Archinect - News 2014-12-21T21:09:18-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/112415888/acadia-conference-2014-architectural-auto-show ACADIA Conference 2014: Architectural Auto Show Anthony Morey 2014-10-29T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:25:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rrrysx6e6jrkwh2.jpg" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/426122/acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Acadia 2014</a> was presented this year at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angles from October 23-25. The term "Design Agency" was the cornerstone term of discourse through out the conference. It would be considered from different angles, including but not limited to: materiality, fabrication, and programming.&nbsp;The conference also considered the impact of external influencers, such as games and art, that have shaped our industry through their usage and invention of tools &ndash; the same tools that made ACADIA &nbsp;possible. Keynote speakers such as Will Wright (Creator of The Sims, SimCity and Spore), Casey Reas (Co-Creator of Processing and Artist) and Zaha Hadid (Zaha Hadid Architects) provided touchstones throughout the conference's weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpzpxiwdjk414w4i.jpg"></p><p><em>[Zaha Hadid's keynote]</em></p><p>The cross-pollination of Architecture with other disciplines has allowed for ACADIA to broaden its scope since its inception in the early 1980s, making the conference more inclusive. The ability to call upon a wide array of spea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112357287/vying-for-attention-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-3 Vying for Attention: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 3 Anthony Morey 2014-10-28T20:42:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:30:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld4u9alv7pxb419r.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Day one at Acadia 2014 found us in the 2D world. Day Two in reality. Day Three was to be somewhere in-between those. It found us dealing with Temporal and Data Agency. Temporal dealing with time and Data with evaluation.&nbsp;A mixing of the two worlds was at play. We weren&rsquo;t here nor there. Somewhere in a digital version of Alice and Wonderland. Interaction, movement and perception were mixing seamlessly. Our understanding of reality has been expanded through the digital. Our viewing of the world and our society has been exploited. Subsequently, our social understanding of its impact and influence is coming to fruition, and an area of focus emerges.</p><p>Tools such as Google Earth, robotic arms, smart phones and countless others have forced us into a purgatory of realms all vying for our attention. We live in a three-dimensional world, we build three-dimensional objects, we think in three-dimensions, yet all our tools until recently have dealt in the 2D.&nbsp;How many times have we sat in front of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112257551/numbers-don-t-cast-shadows-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-2 Numbers don't cast shadows: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 2 Anthony Morey 2014-10-27T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:17:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a19x3lpp9zv9ex4a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Day two of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/426122/acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014</a>, which took place last Friday at the California Science Center across from USC's campus, brought a radical shift of focus and direction from day one. Materiality and Fabrication were on the forefront of thought and discussion. Ranging from robots making robots, or large robots that then became buildings, to computation executing technical drawings; everything in the built world was up for grabs.&nbsp;</p><p>A jump into our real world gave us a challenge, a glimpse of these introverted ideas and what they could culminate in. The goal was to discover, if even only slightly, how these tools in architecture could push the methods of production, reinvent them or combine them to find failures, successes or any combination thereof. Testing the limits of the digital with the reality of the analog world we inhabit.</p><p>All projects at some point returned to analog, all projects ripped themselves from their infinite processes and were born into mass and matter. Points from day one becam...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112032093/architecture-in-flux-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-1 Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1 Anthony Morey 2014-10-24T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:10:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4ebm4h5qaggei6fi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proof of concept, experiments, process, a shot in the dark. The Acadia Conference of 2014 started off sounding more like a science conference than a forum for cutting edge architectural exploration.&nbsp;Topics such as walls, threshold, corner, access, and sketching were far from the main topics of exploration; instead something else had taken hold.</p><p>Reality, our movements, our ideas, they were formulated and described with symbols, numbers and variables more at home in a calculus class. It presents a new lens to see architecture through, a way to view it from a place where the designer did not feel the burden of immediate complete authorship; but inviting them into a system that already had its own qualities, ones to question and react to, a modern day mathematical rorschach.&nbsp;Architecture has been in flux, moving with extreme haste in multiple directions, from formal discovery, mathematical testing, materials exploration and so forth.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/php5ceoz00iopxv6.jpg"></p><p>Acadia 2014 is our chance to engage into one of the bra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109717512/wild-architecture-makes-german-cinema-come-alive-at-lacma Wild architecture makes German cinema come alive at LACMA Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:05:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa30a6fa1e80710db955a65ccaf39198.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Movies can be great. Art can be great. But put them together in a museum exhibition, and the combination can be not-so-great. [...] A new exhibition of early 20th-century cinema at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), however, rethinks that equation. [...] Designed by Amy Murphy, a professor of architecture at USC, and Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture, the exhibition design is the antithesis of the traditional framed-stuff-on-a-wall model.</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/109174700/get-lectured-usc-fall-14 Get Lectured: USC, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-17T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T13:00:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rltykv5wizy68d0q.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster comes from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture. Events include lectures from David Baker, Andrea Cochran, Zaha Hadid, Marc Fornes, and the anticipated ACADIA 2014 conference.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Below are a selection of events. Events requiring reservations and/or admission fees are indicated with RSVP. All other events are free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p><p><em>Sept. 16-18</em><br>AFFORDABLE HOUSING DESIGN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE<br>at Verle Annis Gallery, Harris Hall</p><p><em>Sept. 17</em><br>6 pm<br>DAVID BAKER, FAIA, LEED AP / Principal, David Baker Architects, San Francisco<br>ANDREA COCHRAN, FASLA&nbsp; / Andrea Cochran ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106964423/zaha-hadid-joins-keynote-speaker-lineup-at-acadia-2014-design-agency-registration-now-open Zaha Hadid joins keynote speaker lineup at ACADIA 2014: DESIGN AGENCY – Registration now open Archinect 2014-08-19T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T17:28:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7whi0gvap6pznz0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in the Los Angeles area this fall, make sure not to miss this top notch event: the <a href="http://2014.acadia.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference</a>, to be held at the <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC School of Architecture</a> October 23-25, just confirmed that Pritzker Prize winner <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> will join the roster of high profile keynote speakers, including game designer Will Wright (creator of SimCity), programmer Casey Reas (creator of Processing), computational architect Marc Fornes (Principal of TheVeryMany) and structural engineer Greg Otto (Principal of Walter P. Moore).</p><p>Archinect and our sister site <a href="http://www.bustler.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to be media partners of ACADIA 2014, so be sure to learn more right here.</p><p>Read on for more details from the organizers.</p><p>"Co-chaired by Dr. David Jason Gerber (USC School of Architecture), Alvin Huang, AIA (Synthesis Design + Architecture/USC School of Architecture) and Jose Sanchez (Plethora Project/USC School of Architecture), this highly anticipated event will bring an international audience of innovative design e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102803156/how-to-pull-off-a-final-exhibition-for-hundreds-of-architecture-students How to pull off a final exhibition for hundreds of architecture students Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-26T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:00:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l11crj1l93618pg7.jpg" width="514" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you put together an exhibition of over sixty studios at once, including final reviews, for an entire architecture school? With the help of many devoted administrators. Often working behind the scenes and in conjunction with the Deans of schools, administrators like USC's Gail Peter Borden help design and implement final-year shows such as Blue Tape, the architecture school's massive end-of-year exhibition.</p><p>Archinect was <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100072910/on-the-ground-usc-blue-tape-showcases-student-work-as-barometer-of-california-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on the ground at 2014's Blue Tape</a>&nbsp;this past May, and aside from&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100072910/on-the-ground-usc-blue-tape-showcases-student-work-as-barometer-of-california-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">talking with Dean Quingyun Ma</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100944428/1st-year-goals-and-final-crit-anxieties-a-few-words-from-usc-architecture-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">checking in with a few first years</a>, I sat down with Gail Borden,&nbsp;Discipline Head of Architecture and Director of Graduate Architecture Programs at USC,&nbsp;to talk about how Blue Tape got started.</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100944428/1st-year-goals-and-final-crit-anxieties-a-few-words-from-usc-architecture-students 1st year goals and final crit anxieties: a few words from USC Architecture students Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-03T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:56:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mt10r17h0pii1qh8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last month, the University of Southern California's School of Architecture hosted its annual <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100072910/on-the-ground-usc-blue-tape-showcases-student-work-as-barometer-of-california-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Tape</a> event, an exhibition surveying work from all levels and discipline. The massive show of work from first year bachelors to masters thesis levels is a prime chance for students to see what's been going on in other studios, and for the School of Architecture to showcase its output to those outside its walls.</p><p>Fellow Archinect editor, <a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>, and I visited the Blue Tape exhibitions to talk with students, administrators and teachers about what it's like for an entire school of architecture to be on display -- and why it's so important that they open their doors each year.</p><p>I intercepted a gaggle of first years exiting their final critique, who kindly agreed (after sighs of exhaustion and shouts of relief) to answer a few questions about life at USC Architecture.</p><p><strong>What's first year at USC Architecture like?</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>Why did you choose USC? [Undergraduate]</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>Why did you choose USC?</strong>&nbsp;<strong>[Graduate]&nbsp;</strong>(We b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98088979/update-acadia-2014-call-for-papers-deadline-extended-to-april-22 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/ut9nvm1m0jyurkzl.jpg" width="514" height="417" 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="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/acadia_2014_design_agency/" 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="http://2014.acadia.org/submit.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Submission details</a><br><a href="http://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?key=10335548.U23so5alUTQURvFv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Submit a paper</a></strong><br><a href="http://http://acadia.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=23c52ab4f14aaad88094be401&amp;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="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/acadia_2014_design_agency_-_call_for_papers/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96730819/last-reminder-acadia-2014-call-for-papers-deadline-is-april-1-update-april-22 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ps/psv8h4yxi6buvhiw.jpg" width="514" height="417" 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="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/acadia_2014_design_agency/" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/95941701/get-lectured-usc-spring-14 Get Lectured: USC, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-18T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T11:35:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2nm7d45w82x5hkaj.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming events you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster features the Spring '14 Lectures and Events at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Events requiring reservations and/or admission fees indicated with RSVP. All other events are free and open to the public.&nbsp; Note each event's time and location. USC Architecture Galleries are open M-F, 10 am-5 pm.</p><p><strong>MARCH</strong></p><p><em>March 24-28</em><br>ARCHITECTURE IN SPAIN &amp; CHINA<br>An Exhibition of Work from the Study Abroad Programs<br>Reception: Mar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/48037169/usc-blue-tape-spring-2012 USC Blue Tape Spring 2012 Orhan Ayyüce 2012-05-11T11:09:00-04:00 >2012-05-13T12:59:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i94ipghgi6cwifgx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> USC School of&nbsp;Architecture's BLUE TAPE, the two day event that brings best of L.A's architectural community together, critiques hundreds of student projects in one big space and gives students a chance to see rest of the classmates' work. In its third year, Blue Tape presentations with spirited review sessions were engaging and most of the discourse was high quality. While my snapshots of rapid curating after a long day of jury duty are not the perfect representation of the work done in the school, they might give you a chance to peek into cross section of this years projects.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87051047@N00/sets/72157629674358890/show/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slides</a></p> <p> Related:<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103197/usc-the-world-is-yours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Tape 2010</a></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/5980632/shine-shrine-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Tape 2011</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41291960/can-usc-grow-without-devouring-the-neighborhood Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood? Archinect 2012-03-13T15:59:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T12:37:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e33ee191cc625224d599376ddcd28a7c.jpg" width="480" height="172" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>College towns have weathered the recession and housing collapse more than the rest of America, but the neighborhood around USC is an exception. Now USC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation &mdash; 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university &mdash; often accused of ignoring its neighbors &mdash; be doing them a favor?</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/28280080/usc-on-the-moon USC on the Moon Alexander Walter 2011-11-21T18:29:05-05:00 >2011-11-21T18:36:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gw/gwns2vmv6tayyddl.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>USC Professors Behrokh Khoshnevis (Engineering), Anders Carlson (Architecture), Neil Leach (Architecture) and Madhu Thangavelu (Astronautics) have completed their first visualization for their NASA research grant into the potential use of Contour Crafting robotic fabrication technology to build structures on the Moon. [...] Contour Crafting was recently voted one of the top 15 innovations most likely to change the World. The question now being addressed is how it will change the Moon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information on Contour Crafting, visit <a href="http://www.contourcrafting.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contourcrafting.org</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/5980632/shine-shrine-usc Shine / Shrine: USC Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-11T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-04-30T17:44:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/61ebf6vt7tm9029y.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since last year, every semester at USC School of Architecture ends with a public spectacle called BLUE TAPE. These two day marathon review sessions bring together nearly half of the architecture faculty from all five accredited architecture schools of Los Angeles and &nbsp;from other states.<br>Last year, on the top floors of a downtown hi-rise the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103197/usc-the-world-is-yours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"World was theirs"</a>, this year, students came down to Shrine Auditorium and got their Academy Awards before going into one long summer hopefully reading, writing, thinking about architecture and nurturing their ideals. I want to thank Stefano De Martino of M.Arch Program for inviting me.&nbsp;Once more,&nbsp;while critiquing projects and switching from one jury to the other,&nbsp;I pointed and shot these pictures&nbsp;for everybody to view and see what the students are producing in USC. All "hot" new styles were beautifully represented like other top schools in the world and commentary from the critics were often wise.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87051047@N00/sets/72157626695061762/show/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slideshow</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103197/usc-the-world-is-yours USC: the World Is Yours Orhan Ayyüce 2010-12-14T15:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-15T14:31:09-05:00 <p> <img alt="image" name="image" src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_121410_140138.jpg"><br><br> Yesterday's <a href="http://arch.usc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> school wide final reviews meant to be a spectacle for the architecture community and the students and it was. The views from 50 &amp; 51st floors of a downtown Los Angeles building were pleasantly distracting and breathtaking. The endless loop of student projects, varied from conceptual to practical, from small to large and extra large, reflecting the variety of faculty, students and the ideas. Well done. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87051047@N00/sets/72157625598292142/show/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slides</a></p>