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Nicholas Korody

Nicholas Korody

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Writer and visual artist living in Los Angeles. I am interested in the margins of architecture, in particular its intersections with art, politics, and ecology. Get in touch: nicholas@archinect.com

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Nicholas's Featured Articles on Archinect

Getting in the mood for One-Night Stand LA #2: the Rendezvous, Sat, Apr 30 '16

One balmy Los Angeles night last spring, throngs of architecture aficionados descended on a dingbat motel in the MacArthur Park area for what was billed, alongside amatory promotional material, as a "One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture." For a single evening, the trysting place was ...

Getting in the mood for One-Night Stand LA #2: the Rendezvous
 

The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com, Tue, Apr 26 '16

“If you do your job right then no one will notice,” it’s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult ...

The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com
 

Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine , Fri, Apr 22 '16

It’s among the worst clichés of architectural writing: towers are phallic; stadiums (or just any project by a certain recently-deceased icon) are vulval. But what about when the architects themselves describe their project in genital terms? And, in particular, when they take ...

Screen/Print #41:
 

The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?, Wed, Apr 6 '16

The question of internships frames something of a litmus test in architecture – although they tend to indicate more about the hiring firm than the hire. Exploited labor or necessary rite-of-passage? It’s a debate that’s been raging for decades almost exclusively through this ...

The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?
 

Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture, Wed, Mar 30 '16

Before the Industrial Revolution, if you wanted a new piece of furniture, you’d go to your local carpenter. Today, you’re more likely to buy a chair that’s made of Brazilian wood, designed by a Swede, and manufactured in China than one with even a single locally-produced nail ...

Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture
 

Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter, Tue, Mar 22 '16

ZeroHome, a project by the Tel Aviv-based studio Geotectura, is a house built entirely from waste – but you wouldn’t necessarily suspect it from looking at its sharp, angular form.

Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter
 

Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work, Fri, Mar 18 '16

“A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells,” writes Karl Marx in Das Kapital, likely the most direct invocation of architecture in his influential, and controversial, writings. “But ...

Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work
 

Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects, Fri, Mar 11 '16

“How you design a building directly is ecological awareness,” states Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. “And your design is a game that will inculcate all kinds of ecological awareness. So realize that and act accordingly...”

Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects
 

Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida , Wed, Mar 2 '16

Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.In this installment, we're talking with Jader Almeida, a Brazilian furniture and product designer.Are you an architect working out of the ...

Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida
 

A sheet of plastic, a few screws, and five minutes are all it takes to assemble one of these "darling" stackable chairs, Tue, Mar 1 '16

IKEA may be the main peddler of assemble-it-yourself furniture, but, as many disgruntled college students would attest, their designs are often less-than-easy to realize. The "Thermoplastic Darling Stackable Chair", on the other hand, requires just one sheet of pre-scored polypropylene ...

A sheet of plastic, a few screws, and five minutes are all it takes to assemble one of these
 

Innovation with a heart: Guto Requena's technological and emotional designs, Sat, Feb 27 '16

Imagine “technology". What comes to mind? A robot? An iPhone? A self-driving car? Whatever the case, chances are it’s an object that feels pretty cold and provokes little emotion.

Innovation with a heart: Guto Requena's technological and emotional designs
 

Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store, Tue, Feb 23 '16

Google “art vs design” and you’ll find a slew of fairly common sense diagrams and articles. “Good art is a talent”, stipulates one, while “good design is a skill”. Or, similarly, “good art is interpreted”, whereas “good design is ...

Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store
 

Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2, Wed, Feb 17 '16

In the high-gloss landscape of design magazines, all tables have been wiped clean. But in practice, things get messy: our desks are cluttered, our kitchens are flecked with sauce, our careers take form or falter as we finger the seams in the Formica. In this issue of Dirty Furniture, the second in ...

Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's
 

Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness, Mon, Feb 8 '16

Waka Waka is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by the Japanese-born designer Shinichiro Okuda. Taking a minimal approach softened with a bit of humor, the studio’s striking, handmade plywood furniture has a distinct and contemporary look.

Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness
 

A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque, Wed, Feb 3 '16

Soft Baroque, the London-based design studio founded by Saša Štucin and Nicholas Gardner, has made pretty significant ripples in the design world for a practice just barely two years old. Their strange but visually-delightful furniture functions both online and offline, incorporates ...

A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque
 

This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site, Tue, Jan 26 '16

Decades of sci-fi movies have made it hard to imagine a future without augmented reality. Yet besides the largely fizzled-out promise of Google Glass, little headway seems to have been made integrating digitally-enhanced vision into everyday life. That might be about to change, at least according ...

This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site
 

Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group, Mon, Jan 25 '16

“We took all the 911 phone calls – because this is all we know, I mean everyone is conjecturing and everything, but this is all we know – and we animated them,” explained Michael Licht, co-founder and executive producer for the Emblematic Group, sitting in his Santa Monica ...

Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group
 

Designing for horses with history: the new stables of Dyrehaven park by Bertelsen & Scheving, Wed, Jan 20 '16

Just to the north of Copenhagen, the Dyrehaven – “deer park” – shelters exactly what its name suggests: sizeable populations of red and fallow deer who roam freely across its 4.2 square miles of ancient oaks. Alongside its namesake animal population, the park is also ...

Designing for horses with history: the new stables of Dyrehaven park by Bertelsen & Scheving
 

Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up, Thu, Jan 14 '16

What to make of this year’s Pritzker Prize awarding? With today’s announcement, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has secured his place within the upper echelon of the architecture community. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be his big year: he’s curating this summer’s ...

Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up
 

Screen/Print #39: "Pleasure" from PennDesign's LA+, Thu, Jan 7 '16

In an era marked by ecological crisis, the figure of the landscape architect can assume an austere, if not downright sanctimonious, stance. Like some contemporary prophet, the landscape architect calls for repentance, moderation, and preparation – a voice in the wilderness of our apparently ...

Screen/Print #39:
 

Towards a decentralized architecture with FOAM + the Blockchain , Wed, Dec 9 '15

Decentralized computation, virtual machines, cryptocurrencies: these terms seem to linger in shadows, conjuring abstract images of the “dark” web that lurks beneath the glossy surface of the screen. Architecture may be becoming “smart,” but we still perceive its domain to ...

Towards a decentralized architecture with FOAM + the Blockchain
 

Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of "The Geological Imagination" and "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform", Thu, Dec 3 '15

Jim Inhofe, the senior Senator from Oklahoma, resumed chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in early 2015, following an eight year hiatus. Shortly after, he stood on the Senate floor holding a snowball sealed in a plastic bag. "In case we have forgotten, because ...

Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of
 

Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit, Wed, Nov 25 '15

"I'm always looking at things and taking them at face value," said Mike Nesbit, a Los Angeles-based architect and artist, as he leaned over the table and grabbed an empty glass to use as illustration. He turned the glass over in his hands several times causing the reflection of an overhead light ...

Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit
 

And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are..., Wed, Sep 16 '15

Even with an epic El Niño expected to appear on the horizon, California remains locked in its severe and historic drought. But while water may be scarce in the country's largest economy, provocative and thoughtful submissions to Archinect's Dry Futures competition weren't.

And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition,
 

Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić, Thu, Aug 20 '15

We’re perched high above Santiago de Chile in an unassuming meeting room, near the top of a nondescript office tower at the base of the famous San Cristóbal hill. Visually-speaking, we’re as far away from the architecture of Smiljan Radić as possible. There are no boulders or ...

Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić
 

As COSMO gets ready to 'Warm Up,' we sit down with Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation, Sun, Jun 21 '15

This Tuesday, the eagerly-awaited, annual Warm Up series of concerts and events will launch beneath the orbicular forms of COSMO, the winning entry of this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program competition. Designed by Andrés Jacque / the Office for Political ...

As COSMO gets ready to 'Warm Up,' we sit down with Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation
 

One-Night Stand LA titillates, but leaves you wanting more, Sat, May 23 '15

For an event modeled after that type of sexual encounter usually associated with spontaneity and non-commitment, there sure was a lot of hype leading up to "A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture" (One-Night Stand LA). On Instagram and IRL, a veritable fury of buzz surrounded ...

One-Night Stand LA titillates, but leaves you wanting more
 

Art + Architecture: Andreas Angelidakis between the monumental and the particular, Tue, May 12 '15

Buoyantly imaginative yet grounded by a commitment to sociopolitical realism, the work of the Greek-born architect Andreas Angelidakis defies categorization. In fact, while he was trained as an architect at SCI-Arc, Angelidakis' work is perhaps better known in contemporary art circles ...

Art + Architecture: Andreas Angelidakis between the monumental and the particular
 

Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone, Thu, May 7 '15

This is the third installment of the recurring feature Architecture of the Anthropocene, which explores the implications of the Anthropocene thesis for architecture. The Anthropocene is a contested name for "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered ...

Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone
 

Between Sampling and Dowsing: Field Notes from GRNASFCK, Thu, Apr 30 '15

In case the name didn’t tip you off, let it be said that GRNASFCK is not your average landscape architecture studio. Whether producing disjointed travelogues in Celebration, Florida or organizing rallies for extremophile bacteria in San Francisco, GRNASFCK operates almost like an industrial ...

Between Sampling and Dowsing: Field Notes from GRNASFCK
 

Ghosts of Schindler's past haunt Renee Green's MAK Center exhibition, Tue, Mar 24 '15

Where does an encounter with a work of architecture begin? There is the building as it first emerges on the horizon. Then the series of connected moments as you approach, that, like in a film, change according to variables of speed and distance, of the position of the subject in relation to the ...

Ghosts of Schindler's past haunt Renee Green's MAK Center exhibition
 

Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp, Fri, Mar 13 '15

"The easiest way to grasp what we do and to understand our mission is that we're a contemporary art museum without walls," explained Laura Hyatt, development director of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), an LA-based organization dedicated to facilitating public art projects ...

Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp
 

The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture #2, Fri, Jan 16 '15

Do you know anyone who is not a debtor, at least in some sense? The idea is practically unthinkable. To participate in modern life, one must take on debt: credit cards, housing loans, medical bills, education. Even cash is a form of debt, albeit normalized to the point that we no longer think of ...

The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture #2
 

White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair, Tue, Jan 13 '15

In his 1942 short story “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges describes a universe consisting of a potentially infinite library of adjacent hexagonal rooms. Convinced that the library contains every imaginable ordering of twenty-five orthographic symbols, the inhabitants of this ...

White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair
 

Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories, Tue, Nov 25 '14

In horror fiction, a house is usually haunted in one of two ways: either a building is inhabited by the ghosts of dead humans, or the structure itself is animated by a strange, non-human life. Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher,” an influential ...

Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories
 

Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Fri, Nov 21 '14

The billowing wood panels of the concert hall imploded before my eyes, as if physically ripped apart by the thundering crescendos of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. One moment the massive organ was radically disfigured to the point of unrecognizability; the next, its forms re-emerged beneath ...

Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall
 

The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture, Mon, Nov 3 '14

In the United States, around 40 million people currently hold student debt. This is a population that is greater than that of many countries. While, over the last 14 years, the average salary for young people has decreased by 10%, student debt has increased by nearly 500%.  For most ...

The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture
 

Zaha Hadid Keeps it Light at ACADIA 2014 Conference, Fri, Oct 31 '14

If you didn’t know better, it would be easy to mistake the eager faces populating the swarming mass of ticket lines outside of Bovard Auditorium at USC as the fans of a pop icon instead of the prolific, controversial ‘starchitect’ Zaha Hadid. Behind us, students were being interviewed by ...

Zaha Hadid Keeps it Light at ACADIA 2014 Conference
 

Art + Architecture: Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli in the Gaps Between Buildings, Fri, Oct 17 '14

Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli are artists who live and work in London. We met last year and have remained in contact through email since then, exchanging periodic updates and continuing our fragmentary, rambling conversations over shared interests (and confusions) regarding the contemporary urban ...

Art + Architecture: Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli in the Gaps Between Buildings
 

Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1, Mon, Sep 29 '14

“Hurricane Kyle is tracking way off shore, but still Miami South Beach is underwater,” reports Sam Champion of the Weather Channel beneath a shifting, computer-generated dome. On the ground, storm tracker Jim Cantore, with the aid of a hovering drone, analyzes the surging tides that have ...

Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1
 

Factory Berlin, a New Tech Incubator, Emerges from the Ruins of the Berlin Wall, Mon, Sep 15 '14

The archives of the New York Times testify to the euphoria that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. An article entitled “The End of the War to End Wars” reads: “Crowds of young Germans danced on top of the hated Berlin wall Thursday night. They danced for ...

Factory Berlin, a New Tech Incubator, Emerges from the Ruins of the Berlin Wall
 

Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam, Thu, Aug 28 '14

Water has become a central focus for both the Islamic State and its combatants in the current struggle being waged over the large geographic area of northern Iraq and southern Syria. Previously overshadowed by the conflicts in Gaza and Crimea, the rapid emergence and expansion of the Islamic ...

Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam
 

Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects, Tue, Aug 19 '14

Bruno Zhu’s work, contained in self-published books but also posted on social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram, captures accidental sculptures and fleeting moments as he wanders cities. Instead of vast landscapes, urban environments are portrayed through intimate encounters with ...

Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects
 

Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal, Wed, Aug 13 '14

In a recent episode of the Comedy Central show Broad City, protagonists Ilana and Abbi find themselves the inadvertent hosts of a hurricane party. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, such impromptu events – a tradition in the American South in which people who cannot (or will not) ...

Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal
 

Architectures of the Disaster, Wed, Jul 30 '14

45.2 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number accords with the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees articulation of a refugee as: an individual who has fled their country ...

Architectures of the Disaster
 

Art + Architecture: an interview with Lagos documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, Wed, Jul 16 '14

Several weeks ago, we featured Bregtje van der Haak's interactive documentary, Lagos Close and Wide: an Interactive Journey into an Exploding City, originally released as a DVD in 2004 and now available online. The project emerged from van der Haak's 2001 trip to ...

Art + Architecture: an interview with Lagos documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak
 

Art + Architecture: Schumacher vs. Post-Net, Wed, Jul 9 '14

In some architecture circles, hating on Patrik Shumacher’s “parametricism” is like hating on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”. It signals a basic shared understanding that, among many other things, artistic professions are not removed from politics, that their ...

Art + Architecture: Schumacher vs. Post-Net
 

The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar , Fri, Jun 27 '14

No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based Lane Barden with a geo-mapping project ...

The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar
 

Employment 

Archinect, Editorial writer

Jun 2014 - current
 

Education 

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, US, Bachelors, Urban Studies

Sep 2009 - May 2013
 


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