Archinect - Features 2018-03-24T06:02:07-04:00 From the Ground Up: Balkrishna Doshi Anthony Morey 2018-03-16T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-16T14:08:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><em><a href="" 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> New Ground II: Countryside 2030 Hannah Wood 2018-02-28T12:56:00-05:00 >2018-03-01T12:38:24-05:00 <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> Soapbox: Identity Anthony Morey 2018-02-21T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-03-07T15:15:24-05:00 <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> 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> The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Home Designs, But Will it Give us the Next High-Tech Home? Nam Henderson 2018-02-08T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T18:03:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Having long wanted to attend the <a href="" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Energy</a>&rsquo;s collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses, I was excited to learn last year that it was going to be held in Denver, where I reside. As the event drew closer, I signed up for two volunteer roles, working one shift as a greeter and a few as a docent, in order to attend.</p> New Ground I: Advancing the Countryside Hannah Wood 2018-01-31T09:50:00-05:00 >2018-02-03T19:23:37-05:00 <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> How One Architecture Remains Small While Working on Massive Urban Resiliency Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-22T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Matthijs Bouw</a> is a Dutch architect and urbanist and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">One Architecture</a>, an award-winning design and planning firm that was established in <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> in 1995 and again in New York in 2015 after the firm won the Rebuild by Design competition in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a>. Bouw is also the Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow for PennDesign at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>, where his work centers on urban resilience and water management projects.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Bouw about opening up his New York office, the difference between working in the Netherlands&nbsp;versus the United States, and the benefits of keeping a small team despite working on large-scale projects.&nbsp;</p> Cross-Talk 3: Jonathan Rieke on 'Biennales, Triennials and Exhibitions' jonrieke 2017-12-27T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-28T06:49:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> America and the AV: Digital Mobility for Architects Hannah Wood 2017-11-15T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-14T18:00:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>American cities and their suburbs were built on innovations in transport technology. The spatial imprint of car ownership is so apparent it led urban activist Jane Jacobs to question whether American cities had in fact been built for people or for cars. In the past five years, a digital-hybrid layer of urban mobility has emerged&mdash;a fleet of autonomous, self-driving, car-pooling, electric vehicles have been set in motion. Google&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Waymo</a> project is now driving 25,000 autonomous miles each week, and the net worth of the automated vehicle (AV) industry is projected at <a href="" target="_blank">$7 trillion</a>. This month I discuss how architects can participate in this emerging technology with architect and Yale professor <a href="" target="_blank">Keller Easterling</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Carlo Ratti</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">MIT&rsquo;s Senseable City Lab</a>. Will the uptake of AV&rsquo;s deter people from public transit, pressurizing motorway expansion, or will we instead create an <a href="" target="_blank">architectural switch</a>, for a smarter, more equitable transport network?</p> Cluster, create, devolve Peter Murray 2017-11-01T07:00:00-04:00 >2017-11-01T06:51:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2010 Boris Johnson, when he was Mayor of London, famously stated that he would not accept <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Kosovo-style social cleansing of London&rdquo;</a> as a result of the then Government&rsquo;s proposals to cut housing benefit payments. Johnson&rsquo;s comments highlighted the pressures of retaining the social mix of central city areas in the face of increasing inequality of income and rising land and property prices. It was, and is, an issue that not only affects social housing at the lower end of the scale but also the intermediate market where young professionals and entrepreneurs&nbsp;&mdash; the drivers of the city&rsquo;s future economy &mdash; can no longer afford to live in the capital.</p> Apple's Latest Offering is a Wood, Metal and Glass "Town Square", Designed by Foster + Partners Oliver Beasley 2017-10-25T18:47:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the grand opening of Apple&rsquo;s brand new <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a> outpost this month, it appears that the tech giant&rsquo;s new line of stores, recently renamed "town squares", has well and truly dropped. We saw a <a href="" target="_blank">sneak peek of their glass curtain wall system and super slim roof lines at the Apple Park</a> this year but it now appears that this is more than just a one-off thing for their big time California HQ; it seems that this is their latest rendition of Apple Architecture, delivered by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>.</p> Housing after Debt? A discussion with Alastair Parvin Hannah Wood 2017-10-20T11:28:00-04:00 >2017-10-20T11:28:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This month Archinect looks closer at our housing economy&mdash;how we commission and produce homes in today&rsquo;s financial climate. This year a <a href="" target="_blank">primary index</a> tracking residential real estate value in major US cities revealed American house prices are now rising at a rate of 5.9% per annum&mdash;a three year high&mdash;significantly outpacing relative income gains. This growth now more than doubles the hourly earnings of the average American, pricing many families out of the market and out of the city. Similar trends can be found across major metropolitan areas in Europe and Asia, fueling acute housing crises such as the well documented situation in London, England. I speak to designer and civic entrepreneur Alastair Parvin of London-based studio <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture 00</a> who, frustrated by a select number of poor quality homes for sale at sensational prices, is now actively looking for ways to reshape the market itself; starting by rethinking the business model.<br></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 src="" border="0" /><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> London at the Seoul Biennale Peter Murray 2017-09-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T13:52:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London made good splash at the inaugural&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul Biennale</a>&nbsp;of Architecture and Urbanism which opened at the beginning of September in Zaha Hadid's DPP Cultural Centre. Taking one of the Biennale's themes of 'The Productive City' the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London installation</a>&nbsp;showed a film curated by We Made That and director Alice Masters which explored the complex thread of suppliers, from costumiers to scenery makers, that are needed to deliver a production in the Barbican arts centre. The film featured interviews with the artisans, creatives, manufacturers and suppliers, who contribute to London's role as a productive city.</p> Holidays and Bonfires David Capener 2017-08-07T05:39:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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> 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> Beyond hype and gentrification: Designing studios for artists DM-Architects 2017-06-30T04:15:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T04:13:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The production of art has been present in our work since we started the practice nearly 8 years ago. One of our first projects was the <a href="" target="_blank">studio of photographer Ori Gersht and painter Nogah Engler</a>, which was for us a seminal work not only in terms of establishing some of the key principles that remain fundamental in our design approach until now, but it also marked the start of a body of work in the realm of arts and culture that has evolved into a wide range of projects, from collaborations with artists to exhibition design and gallery spaces. This was a natural consequence of the strong affinity we feel towards the process of artistic production, particularly when it comes to art from the 1960&rsquo;s onwards when the ideas became as important as the making and production moved away from the artist, which brought it closer to the process of making architecture. Like some forms of art, our work often emerges from an idea of how the space or building will be experienced, and this idea ends u...</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> Can good design cure LA’s homeless problem? We asked Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T14:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For Skid Row Housing Trust, a nonprofit developer in Los Angeles that builds housing for LA&rsquo;s homeless population, good design is a basic civil right. Understanding that the environment plays a vital role in their residents&rsquo; recovery, the organization consistently teams up with renowned architectural firms such as <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Architecture</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Brooks+Scarpa</a> to design buildings for the homeless that stand out.</p> With 'Ways of Life,' 19 Architects Reimagine What It Means to Live and Work in Nature Nicholas Korody 2017-06-21T12:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">research</a> from 2015, between 35-38% of people do some, if not all, work from home. And, even back in 2009, a <a href="" target="_blank">study</a> found that 1 in 5 spent two to ten hours working from bed. In short, the way we work and live is changing, as many ditch (or have to ditch) the commuter express for their bedrooms. While Walter Benjamin <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> of the 19th century, &ldquo;for the private citizen, for the first time the living-space became distinguished from the place of work,&rdquo; in the 21st, that distinction is blurring once more. Alongside this, the split between the urban, as loci of labor, and the rural or suburban, as retreat, is complicated.<br></p> (Un)believable Utopias: 6 Forgotten Projects and their Provocative Stories Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T10:06:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Consciously or otherwise, social context determines design. Architecture, in turn, is capable of not only representing political ideals but also of reinforcing or shaping them&mdash;for example, through fostering forms of collective living or through breaking down gendered behavioral norms. The following projects may not be well-remembered, but they represent ambitious attempts to address or challenge the status quo through the built environment.</p> Mia Lundström is Blurring Local and Global, Top-Down and Bottom-Up Planning with the Kalejdohill Project Nicholas Korody 2017-06-13T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T11:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In today&rsquo;s hyper-digitized environment, the local and the global aren&rsquo;t so easily defined. Just search &lsquo;locals only&rsquo; on Instagram, for example, and you&rsquo;ll find photos tagged from around the world. So it&rsquo;s only fitting that urban planning projects, when seeking to activate a new social space, should blur the lines as well. &ldquo;Democracy in an age of social media, digitalizations, migration etc. asks for so many upgrades&mdash;how to plan cities is one of them,&rdquo; states Mia Lundstr&ouml;m, an urban planner and the Project Director of Kalejdohill, an initiative meant to activate a locality in a suburb outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Stockholm</a> years in advance of a future development.</p> 9 Urban Planners tell us their favorite buildings in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-09T12:09:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It has become common practice for architects to be asked what their favorite buildings are. After all, it is <em>the</em> obvious question. That being said, the majority of people walking into a building aren&rsquo;t architects and they certainly have something to say on the matter! In that vein, we have decided to reach outside the field to find out what other types of professionals have to say about the buildings in their city.</p> Screen/Print #56: Diana Balmori is interviewed by MAS Context about Bilbao's Abandoibarra Master Plan Julia Ingalls 2017-05-19T12:11:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T12:06:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The story of Bilbao&mdash;and its&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Wonder&trade;</a>&mdash;has been told to the point of clich&eacute;. Yet in <a href="" target="_blank">MAS Context</a>'s <em>BILBAO</em> issue, the familiar trope is given new life and depth as a series of architects, designers, and denizens of the city explain how they helped to transform this Spanish industrial town into a case study for holistic, rejuvenating design. In this excerpt from the issue for <em><a href="" target="_blank">Screen/Print</a></em>, Iker Gil interviews the late, great Diana Balmori about her firm's work on the Abandoibarra master plan.</p> Bridging Cross-Disciplinary Boundaries with LA-Más Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-27T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T12:10:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture has always been a discipline with undefined boundaries and shifting points of focus, which typifies the work of this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, the cross-disciplinary non-profit <a href="" target="_blank">LA-M&aacute;s</a>. Self-positioned as an urban design organization, the seven-member team&mdash;comprised of&nbsp;architects, graphic designers, urban planners, and community organizers&mdash;uses policy and architecture to help marginalized communities shape their neighborhoods and their future.</p> A voting guide for Los Angeles architects on the anti-growth Measure S Julia Ingalls 2017-03-06T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T12:26:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Opposed by a majority of architects, yet backed by a handful of prominent Angelenos including AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, Measure S is on the March 7th ballot. Is it a sneaky ratification of <a href="" target="_blank">NIMBY</a>, or a sensible call for considered growth?</p> Screen/Print #51: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary with "The Generic Sublime" Nicholas Korody 2017-02-28T17:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T17:52:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Luxury condominiums, airport hubs, resort complexes, gated communities, satellite cities &mdash; these are among the &ldquo;extra-large&rdquo; architectural typologies that have proliferated globally in recent years. In <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Generic Sublime: Organizational Models for Global Architecture</a></em><em>, </em>a new book edited by Ciro Najle and co-published by Actar and the <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a>, a series of essays explores these dominating edifices, investigating how the generic &ldquo;holds the potential to become its very opposite: the singular, the irreducible, and the extraordinary&rdquo;.</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> Architects Respond to the AIA’s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump Nicholas Korody 2016-11-14T14:42:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">AIA&rsquo;s formal statement</a>, and follow-up, in response to Donald J. Trump&rsquo;s election has elicited outrage within the architecture community. Architects, AIA-members and not, feel that the organization has failed to represent their interests, choosing instead to cooperate with what many equate to a fascist regime, and in so doing has compromised the entire profession. Architects have taken to social media to air their concerns and organize their own responses&mdash;we&rsquo;ll be updating this piece with more statements as the issue evolves,&nbsp;and collecting them all over&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Share your thoughts with us by submitting to the news&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p>