Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016
These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 – 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:One student's solution to the... View full entry
Open Call : MASKS the Journal // FAUX FAMI(lies)
MASKS is an independent journal of dissimulation in art | architecture | design founded in 2015 by Clemens Finkelstein and Anthony Morey while being graduate students in the History and Philosophy of Design at Harvard University.Faux Families exploits our insatiable longing... View full entry
Editor's Picks #386
Sean Smith continues his series, in which three architects discuss their transition from student to professional. Therein, Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon makes the point that much of running a firm is about finding work; "In school everyone wants to be designers and have their own practice... View full entry
Joanna Warsza Curates Architecture Between East and West
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.
When does the architecture begin?
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.
Kenneth Frampton to receive Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
Architecture critic, historian, and professor Kenneth Frampton was named as the 2013 laureate for the Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award on Dec. 15. The award recognizes a person or practice whose work and ideas have had a lasting influence on architectural theory and practice today... View full entry
Editor's Picks #332
Orhan Ayyüce 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"...
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg interviewed architectural photographer Bilyana Dimitrova, formerly Metropolis Magazine’s photo editor. The two discussed Architecture Photography in the 21st Century ahead of the exhibition 'Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and... View full entry
Project 1984: What About the Possibility of a Kynical Architecture?
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. -Dejan Sudjic, The Edifice Complex The fully... View full entry
Drawing Architecture - Conversation with Perry Kulper
If “action painting” is produced by the dynamics of dripping, smearing, and sweeping brushstrokes of paint to reveal the complex character of abstract art, then “action drawing” would be something like juxtaposing lines, planes, volumes, typographical elements... View full entry
What About the Last Suprematist? 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... View full entry
Hard-Core: characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something.  Manifesto 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... View full entry
WAIzine 2 Coming Soon (Reserve your copy!)
What About It? Part 2 to be released on July 7, 2012 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: Simona Rota (Madrid) Zhang Ke / standardarchitecture (Beijing) Bernd... View full entry
Megastructures are the Shopping Malls of the Avant-Garde
What About ideal cities, and counter revolutionary master plans? Avant-Garde 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... View full entry
The Shapes of Hardcore Architecture
hard–core adj \-ˈkȯr\ 1: a : of, relating to, or being part of a hard core 2: of pornography : containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts 3: characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something Modernism Modern Architecture was a... View full entry
Alien, Immigrant, Refugee: The Architecture of Hospitality
Passage across a border wrenches us from a space of citizenship — where our individual being is cloaked in layers of legal protection — 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.
— Places Journal
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... View full entry