Archinect - Harvard GSD M.Arch.I (Lian) 2014-04-20T03:13:29-04:00 Review - GSD's "Platform 6: A Year of Research through Studio Work, Theses, Lectures, Exhibitions and Events" Lian Chikako Chang 2014-03-24T23:08:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T15:47:06-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>[Image from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pimentel</a>.]</p><p>&ldquo;You will be remembered for what you leave out or neglect.&rdquo;</p><p>Rosetta Elkin, Editor of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Platform 6</em></a>, includes these words in a short meta-essay entitled &ldquo;Editing Pedagogy,&rdquo; in which she retroactively imagines a brief for the project of gathering, selecting, and representing a year in the work and life of Harvard GSD. It&rsquo;s a provocative phrase, and when I came across it I pondered its many meanings.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>[Wallpapered graphic in the Platform 6 exhibition]</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>[Strengthen your core! Third semester architecture in the Platform 6 exhibition]</p><p>First, I thought, it&rsquo;s a nod to the difficult task of being the &ldquo;decider&rdquo; among critics, professors, and students clamoring to have their work, ideas, or events included in the school&rsquo;s annual publication of record. The book doesn&rsquo;t have space for coverage of every studio, let alone every course, essay, or project. Those who are left out inevitably take note.</p><p>Second, Elkin is highlighting the structural peculiarity of this year&rsquo;s edition: <em>Platfo...</em></p> Live Blog - Manuel Castells, "The Space of Autonomy: Cyberspace and Urban Space in Networked Social Movements" Lian Chikako Chang 2014-02-18T20:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T21:32:39-05:00 <p>Hi Archinect,</p><p>It's a packed house in (half) Piper tonight for Manuel Castells,&nbsp;Professor of Communication Technology and Society, USC Los Angeles. His talk responds to recent movements in Brazil and Turkey, drawing on themes from his book&nbsp;<em>Networks of Outrage and Hope; Social Movements in the Internet Age</em>&nbsp;(Polity Press).</p><p>6:41pm: Castells is author of 26 academic books, as well as editor of many more--and has been knighted, and is recipient of the 2012 Holberg Prize and the 2013 Balzan Prize. Diane Davis, who's giving the introduction, was Castell's graduate student "thirty years ago."</p><p>6:43 pm: Castells takes the podium.</p><p>What are the implications of today's social movement for spatial forms and practices?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Social movements are emotional movements that become collective through communication between different subjects. The forms of communication depend on the cultural and technological context.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Starting in July 2009 in Iran, then Iceland, Tunisia, Greece in 2010. Social movements, many small...</p> Live Blog - Christopher Glaisek and Bruce Kuwabara on Waterfront Toronto Lian Chikako Chang 2014-02-11T19:01:04-05:00 >2014-02-17T23:31:21-05:00 <p>Hello Archinect,</p><p>I'm back in Piper to see&nbsp;Christopher Glaisek,&nbsp;vice president of planning and design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WATERFRONToronto</a>, and Bruce Kuwabara,&nbsp;founding partner of Toronto-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPMB Architects</a>&nbsp;and now Chair of the Board at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. As a Toronto-born Canadian who's also lived at two different locations along Toronto's downtown waterfront before this transformation, I was interested to hear more.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>6:45 pm: Chair of Landscape Architecture Charles Waldheim kick things off. "Some may say that the landscape architect is the urbanist of our age. You may have heard me say something like that from this podium in the past."&nbsp;</p><p>6:47 pm: First allusion to Mayor Rom Ford. "Toronto's relatively weak mayoral system."</p><p>6:49 pm: "As a Canadian citizen, I want to say that I think of Bruce Kuwabara as Canadian royalty. If you go in Buckingham Palace, I think there's a file cabinet for the Commonwealth, with a folder for Canada, and it starts with the Governor General and if you go...</p> Review - "If You Build It," directed by Patrick Creadon Lian Chikako Chang 2014-01-30T12:06:00-05:00 >2014-03-15T17:00:32-04:00 <p>Hi Archinect!</p><p>Okayyyyyy, I'm back at the GSD to watch&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If You Build It</a>," directed by&nbsp;Patrick Creadon (2012), a film about the origins of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a>'s design/build education taught by Emily Pilloton and her team of teachers (including GSD grad <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hallie Chen</a>!).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Studio H now hails from Berkeley, but the film focuses on the project's origins in rural Bertie County, one of the poorest places in North Carolina. Pilloton and co-founder Matthew Miller arrive with a grant, a truck full of stuff, and an agreement with the local school board that quickly unravels due to resistance to change among the town's leadership. Pilloton and Miller continue on without salaries in order to teach their high school students--young people who say things like "School--I hate it. My dad hated it. My grand-daddy hated it. I'm carrying on a tradition."&nbsp;</p><p>In retrospect, the work that Pilloton and Miller do in the film goes way beyond Bertie County; it was a proof of concept, to demonstrate the potential of a design/buil...</p> Live Blog - Kyle Bergman and John Connell in conversation Lian Chikako Chang 2014-01-29T22:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T21:02:55-05:00 <p>Hi Archinect,</p><p>After the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">screening of If You Build It</a>, film festival director&nbsp;Kyle Bergman and John Connell, the founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yestermorrow Design Build School</a>, had a short conversation and I wanted to share it with you here. I was interested to see Connell live, as I had been to Yestermorrow for Steve Badanes and Jim Adamson's excellent Community Design/Build course mannnnnny years ago.</p><p>KB:&nbsp;John, when you started Yestermorrow in 1980, what inspired you? You were working at Yale?</p><p>JC: I forget this chapter a lot, but I was working with underprivileged--actually, kids that would have been incarcerated otherwise&hellip; We were told, we'll give you the dump and you can build your building on the dump. <em>These students literally had the choice between jail and coming to this school.</em> But we started giving them power tools&hellip;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&hellip;and teachers started to come, and other people too, and we thought,<em> this education doesn't have to be limited to these kids</em>, but homeowners and anyone can learn from this.</p><p>JC: Building...</p> Live Blog - Futures Past: Design and the Machine (Mindell, Steenson, Theodore, Galison) Lian Chikako Chang 2013-11-24T20:02:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T20:34:49-05:00 <p>Hi Archinect!</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drew Harry</a> and I are here at MIT&rsquo;s Media Lab for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Futures Past: Design and the Machine</a>, a conference organized by Duks Koschitz (Pratt/MIT), Olga Touloumi (Harvard GSD), and Theodora Vardouli (MIT). (Don&rsquo;t worry, Kanye is not in the house though if you haven't been sated yet, you can read my reaction to the reaction to Kanye's reaction to being at the GSD <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p><p>From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conference website</a>&nbsp;(where you can also view <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">videos</a> of the event):</p><p><em>Futures Past: Design and the Machine is a three-day conference on the institutional and intellectual history of research and visions for human-machine systems beginning in the second half of the 20th century, and its relationship to emerging roles of technology in design. The conference is structured around panel discussions with protagonists of early efforts to incorporate computers, information technologies, and communication engineering in the design process. The event includes paper sessions with junior scholars, researchers, and histori...</em></p> Update - GSD African American Student Union and Dean Mohsen comment on Kanye West Visit Lian Chikako Chang 2013-11-18T22:24:00-05:00 >2014-04-13T00:51:33-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> Over the past few days there have been over 30,000 views of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this blog's Archinect post on Kanye</a>, and many times that number of reposts and articles about the event at other media outlets (including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rolling Stone</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Atlantic</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USA Today</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>). It seems as if there's also been about that many critical comments online, within and outside of architecture circles. So if you're tired of the coverage, please disregard this post--I understand.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> That said, I wanted to share this because as news has surfaced about the quiet leadership of the GSD's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African American Student Union</a> in this event, it has become clear that the media frenzy we've seen was just the gold-plated tip of a more substantive iceberg.</p> <p> Apologies for that analogy, but let's move on:</p> <p> At the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GSD website</a>&nbsp;a news release has been posted, including the following statement by the GSD's&nbsp;African American Student Union:</p> <p> <em>The Harvard Graduate School of Design's African American Student ...</em></p> VIDEO - Kanye stops by studio to talk about architecture with students Lian Chikako Chang 2013-11-17T19:17:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T12:38:54-05:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> Yeezy surprised students tonight with a short visit to Harvard GSD's design studio. I REALLY like Kanye--Late Registration, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Watch the Throne basically got me through studio, from first year to thesis--so I'm bummed that I wasn't there. He walked around, admired some of my friends' models, and stood up on a desk to speak with students about the value of architecture.&nbsp;Apparently the GSD African American Students Union had written to him a few weeks before to extend an invitation and that Kanye met with student leaders in this group beforehand. [UPDATE: for more on this backstory, please see <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this post.</a>]</p> <p> Maybe we'll see him again for final reviews.</p> <p> Scroll down for the video.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Kanye West:&nbsp;&hellip;So after walking through here I decided that I wanted to make sure for anyone that didn't have tickets tonight that you all could have tickets to the show. So anybody who wants to come tonight, you can have tickets for the entire office! ...</p> Live Blog - Mohsen Mostafavi in Conversation with Nicholas Negroponte Lian Chikako Chang 2013-10-29T22:00:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T20:58:09-05:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> Co-live-blogging tonight with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drew Harry</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT Media Lab</a>.&nbsp;Full house in (half) Piper!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GSD website</a>:</p> <p> <em>Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is the dean and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the Harvard GSD. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. He curated the exhibition "Nicholas Hawksmoor; Methodical Imaginings" at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. In the Life of Cities (2012) andInstigations (2012) are among his most recent publications. Nicholas Negroponte, a member of the MIT faculty since 1966, is a pioneer in computer-aided design. He is a co-founder of the Media Lab, opened in 1985, and founder and chairman of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Laptop per Child</a>, a non-profit association that distributes technology to children around the world. In the private sector, he has helped provide start-up funds to more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine. His book Be...</em></p> Live Blog - Walid Raad and Theaster Gates in Conversation, with Mohsen Mostafavi, "On Art and Cities" Lian Chikako Chang 2013-10-26T06:10:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T15:17:49-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> I'm co-live-blogging tonight with Allison Green, a first-year student in the GSD's Master of Urban Planning program who is also starting to blog at Archinect.</p> <p> From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GSD website</a>:</p> <p> <em>Theaster Gates, an artist trained as an urban planner and sculptor, has developed a practice that includes space development, object making, performance, and critical engagement with many publics. Among recent projects, he was a participating artist in Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, for "12 Ballads for Huguenot House." Gates, a 2011 Loeb Fellow, is a Creative Time Global Resident for 2012&ndash;13 and was honored by the Wall Street Journal as an Arts Innovator of the Year in 2012.</em></p> <p> <em>Walid Raad is a New York-based artist and associate professor of art at The Cooper Union. His works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project about the history of Lebanon between 1989 and 2004; the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut); and several bo...</em></p> Live Blog - Robert Wilson, Sensory Media Platform Lian Chikako Chang 2013-10-18T17:42:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T01:16:07-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Full-ish house in Piper tonight. From the GSD's website:</p> <p> <em>Robert Wilson is among the world's foremost theater and visual artists, acclaimed for stage works that integrate dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music, and text in striking, emotionally charged images. His productions include Einstein on the Beach (1976), co-written with Philip Glass, Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Debussy's Pell&eacute;as et Melisande, Brecht/Weill's Threepenny Opera, Fontaine's Fables, Homer's Odyssey, and many others. His collaborators have included Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, and Jessye Norman. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, he has received numerous awards, including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. Wilson is the founder of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performing arts in Watermill, New York. Supported by by the Rouse Visiting Artist in Residence Fun...</em></p> Live Blog - Craig Edward Dykers, The Psychology of Space and the Moving Body Lian Chikako Chang 2013-09-26T18:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-02T18:55:14-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> I'm at the Boston Society of Architect's BSA Space for a lecture from&nbsp;Craig Edward Dykers, Founding Partner at Sn&oslash;hetta. It's the opening event for the Association of Architecture Organizations' conference "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Making and Measuring IMPACT: The Value of Architecture and Design Organizations</a>," which I'm attending in my role at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> From the AAO's website: <em>Sn&oslash;hetta practices "the architecture of engagement," writes the late Ada Louise Huxtable. Need evidence? Locals, sunbathers, tourists, lovers, families, and everyone else can&rsquo;t resist the sloping roof of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet building on the Oslo harborfront. Sn&oslash;hetta aims to transform Times Square, one of the firm's many current projects, into a place both locals and tourists will enjoy by improving and expanding the pedestrian spaces of NYC&rsquo;s most famous crossroads. Be inspired by Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s mastery for bringing people together through design.</em></p> <p> 6:10pm: After a quick intro, CED takes the ...</p> Live Blog - Panel Discussion: Frontiers of Design Criticism Lian Chikako Chang 2013-09-18T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-25T13:05:08-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> I'm back at the GSD for a panel moderated by Shantel Blakely of Harvard GSD Public Programs called "Frontiers of Design Criticism." From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GSD website</a>:&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Today the feedback, spin, and other acts of interpretation that were once the preserve of historians and other experts are often virtual, instantaneous, and open to input from a broad audience. What does this mean? Mimi Zeiger, critic and journalist based in Los Angeles, will consider expanded models of architectural criticism and discursive platforms. Alexandra Lange, New York-based critic and 2014 Loeb Fellow, will explain why architects should use Twitter and Instagram to show their influences&mdash;what they read, the design pilgrimages they make, the colleagues they admire&mdash;not just to promote themselves. Florencia Rodriguez, editor of Plot (Buenos Aires) and 2014 Loeb Fellow, will explore the question of criticism's social or disciplinary responsibility; should it be &ldquo;useful&rdquo;? A discussion will follow, with GSD ...</em></p> Live Blog - Dorie Clark, "Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future" Lian Chikako Chang 2013-09-11T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T22:39:31-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> Fair warning: this one isn't architecture. I'm at a Harvard Alumni event--<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">author</a> and marketing, branding, and business strategy expert Dorie Clark is talking about "reinventing yourself." Clark is an alumnus of Harvard's Divinity School.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Clark opens with an anecdote about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joanne Chang</a>, a Harvard mathematics graduate who left her first career to bake cookies. She started by writing letters to all the top chefs in Boston, telling them that her background was in business consulting but that she wanted to cook, and that she was willing to work hard and start at the bottom. All the chefs eventually wrote her back, and she found her way in the industry, founding Myers + Chang and Flour Bakery in the Boston area.</p> <p> We have lots of connections, but their perceptions of us are 2-3 years out of date; this is a problem.</p> <p> We think of branding as a "phony" exercise. But (because of social media), we live in a world where it's not really possible to have a "phony" identity an...</p> Useless Architectures: Interview with 2013 SOM Prize Winner James Leng Lian Chikako Chang 2013-09-03T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-09-07T11:43:12-04:00 <p> <em>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM Prize</a> is an annual $50 000 fellowship allowing a recent graduate of an accredited American undergraduate or graduate program in architecture, urban design, or related fields to conduct research and travel for a project of their choice. The SOM Foundation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently announced James Leng</a>, who graduated from Harvard GSD with the MArch in May and who is currently a Project Designer at Michael Maltzan Architecture, as its 2013 winner.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> <em>I sat down with James (via text chat) to learn more about James&rsquo; project. Here&rsquo;s an edited transcript of our conversation.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> LC: First, congratulations!</p> <p> JL: Thanks!</p> <p> LC: Your proposal is called: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Useless Architectures: A Search for New Meanings After Obsolescence.&rdquo;</a> How did you come to this topic?</p> <p> JL: It was actually a distillation of several ideas that came together&mdash;when I was in the shower, of course. The starting point was an idea I had been exploring for a similar traveling fellowship proposal at the GSD. I wanted to look at modern inf...</p> Live Blog - Sylvia Lavin and Eric Owen Moss Lian Chikako Chang 2013-08-07T12:53:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:48:45-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> I'm in Los Angeles (yeah!) for an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a> board meeting and we thought we'd take in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sylvia Lavin and Eric Owen Moss at SCI-Arc.</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> SL: ...There are all of the different things that architects make and that we recognize as architecture in some way.&nbsp; And then, what are the different things that go into making an architect? So I'd like to ask you:&nbsp;What made you go into architecture?</p> <p> EOM: What one would answer to this is different when you're a kid, versus now. So the question is: today, is it what I thought it was back then?&nbsp; When I was a kid, my mom was a project manager, and at some point I was asked to write about what I wanted to so.<strong> She took me to Neutra's house and said 'this is an architect.' I found him to be a little stuffy and pretentious... But I thought: if you make a jail, you're exposed to [everything that has to do with a jail; and if you make a hospital, you're exposed to the whole world of medicine; and if you make a house, you're exposed to resident...</strong></p> Graduation: final post as a Harvard GSD M.Arch.I school blogger Lian Chikako Chang 2013-06-03T11:24:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T16:09:24-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> We graduated! Although I'll continue to blog and live blog when I can, this is my last post as a GSD M.Arch.I student.&nbsp;</p> <p> Graduation was hot and sweaty, with lots of waiting--but also incredibly exciting and gratifying to enjoy this final day with classmates, friends, and family.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> At breakfast at the GSD, we could see the procession of schools moving from building to building, picking up the graduates from each school along the way.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The procession.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Me with our Class Marshall Michael J. Smith! I am super proud and excited to share this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alpha Chi Rho medal</a> with Michael.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> With Trey Kirk and Drew Cowdrey, who won some ginormous design prize.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The architecture grads decorated our hats with blue houses, but Christin To went above and beyond to add a marauding rhino.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Harvard Yard during the morning exercises.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The audience fills the yard as well as the steps to Widener library.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Dean Mohsen Mostafavi presents the GSD's degree cand...</p> New Haven/Yale School of Architecture Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-24T12:55:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T18:15:47-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> I was in New Haven today, to interview Michelle Addington. I haven't been here since I was a prospective student, so it is somehow fitting to be back now that my M.Arch.I degree is done. It was also great to spend some time with Michelle, as her work is so interesting and her move from the Harvard to Yale was one thing that I lamented while signing on at the GSD. The results of the interview will have to wait until the next issue of<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchitectureBoston</a></em><em>, </em>but for now, some photos from around YSOA:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> All the lamps at 90 degrees!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Rudolph Hall.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Rudolph Hall. &lt;3</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Something awesome in YSOA's end of the year show.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Looks like some Neri Oxman! But it's not.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Yale's campus feels like another era.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> YSOA puts the light back into skylight.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Prices you would not find in Cambridge.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Project you would not find at the GSD.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">YSOA's patio. New Haven--at least around Yale's campus and East Rock--strikes me as picture-perfect with its mix of N...</p> Live Blog - John David Todd, "Sometimes alone. Mostly with others" (M.Arch.I thesis) Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-17T17:09:44-04:00 >2013-06-04T09:18:32-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> Last session of the day. John Todd, advised by Toshiko Mori.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 4:30: JT: "We live in a post-utopian world...Meaning is not created from a transcendent source but emerges from around us [through an immanence]...</p> <p> The idea of individual vs. collective is a false dialectic. We are not isolated subjects; we exist mostly outside ourselves. Tokyo is a city of "foam," in Peter Sloterdijk's terms; an aggregation of cells...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 4:48: Mimi Hoang: The result is curiously that of a commune or enclave. ...Or can it sneak itself more insiduously into the urban form?</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> JT: The intent was that around its contexts, the buildings change in height in relation to its surroundings. The housing around it acts as a buffer between the inside--the public space you stumble upon--and the outside.</p> <p> Emmanuel Petit: I think you haven't done Foam City, but Collage City...but a very formally interesting one at that.</p> <p> JT: The idea wasn't just to replicate Sloterdijk's idea of a city....</p> Live Blog - M.Arch.I thesis Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-17T16:36:04-04:00 >2013-05-23T19:31:54-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> Just a few scenes from the GSD this afternoon, our last day as M.Arch.I students...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Thanks for looking!</p> <p> Lian</p> Live Blog - Ceri Edmunds, "Consolidation: The suburban shopping mall as a paradigm of public space." Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-17T14:01:56-04:00 >2013-05-21T21:10:29-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> 1:10: Ceri Edmunds is presenting.</p> <p> "This project places the shopping mall into anatagonism with the suburban residential. This project seeks consolidation..."<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> At the bottom level are loading docks and parking; the loading docks service the three voids. Above this are the shopping layers, parks, and a mat layer of housing at the top layer. The park is mostly open to the air. <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> IR: On the one hand you started being critical of the mall space. How far have you challenged that vision?</p> <p> CE: Obviously it's kind of a legal issue and not only an architectural one. But my intention was to create an environment that was so unpalatable to be entirely privatized that it would create a precedent--</p> <p> WJ: You mean, financially unpalatable? Why couldn't it just be a gated community? To me, there's a lot of volume enclosed; why does the whole thing have to become architecture--why couldn't you just put a suburb on the shopping mall roof; that is, why do you need this to...</p> Live Blog - Trey Kirk, "King Country Courthouse - Seattle, Washington" Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-17T13:15:56-04:00 >2013-06-06T21:55:35-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> Okay, we're only an hour behind schedule.</p> <p> 12:00: Trey Kirk begins, describing Mies' seminal courtroom design, with a cell off of each courtroom; and a typology of courtrooms since then. In the internal programming for courtrooms, double-height courtrooms and single height judges' chambers often creates a great deal of vertical poch&eacute; space. The "worst culprit" is Vinoly's building, with five secure cores to keep prisoners from...from..</p> <p> Jeff Kipnis: from getting free--</p> <p> TK: from interacting with the public, yes.</p> <p> TK: If we go to Mies, he has two typological spaces; the thickened corridor and the main lobby which is the open space that is rarely activated. ...For a new construction, we still have the issue of the poch&eacute;, the 12' of nothing-space. The idea is [to stack the spaces differently and to allow different strategies that relate to each courtroom type--family, tax, criminal].</p> <p> ...So there's two games being played, the courthouse access and the distributed...</p> Live Blog - Drew Cowdrey, "Contemporary Asylum" (M.Arch.I Thesis Review) Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-17T11:19:32-04:00 >2013-05-21T21:14:27-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> 10:44: Drew begins.</p> <p> The focus here moves from the adaptation of self to the adjustment of nature...For centuries, architects have attempted to [cure] the self through what I'll term 'environmental modification.' In contrast there is biological modification, as in the film Equilibrium (2002), in which feelings are illegal and medicated against.&nbsp;</p> <p> With modernity, we turned closer to biological modification over environmental modification.</p> <p> ...For all this difference [in contemporary buildings], it just looks different. It's difference for difference's sake. The premise of my thesis is to find architectural agency...through a return to history. Before media, drugs, wifi, and modernity. I stumbled across the notion of the total institution--Erving Goffman wrote about it--prisons, monasteries.</p> <p> "Just a note--I'm going to say things that are obviously offensive today, but I'll be using the historic terminology..." Panoptic prisons, pavilion hospitals, Kirkbride Asyl...</p> Live Blog - Fareez Giga, "Nonsense" (M.Arch.I thesis review) Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-17T09:37:33-04:00 >2013-06-06T21:46:06-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> Second day of M.Arch.I thesis reviews at the GSD.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 9:30 am: Fareez Giga begins presenting "Nonsense." Advisor: P. Scott Cohen.</p> <p> "This all began with Lewis Carroll's <em>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.</em>" ...Reality is a construct, a fiction. To confront the real is to...understand this fiction.</p> <p> The project is based on the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; typically accessed by car. Fareez quotes Ada Louise Huxtable on the building:</p> <p> <em>The style of the Kennedy Center is Washington superscale, but just a little bit bigger. Albert Speer would have approved . . . What it has in size, it lacks in distinction. Its character is aggrandized posh. It is an embarrassment to have it stand as a symbol of American artistic achievement before the nation and the world. . . . The emperor, unfortunately, is wearing clothes. And the world is looking . . . The building is a national tragedy. It is a cross between a concrete candy box and a marble sarcophagus in which the art of archite...</em></p> Live Blog - Cathleen McGuigan, "Women and the Changing World of Architecture" Lian Chikako Chang 2013-05-10T19:41:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T02:30:19-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> Studio reviews are over at the GSD. I'm finishing up a few papers--my last school assignments <em>ever</em>--and helping some friends with thesis. I'm also excited for tonight's lecture, from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editor-in-chief at <em>Architectural Record</em>, Cathleen McGuigan.</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GSD website</a>: "Cathleen McGuigan...who is the second woman to serve as editor in chief, was named to the post in 2011. ...She also serves as editorial director of GreenSource, an award-winning sustainable design magazine launched in 2006, and SNAP, a products publication that debuted in 2009. ...McGuigan, a former Newsweek architecture critic and arts editor, has more than three decades of cultural journalism experience. A Michigan native, she holds a BA degree in English, with a minor in art history, from Brown University.&nbsp; In 1992-93, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.</p> <p> Besides her career at Newsweek, where she was on staff from 1977 to 2008, McGuigan has worked as a consulta...</p> Iñaki Ábalos appointed Chair of Architecture at Harvard GSD Lian Chikako Chang 2013-04-25T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T21:31:19-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> At long last, Jose Ignacio &Aacute;balos Vazquez has been announced as the incoming chair of architecture at the GSD. This has been widely rumored for over a year around school, but only now has been made official and public.</p> <p> The announcement was low-key and almost content-free: Dean Mohsen sent an email to the school this morning, asking us to meet with him in the "pit" for an announcement at 12:45. Dean Mohsen loves to set up these kinds of encounters, prioritizing intimacy and excitement over, say, seating, egress, and (though not a problem in the Pit) ventilation. But it was a quick, warm, and fun moment. (See <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my live blog from a small talk &Aacute;balos gave last semester</a>.)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">[Dean Mohsen]</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> [our incoming chair of architecture, I&ntilde;aki &Aacute;balos]</p> <p> From Dean Mohsen's follow-up email:</p> <p> "I am pleased to announce the appointment of I&ntilde;aki &Aacute;balos as Chair of the Department of Architecture as of July 1, 2013. As Professor in Residence of Architecture at the GSD, he leads option ...</p> Live Blog - Preston Scott Cohen, "Successive Architecture" Lian Chikako Chang 2013-04-23T18:41:00-04:00 >2013-04-25T12:44:48-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> We're in full Piper tonight for a historic event, the Walter Gropius Lecture, delivered by our Chair of Architecture, Preston Scott Cohen. [I'll add a link to the video when it's posted; this blog post is just the low-budget teaser for a must-watch blockbuster film.]</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> [Photo op with a succession: Gerald McCue, Harry Cobb, Rafael Moneo, Mack Scogin, Jorge Silvetti, Toshiko Mori, Preston Scott Cohen]</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">[Black on black on black]</p> <p> 6:41: Dean Mohsen calls things to order. "As you've already witnessed, this is an emotional occasion, a family occasion, a moment of intimacy and friendship's hard to make this introduction."</p> <p> "We just had a photo of the chairs of architecture. I'm of course delighted to be making this introduction, but also sad. Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald McCue Professor of Architecture, and we're honored that Gerry is also here. Scott was the first chair that I appointed here, and I've known him since...almost his student days. He m...</p> Live Blog - Techniques: James Carpenter and TriPyramid, "Extending Collaboration" Lian Chikako Chang 2013-04-08T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T21:32:18-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> I'm in Stubbins (a small room at the GSD) for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Carpenter</a> and Michael Mulhern, a founding partner at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TriPyramid Structures</a>. Martin Bechthold made the introductions.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> JC: "Michael just informed me that we've completed over 60 projects together."</p> <p> MM: We build widgets, at the end of the day. Not systems--curtain walls or anything--but purpose-built parts to solve specific problems. Often for architecture or also for [yachts and other industries]. It's a high level of engineering and fabrication: <strong>in 1996, someone would take $25k, roughly, to take a pound out of the top of a sailboat mast. </strong>But you'd lose that premium if the mast fell off, into the water.&nbsp; So we were working with those kinds of premiums, and when we moved to architecture, you dial it back a little, but at the same time remember those roots.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Projects like the glass cube at Apple, in New York, where there's almost no hardware, are difficult--which is where the teamwork comes in. People come ...</p> Live Blog - Rahul Mehrotra, KUMBH MELA: Mapping the Ephemeral City Lian Chikako Chang 2013-04-01T18:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-07T18:07:31-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect!</p> <p> Tonight's event is one that I've been (peripherally) involved in, as this project is one that we've been discussing in the context of an urban planning and design seminar that I'm taking led by Rahul Mehrotra, called "Kinetic City." (Full video available at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.) From the website:</p> <p> <em>The GSD Urban India project invites the community to participate of the event &ldquo;KUMBH MELA: Mapping the Ephemeral City. Presentation of a work in progress"...The presentation will include the many schools and teams from Harvard University that participated in the interdisciplinary mapping project at the Kumbh Mela 2013. Diana L. Eck (HDS), Gregg Greenough (HSPH), Satchit Balsari (HSPH), Tarun Khanna (HBS) and the GSD Urban India team led by Rahul Mehrotra (GSD)...</em></p> <p> <em>The research analyzes this ephemeral city from different perspectives. Being the biggest public gathering in the world , the Kumbh Mela deploys a pop-up city comprising of roads, pontoon bridges, tents of different sizes and...</em></p> PETITION: Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Prize Lian Chikako Chang 2013-04-01T16:47:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T19:48:01-04:00 <p> Hi Archinect,</p> <p> You might have seen that Denise Scott Brown has asked to be recognized by the Pritzker committee. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dezeen</a> reports,</p> <p> "At the time the prize was awarded, Scott Brown had been a partner at the couple's practice Venturi Scott Brown and Associates for 22 years and had co-authored with Venturi the seminal 1970s text Learning From Las Vegas, which celebrated the garish iconography of the city's sprawling strip and confirmed the pair as leading theorists of postmodernism."</p> <p> Denise Scott Brown is quoted there as saying:</p> <p> "There are as many women as men in the early stages of architectural practice, but as they move up the ladder, the glass ceiling really hits."</p> <p> "I say to young women today, don&rsquo;t cast out your feminist awareness. When the glass ceiling hits you, you will think it is your fault unless you know a bit about feminism, and it will destroy you."</p> <p> Some of my GSD colleagues, headed up by Arielle Assouline-Lichten, have started a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">petition at</a> to sup...</p>