Archinect - News 2017-08-20T19:15:02-04:00 Sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and secular(ism) Nam Henderson 2015-01-26T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T19:32:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="562" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make matters more turbid, the nightmare of coastal reclamation occupies an imaginary and regulatory space created by several misunderstandings about territory itself. These become urgent against both the backdrop of our &ldquo;oceanic&rdquo; moment and the apparent dissolution of that idyll of 19th- and 20th-century geopolitical thought, the grounded state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joshua Comaroff writes about contemporary sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and&nbsp;secular(ism).</p> Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="" width="645" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> Editor's Picks #291 Nam Henderson 2012-11-27T01:06:00-05:00 >2012-11-27T08:27:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="801" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of the Showcase series, Archinect highlighted House in Moreira, by Phyd Arquitectura. The house has "Patios that enable continuity between different spaces of the house and interior/exterior which behave like a sun clock, alternating solid and diffuse light". Thayer-D questioned "What's with conceptual purity at the expense of function and maybe joy?" but Vile Child chimed in "seems SupraJoyful to me"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> With the latest edition of the <strong>Showcase</strong> series, Archinect highlighted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House in Moreira</a>, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyd Arquitectura</a>. The house has "<em>Patios that enable continuity between different spaces of the house and interior/exterior which behave like a sun clock, alternating solid and diffuse light</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong> questioned "<em>What's with conceptual purity at the expense of function and maybe joy?</em>" but <strong>Vile Child</strong> chimed in "<em>seems SupraJoyful to me. But I like form and space and mass and light and how the colors outside reflect on the white walls. Shit like that</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jaakko van &lsquo;t Spijker</a> reported in from the first findings of a studio in the Harvard GSD program, dealing with &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Elements of Architecture&rsquo;. Which were publicly presented in a packed Dependance at the Schieblock in Rotterdam on Friday night, November 16th</a>. The feature led <strong>glass</strong> to comment "<em>I find OMA creates some of today's most compelling architecture using standard off-the-shelf parts in unique and exhilarating ways.... Do...</em></p>