Archinect - Features 2018-10-23T18:46:38-04:00 https://archinect.com/features/article/150091379/constructs-of-memory-lorem-ipsum Constructs of Memory: Lorem Ipsum Anthony Morey 2018-10-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T04:14:51-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/76/76040a68cb97612747798c828e2ab5ee.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Lorem Ipsum: Narratives of Architecture is the first studio to be subjected to the experimental format of a jury presented in <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150090828/pedagogies-the-public-juries-lorem-ipsum" target="_blank">Pedagogies, the Public &amp; Juries</a>. The third round of Lorem Ipsum focuses on bringing the processes and products from the previous stages together, presented here as Constructs of Memory.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150089540/collecting-architecture-as-making-architecture-ai-weiwei-and-architecture Collecting Architecture as Making Architecture; Ai Weiwei and Architecture Anthony Morey 2018-10-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T12:11:55-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e3/e3d573019d75251806510bceade171e3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><strong><em><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1071676/from-the-ground-up" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a></em></strong>&nbsp;is a series on Archinect focused on discovering the early stages &amp; signs of history's most prolific architects. Starting from the beginning allows us to understand the long journey architecture takes in even the formative of hands and often, surprising shifts that occur in its journey. These early projects grant us a glimpse into the early, naive, ambitious and at points rough edges of soon to be architectural masters.</p> <p>In this installment, we look at <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150065689/ai-weiwei-to-launch-three-new-exhibitions-in-los-angeles-this-fall" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>. As a contemporary artist, architectural connoisseur, and builder, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150076774/soapbox-ai-weiwei" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a> produces an interesting lens into what it means to build with Architecture.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150088506/loc-architects-talks-about-their-recent-warehouse-conversion-and-growing-a-practice LOC Architects Talks About Their Recent Warehouse Conversion and Growing a Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-01T12:30:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T16:41:58-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e3/e375b8a251da030ae687a2453c9f3cbe.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/loc-arch" target="_blank">LOC Architects</a> is an LA-based architecture firm started by Ali Jeevanjee and Poonam Sharma. The duo just completed an&nbsp;18,000 sf headquarters for Seattle based True Brands, using light and warmth to transform an industrial warehouse into their thriving new creative workplace.</p> <p>In this installment of <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> Ali and Poonam discuss warehouse conversions, keeping a diverse portfolio, and creating a strong design partnership.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150088018/skateboarding-as-city-mapping-talks-on-cities-skateboarding-and-identity Skateboarding as City Mapping. Talks on Cities, Skateboarding and Identity. Anthony Morey 2018-09-26T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T13:24:54-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cb/cbb84bf33e2fdde452a13c5b8ad65f18.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p> <p>In this outing, we take a look at skateboarding and its impact on city development.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150085658/want-to-join-studio-gang-design-principals-share-how-top-job-applicants-made-a-strong-first-impression Want to Join Studio Gang? Design Principals Share How Top Job Applicants Made a Strong First Impression Archinect 2018-09-20T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T19:51:57-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/82/826549922710889f4c70051e182e4f3d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Nurturing collaboration has been the heart and soul of <a href="https://archinect.com/studiogang" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a> since <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/12062/jeanne-gang" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a> founded the firm in 1997. Whether they're working on a project, bonding at their yearly&nbsp;Camp Wandawega retreats, or setting a precedent to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150071968/jeanne-gang-closed-the-pay-gap-at-her-firm-and-urges-others-to-do-the-same" target="_blank">close the wage gap in architecture</a>, the Studio Gang collective takes creating &ldquo;a&nbsp;strong, supportive studio culture&rdquo; very seriously.</p> <p>Now with a staff of just over 100 people in their Chicago, New York, and San Francisco offices, Studio Gang is on the lookout for new talent. So what should job candidates hoping to join the Gang do to stand out in the application process? In Archinect's latest&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, Design Principals Weston Walker and Juliane Wolf took a moment with us to share some tips and offer a glimpse into office life at the firm.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150080401/a-victory-under-the-sun-must-also-be-against-it A Victory Under The Sun Must Also Be Against It Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-09-19T12:54:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T13:59:29-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d1/d1ee474b63fde45121703136a02c550b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Imitative solar panels - designed by companies including <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels" target="_blank">Sistine Solar</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" target="_blank">Tesla</a>&nbsp;- call into question the relationship between infrastructural aesthetics and the urgent need to conserve material resources in the current climate. Can conservation really only be sold in a dress? Is the conflation of the two our only way out of the environmental crisis?&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150085560/archinectmeets-lerichti #ArchinectMeets @lerichti Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-09-18T14:38:00-04:00 >2018-09-18T19:08:18-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d2/d2585e41622912641d966a5026153510.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1198457/archinectmeets" target="_blank">#ArchinectMeets</a> is a series of interviews with members of the architecture community that use Instagram as a creative medium. With the series, we ask some of Instagram&rsquo;s architectural photographers, producers and curators about their relationship to the social media platform and how it has affected their practice.</p> <p>Social media has undeniably affected the way we perceive, interpret and share opinions about architecture today. Using our own account,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/archinect/" target="_blank">@Archinect</a>, as a site for image curation and news content, we wanted to ask fellow Instagram users how they navigated the platform.<br></p> <p>We spoke to Philipp Heer (<a href="https://www.instagram.com/lerichti/" target="_blank">@lerichti</a>),&nbsp;a freelancer photographer whose work primarily focuses on contemporary architecture in Switzerland and the neighboring European countries. His website states that his complete work can be found on Instagram, a profile he has kept active for nearly four years.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150086232/emerging-firm-farouki-farouki-taps-into-new-orleans-vibrant-restaurant-and-hospitality-scene Emerging Firm Farouki Farouki Taps Into New Orleans' Vibrant Restaurant and Hospitality Scene Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-17T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T10:19:20-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f7/f77fd61e58dc5edc9c19153cad85834c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>With its thriving restaurant and hospitality scene, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1335/new-orleans" target="_blank">New Orleans</a> was the perfect place for husband-and-wife team <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/150073653/farouki-farouki" target="_blank">Farouki Farouki</a>&nbsp;to set up their full-service architecture and interior design practice.&nbsp;Since its recent founding, Caroline, with a background in interior design, and Sabri, whose CV includes stints at BIG and DS+R, have made their mark on the historic yet continuously emerging city with a variety of interior projects that have tapped into the influx of new restaurants, shops,&nbsp;and landmarks opening their doors. Here, the two talk about their <a href="https://archinect.com/jobs/entry/150073654/junior-interior-designer" target="_blank">expanding practice</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150086243/algorithms-images-architecture-s-history-archivist Algorithms & Images. Architecture's History Archivist. Phoebe Webster 2018-09-15T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-15T12:25:31-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/041a799a273326192093c7fe9b6f9514.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this installment we hear from <a href="https://archinect.com/pwebster" target="_blank">Phoebe Webster</a>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/jackstewartcastner" target="_blank">Jack Stewart Castner</a>. Phoebe is a Los Angeles-based designer raised in Maryland and is a current Master of Architecture candidate at the <a href="https://archinect.com/ucla" target="_blank">University of California</a>, Los Angeles. Jack is a Los Angeles-based designer, raised in Philadelphia and holds a Master of Architecture from the <a href="https://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>, where he was awarded t...</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150086092/cut-copy-paste-one-in-a-million-cut-copy-paste Cut. Copy. Paste. One in a Million. Cut. Copy. Paste. Yoonjee Koh 2018-09-14T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T19:12:51-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2ad3f8a7e4e2b0519b4c38c1a26d495a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this installment we hear from <a href="https://archinect.com/yoonjeekoh" target="_blank">Yoonjee Koh</a>. Yoonjee Koh is the Director of Intermediate Architecture Studios and full time faculty member at The <a href="https://archinect.com/BostonArchitecturalCollege" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a>.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150085918/protecting-our-unconscious-controlling-our-inspiration Protecting our Unconscious. Controlling our Inspiration? Ricardo Souto 2018-09-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T23:20:56-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/13/133a3d4e46a89a520abc9772a69df3f0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this installment we hear from <a href="https://archinect.com/ricardosouto" target="_blank">Ricardo Lledo Souto</a>. Ricardo is a New York based designer currently studying at&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/columbiagsapp" target="_blank">Columbia</a>'s&nbsp;Advanced Architecture Design Masters Program.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150085546/based-on-true-events-copied-from-past-ones Based on True Events. Copied from Past Ones. Brendan Shea 2018-09-12T12:28:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T16:15:23-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f894137eb8468258a34e9a1687a1d5d3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this installment we hear from Brendan Shea&nbsp;on the topic of&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150085239/cross-talk-6-creative-rights-intellectual-property-introduction" target="_blank">Creative Rights &amp; Intellectual Property</a>. Brendan is a Los Angeles based designer, educator and maker.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150085454/mutant-authorship-agency-capitalism-and-memes Mutant Authorship. Agency, Capitalism and Memes. Ryan Scavnicky 2018-09-11T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-11T13:50:59-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b7177e90f88247dfb83fc4f8357c7e58.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this installment we hear from <a href="https://archinect.com/people/cover/150060586/ryan-scavnicky" target="_blank">Ryan Scavnicky</a> on the topic of <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150085239/cross-talk-6-creative-rights-intellectual-property-introduction" target="_blank">Creative Rights &amp; Intellectual Property</a>. Ryan is the Visiting Fellow at the School of Architecture at <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/16352595/the-school-of-architecture-at-taliesin" target="_blank">Taliesin</a>, a producer of theory films with SCI-Arc Channel, and a practicing Architectural Designer with studio TECHNE.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150085016/melbourne-s-oof-architecture-isn-t-afraid-of-experimenting-in-historic-neighborhoods Melbourne's OOF! Architecture Isn't Afraid of Experimenting in Historic Neighborhoods Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-10T11:39:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T11:39:49-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f467939ce42bb4451140ac0be706d841.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>For a relatively young practice, <a href="https://www.oof.net.au/" target="_blank">OOF! Architecture</a>&nbsp;has impressively produced two of the most recognized residential projects to come out of Australia in the past few years. Working in heritage dense areas, particularly tricky renovations with tight constraints and tight budgets &mdash;such as their <a href="https://archinect.com/OFFArch/project/hello-house" target="_blank">Hello House</a>, a renovated two-bedroom Victorian-era home, and their <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/150085038/acute-house/150085040" target="_blank">Acute House</a>, a renovation of an extremely decrepit, weatherboard cottage&mdash;are typical projects for the Melbourne-based studio.</p> <p>Outside of the office, founder Fooi-Ling Khoo also serves on the board of directors at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architeam.net.au/" target="_blank">ArchiTeam</a>,&nbsp;a cooperative organization&nbsp;for Australian architects working in small, medium and emerging practices. Here, Khoo talks about the firm's work and her role championing the&nbsp;voice of Australia&rsquo;s small architectural practices.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150084929/it-could-have-been-called-sob-gordon-bunshaft-and-som It Could Have Been Called SOB: Gordon Bunshaft and SOM Anthony Morey 2018-09-07T13:23:00-04:00 >2018-09-07T16:38:59-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9a/9a0c017c9f1f2a9c8a2f9f0792c4604e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><strong><em><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1071676/from-the-ground-up" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a></em></strong>&nbsp;is a series on Archinect focused on discovering the early stages &amp; signs of history's most prolific architects. Starting from the beginning allows us to understand the long journey architecture takes in even the formative of hands and often, surprising shifts that occur in its journey. These early projects grant us a glimpse into the early, naive, ambitious and at points rough edges of soon to be architectural masters.</p> <p>In this installment we look at the work of Gordon Bunschaft, a seminal member at SOM for over 40 years.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150084504/re-educational-complacency-serious-misunderstandings RE: Educational Complacency & Serious Misunderstandings Patrick Geske 2018-09-06T13:31:00-04:00 >2018-09-16T17:03:57-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3d2707e5be53a46b077b08984a52f01f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In last week&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150078321/has-educational-complacency-diminished-today-s-discourse" target="_blank">Has Educational Complacency Diminished Today's Discourse?</a>,&rdquo; an uncredited image of my&nbsp;thesis&nbsp;project was completely taken out of context and written about in a way that severely mischaracterizes the nature of my thesis.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150079130/founded-by-a-designer-and-an-architect-chef-hong-kong-based-studio-openuu-has-an-unconventional-origin-story Founded by a Designer and an Architect/Chef, Hong Kong-based Studio openUU has an Unconventional Origin Story Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-27T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-24T19:10:51-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/84e6deba2027fa5c27ad7ed09863e4fc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/openUU" target="_blank">openUU</a>&mdash;pronounced&nbsp;"open you, you"&mdash;is a small design practice led by <a href="http://openuu.com/" target="_blank">Kevin Lim and Caroline Chou</a>, who, having both spent time growing up in Asia and the United States, decided to go to Hong Kong to establish their firm in 2011. Kevin (who is the son of artist and architect <a href="https://cl3.com/" target="_blank">William Lim</a>) is a trained architect and chef with degrees from both <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/1544387/cornell-university" target="_blank">Cornell</a> and Le Cordon Bleu. Caroline, on the other hand, is an award-winning interior designer with an M.Arch from the&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/risd" target="_blank">Rhode Island School of Design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Together, the two have combined their expertise to focus on space conversions and the Food &amp; Beverage industry; their roster of projects includes mall renovations, warehouse transformations, art and light installations, traveling pop-up libraries and even their own restaurant, Mean Noodles, which the couple own and operate.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150078213/the-archinect-outpost-guide-to-the-los-angeles-arts-district The Archinect Outpost Guide to the Los Angeles Arts District Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-08-21T11:55:00-04:00 >2018-08-22T14:25:42-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0f/0f077689c160b9156da05971ec7c9e70.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The Arts District holds special significance in Los Angeles. From its origins as a vineyard to a twice-dilapidated blight on the city, the Arts District is now the home of SCI-Arc, Hauser &amp; Wirth and the locally beloved Bread Lounge.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://outpost.archinect.com" target="_blank">The Archinect Outpost</a> - our retail initiative featuring a&nbsp;collection of small-run, independently published architecture and design publications - opened its polygal doors on June 15th with the intention of living up to the quality of its newfound neighbors in the Arts District.</p> <p>Now available at the Outpost is our free guide of the Arts District, featuring a walking guide for those unfamiliar with the area. Our selection is based on the customer feedback we received during Archinect Outpost's first two months of operation, most of whom had never been to Los Angeles, and fewer still had been to the Arts District. Check out some highlights from our recommended walking route below.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150078215/as-principal-of-a-small-firm-founder-of-synthesis-design-architecture-alvin-huang-says-you-always-have-to-be-hunting As Principal of a Small Firm, Founder of Synthesis Design + Architecture Alvin Huang Says You Always Have to be Hunting Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-20T13:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T14:07:28-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/af/afe294f5ba7dd801c1d2fb30d8cbac4b.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>"As a design research practice we leverage technology as an avenue to challenge convention and imagine alternatives" says <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149970079/grounded-research-alvin-huang-of-synthesis-design-architecture-on-bringing-computational-design-to-life-on-archinect-sessions-82" target="_blank">Alvin Huang</a>, founder of the firm <a href="https://archinect.com/synthesisdna" target="_blank">Synthesis Design + Architecture</a>. Started in 2011, Huang began his practice after gaining significant experience working for prestigious firms such as <a href="https://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/89559/amanda-levete-architects-al_a" target="_blank">AL_A</a>. Blending applied research with exploratory practice, the young practice has completed commissions ranging from a <a href="https://archinect.com/synthesisdna/project/soi-central-central-world-expansion" target="_blank">huge shopping centre in Bangkok</a> to a <a href="https://archinect.com/synthesisdna/release/synthesis-design-architecture-launches-the-much-anticipated-volvo-pure-tension-pavilion" target="_blank">rapidly deployable solar-powered charging station for a new, alternative-fuel Volvo</a>.</p> <p>Here, Huang talks about taking the gamble to start his own practice, shares some advice from his mentors, and spills some strategy on how to maximize the size of the firm.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150077564/is-the-rigidity-of-the-architectural-profession-constraining-innovation Is the Rigidity of the Architectural Profession Constraining Innovation? Sophia Bannert 2018-08-16T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T16:51:29-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38b8c7bfc4b5f1b6c9ffc60bc3fd337e.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>When I started designing a door handle in my last practice, I was told not to bother. The firm had a standard door handle design that they used in all their projects. I soon discovered it was not just door handles that were standardized. Standards included elements such as materials and junctions between them, lighting concepts, entire layouts of bathrooms; everything from micro to macro had been standardized. It became apparent that my job was to mechanically arrange the standard details into a new arrangement, as if picking elements from a prefabricated home catalogue.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150076774/soapbox-ai-weiwei Soapbox: Ai Weiwei Anthony Morey 2018-08-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T21:39:55-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8db5cb6b0f36e49f5a185229e041287c.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150075992/after-co-founding-a-practice-back-in-2003-jeffrey-l-day-breaks-out-on-his-own-to-start-another-the-new-omaha-based-firm-actual-architecture-co After Co-Founding a Practice Back in 2003, Jeffrey L. Day Breaks Out on His Own to Start Another, the New Omaha-Based Firm Actual Architecture Co. Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-06T14:38:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T14:38:55-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a6/a6da696f6687795158b164a4b10c4ffb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Back in 2003, Jeffrey L. Day and E.B. Min joined forces to start the split location firm, <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/25615/min-day" target="_blank">Min | Day</a>. After a successful 15-year run completing a range of&nbsp;vivid, calculated and pristine projects, and garnering numerous awards for them&mdash;including the Architectural League of New York&rsquo;s <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4684/eight-new-emerging-voices-announced-for-2016" target="_blank">2016 Emerging Voices</a>&mdash;the team has reorganized into two. Min is staying in San Francisco to continue on as Min Design, while Jeffrey has restructured in Omaha under his new studio <a href="https://www.actual.ac/" target="_blank">Actual Architecture Co</a>. For this week's <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we spoke with Jeffrey to talk about this new chapter of his architecture career.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150076179/from-obscurity-to-moma-eric-owen-moss-s-playa-del-rey-triplex From Obscurity to MoMA. Eric Owen Moss's Playa Del Rey Triplex Anthony Morey 2018-08-03T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b8/b879a409a7a5fbdcc2e7b77e3c6eb685.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><strong><em><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1071676/from-the-ground-up" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a></em></strong>&nbsp;is a series on Archinect focused on discovering the early stages &amp; signs of history's most prolific architects. Starting from the beginning allows us to understand the long journey architecture takes in even the formative of hands and often, surprising shifts that occur in its journey. These early projects grant us a glimpse into the early, naive, ambitious and at points rough edges of soon to be architectural masters.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150075967/stephanie-rigolot-discusses-her-pivot-from-practicing-architecture-to-communicating-architecture Stephanie Rigolot Discusses Her Pivot from Practicing Architecture to Communicating Architecture Archinect 2018-08-02T13:10:00-04:00 >2018-08-02T13:10:04-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/685656de5e2400cd103af6e9b848f3f2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p> <p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Stephanie Rigolot</strong>, founder of LA-based consultancy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wtwagency.com/" target="_blank">WHAT THE WHAT</a>. We discuss her experience working for architects such as Michael Graves and Thom Mayne, and how that evolved into a business devoted to helping architects express their work to the the public.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150075630/readlines-fresh-meat Readlines: Fresh Meat Anthony Morey 2018-07-31T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-02T13:46:18-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9b/9b883dad6cdf35847f370f55e6639008.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1127373/redlines" target="_blank">Redlines</a> is a collection of interviews with editors&nbsp;that make today's most provocative architectural publications come to life.&nbsp;While architecture is traditionally concerned with buildings, materials, and scale, their importance and historical impact are recorded through words, books, and images that are often organized, published, and disseminated. Redlines seeks to understand the pedagogical and design frameworks that shape this process.</p> <p>This week we look at <a href="https://archinect.com/blog/article/39897859/fresh-slice-of-fresh-meat" target="_blank">Fresh Meat</a>. Fresh Meat is run by architecture and design criticism students at the <a href="https://archinect.com/forum/thread/95264905/thoughts-on-uic-architecture" target="_blank">UIC School of Architecture</a>.</p> <p><em>Fresh Meat and other publications featured in the series are now available at&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1149443/archinect-outpost" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a>, our new initiative in downtown LA&rsquo;s Arts District!</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150074590/mutuo-brings-mexican-and-brazilian-perspectives-to-la-s-architectural-milieu Mutuo Brings Mexican and Brazilian Perspectives to LA's Architectural Milieu Archinect 2018-07-30T13:17:00-04:00 >2018-07-30T17:13:56-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/75/75615455fce7635afb7b497906b476eb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/thisismutuo" target="_blank">Mutuo</a> is an LA-based practiced founded by Jose Herrasti, originally from Mexico City, and Fernanda Oppermann, originally from Brazil. After a few years working at architecture offices in the US, with some time together at <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/280/eric-owen-moss-architects" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss Architects</a>, the two decided to start their own practice 5 years ago. By connecting their own personal experience, they settled on LA due to it's welcoming environment and cultural diversity.</p> <p>The duo describe Mutuo as versatile. They actively pursue, design and build single-family &amp;&nbsp;multi-family housing, adaptive reuse, cultural and urban-scale masterplans, often working with other architects on non-profit and pro-bono projects.</p> <p>In this week's <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> we chat with Jose and Fernanda to learn more the practice's origins and goals.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150074609/redlines-the-funambulist Redlines: The Funambulist Anthony Morey 2018-07-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-07-24T14:05:12-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a484b9fff81e1d31fbaff318a37a2778.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1127373/redlines" target="_blank">Redlines</a> is a collection of interviews with editors&nbsp;that make today's most provocative architectural publications come to life.&nbsp;While architecture is traditionally concerned with buildings, materials, and scale, their importance and historical impact are recorded through words, books, and images that are often organized, published, and disseminated. Redlines seeks to understand the pedagogical and design frameworks that shape this process.</p> <p>In this issue we talk with <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149994523/uncovering-the-architecture-of-colonialism-with-the-funambulist" target="_blank">L&eacute;opold Lambert</a> the editor-in-chief of <em><a href="https://thefunambulist.net/" target="_blank">the Funambulist</a>.</em>&nbsp;Started as a blog in 2010, it began publishing regular articles mostly written by L&eacute;opold Lambert about the political violence of architecture, in particular in Palestine.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150073000/cross-talk-6-konstantinos-chatzaras-on-east-vs-west Cross-Talk #6: Konstantinos Chatzaras on East vs West Konstantinos Chatzaras 2018-07-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T16:30:32-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/56/56d9c7e1abc65cb26d5f9da212a044d0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s new series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150072710/cross-talk-6-duane-mclemore-on-east-vs-west Cross-Talk #6: Duane McLemore on East vs West Duane McLemore 2018-07-11T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T13:25:33-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8a/8adc3f9481d60a9e07869e50641f6a72.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The role of Archinect&rsquo;s new series&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity&mdash;if there can be one.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts&mdash;if to only say that it did&mdash;to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced.&nbsp;<strong>Cross-Talk</strong>&nbsp;attempts to force the&nbsp;<em>no</em>, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the&nbsp;<em>self</em>, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150072171/common-accounts-is-a-practice-without-a-center-which-feels-about-right ​Common Accounts is a Practice Without a Center, Which "Feels About Right" Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-09T12:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T12:41:11-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4e/4e45de53f522986b2dde83598746cb0b.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Founded in 2015 by&nbsp;Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler, <a href="http://www.commonaccounts.online/#proj1tab" target="_blank">Common Accounts</a> is an architecture practice and creative agency operating over satellite, server and fibre cables between Seoul, Toronto and New York. For this week's <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the two about starting a practice while still at school, the astrological compatibility needed to run one, and their research into digital afterlives.</p>