Archinect - Blog Posts 2021-02-25T15:31:41-05:00 My life journey with achieving my dream school “Architecture” Mariz Youssef 2021-02-24T23:04:39-05:00 >2021-02-25T15:03:17-05:00 <p>Growing up in Egypt, I knew going to architecture school wouldn't come true. Since the culture is gender bias, men overpower women in every aspect of life. Women in the Middle East fight to become architects, engineers, or even structure managers.&nbsp;</p><p>Now that I have the opportunity to live in the U.S, I feel obligated to help empower women all over the world. Women who live in the Middle East can&rsquo;t think of becoming architects.&nbsp;</p><p>The culture believes that only men can do such a manly job. I hope that by sharing my personal experience, I will prove them wrong. I hope that one day we can break the stereotype against women in the field of architecture and engineering. I am writing to every woman who wants to be an architect in the Middle East, never give up on your dreams.<br><br>I grew up in Egypt thinking I will never make it to architecture school.&nbsp; I almost gave up on my dream until I read this verse in the bible &ldquo;If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, &lsquo;Mov...</p> Architecture in Space Exploration Age June Lee 2021-02-24T17:20:29-05:00 >2021-02-24T17:20:29-05:00 <p>During the entire year of 2020, most people in the world have to stay in their home because of the pandemic. People had very limited outdoor activity and got used to have virtual meeting on online environment. A lot of people complained that how hard to keep staying at home for long time. However, this living style will be more popular when we start to move to the Moon and Mars. With the current rocketry technology, according to NASA, the journey to Mars will take about seven months with the best flight path. For example, NASA&rsquo;s new Mars rover &ldquo;Perseverance&rdquo; launched on July 30, 2020 and landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. So, if we are considering sending a humankind to the Mars, people are staying in the spacecraft for about seven months or more than seven months because of the increased size of the spacecraft. </p> <p>&nbsp; </p><p><br></p> <p>The MARS-500 Mission </p> <p>Between 2007 and 2011, Russia, the European Space Agency and China conducted a psychosocial isolation experiment which named &ldquo;the MARS-500,...</p> Why Tests Suck hillarylu 2021-02-24T16:31:47-05:00 >2021-02-25T15:04:54-05:00 <p>If you&rsquo;re like me, you probably grew up going to classes&nbsp;Monday's&nbsp;through Friday's from 7:30am to 2:45pm. I remember dreading school because I hated feeling &ldquo;less educated&rdquo; compared to my peers. Yeah, I was a terrible test taker. Test-taking was never my strong suit, I thought I had no actual talent. I started high school and started to take some hands-on courses including architectural drafting, woodworking and auto body, things that my 4.0 GPA friends could never do. I started to realize that I was actually really good at designing and making things but since my grades were not as strong as others that I would get nowhere in life. This was until Woodbury University accepted me into their school based on the portfolio I was able to put together that I finally had the chance to do what I wanted to do, they gave me a chance.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>This really got me thinking, if college acceptances were only based on whether you were a straight-A student or if you were ASB president, where do all the desi...</p> Escape to Architecture tatianahajjar 2021-02-24T15:31:15-05:00 >2021-02-24T15:32:02-05:00 <p>Traveling is a common activity most people share interests in. When one wants to escape their everyday lives, they choose to escape to another location. But why is that? Why is there such a fascination with leaving one&rsquo;s life behind to experience another&rsquo;s? Every country, state, island has its own attraction, whether that be the amazing food, ambiance, beaches, or the history of that place. The main reason for wanting to &ldquo;escape&rdquo; is for a chance to leave one&rsquo;s everyday scenery and experience another world-like place; that has all to do with that place&rsquo;s architecture.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Architecture at any place will always be different. Not one country has the exact same design or thought process as other locations. We go to Paris to experience their grand chateaus, the architecture of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the art within. The first thing tourists from other countries do when they arrive at their location is sight see, it is a must. The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower is incomparabl...</p> The Future of Color Aileen Zaldana 2021-02-24T14:53:04-05:00 >2021-02-24T15:27:32-05:00 <p>Architecture, a thought process so unique to itself, so unique to each place. But why isn&rsquo;t there more colorful architecture? Why do most buildings have to be dull and dark on the outside? We are currently living in times where the world needs more color in it. Our lives have changed over the course of a year a full 360 degrees and many of us have lost so much. So how can architecture brighten our world just a little bit?&nbsp; </p> <p>Well, it could simply be adding some color to it. In school we are taught architectural projects that are dark or white. Or how the architectures color can be just the color of the material being used. There are only very few buildings known for color, and color is taught to work against the architectural design. And in my experience studio professors have more dark or black clothes than I have ever seen. This major is so fun and creative, yet a monochromatic dress code is preferred and encouraged during final reviews or reviews in general. Monochrome can bring e...</p> Architecture inspired by Music Rafael Aguilar 2021-02-24T14:40:22-05:00 >2021-02-24T14:40:22-05:00 <p>Music and Architecture are a combination that I in first years of architecture school have learned to enjoy.&nbsp;When I heard the words &ldquo;Music and Architecture&rdquo;, the first thoughts that come&nbsp;in mind are how there is correlation between the two.&nbsp;Surprisingly enough, there are&nbsp;many common&nbsp;relations to Architecture and Music.&nbsp;Common ground such as rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion, and dynamics.&nbsp;These characteristics are factors in architecture that give&nbsp;an architectural design meaning and/or&nbsp;hierarchy.&nbsp;A good example of&nbsp;a building with such factors is The Vessel, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. A structure located in New York City and one of the first&nbsp;places I visited in New York city.&nbsp;</p> <p>On my trip, the first thing I noticed&nbsp;was the network of patterns. Patterns&nbsp;that give the building a certain&nbsp;appeal. It&rsquo;s a basic structure that was created to add harmony and balance within a grid of vertical metal and glass. In music, patterns are a very common factor that makes&nbsp;a majority of&nbsp;the musi...</p> Idol's, masters, and their work ethics Sergio Santos 2021-02-24T14:33:56-05:00 >2021-02-24T14:55:33-05:00 <p>How can we educate ourselves from the people who we look up to and use it to our own benefit for architecture? Many students in the field of architecture have different hobbies, most involving people who we consider our idols. In this case, Kobe Bryant and other great athletes including different artist all have worked hard to get themselves in the position of excellence that they are known for by their work ethics. This is because all the people who we more so look up to have a different mentality than the norm, they use their free time to learn more about their craft, they are always in a state of constantly improving to get better and doing more than the next guy to stay at that top tier level.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Why is this important? In order to become very skillful in architecture or the path that we choose, we can easily learn what separates the people who are master&rsquo;s at their craft form the others, and so why not set our mentality as theirs for the better, even though they have different ca...</p> The Shoes on my Feet, can be the Building that I See Jorge Ruiz 2021-02-24T13:45:44-05:00 >2021-02-24T15:23:42-05:00 <p><br></p> <p>Footwear is apart of our lifestyle. If it&rsquo;s used for working out, going to work, going to school or simply lounging around. Every shoe has a purpose and is intended to satisfy those purposes. The biggest shoe brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Asics, etc have found their audience and have catered for their customers needs and are continuing to satisfy those purposes in the best evolutionary way possible. </p> <p>Signature athlete shoes lead most of these top brands. By the creation of a high performing sneaker for each in their respective fields. No athlete is alike so every performance shoe will differ in design to fit the style of the player and to enhance the player&rsquo;s performance. </p> <p>Basketball shoes and running shoes are two completely different styles of shoes designed to create the best possible experience. Runners are made with the intention of a forward motion. Designed for comfortability with enough support and cushioning all in a light weight shoe for longer or shorter r...</p> And This is How I Got My First Interview EVER (for a job) Maria Ornelas 2021-02-24T13:17:00-05:00 >2021-02-25T12:16:05-05:00 <p>How can you let go of something and really believe that "the best is yet to come?" Especially in or field!?</p> <p>When I was on the last days of college, I remember being so nervous about my future career. As I mentioned earlier, I was on an overstay-visa, which didn't allow me to apply to any jobs, and I was too old to apply for DACA (look it up).</p> <p>The last days of college were a rollercoaster. On one end I was happy that school was finally over, but on the other hand, I had NO IDEA what would be next. I was lucky enough to have worked with this guy in West LA who signed about 100 out of the 500 internship hours I needed to graduate.</p> <p>I&nbsp;still needed more hours, so to be honest, I put really good effort in my studio classes to be noticed by the professors and critics who would come to our reviews. One day, I scored this meeting at a famous and well established firm in Downtown LA, thanks to one of my elective classes. I was very interested in becoming a medical planner, so even if I knew my...</p> Circulation Story Telling Christopher Parsley 2021-02-24T12:17:08-05:00 >2021-02-24T12:17:08-05:00 <p><br></p><p>Story telling, whether that be in a movie, book, or video game, the order is key. These stories create vivid images of the architecture and its circulation; however, what becomes difficult is when the one experiencing the story has free movement in a video game. The task at hand then becomes a forced circulation within the design of the virtual building.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every design decision is intentional and meant to keep the player on track with the story so no information is lost. With the Halo series all bases within the story mode are made using wreckage and locked doors in order to force the circulation of the player. In a way looking at the city planning of the map, by limiting accessible spaces players are more likely to run across each other and engage with the game. </p> <p>Majority of the maps follow a symmetrical scheme for Halo,like Blood Gulch or LongBow, in order to create more of a fair playing ground on the slayer mode. The designers here work on changing facades in order to distinct t...</p> The most primitive and communal instinct we share is nature. Yet, seek for something eccentric or magical. Gabriel Bustos 2021-02-24T06:42:06-05:00 >2021-02-24T06:49:03-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The lakes, beaches, and almost any outdoor activity that is connected to nature grounds you to spend more time at that place. I have noticed that when one goes to a plaza or outdoor mall. A public space makes a world of difference to a person&rsquo;s mood to stay longer or not in that area. But, adding a water fountain in that public space, makes it enticing towards a person&rsquo;s mood. For example, going to a town center or plaza where the parking is in the center and the retail stores are in the extreme end with no public space, is perceived to be a chore only to purchase what you need and go. Perhaps a restaurant might retain you a little. However, a mall with a public space is a trip for a night outing especially if there is a water fountain in that public space. Possibly, being the most primitive instinct of survival. A study for this behavior addresses that the most attractive painting for a person to possess in their homes and everywhere in the world for that matter. Is a painting of o...</p> Connecting With Nature Jessica Gomez 2021-02-22T20:14:59-05:00 >2021-02-24T01:06:22-05:00 <p>Are we drifting away from nature as time goes by? We seem to find ourselves being dependent of artificial elements by the day. Although our generations continue to advance deeper into the interest of technology and artificiality, it is important to be connected with nature as it can benefit people in different ways. In architecture how might this look like?&nbsp;</p> <p>We can take The Jetavan in Maharashtra, India by Sameep Padora &amp; Associates as an example of connecting with nature. The Jetavan is a spiritual center that serves the Dalit Baugh Ambedkar Buddhist community. The program is divided into 6 different buildings in order to accommodate to the existing trees on the site. This center allows people to connect with nature through its butterfly roof. There are open spaces in between the walls and the roof to visually connect visitors to the trees around the site as well as to provide ventilation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simple yet thoughtful moves like the butterfly roof allows for a deeper connection between p...</p> Means to an End Kayla Castro 2021-02-21T19:56:19-05:00 >2021-02-24T17:02:21-05:00 <p>Immanuel Kant&rsquo;s deontological ethical theory revolves around 2 categorical imperatives. The second of these moral rules states: &ldquo;so act as to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always as an end and never as a mere means.&rdquo; Kant first acknowledges that a human is an end in-and-of themselves. Tools and inanimate objects are used as a means: a screwdriver is a means to tighten a screw and does not have inherent value outside of its use. Humans have an inherent value as sentient beings and ought to be treated as such.</p> <p>Overpopulation contributes to trash buildup, deforestation, pollution, and ultimately climate change. As we try to navigate a planet of rising sea levels, species extinction, and islands of plastic, all solutions must come to the forefront. Everyone ought to apply Kant&rsquo;s second categorical imperative so as to treat the planet as an end in-and-of itself and never as a mere means. Our planet is not a means to accommodate trash nor carry 8 billion carbon...</p> This is a Guide to Leave Guilt Free... Maria Ornelas 2021-02-12T08:59:36-05:00 >2021-02-12T08:59:36-05:00 <p>I cannot sleep tonight, and all I'm thinking is<strong> why do we feel guilty about getting a good opportunity when people around us are not doing "so great"?</strong></p><p>For the last two months, I have had family members and people very close to me in critical condition in the hospital. These people include the ones that gave me my first job and my very first place to live right after I got married.</p><p>Today, I have to give them the news that I have to go. I have decided to move on. It feels very exciting, when I let my intuition guide me, this one says YES YES YES. Even my light work cards threw the YES card. I know this is a step towards the right direction. It feels like I'm walking towards a more liberating life. Yet, I can't sleep, all because I'm trying to choose the right words to say that I'm leaving. This feels almost like I'm breaking up a marriage or abandoning a family, but this is not a marriage, nor is my family. This is the one and only job that has given me all the knowledge and experience ...</p> Has It Really Been THAT Long??? Maria Ornelas 2021-02-12T08:01:59-05:00 >2021-02-12T17:09:48-05:00 <p>It's June 1st, 2015 and it's the final days of school at Cal Poly Pomona. Finally, I am seeing a light at the end of those long seven years which felt like twenty. That version of hell will finally be over and I get to do something I haven't done in so long: GET A FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP!</p> <p>Hi there! I'm just writing a short introduction here so that you can remember who I am and why I have never deleted this blog even though I had really uninteresting, unauthentic writings about what I thought people would like (and turns out nobody even read it!)</p> <p>For the longest time, 6 years to be exact, I wanted to document my career somehow because I thought I had this super unique and special story. I was not the typical student in college. To put it in the correct terms, I was on an overstayed tourist visa from Mexico, and that prevented me from going home (because that wouldn't allow me to come back) and also didn't allow me to fully establish myself in the beautiful Land of the American Dream. I&nbsp;l...</p> New project concept sketches Ampdesign 2021-01-11T08:49:34-05:00 >2021-02-22T13:16:04-05:00 <p>pretty good project<br></p> President Daas Responds to US Capitol Attack deancascieri 2021-01-08T09:59:57-05:00 >2021-01-08T10:00:26-05:00 <p>From the Office of the President:</p> <p>Yesterday, we witnessed an insurrection and an attack on the U.S. Capitol complex timed to disrupt both houses of Congress in session to certify the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.</p> <p>Like you, my family and I watched in stunned silence as these events unfolded. One of the most disturbing moments for me was when I saw, in my children's eyes, a sense of fear and disbelief. I can only imagine how horrified, scared, or angry you and your families felt while watching this international tragedy unfold.</p> <p>The sense of entitlement and privilege with which these mobs broke into the Capitol so swiftly and with little resistance requires much inquiry and reflection. We must call out the stark differences between yesterday's handling of rioting with the treatment of peaceful protests broken up in front of the White House in June. Today, the BAC's mission of promoting social justice and democracy through civic engagement...</p> BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER Erin Sharp Newton 2020-12-31T12:23:00-05:00 >2021-01-15T11:39:10-05:00 <p><strong>Defragging the space of machines for PT at RWJ Somerset<br></strong><strong>+ Post-Occupancy interview with Deborah Fugaro, Director of Rehab Services.<br><br></strong>Architectural defragmentation of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset&rsquo;s Physical Therapy Program improved spatial relationships and allowed for more program in a smaller space.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="NK and RWJ University Hospital Somerset featured in Healthcare Design Magazine" alt="NK and RWJ University Hospital Somerset featured in Healthcare Design Magazine" src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Source: Healthcare Design Magazine</figcaption></figure><p><strong>The Challenges</strong>:&nbsp; <strong>Smaller Space + More Program <br></strong>RWJ Somerset needed to make room for a new cardiology suite, which resulted in the displacement of the existing PT suite into a smaller space. The space that was available was their former Same Day Surgery Suite (SDS), and it was smaller.&nbsp;RWJUH Somerset&rsquo;s facility leadership furthermore challenged the design team by asking them if they could help solve the problem of how to combine Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) in this new reduced area. The charge was to synthesize these three spaces into one location. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="Newton's Notes - NK Architects Plan for RWJ Physical Therapy" alt="Newton's Notes - NK Architects Plan for RWJ Physical Therapy" src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="NK Architects Physical Therapy Wing Renovation for RWJ" alt="NK Architects Physical Therapy Wing Renovation for RWJ" src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>The Solutions:</strong>&nbsp;<br><strong>I. Planning fo...</strong></p> Why the bling? Juste Tresor 2020-12-23T00:36:49-05:00 >2020-12-26T18:19:35-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Let us mull over the bling in large-scale buildings; yes, the bling in monumental buildings has persisted throughout the ages and continues to proliferate even today at every corner of the globe, as long as the world's economy continues to mint new millionaires every day. We regard these buildings as monuments of cultural significance; however, we celebrate them with little understanding or questioning of the impetuses that bring them into existence. Consequently, it affects how we perceive them and the meaning we attribute to them. While the contemporary architecture of large scale buildings claims to celebrate exuberance, most of the public's mind is stuck with an image of architecture as a celebration of opulence, far from the fact. Architecture is a form of thinking. It applies to any domain that can take advantage of a holistic approach to understanding, synthesizing, and then representation in any situation that poses a problem to be solved. Various historical evidence points ...</p></figure> BAC Alumna Earns Spot in the Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction deancascieri 2020-12-21T09:22:10-05:00 >2021-01-08T13:31:05-05:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure></figure><p>Prasanna Lachagari grew up in Hyderabad, India. She moved to the United States to continue her education and graduated from the BAC with her Masters of Architecture in 2019. Lachagari is now the Design Director at SDI Architecture in Boston, MA and Co-Founder and Principal Architect of SDI's office in Hyderabad. She recently earned a spot as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction at the annual WRECONF (World Real Estate and Construction Forum).</p> <p><strong>What inspired you to become an architect?</strong><br></p> <p>My initial passion was primarily drawing and painting. This foundation in art gave me a deep understanding of space and form, which in turn gave me a leg up when I transitioned to the architectural field. Architecture was a natural next step from my artistic beginnings and desire to create physical elements. I am deeply interested in the connection between art and architecture and the ways they influence each other. Architecture gives me the opportunity to bring my art into the bui...</p> More Frontiers Juste Tresor 2020-12-13T22:21:00-05:00 >2021-01-03T12:40:28-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>We live in unprecedented times of challenges; however, often than not, with each challenge comes an opportunity. Which goes to say, the field of architecture abounds with untapped opportunities. Our area of expertise has the potential to engage with the world&rsquo;s most pressing problems. Our expertise permeates a broader range of issues stretching from cultural, environmental, public health, and social equity. What is so special about an architect&rsquo;s training that makes it relevant to engaging a myriad of global issues? The simple answer is our dexterity when synthesizing complex issues and providing them with a discernable form. In the profession, we lightly understand this exercise as conceiving, where at its core, our work engages in problematics. We deliver tangible forms, as appealing visuals, which can spark a public debate or rally the needed support for their realization, while at the same time enticing scientists and engineers&rsquo; talent and imagination to develop the relevant pra...</p> “How much does your house weigh?” Eric Knight 2020-12-08T14:33:20-05:00 >2021-02-04T12:01:05-05:00 <p>A classic Buckminster Fuller question highlighting an overlooked aspect of current sustainability metrics quantifying the amount of natural resources used per square foot of built environment.</p><p>It would be great hearing of other empirical metrics and parameters that better define the benefits and enhancements architecture can provide for our quality of life in the constructed ecosystem we are making for our future.<br><br></p><p><br><br></p> Objective analysis of Good Architecture Eric Knight 2020-12-08T13:39:48-05:00 >2020-12-08T14:33:52-05:00 <p>What makes architecture good and who determines what is good and what is bad architecture? <br></p> <p><br>Overpriced shiny panels and tacked on bells and whistles with life cycle costs overshadowing generative performance claims win accolades and make sustainability sexy and chic but are these methods truly sustainable and scalable at all economic levels of society and building types? The current state of the art in architecture could be well served by an empirical set of locally relevant objective principles quantified by the individuals and end users measuring the increase in quality of life and ecology that truly good architecture can provide without the need for standardized bureaucratic forms and requirements monopolizing winners through the certification process and stifling grassroots innovation. <br></p> BAC Founding Week: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future deancascieri 2020-12-03T12:47:54-05:00 >2020-12-03T12:48:13-05:00 <figure><p>On December 11, 1889, The Boston Architectural College was founded as the Boston Architectural Club by a group of young and established local architects. The BAC's founders envisioned the Club would provide encouragement and support to those interested in the profession of architecture through public lectures, exhibitions, classes, as well as social gatherings and discussions.<br></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure>To celebrate the BAC's founding and our more than 130 years of impact in design education, The Boston Architectural College is launching a new tradition: BAC Founding Week.&nbsp;<br><br>BAC Founding Week will be a robust set of virtual activities bringing together staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends to celebrate our many achievements. It is an important occasion for the whole community to be together, to do things together, and to pause and reflect on and honor those who invested in the College&rsquo;s beginnings. <br>Please save the date and plan to join us for one, two, or all our virtual events! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here for more infor...</a> Woodbury SoA and Social Advocacy Sean Joyner 2020-11-02T14:00:00-05:00 >2020-11-30T05:27:17-05:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Woodbury NOMAS chapter at the 2018 NOMA Conference in Chicago. Students pictured (from left to right): Cory Matsuda, Stephanie Green, Khan Muhammad, Storm Campo, Daniel Pena-Sosa, Lamont Burnley. Image courtesy of Woodbury University School of Architecture.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>&ldquo;Advocate&rdquo; is one of those terms mired with connotative presuppositions. Both noun and verb; the advocate advocates. See what I mean? Many have become self-proclaimed advocates, while few have actually practiced the harder path of advocacy. Advocates proper, by definition, put their money where their mouth is. Currency, that is. Advocates contribute currencies of value: time, money, you get it. And while a press statement of solidarity is great and all, what happens afterward, and perhaps even beforehand, is a useful measure of who is the self-proclaimed advocate and who is the advocate proper.</p> <p>Woodbury University calls itself an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion in architecture. Many schools have called themselves the ...</p> Building Their Dreams: Design for Racial and Social Equity deancascieri 2020-11-02T09:15:25-05:00 >2020-12-15T04:00:29-05:00 <p>Created by BAC landscape architecture students and faculty, this video explores the issues of social and environmental justice and the role of design education in fostering lasting change. Featuring David Lee, FAIA, NOMA; C.L. Bohannon, PhD, ASLA; Kona Gray, FASLA, PLA; Jessi Flynn; Olga Rodriguez; Nizar Abou Ezzeh; Ivonne Lalyre. </p> Transitions of Power Mitch McEwen 2020-09-23T23:04:04-04:00 >2021-01-23T13:31:04-05:00 <p>This is not an architectural thought, particularly.&nbsp; I am writing in regards to the question of democracy and the peaceful transition of power, what it means to have that threatened as it is tonight.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In the mid-1990s I accidentally worked at a right-wing think tank for two or three weeks.&nbsp; It was a summer job that I stayed in for as long as it took for me to figure out that 'non-partisan research institute' didn't mean anything, but also just long enough to get one paycheck.&nbsp; I might as well share-- it was American Enterprise Institute.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>While I was there I would lurk around the fax machine to see what was being discussed across offices.&nbsp; There were exchanges about burying welfare aid in requirements for work and drug testing.&nbsp; This was one of the efforts that became successful.&nbsp; But there was also fax machine chatter about efforts that never became well known.&nbsp; One of them was an outline for legislation to ban rap music.&nbsp; Ban an entire artform ...</p> 2020 Fall Lecture Series: Just Space deancascieri 2020-09-23T12:13:51-04:00 >2020-11-24T12:46:04-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Join us for our Fall Lecture Series all season long! Speakers include:</p><p><strong>Sept. 23, 2020 &ndash; Kia Weatherspoon</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Oct. 7, 2020 &ndash; Juan Miro</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Oct. 28, 2020 &ndash; Katherine Williams</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 4, 2020 &ndash; Saul Alcantara</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 11, 2020 &ndash; Jay Cephas</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p>For more information please <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">visit our events page</a>!&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p> BAC Celebrates Newest IPAL Graduates deancascieri 2020-09-15T09:20:50-04:00 >2021-01-11T12:16:04-05:00 <p>The path to becoming a licensed architect is not for the faint of heart. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)</a>, in 2019 the average time to earn a license was 12.7 years, with the average age at licensure being 32.</p> <p>Through the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College's IPAL program</a>, our students are able to work towards completing their licensure while simultaneously earning their degree, allowing them to significantly reduce the time it takes to become a licensed architect. Since 2015, there have been 3 graduates from the BAC's IPAL program.</p> <p>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20) and Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20) are the two newest BAC graduates to complete their licensure requirements by graduation, joining BAC's first IPAL graduate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Wiegand</a> from 2019.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20)<br></figcaption></figure><p>"Once I graduated, I wanted a clean transition to being an architectural professional. Now I can focus on my growth in other ways - I can explore architectu...</p> X-TOPIA : A Digital World natcheng 2020-09-14T13:31:00-04:00 >2021-01-08T13:31:05-05:00 <p><strong><em></em>Following the recent virtual&nbsp;Burning Man festival entitled <em>Multiverse</em>, here are some thoughts and digital collages generated by my Office regarding&nbsp;</strong><strong>X-TOPIA : A Digital World.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Channelling the spirit of Archizoom, Superstudio and 70&rsquo;s OMA through a smartphone device, the ten vignettes illustrate current trends and future speculations. X-TOPIA is a cautionary tale of how technology is changing the way we live, work &amp; play, for better or for worse.</strong></strong></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="X-TOPIA : A Digital World" title="X-TOPIA : A Digital World"></a></p> <figcaption>C. ALTA-NYC</figcaption><p><strong></strong>Throughout 20th and 21st century popular culture, we encounter visions and prophecies of the techno-dystopian future far more frequently than techno-utopias. Our presentiment of the future has inspired countless novels, soundtracks, films, and video games exploring the darker side of our technological advancement; dehumanization, dependence, authoritarian control, and inequality. In a techno-dystopia, cyberspace is under active threat from corporate and political interests, and the fundamental aspects of humanity (society, biolog...</p>