Archinect - Features 2018-12-13T11:22:39-05:00 Nader Tehrani on Thesis and Its History at Cooper Union Paul Petrunia 2018-11-18T09:56:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T12:24:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On&nbsp;Tuesday, October 23, <a href="" target="_blank">The Cooper Union</a> opened a new exhibition entitled <em><a href="" target="_blank">Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical</a>,</em> presenting 50 years of undergraduate architectural thesis projects by students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Immediately before the opening, Donna Sink and I&nbsp;spoke with Dean Nader Tehrani about his perspective on the tradition of thesis, and how the new show reflects Cooper Union's 50-year history of undergraduate thesis under the direction of <a href="" target="_blank">Hejduk</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Vidler</a>, and himself.&nbsp;</p> <p>The exhibition will run until December 1st, culminating with a daylong symposium, entitled <em><a href="" target="_blank">Thesis Now</a>.</em></p> Drawing a Blank: Harvard GSD's Recent Exhibition, Inscriptions, Asks Visitors to Imagine Architecture Before Speech Matthew Allen 2018-09-26T09:30:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T01:38:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Inscriptions: Architecture before Speech</em>, the inaugural exhibition of the Drucker Design Gallery at <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s Graduate School of Design,</a> prompted visitors to &ldquo;read&rdquo; the works on display as blank pages might be read.</p> <p>In&nbsp;an&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">essay</a>&nbsp;on artworks that take the form of blank pages, the media theorist Craig Dworkin catalogs many different ways artists have done something significant while ostensibly doing almost nothing. For example, in the movie Orpheus, a Parisian poet published a book of poetry consisting of nothing but blank pages, titled&nbsp;<em>Nudisme</em>. What this book did in the context of the movie&rsquo;s fictional poetry scene was very different from a similar blank book, also titled&nbsp;<em>Nudisme&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;styled in a similar way, that was recently on sale in fashionable Brooklyn shops. Another of Dworkin&rsquo;s examples, a poet bought 1,500 reams of blank paper and stamped his name on the cover, aiming to sell them as poetry. The patron who funded the project threw &ldquo;the wretched little thing&rdquo; into the garbage (...</p> Exhibiting Visionary Histories: a Conversation with the curators of "Past Forward" at the Art Institute of Chicago Leo Shaw 2017-10-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T17:06:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This fall has brought no shortage of design events and exhibitions to <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, the hometown of American architecture. In addition to exhibitions at <a href="" target="_blank">the Graham Foundation</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a>, this year&rsquo;s Biennial ties together numerous tours, performances, events, and allied shows in two and three dimensions. But no other event seems to complement the Biennial so well as the inaugural presentation of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Art Institute</a>&rsquo;s permanent Architecture and Design collection.</p> You say Biennial, I say Biennale: 9 of Today’s Most Critical Architecture Biennials Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-06T12:50:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:50:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Every two years, hundreds of thousands flock to the historic small islands of Venice, where history and art meet to give us one of the most influential fixtures in the architectural world&mdash;<a href="" target="_blank">The Venice Biennale of Architecture</a>. While originally a more specialized art-world affair, biennials now figure in the larger cultural menu drawing huge crowds and the <a href="" target="_blank">exhibitionary format</a>, occurring every other year, has proliferated in the past two decades offering the field myriad options for getting one's expo fix.</p> Beatriz Colomina on "Playboy Architecture" and the masculine fantasy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-11T10:38:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Playboy</em> gets lip service as a leader in the sexual revolution, a vanguard publisher of emerging talent in fiction and interviews, and of course, a historic showcase for sexy ladies. While the publication has since lost its centerfolds, it is now being celebrated for its role in architecture and design &ndash;&nbsp;establishing both of those fields as firmly within the Playboy&rsquo;s domain. Now on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum, <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979&rdquo;</a> presents photos, films, architectural models and archival issues that illustrate how the ruling designs of the era fueled <em>Playboy</em>&rsquo;s masculine fantasy, and the other way around.</p> Getting in the mood for One-Night Stand LA #2: the Rendezvous Nicholas Korody 2016-04-30T11:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T20:08:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One balmy Los Angeles night last spring, throngs of architecture aficionados descended on a dingbat motel in the MacArthur Park area for what was billed, alongside amatory promotional material, as a "<a href="" target="_blank">One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>." For a single evening, the trysting place was transformed into a series of distinct, room-size installations rendered with 3D-mapped projections, robotics, or simple 2x4&rsquo;s. On May 14 of this year, the project will be reprised in the same location but with different curators and a new roster of participants. I chatted with the organizers to get the low down on what to expect from <em>One-Night Stand LA: the Rendezvous</em>.</p> To each their own home: A peek into the “HOME(less)” exhibition at USC Justine Testado 2016-01-19T09:30:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For many of those who regularly navigate the streets of Los Angeles, seeing at least one homeless person is not only common, it&rsquo;s expected. So normal is the sight of&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">homelessness</a>&nbsp;in the city that residents can easily become desensitized to it, making them less likely to question it, and at its worst, making the homeless population effectively invisible. Local designers and Colorblock partners Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa wanted to address this in their co-curated photo exhibition, &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo;, currently on display at the&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>. The photos raise awareness of L.A.&rsquo;s glaring homelessness crisis, while simultaneously highlighting the impactful relationship between people and their personal spaces in the urban environment.</p> Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-08T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With all the media attention on California&rsquo;s drought, the &ldquo;atoning L.A.&rdquo; narrative has gotten pretty common. The city&rsquo;s gluttonous lawns, sprawling infrastructures and indulgent residents &ndash; in short, its sinful stereotypes &ndash; have become untenable as the drought, a housing crisis and pressing sustainability measures come knocking at the city&rsquo;s door.</p> Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T14:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On September 13 of this year, Los Angeles will get its first major exhibition of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s work, ever. Despite being the adopted hometown of the world-famous architect, and the city whose new-millennium architectural identity has been inflected most by his work, Los Angeles has not yet hosted a show exclusively on Gehry's retrospective.</p> "Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space Julia Ingalls 2015-07-31T11:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:07:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If the current exhibition at Los Angeles&rsquo; Architecture + Design Museum was titled by a sarcastic person, it would be called "Work/Life Balance: Pshaw!" As it is, the infographic-laden collection of vinyl banners loosely mounted to stacks of brown boxes, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA&rsquo;s cityLAB, is called "Work on Work", and it is both the history of and the proposed future for society's daily grind. And man, what a grind it is.</p> The motley life and uncertain legacy of Lina Bo Bardi Nick Cecchi 2015-05-04T10:32:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em> is not, and does not attempt to be, the definitive collection of Lina Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work, but rather an examination of her life, influences, and motivations for producing her timeless architecture and enduring contributions to Brazilian, particularly Bahian, culture.</p> Ghosts of Schindler's past haunt Renee Green's MAK Center exhibition Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T12:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-02T22:51:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Where does an encounter with a work of architecture begin? There is the building as it first emerges on the horizon. Then the series of connected moments as you approach, that, like in a film, change according to variables of speed and distance, of the position of the subject in relation to the object. There is also the moment of crossing the threshold, the ambiguous line that demarcates inside from outside.</p> Oyler Wu Collaborative in ink, graphite and steel Anthony Morey 2015-02-09T11:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and writers write, yet architects do not architect &ndash; they draw, model, and write. Architecture is one of the few creative fields that does not allow the artist to work in the medium where the final work will be produced. Yet Oyler Wu Collaborative makes productive use of that cognitive jump.</p> Koolhaas wreaks havoc at A+D Museum's "S,M,L,XLA" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-14T11:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the 1958 classic film "The Blob", a globular alien terrorizes a small Pennsylvanian town, ravenously absorbing everything and everyone in its path. It's formidable but silly looking at the same time, and the more it takes in the bigger and angrier it gets. Walking through the <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> at the opening of their <em><strong>S,M,L,XLA</strong></em> exhibition, at times it felt like The Blob had overtaken curation.&nbsp;</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 >2018-07-06T16:58:04-04:00 <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> Rem's Venice Biennale is "like being immersed in a stormy S,M,L,XL, with a glass of wine, and hundreds of other people" Terri Peters 2014-06-16T10:46:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Is Modernism &ldquo;history&rdquo;? How do Modern concepts, especially regarding representation, nature, technology and housing, relate to the current state of architecture? These were some overarching questions embedded in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The show opened June 7th under the &ldquo;Fundamentals&rdquo; theme, and it is worth visiting for the important questions it raises about the current state of architecture and building.</p> On the ground: USC Blue Tape showcases student work as barometer of California architecture Justine Testado 2014-05-23T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tucked in at the edge of USC&rsquo;s campus, along downtown Los Angeles' Exposition Boulevard, stands Southern California's first accredited architecture program, which has spent the past year celebrating its centennial class of students with a variety of school events. At the resolution of the academic year is USC School of Architecture's Blue Tape, a two-day climactic event showcasing work from throughout the year, across all disciplines and student levels.</p> Review: Glen Small, Father of Green Architecture eric chavkin 2013-11-25T17:33:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> It is always good to see old friends, past mentors and new students at an exhibit honoring someone you love and admire. The work of Glen Small, the 'hesitant' father of Green Architecture is on display until the end of November.</p> <p> The organizer and curator of the exhibit, <a href="" target="_blank">Assembly</a> and Archinect's own <a href="" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>, has put together a smart, focused, visual overview that also includes several lectures, workshops, a book and a screening of the documentary film <em>MY FATHER THE GENIUS</em>.</p> Shock of the new: "Beyond the Assignment" and architectural photography's future Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-18T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> Smack in the middle of Hollywood, among costume shops, bars and a Scientology center, WUHO Gallery celebrated the opening of "Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design", an exhibition honoring the work of active architectural photographers from across the United States.</p> Architecture Photography in the 21st Century: Interview with Bilyana Dimitrova Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-03T19:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> There&rsquo;s no denying that architectural discourse has drastically expanded with the ease of image-sharing technology. Without even being in the same country as a building, anyone feels entitled to form an opinion of that structure based on photographs that are perpetuated over the internet, to the point where they almost become a stand-in for the actual structure. But the images that reach this singularity are rare, and may only achieve this state through carefully orchestrated harmony with their building-subjects.&nbsp;</p> The Science Fiction of "Never Built: Los Angeles" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-01T17:16:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What can we learn from the aborted potential icons of Los Angeles? Whether underfunded, over-dramatic or anachronistic, the structures on display in "<em>Never Built: Los Angeles</em>" at the Architecture and Design Museum in L.A. never saw the light of day. But because they were the twinkle in the eye of a few established names in post-war American architecture, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner, these imaginings are vetted with their creators' robust reputations for modern, revolutionary forms. Seen with a 21st century perspective, jaded by the likes of Frank Gehry or Bjarke Ingels, it's actually pretty easy to imagine these never-built structures existing -- at least in terms of form, anyway.</p> Art Basel comes to Hong Kong Evan Chakroff 2013-05-30T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-01-24T18:44:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>During the yearly art fair in Basel, Switzerland, the city is activated and reconfigured, and art is brought to the forefront of civic discourse. What, if any, impact could the fair have on daily life in a city of 7 million? How would this art world mega-event translate to the Hong Kong context?</p> The CRIT: Thoughts on MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream Guy Horton 2012-01-30T15:25:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <em>"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."</em><br> &mdash; Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;yes i was wondering how i go about not lossing my house it has been in my wifes famlily for over a hundred years my wife was layed&nbsp; off the morgage company wouldnt talk to us because she was layed&nbsp; off and now we are so far behind we cant get cought&nbsp; up so now we are loosing our home is there help out there for me&rdquo;</em><br> &mdash; unedited comment from MoMA workshop blog (2011)</p> <p> <br> In<em> <a href="" target="_blank">Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</a>, </em>part of MoMA&rsquo;s <em>Issues in Contemporary Architecture</em> series, five architects-in-residence and their interdisciplinary teams [1] were challenged to &ldquo;engage in a rethinking of housing and related infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation.&rdquo; The investigation also sought to &ldquo;begin a conversation,&rdquo; on the &ldquo;recent&rdquo; (though painfully on-going) foreclosure crisis by examining su...</p>