Archinect - News 2017-08-23T22:59:00-04:00 Frank Lloyd Wright's shabby models and how MoMA preserved them Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T13:22:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The majority of the models were far from pristine. Architectural maquettes are often only used to quickly communicate an idea; longevity of materials such as chipboard or Plexiglas is rarely a concern. So, when Moody set out to restore the 14 models in MoMA&rsquo;s archive (the museum holds the three-dimensional works of Wright&rsquo;s massive archive), she was faced with missing elements, acidified paper, warping, and discoloration, among other issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exploring lesser-known parts of Wright&rsquo;s 70-year-long career, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA</a>'s new exhibition, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive</a> (on view through October 1, 2017) presents projects for an experimental farm and a series of rural school buildings in the segregated South. Besides that, the show also focuses on Wright's models&mdash;often extensively modified by him and largely representative of the architect's thought process and the evolution of his ideas.&ldquo;For him, they were presentation pieces meant to seduce the clients or put them at ease, especially if the designs were avant-garde or difficult to picture on paper,&rdquo; says MoMA conservator Ellen Moody.</p> <p>Analysis of the models also revealed the alterations performed by other stakeholders, including clients and conservators.<figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Model for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Image courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives MoMA Avery Architectural &amp; Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)</figcaption></figure></p><p><em>"A model of an early iteration of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solomon...</a></em></p> 16 designers to display new "Tribune Tower" models at the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T19:41:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:42:02-05:00 <img src="" width="532" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 1922 contest drew 263 entries from 23 countries and led to the construction of a landmark neo-Gothic skyscraper. In 1980, Chicago architects Stanley Tigerman and Stuart Cohen organized a "Late Entries" version of the legendary contest...Now, the curators of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial are putting together what might be called the "Late Late Entries" to the Tribune Tower competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the names of the sixteen designers picked to create a new "Tribune Tower" at the Chicago Architecture Biennial haven't been announced quite yet, according to this article their designs are already being value-engineered in order to be as feasible as possible for potential construction. Whichever design may ultimately go on to the big time of 1:1 scale, the Biennial will be a delightful experience for all of those who still enjoy enormous physical models of both the built and the unbuilt variety:&nbsp;</p><p><em>In addition to the 16 new versions of Tribune Tower, the curators are commissioning two other 16-foot-tall models of designs for the skyscraper from early in the last century. One is a famous, columnlike version by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos that was part of the 1922 competition. The other, which was not officially entered, is a gridded modernist design by the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.</em></p> The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T18:51:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all:&nbsp;</p> See downtown Los Angeles in Legos Julia Ingalls 2016-10-04T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:41:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take away the conceptual heft of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Burden's</a> Metropolis II and substitute in a grade-school love for pre-fabricated plastic building blocks and you'd have something like Jorge Parra Jr.'s eight-years-in-the-making Lego model of Los Angeles, which portrays a detailed swath of the city's downtown. Here's a video tour, including scale-model billboards, a working Metro train, and a faithful representation of its latest skyscraper:</p> Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process) Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:51:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated seamlessly into an explanation of the design concept behind his "unzipped" Serpentine Pavilion. Here's the full video:</p> Tour hundreds of Japanese architectural models by the likes of Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma at Tokyo's 'Archi-Depot' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T14:57:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum, which will open on Tennozu Isle in&nbsp;Tokyo&rsquo;s&nbsp;Shinagawa district will not only be a place for these models to be displayed, but also act as an effort to preserve them. The space will be lined with over 100 shelves to display their permanent collection, in addition to special exhibits. Each model in the museum will be accompanied by a QR code which can be scanned using a smartphone to access more information about the structure, including photos of the completed work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archi-Depot</a>&nbsp;museum originated from the Archi Depot Foundation (founded last year by Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center companies), with the core purpose of conveying to a general public the significance and artistry inherent to the architectural model-making process. Before opening the museum, the Foundation staged an exhibition at the 2015 Triennale di Milano.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a title="Washington University in St. Louis to phase out styrene next fall, students express mixed reactions" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington University in St. Louis to phase out styrene next fall, students express mixed reactions</a></li><li><a title="To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature</a></li><li><a title='Photo archive of "Blade Runner" model shop shows remarkably convincing replicants hard at work' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo archive of "Blade Runner" model shop shows remarkably convincing replicants hard at work</a></li><li><a title="Building Wes Anderson's &quot;Grand Budapest Hotel&quot; out of 50,000 Legos" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" out of 50,000 Legos</a></li></ul> Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:54:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget the life and death drama of heart transplant surgery&mdash;what about the insane pressure to expertly fold a piece of origami in under 15 minutes? Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s Okayama prefecture, Kurashiki Central Hospital&nbsp;is holding fierce recruitment competitions in which surgeons must assemble tiny models&mdash;in one case, a piece of sushi with a single grain of rice&mdash;to demonstrate their fine motor skills (and coolness in a complicated deadline situation: sound familiar, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">model builders</a>?). Here's the video of the tryouts:&nbsp;</p> Envision your next design with Arckit + giveaway! Justine Testado 2016-01-28T12:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-19T14:26:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need a break from LEGOs or want to refresh your creative process for your next project? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit</a> is a choice you wouldn't want to pass up. Irish architect Damien Murtagh created the aesthetically savvy modular kit for architects, students, hobbyists, and design enthusiasts of any age to enjoy and use for their architectural modeling needs.</p><p>Arckit uses a series of reusable modular components that connect without glue(!), allowing the creation of freeform structures that can be endlessly modified.&nbsp;The system is based on modern building techniques and uses a universal sale &mdash; making it ideal for architectural projects, showcasing finished designs, or just for good ol' fun.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Are you in dire need of one of these kits? Archinect is giving away three Arckit sets to our lucky readers!</p><p>Read on for more about Arckit, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'You can design almost any structure with Arckit &ndash; from a room, extension, walled garden, dream home, street, high-rise tower or even replicate so...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Sou Fujimoto's potato chips and other found architectures Nicholas Korody 2015-10-11T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:08:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="888" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s a difficulty inherent to any presentation of architecture in an exhibition context: architecture (it is commonly thought) operates in the physical world, so how do you <em>do </em>architecture inside a gallery space? Hence, it&rsquo;s pretty inevitable that a survey like the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be met with lots of questions marks and even defiant denouncements: &ldquo;This is not architecture!&rdquo;&nbsp;In general, such accusations tend to fall flat: architecture is hardly an immutable object moving through space-time.&nbsp;</p><p>But then again, when an exhibit is explicitly tailored to professional, academic, <em>and </em>lay audiences, it&rsquo;s also difficult to ignore the murmurs of an exiting tourist, &ldquo;I just don&rsquo;t get what that has to do with architecture&hellip;&rdquo; For some, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto&rsquo;s installation <em>Architecture is Everywhere</em>, comprising a collection of &ldquo;found architectures&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;a pile of potato chips, a cardboard box, an upturned ashtray &ndash; left them scratching their heads.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There&rsquo;s a whole lot...</p> International architecture star Shigeru Ban is a Prospect.3 no show Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T14:42:06-05:00 <img src="" width="493" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Internationally renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is one of the biggest names on the roster of New Orleans' international art festival, Prospect.3. But his exhibit at Longue Vue House and Gardens is a non-starter. [...] Unfortunately, whatever plans Ban had for presenting a structure or artwork at Prospect.3 must have fallen through, because the exhibit at Longue Vue is comprised of nothing more than a sleepy selection of miniature architectural models and photos.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #358 Nam Henderson 2014-03-12T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-13T11:46:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Student Works:</strong> highlighted three different pop-up shops designed and built by some students at Tsinghua University in Beijing for their "<strong>Tectonic Studio</strong>". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructed for under 2500 RMB (569 USD or 412 EUR), the program was to store and sell t-shirts.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>arllita</strong> felt they were "<em>beautifully designed and provide an efficient solution to rolling storage! Do you know if they or something similar are available for sale and, if so, are you able to direct me?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, the ninth edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong><strong>: </strong>featured: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come</em></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> &nbsp;by Sean Lally</a>.&nbsp;The featured excerpt is from the introduction where Lally proposes;</p><p>"<em>Instead of thinking of architecture as a mass of inert and ossified energy&mdash;even stone and steel were not always solid masses&mdash;standing as walls in opposition to their surroundings and carving out interior space, why not look to intensify those very energy systems we know are capable of creating microclimates and ...</em></p> A Master Model Maker Nam Henderson 2014-02-27T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-28T13:08:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural models can cost upward of $100,000, and sometimes far more. Architects use models to realize and improve upon their designs; developers rely on them during presentations, hoping the models will convince the relevant authorities to approve their plans. For brokers, models have become a key marketing tool, used to persuade buyers to shell out millions of dollars for homes that have yet to be built.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Julie Satow profiles&nbsp;Richard Tenguerian&nbsp;who has spent the past three decades working for some of the world&rsquo;s most famous architects. Even though he&nbsp;graduated in 1984 with a degree in architecture he eventually went into business for himself, as a&nbsp;professional model maker.</p> "MODEL" - a short film exploring the future of model building Archinect 2013-09-05T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple of years ago, I took a temp job assisting an architectural model builder. It was an intense experience - meticulously crafting delicate materials into structural works of art. I became fascinated with the craftsmanship and artistic ability that goes into this work. The advent of 3D printing - as exciting as it is - poses a problem for this art form. If a machine can spit out a 3D version of a building, is the era of model-making coming to an end?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What happens when we ask writers to try their hand at architecture? anthony dong 2013-08-06T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:30:26-04:00 <img src="" width="592" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. They lead us through space, make us slow down, speed up or stop to contemplate. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same. So what happens when we ask writers to try their hand at architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>