Archinect - News 2018-12-10T17:26:28-05:00 What we can learn from Rafael Viñoly Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-22T10:13:00-05:00 >2018-11-21T21:13:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>When architecture is bad, people have to suffer with it forever, practically&mdash;about 70 years or so. I strongly believe in the idea that public space should be incorporated in buildings of a certain magnitude, and buildings should make a contribution to the city. An architect needs to think about environmental impact, too&mdash;something that mitigates the impact of the building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the 74 year old architecture icon, Rafael&nbsp;Vi&ntilde;oly knows his way around a successful career. However, what can we really learn from this design virtuoso? In a recent interview with Mansion Global,&nbsp;Vi&ntilde;oly shares his take on what it means to be "good architect." Much has changed in the architecture realm since he first opened up his practice Rafael&nbsp;Vi&ntilde;oly Architects in 1983. However, one thing is for certain, the path to becoming a good architect is one filled with responsibility.</p> <p>Not shy to any design challenge his approach to design ranges from mega skyscrapers to convention centers, even the occasional laboratory. For the Uruguayan architect designing a successful building comes down to how it will redefine its place. "The best architecture redefines how things are going to be, rather than repeating what has been accepted, or what is already part of the norm. And you can create amazing objects, but if they&rsquo;re not functional, they don&rsquo;t work. A building also has to be str...</p> The Lotus House Explores the Potential of 3D Printing for Sustainable Construction Liam Otten 2018-08-15T12:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T13:41:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From consumer goods to medical devices, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing</a> is reshaping the manufacturing world. But what about construction? Could this technology change the way buildings are made?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the question posed by a team from Washington University in St. Louis.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over the past eight months</a>, students from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts</a> and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Engineering &amp; Applied Science</a>&nbsp;&mdash; with support from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES)</a>&mdash;&nbsp;have used 3D printing to design and fabricate elements of&nbsp;Lotus House, an energy-efficient prototype residence unveiled this month as part of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon China 2018</a>.</p> <p>In this Q&amp;A, project manager Kinga Pabjan, a master&rsquo;s candidate in architecture and construction management, discusses Lotus House, 3D printing and the future of sustainable construction.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Project manager Kinga Pabjan. (Courtesy Team WashU)</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Describe Lotus House. What inspired the design?</strong><br></p> <p>Lotus House is a 650-square-foot, single-story home. The...</p> Keller Easterling discusses her latest book "Medium Design" with Failed Architecture Hope Daley 2018-07-09T23:07:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T16:14:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In her latest book Medium Design, Easterling turns this idea of disposition to our ways of thinking, and rehearses a set of tools to address unfolding relations in spatial and non-spatial contexts. She rejects the righteousness of manifestos and certainty of ideologies, urging ways of thinking better attuned to complexity and ambiguity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keller Easterling</a>, architect, theorist, writer and Professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale University</a> School of Architecture, discusses her new book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Medium Design</em></a><em></em>, with Hettie O&rsquo;Brien.&nbsp;In this conversation she expounds on the ideas around no new master plans or right answers, tying together concepts from her previous book <em>Extrastatecraft</em>.&nbsp;Easterling asserts,&nbsp;&ldquo;Culture is good at pointing to things and calling their name but not so good at describing the relationships between things or the repertoires they enact.&rdquo;</p> Video: Jean Nouvel on making 53W53 a 'New York City building' Alexander Walter 2018-06-26T19:17:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T22:59:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The architect behind 53 West 53rd wanted the tower to be synonymous with New York City, to be a building that couldn&rsquo;t easily be slipped into another skyline. &ldquo;A worldwide catastrophe today is the number of buildings that are parachuted because they were preconceived. Offices, housing, shopping malls all look the same,&rdquo; Jean Nouvel told The Real Deal, translated from French.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mini video interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">53W53</a> 'MoMA Tower' architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel</a>, produced by <em>The Real&nbsp;Deal</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>53W53: Jean Nouvel's "New York" Building. Video via The Real Deal on YouTube.</p><p>The 1,050-foot luxury tower topped out a few days ago and ranks now&mdash;along with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>/<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FXFOWLE</a>'s New York Times Building and the iconic 1930 Chrysler Building&mdash;as NYC&rsquo;s sixth tallest building.</p> Jacques Herzog on how buildings can activate all the senses Alexander Walter 2018-05-24T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T13:52:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Whenever Weiwei is involved, he offers more than just a formal solution,&rdquo; Mr. Herzog said by phone from Basel. &ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s why we get along well. We can develop concepts together without being bound by personal taste.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NYT</em>'s Rebecca Schmid chats with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacques Herzog</a> about inspiration, curation, industrial spaces, and, of course, Ai Weiwei.<br></p> “Be persistent and then be resilient”: Toshiko Mori looks back on her path to architecture Justine Testado 2018-05-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T14:15:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture is filled with stereotypes and status quos that are not productive, and in a world where we increasingly require a collaborative model of production and building, I often disrupt and reset the framework and mindset to have everyone focus on common goals and vision. I think one needs to speak up and one needs to be decisive and aggressive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;I was confused and inspired. I wanted to do everything,&rdquo; Toshiko Mori says in The Harvard Gazette.&nbsp;In this in-depth interview, Mori talks about growing up in post-war Japan,&nbsp;how she became interested in architecture, launching her firm in her 20s and making a name for herself, and her path to teaching at Harvard GSD, being the&nbsp;first woman to earn tenure and to chair the architecture department. She also shares her thoughts on the profession &mdash; like her design approaches, ongoing issues in the field, and the importance of resilience.</p> David Chipperfield on the crisis of architecture Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T08:35:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think architecture is in a sort of crisis,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve lost our social purpose. What we are seeing now is construction as a product of investment. We are building a lot, but we are building big investment projects, as if we&rsquo;re doing architecture without architecture. It&rsquo;s more about investment than it is about urbanism. We used to be involved in planning and building cities, building societies. But now we are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Jan Dalley's <em>FT</em> piece, the soft-spoken British architect expresses his concerns about architecture as a mere tool of the free market, the shrinking role of architects as society builders, and why we are building "horrible cities."<br></p> Jan Gehl has his doubts about 'Smart Cities' Alexander Walter 2018-05-07T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T14:57:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I think we haven&rsquo;t thought through the challenge of technology for city mobility. We are stuck with some 120-year-old ideas that the industry is desperately holding on to. I tell students: Whenever you hear the word &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; beware, because that is somebody who wants to sell as many millions as possible of some new gimmick. And he is not necessarily giving you a better quality of life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Annette Becker and Lessano Negussie, curators of the new exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIDE A BIKE! Reclaim the City</a></em> at the&nbsp;Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, Germany,&nbsp;interviewed the 81-year-old 'people-friendly city' evangelist for the show's accompanying book.</p> Blair Kamin discusses architecture's #metoo moment — “The moral and professional [responsibility] is simply to bear witness” Justine Testado 2018-03-26T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T14:02:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In other words&mdash; you ask, will there be a revision of canon? Should we revise the canon? I would say, it&rsquo;s not so much that we&rsquo;re going to revise the canon, but that there will certainly be a revised narrative of architects who contributed to the canon.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In light of the sexual harassment allegations against&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>, architectural writer Eva Hagberg Fisher interviews Blair Kamin about writing and reporting on architecture's about-time-it-happened #metoo moment.</p> <p>&ldquo;So the first responsibility, the moral and professional is simply to bear witness. If you don&rsquo;t confront, you just let it slide,&rdquo; Kamin says to Eva Hagberg Fisher. &ldquo;By not taking up the issue, you signal that it&rsquo;s not important. So, yeah, the point is to bear witness and to put this issue in the public conversation. I also think it&rsquo;s worth stressing that you don&rsquo;t have to be a woman to do that...&rdquo;</p> Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi: Education without doors Alexander Walter 2018-03-26T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-04-21T07:31:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Pritzker is a great award. Unimaginable. It&rsquo;s the first time in India&mdash;that&rsquo;s another story. But it is also the recognition of saying that these kinds of buildings are really wonderful, they are globally recognizable buildings. The philosophy of creating something for the have-nots, I think is one of the unique things that can happen.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CityLab</em> reporter Ashish Malhotra sits down with recent Pritzker Prize laureate&nbsp;Balkrishna Doshi to chat about winning the Pritzker, Ahmedabad, Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn as mentors, and open access to architectural education: "So I always wrote, in the [CEPT] campus, my whole idea was that an educational campus should be without doors. No boundaries. And that philosophy I continue."</p> Chicago magazine interviews Yesomi Umolu, 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic director Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T01:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Her own history is as global at the biennial itself: born in Lagos, Nigeria, raised in London, with a deep resume that incorporates curatorial and educational experiences at museums and galleries all over the United States and Great Britain. She&rsquo;s hit the ground running on the CAB, planning for the third CAB that promises an international influence with love for the city and citizens who host this three-month event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anjulie Rao <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviews</a> the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CAB</a> artistic director, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yesomi Umolu</a>, for&nbsp;<em>Chicago magazine</em>: "A biennial can&rsquo;t help but be contemporary and respond to the contemporary conditions. I know that as a biennial that&rsquo;s what it is set up to do: to have a hold of the historical and yet have strong ground to be propositional, to posit into the future."</p> Five decades later, Richard Meier unites with Smith House clients Alexander Walter 2018-02-27T15:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-27T15:37:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Richard Meier designed a house on a rocky site on Long Island Sound that exhibited many of the moves that would come to define his career. From the front, the Smith House&mdash;located in Darien, Connecticut, and completed in 1967&mdash;is a narrow, three-story white box.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1967, Smith House was one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>'s earliest commissions and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Judging by a new set of images shot by photographer Mike Schwartz, the building with its light-flooded interior and floor-to-ceiling windows enabling stunning vistas of the Long Island Sound has aged gracefully.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><p>Marking the occasion, <em>Surface</em> magazine united Meier with Chuck Smith, current co-owner and one of the original clients' two sons who had the privilege of growing up in this modernist masterpiece.&nbsp;</p> <p>Richard Meier: "The special quality of the house is that it gives you an understanding of the relationship between what&rsquo;s man-made and what&rsquo;s natural. The whiteness, of course, highlights that relationship. It reflects and refracts the color of nature in a way it heightens your perception of the landscape around you."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><p>Read the complete interview <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Johnston Marklee: Newness becomes a disease Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-21T15:18:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne interviews</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee</a> about this year's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>.&nbsp;The two reflect on the theme of the biennial&mdash;'Make New History'&mdash;and their role as curators.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Hawthorne: What attracted you to history as a guiding idea for this biennial?</em></p> <p><em>Lee: We&rsquo;re at a moment when we&rsquo;re just coming out of this fascination with the new. I remember Rem Koolhaas, in [an interview] in the &rsquo;90s, somebody asked him, &ldquo;Where do you think we are now?&rdquo; And he said, &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;re waking up from the semantic nightmare of the &rsquo;80s.&rdquo; So I was thinking, &ldquo;What is the nightmare that we&rsquo;re waking up from, if we had to think of the equivalent?&rdquo; And at least from our point of view, being in L.A., in the schools, there has been a complete fascination with newness &mdash; new for new&rsquo;s sake. To the point where there are architects who do really interesting projects and I would say, &ldquo;You should also look at [German architect Erich] Mendelsohn,&rdquo; suggesting it&rsquo;s something they would b...</em></p> Woodbury's Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter talks ethics and culture with LAT Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-22T18:47:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Very rarely does ethics become a selling point for a client or a selling point when you&rsquo;re talking about a studio project. It&rsquo;s very rarely the idea generator. I think most practitioners traditionally came from a comfortable or upper-middle-class. It&rsquo;s the Jeffersonian ideal: the gentleman designer. Architects in this country tend to have clients who are in the upper income level. And I think that has really been a problem. Our students, many of them, come from underserved communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in July, Archinect featured&nbsp;Woodbury's new dean,&nbsp;Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, as a part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> series, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an interview about the importance of economic diversity and the school's commitment to egalitarian and practical education</a>. The <em>Los Angeles Times</em> recently conducted a similar interview, in which Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter discusses her priorities as the new head of the school, Woodbury's culture and ethics.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Where do you hope to take the school? What are your priorities?</strong></em></p> <p><em>One of the things I&rsquo;ve been focusing on over the last 10 years is our institutes. Our civic engagement institute started as Architecture and Civic Engagement. It was incubated in the school of architecture. Now the rest of the university is seeing this conversation as something they want to participate in, and it&rsquo;s called the Agency for Civic Engagement, with Jeanine Centuori as director. The Julius Shulman Institute [on architectural photography] is another, with Barbara Bestor as the executive direc...</em></p> Renzo Piano about the "idea of openness as an antidote to terrorism" Alexander Walter 2017-05-30T13:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:47:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For Renzo Piano, every building should tell a story. The 79-year-old architect is as busy as ever with a workload that spans from Los Angeles to Uganda. With no signs of fatigue in a nearly 50-year career, Piano doesn&rsquo;t struggle to find meaning in each new project. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve wanted to make buildings since I was a kid,&rdquo; says the Italian-born architect, who fondly recalls spending time at construction sites with his dad.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CityLab</em> recently sat down with Piano for a conversation that, among other topics, touched on urban peripheries, Columbia University&rsquo;s new Manhattanville Campus, and "the importance of designing buildings that reject paranoia in a world increasingly concerned with terrorism."</p> Amanda Levete shares the songs, book and luxury item she'll need while stranded on a deserted island Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-12T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T16:16:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Brought up in Richmond, the oldest of three children, she showed her independent spirit early on, and left school at 16. She discovered architecture while on a Foundation year at art school and was offered a place at the Architectural Association, even though her portfolio didn't feature a single drawing of a building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Desert Island Discs is a long running radio program broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Each episode, a guest is asked to choose eight recordings, a book and a luxury item that they would want if they were stranded on a desert island. Amanda Levete, the Stirling Prize-winning British architect was a recent guest on the show. Catch up&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to listen to the architect discuss what she would want to accompany her, the importance of civic spaces, what it was like winning the Stirling Prize and more.</p> A Boom Interview: Mike Davis in conversation Orhan Ayyüce 2017-01-02T18:19:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;The middle class has finally come downtown but only to bring suburbia with them. The hipsters think they&rsquo;re living in the real thing, but this is purely faux urbanism, a residential mall. Downtown is not the heart of the city, it&rsquo;s a luxury lifestyle pod for the same people who claim Silverlake is the &lsquo;Eastside&rsquo; or that Venice is still bohemian.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jennifer Wolch and Dana&nbsp;Cuff track down elusive writer Mike Davis for Boom California.</p><p>+</p><p>A previous conversation with Mike Davis for Archinect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Meeting Mike Davis"</a></p> One-to-One #49 with Yvonne Farrell, director of Grafton Architects – winners of the RIBA International Prize Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-12T17:02:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T21:56:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Shortly after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects won RIBA's inaugural International Prize</a> for their UTEC campus in Lima, Peru, I spoke with the firm's director, Yvonne Farrell, to get the backstory to the project and discuss how the award might affect the firm in the long run. As an academic building, UTEC (pictured below) joins a rich collection of other institutional projects by the Dublin-based Grafton, a sampling of which is available in the gallery below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong>One-to-One</strong>&nbsp;#49, featuring <strong>Yvonne Farrell </strong>of<strong> Grafton Architects</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Juhani Pallasmaa's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses</em></a></p><p>William Curtis' lecture, "Platforms and horizon"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Yvonne Farrel...</em></p> Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #5 with Lou Pesce of Metabolic Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-21T17:34:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:28-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Los Angeles' Metabolic Studio, run by architect and visual artist Lauren Bon, creates site-specific, temporary "devices of wonder" that interpret landscape in new ways, shifting public perception of land and waterways. One of their most recent projects, 'Bending the River Back Into the City' (pictured below), is a three-part intervention that literally diverts water from the LA River back into LA, distributing it via "the city's first water commons, to allow the currency of water to create social capital."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lou Pesce, an artist with Metabolic Studio, joined us at Next Up to discuss. As concerns about gentrification, public access and the drought raise issues of ownership and equity along the LA River, I wanted to ask about the economic ideas behind 'Bending the River' and how the project relates to the river's specific role in LA history.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Mini-Session #5 of '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>' with Lou Pesce</strong>:</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button...</li></ul> Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #3 with Steven Appleton and Catherine Gudis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-18T20:04:00-05:00 >2018-04-26T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Steven Appleton and Catherine Gudis are some of Next Up's most active participants when it comes to physically&nbsp;<em>being</em>&nbsp;in the LA River. Appleton co-founded LA River Kayak Safari, which has lead over 6000 people on kayaking tours down the river. He's also a public artist, and has made work that engages with the river for more than 15 years&mdash;his "50 Clean Bottles of LA River Water" used a bespoke water wheel to pump the river's water into bottles, and clean it to potable levels.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Gudis, while her core role is directing UC Riverside's Public History Program, also co-founded Project 51's 'Play the LA River'&mdash;a game that invited Angelenos to explore different areas along the river's entire 51-mile stretch. While over 80% of the river is paved, there are stretches of soft-bottom, green wetlands that host their own diverse, unique ecology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Paul spoke with Appleton and Gudis for Next Up about reframing Angelenos' expectations of the river by helping them get their feet wet.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sess...</a></strong></p> One-to-One #45 with 'Never Built New York' authors Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-07T13:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-09T20:39:55-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Never Built New York</em>, by curators and authors Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, is an astounding collection of architectural projects that never made it into being. The book features projects from the last two centuries, sited all throughout the five boroughs, that range from the monumental to the mortifying. Alongside infamous projects like Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s dome over Manhattan and Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Key Plan for Ellis Island, visions for an alternate New York-urbanism abound: aborted reflections of their time, place and politics.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The book continues in the tradition of Goldin and Lubell's 2013 exhibition, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built Los Angeles</a>", including focused research on each project alongside gorgeous drawings and visualizations. I spoke with the authors about their curatorial approach to the book, and the projects that they were most excited by.</p><p>Check out a selection of the&nbsp;<em>Never Built</em>&nbsp;projects below and in the image gallery.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#45 with&nbsp;<strong><em>Never Built New York</em>&nbsp;authors Greg Gold...</strong></p> U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the future of transportation: "We had to do something different." Alexander Walter 2016-10-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T13:49:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The&nbsp;DOT chief, previously&nbsp;mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reflected on the promise of autonomous and connected cars, the recent Smart City Challenge, the massive increase in traffic deaths, the potential of the shared vehicles unfolding right outside the window, and more. What follows&nbsp;is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for grammar and brevity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> One-to-One #43 with George Tsypin, stage designer behind the 2014 Sochi Olympics' opening ceremony and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-24T15:29:00-04:00 >2016-11-03T23:50:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>You probably don&rsquo;t recognize George Tsypin&rsquo;s name, but you&rsquo;re almost certainly familiar with his projects. After training as an architect in Moscow, Tsypin moved to New York to study theater design, and it&rsquo;s now safe to say millions upon millions of people have seen his work. He&rsquo;s designed stage sets for the MTV VMA&rsquo;s, operas, Broadway plays, and the 2014 Winter Olympics&rsquo; Opening Ceremony at Sochi, among many others.</p><p>Tsypin's work is now captured in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>GEORGE TSYPIN OPERA FACTORY: Invisible City</em></a>, released on October 18 by Princeton Architectural Press. We spoke about designing for theatrical and mass media performances, and how his architectural training grounds his practice.</p><p>Our interview begins with Tsypin's account of working in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Pointz</a>, the infamous graffiti building in Long Island City. Special thanks to Princeton Architectural Press for helping coordinate the interview.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#43 with&nbsp;<strong>George Tsypin</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessi...</a></li></ul> One-to-One #42 with ACADIA workshop co-chairs Catie Newell and Wes McGee Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-17T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T23:24:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Aside from their role as workshop co-chairs for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA</a> conference, this week's One-to-One guests are both architects who work and teach at&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Their focus on fabrication led them to their roles at ACADIA, with McGee directing Taubman's FABLab and Newell serving as Director of the Master of Science in Material Systems and Digital Technologies.</p><p>ACADIA stands for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, and this year's conference, "Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines" (October 27-29) attests to the extreme collaborative depths humans and machines have come to in architecture. I spoke with Catie and Wes about what they have planned for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conference workshops</a>, taking place October 24-26, and just how close architects are to achieving the singularity.</p><p>You can see our coverage of prior ACADIA conferences <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#42 with&nbsp;<strong>Catie Newell and Wes McGee</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iT...</strong></li></ul> One-to-One #41 with Deborah Berke Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:49:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The small town of Columbus, Indiana is packed with the works of famous modernist architects, but unlike cities like New York or Chicago, Columbus&rsquo;s pedigree isn&rsquo;t so often brought into the national architectural discourse. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a>, a new symposium and exhibition happening annually in the city, is hoping to change that.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke</a>, architect and dean at Yale, has worked extensively in Indiana and was a keynote speaker at this year's inaugural Exhibit Columbus symposium. She joined me on the podcast to reflect on the local and regional influences of Columbus, Indiana, and the impact they've had on her career.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#41 with&nbsp;<strong>Deborah Berke</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p>Listen to our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sessions podcast about Exhibit Columbus</a>&nbsp;for more bac...</p> One-to-One #40 with Steven Holl Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-03T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:37:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Steven Holl is globally renowned for monumental works that specifically invoke light, color and porosity in both programmatic and aesthetic ways. Holl can also be thought of as an artist&rsquo;s architect&mdash;his firm has done work for many arts institutions, he methodically sketches his projects in watercolors, and his style is heavily influenced by art practice and theory. He&rsquo;s also very interested in the phenomenology of architecture&mdash;how it&rsquo;s sensed by humans, and its impact on our existence.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>We spoke in a totally unremarkable conference room at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, the day before Holl was scheduled to give a keynote presentation for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a>&rsquo;s conference.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#40 with <strong>Steven Holl</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li></ul> One-to-One #39 with Tomas Koolhaas, filmmaker and son of Rem Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-26T18:13:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tomas Koolhaas is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, whose most recent project, a documentary about his father Rem, recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. REM follows its titular architect around the world, visiting his projects and investigating their human impact. Aware of his special perspective on the film's subject, Tomas didn't want the film to be a teary biopic or heady architectural salvo, but something more impressionistic and accessible, appealing to emotions over intellectualism. We speak about managing family relationships in creative work, his influences as a filmmaker, and film's role in architectural media at large.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#39 with&nbsp;<strong>Tomas Koolhaas</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p><em>REM</em>'s trailer:</p><p></p><p>Screenshots from REM&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Film...</p> Brain Space: One-to-One #37 with Michael Arbib, former vice president of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-12T17:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T00:02:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For nearly 30 years, Michael Arbib taught computer science, neuroscience, engineering, psychology, and mathematics at the University of Southern California, and is known for his prolific work on brains and computers: essentially, what the mechanisms of one can teach us about how the other works. Gathering together all aspects of his work, he&rsquo;s sharpened his focus on the connection between architecture and neuroscience, and developed the concept of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">neuromorphic architecture</a>.</p><p>He is now associated with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NewSchool for Architecture and Design</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC San Diego</a>, and has played a major role in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a>, based in La Jolla, California. We spoke about the Academy&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">upcoming conference</a>, and what architecture practice can realistically take from neuroscientific research.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#37 with&nbsp;<strong>Michael Arbib</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscri...</li></ul> Water World: rapid urbanization and rising seas with Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ on One-to-One #36 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-05T20:55:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi founded NL&Eacute; in Amsterdam and Lagos in 2010, after over eight years at OMA. Raised in Kaduna, Nigeria, with an architect father who was constantly redesigning his childhood home, Adeyemi studied architecture in Lagos before getting an MArch II at Princeton, studying with Peter Eisenman. His work at OMA included pivotal roles in projects such as Lagos&rsquo; master plan and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Throughout his work, he focuses on issues of rapid urbanization and climate change in the Global South.</p><p>I spoke with Kunl&eacute; this past August, for his keynote presentation at the AIA Tennessee Convention in Chattanooga. We cover his work in wide breadth: how he focuses on cities&rsquo; relationships to water and infrastructure, quickly iterating projects like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makoko Floating School</a> prototypes in Lagos and at the Venice Biennale, and why he left OMA to start his own firm in the first place. Due to a technical glitch in the live recording, the episode starts about ten minutes into our ...</p> The Funk in Functionalism: Charlie Hailey, author of 'Design/Build with Jersey Devil: A Handbook for Education and Practice' on One-to-One #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-22T14:26:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Design/Build with Jersey Devil: A Handbook for Education and Practice</em>&nbsp;is a wonderful mixture of history, interviews, experiments and how-to&rsquo;s, all focused around the design/build pedagogy and practice of its 1970s pioneers, Jersey Devil. Author Charlie Hailey, who is also an architecture professor at the University of Florida, spoke with me&nbsp;about Jersey Devil's beginnings at Princeton University, and the implications of design/build pedagogy for today&rsquo;s academic climate.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#35 with&nbsp;<strong>Charlie Hailey</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Special thanks to Princeton Architectural Press for helping coordinate this interview.</em></p><p><em>This episode's title is a reference to architect and writer Michael Sorkin's description of the firm: Jersey Devil&nbsp;&ldquo;put the funk ...</em></p>