Archinect - Features 2021-10-27T19:57:08-04:00 Architecture Gets Psychosocial, Socioracial & Sociospatial: A Conversation with Todd Brown, UT Austin's 2021–2023 Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow​​ Katherine Guimapang 2021-10-22T14:28:00-04:00 >2021-10-27T11:46:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Fellowship</a>&nbsp;opportunities provide design professionals with a bridge to explore and expand their research in an academic environment. Educational institutions have increased their fellowship opportunities for students, graduates, and emerging design professionals. Within these past few years, there has been a distinct push for more social justice, race, and gender-focused fellowships and their relationship to the built environment.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fellow Fellows</em></a>&nbsp;is a series that focuses on the role&nbsp;fellowships&nbsp;play in architecture academia by connecting with the fellows themselves. For this iteration of Archinect's Fellow Fellows series, we connected with Todd Brown as he embarks on his new role as the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">University of Texas Austin</a>'s 2021&ndash;2023 Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brown dives into his eclectic academic background that combines a series of disciplines that are often seen as separate approaches intertwining later in practice. After receiving his Master of Public Health and la...</p> In With the Old: The Los Angeles Conservancy’s Adrian Scott-Fine on the Past, Present, and Future of Conservation Work in L.A. Josh Niland 2021-10-14T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-10-14T17:58:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Los Angeles, a city that is perhaps the most filmed, <a href="" target="_blank">photographed</a>, and<a href="" target="_blank"> written about</a> metropolitan area in modern history, has been at the center of public discourse surrounding the typical array of conservation issues in the past few years as more and more of the <a href="" target="_blank">former Spanish Pueblo</a> falls victim to <a href="" target="_blank">development schemes</a> and the pressure to modernize.</p> <p>Now, as the city stands poised for an unprecedented decade of changes in which it will play host to the 2028 Olympic Games, the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Conservancy</a>&rsquo;s Adrian Scott-Fine sits down with Archinect for a conversation about some of the challenges,<a href="" target="_blank"> recent developments</a>, and contriving dilemmas facing conservationists in the City of Angels.</p> <p>A former Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Scott-Fine shares his thoughts on the group&rsquo;s efforts and upcoming projects in this exclusive interview.</p> SCI-Arc Graduate and 2021 Gehry Prize Winner Proposes New Perspectives Between City Structures and Augmented Reality Holograms ​ Katherine Guimapang 2021-10-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-10-15T14:31:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with Archinect's commitment to highlighting students and their academic work, we connected with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>&nbsp;M.Arch II graduate <a href="" target="_blank">Burak Celik</a>. As the 2021&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Gehry Prize</a>&nbsp;Winner for best thesis, Celik talks to us about his project <em>"Super&bull;positioning."</em> He uses Los Angeles as a backdrop for exploring architecture and its relationship between digital and analog, reality and speculation, and how the use of superpositioning allowed him to question other architectural perspectives. The word superposition&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">is defined as</a>&nbsp;"the placement of one thing above or on top of another" and "the combination of two distinct physical phenomena of the same type (such as spin or wavelength) so that they coexist as part of the same event." Celik uses this as the basis for thesis exploration.</p> <p>"Today's digital culture would be embraced by architects not only as a means of software and tools but also as a complete architectural experience by the viewer," Celik explains and continues by sharing: "Through superp...</p> Bridging Research and Real Estate: MIT's Center for Real Estate Offers a Master's Program That Balances Theory and Practice Katherine Guimapang 2021-10-11T13:05:00-04:00 >2021-10-11T13:05:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Pursuing a Master's program is no simple feat. Besides finding the right program and weighing its financial costs, choosing a graduate program also requires time. With plenty of traditional Master of Architecture programs,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MIT</a>&nbsp;and its&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Center for Real Estate</a>&nbsp;offer a unique one-year&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Master of Science program in Real Estate Development (MSRED)</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This intensive graduate program provides a comprehensive approach to traditional real estate and MBA programs. The Center prides itself in preparing its students to "compete in the global market with superior qualifications &mdash; providing the research-based expertise necessary to solve complex problems in contemporary real estate." Its 33-year history not only investigates real estate as a practice but also brings a multidisciplinary approach to the field from "design and development to construction, management, finance, and law."</p> <p>To provide more insight into the program, we connected with MIT's Center for Real Estate to learn more.</p>... The Great Chicago Fire at 150: Architectural Historian Jerry Larson Weighs in on Myths Surrounding the Architectural Changes it Brought to the City Josh Niland 2021-10-08T18:32:00-04:00 >2021-10-08T18:32:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Today, October 8th, 2021, marks the <a href="" target="_blank">sesquicentennial anniversary</a> of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The three-day blaze, which killed an estimated 300 people and destroyed over 17,000 structures, is said to have been a <a href="" target="_blank">catalyst</a> in the history of modern design, sparking, as a direct result of the &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">blank slate</a>&rdquo; that was created, a revolution in the uses of different building methods, materials, and urban planning strategies around the city. From this, many of us learned, a direct line can be drawn connecting a variety of the changes that took place inside of Chicago thereafter with some of the architectural trends that shaped the development of modern cities through the end of the 20th century.&nbsp;</p> <p>As convenient as this narrative is, it remains amongst the more dated that are still being routinely taught in design curriculums across the country. Today, we will reexamine the impacts the fire has (and has not) made using a simple two-question prompt: How has the event been misconceptualize...</p> Jay McCafferty Studio by Coy Howard; An Architecture of Seashells and Gold Orhan Ayyüce 2021-10-06T12:52:00-04:00 >2021-10-10T06:54:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This is an article about a structure and the people who commissioned and designed it. The building was to be a studio, during construction it became an inspiration for Jay McCafferty to hold on to life longer, and at the end when he died, the place was just finished enough for him to see and appreciate. It has since become a sanctuary for his art and a place to burn his presence in this world. All his friends, including me, will remember it as such.</p> The Architect's Power in Tomorrow's Energy Infrastructure Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-10-04T14:35:00-04:00 >2021-10-10T06:54:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The architecture of energy systems is undergoing a renaissance. As our ability to generate, consume, and store energy in a clean, sustainable way continues to accelerate, spurred by a heightened awareness of <a href="" target="_blank">climate change</a>, architects are steadily sculpting a new architecture to celebrate, showcase, and interweave these new technologies into the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>To explore this new architecture of energy infrastructure, we spoke with two prominent architecture firms, <a href="" target="_blank">AL_A</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">C.F. M&oslash;ller Architects</a>, both of whom have recently overseen the design of energy schemes that prioritize transparency,&nbsp;interaction, and a contemporary architectural flare. In addition to exploring the design process of energy infrastructure, we reflect on future possibilities for the energy typology and the role that architecture studios large and small can play in shaping it.</p> Transforming Climate Pessimism Into Resilient Design Action Alex Morales, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, LEED Green Assoc. 2021-10-01T08:48:00-04:00 >2021-10-27T12:12:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Like in so many places across the US, summer of 2021 was announced by the symphonic celebration of cicadas that, for seventeen long years, were patiently colluding within the earth&rsquo;s caverns before proclaiming their virtuosity in our parks and green spaces. The cicadas that have made so much noise, literally with their raucous reaching up to 100 decibels, and figuratively as they managed to capture a sensational buzz across various news media, are part of the largest generation of periodic cicadas known as Brood X. The next time we will see these winged torpedoes will be in 2038. By then, the world will look very different.</p> Exhibit Columbus' 2021 University Design Fellows Bring Architecture Research to Life in the Midwest Katherine Guimapang 2021-09-30T15:35:00-04:00 >2021-10-10T06:54:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the past several months, a small, Midwestern city located "in the middle" of the country has taken the architecture world by storm. Since the opening of <a href="" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a>&nbsp;this past March, the exhibition team, designers, and curatorial duo <a href="" target="_blank">Mimi Zeiger and Iker Gil</a> have created an immersive, in-person experience teeming with work that embodies the past, present, and future of Midwestern architecture, research, and discourse.</p> <p>As media partners, Archinect has conducted several <a href="" target="_blank">interviews where we dive into the minds of the Exhibition's talented designers</a>. We've learned how they've pushed the boundaries of site-specific architectural exhibitions and how they evoke moments of reflection and pride for cities in the Midwest.</p> <p>In preparation for Exhibit Columbus' upcoming event,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Mapping the Middle: Design Research Conversations</em></a><em>,&nbsp;</em>we were given access to dive into the projects of this year's seven <a href="" target="_blank">University Design Research Fellows</a>. The Exhibit Columbus team shared that this new colloquium i...</p> RISD Interior Architecture Graduate Students Utilize Adaptive Reuse Principles and a 3D Immersive Experience to Reimagine a More Accessible Pell Bridge​ Katherine Guimapang 2021-09-30T08:08:00-04:00 >2021-10-10T06:54:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The case for increased accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists is an ongoing topic. While public access and mobility within urban landscapes also involve factors relating to public policy and urban planning, eight students from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">RISD's Interior Architecture (RISD Int|AR)</a>&nbsp;were presented with a challenge to address ways an iconic bridge in Rhode Island could be improved.&nbsp;</p> <p>For their project "Crossing the Pell," a group of graduate students has developed a design proposal that brings attention to pedestrian and cyclist pathways to Pell Bridge, an iconic suspension bridge connecting Newport and Jamestown, RI.</p> <p>"<a href="" target="_blank">Crossing the Pell</a>" is merely one of the many projects produced by students from RISD's Int|AR program that aims to elevate the use and application of adaptive reuse techniques and community engagement. To learn more about this work, Archinect explores the project and the immersive in-person exhibition that took place in August.</p> Archinect Survey Results: Did the Architecture Community Return to the Office this Summer? Alexander Walter 2021-09-29T12:40:00-04:00 >2021-09-30T15:06:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As we enter the 19th month of this COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that the only certainty we have gained so far is that nothing is certain. Earlier this year, as vaccine protection became increasingly available for the United States, we asked the architecture and design community about their return to office plans, and the <a href="" target="_blank">survey results published in March</a> reflected notions of transition, flexibility, and a justified hope for a return to normalcy.</p> <p>To follow up on these initial responses, we <a href="" target="_blank">reached out to our readers</a> again to see how the expansion of the vaccine program and the emergence of the Delta variant virus in recent months have shaped the working conditions for millions of architecture and design professionals.</p> Perceptions of Safety: Weronika Zdziarska Questions Urban Design and Its Impact on Gender-Based Violence Experienced by Women in Cities Katherine Guimapang 2021-09-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2021-09-29T13:58:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How safe can one feel in a city? To be more specific, how safe do women feel in the city? While discourse around public space and the perceptions of women's safety in urban and rural areas have been an ongoing topic, one student utilized her appointment as the <a href="" target="_blank">2021&nbsp;RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship recipient</a>&nbsp;to expand on these issues. Weronika Zdziarska's research proposal, "<em>Don't&nbsp;Stay Out Alone: Addressing women's perception of safety and freedom in cities by design," </em>focuses&nbsp;on urban safety and how better design strategies benefit the well-being of women as well as others. She adds, "special attention is devoted to design solutions that successfully evoke the sensation of safety and freedom."&nbsp;</p> <p>Zdziarska explains the reason for her research stemmed from conditioning women around the world are all too familiar with when it comes to public spaces and cities. During our interview, she shared that her intention was to explore a topic important to her. She dives into her own exp...</p> Can a Building Dream, Learn, and Hallucinate? A Conversation with Refik Anadol Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-09-24T12:43:00-04:00 >2021-09-25T12:33:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Refik Anadol</a> has carved an eclectic career, rich with confluences. His work blurs the boundaries between art and science, the visible and invisible, the operational and emotional, the fleeting and permanent. The composition of this studio further demonstrates this confluence; housing artists, architects, data scientists, and researchers, drawn from 10 countries and fluent in 14 languages. Since establishing Refik Anadol Studio in 2014, the Istanbul-born artist has produced a litany of projects that celebrate, and define, the aesthetics of <a href="" target="_blank">data and machine intelligence</a>, from his <a href="" target="_blank">installation at Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall</a> in 2018 to his Sense of Space exhibition at the <a href="" target="_blank">2021 Venice Biennale</a>.</p> <p>Archinect&rsquo;s Niall Patrick Walsh spoke with Anadol in September 2021 at an exciting time for the artist: not only during his ongoing project at the Venice Biennale, but also on the eve of his latest milestone: a <a href="" target="_blank">first-of-its-kind NFT project</a> to be auctioned by Sotheby&rsquo;s Hong Kong. In the...</p> Black MD’s, Lawyers…and Architects; Part 2 Melvin L. Mitchell, FAIA, NCARB, NOMA 2021-09-23T11:19:00-04:00 >2021-09-27T10:31:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Black America&rsquo;s need over the next several generations is for an &ldquo;apostate architect&rdquo; wing <strong><em>[to complement the budding generalist design and theory architect wings]</em></strong>. The apostate wing must be capable of and motivated to play a vital role in the business of wealth creation-centered community production of affordable housing and related community facilities. Given the reality that [highly motivated] African Americans who could be interested in careers in architecture are not willing to take the profession&rsquo;s de rigueur &ldquo;vows of [personal] poverty,&rdquo; an alternative re-purposed medical doctor modeled curriculum would also solve the architect&rsquo;s unacceptably low compensation issue.</p> <p><em>Melvin L. Mitchell continues with Part 2 of Black MD&rsquo;s, Lawyers&hellip;and Architects. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to read Part 1</a>.</em><br></p> After 9/11, a Tale of Two Cities: Eight Architects on the Changes New York Has Undergone in the Past Twenty Years Josh Niland 2021-09-11T07:26:00-04:00 >2021-09-14T08:06:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As part of the landmark 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Archinect asked a series of architects with ties to New York City to reflect on changes that have defined the past two decades of life and architecture in the city.&nbsp; <br></p> <p>Their responses represent a range of opinions as to how New York initially reacted to the attacks and how it has transformed in the intervening decades. For some, the city has developed into a small surveillance state with implications that have been felt around the world. For others, it has turned into a dreamland for designers and developers alike. For all of them, 9/11 was a touchstone that engendered changes to public memorials, office towers, and building science which have come to define architecture in the 21st century.&nbsp;</p> <p>Scroll down for a collection of answers to our one-question prompt: <em>How has New York City changed since 9/11?</em></p> Shenzhen: A City at a Crossroads in its Past and Future Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-09-10T13:55:00-04:00 >2021-09-13T13:42:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The past, present, and future narrative of Shenzhen offers rich ground for architectural thought. The megacity, which emerged from the remote Chinese countryside over 40 years, has captured the imagination of urbanists seeking to understand its rise, architects seeking to contribute to its lively urban fabric, and national governments seeking to replicate the "miracle of Shenzhen" and its associated economic riches in their own country. However, despite the prevailing narrative of a highly-planned "instant" metropolis springing from nothingness, Shenzhen's history is more complex, more expansive, and more grounded in localism, than is commonly noted. Meanwhile, as the city continues its meteoric urban expansion, local and international architects, curators, and researchers are tasked with weaving the next chapter of Shenzhen's story; guided by forces of innovation, culture, climate, and geopolitics.&nbsp;</p> The Collapse of the WTC Twin Towers Heralded a Wave of Reforms To Building Codes Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-09-08T12:01:00-04:00 >2021-09-28T11:31:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It is now almost 20 years since the Twin Towers of the <a href="" target="_blank">World Trade Center</a> in New York were <a href="" target="_blank">destroyed during a terrorist attack</a>, killing 2,606 people within the two buildings. As is often the case following both natural and human-made disasters, the collapse of the Twin Towers prompted sweeping regulatory changes in how tall buildings are designed, constructed, and operated.</p> ‘The Regime of Building Is Deeply Flawed’: A Q&A With Graham Foundation Grantee Alican Taylan Josh Niland 2021-09-01T12:36:00-04:00 >2021-09-06T12:24:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With exhibitions ranging from an exploration of the <a href="" target="_blank">structural qualities of Black hairstyling techniques</a>&nbsp;to an examination of local <a href="" target="_blank">carnival architecture</a> in Trinidad, <a href="" target="_blank">this year's crop</a> of Graham Foundation Production and Presentation grants has joined a field of notable proposals in their inquiry into the future of architecture and the built environment. Among the twelve grantees in the category, Alican Taylan stands out for his criticism of capitalistic development schemes, industry norms that are out of touch with human needs, and exploitative practices that take advantage of impending ecological emergencies. <br></p> <p>Taylan, an architectural designer, critic, and engineer, had been reading Lefebvre and working on marine projects after undergrad when the <a href="" target="_blank">2013 Gezi Park protests</a> in Istanbul triggered a shift in his thinking. The protests furthered the idea for him that space is indeed political and sparked an interest in research topics at the center of his forthcoming exhibition. In early ...</p> Woodbury M.Arch Student Highlights Armenian Culture by Using Architecture as a 'Tool to Reconstitute, Protect and Expose' Its History​​​ Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-30T13:57:00-04:00 >2021-09-03T12:16:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Thesis Review series</em></a>, connecting with recent graduates allows us to amplify student voices as they share their experiences and final thesis projects. For this iteration of Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>2021 Thesis Review</strong></a>, we connected with M.Arch student <a href="" target="_blank">Maneh Tahmasian</a>. A recent graduate of <a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury School of Architecture</a>, Tahmasian's thesis project "<em>Through Thick and Thin</em>" propels architecture's cultural and historical implications by highlighting the importance of recognizing "the old" to inform "the new" in Armenia.</p> <p>She explains, "'<em>Through thick and thin'</em>&nbsp;is looking at the spatial aspect of the dome as a historical and cultural element of Armenian architecture. It does not describe the dome as it is, or have been understood, but as it could be reconstituting the matter into something: more powerful." Together we discuss the architectural and cultural themes found in her thesis. She unpacks the importance of heritage and how it can be used to challenge architect...</p> That's Chunes: Archinect's architectural-themed playlist certified to make you sweat Josh Niland 2021-08-26T17:30:00-04:00 >2021-08-27T17:08:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With all the heat and high-profile stories in the season, it&rsquo;s easy for Archinect users to get a little beleaguered this time of year. Here's a chance to stomp back into the groove with a&nbsp;mix that's guaranteed to get you moving this summer as we begin to transition into the fall and a post-pandemic society.</p> <p>2020 saw a rise in impromptu solo performances with plenty of site-specific tie-ins that offer design aficionados as much musically as they do architecturally. Now, as the days start to grow shorter, catch up on what&rsquo;s been going on in the industry of late with these scorching summer sounds dedicated to the built environment and all who appreciate its principals, practitioners,&nbsp;and awe-inspiring power.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our eight-set playlist can be seen below:&nbsp;</p> ‘What Is the Future of the Middle City?’ — Larger-Than-Life Exhibit Columbus Installations Activate the City of Columbus, Indiana Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-25T14:37:00-04:00 >2021-08-25T22:56:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On Saturday, August 21, the city of Columbus, Indiana welcomed thirteen larger-than-life installations displayed throughout the area as part of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus' 2021 Exhibition</a>. The program explores art, architecture, design, and community in Columbus. While the city itself has garnered a reputation for being the home of notable modernist architecture, landscapes, and art, this year's curators and exhibition team unpack the meaning of civic life by showcasing a series of design projects aiming to identify and question: "What is the future of the middle city?"</p> <p>The theme,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>New Middles: From Main Street to Megalopolis, What is the Future of the Middle City?</em></a>,&nbsp;raises an important question about cities located within the center of the U.S., their ties to the past, present, and future through site-specific and site-responsive installations. According to the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Exhibition's curators, Iker Gil and Mimi Zeiger</a>, the design programming this year asks to "re-evaluate, refresh, and reframe" the city...</p> Fellow Fellows: Jennifer Meakins Interrogates Power Imbalances Within Architectural Pedagogy Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-23T13:37:00-04:00 >2021-08-25T13:31:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Fellowships</a> can help spark critical career-changing moves for designers and academics looking to establish their research and design perspectives through teaching. However, besides the teaching experience, research exploration, and funding, what else can an architecture fellowship provide young professionals? In Jennifer Meakins' case, she received much support as the 2020&mdash;2021 Schidlowski Emerging Faculty Fellow at <a href="" target="_blank">Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this iteration of Archinect's Fellow Fellows series, we unpacked Meakins' research and studio she taught. While her research primarily focused on "architecture's role in upholding and furthering systems of inequity and injustice," we also dove into the current state of fellowships and how they impact the careers of design professionals. In addition, Meakins provided insight into why she pursued a fellowship versus a full-time position at a firm and her thoughts on fellowships as a vehicle or con...</p> Reyner Banham Is Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies at 50 Colin Marshall 2021-08-19T07:59:00-04:00 >2021-08-25T13:31:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you have an interest in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, you also have a copy of <a href="" target="_blank">Reyner Banham</a>'s <em><a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies</a></em>. My own is a mid-1980s Pelican paperback, which I chose because it had the dumbest cover of all the editions. Though it shares with previous printings the image of David Hockney's <em>A Bigger Splash</em>, an unimpeachable representation of a certain midcentury vision of the city's hauntingly good life, its title replaces their elegant Helvetica with letterforms better suited to a post-apocalyptic action movie gone straight to video. "Angeles" is spelled out in forward-slanting, shadow-casting, bright yellow capitals but for the red initial "A," rendered as if hastily spray-painted and set inside a circle to form the 1970s anarchy symbol. Right, Los Angeles &mdash; that's the zone of semi-controlled urban chaos obedient to no conventional rules or order, architectural or otherwise, isn't it?</p> Tulane School of Architecture Graduates Reference Haiti's 2010 Earthquake to Address The Importance of Essential Infrastructure Design For Disaster Relief Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-08-18T12:06:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">On August 15th</a>, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. With news still unfolding, at the time of publication, over&nbsp;1,400 people have been confirmed dead and over 6,000 injured. However, this isn't the first time a massive earthquake destroyed homes and impacted lives within the region. For this iteration of Archinect's<strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Summer 2021 Thesis Review</a></strong>, we connected with B.Arch students Jorge Blandin &amp; Joanne Engelhard. The duo from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tulane School of Architecture</a>&nbsp;used their thesis project "<em>A Developing Framework - Rethinking the Displacement Housing Crisis in Developing Countries</em>" to explore how to approach essential infrastructure and affordable housing after a natural disaster like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blandin and Engelhard's thesis project question the excessiveness within architecture and the disparity between accessible and functional architecture that also fosters community development and equity. The duo explains, "The 2010 earthquake in Haiti damaged and destroyed 295,000...</p> A House of Cards: The Miami Condo Collapse Exposes a Dehumanized Mindset in the Built Environment Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-08-17T08:00:00-04:00 >2021-08-19T12:58:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On June 24th, 2021, the <a href="" target="_blank">Champlain Towers South condo building</a> in Surfside, Miami collapsed, killing 98 people. While the causes of the collapse are still under investigation, the building's history of structural deficiencies is likely to have played a part. The Champlain Towers collapse is only the latest in a series of fatal building catastrophes which could have been prevented with proper oversight. In their wake, the continuing deterioration of our buildings and infrastructure causes us to ask if the commodification of buildings as real estate, and <a href="" target="_blank">exercises in wealth creation</a>, has caused us to lose sight of architecture's primary role as shelter and habitat.</p> Private Interests and the Public Good: Could an Office of Public Space Management Fix New York’s Chaotic and Unfriendly Public Realm? Dante Furioso 2021-08-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-08-20T11:02:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Cities express the tension between private interests and the common good, between buildings and public space. <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>, the most populous city in the US, enjoys an abundance of impressive, exclusive structures (and quite a few impressive public ones, most of them built in the mid-20th century) while lacking high-quality, accessible open space.</p> <p>This is despite a stock of undervalued public space: streets.&nbsp;</p> ‘As Compton Natives, It Is Our Lifelong Goal to Give Back to the Community’ — Gallery 90220’s Founder on Empowering a New Generation of Black and Brown Artists in Los Angeles Sean Joyner 2021-08-05T11:54:00-04:00 >2021-08-05T16:54:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A new Black-owned and operated gallery has just opened in South Los Angeles, sprouting out of a vibrant artistic revival in Compton, California, and paving the way for an urban renaissance centered around the artistic expression of Black and Brown creatives.&nbsp;</p> Woodbury Graduate Addresses the Importance of Water Infrastructure for California Droughts in Their Thesis WATER INFRA-CULTURE Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-04T17:42:00-04:00 >2021-08-12T04:42:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Summer of 2021 has proven to be another challenging season. However, during this time, architecture students have continued to persevere. By adjusting, exploring, prototyping, and expanding their architectural perspectives, students have used the events taking place in their daily lives to push and challenge the issues facing the industry today. To learn more about these students and the work produced, we continue with our ever-so-popular <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Archinect Thesis Review</em> series</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>We begin our Summer 2021 iteration by connecting with <a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury School of Architecture</a> B.Arch graduate Khun Hein where he discusses his thesis,&nbsp;<em>WATER INFRA-CULTURE</em>. "Droughts are a significant concern in the present and future, which is exacerbated by ongoing climate change," shares Hein. "Extracting underground water from aquifers in desert conditions is necessary for humans to adapt to the changes we are experiencing in our climate [...] My thesis raises ethical questions and challenges our assumptions about it...</p> For Host Cities, the Olympics Are No Game Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-08-03T13:27:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T14:49:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the <a href="" target="_blank">2020 Olympics</a> underway in Tokyo, we reflect on the urban and environmental impacts of the Olympic Games on its host cities. Whether Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024, or Los Angeles 2028, the Olympics suffer from a legacy of fragmenting existing urban environments, accelerating gentrification, and alienating local citizens. Meanwhile, the environmental cost of hosting the Olympics, driven by the construction of new venues and infrastructure, serves as a visible embodiment of our failure to adequately address climate change. Among the challenges, however, there are meaningful steps for improvement.</p> Hudson Yards’ Vessel Is a Sinking Ship; When Developers Fail To Listen, Tragedy Casts a Long Shadow Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-01T08:10:00-04:00 >2021-10-12T01:42:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's been called many names and has been an easy target for endless jokes and memes. Yet beyond its position as both spectacle and superfluous structure, the infamous&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Vessel</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>&nbsp;may be facing closure for good.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's disheartening to know that this is&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">another Vessel-related loss</a>&nbsp;that our editorial team has covered. On May 27,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect reported the reopening</a>&nbsp;after its closure in January 2021 due to three suicides at the site, happening all within 15 months. In its attempts to prevent future losses, the reopening's intended focus on suicide prevention was accompanied by a new set of safety measures. However, despite the added staffing, security, buddy system for entry, and signage providing reminders and resources regarding mental health, it appears those new protocols were not enough.&nbsp;</p>