Archinect - Features 2018-05-21T07:00:34-04:00 Redesigning Las Vegas: Entertainment Architecture for the Experience Economy Hannah Wood 2018-05-10T10:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T09:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While Las Vegas is as popular as ever, visitors are spending less time on the casino floor. According to a <a href="" target="_blank">recent report</a>, gambling time now totals 1.9 hours during an entire stay in Vegas, an hour less than in 2015 and over two hours less than twenty years ago. This change is being driven almost entirely by the younger generation who are spending just 8.5 percent of their income on gambling compared to the <a href="" target="_blank">23.5% spent by their parents</a>. The American entertainment industry has therefore made it a top priority to grab, and keep, the attention of the millennial market.</p> <p>What does a less gambling-centric future mean for cities like Las Vegas? This month&rsquo;s feature takes you on a virtual tour of The Strip to investigate a selection of new experience-driven, &lsquo;Instagram-ready&rsquo; architecture projects commissioned by the top entertainment conglomerates. I check in with Stefan Al, architect and associate professor of Urban Design at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a> and author of &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Strip: Las Veg...</a></p> New Ground II: Countryside 2030 Hannah Wood 2018-02-28T12:56:00-05:00 >2018-04-16T06:43:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>New Ground II, the second installment of Archinect&rsquo;s two-part feature series on the contemporary countryside, is playfully set in rural California in the year 2030. Certain trends Christine Bjerke and I dug into in last month&rsquo;s feature, <a href="" target="_blank">New Ground I: Advancing the Countryside</a>, have been extrapolated to present a future pastoral landscape, recognizable yet markedly different than that which we might encounter today. We discuss this future outlook with <a href="" target="_blank">Benjamin Bratton</a>, director of the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Design and Geopolitics</a> at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of California, San Diego</a> and author of <a href="" target="_blank">The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty</a> and Martin Abell from the agricultural robotics firm <a href="" target="_blank">Precision Decisions</a>, the first company to farm a field without human intervention.</p> How 6 Successful Women in Architecture, Planning, and Engineering Joined Forces to Win "The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition" Ellen Hancock 2018-02-19T15:48:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T09:41:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The VeloCity team met through <a href="" target="_blank">PedElle</a>, a charity cycling endurance event open to female riders working in the property industry. Each successful in their own right, they decided they wanted to work together combining their expertise in architecture, design, engineering and town planning - a place-making competition developing the corridor that spans Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, seemed the perfect opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>I recently met with the team to find out more about how they work together collaboratively and what made their entry stand out. Since we met they have gone on to win the <a href="" target="_blank">'The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition'</a>, cementing their exciting future working together. </p> Soapbox: Race Anthony Morey 2018-02-14T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T22:25:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" 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> New Ground I: Advancing the Countryside Hannah Wood 2018-01-31T09:50:00-05:00 >2018-04-16T06:47:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Across the urbanized world, the contemporary countryside is a paradox. While media attention is absorbed by the city, many rural regions are experiencing accelerating change due to increased automation, the emergence of <a href="" target="_blank">megastructures</a> and new self-learning systems, all of which are reshaping the terrain. The divisive political events of 2017 exhibited just how much today&rsquo;s countryside has grown apart from the city both ideologically and spatially. To kick off 2018, in New Ground I, the first of a two-part feature series co-authored with <a href="" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a> from <a href="" target="_blank">In-Between Economies</a>, we will briefly explore a selection of major shifts that have influenced how the countryside operates today. We check in with rural demographer and sociologist <a href="" target="_blank">Ken Johnson</a> from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of New Hampshire</a> and Ivan Sergejev, an architect exploring the potential of the data center typology. In addition, will be tapping into the latest research from international architecture practice <a href="" target="_blank">OMA*AMO</a>, who have bee...</p> Iconic Buildings: I am an Architect at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Ellen Hancock 2018-01-24T12:29:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T15:21:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our new series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p> <p>This time, we got the opportunity to visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia</a>, one of the most iconic buildings in the world, still being built despite construction starting over 135 years ago. At the time of <a href="" target="_blank">Gaud&iacute;</a>'s death, less than a quarter of the project was complete, finally the project is <a href="" target="_blank">scheduled to be finished</a> in 2026 marking the centenary of his death.&nbsp;</p> <p>We spoke to David Puig, an architect at the Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia in <a href="" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 4 December 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-12-04T04:30:00-05:00 >2017-12-04T05:58:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I will be eternally grateful to Archinect for asking me to write these pieces as it has encouraged me to read more column inches on <a href="" target="_blank">Brexit</a> than I otherwise would and to consider the wider issues. I must admit, it looks like a mess.</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 src="" border="0" /><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> Collaboration and Poetic Rigour - Celebrating the 'Rising Stars of Irish Architecture' David Capener 2017-10-04T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-06T06:55:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>There is a poetic rigour to the work of the practices I interviewed for my Irish Times piece: <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Rising Stars of Irish Architecture</a></em>. I&rsquo;d spent all day &mdash; from my in-car interview with Douglas Carson, stuck in traffic on the City Quay, to Laurence Lord&rsquo;s fascinating five minute cultural history of rural Irish housing &mdash; trying to avoid using the word &lsquo;poetic&rsquo;; I feared the cliche.&nbsp;</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Serpentine Galleries, London Ellen Hancock 2017-09-27T04:14:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is the exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p> <p>In the spring, before this year's Serpentine Pavilion designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> was installed, we went to visit Mike Gaughan who is Gallery Manager at the Serpentine Galleries in Kensington Gardens.&nbsp;</p> Rethinking Frank Lloyd Wright: Thoughts from a trip through the Rustbelt Hannah Wood 2017-09-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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>... Iconic Buildings: I work at The Hepworth Wakefield Ellen Hancock 2017-08-31T05:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p> <p>This time, we interviewed Kirsty Fountain who is the Executive Assistant to the directors at The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire.</p> 18 Amazing Examples of Festival and Event Architecture to Celebrate the End of Summer Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-29T12:28:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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> The Return of the Master Builder? Peter Murray 2017-08-21T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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> 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="" border="0" /><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> What we do as architects is not neutral: it is political David Capener 2017-07-05T05:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I started writing this on the 13th of June. It was going to be a piece on the importance of critical engagement for sole or small practitioners. Thoughts on why, generally, as architects, we don't engage with other practices as much as we should; why it is important to do so; and to tell you about something we did here in Belfast to begin to explore how we might address this issue. Then, on the morning of the 14th of June, we all woke up to the news. The pictures. Smartphone footage. Tweets. Stories. Silhouettes of ghostly figures standing in smoke-filled rooms behind double glazed windows. The recordings of firefighters as they first saw the <a href="" target="_blank">24-storey, 67m high building</a> that moments later they would be entering &mdash; &ldquo;Fuck me, there&rsquo;s children in there, there&rsquo;s fucking children in there&rdquo;. The numbers; statistics; faces of missing loved ones and the beginnings of public displays of collective grief soon to be followed by anger and protests.&nbsp;</p> Why Not London? Peter Murray 2017-07-03T04:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Why not London?" I kept asking myself as I wandered round the spectacular opening reception of the spectacular <a href="" target="_blank">HQ of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid</a>. Housed in the former Turkish Embassy building designed by Joaquin Soldana in 1902 the foundation is a treasure trove of Normanalia - early drawings, models, sketches, huge renderings, personal artefacts, bicycle designs and cross country skis. Everything presented in museum-quality perfection. Each room overseen by a uniformed assistant who not only asked you politely not to take photos but also could provide a bi-lingual description of the works on show.</p> Why do we forget to look back when trying to move forward? Julian Gitsham 2017-06-28T04:45:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T04:42:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I have recently become a trustee of the <a href="" target="_blank">Turn End Trust</a>, an organisation which conserves, protects and maintains one of three Grade II listed houses designed and built in the 1960&rsquo;s by the architect Peter Aldington, in the Buckinghamshire village of Haddenham.</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Victoria Baths in Manchester Ellen Hancock 2017-06-27T06:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T11:40:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this installment of <em>Iconic </em><em>Buildings</em> we go to Manchester to visit the historic <a href="" target="_blank">Victoria Baths</a>, originally opened in 1906 but closed by the council in 1993. We talk to Georgina Child, the Administrative Assistant, who alongside the rest of the team, is working hard to raise funds to restore the baths to their original glory at the heart of the community in Manchester.&nbsp;</p> Designing from the land up: an interview with Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-26T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T21:33:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When Matt Wittman and Jody Estes founded their Seattle-based practice, Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape in 2012, they saw a space in the market for an integrated practice that brought indoor and outdoor space together as one whole. For this Monday's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the duo about their love of nature, getting clients to allocate funds for landscape, and their goals for the future.</p> Getting to know London Landscape Architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman Abigail Banfield 2017-05-05T04:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-05T01:47:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Gustafson Porter + Bowman</a> are a landscape architecture firm based in Camden, London, with work ranging from conservation of significant sites to innovative re-thinking of urban brownfields.&nbsp;</p> How to Inject Poetry into Architecture: Carme Pinós in Conversation with Orhan Ayyüce Nicholas Korody 2017-01-10T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Can architecture be both poetic and serve the needs of the people who use it? That&rsquo;s the question that orients this conversation between Orhan Ayyuce and Carme Pin&oacute;s, the award-winning Spanish architect. Conducted at the former home of the famed architect <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a>&mdash;what is now the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences&mdash;the discussion was occasioned by a lecture Pin&oacute;s delivered at Cal Poly Pomona, upon her acceptance of the 2016 Neutra Award for Professional Excellence.</p> Architecture 2030's Ed Mazria outlines an environmentally-responsible plan for the architecture and design industries Archinect 2016-11-21T13:17:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>A Sleeping Giant Awakens</strong><br>The election of Donald Trump, and <a href="" target="_blank">a hastily composed (and later retracted) post-election statement by the American Institute of Architects </a><a href="" target="_blank">(AIA)</a>, has galvanized the U.S. design community. After much soul-searching prompted by anxiety and anger, architects and our allied design and planning professionals have articulated a vibrant vision for themselves and their profession.</p> Ornament and Extinction in the Nuclear Era Nicholas Korody 2016-10-26T13:01:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T00:06:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> is a contested name for "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth." As the fourth installment of the recurring&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene</a>&nbsp;</em>series,<em>&nbsp;</em>this piece looks at a design problem that is larger, and perhaps more important, than any other imaginable.</p> At home in a changing climate: strategies for adapting to sea level rise Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T10:09:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T19:47:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For most of us, &lsquo;home&rsquo; conjures a sense of safety and security. But a home is a fragile thing: vulnerable to quaking ground, rushing water, violent winds&mdash;not to mention, the volatility of finances and health. This has never been more true than in the time of climate change. The global thermostat of the home in which we build our homes is on the fritz.&nbsp;</p> And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are... Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Even with an epic El Ni&ntilde;o&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">expected</a>&nbsp;to appear on the horizon, California remains locked in its severe and historic drought. But while water may be scarce in the country's largest economy, provocative and thoughtful submissions to Archinect's&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a>&nbsp;competition weren't.</p> Screen/Print #35: PennDesign's "LA+" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-23T17:58:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:38:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It all comes back to the land. <em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">LA+</a></strong></em>, the new publication produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a>, places landscape architecture at the origin point of a diverse panoply of disciplines. Put out twice annually, <em>LA+</em>&#8203; features precisely curated content from an array of professions that all come to focus on the landscape.</p> Art + Architecture: Andreas Angelidakis between the monumental and the particular Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:10:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Buoyantly imaginative yet grounded by a commitment to sociopolitical realism, the work of the Greek-born architect <a href="" target="_blank">Andreas Angelidakis</a>&nbsp;defies categorization. In fact, while he was trained as an architect at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, Angelidakis' work is perhaps better known in contemporary art circles than among architects. After all, Angelidakis exhibits in museums (and online) more than he builds. Yet his work, which takes the form of renderings, videos, sculptures, dioramas and installations, is visibly marked by an architectural sensibility. With near-manic intensity, Angelidakis&rsquo; work operates fluidly on the uneven terrain of the contemporary moment, invoking ecological disaster, digital and post-digital networks, economic crises, celebrity culture &ndash; often all at once. At the same time, specters of history &ndash; both imagined and real &ndash; never escape his expansive purview.</p> Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone Nicholas Korody 2015-05-07T12:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T20:43:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This is the third installment of the recurring feature&nbsp;<em>Architecture of the Anthropocene,&nbsp;</em>which explores the implications of the <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene thesis</a>&nbsp;for architecture. The <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> is a contested name for "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth."</p><p>Prior installments can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2018-03-02T13:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p>