Archinect - Features 2018-12-09T23:44:46-05:00 Screen/Print #68: Phillip Denny Contemplates the Information Overload of Instagram Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-06T15:31:00-05:00 >2018-12-07T17:23:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The newest issue of <a href="" target="_blank">PLAT Journal</a>, "7.0: Sharing," concerns&nbsp;the nature of contemporary sharing that proceeds today with fervor, given the prevalence of social media and screen technologies.&nbsp;</p> Former Dwell Editor Amanada Dameron Sits Down with Shohei Shigematsu for Some Cocktails and Conversation Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-29T20:14:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the past six years, <a href="" target="_blank">AIA New York</a> has been hosting an intoxicating series of dialogues that pairs an architect&nbsp;with a critic, journalist, curator or other design professional to discuss design over a custom-crafted cocktail. What began as an informal, casual Friday evening event for architects, has evolved and resulted in a treasured catalogue about how to design.&nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #66: Hans Hollein's Mobile Office and the New Workers’ Reality Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-04T19:16:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 1969, decades before winning the <a href="" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>, Austrian architect <a href="" target="_blank">Hans Hollein</a> built an inflatable mobile office that could be carried around and set up practically anywhere. Prophesying what would later become a laptop, the project&mdash;part pneumatic architecture, part performance, part video art&mdash;involved Hollein landing a small airplane on a runway and setting up the portable, plastic space, in which he could be seen talking on the telephone and typing.</p> Screen/Print #65: Student Publication from Harvard GSD Reflects on Early Generation of Refugee Architects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-30T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T19:09:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Very Vary Veri</a>&nbsp;</em>is a student run journal coming from Harvard's GSD that publishes archival material found at the Loeb Library alongside newly commissioned pieces; their latest, Issue 3, explores the theme of Exile.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this iteration of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Screen/Print</a></em>, we are sharing an included essay by&nbsp;Kathleen James-Chakraborty, an art history professor at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">University College Dublin</a>. In it, James-Chakraborty reflects on America's early generation of refugee architects&mdash;Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Erich Mendelsohn, to name a few&mdash;who came to the U.S. and forever shaped its built environment.&nbsp;</p> 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 src="" border="0" /><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> Screen/Print #63: Experimental Preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos Talks About Cherished Objects and Adolescence Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-11T10:47:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T10:47:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"What does it mean to be 17 in 2017?" That is the question the most recent issue of <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Design Magazine</a>,&nbsp;<em>Seventeen,&nbsp;</em>seeks to explore by looking into teenagehood and its relation to the spatial imagination.</p> Screen/Print #62: A Year After Ghost Ship Fire, Writer and Activist Jaime Omar Yassin Reflects on City's Response Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In December of 2016, a fire broke out during a show at <a href="" target="_blank">Oakland</a>'s <a href="" target="_blank">Ghost Ship</a>, a DIY-venue located in a two-story warehouse. The incident tragically took the lives of 36 young concert-goers and prompted national discussions (<a href="" target="_blank">including one on our podcast</a>) of the safety and vitality of DIY venues and the long-term effects of such building code violations for gentrification and zoning.&nbsp;</p> S/P #61: Husos Architects trace the role of remittances on migratory urbanisms Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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> Screen/Print #60: Suzannah Victoria Beatrice Henty on the contradictory nature of reparation politics Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-28T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T14:13:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What does it mean when a country takes responsibility for a historical act of injustice while ignoring its contemporary actions of a similar nature? &nbsp;In this essay by Suzannah Victoria Beatrice Henty for <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Funambulist</a></em>, she examines the often-contradictory nature of reparation politics.</p> Screen/Print #59: Katya Tylevich takes us on an aquatic journey through LA in the latest issue of Art Papers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Film, case study houses, rooftop parties, rec centers, hotel lobbies, and other watery spaces such as car washes, reservoirs and the LA river" are just a few of the "LA knowns" that the pool conjures up for Jennifer Bonner, a guest editor for the latest issue of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Art Papers</a></em>.&nbsp;<br></p> Screen/Print #57: Dora Epstein Jones On Re-centering 'the Building' in Architectural Discourse Nicholas Korody 2017-06-23T10:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&ldquo;We <em>forgot </em>about buildings,&rdquo; claims <a href="" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a> in this provocative essay for <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Building</a></em>, a new volume edited by Jos&eacute; Arag&uuml;ez and published by Lars M&uuml;ller, featured here as part of Archinect&rsquo;s recurring series <em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Screen/Print</a></strong></em>.</p> Screen/Print #56: Alessandro Bava and Oskar Johanson Reflect on the Future of the AA in 'DUE' Nicholas Korody 2017-06-14T12:01:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T19:22:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One of the preeminent schools of architecture in the world, the <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Association of Architecture</a> (AA) in London is in the midst of some significant changes. Brett Steele, the director of the school, is <a href="" target="_blank">heading out</a> to Los Angeles where he will serve as Dean of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. During this time of transition, the students and alumni of the AA have taken to the school&rsquo;s weekly publication <a href="" target="_blank"><em>DUE</em></a>, featured here as part of Archinect&rsquo;s recurring series <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>, to reflect on the past and project towards the future of the institution.</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> Screen/Print #55: Marlon Blackwell On Moving Architecture Away from Idealism, Utopianism, and Easy Meanings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-11T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In American architecture, the big cities, in particular New York and Los Angeles, tend to hog attention. So, for the latest issue of <em><a href="" target="_blank">Project</a></em>, a yearly journal for architecture, the editors decided to look elsewhere. The issue, which is featured here as part of our recurring series <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>, highlights a new cast of architects and critics operating outside these two hubs of architectural production.</p> Screen/Print #54: Galen Cranz on Why We Need to Rethink the Chair Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T12:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T12:06:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Besides buildings (obviously), chairs are probably architects favorite things to design. There&rsquo;s Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Barcelona chair and Gerrit Reitveld&rsquo;s Zig-Zag chair; Arne Jacobson&rsquo;s Model 3107 and Frank Llloyd Wright&rsquo;s Peacock chair. Today, the tradition continues, with architects from David Adjaye to Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid all designing places to perch. Yet, for all their formal grace and beauty, these chairs rarely break the mold. Invariably, they are designed around an upright individual sitting at a right angle. And, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Galen Cranz</a>, a Professor of Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">the University of California, Berkeley</a>, such traditional chair designs just don&rsquo;t cut it&mdash;and they're even harming our health.</p> Screen/Print #53: Richard Meier Ponders the Meaning of 'Home' in America, Today Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T12:09:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&ldquo;What does it take to make a house a home?&rdquo; asks Bernard Friedman, editor of the newly-released book <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The American Idea of Home: Conversations About Architecture and Design</em></a>. Featuring interviews with thirty of the most significant architects practicing today, the volume probes the meaning of home past and present, as well as the role of architecture in constructing it, particularly during an era when most American homes aren&rsquo;t designed by architects at all.</p> Screen/Print #52: Shela Sheikh Searches for New Political Vocabularies in 'And Now: Architecture Against a Developer Presidency' Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T12:12:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump won the US Presidential election. Just under a month later, the US Army Corps of Engineers temporarily halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline following large protests heavily covered by the media. These events frame &nbsp;Shela Sheikh&rsquo;s essay &ldquo;Translating Geontologies&rdquo;, which contends with an emerging (or at least, for some, a newly visible) political landscape marked by &ldquo;an insidious violence that is more often than not environmental and affecting the bodies of racialized subjects.&rdquo;&nbsp;</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> Screen Print #50: Rem Koolhaas discusses controversy, collaboration, and cultural revolution in "Happy Tropics" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-22T13:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T14:23:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What is the role of an ethically and aesthetically astute architect in a market-driven economy? For Rem Koolhaas, the obstacles of reality shouldn't hinder architects who wish to contribute works that enhance the public realm. In this discussion with <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Schindhelm</a>&nbsp;excerpted from <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Happy Tropics 1</em></a>, Koolhaas explains how by working in Asia, he has not only witnessed the increasing cultural influence of the East versus the West, but also retained his idealism, drive, and desire for collaboration.</p> Screen Print #49: "Bracket" ponders how architecture should respond in extreme times Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:40:48-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How can&nbsp;design&nbsp;be productive in chaotic times? In its latest release "At Extremes," the journal&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Bracket</em></a>&nbsp;examines the role of architecture in a world in which "extreme" is constantly being redefined.</p> Screen/Print #48: "Lobby" Investigates Faith in Architecture Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T01:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:56:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The fifth issue of <em>LOBBY</em>, the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London's publication of thematically related essays and interviews, explores the meaning, fragility, and ultimate worth of a unifying architectural "faith."</p> Screen/Print #47: Fresh Meat's 'Of the City', from UIC Nicholas Korody 2016-11-09T12:05:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T09:56:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Individuality is a prized commodity. &ldquo;Dare to be different,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re told. &ldquo;To thine own self be true,&rdquo; inspirational posters implore, butchering a quotation from <em>Hamlet</em> that originally implied multiple, different meanings. But how? After all, the most punk of punks is the one who copies the best.</p> Screen/Print #46: 'Quick Images' Complicate Architectural Discourse in 'Hatch' from Penn Design Julia Ingalls 2016-10-27T12:25:00-04:00 >2017-01-10T17:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What is architectural discourse in an era of so-called "quick images"? As a collection of conversations between students and professors, <em>Hatch</em> explores the culture of social media and the subsequent disconnect it has created between disciplined, professional works of architecture and flashy (if ubiquitous) presentations.</p> Screen/Print #45: Orhan Ayyüce interviews "The Wire" actor Bob Wisdom for LA Forum's summer issue Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:09:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T16:57:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For locals and beyond, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has a simple aim&mdash;highlight what makes L.A.'s architecture and urbanism discourse special, and what it can teach the rest of the world. Seasonally, <a href="" target="_blank">LA Forum</a> draws on its own board members and reaches into the community to publish a newsletter under a single theme or proposition.</p> Screen/Print #44: 'Education: Trial and Error' from The Metropolitan Laboratory Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-09-08T11:26:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A hyper-competitive culture pervades today&rsquo;s workplaces and academic settings. It often seems like the only path to success is, well, success. But what about the value of failure? After all, it&rsquo;s hard to know what&rsquo;s right when you don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s wrong.</p> Screen/Print #43: 'Beautifully Banal' by Architecture Hero Julia Ingalls 2016-08-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T02:34:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Beautifully Banal,</em>&nbsp;a marvelously detailed, narrative-driven exploration of architectural drawing types via a fly&rsquo;s structural adventures, is both a slender comic and an architectural delight.</p> Screen/Print #42: Harvard's New Geographies 07, 'Geographies of Information' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-24T10:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T00:23:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that, in an era of unprecedented access to information fueled by an accelerating Moore&rsquo;s Law, everything weighs on the land. While unlikely to be visible from the backyard, the infrastructure of digital technologies will only become more pervasive, and should be respected with the same aesthetic and critical discourse that we bestow on the ballet of the sidewalk, the symphony of the city, and the poetry of infrastructure.</p> Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-04-22T09:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:37:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It&rsquo;s among the worst clich&eacute;s of architectural writing: towers are phallic; stadiums (or just any project by a certain recently-deceased <a href="" target="_blank">icon</a>) are vulval. But what about when the architects themselves describe their project in genital terms? And, in particular, when they take inspiration not from some heroic idea of rigidity, but rather acceptance of a more prosaic state of flaccidity?</p> Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2 Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T17:43:00-05:00 >2017-10-13T00:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the high-gloss landscape of design magazines, all tables have been wiped clean. But in practice, things get messy: our desks are cluttered, our kitchens are flecked with sauce, our careers take form or falter as we finger the seams in the Formica. In this issue of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Dirty Furniture</em></a>, the second in a finite series of six, an object usually shrouded by its ubiquity is illuminated by a series of essays that considers the table not just as a formal object, but also as an architecture and convention that structures our familial, social, political, and spiritual relationships.</p> Screen/Print #39: "Pleasure" from PennDesign's LA+ Nicholas Korody 2016-01-07T13:55:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In an era marked by ecological crisis, the figure of the landscape architect can assume an austere, if not downright sanctimonious, stance. Like some contemporary prophet, the landscape architect calls for repentance, moderation, and preparation &ndash; a voice in the wilderness of our apparently excessive time. Yet the discipline&rsquo;s origins are far less pious, as is made clear in &ldquo;Pleasure,&rdquo; the newest issue of <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><em>LA+</em></a></strong>, produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a>. Revisiting arcadias of past and present &ndash; from the gardens of Ancient Rome to the resort-styled Discovery Bay development in Hong Kong &ndash;&nbsp;the issue considers the complex relationship between landscape architecture and pleasure.</p>