Archinect - Blog Posts 2024-04-13T09:49:39-04:00 Hollywood Hills Ampdesign 2024-04-02T17:57:33-04:00 >2024-04-11T13:55:34-04:00 <p>Complete remodel with added elevator. </p> Navigating Office Perks: Insights for Small Architecture and Design Firms in NYC David C. McFadden 2024-03-20T15:38:32-04:00 >2024-03-20T15:39:54-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";enlarge=true&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";enlarge=true&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>In a recent article by the New York Post titled &ldquo;NYC Landlords Luring Workers to Offices with Fancy Perks, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;the spotlight shines on the enticing perks offered by landlords to attract employees back to the office amidst shifting work dynamics. While these perks may seem appealing for large corporations, the landscape for small businesses, particularly architecture and design firms with fewer than 50 employees, presents different challenges and considerations.<br></p> <p>The allure of onsite amenities such as fitness centers, gourmet cafeterias, and communal spaces undoubtedly holds sway for many professionals. However, for smaller firms nestled within NYC&rsquo;s vibrant architecture and design scene, the feasibility and practicality of such offerings may vary significantly.</p> <p>In this blog post, we delve into the nuances of office perks through the lens of small architecture and design firms. While acknow...</p> BAC Talks 2024: Expanding Perspectives: Think, Share, Change thebacboston 2024-03-19T12:27:35-04:00 >2024-03-19T12:27:35-04:00 <p><img src="" alt="BAC Talks (logo). Expanding Perspectives: Think, Share, Change."><br></p><p>The most popular alumni event of the year is here! Join us for BAC Talks, a full-day alumni symposium consisting of a captivating blend of in-person and virtual discussion panels, engaging talks, and inspiring keynote speakers. Whether you're an alum, student, or member of our global community, these enlightening conversations are led by industry experts that promise to inspire, inform, and connect.</p> <p>This year's theme,&nbsp;<em>Expanding Perspectives: Think, Share, Change</em>, will bring together a variety of design professionals and thought leaders to discuss and share current perspectives and trends in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design in a fast changing environment.</p> <p>Thrilling announcement! Janet Echelman, Artist and Principal at Studio Echelman, and the&nbsp;<a href="" title="2024 Cascieri Lecture Series - Janet Echelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">32nd featured Cascieri lecturer</a>, will not only grace us with her presence for the distinguished&nbsp;<a href="" title="Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities Series" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cascieri Lecture</a>&nbsp;in the evening but will also be the keynote speaker at BAC Talks! Join us for the entire day of BAC Talks, ...</p> A Legacy of Design Innovation: Shepley Bulfinch at 150 and Beyond thebacboston 2024-03-07T10:14:15-05:00 >2024-03-07T10:14:15-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>For 150 years, Shepley Bulfinch has countered the status quo with forward-thinking buildings and spaces of inspired living, learning, and healing. Since its inception the firm&rsquo;s work has been at the forefront of major social movements and moments.</p> <p><strong>Innovating higher education learning environments</strong></p> <p>A foundation in higher education, established in 1884 with Harvard University&rsquo;s Austin Hall, developed with advances like electric light and the formation of professional schools to train doctors. Over the last 50 years, the firm&rsquo;s focus has sharpened with an expertise in libraries and science and technology facilities. Consistently artful student life design has helped institutions bring buildings to life and invigorate academic communities across the country from Stanford to the University of Notre Dame.</p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"><br><em>Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in 2016, Allston, MA. Photo by Robert Benson.</em></a></p> <p><strong>Putting patients first in healthcare</strong></p> <p>Coinciding with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution...</p> STOP OVERWORKING - WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE Erin Sharp Newton 2024-02-12T19:26:08-05:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";ts=1708308195" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Source:" title="Source:"></a></p><figcaption>Source:</figcaption></figure><p><a href=";ts=1707482369" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Join AIA CNJ and AIA NJ Women in Architecture for this Free Virtual Presentation:&nbsp;The Stop Overworking Formula for Women Architects&nbsp;&nbsp;VIRTUAL,</a>1 LU&nbsp;</p> <p>Are you a woman in architecture who struggles with overwork, work stress, or even burnout? Your brain continues to spin with work-related worries even when you&rsquo;re not there, and it&rsquo;s hard to take time off without guilt or to be fully present with your kids, your partner, or your relationships outside of work?</p> <p>As a leader, you take on too many tasks and struggle to say no. You&rsquo;re constantly being pulled into inefficient meetings and work in the weeds, and you worry constantly about whether it&rsquo;s all enough, if you&rsquo;re good enough, and about keeping everyone happy.</p> <p>If you struggle with this&mdash;and even fantasize sometimes about having a boring easy job (but you know that wouldn&rsquo;t satisfy you either)&mdash;this training is for you. You&rsquo;ll learn the real reason why so many high-achieving women leaders get stuck in overwork and what you...</p> Designing for Belonging thebacboston 2024-02-05T10:36:20-05:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><em>MDS-DHH students take a group photo during Intensives week in the McCormick Gallery.</em></p></figure><p>The Boston Architectural College (BAC) was the first forward-thinking design school to launch an online&nbsp;<a href="" title="Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Master of Design Studies Design for Human Health</a>&nbsp;program (MDS-DHH) nearly a decade ago in 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;This program is the place for those who want to design to make a difference in users&rsquo; lives. It&rsquo;s for those who are trying to figure out how to create spaces where users feel excited, feel a sense of belonging, and see that their environment tells that story,&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="" title="Valerie Fletcher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Valerie Fletcher</a>, a member of the&nbsp;<a href="" title="Board of Trustees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Board of Trustees</a>&nbsp;at the BAC said from the Institute for Human Centered Design, where she serves as Executive Director.</p><p>Nowadays, design has more complex functional demands than ever before&ndash;with users&rsquo; needs going far beyond the art of form. Just a few of those considerations include climate change, natural disasters, mass incarceration, forced migration, pandemics, school shootings, a rise in dementia cases, and s...</p> Preserving Heritage Through Modern Partnerships in Remote Pakistan thebacboston 2023-12-20T12:54:28-05:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p>In a remote region in Pakistan, flanked by some of the world&rsquo;s highest peaks, sits an innovative university that is working with local students to preserve their region&rsquo;s cultural heritage and advance scholarly research.</p> <p>Getting to the University of Baltistan, Skardu (UOBS) in the Gilgit-Baltistan region is a feat in and of itself, but it&rsquo;s worth the trek.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><em>Students in the new UOBS Archaeology and Heritage Studies program with UOBS faculty and BAC partners at Buddha Rock, Skardu. Photo by David Hansen.</em></p></figure><p>&ldquo;You hear things about how hard it is to get to but, the length, difficulty, and beauty of the journey doesn&rsquo;t register until you experience it,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<a href="" title="Eleni Glekas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleni Glekas</a>, Director of Historic Preservation at The Boston Architectural College (BAC) and author and principal investigator of a three-year, federally funded partnership with the UOBS.</p> <p>The ambitious and focused grant, which was funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, was strategically built around thr...</p> Slowness : Banyan Park, Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India thebacboston 2023-11-09T10:42:59-05:00 >2024-02-23T17:31:07-05:00 <p><br></p><p>In 1999, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien wrote an essay in the magazine 2G titled &ldquo;On Slowness.&rdquo; It began as a lamentation for the loss of the drawing tools of architecture but was really a meditation on the importance of design as a slow practice. Today, the idea of &ldquo;slowness&rdquo; is ever more fragile and ever more precious. Architecture remains essentially slow; it is a discipline that profoundly affects the physical world and requires special attention to the unique materiality of its place.</p><p><img src="" alt="Tata Consultancy Services' Banyan Park in Mumbai, India. Copyright Michael Moran.">&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In 2003, Mr. Ratan Tata contacted Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Somaya &amp; Kalappa Consultants, based in Mumbai, to design a modern technology campus for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He envisioned a high-tech 2,000 person campus seamlessly integrated into the 23-acre wooded property in Mumbai, India. Ratan Tata himself studied architecture, and he believed this project had the potential to signify the importance in forging a design approach closely tied to its culture and surrounding ...</p> Roman Colosseum Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-10-21T12:16:06-04:00 >2023-12-11T14:01:08-05:00 <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roman Colosseum</a>, built in the 1st century AD, is one of the iconic monuments of ancient Rome. It was designed to host public events such as gladiatorial contests, mock naval battles and theatrical performances. With a capacity of between 50,000 and 80,000 people, its monumentality is reflected in its name, 'Colosseum', which means 'colossal' or 'giant'. Built by the emperors Vespasian and Titus, it was inaugurated in 80 AD with a series of spectacular games and celebrations that lasted for 100 days. </p> <p>History of the Colosseum - Flavian Amphitheatre </p> <p>The first great amphitheatre to be built in Rome was in the Field of Mars, built in 29 BC by the Roman consul Statilius Taurus. However, this building was destroyed by the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, which reduced the amphitheatre to ashes. After the fire, Emperor Nero appropriated much of the land to build his residence, the Domus Aurea. An artificial lagoon was also built and the aqueduct Aqua Claudia was extended to reach this...</p> CONTEMPLATIVE LANDSCAPES - NEUROSCIENCE FOR DESIGNING GREEN SPACES Erin Sharp Newton 2023-10-03T12:54:33-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Newton's Notes interviewing Aga" title="Newton's Notes interviewing Aga"></a></figure><figcaption>SOURCE:</figcaption><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Newton&rsquo;s Notes with </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo</strong></a><br></p></figure><p><strong>To all architects, designers, landscape architects, planners, researchers, scholars, mental health professionals and neuroscientists looking to unlock healing powers through neuroscience &ndash; ADD this book to your reading list!</strong></p> <p>This interview and book help to utilize<strong> Neuroscience to create a healthy living environment for Mental Health and Well-being </strong>utilizing the practical application of the <a href="file:///C:/Users/enewton/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/ZEHJCFV8/Contemplative%20Landscape%20Model%20(CLM)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Contemplative Landscape Model.</strong></a> </p> <p>Written by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo</strong></a><strong>, </strong>with lived experience, this book explores evidence-based design methods, as well as neuroscience testing, to analyze and address (very specifically) how green space can be used to improve well-being and mental health. The pages delve into untapped possibilities, and technically clarifies the difference between scientifically proven healthy landscapes and the everyday urban model of a park somewhere in a city, empty and scary, that ends up meeting a ...</p> “Reimagining Legacy: Philip Johnson’s Glass House Achieves LEED Platinum Excellence” David C. McFadden 2023-09-21T17:29:00-04:00 >2024-03-18T02:46:09-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>Introduction</strong></p> <p>This is the first in a series of looking at famous buildings in history and&nbsp;what sustainable materials and energy-efficient measures could be used today that were not available when the project was built to qualify the building as platinum LEED Certified. In this case, the&nbsp;1949 architect Philip Johnson's glass house.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Glass House</a>&nbsp;is a timeless architectural masterpiece renowned for its minimalist elegance and groundbreaking design. Constructed in 1949, this iconic structure was ahead of its time, yet sustainability and energy efficiency were not focal points in the mid-20th century. In this blog post, we&rsquo;ll explore modern sustainable materials and energy-efficient measures that could be applied today to qualify the Glass House for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Platinum LEED Certification</a>&mdash;boosting its appeal in the eyes of contemporary environmentally-conscious audiences.</p> <p><strong>1. Solar Panels and Green Roofing:</strong>&nbsp;Harnessing Clean Energy</p> <p>One of the most influential advancements in sustainable...</p> Festina Lente Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-09-19T11:35:41-04:00 >2023-12-29T14:15:40-05:00 <p>Festina Lente, Adnan Alagic, Bojan Kanli&#263; y Amila Hrustic </p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Festina Lente</a> is a Latin expression that gives its name to this bridge over the Miljacka River in the city of Sarajevo. It means 'to hurry slowly' and suggests proceeding with a sense of urgency, but also with careful and deliberate attention to detail. Although this is seemingly paradoxical advice, it encourages a balanced approach to tasks, emphasising the importance of neither rushing nor taking too much time. </p> <p>Built to connect the iconic building of the Vienna Secession - now the Academy of Fine Arts - with the opposite bank of the river, where a vital part of the city unfolds, this passageway is intended to become a symbol of a unified community. </p> <p>A symbolic link in the city </p> <p>The bridge represents the union of the secular and the spiritual, the link between the past and the present, between history and the flow of modern life. The loop of the bridge represents a symbolic gateway to the historic cities, charact...</p> Le Corbusier Curutchet House: the beginnings Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-09-14T17:44:05-04:00 >2023-09-24T22:31:08-04:00 <p>Doctor Pedro Curutchet wrote to an architect living in the city of Buenos Aires to design his future home/office, but the architect did not respond to his request. The architect's lack of interest and his desire to create a work that would incorporate the spatial qualities of the unique enclave led him to search for an architect who could express the spirit of modernity, such as Le Corbusier. </p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curutchet</a> prepared a dossier containing the cadastral plan, photographs of the site and a letter expressing his intention to commission him, together with a brief programme of requirements: three bedrooms with two bathrooms, a service bedroom with toilet, a living-dining room and a garage, as well as the consulting room and waiting room. Curutchet was particularly concerned to enhance the views from the living room and bedrooms onto the tree-lined boulevard 53 and the forest: "the sun and the panorama must be incorporated into the house". </p> <p>The file travelled to Paris in the hands of his si...</p> Kazimir Malevich, supremacy of sensibility Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-09-14T11:49:10-04:00 >2023-09-14T16:02:13-04:00 <p>After passing through Impressionism and the figurative arts, Kazimir Malevich set out in search of a new representation of pictorial art, far removed from any historical reference. Influenced by the geometric fragmentation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cubism</a> and the dynamics of the image proposed by Futurism, Malevich sought to eliminate any notion of volume in his painting. His aim was to erase objects from the canvas. To liberate painting from any objective representation, from any socio-historical reference. Malevich waged a tenacious spiritual battle to achieve the supremacy of plastic sensibility in his painting. </p> <p>While developing his new artistic concept, Malevich was commissioned to design the costumes for the Futurist opera Victory Over the Sun, a story about a group of peasants who set out to conquer the sun. Malevich composed an unprecedented formal repertoire for a theatrical work. He designed geometric costumes made of cardboard, painted in bright colours, similar to his cubo-futurist paintings...</p> Critiquing The Line: Unraveling the Mathematical Debate Behind Saudi Arabia’s Unique Megaproject David C. McFadden 2023-09-13T18:13:40-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>An article published yesterday in Popular Mechanics titled,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia Is Building an Entire City in a Straight Line. It Makes Zero Sense</a>, subtitled, Basic math says the city should actually be The Circle, not The Line written by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darren Orf</a>&nbsp;makes an interesting mathematical argument but urban planning is so much more &ndash; closer to an expression of art with a small dose of mathematics.</p> <p><strong>I have written a response considering other factors.</strong></p> <p>While the argument presented in the Popular Mechanics article raises valid concerns about &ldquo;The Line&rdquo; city project&rsquo;s straight-line design, it&rsquo;s essential to provide a counterargument that considers the potential benefits and unique aspects of this innovative urban development:</p> <p><strong>1. Efficiency and Transportation:</strong>&nbsp;The straight-line design of &ldquo;The Line&rdquo; offers the advantage of efficiency in transportation. A high-speed rail system connecting the entire city can significantly reduce commuting times, making it more convenient for residents to move from one e...</p> Designing for a Brighter Future thebacboston 2023-09-07T14:17:44-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>When Hayd&eacute;e Hernandez, M.Arch'23, logged onto Zoom from her home in San Antonio, Texas, a Boston Architectural College black commencement gown, purple hood, and black beret were pressed and hanging on her closet door in the background.</p></figure><p>The next week she would venture to Boston for the first time in her life to attend her BAC commencement, walk across the stage to the applause of the 158 other Class of 2023 graduates, and receive her&nbsp;<a href="" title="Online Master of Architecture " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Online Master of Architecture</a>&nbsp;degree.</p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><em>Hayd&eacute;e Hernandez, M.Arch'23, receives her diploma at the 2023 Commencement. L to R: Judy Nitsch, BAC Board Chair, Mahesh Daas, BAC President, Hayd&eacute;e Hernandez, M.Arch'23, and Karen Nelson, Dean of the School of Architecture.</em></p><p>For the 55-year-old single mom who had worked her way through the BAC while parenting a teenager through the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a tremendous amount to celebrate.</p> <p>The following week during his commencement address, BAC&nbsp;<a href="" title="Office of the President" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Mahesh Daas</a>&nbsp;would recognize Hayd&eacute;e as &ldquo;A commendable example o...</p> Eye Bank Foundation, Emilio Ambasz Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-08-26T16:37:54-04:00 >2023-08-26T16:37:54-04:00 <p>Banca degli occhi foundation</p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fondazione Banca degli Occhi</a> carries out various activities related to eye research and transplantation. The 5,000 square metre medical centre houses surgical facilities, stem cell research laboratories, an eye treatment centre, the EIDON Foundation's educational centre, as well as a 450-seat auditorium and administrative and service facilities. </p> <p>The site of the foundation is flat, very close to a main road and a branch of the local railway. The triangular-shaped building is defined by a series of individual design decisions that combine to form its architecture. These formal definitions are clearly identified and formulated independently of each other. </p> <p>The walls of the triangular layout </p> <p>The building is set in a triangular-shaped architectural body. It is contained in its two sides visible from the road by two 12-metre high trapezoidal walls. These blind planes are arranged at right angles to each other, with sloping lateral sides. The walls...</p> SHAPING AN INCLUSIVE HORIZON Erin Sharp Newton 2023-08-25T10:24:11-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Source: AIA CNJ" title="Source: AIA CNJ"></a></p><figcaption>Source: AIA CNJ</figcaption></figure><ul><li><u><strong>Pioneering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in New Jersey</strong></u></li></ul><p>In architecture, winds of change are flowing across the landscape of Central New Jersey, USA.&nbsp;&nbsp;In&nbsp;the Garden State, bridging New York City and Philadelphia, women in architecture are emerging and crafting a new narrative of&nbsp;<strong>equity, diversity, and inclusion</strong>&nbsp;in the field of design and practice. </p> <p>Shining a spotlight on a few remarkable women who have quietly been pioneering a transmutation&nbsp;in a very difficult environment of old-beliefs (and where old habits are hard to&nbsp;break <em>through</em>), they are&nbsp;enabling a shift&nbsp;that extends beyond designing structures &ndash; respectfully shaping a more comprehensive architectural community<strong>.</strong> These three examples each have served (or are serving) as Presidents to the AIA Central Section,&nbsp;<strong>where professional governance coexists with personal and professional integrity.</strong> </p> <p>Through their visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to the profession, these architects are not only shaping build...</p> Conda Urban Bench System Marc DiDomenico 2023-08-24T08:38:02-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><b>FLORENCE, ITALY</b> - A Florence master graduate created an innovative piece of urban furniture as an entry to the 2022 Ro Plastic Competition curated by Milan&rsquo;s Galleria Rossana Orlandi. The creator of the vigorous bench system is Egyptian designer Mohamed Hassan, a recent graduate of the Master of Furniture Design held by FIDI in Florence.<br></p> <p>Hassan&rsquo;s creation, aptly entitled &lsquo;Conda&rsquo;, was given honorable mention in the Urban and Public Design category which was open to both students and industry professionals. Made up of straight and curved segments that interlock, the system formulates a robust urban furniture made fully from recycled plastic. Coming from a traditional family of furniture fabricators in Egypt, Hassan also found himself compelled to address sustainable goals of the production process. The concept seeks to simplify assembly by reducing the design to a single cast element of one material.</p> <p>The bench system alleviates the need for reinforcement or secondary fastener componen...</p> Herzog & de Meuron Elbphilharmonie Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-08-19T16:04:24-04:00 >2023-08-19T16:08:00-04:00 <p>Una caracter&iacute;stica llamativa de la arquitectura de la nueva <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Filarm&oacute;nica de Elba</a> es la fusi&oacute;n de dos edificios atemporales. El antiguo edificio, originalmente destinado a almac&eacute;n, ha sido reforzado, sin desconocer que su mala calidad constructiva podr&iacute;a dar lugar a su demolici&oacute;n.</p> <p>La nueva Filarm&oacute;nica se asienta sobre el antiguo almac&eacute;n y tiene la misma geometr&iacute;a en planta, pero crea un espacio entre lo antiguo y lo nuevo. De esta forma, el volumen inferior conserva el car&aacute;cter r&uacute;stico y pesado del edificio portuario, mientras que el volumen superior ofrece una experiencia sensorial diferente. Las superficies curvas de la Philharmonie y las ondulaciones del techo sustentan la ligereza estructural de la sala. Tambi&eacute;n aportan una identidad formal con una apariencia variable creada por el reflejo de la luz y el agua en los paneles de vidrio curvo. </p> <p>Se crea un gran espacio p&uacute;blico entre los dos bloques, lo que permite a los visitantes experimentar la ciudad desde un punto de vista privi...</p> AI and I Orhan Ayyüce 2023-08-14T18:04:00-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Ecumenopolis 1" title="Ecumenopolis 1"></a></p><figcaption>Ecumenopolis &copy; OA</figcaption></figure><p>I just made friends with AI&rsquo;s abilities to generate images of my lofty speculations regarding the bleak but fascinating environs of the future. As someone I respect said, &ldquo;Midjourney is only fun when you take it to its limits to hallucinate. It's not a tool (yet).&rdquo; I agree with his assessment.&nbsp;I got my Microsoft Bing AI. A more everyday version of machine-generated images that are based on text prompts.</p> <p><strong><em>Ecumenopolis of the near joyless<br></em></strong><em>I did refer to dystopia with its toxic waters, sulphuric rains, and blackened industrial landscapes of abandoned factories, roads and towns. Places where the people lived in giant settlements of highly technological constructs by a single agency as everything else was. In order to build and inhibit, people destroyed more and more of their earth and its resources. At one point, nothing was left for humans outside of these giant pods of interiority and gray exteriors. There were no days, nights, and hours anymore. The time collapsed onto...</em></p> The Boston Architectural College is Building Careers: Nathan's IPAL Story thebacboston 2023-07-26T13:02:41-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p>If life had gone differently, Nathan Rosazza would have spent his time playing guitar on stage. &ldquo;I never really cared about school,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I just wanted to be a rockstar.&rdquo; He dropped out of high school, earning a GED instead, and worked backbreaking warehouse jobs in western Massachusetts, all the while continuing to write songs and play in bands.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>When he turned 30, however, he started to realize that perhaps his dream of being a rockstar wasn&rsquo;t going to happen. He remembered a conversation he had with a mentor a decade earlier when he was thinking about a job in construction or carpentry. &ldquo;He suggested my personality was more suited to being an architect,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It kind of planted a seed. Nathan eventually planted that seed, growing it into a career. He had always enjoyed drawing, as well as writing and recording songs, and now set about applying that creative mindset to designing buildings. He joined the Air Force Reserve and began taking architecture classes at a local com...</p> The People Who Have Your Back thebacboston 2023-06-22T12:42:04-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&ldquo;I give back because the BAC changed my life,&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="" title="Janet Roche" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janet Roche</a>, MDS-DHH&rsquo;17, said plainly. The&nbsp;<a href="" title="Alumni Council" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alumni Advisory Council</a>&nbsp;Chair is on a mission to pass it forward to other BAC graduates. &ldquo;I want to help create a network that is a place for all BAC graduates to return, find help and mentors, share resources, and keep in touch with faculty. It&rsquo;s where you can find the people who will have your back.&rdquo;</p> <p>Janet, who studied social work at Boston University as an undergraduate and worked with incarcerated youth before founding a video production company, came to the BAC in her forties.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>From right to left, Janet Roche, Chloe Hendricks, Karina Rodriguez-Winkler, and Adrienne (Jones) Erdman &ndash; all part of the MDS-DHH Class of 2017 during Commencement in the Old South Church on May 19, 2017.<br></p> <p>When she switched career tracks to join the design industry, Janet refused to focus on luxury interiors. An innate changemaker, she was amongst the first cohort of students to enroll in the&nbsp;<a href="" title="Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Master of Design Studies ...</a></p> Something I haven't talked about publicly: why I care so much about transit Lian Chikako Chang 2023-05-24T17:49:47-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p>Something I don&rsquo;t talk about much, and certainly not in public, is how I came to care so much about public transit. I wasn&rsquo;t one of those kids who obsessed over route schedules and maps. I grew up in an abusive home in the suburbs.&nbsp;</p> <p>I couldn&rsquo;t just walk or even bike everywhere I wanted to go. The bus gave me some independence, at an early age, to live my life. It was a way that I could get to activities and school and see friends without relying on my parents to drive me every single time. It allowed me to say &ldquo;no thanks&rdquo; when it was important to me or when I had no other choice. So I used transit from a young age, benefitting a ton from other riders looking out for me. Getting on the wrong line, missing my stop, getting on the right line in the wrong direction&mdash;heck, I still do all that today, and still rely on other riders to help me get where I&rsquo;m going. The community of public transit riders is a real community. Public transit has always been there for me, even when I wish it was ...</p> Reaching Out and Speaking Up thebacboston 2023-05-18T15:26:46-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p>Octavia Pinckney, M.Arch'23, has seen, &ldquo;Minorities in this country have been hit disproportionately hard by environmental disasters.&rdquo; Growing up in Texas, Octavia&rsquo;s own family was seriously impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. &ldquo;I understand firsthand what not being prepared for a disaster can feel like,&rdquo; they say.</p> <p>Katrina&rsquo;s chaotic aftermath, which left so many people unhoused, motivated Octavia to build a mission-driven career in architecture. Over the last few years, they worked as a Designer at Perkins+Will while simultaneously pursuing a&nbsp;<a href="" title="Master of Architecture " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Master of Architecture</a>&nbsp;degree at The Boston Architectural College (BAC).</p> <p>An especially impactful course at the BAC, Design and Social Entrepreneurship taught by Jack Cochran, challenged Octavia to create a business model for a startup. Their plan was a resilient design platform where people would learn how to prepare homes for natural disasters and how to tap into local funding resources. Right now, the concept is speculative&mdash;but they intend t...</p> Polish American Architect Daniel Libeskind To Receive Honorary Doctorate At The Boston Architectural College's 2023 Commencement thebacboston 2023-05-02T11:55:00-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p>BOSTON,&nbsp;May 1, 2023 -- The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is pleased to announce that celebrated Polish American architect&nbsp;Daniel Libeskind, an international figure in architecture and urban design, will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement speech on&nbsp;Friday, May 26.&nbsp;Daniel Libeskind&nbsp;joins an illustrious list of recent Commencement speakers at the BAC that includes architect&nbsp;Billie Tsien; Pritzker prize winner&nbsp;Balkrishna Doshi; architect&nbsp;William J. Bates; landscape architect and artist&nbsp;Martha Schwartz; and BAC alum&nbsp;Robert (Bob) J. Vila.</p><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1600"><figcaption>Celebrated Polish American architect Daniel Libeskind to receive honorary doctorate and deliver commencement speech at The Boston Architectural College. Photo copyright Stefan Ruiz.</figcaption></figure><p>"At this moment, starting a career in architecture offers both great challenges and opportunities."&nbsp;<em>Celebrated Polish American architect Daniel Libeskind to receive honorary doctorate and deliver commencement speech at The Boston Architectural Colle...</em></p> Live Blog - Moving for a Greener Future: The Climate Case for Public Transit Lian Chikako Chang 2023-04-20T21:37:00-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <p> </p> <p>Hello Archinect,</p> <p>I'm at 518 Valencia in San Francisco for a panel discussion hosted by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Transit Riders</a>&nbsp;on the role of public transit in fighting climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event is moderated by&nbsp;<strong>Ellen Wu</strong>, Executive Director of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Habitat</a>, and panelists are:</p> <ul><li><strong>Amanda Eaken</strong>, Chair of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Board of Directors</a>&nbsp;and Director of Transportation and Climate at the&nbsp;Natural Resources Defense Council</li><li><strong>Jason Henderson</strong>, Professor in the department of Geography &amp; Environment at San Francisco State University and author of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco</em></a></li><li><strong>Tom Radulovich</strong>, Policy &amp; Planning for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Livable City</a>, and a former elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1996 to 2016</li><li><strong>John Anderson</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">350 San Francisco</a>&nbsp;Coordinating Committee member</li></ul><p>6:39:&nbsp;Ellen Wu asks Amanda Eaken to kick things off, and Eaken asks the smallish assembled crowd: <strong>How much of San Francisco's emissions are from transportation? We throw...</strong></p> Marcel Breuer, Ariston Club Marcelo Gardinetti 2023-04-17T12:24:46-04:00 >2023-06-29T16:06:10-04:00 <p>En 1947, el arquitecto h&uacute;ngaro <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer</a> visit&oacute; Argentina invitado por la Universidad de Buenos Aires. </p> <p>Su estad&iacute;a apareci&oacute; ocho semanas, durante las cuales el maestro de la Bauhaus dict&oacute; un curso de arquitectura y dise&ntilde;o y particip&oacute; en un proyecto de urbanizaci&oacute;n con estudiantes de la facultad de arquitectura del sur de la ciudad de Buenos Aires. Adem&aacute;s de sus actividades acad&eacute;micas, Marcel Breuer imparti&oacute; cinco conferencias sobre temas arquitect&oacute;nicos. </p> <p>La Universidad de Buenos Aires nombr&oacute; a Breuer como asesor del comit&eacute; para redactar el plan de construcci&oacute;n del edificio de la Universidad y recibi&oacute; una propuesta formal para presidir la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad, que Breuer no decidi&oacute;. </p> <p>Breuer fue convocado por la Universidad Nacional de La Plata para crear y dirigir una nueva Facultad de Arquitectura, tarea que prosigui&oacute; meses despu&eacute;s de salir del pa&iacute;s, sin resultados positivos. </p> <p>El art&iacute;fice de la visita de Marcel Breuer a la Argentina fue Eduardo C...</p> The Boston Architectural College is Building Careers - Meredith's IPAL Story thebacboston 2023-04-07T13:56:17-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <p>Fulfilling a dream to become a licensed architect can be an arduous process. First, students must earn a degree from an accredited school; then, they have to complete 3,740 hours practicing under a licensed architect; and finally, they are required to pass exams in six different practice areas. &ldquo;All of that is very hard on people,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<a href="" title="Faculty Profile Mark Rukamathu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Rukamathu</a>, faculty and Director of Special Projects at The Boston Architectural College (BAC). &ldquo;On average it takes 12.8 years from the time somebody starts school to when they become a licensed architect.&rdquo;</p><p>Making matters worse, Mark adds, in most cases, the state licensing laws do not allow students to take exams while earning their degree, but require them to figure out how to complete them on their own after graduation. &ldquo;Especially if they have special circumstances, such as a family, achieving all of these requirements within a timely fashion can be very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>To respond to those demands, the BAC has implemented the&nbsp;<a href="" title="IPAL Programs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Integrated Path to A...</a></p> EOM (Eric Owen Moss) Orhan Ayyüce 2023-03-23T11:11:50-04:00 >2024-03-15T01:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong></strong><strong>A<br><br> personal take on EOM:</strong></p> <p>context &gt; the one Eric has in his mind.<br>building concept &gt; the one Eric has in his mind.<br>building design &gt; the one Eric has in his mind.<br>end user &gt; market rate.<br>theory &gt; the one he says.<br>sensationalism gage &gt; now you are talking, it always explodes as some painting trend.<br>currency &gt; Hayden Tract banknotes.<br>was Philip Johnson right in saying "Eric Moss is a jeweler of junk" &gt; a pretty good nickname.<br>does he care? &gt; he is beyond that kind of stuff.<br>is he a good teacher in school? &gt; he is a good one to challenge as a student, he plays. yes, he is good.</p> <p>more later...:)))</p>