Archinect - Features 2017-12-16T17:14:41-05:00 https://archinect.com/features/article/150008944/architects-of-social-responsibility-views-of-humanitarian-architecture-in-practice Architects of Social Responsibility: Views of Humanitarian Architecture in Practice Hannah Wood 2017-05-24T12:11:00-04:00 >2017-12-11T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eu/eujubal7kmtd5vb5.gif" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Last month, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> announced they had hired former <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9745/architecture-for-humanity" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5497/homeless" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/67774/ikea" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/49104/united-nations" 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> https://archinect.com/features/article/150007828/parliaments-around-the-world-what-can-architecture-teach-us-about-democracy Parliaments around the world: what can architecture teach us about democracy? general@x-m-l.org 2017-05-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-21T18:52:16-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckv2eiohgmehn21f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckv2eiohgmehn21f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckv2eiohgmehn21f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckv2eiohgmehn21f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>David Mulder van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, who comprise the Amsterdam-based creative agency and architecture office <a href="http://www.x-m-l.org" 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="http://www.parliamentbook.com" target="_blank">Parliament</a>, </em>documenting their findings.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150001598/social-object-relations-window-breaking-and-projective-identification Social Object Relations: Window Breaking and Projective Identification Alan Ruiz 2017-04-06T12:24:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:24:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6s3e9gvsbjvnsgqu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6s3e9gvsbjvnsgqu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6s3e9gvsbjvnsgqu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6s3e9gvsbjvnsgqu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Throughout modern history, the shattered transparent envelope has, in various ways, indexed social crises wherein revolution leads to the dismantling of the crystalline boundaries between public and private property. &nbsp;From the Watts Rebellion, WTO, and G8 protests to the 2011 London Riots, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/570574/black-lives-matter" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> protests, and the inauguration of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/460982/donald-trump" target="_blank">Donald J. Trump</a>, the shattered glass window repeatedly proves to be a site of counter-identification with systems of oppression under late capitalism. Learning from these events, how might we differently consider the act of window-breaking beyond the conventional understandings of protest and felony, and instead, reframe it as an intersubjective form of resistance and disavowal?</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150001379/screen-print-52-shela-sheikh-searches-for-new-political-vocabularies-in-and-now-architecture-against-a-developer-presidency 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 >2017-04-07T23:01:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d8/d8h3a76sz9eckhgn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d8/d8h3a76sz9eckhgn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d8/d8h3a76sz9eckhgn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d8/d8h3a76sz9eckhgn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/features/article/149999697/from-the-farnsworth-to-wikileaks-metahaven-on-transparency-propaganda-and-design From the Farnsworth to Wikileaks: Metahaven on Transparency, Propaganda and Design Nicholas Korody 2017-03-30T06:15:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T12:10:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur0yoawxbv0aylbg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur0yoawxbv0aylbg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur0yoawxbv0aylbg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur0yoawxbv0aylbg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Where are we? Somewhere in Eastern Ukraine, July 18, 2014&mdash;the day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, killing all 238 passengers as well as the fifteen crew members on board. Later, Russian media would suggest that the shooting was an attempt to assassinate Vladimir Putin; that it was shot down by Ukrainians by mistake; that Ukrainian air traffic controllers had intentionally misdirected the plane over a war zone; that it was an attempt to smear the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. Other stories spread: the plane was filled with 100 AIDS researchers or already-dead bodies and explosives. Eventually, the news cycle moved on.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149999813/between-the-home-and-the-market-an-interview-with-christine-bjerke-from-next-up-floating-worlds Between the home and the market: an interview with Christine Bjerke from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-28T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T12:03:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gt/gt240yc7lymu1zoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gt/gt240yc7lymu1zoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gt/gt240yc7lymu1zoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gt/gt240yc7lymu1zoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;The economy of the home becoming an investment culture instead of a savings culture disrupts the idea of very specific gendered roles in Japanese society,&rdquo; states the Copenhagen-based architect <a href="http://www.christinebjerke.com/" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a> during an interview conducted as part of Archinect&rsquo;s <em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992151/archinect-presents-next-up-floating-worlds-at-the-neutra-vdl-on-saturday-march-4" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a>. </em>Bjerke&rsquo;s project <a href="http://thefxbeauties.club/" target="_blank"><em>(On the Floating World of the) FX Beauties</em></a>, which inspired the name of the event,<em> </em>derives from her research into the spatial implications of the work of the FX Beauties, a club of Japanese housewives who engage in day-trading on foreign exchange markets.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149996948/reflecting-and-refracting-the-politics-of-glass-architecture Reflecting and Refracting the Politics of Glass Architecture Jeffrey Grunthaner 2017-03-16T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T06:06:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xb47n9mu7pwne1d1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xb47n9mu7pwne1d1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xb47n9mu7pwne1d1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xb47n9mu7pwne1d1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It seems to me unquestionable that an anti-capitalist world&mdash;a society that emphasizes process over product, lived experience over representations&mdash;would look very different from the one we currently inhabit. The distinguishing characteristics of that world are more difficult to determine. In what way would a historically unique organization of labor yield a correspondingly unique architecture?</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149994962/a-voting-guide-for-los-angeles-architects-on-the-anti-growth-measure-s 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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hw/hwxv4dr4sdcbrnq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hw/hwxv4dr4sdcbrnq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hw/hwxv4dr4sdcbrnq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hw/hwxv4dr4sdcbrnq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9735/nimby" target="_blank">NIMBY</a>, or a sensible call for considered growth?</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149988794/the-environment-we-design-designs-us-back-a-conversation-with-eran-chen-of-oda "The environment we design, designs us back:" A Conversation with Eran Chen of ODA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:53:54-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64cervgox3jcvbd1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64cervgox3jcvbd1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64cervgox3jcvbd1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64cervgox3jcvbd1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/105017616/oda-architecture" target="_blank">ODA</a>&rsquo;s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA&rsquo;s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city, the challenges behind designing &ldquo;permeable buildings,&rdquo; and what he learned from his dealings with Donald Trump.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149992224/architecture-in-the-trump-era-a-report-from-columbia-gsapp-by-a-l-hu Architecture in the Trump Era: A Report from Columbia GSAPP by A.L. Hu A.L. Hu 2017-02-16T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T22:01:28-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ube5lqnjbxy3nzpd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ube5lqnjbxy3nzpd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ube5lqnjbxy3nzpd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ube5lqnjbxy3nzpd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A week after taking to the streets for the Women&rsquo;s March in New York City and two weeks into the spring semester, I felt restless and helpless as the barrage of outrageous news took its toll. It&rsquo;s difficult to sit still in studio when it seems as if the world is beginning to morph into a reality that is at once unrecognizable in its incredulousness and intensely familiar&mdash;the beginnings of history repeating itself.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149988837/the-internet-was-a-desert The Internet Was a Desert Stefano Colombo 2017-01-27T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-05-11T20:55:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5l/5l7dsau00ff0ruwz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5l/5l7dsau00ff0ruwz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5l/5l7dsau00ff0ruwz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5l/5l7dsau00ff0ruwz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Looking for a picture that represents something related to the internet, we thought about the desert.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016 No Particular Place To Go: Cuba, 2016 Evan Chakroff 2017-01-06T13:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T00:39:32-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8k0ej50j6h31gl62.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8k0ej50j6h31gl62.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8k0ej50j6h31gl62.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8k0ej50j6h31gl62.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>There&rsquo;s no divorcing architecture from politics. Every construction project beyond a certain size necessitates coordination - cooperation, or coercion &ndash; and an organization of effort and labor in service of a design. Until the day a builder can direct a swarm of drones to lay brick or erect steel, architecture will by necessity remain a collaborative effort; buildings and cities the work of societies, not individuals.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149980717/deans-list-special-how-architecture-school-leaders-are-responding-to-trump Deans List Special: How Architecture School Leaders are Responding to Trump Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T12:11:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T22:49:22-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a19zsb9zsjbp9m3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a19zsb9zsjbp9m3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a19zsb9zsjbp9m3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a19zsb9zsjbp9m3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As seen in the recent <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">#NotMyAIA shake-up</a>, the election of Donald Trump provoked a heated response within the architecture community. Many architects felt that now, more than ever, they had to voice their concerns over the president-elect's policies that threatened their professional values&mdash;chief among them, the leveraging of architecture to perpetuate xenophobic rhetoric, through one of Trump's loudest campaign promises, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935081/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy" target="_blank">U.S./Mexico border wall</a>.</p><p>Many in architecture schools also felt the responsibility to organize and speak out, perhaps especially because of their position to influence the next generation of architects. Since the election, we've been reaching out to academic leaders from across the U.S. to hear how they were handling Trump's presidency&mdash;and what they were telling their students. We've gathered their responses here.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149979146/tweaking-the-city-the-politics-of-urban-interventions Tweaking the City: the Politics of Urban Interventions Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:14:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:44:26-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnek54m8dh9li0r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnek54m8dh9li0r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnek54m8dh9li0r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnek54m8dh9li0r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;We know that we are living in a crisis,&rdquo; states Mathias Klenner, one of five members of the Santiago-based architectural collective <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143595050/next-up-mini-session-16-toma" target="_blank">TOMA</a>. &ldquo;We also know that the neoliberal political and economic system is so deep inside our minds and inside our bodies that we cannot think of any solutions. And yet you see that sometimes people have actually managed to gather together, like in the Occupy movement. But the question is: how do you create possibilities? How do you think about the future? And how do you connect these different groups of people?&rdquo;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump Architects Respond to the AIA’s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump Nicholas Korody 2016-11-14T14:42:00-05:00 >2017-05-06T06:31:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cck6fme2g0nguo49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cck6fme2g0nguo49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cck6fme2g0nguo49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cck6fme2g0nguo49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/840712/notmyaia" target="_blank">here</a>. Share your thoughts with us by submitting to the news&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/add_news" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work Nicholas Korody 2016-03-18T10:32:00-04:00 >2017-01-11T10:21:16-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/he5an36wlqwwncce.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/he5an36wlqwwncce.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/he5an36wlqwwncce.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/he5an36wlqwwncce.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells,&rdquo; writes Karl Marx in <em>Das Kapital</em>, likely the most direct invocation of architecture in his influential, and controversial, writings. &ldquo;But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.&rdquo;</p>