Archinect - Features 2017-08-21T12:11:06-04:00 The return of the master builder? Peter Murray 2017-08-21T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T05:20:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower disaster</a>, Marc Vlessing, CEO of London residential developer <a href="" target="_blank">Pocket</a>, was speaking at a NLA Sounding Board meeting. Dutch-born Vlessing stated that for an objective view of such issues he often turned to the European press. Newspapers in Germany and the Netherlands, he said, immediately suggested that the cause of the tragic fire lay in the tendency of the UK construction industry to continually sub-contract risk.</p> Beard+Riser Interprets Southern Vernacular Architecture With a Modernist Perspective Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-07T11:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T13:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mississippi</a> is one of the poorest states in the United States, and isn't known for being a center for architecture, but <a href="" target="_blank">Beard+Riser</a> are doing what they can to mark the state with some amazing architecture. Their work takes inspiration from the Delta's vernacular architectures while making the most of tight budgets. As the firm expands and adds a second office in Oxford, MS, we talk with the founders about growing a small practice in rural Mississippi.</p> Holidays and Bonfires David Capener 2017-08-07T05:39:00-04:00 >2017-08-20T01:57:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>July is not a usual month in Belfast. It&rsquo;s holiday time &mdash;&nbsp;north coast beaches, infinite Donegal sands, the beautiful flat half-light of dusk of the western coast. For others it&rsquo;s a time to play their part in, what is for some a controversial historical narrative that has, one way or another been weaving its way down through Ulster&rsquo;s history &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">bonfires and marches</a>. July is a month of distractions &mdash; holidays and bonfires. What a strange time then for the pre-planning consultations for two controversial schemes in the city to take place.&nbsp;</p> Office Still Life: From Renzo Piano to MAD Architects, Marc Goodwin captures the inner worlds of architecture firms Justine Testado 2017-08-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T13:34:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many architecture practices, the office is their second home &mdash; a reflection of who they collectively are as a firm. Depicting the atmosphere of a firm's office space is an ideal subject for architectural photographer Marc Goodwin of <a href="" target="_blank">Archmospheres</a>, who previously shared his work approach <a href="" target="_blank">with Archinect</a>. Since acquiring a Ph.D. in architectural photography, Goodwin has embarked on a global tour to capture the assortment of architecture studio offices that are out there, including those of <a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Foster +&nbsp;Partners</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>.</p> S/P #61: Husos Architects trace the role of remittances on migratory urbanisms Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T11:57:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="928" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since the late 1990s, remittances, or money transfers made by international migrants to their countries of origin, have played an increasingly large role in both the local and national economies of the receiving countries. In some cases, like Nepal, remittances can make up a full third of a countries total GDP.&nbsp;</p> Announcing the winners of Archinect UK Portfolio Competition 2017! Ellen Hancock 2017-07-27T04:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T11:08:11-04:00 <img src="" width="5413" height="3537" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, we launched the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UK portfolio competition</a>&nbsp;to celebrate and expose the wealth of fantastic work already up on Archinect as well as to encourage individuals not registered to upload and share their work with our global online community.</p> The Open Workshop explores how housing density may have decided the U.S. 2016 Election Julia Ingalls 2017-07-21T13:11:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T18:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="925" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think about the American political landscape, and a highly partisan, Russian-government-colluding version may come to mind. But what about the literal American political landscape, as defined by housing density and building typology per acre? The project &ldquo;Environment as Politics: From Identity to Density Politics&rdquo; by <a href="" target="_blank">The Open Workshop</a>, originally presented on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Places Journal</em></a>, studied voting patterns in the 2016 election for the U.S. President and discovered that how closely people live together may be the soundest predictor of which candidate gets their vote.</p> Emergency Shelter: Housing for the Age of Mass Displacement Hannah Wood 2017-07-20T11:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-23T19:31:14-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, forced displacement affects more people than any crisis or conflict. According to the UN, 65.3 million people, or one person in every 113, is now internally or externally <a href="" target="_blank">displaced</a>. The average time families remain in emergency accommodation is now <a href="" target="_blank">17 years</a>, longer than the <a href="" target="_blank">average US house buyer</a> will stay in their home. No longer temporary but not yet a city, these &lsquo;camps&rsquo; are where millions of children will grow up. In this month&rsquo;s feature we speak to architects working with the concept of emergency shelter to find out how they are approaching the issue. An overview will be provided by former UNHCR official Kilian Kleinschmidt, now director of <a href="" target="_blank">Switxboard</a>, who will discuss where and how input from the design disciplines would be most welcomed.</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 src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> STITCH design shop embraces North Carolina's rich history of progressive architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-10T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T17:05:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we are venturing to North Carolina to talk with <a href="" target="_blank">STITCH design shop</a> about what it is like to grow an architectural practice in a small city. Read on to hear how the team of seven is making a name for themselves in Winston-Salem, the city of Art and Innovation.</p> #EthelDay: celebrating the contributions made by woman to the field of architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-05T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-05T18:23:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1898, Ethel Charles became the first woman to be admitted to the <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a> (RIBA) and today <a href="" target="_blank">RIBA is celebrating the trailblazer</a> with a social media campaign marked by the hashtag #Ethelday.</p> What we do as architects is not neutral: it is political David Capener 2017-07-05T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-07T12:17:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> Happy Canada Day! Here's a look at some of our favorite practices from each province and territory Nicholas Korody 2017-07-01T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-02T13:58:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every July 1, Canadians unite to celebrate their country and its history. Specifically, Canada Day commemorates the merger of what were once three separate colonies&mdash;New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada (contemporary Ontario and Quebec). It was a milestone in the movement from colony to commonwealth to independent country.&nbsp;</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="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> At UCLA's Year-End Reviews, a Diversity of Impressive Student Work Makes for a Loud 'Rumble' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:16:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As summer begins and the academic year comes to a close, all the rooms and narrow corridors of <a href="" target="_blank">UCLA</a>&rsquo;s Perloff Hall are overflowing with models and drawings, celebrating the hard work of the students with the annual exhibition-style event, Rumble.</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 >2017-07-02T20:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> (Un)believable Utopias: 6 Forgotten Projects and their Provocative Stories Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T10:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-08T16:46:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> Environmentalism Matters for Architects — With or Without the Paris Agreement Nicholas Korody 2017-06-02T13:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:26:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Yesterday, amidst the roses, magnolias, crabapples and Littleleaf lindens that populate the White House Rose Garden, the President announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the landmark international climate agreement made last year and signed by every country in the world except Syria and Nicaragua.*</p> Architects of Social Responsibility: Views of Humanitarian Architecture in Practice Hannah Wood 2017-05-24T12:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T17:17:55-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last month, <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> announced they had hired former <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> co-founder Cameron Sinclair to lead their project to supply temporary housing to 100,000 people in need, shortly after launching a program to secure refuge for members of Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">homeless</a> community. Users of the online hospitality service can now register as &lsquo;hosts for good&rsquo;, and architects are stepping in to make that happen. <a href="" target="_blank">IKEA</a>&rsquo;s recent drive to create flat-pack temporary homes for refugee camps through their Foundation in collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">UNHCR</a>&nbsp;is another example of how companies are exploring philanthropic interests through the medium of architecture. This month&rsquo;s feature engages with architects adopting a range of business models to pursue social responsibility and looks deeper into ways the profession is engaging with building for a common good.</p> Cross-Talk: 'Reflections of Agonist Reflections' by Eliyahu Keller Eli Keller 2017-05-24T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-25T23:27:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The definition provided by Wikipedia for &lsquo;agonism&rsquo; puts an emphasis on the legitimacy of struggle, on its &ldquo;permanent place&rdquo;, and less on the outcome of the conflict. With this&mdash;and not to say by any means that all struggles are valid&mdash;the point is still quite clear. It is the struggle that matters, not the result. It is the activity that counts, not where it leads. It is, as we tell children who lose a ball game, all about participation; it&rsquo;s about moving, staying fit, agile; it&rsquo;s about always being in flux.&nbsp;</p> Cross-Talk: 'The Agonist' by Clemens Finkelstein Clemens Finkelstein 2017-05-23T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T18:23:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A(nta)gonistic&mdash;a fragile web composed of the agonist, antagonist, and anti-agonist&mdash;is how the contemporary struggle unfolds in architectural discourse: an interrelated mess of pretension shooting bursts of polemic observations and sadomasochistic exposure, bouncing from media-outlet to media-outlet till incoherently strung shibboleths and their comments ooze through touchscreens and keyboards in an attempt to incite debate, leaving fingers sticky.&nbsp;</p> Introducing Archinect's New Critical Debate Forum 'Cross-Talk' Anthony Morey 2017-05-22T14:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T17:24:07-04:00 <img src="" width="2056" height="1212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The last four-plus decades have seen formidable developments in the discipline of architectural history and theory. This prolific production was disseminated publicly primarily through text-based mediums such as <em>Oppositions</em>, <em>Log</em> and <em>Assemblage</em>&mdash;among countless others. But now, the emergence of new media and platforms have dramatically changed the form and pace with which architectural ideas are transmitted. The slow pace of traditional text-centric publishing appears to be losing ground to the rapid production and transmission of images. Can text catch up with the image?</p> Chasing rabbits — tales from a new practice. David Capener 2017-05-19T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T10:45:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>My first entry into the practice diaries is apt. Last week I launched a new architects practice L&#333;F architects. I use the plural, but sat in my office &mdash; a small room at the bottom of my garden with just about enough room for either me or a swinging cat, but not both &mdash; I realise that the &rsquo;s&rsquo; is more a statement of future intent than a present reality. It&rsquo;s really just me on my own.&nbsp;</p> Parliaments around the world: what can architecture teach us about democracy? 2017-05-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-21T18:52:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>David Mulder van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, who comprise the Amsterdam-based creative agency and architecture office <a href="" target="_blank">XML</a>, have spent the past five-years studying the halls of Parliament. Comparing all 193 different assembly halls, the duo investigates how the architecture of these political congregations affects the governing process and in effect, how architecture shapes political culture.</p><p>With recent elections in the US and abroad exposing serious divides in the politics of these nations,&nbsp;we have decided to share with you a timely excerpt from their book&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Parliament</a>, </em>documenting their findings.&nbsp;</p> When a building is not the answer Julian Gitsham 2017-05-17T06:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T14:46:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In between the rush from here to there, have you noticed that we&rsquo;re living in the &lsquo;inbetween&rsquo;?</p><p>While technology enables unprecedented levels of connectivity and inclusion, fragmentation abounds as our sense of community, belonging and traditional business models are turned on their heads.&nbsp;</p> The Impossible Innocence of Architecture Maartje Ter Veen 2017-05-16T13:34:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T20:24:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There are as many definitions of architecture as there are architects. It is something that will never be set in stone, and that&rsquo;s a good thing. At the same time, &lsquo;What is architecture?&rsquo; is an essential question&mdash;a question that every architect and others in the field should continue to ask themselves to, at the very least, fully assume the position they have taken on, both in their profession and in society.</p> How can architecture become more diverse? On May 5th, L.A. AIA's "Encompass" conference addresses this question Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T11:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T13:56:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although there's always a few ignorant and ignoble members of any profession, architecture is primarily made up of progressively-minded, ethically-bound professionals. So why is architecture so white, male, and socioeconically monolithic? More importantly, how can these statistics be changed?</p> Why we're starting a print magazine after 20 years of publishing digitally Paul Petrunia 2017-05-02T15:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-03T01:56:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started Archinect 20 years ago, in the summer of 1997, the internet was still many years away from becoming a replacement for newspapers and magazines. Since then, the media landscape has changed drastically, with most print publications now dedicating the majority of their time and budget to their digital platforms. Today we consume media in a different way than we have ever done in the past, for better or worse. We expect more content, with higher quality, but human nature tends to give in to the quick and gratifying. Journalism has struggled to monetize quality investigations and writing as sites like Buzzfeed have proven that listicles, fun photos, and quick content bites offer a much greater return in dollars and followers.</p> How 3 Architecture Firms Are Using Showreels to Present and Promote Their Work Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:08:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a director or actor, putting together a showreel&mdash;a short video of spliced footage&mdash;is the first step in securing a gig. One may think of it as a cinematic portfolio: the means by which one presents work to the world of one's profession when the work is in motion. It might seem redundant, then, for an architect to have one too.&nbsp;After all, buildings are, by and large, static objects&mdash;and drawings, plans, photos and renderings can tell a lot. But, for those architects that do attempt to encapsulate their portfolio with real, edited footage&mdash;usually in combination with either voice-over or text statements&mdash;the rewards can be great. Not only does it make their work very accessible, it's also a bit of a control freak&rsquo;s dream: the narrative of the practice is orchestrated, down to the millisecond.</p> From Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma, Ian Gillespie is a Developer that Appreciates the Value of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T20:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Making the leap from paper to brick and mortar (or from the screen to IRL) tends to require a fair amount of financial support. Back in the old days, that would mean a wealthy patron like a Medici or a Guggenheim. And today&mdash;well, it also usually means a wealthy patron. For big projects, like a <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a> tower, they&rsquo;re often developers. But, as every architect knows, few developers actually support innovative design. Enter someone like Ian Gillespie, the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Westbank</a> and the backer of many significant projects by major architects, from <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>.</p>