Museum at the front line: One-to-One #33 with Dora Epstein Jones, executive director of the A+D Museum
Dora Epstein Jones is the newly minted executive director of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. With a doctorate in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism from UCLA, Epstein Jones came to A+D after nearly 15 years at SCI-Arc, where she led the coordination of humanities... View full entry
Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game
Architect Jose Sanchez is the co-creator of Block'hood, a city-building computer game that runs on real city data. Under his practice, plethora-project (covering architecture and indie game development), he focuses on how play can initiate design practice. In Block’hood, players build cities... View full entry
Kanye West has ambitions to design for Ikea; run for President in 2020
Famous rapper, fashion designer, husband of Kim Kardashian West and incorrigible enfant terrible Kanye West announced his desire to design for Ikea in a recent interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1."I have to work with Ikea—make furniture for interior design, for architecture," he told... View full entry
LeRoy's Ark: LeRoy Troyer, the architect behind the Noah's Ark replica at Ark Encounter, Kentucky's new biblical theme park, on One-to-One #31
The Genesis-sized replica of Noah's Ark is just the beginning of Ark Encounter, Kentucky's new biblical theme park managed by the Christian apologist ministry, Answers in Genesis. Troyer Group are the architects behind the ark, with president and chair LeRoy Troyer as the lead architect.I spoke... View full entry
Barbara Bestor on the Jamba Juice “Innovation Bar” she redesigned in Pasadena
Usually, you go to these fast casual things and you're in and out in a minute...In all of the commercial projects that we do, the reason that we do them and the reason that we probably get hired to do them is that we are interested in this idea of making a joyous space for everyday activities...
It's not so much about the brand name being reinforced everywhere as much as it is to provide this urban amenity living room.
— Barbara Bestor, on KPCC
Most people don't rave about the interior design in the average Jamba Juice. But Barbara Bestor and her practice might have changed that in the expanded Old Town Pasadena location they recently revamped. Bestor chats with KPCC's Alex Cohen in this 8-minute conversation about the new “Innovation... View full entry
Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'
In the late 1950s, some of the world's most prominent architects gathered in Berkeley, California, to take part in a landmark psychological experiment on creativity and personality. Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra, William Pereira and dozens of other architects were put through a... View full entry
Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', on One-to-One #28
Architecture writer and historian Hugh Howard has written many books on American architecture, telling stories that meld design and cultural history together in highly accessible and humanistic ways.His latest book, Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, tracks the... View full entry
The Mountaineers: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Snøhetta on One-to-One #27
Elaine Molinar joined founding partner Craig Dykers at Snøhetta's very beginning, when they won their first competition for the Alexandria Library in 1989. Since then, the firm has grown true to its mountainous namesake, expanding to four offices worldwide and winning pivotal cultural projects in... View full entry
Casing the joint: Geoff Manaugh discusses his latest book, "A Burglar's Guide to the City" on One-to-One #26
Writer and BLDGBLOG founder Geoff Manaugh's latest book, A Burglar's Guide to the City, isn't just a set of case studies on bank vaults and getaway routes—it's a dialectic for public and private space. It’s definitely the first book I’ve come across classified jointly under... View full entry
Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."
I’m not so critical about New York, because they have this very firm grid-pattern. Even the newer buildings are lined up on good streets. If you stand in front of the Empire State Building, you can’t really guess how tall it is, because it meets the street in a friendly way. [...] It’s not so important how high the building is, or how much it looks like a perfume bottle, it’s more important how it interacts with the city.
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The Experienced: Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith, editors of "20 Over 80: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design" on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #24
20 over 80: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design is the antidote to those breathless, over-hyped lists you’ve seen, trying to predict which baby-faced youngster will be the next big thing in their creative practice. A compilation of unique interviews with such greats as Milton... View full entry
What comes next in the "Third Los Angeles"?
We’re facing climate change, and our attitude about the natural world, natural resources has changed. What’s really come to an end is this kind of frontier mentality about the city—this idea of infinite growth and infinite expansion, and that the way to study the city is to look at the edges, where it’s gobbling up new territory. [...]
This idea that we can grow our way out of any problem and that we’re always a city that’s expanding and finding or even colonizing new territory—that has ended.
— LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne – boomcalifornia.com
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Dismantled Models: Amale Andraos on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #21
We last spoke with Amale Andraos for our Deans List series, a year after she succeeded Mark Wigley as dean of Columbia University's GSAPP. Since 2011 at GSAPP, before her deanship began, Andraos has led various research studios and seminars around "Architecture and Representation: The Arab... View full entry
Office Space: Clive Wilkinson on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #20
Shortly after starting out in Frank Gehry's office in the early 1990s, Clive Wilkinson founded his own firm in Los Angeles, and has since designed far-reaching workspaces for such big-name clients as Google, the BBC, 20th Century Fox and Microsoft. I spoke with Clive about the evolution from... View full entry
Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern
[Yale students:] Why do you think architecture is important, and who do you think it serves, other than the golf players? (laughter)
[Stern:] Architecture is everything about the man made environment. Some of it achieves the level of high art, some of it is good solid meat and potatoes, which is very important after all. You don’t want to sit down to a dinner of foie gras every day in the week. Sometimes you want to have bangers and mash. [...]
Architecture is an art—high and low.
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