Archinect - News 2017-08-17T17:39:00-04:00 Federica Buzzi's critique on the Le Corbusier Modulor Alexander Walter 2017-05-31T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T12:29:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Modulor Man is a healthy white male enhanced by mathematical proportional gimmicks &lsquo;of nature&rsquo;, such as golden ratio and Fibonacci series. He represents the normative and normalised body around which Le Corbusier conceived his designs. As a result, most modern architectural forms are all tellingly calibrated on a similar standard, the healthy white male body.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Given the Canadian Centre for Architecture&rsquo;s groundbreaking research regarding medicalisation in architecture and its extensive Le Corbusier collection," the author Federica Buzzi writes, "I think it is time to address the role of norm and standard in Le Corbusier&rsquo;s work and its legacy."</p> Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> Open Call : MASKS the Journal // FAUX FAMI(lies) Anthony Morey 2016-08-11T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T00:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>MASKS</strong>&nbsp;is an independent journal of dissimulation in art | architecture | design&nbsp;founded in 2015 by Clemens Finkelstein and Anthony Morey&nbsp;while being graduate students in the History and Philosophy of Design at Harvard University.</p><p><strong>Faux Families&nbsp;</strong>exploits our insatiable longing for&nbsp;be-longing.&nbsp;It infiltrates our conscious and unconscious disciplinary behavior.&nbsp;Conceived at a time that has been dubbed&nbsp;<em>the age after-belonging</em>, the upcoming issue of&nbsp;<strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>will take a&nbsp;closer&nbsp;look at the structures of connectivity and the patterns of disconnection at work&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&hellip;</a></p><p>//</p><p><strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>is a questing spirit for everything exploring the aggregate of present, past and future disciplinary structures in and between the fields of art, architecture and design.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>challenges the basic assumption of the dialectic reality/fiction. Fictional narratives become reality through ritualistic events. MASKS is the shaman that performs these rituals.</p><p><strong>MASKS&nbsp;</strong>believes in the performance of appearance, not the predetermined disciplin...</p> Editor's Picks #386 Nam Henderson 2014-09-25T11:58:00-04:00 >2014-09-26T13:09:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Smith</a>&nbsp;continues his series, in which three architects discuss their transition from student to professional. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein</a>, Eric H&ouml;weler of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a>&nbsp;makes the point that much of running a firm is about finding work;</p><p>&nbsp;"<em>In school everyone wants to be designers and have their own practice, but what most students don't connect is that having a practice is also being a businessman or woman &ndash; that you have to run a business which includes finding work, negotiating contracts and building consensus among people from different fields</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Material Witness #4</strong></a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explores how "<em>In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>NYC's historic 190 Bowery was part <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of a massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;re-published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a piece from 2008</a>, for historical context.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;remembers "<em>reading this when it originally posted. Thanks for putting it up again. Very sad that this unique space will be chewed up so that something not unique at all can take its p...</em></p> Joanna Warsza Curates Architecture Between East and West Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:02:21-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buildings perform a variety of functions: They shelter, illuminate, and obscure surrounding people and landscapes. The fundamentally pragmatic purpose of architecture endows edifices with a wide range of functions, but rarely does architecture speak. Curator Joanna Warsza, however, organizes performances and interventions that implore architecture to speak back.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> When does the architecture begin? Archinect 2014-05-12T17:57:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:02:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MIT Prof. Mark Jarzombek on the notion of primitive, the worldwide evolution of the housing, and the fate of the native populations in the modern environment When does the architecture begin? How the pit house can explain the global migrations and links between the Navahos and first men in Europe? MIT Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture Mark Jarzombek clarifies the essence of the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kenneth Frampton to receive Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-18T18:43:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T19:08:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="707" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture critic, historian, and professor Kenneth Frampton was named as the 2013 laureate for the Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award on Dec. 15.</p> <p> The award recognizes a person or practice whose work and ideas have had a lasting influence on architectural theory and practice today. This year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon Architecture Triennale </a>commissioned Portuguese artist Fernanda Fragateiro to design the prize.</p> <p> Frampton will accept the award at a ceremony taking place at Lisbon&rsquo;s Centro Cultural de Bel&eacute;m in early January 2014. He will also give a featured lecture at the event.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "The jury composed by Beatrice Galilee, Gon&ccedil;alo Byrne, Guilherme Wisnik, Juhani Pallasmaa, M&oacute;nica Gili, Taro Igarashi and William Menking chose Kenneth Frampton for his outstanding contribution to architectural theorization and critical reflection, both as as lecturer and author of countless articles, essays and monographs.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> A graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, Ke...</p> Editor's Picks #332 Nam Henderson 2013-09-10T11:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-12T05:07:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce penned a remembrance to his friend architect Larry Totah, titled Slow Weather of Architecture. Therein he describes "The House"...overlooking Pacific Ocean rather edgewise and build like a long drawing depicting a horizontally composed architecture. The fog, roof and the walls are more of Chumash hiring Hopi to build on their mountains for few exquisite basket full of shellfish to adorn the wedding dresses in Hopi villages like the ones a Don Juan dreamed of, a fair exchange"...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;interviewed architectural photographer Bilyana Dimitrova, formerly Metropolis Magazine&rsquo;s photo editor. The two discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Photography in the 21st Century</a> ahead of the exhibition '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design</a>'&nbsp;which will be presented by the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University, October 5 - November 1, 2013.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;penned a remembrance to his friend architect Larry Totah, titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slow Weather of Architecture</a>.&nbsp;Therein he describes "<strong>The House</strong>" which "<em>continuously frames and de-frames itself in three or four sets of axis minded passages. In the front, overlooking Pacific Ocean rather edgewise and build like a long drawing depicting a horizontally composed architecture. The fog, roof and the walls are more of Chumash hiring Hopi to build on their mountains for few exquisite basket full of shellfish to adorn the wedding dresses in Hopi villages like the ones a Don Juan dreamed of, a fair ...</em></p> Project 1984: What About the Possibility of a Kynical Architecture? croixe 2012-08-24T12:11:00-04:00 >2012-08-28T13:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="557" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>For an architect, in the instant that he has undivided attention of a patron with the power to realize his designs, literally nothing else matters; not a fire alarm, not even an earthquake; there is nothing else to talk about but architecture.</em></p> <p> -Dejan Sudjic, The Edifice Complex</p> <p> <br><em>The fully developed ability to say No is also the only valid background for Yes, and only through both does real freedom [begin] to take form.</em></p> <p> -Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>City</strong><br> Four towers rise above the city like muscular trunks in a grass field. Their scale obliterates any possible question about the intentionality of their disproportionate size. The exaggerated disparity between them and the urban fabric could not have been accidental.&nbsp; The towers were unquestionably built to be the main focus, the sole object of attention. They are by lengths the most important buildings in the city. The towers deliver an explicit message of datum and order. Visible from any point in the ci...</p> Drawing Architecture - Conversation with Perry Kulper croixe 2012-08-05T11:50:00-04:00 >2017-05-31T15:59:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>If &ldquo;action painting&rdquo; is produced by the dynamics of dripping, smearing, and sweeping brushstrokes of paint to reveal the complex character of abstract art, then &ldquo;action drawing&rdquo; would be something like juxtaposing lines, planes, volumes, typographical elements, photographs, and paper cutouts on a&nbsp; drawing that aims to uncover the intricate universe of architectural ideas.</strong></p><p><strong>Each of Perry Kulper&rsquo;s architectural drawings is a cosmos of information and possibilities that resist the banal and simplistic reductionism so typical of contemporary architectural representation.&nbsp; Series after series, his drawings display objects as background, and background as object in a constant visual journey of an architecture that&nbsp;doesn't&nbsp;settle and always evolves: an architecture of ideas.</strong></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> discussed with Perry Kulper the concept, intention, and potential of drawing architecture.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>WAI: There was a moment in our academic experience in which we became very interested in the potential...</strong></p> Discovering Khidekel croixe 2012-07-18T09:46:00-04:00 >2012-07-30T11:07:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What About the Last Suprematist?</strong></p> <p> <em>When one speaks of revolutionary art, two kinds of artistic phenomena are meant: the works whose themes reflect the Revolution, and the works which are not connected with the Revolution in theme, but are thoroughly imbued with it, and are Colored by the new consciousness arising out of the Revolution.&nbsp;</em>-Leon Trotsky</p> <p> October 1917 opened an architectural Pandora&rsquo;s Box.<br> During the Russian revolution, the avant-garde exercises of the Cubo-Futurists, Rayonnists, Suprematists, and Constructivists, paralleled to the unmovable inflexibility of the Stalinist &ldquo;establishment&rdquo; to reveal the difference between architecture of the revolution and revolutionary architecture.</p> <p> While architecture of the revolution responds to the iconoclastic demands of the moment and creates a profusion of icons that portray a specific historical period, revolutionary architecture strives to break with the current paradigms, establishing a new architectural language that detac...</p> Pure Hardcorism croixe 2012-07-11T19:15:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T10:01:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Hard-Core:&nbsp; characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something. [1]</em></p> <p> <strong>Manifesto</strong><br> In the kingdom of architecture the shapes reign supreme. Centuries of the continuous search for a transcendental architecture serve as evidence that a pure shape is the ultimate aesthetic utopia. Hardcorism is the theory of architecture as pure geometric shapes. The first endless architectural manifesto, it announces the advent of an architecture of already known looks. Hardcorism is form as ideology. Ideology as form.</p> <p> Architects have been searching for the pure shapes ever since they started registering icons on a monumental scale. The pure shapes have become an endless obsession. A Platonic fetish. A recurrent topic. The pure shapes represent the ultimate aspiration of mankind. A direct connection to the gods. Form as temple. Religion as geometry.</p> <p> Hardcorism is pure form unconcealed. It is blunt, straightforward, explicit, up front.&nbsp; It presents itself as it is, and represents ...</p> WAIzine 2 Coming Soon (Reserve your copy!) croixe 2012-06-21T13:32:00-04:00 >2012-06-24T06:19:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What About It? Part 2 to be released on July 7, 2012</strong></p> <p> The second issue of the graphic narrative in magazine format by WAI Architecture Think Tank includes essays, Manifestos, Projects, Collages and a series of Conversations with:<br> Simona Rota (Madrid)<br> Zhang Ke / standardarchitecture (Beijing)<br> Bernd Upmeyer / MONU&nbsp;&nbsp; (Rotterdam)<br> Perry Kulper&nbsp; (Michigan)</p> <p> To order a printed copy (numbered limited edition of 100) of the WAIzine part 2 please email your order <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong> (Subject: waizine) and you will receive a reply with the shipping details and an invoice through PayPal. If bank transfer is preferred please let us know.</p> <p> WAIzine part 2 Information<br> What About It? Part 1<br> Soft cover, 100 pages , Black / White, Colour<br> Dimmensions: 205mm by 275mm<br> Publisher: WAI Architecture Think Tank Publishers<br> Language: English</p> <p> For pricing and more information go to: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Megastructures are the Shopping Malls of the Avant-Garde croixe 2012-03-27T12:51:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T10:07:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What About ideal cities, and counter revolutionary master plans?</strong></p> <p> <strong>Avant-Garde</strong><br> The avant-garde is a paradoxical state. In order to exist, it relies on its incongruous condition of being both fundamentally contemporary and ahead of its time. A conceptual palimpsest, the avant-garde requires writing its history over its own past keeping a vulnerable balance between present problems, and possible future solutions. All about contextualizing the perfect timing, what happens when the avant-garde goes out of sync; when its solutions are overlooked for being too premature, or ridiculed for being delayed?</p> <p> In the past century alone, the avant-garde was victim of two untimely appearances. In the first one, its proposals arrived too early; the world was taken aback by the boldness of its ambitions, by the audacity of its delirium. In the second coming, the avant-garde was too late. Here its stratagems were on a futile mission of inventing a program that already existed.</p> <p> These consecutive...</p> The Shapes of Hardcore Architecture croixe 2012-03-16T11:02:00-04:00 >2012-03-20T05:20:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>hard&ndash;core</strong></p> <p> adj \-&#712;k&#559;r\</p> <p> 1: a : of, relating to, or being part of a hard core<br> 2: of pornography : containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts<br> 3<strong>: characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something</strong></p> <p> <br><strong>Modernism</strong></p> <p> Modern Architecture was a fashion statement. Coated with an ideology of social impromptu and urban reconstruction, it seems undeniable and remarkable that the dominant gene of the Modern Movement&rsquo;s DNA was its aesthetics.</p> <p> Everything, from the &ldquo;hygienic&rdquo; appearance of its white villas, to its revolutionary materials&mdash;glass, steel and concrete, to its grid-restricted urban plans and its desolated tree-less plazas, was a trend; a stylistic straightjacket&nbsp; fiercely defended through an almost endless list of manifestoes and catalogues that prophesied how the modernist Zeitgeist should be portrayed.</p> <p> Modernism&rsquo;s plan was to become alchemistic through fashion; it was trying to transform positivism, rationalism, and Cartesianism i...</p> Alien, Immigrant, Refugee: The Architecture of Hospitality Places Journal 2012-01-30T18:52:00-05:00 >2012-01-30T19:32:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Passage across a border wrenches us from a space of citizenship &mdash; where our individual being is cloaked in layers of legal protection &mdash; to a space where we experience at once freedom and nothingness. As architects and planners, we lack the language for describing this shift in the perception and socio-political dimension of place; for distinguishing between the place of the citizen and the place of the stranger within the space of the state.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an essay on Places titled "Hospitality Begins at Home," architect and Pratt Institute professor Deborah Gans explores the spatial and political dimensions of being a stranger, particularly an immigrant or refugee. She reviews Maya Zack's Living Room exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York and the In-House Festival at the Jerusalem Season of Culture.</p>