Archinect - News 2014-07-29T00:53:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/37871366/editor-s-picks-250 Editor's Picks #250 Nam Henderson 2012-02-12T23:32:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T16:30:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2j8y720ap7wyzd.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang and Greg Lindsay suggested some ways of Designing a Fix for Housing, beginning with rethinking our historic commitment to detached, single-family homes and segregated Euclidean zoning. Louis Arleo agreed that we need to redesign suburbia but argued "however suburbia will never be improved until architects embrace the idea of a developers business model."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/37248630/anthony-carfello" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Carfello</a>,&nbsp;analyzed Los Angeles media&rsquo;s failings in their role as "<em>the de facto voice</em>" of AEG&rsquo;s development plans for Farmers Field&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a>.&nbsp;Carfello contended "<em>The existing biases, the assumptions in play, the prized status of CEQA exemption, the traffic, the legitimate fiscal drawbacks weighed against any foreseeable benefits (to the non-AEG public), and greater questions of diversity of primary uses in downtown&rsquo;s future buildings all beg for further dialogue.</em>"and then offered up <a href="http://www.323projects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(323) Projects</a>&nbsp;as an alternative model of citizen discourse.</p> <p> In the latest addition to the <strong>CONTOURS</strong>: series <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/20580749/sherin-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>&nbsp;touched on some of the ways various changes taking place in architecture firms with regards to compensation and valuatization, are a result of the "<em>realization that employees are people, not just &lsquo;workers&rsquo; or &lsquo;laborers&rsquo;.</em>"&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37129517/contours-on-business-and-bosses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On Business and Bosses</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a> commented he would like Sherin to "<em>come on here and enga...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/35401524/editor-s-picks-247 Editor's Picks #247 Nam Henderson 2012-01-22T16:32:00-05:00 >2012-01-23T06:30:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcrlgugyzlkavnj9.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Guy wrote &ldquo;why, when the evidence is out there, were a number of architects so defensive about the &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Major in Architecture&rdquo; article? Why are they whining? My conclusion, so far, is that this touched a nerve precisely because this isn&rsquo;t new information to architects.&rdquo; In response emergency exit wound asked, &ldquo;And the assumption that 'an informed public makes the space for architecture more possible' is based on what exactly?</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of the CONTOURS feature <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/34746431/contours-the-divisions-that-bind-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Divisions that Bind Us</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2283854/guy-horton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guy Horton</a>,&nbsp;analyzed the online commentariat&rsquo;s response to Catherine Rampell, an economics reporter for The New York Times, article &ldquo;<a href="http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/want-a-job-go-to-college-and-dont-major-in-architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Want a Job? Go to College, and Don&rsquo;t Major in Architecture</a>&rdquo;.&nbsp;Guy wrote &ldquo;<em>why, when the evidence is out there, were a number of architects so defensive about the &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Major in Architecture&rdquo; article? Why are they whining? My conclusion, so far, is that this touched a nerve precisely because this isn&rsquo;t new information to architects.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p> In response <strong>emergency exit wound</strong> asked, &ldquo;<em>And the assumption that 'an informed public makes the space for architecture more possible' is based on what exactly? Is the desire for 'public discourse' really just a euphemism for 'expanded client base'?</em>"&nbsp;Guy replied &ldquo;<em>Can architects in a professional setting and in the academy enhance the public discourse and challenge it? Or is it a lost cause. This is the binary problem of casting the public as one pole...</em></p>