Archinect - News 2017-10-22T00:55:48-04:00 DS+R, Studio Gang, Keller Easterling among exhibitors selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2017-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T13:55:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;U.S. Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, titled&nbsp;<em>Dimensions of Citizenship,</em>&nbsp;is further taking shape: the curatorial team &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced just two weeks ago</a> and comprised of&nbsp;Mimi Zeiger,&nbsp;Niall Atkinson, and&nbsp;Ann Lui &mdash;&nbsp;today revealed a line-up of the seven pavilion exhibitors:</p> <p><strong>Amanda Williams &amp; Andres L. Hernandez</strong>&nbsp;<br>Chicago, IL</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PXSTL: Williams and Hernandez won the 2016 design-build competition. Image courtesy of Michael B. Thomas / Pulitzer Arts Foundation.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Design Earth</strong>&nbsp;<br>Cambridge, MA</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pacific Aquarium. Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, 2016. Project Team: El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn. Reid Fellenbaum, Ya Suo, Jia Weng, Shuya Xu, Saswati Das, with initial contributions from Rixt Woudstra. Image courtesy of DESIGN EARTH</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</strong>&nbsp;<br>New York, NY</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Shed, View from 30th Street looking northwest, Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Estudio Teddy Cruz...</strong></p> Dimensions of Citizenship: Curators of the US Pavilion for 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale announced Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-30T21:33:00-04:00 >2017-09-03T17:46:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Months later than usual, the US&nbsp;State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs has finally announced that the exhibit for the 2018 Venice Biennial will be put together by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. Titled &ldquo;Dimensions of Citizenship&rdquo;, and organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC</a>'s Niall Atkinson, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SAIC</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Lui</a> and the Los Angeles-based independent critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mimi Zeiger</a>, the show will tackle the controversial question of what it means to be a citizen.&nbsp;</p> <p>The pavilion will present both&mdash;newly commissioned projects&nbsp;created in response to the subject and already existing work, featuring entries from theorists, historians, and artists in addition to architects and designers. Commenting on the choice of the theme, Lui noted, &ldquo;We thought that citizenship was a very urgent topic right now, both within national and global conversations. We noticed that architecture was often squarely in the center of these conversations, whether it was the border wall, or about mor...</p> Can late modernism survive the near future? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T18:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:43-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>All across Los Angeles, buildings by the city's most important firms face preservation threats. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the value of history in a city known for its ephemerality? (Hint: um, not much, unless everyone agrees it is pretty.) In this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece for the L.A. Weekly</a>, Mimi Zeiger thoroughly investigates the state of late modernist structures in the City of Angels, and how likely it is that many of these often repurposed (and unfortunately altered) buildings will survive changing public tastes. While the LAX theme building has been legally protected from demolition, other notable works--like William L. Pereira's original LACMA buildings--haven't met with the same preservationist zeal.&nbsp;</p><p>Modernism, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway</a></li></ul> "Tiny Houses in the City" showcases big opportunities in small housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-31T20:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:12:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not enough to just give someone a shelter. A home really needs a certain amount of consideration as to how you live in it. As we look at housing as a solution for helping the homeless and middle class -- especially in L.A. -- we have an opportunity to expand the vocabulary. We&rsquo;ve never been tied down with what housing looks like in Los Angeles. We can have super interesting approaches to density here.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of tiny homes:</p><ul><li><a title="The Tiny House Fantasy" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a></li><li><a title="Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prototyping: Tiny House Design Workshop</a></li></ul> "Women in architecture" vs. "now in architecture": Mimi Zeiger on gender and architecture today Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T15:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:21:14-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For a while I&rsquo;ve held the belief that identifying oneself as an architect is a kind of drag, a mannered persona donned for effect. How else to describe the clich&eacute;d sartorial signifiers: extreme eyewear, black daywear and designer footwear? As the education of an architect is so historically weighted to a canon of male practitioners, theorists and educators, a woman entering the field often operates as a kind of architectural androgyne...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...we are trained to see world of design through black-framed, male-coloured glasses. Gender differentiation, then, comes with a thorny rhetorical question: &lsquo;What&rsquo;s the difference?&rsquo; If the goal is to recognise talent, experimentation and innovation, there seems no reason to create a binary in the field."</em></p><p>For more articles on issues related to gender-parity and -visibility in architecture, take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women in Architecture Awards recognize Odile Decq and Julia Peyton-Jones</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA moves one step forward in approval of Equity in Architecture resolution</a></li></ul> Bonus Session: "Scenes from the Post-Geographic City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-03T09:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T00:09:15-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Back in December of last year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture</a> launched in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, featuring an exhibition curated by Los Angeles-based critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mimi Zeiger</a> and designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Durfee</a>, representing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center</a>&rsquo;s Media Design Practices program. Their show, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City</a>&rdquo;, winner of the Biennale&rsquo;s Bronze Dragon, reconsiders what makes up today&rsquo;s idea of a &ldquo;city&rdquo;, specifically regarding our digital and virtual presences, as well as contemporary issues of globalized economies.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition features work by Besler &amp; Sons,&nbsp;Walton Chiu, Tim Durfee and Ben Hooker (with Jenny Rodenhouse), John Szot Studio, m-a-u-s-e-r, and Metahaven, as well as texts by Joanne McNeil, Enrique Ramirez, and Therese Tierney. Check out some of their work below.</p><p>Mimi and Tim joined Paul and I in Archinect&rsquo;s podcasting studio to talk about the exhibition, and introduce a discussion recorded in Shenzhen among the participants of &ldquo;Now, There" and one of the...</p> Bonus Session: Reflections on "Shelter" in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T14:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:12:42-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>We're pleased to announce a special bonus episode of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, featuring a live recording of the closing panel discussion for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Shelter" at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles.</a></p><p>To close out the exhibition on November 6, curators Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago hosted two panel discussions with the featured architects, focusing on the sites that serve as the exhibition's organizing principles: the Metro subway extension in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the stretch of the LA River running through the city proper. Both sites embody much of what is affecting Los Angeles' changing urbanism &ndash; ongoing drought, invigorated public transportation, gentrification, and increasing density.</p><p>Mimi Zeiger, West Coast Editor of The Architect's Newspaper moderated the panel on the River, with Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular), Elizabeth Timme (LA-M&aacute;s), and Lorcan O'Herlihy (Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects), and I moderated the panel on Metro, with Jennifer Marmon (PAR),...</p> Op-Ed: Architect Magazine Finally Found its Voice Keith Zawistowski 2012-11-28T03:04:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:04:29-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> I recently received my November Issue of <em>Architect</em> and for the first time since the blogs caused us all to begin devouring images at warp speed and sent print media into a battle for survival, I actually "read" an architecture magazine. It was truly satisfying.</p> <p> From its inception, the idea behind <em>Architect</em> was clear; its title was the proof. <em>Architectural Record</em> had lost touch. It had become a glossy product placement catalog, serving its advertisers but increasingly bereft of intellectual rigor. <em>Architect</em> promised to peel back the facade of idealized pre-occupancy images and to share the stories of the people who make architecture: to deliver us process and ideas. The bar was high and so were many of our expectations. Perhaps that is why I have been so underwhelmed as <em>Architect</em> has struggled for nearly 7 years to find a voice. The magazine has taken us on a journey from in-depth interviews of firms producing irrelevant projects, to garnish cartoony graphics that distracted from...</p>