Archinect - Features 2017-08-22T09:18:19-04:00 Studio Visits : Walters & Cohen Ellen Hancock 2017-08-22T06:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T05:52:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This time I went to see North London based <a href="" target="_blank">Walters&nbsp;&amp; Cohen</a> founded in 1994. The practice, formed by two women, has received notable acclaim for their work within the education, public and cultural sector, most recently for their <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre</a>.</p> <p>The collective winners of the <a href="" target="_blank">AJ's Woman Architect of the year 2012</a>, partners Cindy and Mich&aacute;l welcomed me into their studio, talked me through the growth of the their practice and some of the new and exciting projects they are working on at the moment.&nbsp;</p> Beijing-Based Rocker-Turned-Architect Cao Pu Sees Architects as Social Workers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-21T09:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T02:43:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Originally part of an electric-rock band, Chinese architect&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cao Pu</a>&nbsp;began his architectural career doing stage design for his musical group. Today, his studio remains small with a focus on conversion and community revival projects and his designs demonstrate a talent for working within small spaces and low budgets.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's iteration of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snaphshots</a>, we talk with the musician-turned-architect about involving clients in his process, designing "in the gap," and architecture as a form of social work.&nbsp;</p> The Return of the Master Builder? Peter Murray 2017-08-21T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower disaster</a>, Marc Vlessing, CEO of London residential developer <a href="" target="_blank">Pocket</a>, was speaking at a NLA Sounding Board meeting. Dutch-born Vlessing stated that for an objective view of such issues he often turned to the European press. Newspapers in Germany and the Netherlands, he said, immediately suggested that the cause of the tragic fire lay in the tendency of the UK construction industry to continually sub-contract risk.</p> Ball-Nogues Studio revives public space at Cedars Sinai hospital with their "Healing Pavilion" Julia Ingalls 2017-08-18T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's rare that underused structures in Los Angeles get a second chance at life, with most developers opting for the wrecking ball instead of an innovative redesign. In the case of an underused public terrace at the Max Factor Building at Cedars Sinai, <a href="" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues Studio (who spoke to Archinect about this design at the Arroyo Seco Festival)</a>&nbsp;has transformed the space into a destination spot with their signature blend of eye-catching aesthetics and nuanced materialism in the form of the "Healing Pavilion."</p> SelgasCano's Magical Rock-Like Auditorium Opens in Spain Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T12:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T08:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located on the boundary between the town and the country, in outskirts of Plasencia, <a href="" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s dreamy auditorium sits on a steep hillside&mdash;the edge between the nature and the city. Gently occupying the lot, cantilevering off the ground, the building stands out from the mountain landscape, its surprising materiality and colors both&mdash;complementing and contrasting the shrubby semi-urban setting.</p> "architecture, architectural & Architecture" - 100 Young Architects Present Their Post-Digital Microcosms at the A+D Museum Matthew Allen 2017-08-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T15:40:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="624" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I may be stepping over some kind of line by reviewing an exhibition that I have something in, but I promise to assume the responsibility of the critic&mdash;that is, to be critical, even self-critical. And to have a point. The eminent art critic Claire Bishop recently lamented that there haven&rsquo;t been many projects that thematize our digital condition. [1] I'd like to elaborate on how this exhibition and the works in it did just that. The take away will be an encapsulation of some of the things to absorb from "the digital" and some themes being pursued in post-digital architecture.</p> Proust Questionnaire: Ricardo Scofidio Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-15T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T08:04:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ricardo Scofidio</a>, the architect and provocateur, takes our <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a> and jokes about his&nbsp;terrible color sense.</p> Rainville-Sangaré's Background in Industrial Design Gives Their Architecture a Unique Character Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-14T12:20:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T12:20:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lambert Rainville and Nicholas Sangar&eacute; founded their Montreal-based eponymous office in 2015. Both with backgrounds in industrial design, their studio transverses scales, designing everything from spoons to commercial spaces. The duo, whom&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">recently won the 2017 Phyllis Lambert Grant</a> given to&nbsp;Qu&eacute;b&eacute;cois architects, designers and creative professionals for exhibiting exceptional quality in their work, reflect on their design practice below.</p> Transforming Architecture Into “Spaceships” Through the Lens of a Camera Justine Testado 2017-08-14T10:16:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T08:51:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Growing up by the sea and honing his photography skills in the alien Antarctic landscapes during the ANT-XXIII/9 expedition, Hamburg-based&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lars Stieger</a>&nbsp;has long been drawn to capturing expansive, desolate landscapes. Equally fascinated by modern architecture, Stieger began using photography to explore the intriguing details of the built environment. He ventures further into this photographic experimentation with his science fiction-inspired &ldquo;Spaceships&rdquo; series.</p> Studio Visit: MMAS David Capener 2017-08-11T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T04:55:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week I went to visit <a href="" target="_blank">MMAS,</a> a Belfast based practice, in their studio, a converted mill just outside of the city centre. MMAS are a small practice, but their studio, full of models, drawings, sketches and ideas scribbled on whiteboards, is a dynamic place. I really enjoyed hearing their passion for the city in which they live and work.</p> Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Center Reintroduces Wood Construction in China Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-11T09:14:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T09:24:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">wooden frame structures</a> are quite common in North America, in <a href="" target="_blank">China</a>, concrete, steel and brick have long been favored as the sturdier building product. <a href="" target="_blank">Bohlin Cywinski Jackson</a>'s new Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Center represents an international collaboration to reestablish lumbered building materials in the world's largest construction market.&nbsp;</p> The Continuous Reinvention of Chicago's Palace of the People Iker Gil 2017-08-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T11:29:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial blog is edited in partnership with&nbsp;</em><a href="" target="_blank">Consortia</a><em>, a creative office developing new frameworks for communication. This article also features embedded content from&nbsp;</em><a href="" target="_blank"></a><em>, an online platform for connecting ideas and building knowledge.</em></p> “Treat your CV like a design problem to be solved”: How to get a job at Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Archinect 2017-08-09T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T05:15:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a>&nbsp;over and over again. However, no two&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>&nbsp;are identical and there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> Beard+Riser Interprets Southern Vernacular Architecture With a Modernist Perspective Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-07T11:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T13:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mississippi</a> is one of the poorest states in the United States, and isn't known for being a center for architecture, but <a href="" target="_blank">Beard+Riser</a> are doing what they can to mark the state with some amazing architecture. Their work takes inspiration from the Delta's vernacular architectures while making the most of tight budgets. As the firm expands and adds a second office in Oxford, MS, we talk with the founders about growing a small practice in rural Mississippi.</p> Holidays and Bonfires David Capener 2017-08-07T05:39:00-04:00 >2017-08-20T01:57:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>July is not a usual month in Belfast. It&rsquo;s holiday time &mdash;&nbsp;north coast beaches, infinite Donegal sands, the beautiful flat half-light of dusk of the western coast. For others it&rsquo;s a time to play their part in, what is for some a controversial historical narrative that has, one way or another been weaving its way down through Ulster&rsquo;s history &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">bonfires and marches</a>. July is a month of distractions &mdash; holidays and bonfires. What a strange time then for the pre-planning consultations for two controversial schemes in the city to take place.&nbsp;</p> Office Still Life: From Renzo Piano to MAD Architects, Marc Goodwin captures the inner worlds of architecture firms Justine Testado 2017-08-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T13:34:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many architecture practices, the office is their second home &mdash; a reflection of who they collectively are as a firm. Depicting the atmosphere of a firm's office space is an ideal subject for architectural photographer Marc Goodwin of <a href="" target="_blank">Archmospheres</a>, who previously shared his work approach <a href="" target="_blank">with Archinect</a>. Since acquiring a Ph.D. in architectural photography, Goodwin has embarked on a global tour to capture the assortment of architecture studio offices that are out there, including those of <a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Foster +&nbsp;Partners</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>.</p> S/P #61: Husos Architects trace the role of remittances on migratory urbanisms Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T11:57:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since the late 1990s, remittances, or money transfers made by international migrants to their countries of origin, have played an increasingly large role in both the local and national economies of the receiving countries. In some cases, like Nepal, remittances can make up a full third of a countries total GDP.&nbsp;</p> MITHUN designs 125-foot-tall Sustainability Treehouse in West Virginia Justine Testado 2017-08-02T12:16:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T16:46:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="895" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built on the arborous slopes of the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia, the Sustainability Treehouse stands as a beacon of outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and high-performance design, as design architect <a href="" target="_blank">MITHUN</a> describes. The Seattle- and San Francisco-based practice worked alongside executive architect/architect of record <a href="" target="_blank">BNIM</a> and developer Trinity Works to bring the public educational facility to life for the Boy Scouts of America.&nbsp;In 2014, the project was named an <a href="" target="_blank">AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project</a>.</p> Dean's List: Heather Woofter discusses the future direction of Sam Fox School of Design Julia Ingalls 2017-08-01T13:34:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T12:48:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heather Woofter is already a familiar face around the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts at <a href="" target="_blank">Washington University in St. Louis</a>, where she's been teaching since 2005. She also practices what she teaches, having continued working with her design partner Sung Ho Kim at the firm <a href="" target="_blank">Axi:Ome</a> since she joined in 2003. Now that she's been appointed director of the respected design school's architecture programs, what are her pedagogical goals?&nbsp;She discusses her approach toward taking a school with one of the oldest established urban design programs in the country into the future in the interview below.&nbsp;</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Benedetta Tagliabue Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T12:57:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, we are getting up close and personal with Benedetta Tagliabue, the director of Barcelona-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Miralles Tagliabue EMBT</a>. The Italian architect, known for her attention to context and the poeticism in her work, also happens to be a member of the Pritzker jury, a RIBA Stirling Prize winner, and the proud owner of an Argentinian parrot!</p> A(n) Office conceive of their small architectural studio like a publication Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-31T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T19:34:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mitch McEwen and Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinard, of <a href="" target="_blank">A(n) Office</a>, explore the intersection of architecture and exhibition, conceiving their New York and Detroit based studio,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">A(n) Office</a>,&nbsp;as a publication of sorts.</p> Audain Art Museum by Patkau Architects Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-31T09:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T18:58:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Patkau Architects</a>, the Audain Art Museum,&nbsp;located in Whistler, <a href="" target="_blank">British Columbia</a>,&nbsp;is a 56,000 square foot museum housing Michael Audain&rsquo;s personal art collection which spans the history of British Columbia from the late 18th century to the present day.&nbsp;Spacious and minimal, the structure fits elegantly into Whistler's forest landscape, creating a serene environment for visitors. Recently, the art&nbsp;museum&nbsp;received a&nbsp;Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture medal in the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">2017 AIBC Architectural Awards</a>.</p> Studio Visits: Studio Egret West Ellen Hancock 2017-07-31T06:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T06:14:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a> we went to see <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a>, based in the heart of Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lone, the Studio Manager gave me the full tour after which David sat down with me to tell me more about the practice he founded with Christophe Egret nearly thirteen years ago.&nbsp;</p> Cross-Talk #2: Deborah Garcia on 'Pedagogy' Today DeborahMGarcia 2017-07-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T17:30:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It is with much trepidation that I responded to the prompt of pedagogy issued for this round of <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>. A bit of hesitation because having graduated less than two months ago the...wounds are fresh, shall we say. The hand that fed is not yet out of eyesight... The master is still very much near. Take your pick of idioms and metaphors; it is difficult to write on the subject within which one is so acutely implicated. I have been a product of it and continue to subject myself willingly to its current operators. What I have included as my response will react to the pieces written by fellow participants of this current Cross-Talk&mdash;participants who I also call my teachers, peers, and friends. Friends for now, I might add, for if these Cross-Talks are in any way successful they should at least shake these friendly foundations out of simple curiosity and mischievous delight&mdash;two things this writer is quite prone to.&nbsp;</p> Cross-Talk #2: JuneJuly on 'Pedagogy' Today JuneJuly 2017-07-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T13:02:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When asking questions about how to teach architecture, we have to understand what architecture is as a profession. The profession, as the academy understands it, no longer exists. The service of architecture can largely be separated into two fields: design architecture and executive architecture. Design architecture is concerned with the design of space, and executive architecture with the delivery of that design. Pedagogy today attempts to prepare students for both of these roles, and in that way prepares them for neither. Contractors and fabricators are already comfortable executing architecture, and extra-disciplinary creative agencies (advertising, graphics, branding) take on the design of architecture without hesitation. This is indiscriminate to whether or not those who do the work were trained as architects. This will only continue.</p> Screen/Print #60: Suzannah Victoria Beatrice Henty on the contradictory nature of reparation politics Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-28T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T14:13:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What does it mean when a country takes responsibility for a historical act of injustice while ignoring its contemporary actions of a similar nature? &nbsp;In this essay by Suzannah Victoria Beatrice Henty for <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Funambulist</a></em>, she examines the often-contradictory nature of reparation politics.</p> Cross-Talk #2: Constance Vale on 'Pedagogy' Today Constance Vale 2017-07-28T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T08:15:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pedagogy is animated theory that transforms the discipline. It emerges from discussion, debate, and creation and involves the collaboration of instructors, students, and institutions. Essential to pedagogical development is the understanding that architecture is a cultural discipline, one that thrives on creative speculations that enter into tension with external issues.[1]<a href="" name="_ftnref1" target="_blank"></a> Effective architectural pedagogy alters the world beyond the boundary of its originating institution, changing conformist ideologies and empowering the disenfranchised via the implications of aesthetics.[2] In the pursuit of disciplinary transformation that will destabilize the status quo, pedagogy must first address how to forget and how to fail.</p> Cross-Talk #2: Patrick Geske on 'Pedagogy' Today Patrick Geske 2017-07-27T12:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T15:54:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At its core, architecture is a personal pursuit that involves an itinerant and systematic questioning of everything one grows up to find in the world&mdash;pre-existing as it were, solid and opaque as if somehow natural.</p> Announcing the winners of Archinect UK Portfolio Competition 2017! Ellen Hancock 2017-07-27T04:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T11:08:11-04:00 <img src="" width="5413" height="3537" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, we launched the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UK portfolio competition</a>&nbsp;to celebrate and expose the wealth of fantastic work already up on Archinect as well as to encourage individuals not registered to upload and share their work with our global online community.</p> Archinect's Summer Reading List: recommendations from Steven Holl, Kate Wagner, Diana Agrest, Katya Tylevich, Jenny Sabin and Samuel Bravo Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-26T15:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T18:38:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The summer months are the ideal time to peruse a book from your beach towel, airplane seat, hotel bed, or more likely, the coffee shop you are hiding away from your unconditioned apartment at. From a novel starring an architect-protagonist to one about the Russian Revolution to architectural theory and a biography of the gene, here are some books to dive into this summer.</p>