Francisco, CA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay, Pelletier de Fontenay, Montreal, Canada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>(cover image) Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest, Ultramoderne, Providence, RI</p><p>Find out more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Architectural League Prize "Authenticity" winners to lecture and exhibit next month</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the 2014 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers</a></p> 2015 Phyllis Lambert grantees Pelletier de Fontenay to expand on winning Insectarium Montreal proposal Justine Testado 2015-12-15T18:34:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:26:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The annual Phyllis Lambert Grant puts the Montreal design scene in the spotlight.&nbsp;Established in 2007 by the City and named in tribute to Montreal native architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert</a>, the grant&nbsp;recognizes a locally based designer or firm &mdash; who has no more than 10 years of practice &mdash; for producing outstanding designs and research that show potential for longterm benefits for the city. For 2015, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelletier de Fontenay</a> won the $10,000 grant for their project "Architectures de la nature captive".&nbsp;Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay received the prize during a recent ceremony at City Hall, with Phyllis Lambert in attendance.&nbsp;</p><p>"Architectures de la nature captive" is a spin-off from their&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning proposal</a>&nbsp;with Kuehn Malvezzi for the upcoming Insectarium Montreal, and reflects the practice's ongoing investigation of the relationship between the built and natural environments. They'll use the grant for a trip to Germany to study topics related to the architecture of nature museums.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Pelletier de ...</em></p> 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="650" height="867" 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> Apply now for the AA Visiting School Greece: Thessaloniki Revelations workshop Sponsor 2015-09-01T19:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T20:56:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Visiting School Greece</a> program is getting ready for their Thessaloniki "Revelations" session, starting October 30 through November 9 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The collaborative workshop will investigate the urban fabric of the historic city of Thessaloniki through a series of multi-parameter morphological operations and the use of digital fabrication tools.&nbsp;</p><p>All architecture and design students and professionals worldwide are invited to sign up. Be sure to apply by <strong>October 15</strong>.</p><p>The workshop will challenge participants to rethink the way Thessaloniki's city environment has affected its population based on shifting needs, as well as to visualize these urban shifts in a hyper-specific contextualized construction model. Students' design proposals will focus largely on innovative urban interventions informed by the existing city conditions of Thessaloniki.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>During the design research phase, students will work in teams as they explore digital fabrication methods thro...</p> The "Bigger than a Breadbox" competition, exploring the medium of installation, nears its final deadline - Last chance to submit your proposals! Archinect 2015-02-12T15:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:27:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few days left to submit your ideas to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building</a> competition! Entries need to be received by <strong>Sunday, February 15, 2015</strong> via the competition website <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong>.</p><p>Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette are the organizers behind this call for submissions, hoping for an exploration of the medium of installation design within the architectural realm and its duality of spatial-artistic traits.</p><p>The winning entry will be realized in the lobby at the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space during the fittingly titled gallery exhibition <em>Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building</em>, June 17 &ndash; October 4, 2015.</p><p>Some more details from the brief:</p><p>"From June 17th &ndash; October 4th of 2015 the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space gallery will host 'Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building,' a gallery exhibition that will examine the appropriation of installation in contemporary architectural practice. While in no way...</p> The "Bigger than a Breadbox" competition is accepting proposals! Justine Testado 2014-12-23T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T12:43:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox</a> is a current open international competition that examines the role of installation design and its hybrid artistic-spatial qualities that have made it an increasingly popular investigative medium in contemporary architecture practice.</p><p>Recently launched by organizers and Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette, participants will explore the use of installation design specifically through the lens of the design-research process. Participants will be required to submit the following:</p><ol><li>"A past built installation project that used the medium to engage a topic (disciplinary or not) external to the installation itself."</li><li>"A proposed installation for the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space lobby at 290 Congress Street that builds upon the work done in the first project." The 290 Congress Street lobby proposals should be presented as a continued deeper exploration of the past built installation, and not simply be a re-applied concept.</li></ol><p>An overall idea ...</p> Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-21T21:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:46:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London's Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation's mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Plastic Stereotomy wins TEX-FAB’s Plasticity competition Justine Testado 2014-10-29T15:11:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:24:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>TEX-FAB's Plasticity is the fourth annual competition that focuses on connecting experimental design practices with industry leaders, while also promoting innovative research in the architectural applications of digital fabrication and parametric design. Out of four finalists, "Plastic Stereotomy" by Knowlton School of Architecture assistant professor Justin Diles was announced as the winner during the ACADIA 2014 conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles late last week.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Further details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Five teams selected to participate in the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York Justine Testado 2014-07-14T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although anyone with Internet access can do a quick search online, nothing replaces a brick-and-mortar public library for quality resources and info &mdash; yet these centers are consistently overlooked by city policymakers. After setting up an RFQ for the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York, the Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future selected five interdisciplinary teams out of 45 submissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>They are:</p><ul><li>Andrew Berman Architect | Library Development Solutions&#8232; | Neil Donnelly | AEA Consulting | Auerbach Pollock Friedlander</li><li>Marble&nbsp;Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development and Special Project Office</li><li>MASS Design Group&nbsp;</li><li>SITU Studio</li><li>UNION</li></ul><p>To find out more, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Apply now for the 2014 AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE - Registration ends Monday, July 14 Sponsor 2014-07-10T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T15:40:36-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="749" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The final registration deadline for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE</a> is quickly approaching: Apply by July 14 for your spot in this exciting summer workshop. Presented by London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>, the program focuses on the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools.</p><p>The workshop will take place in London between July 21 until August 2, 2014 and from August 2 onwards, will be located in South England's Hooke Park until August 8, 2014.</p><p>All current architecture and design students are invited to apply.</p><p>Find more details below or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p>"One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase shifts to A...</p> Baumgartner+Uriu’s "Apertures" shell structure challenges the conventions of sustainable design Justine Testado 2014-06-02T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T15:23:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="823" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baumgartner+Uriu</a> looked to none other than Mother Nature for their<em> Apertures</em> installation, which was publicly displayed at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> Gallery in Los Angeles this past spring. If B+U's <em>Apertures </em>sound familiar, perhaps you may recall their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Animated Apertures" Housing Tower</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> </a>that was exhibited at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France.</p><p>Whatever its organic form reminds you of, the shell structure let visitors catch a glimpse of B+U's ongoing exploration in architectural biomimicry and how it challenges the boundaries of ecological design.</p><p>Read on for more project details from B+U:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Apertures reflect a current architectural discourse of digital ecologies, emphasizing the relationship between the natural world and advances in digital technology, which leads to a new type of interactive, organic buildings. The installation focuses on a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies, and material expression."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Rooted in Baumgartner+Uriu&rsquo;s work and ongoing research, Apertures challe...</p> Apply for the 2014 AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE now until July 14 Sponsor 2014-05-15T17:11:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:50:37-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="940" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> from London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a> is back again for its 2014 cycle. The summer-long workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools.</p><p>Continuing its color-based agenda with White, this year's Summer DLAB will highlight White as a starting point to investigate natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p><strong>The application deadline is JULY 14! </strong>The program is open to all current architecture and design students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park campus and revolves around the fabrication and ...</p> UPDATE: ACADIA 2014 Call for Papers deadline extended to April 22 Justine Testado 2014-04-15T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:56:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The Call For Papers deadline has been extended to April 22nd 12AM PDT.</em></p><p>Due to popular demand, the final deadline to submit papers for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 | Design Agency conference</a> has been<strong> updated to</strong> <strong>April 22 at 12 a.m. PDT</strong>.</p><p>Submissions are welcome from specialized researchers, practitioners, students, and others interested in computational design of architecture. Submissions can include the disciplines of science and art, engineering, fabrication, computer science, construction and design.</p><p>This year's conference -- including workshops and tour -- will be held at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles this October.</p><p>Conference: October 23-25, 2014<br>Workshops and Tour: October 20-22 &amp; 26, 2014.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Submission details</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Submit a paper</a></strong><br><a href="http://;id=af21a3606d&amp;e=21d689acf4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ACADIA 2014 Consent to Publish form</strong></a></p><p>You can find more details about the conference <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Last reminder! ACADIA 2014 Call for Papers deadline is April 1 (UPDATE: April 22!) Justine Testado 2014-03-28T18:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:00:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The Call For Papers deadline has been extended to April 22nd 12AM PDT.</em></p><p>Just a heads up that the deadline to submit papers for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 | Design Agency conference</a> is <strong>April 22 (UPDATED!)</strong>!</p><p>Submissions are welcome from specialized researchers, practitioners, students, and others interested in computational design of architecture. Submissions can include the disciplines of science and art, engineering, fabrication, computer science, construction and design.</p><p>This year's conference will be held at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Oct. 20-25, 2014.</p><p>More details below:</p><p>"The conference theme is intended to highlight experimental research and projects that exhibit and explore new paradigms of computing in architecture. The theme is a purposeful instigation of work that looks at re-defining the term "Agency" through the lens of computational design strategies such as simulation, fabrication, robotics, and novel integrations from science and the media arts...</p> The Nocturnal Face of Architecture: AWP's "Vers un climat" exhibit opens this month Justine Testado 2013-08-07T19:37:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T19:42:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Cities can transform into an entirely new place once it's nighttime, sometimes to the point of disorientation that you wonder if you're still in the same city. The upcoming "Vers un climat: Building (With) The Unstable" exhibit at Cornell University presented by award-winning interdisciplinary practice AWP explores the alluring atmosphere of the urban nightscape to illustrate how structures can evolve, change, and perform as active participants in our cities.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br> "Vers un climat" is based on years of in-depth research by AWP founders Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, and Alessandra Cianchetta, who continuously explore how intangible elements like climate, time, and light affect architectural design.<br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The exhibit will showcase AWP's realized and proposed designs that convey the practice's recurring themes of impermanence, evolution, and the uncontrollable. Featured projects include The Lantern Pavilion in Norway, the Troll installation pieces, the LAM Museum sculpture park, a...</p> The Rise of the Darists Orhan Ayyüce 2013-04-15T12:09:00-04:00 >2013-04-23T13:15:02-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To be sure, I do not believe that design practices do not involve research, or that these practices do not produce new knowledge. Nothing could be further from the idea. All design draws upon knowledge, either produced by existing research or new research. But critically, design is not synonymous with research. Design cannot base its conclusions on design itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Archinect&nbsp;contributor&nbsp;and former editor in chief Javier Arbona's critique of Design as Research, DaR, and what happened to architectural theory. A provocative piece. "the Rise of Darists" @ PLAT 2.5</p> UPSTATE at Syracuse University Places Journal 2012-03-15T16:04:00-04:00 >2012-03-15T17:07:07-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UPSTATE was created [as a] framework for sustained collaboration with the community and the city&mdash;in our case a post-industrial city in upstate New York that's been grappling with a shrinking population, eroding tax base, crumbling infrastructure, underfunded schools, cash-strapped services. The challenges aren't new&mdash;they're the challenges of cities all across the rust belt&mdash;but they're real, and they're intensifying.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Continuing a series on university design centers, Places editor Nancy Levinson interviews Julia Czerniak and Joe Sisko of UPSTATE at Syracuse University.</p> <p> The slideshow features work by&nbsp;Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Cook+Fox, ARO and Della Valle Bernheimer, Onion Flats, the Near West Side Initiative, and others.</p> URBANlab at California College of the Arts Places Journal 2012-01-19T17:47:00-05:00 >2012-01-19T17:57:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Academic institutions have a mandate to contribute to public knowledge, but the structures that support the transfer and dissemination of research, and the application of research within urban design practice, are often weak. There is a widening gap between what happens within the academy and what happens on the ground in cities &mdash; often a retrograde, generic and ad hoc agglomeration of politically or financially motivated initiatives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Places interviews Ila Berman, director of architecture at the California College of the Arts, and Mona El Khafif, project coordinator of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">URBANlab</a>, about research + design initiatives at the lab. The feature includes a slideshow of faculty and student work, including design proposals for projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jerusalem, and Tianjin.</p> <p> This is the second installment in an ongoing series of profiles of university-based design centers. Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephen Luoni and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>