Archinect - Features 2017-10-19T12:28:36-04:00 Screen/Print #64: Pedro Bandeira Narrates His Field Trip to Arcosanti Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-18T10:11:00-04:00 >2017-10-18T10:59:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In 2012, Pedro Bandeira, architect and professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Minho, travelled to <a href="" target="_blank">Arcosanti</a> with a class of architecture students. In 2<em>012 Arcosanti</em>, the educator recounts his travel and shares his unique views on the Arizona urban laboratory.</p> Exhibiting Visionary Histories: a Conversation with the curators of "Past Forward" at the Art Institute of Chicago Leo Shaw 2017-10-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T17:06:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This fall has brought no shortage of design events and exhibitions to <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, the hometown of American architecture. In addition to exhibitions at <a href="" target="_blank">the Graham Foundation</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a>, this year&rsquo;s Biennial ties together numerous tours, performances, events, and allied shows in two and three dimensions. But no other event seems to complement the Biennial so well as the inaugural presentation of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Art Institute</a>&rsquo;s permanent Architecture and Design collection.</p> Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! Here's a look at some of our favorite contemporary practices led by Indigenous Architects Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-09T10:06:00-04:00 >2017-10-07T10:16:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This year, LA County made the long overdue choice to have the second Monday of October officially observed as Indigenous Peoples' Day. As a&nbsp;counter to the controversial Columbus Day, celebrated nationally on the same day, the shift redirects the holiday's focus on the land's original inhabitants and their many contributions.</p> NEUBAU, a Small Studio in Cambridge, Tell Us About Their Aspirations Ellen Hancock 2017-10-09T09:02:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T09:50:18-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This week we take a <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NEUBAU</a>, a young practice and think tank operating between <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> and Cambridge, founded by&nbsp;Brigitta Lenz and&nbsp;Alexander Giarlis. Both with extensive previous experience working for big name practices, the duo talks about how they draw on this background to create ambitious and thought-provoking work focused on sustainability.</p> Deans List: Milton Curry shares his vision for the future of the USC School of Architecture Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-05T11:45:00-04:00 >2017-10-04T20:16:24-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>For this edition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Deans List</a> we spoke with incoming dean Milton Curry at the<a href="" target="_blank"> University of Southern California</a>. Dean Curry told us about his vision for the school, what it means to be a citizen architect and the commitment of architecture thinking to public good. </p> One, Two Three Swing & #ILikeEverything; Installations from the Tate Turbine Hall and the Hestercombe Estate Ed Frith 2017-10-03T11:40:00-04:00 >2017-10-03T11:41:54-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The first Tate Turbine Hall installation seventeen years ago featured the work of the surrealist Louise Bourgeois, since then, there have been many popular, bodily engaged installations such as <a href="" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>&rsquo;s, Weather Project, and <a href="" target="_blank">Carsten Holler&rsquo;s polished stainless steel slides</a>. With this year&rsquo;s installation commissioned from the Danish art collective, <a href="" target="_blank">Superflex</a>, entitled &lsquo;One, Two Three Swing&rsquo;, the fun is back with an experiential attraction, a stimulation for body and mind. Superflex have a track record of provocative and collaborative work, from urban graphics to film and sound work, from their <a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;flooded MacDonalds&rsquo; film</a>&nbsp;to the remarkable &lsquo;international&rsquo; playpark in Copenhagen, &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Superkilin</a>&rsquo;.</p> The Amnesias of "Make New History" Nicholas Korody 2017-09-27T10:30:00-04:00 >2017-09-29T09:55:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Before there was Mies, there was Mecca. Built originally as a hotel for the World&rsquo;s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the <a href="" target="_blank">Mecca Apartments</a>, which once occupied the site of the now-heralded IIT campus in Chicago&rsquo;s Bronzeville neighborhood, served as a cultural epicenter for the city&rsquo;s Black community. This was a community formed primarily by participants of what is called &ldquo;the Great Migration,&rdquo; one of the largest mass internal migrations in history. Between 1916 and 1970, 1.6 million people fled the American South, where they faced Jim Crow laws, racist ideology, and widespread, institutionalized murder (nearly 3,500 Black people were lynched between 1882 and 1968). But when they arrived in Chicago and other Northern cities, they were met with similar instances of racism, segregation, and violence. Places like the Mecca Apartments served as rare shelter. So when, under the guise of so-called &ldquo;urban renewal,&rdquo; the Mecca Apartments were slated for demolition to make room for the IIT campus,...</p> The Founders of NY-based New Affiliates Discuss How Their Love for Arguing Betters Their Work Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-18T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T12:12:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">N/A</a>, our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>,&nbsp;is a <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>-based architectural design practice led by Jaffer Kolb and Ivi Diamantopoulou. They are interested in using known forms, techniques and materials in new ways; creating work that is both textured and layered, typical and novel. Current projects of the firm include a house completing this fall, a hotel facade renovation, a cliffside viewing platform, and a collection of design objects.&nbsp;</p> Columbus, a Movie on Architecture, Drama and Romance Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-14T10:20:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T19:20:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Set in <a href="" target="_blank">Columbus, Indiana</a>, the movie bearing the city&rsquo;s name narrates the singular friendship between Casey, a young woman deeply passionate about modernist architecture, and Jin, the son of a famous Korean architect who landed in Columbus because of his father&rsquo;s illness.&nbsp;</p> There Are Over a Thousand 9/11 Memorials Around the World. Here Are Just a Few You Probably Haven't Seen. Lester Levine 2017-09-11T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T13:39:38-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>I spent more than five years studying entries to the 2003 <a href="" target="_blank">World Trade Center</a> Memorial Design Competition, compiling them in my book &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">9/11 Memorial Visions</a>&rdquo; (McFarland &amp; Co, 2016). Soon after, I learned that the <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> memorial is only one of many, and I thought, &ldquo;There must be some interesting ones that have been built&hellip;&rdquo;</p> Want to land a job at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple? Get to know them first. Archinect 2017-09-08T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T16:01:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> Rethinking Frank Lloyd Wright: Thoughts from a trip through the Rustbelt Hannah Wood 2017-09-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T18:07:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While in New York this July I visited&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MoMA</a>&rsquo;s retrospective of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>, &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Unpacking the Archive</a>&rsquo;, an extensive collection of Wright&rsquo;s production to celebrate his 150 year anniversary. Despite his revered position as America&rsquo;s prot&eacute;g&eacute; architect and seminal figure&mdash;and having studied his work in the past&mdash;a number of surprising and unexpected thoughts from the show stuck with me during my subsequent month-long journey through the American Midwest. Both a pioneer of radical experimentation and a deep-rooted member of the status quo, Wright&rsquo;s projects draw from many cultural histories and are, at times, divisive. But is it time the architecture press retires from reinventing Frank Lloyd Wright, the tireless self-publicist, and instead focuses the spotlight elsewhere? I discuss my thoughts with architect, cultural historian and Wright scholar&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mabel O. Wilson</a>, who currently teaches architectural history and theory at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Columbia GSAAP</a>.</p>... The Playful Installations of the Syracuse-based Duo SPORTS Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T12:33:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Meet Greg Corso and Molly Hunker. Together, the two form the Syracuse-based <a href="" target="_blank">SPORTS</a>&mdash;an award-winning design and architecture collaboration. They've recently been named as one of the winners of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects+Designers</a>, have received a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">glowing review</a> from architecture critic Blair Kamin, were recipients of a "Best of Design" Award from Architect's Newspaper, and have been highlighted as a "Firm to Watch" by <em>Architectural Record</em>.&nbsp;</p> 18 Amazing Examples of Festival and Event Architecture to Celebrate the End of Summer Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-29T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:00:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The culture and lifestyle associated with music festivals has greatly changed since they first emerged. Evolving from a symbol of counterculture into popular mainstream entertainment, many music festivals have embraced the use of visual arts and architecture. Typically, this comes in the form of temporary structures and installations that provide visual stimuli, some shade, and often much-needed landmarks for locating lost friends. Even if confined by a tight budget and a short deadline, these temporary structures nevertheless represent exciting examples of efficient and engaging design.</p> Exploring the architecture of the atomic age, starting with the Chicago birthplace of the world's first nuclear reactor Leo Shaw 2017-08-24T09:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-25T15:19:48-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> Beijing-Based Rocker-Turned-Architect Cao Pu Sees Architects as Social Workers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-21T09:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T09:48:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> Audain Art Museum by Patkau Architects Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-31T09:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T18:58:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> Cross-Talk #2: Matthew Allen on 'Pedagogy' Today Matthew Allen 2017-07-26T12:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T12:02:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Not so long ago, not everyone would be expected to graduate from high school. &nbsp;(Graduation rates in the US: 1900: 6%; 1930: 55%; 2016: 83%.) Now college is more or less mandatory in many lines of work, and an advanced degree is almost a requirement to be an architect. But somehow an old idea persists: the idea of the architect as a generalist problem-solver, a gentleman amateur. This is a nineteenth century idea that fit, say, Frank Lloyd Wright, but, strangely enough, it also fits most contemporary architects that come to mind.<br></p> Cross-Talk #2: 'Pedagogy of The Present — Frederick L. Ackerman’s Unrealized Vision for Architectural Education' by Zachary Tate Porter Zachary Tate Porter 2017-07-25T12:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T23:03:40-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In recent years, various social media platforms have reconfigured the distribution and consumption of architecture&mdash;a transformation that has reinvigorated the discipline and produced a wide array of provocative imagery. Yet, while architects can and should celebrate this exciting culture of exchange, there is also the risk of becoming too insulated from the problems and paradigms of larger culture. Ultimately, architectural schools bear the burden of navigating these forces and setting the tone for emerging professionals. As architectural educators chart the course for our discipline, they would be wise to revisit the pedagogical visions espoused by our predecessors.</p> Photographing the demolition and transformation of Chicago's public housing David Schalliol 2017-07-25T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T21:06:24-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A decade-long photo series shows the demolition and transformation of Chicago's public housing from a human perspective.</p> <p><em>This article was originally published on the&nbsp;</em><em><a href="" target="_blank">blog</a></em><em>&nbsp;of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The blog is edited in partnership with&nbsp;</em><em><a href="" target="_blank">Consortia</a></em><em>&nbsp;and invites designers, writers and other contributors to independently express their perspectives on the Biennial across a range of formats. The 2017 Biennial, entitled&nbsp;</em>Make New History<em>, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.</em><br></p> Neeraj Bhatia discusses his transcalar design-research practice, the Open Workshop Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-17T11:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-22T12:30:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Open Workshop</a> was founded in 2011 and is located across&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Toronto</a>, Canada. It is a design-research office working at multiple scales to examine the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. Projects include consulting on the redesign of Bruce Mau's office and accolades include <a href="" target="_blank">the Architectural League of New York's 2016 Young Architects Prize</a>.</p> <p>The founder, Neeraj Bhatia, discusses the studio's interdisciplinary approach and remaining undefined as a practice.&nbsp;</p> Recent Wheelwright recipient Samuel Bravo discusses unearthing the architectural vernaculars of the Amazonian region and beyond Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-14T11:45:00-04:00 >2017-07-15T14:05:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard University</a>&nbsp;Graduate School of Design&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">awarded its coveted 2017 Wheelwright Prize to Chilean architect Samuel Bravo</a> for his proposal <em>Projectless: Architecture of Informal Settlements</em>. His work focuses on the traditional architectures and informal settlements of communities in Chile, Peru, and the Amazonian region. Past projects include organizing community-led rebuilding efforts in earthquake-damaged Chile and designing/constructing a lodge, shamanic center and school for the Shipibo people in the Peruvian Amazon.</p> A modernist city in Africa and Art Deco buildings in China, among others, get added to UNESCO"s World Heritage List Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T19:51:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The 41st session of <a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO</a>'s <a href="" target="_blank">World Heritage</a> Committee has been taking place in <a href="" target="_blank">Krak&oacute;w, Poland</a> since July 2nd. As the meeting comes to a close, the week has resulted in the designation of 21 new sites and five site boundary changes have also been approved.</p>