Are you bored yet?

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z9e1sxjqtkuc4np.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z9e1sxjqtkuc4np.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z9e1sxjqtkuc4np.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z9e1sxjqtkuc4np.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Its forms are basic, totemic: Euclidean shapes dredged from the long memory of the field. It sometimes relies on modules or grids. It&rsquo;s often monochromatic. It&rsquo;s post-digital, which means it rejects the compulsion to push form-making to its absolute limits that overtook architecture at the turn of the century. As a result, it sometimes looks ancient or even primordial. It never looks futuristic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Famed <em>LA Times</em> architectural critic, Christopher Hawthorne, released his view of contemporary architecture that culminates in it being classified as boring, and yet, that might be exactly what the architectural discipline ordered. As a reaction to 'hyperactive form-making,' Hawthorne argues that contemporary architects are getting 'boring.'&nbsp;
One could understand that as an insult or derivative comment, but Hawthorne states that their work is well considered and measured and that the 'Room Temperature' of the work is just right but is also aware of the viability of Continue reading "Are you bored yet?"

The LOT: LAVA – Screens & Streets

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bj/bjfx76arerh7j365.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bj/bjfx76arerh7j365.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bj/bjfx76arerh7j365.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bj/bjfx76arerh7j365.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />During LA CoMotion&mdash; a downtown event featuring the so-called city of tomorrow&mdash; a Los Angeles artist group is reframing what the city of tomorrow is by bringing the art to the screens and streets.&nbsp;
A local group of Los Angeles Video Artist is making strides and having fun while doing it with guerilla-style pops around the city on its endless canvases and spaces. Founded in 2003, LAVA is a community of video artists working primarily in the field of immersive experiential video art. The goal of the LAVA community is to promote and nurture the movement of video art with the latest technological magic in the greater Los Angeles area. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;...

OMG! OMA

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvk8lzlbdv7qhq6r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvk8lzlbdv7qhq6r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvk8lzlbdv7qhq6r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvk8lzlbdv7qhq6r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The most radical art space to launch in Paris in decades will open next spring in a five-storey, 19th-century building in the Marais district. The Fondation d&rsquo;Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, run by the eponymous French retail chain, commissioned Rem Koolhaas and his OMA company to renovate the historic building at 9 rue du Platre.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" >OMA</a> has placed a glass and steel exhibition tower in the building&rsquo;s courtyard, which operates as a &lsquo;curatorial machine&rsquo;,&rdquo; according to a project statement. This tower incorporates four mobile platforms that move in and out of sight, allowing 49 different spatial configurations. As the floors move, galleries of&nbsp;varying sizes with different&nbsp;ceiling heights are created. In the basement, artists will make works in a production workshop.</p>         

Home is where your hard drive is.

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n0/n0qbyfwhil9m230e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n0/n0qbyfwhil9m230e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n0/n0qbyfwhil9m230e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n0/n0qbyfwhil9m230e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Within 40 hours of the project being announced in 2016, over 100,000 people had applied for citizenship on Asgardia's website. After three weeks, Asgardia had 500,000 applicants.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Home is where the hard drive is.&nbsp; On November 12, a hard drive 'nanosat' containing the information of 18,000 newly naturalized citizens of Asgardia took of for its two day flight to the international space station. The "nanosat" -- it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread contains 0.5 TB of data such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nation's flag, coat of arms and constitution.&nbsp;
The project, lead by a 53-year-old rocket scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyl says the project's mission is to provide a "peaceful society", offer easier access to space technologies, and protect Earth from space threats, such as asteroids and man-made debris in space. "I really want to be able to see Continue reading "Home is where your hard drive is."

It’s Archigram’s Future: We are just living in it.

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4olv76uximdohqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4olv76uximdohqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4olv76uximdohqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4olv76uximdohqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Archigram can be seen as part of several trends that influence metropolitan life to this day. One was the Pop Art movement, where color, dynamism, fashion, and disposability were presented in graphics as understated as a passing billboard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While history may be said to define us, it could also be that history paves the roads in which we will ultimately walk. Archigram known for being an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960 and for its neo-futuristic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist theoretical projects may, in fact, have been more prophetic than theoretical. While their work has been the precedent for endless variations of conceptual and realized projects, it my also ultimately end up being the destination as well.&nbsp;</p>          

DOPIUM.LA: Big Art Little Chinatown

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7l0l7ms38osw5gn6.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7l0l7ms38osw5gn6.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7l0l7ms38osw5gn6.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7l0l7ms38osw5gn6.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Only a dream can kill a dream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developed with some of the minds behind&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/742522/one-night-stand-la" rel="nofollow" >One Night Stand LA</a>, <a href="https://www.dopium.la/" rel="nofollow" >DOPIUM.LA</a> aimed to preserve the original beauty of Chinatown, while showing its inspirational influence on an emerging community of creatives in Los Angeles.
For one night, a group of artist, architects and atmospheric maestros turned the Mandarin Plaza into a space to remember; into an experience sparking the thrill of pleasure and inspiration - like Dopamine through the brain, and Opium* through the vein.
Projection by Chris Fortuna
Two spectators enjoying their shadowed existence.
”Opium” as a part of the name is a reference to the organic relief it originally provided as a natural form of medicine, and is in no way making light of controversial issues. We aim for this event to represent art as a creative catharsis, our own way of expressing ourselves as means to escape the climate we’re in for
Continue reading "DOPIUM.LA: Big Art Little Chinatown"

Huangshan Mountain Village gets MAD

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/niycm5h0uhkauzq8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/niycm5h0uhkauzq8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/niycm5h0uhkauzq8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/niycm5h0uhkauzq8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Instinctively growing out of the mountainous landscape, the serene design sensibility of the village is reflected in its natural setting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Huangshan, located near the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi in China&rsquo;s Anhui province, is home to one of the country&rsquo;s most beautiful mountains. Known for its rich verdant scenery and distinct granite peaks, the beloved landscape has long inspired artists, offering them sheltered spaces for contemplation and reflection. As a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/6771/unesco" rel="nofollow" >UNESCO Heritage Site</a>, the humanistic atmosphere and beautiful, tranquil environment has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is here that <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad-architects" rel="nofollow" >MAD Architects</a>, led by Ma Yansong, has realized &ldquo;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/143673782/screen-print-38-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture-s-shanshui-city" rel="nofollow" >Huangshan Mountain Village</a>&rdquo;.
image: MAD
MAD’s scheme is part of a larger tourism masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake. While providing the conveniences of modern living, the design affirms the significance of this culturally important mountain range. Composed in deference to the local topography, each of the buildings Continue reading "Huangshan Mountain Village gets MAD"

Introducing Archinect’s New Curated Lecture Series ‘Soapbox’

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv7nyx2f6uj4wu3m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv7nyx2f6uj4wu3m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv7nyx2f6uj4wu3m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv7nyx2f6uj4wu3m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Soapbox will be a recurring weekly release of a curated series of lectures. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposiums and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone. Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection looking for the occasional needle in a haystack.&nbsp;
This week, we present. Manifestos. A selection of lectures whose topics or purpose was to present if not reinforce, surprise, Manifestos.  MANIFESTOS  1. What happened to the Architectural Manifesto Series 2. A Dialogue: Jacques Herzog and Peter Eisenman 3. Koldo Lus Arana Architectural Narratives / Building Stories 4. Lecture by Anthony Vidler: Toward Continue reading "Introducing Archinect’s New Curated Lecture Series ‘Soapbox’"

Eye dont not understand?

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c7/c7bhrem12o1lw03u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c7/c7bhrem12o1lw03u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c7/c7bhrem12o1lw03u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c7/c7bhrem12o1lw03u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>In order for that kind of writing instruction to occur, what is needed is a culture shift toward an environment where all teachers &mdash; not just English teachers &mdash; believe they have permission to devote meaningful amounts of class time to writing instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The romanticized view of the Architect, sitting, drawing and creating is a beautiful one indeed, but all too often are the words, the text that pulls the sketches together, that make sense of the whimsical strokes stay forgotten. Without the written history of Architecture, we would not have isms, movements, or orders &mdash; we would have no Architecture to talk about at all.&nbsp;
Is Architecture at a loss for words? Is it at a loss of the ability to speak, record its concepts, ideas and philosophies? With grand and verbose statements such as Architecture is Dead, The End of Theory, Make New History, and Imagine Continue reading "Eye dont not understand?"

Do robots get a lunch break?

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vb/vbxzv1h86ye88wei.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vb/vbxzv1h86ye88wei.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vb/vbxzv1h86ye88wei.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vb/vbxzv1h86ye88wei.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>The construction sector is going to look very different in a decade or two &ndash; and so is its workforce. Are we going to be ready for it? Or will we fall behind?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What will the future of construction sites be?&nbsp;What will they look like and who will be wearing the hard hats. Does technology need a hard hat? With the industry shifting with <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years" rel="nofollow" >3D printing</a>, robotics, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149995618/the-architecture-of-artificial-intelligence" rel="nofollow" >artificial intelligence</a> and increased productivity, how then will the construction industry at large change?&nbsp;
For more, listen to a podcast on the shifts in the construction industry. 

Framework Awarded $6M from City of Portland “Fast Starts” Program to Support Affordable Housing

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4q/4qo2bcsgdd1n1f2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4q/4qo2bcsgdd1n1f2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4q/4qo2bcsgdd1n1f2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4q/4qo2bcsgdd1n1f2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"By investing in Framework, our city will now be home to the first skyscraper made from wood in the United States. This project not only reflects Oregon&rsquo;s leadership in the newly emerging wood products industry of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), it also demonstrates our city&rsquo;s commitment to finding innovative ways to quickly deliver affordable units during our housing crisis,&rdquo; said Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/leverarchitecture" rel="nofollow" >LEVER Architecture</a>'s project, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150011539/first-mass-timber-high-rise-building-to-be-permitted-in-the-us-is-coming-to-portland" rel="nofollow" >Framework</a>, has been awarded 6M from the city of Portland as a recipient of the City's "Fast Starts" Affordable Housing Program. The program aims at providing financial and city level assistance in the development and deployment of affordable housing projects that aim to deliver on both the means and methods of relieving the city's housing crisis.&nbsp;</p>         

You get a home! And you get a home! We all get homes.

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/kuciz5rh2drf9ehx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/kuciz5rh2drf9ehx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/kuciz5rh2drf9ehx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/kuciz5rh2drf9ehx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>A big obstacle to attracting new recruits is the stigma around working in the public sector. There remains a widely-held stereotype that planning departments are the realm of dusty, tweed-jacketed types, nested in their booths for the last half century. Williams says that when he started at Croydon, a colleague pitied him, assuming he had ended up there because he couldn&rsquo;t get a job in an architecture practice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the explosion of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/18888/starchitects" rel="nofollow" >STARCHITECTS</a>&nbsp;collecting major commission after major commission in the same manor children collect toys, a young office in London, <a href="http://publicpractice.org.uk/" rel="nofollow" >Public Practice</a>, has found a niche all to their own &mdash; one who's historical stigma only expanded Public Practice's potential and possibilities.
Finn Williams and Pooja Agrawal opened Public Practice as a means to bring a new generation of architects, planners, and local government together with the aim of shaping the public realm effectively, creatively and collaboratively. 
Continue reading "You get a home! And you get a home! We all get homes."

Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />A week to the day in which Norwegian design firm <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" >Sn&oslash;hetta</a> released their ambitious designs to modernize Phillip Johnson's Postmodern icon &mdash; the AT&amp;T building in New York &mdash; <a href="https://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" >Norman Foster</a> has come out and added his name and gravity in support of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150036126/the-architectural-community-responds-to-sn-hetta-s-proposed-update-to-johnson-s-at-t-building" rel="nofollow" >building protests</a> against the proposed modifications.&nbsp;<br>
In a short, precise and two-edged statement posted on Instagram no less, Norman Foster defends the project, not for its importance to him, or his interests per se but to Architecture's heritage at large — one that would be potentially soiled with Snøhetta's revamp
Norman Foster Instagram
‘I was never sympathetic to the short-lived Postmodern movement – and this building in particular. However, it is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such.'
While no one would declare the building a masterpiece through and through, it has always stood as more than a Continue reading "Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism"

Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />A week to the day in which Norwegian design firm <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" >Sn&oslash;hetta</a> released their ambitious designs to modernize Phillip Johnson's Postmodern icon &mdash; the AT&amp;T building in New York &mdash; <a href="https://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" >Norman Foster</a> has come out and added his name and gravity in support of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150036126/the-architectural-community-responds-to-sn-hetta-s-proposed-update-to-johnson-s-at-t-building" rel="nofollow" >building protests</a> against the proposed modifications.&nbsp;<br>
In a short, precise and two-edged statement posted on Instagram no less, Norman Foster defends the project, not for its importance to him, or his interests per se but to Architecture's heritage at large — one that would be potentially soiled with Snøhetta's revamp
Norman Foster Instagram
‘I was never sympathetic to the short-lived Postmodern movement – and this building in particular. However, it is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such.'
While no one would declare the building a masterpiece through and through, it has always stood as more than a Continue reading "Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism"

Cross-Talk #2: Pedagogy — Introduction

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cr/crb1zb3qejtxzaqu.gif" width="2056" height="1212" border="0" title="" alt="" />pedagogy&nbsp;
|ˈpedəˌɡäjē|  noun (plural pedagogies) the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept: the relationship between applied linguistics and language pedagogy | subject-based pedagogies.

Introducing Archinect’s New Critical Debate Forum ‘Cross-Talk’

The last four-plus decades have seen formidable developments in the discipline of architectural history and theory. This prolific production was disseminated publicly primarily through text-based mediums such as Oppositions, Log and Assemblage—among countless others. But now, the emergence of new media and platforms have dramatically changed the form and pace with which architectural ideas are transmitted. The slow pace of traditional text-centric publishing appears to be losing ground to the rapid production and transmission of images. Can text catch up with the image?

Introducing Archinect’s New Critical Debate Forum ‘Cross-Talk’

The last four-plus decades have seen formidable developments in the discipline of architectural history and theory. This prolific production was disseminated publicly primarily through text-based mediums such as Oppositions, Log and Assemblage—among countless others. But now, the emergence of new media and platforms have dramatically changed the form and pace with which architectural ideas are transmitted. The slow pace of traditional text-centric publishing appears to be losing ground to the rapid production and transmission of images. Can text catch up with the image?

Turn the lights off on the way out: Iñaki Ábalos’s keynote at Day 2 of the GSD’s Heliomorphism conference

Day one of Heliomorphism, the inaugural conference convened by the new research arm of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Office for Urbanization, ended with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects finally breaking through the jargon and superficiality of the topic at hand. The theme of the environment, solar performance along with sustainability were all absorbed and raised to the echelon of where they should exist; as already built in qualities of any project, not a topic or excuse for architectural exuberance. Thom Mayne’s ability to recognize and exploit this only provided further proof of the scale, method, and nature of his work as worthy of his recognition and role as a leader in the discipline. Sadly, during the second and final day of the conference we found ourselves again forcibly located at the epicenter of Ivy League semantic blurring and Copernican alignments. Day one seemed to have fallen into Continue reading "Turn the lights off on the way out: Iñaki Ábalos’s keynote at Day 2 of the GSD’s Heliomorphism conference"

Thom Mayne and Jeanne Gang play it safe with Heliomorphism keynotes at the GSD

We once knew the world was flat. We once knew earth was the center of the universe. We once knew the sun was the center of the universe. We once knew the Milky Way was the center of the universe. Maybe the 3rd is not so far off in the end. The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) officially launched its new research focused arm, Office for Urbanization, with a conference titled 'Heliomorphism'. Research has a long and varied history at the GSD and of course at Harvard in general. Exploiting and creating these opportunities for collaboration and exploration of disciplinary topics are at the highest aspirations for the Office. Its goal is thus to become a transdisciplinary initiative designed to focus the intellectual and practical capabilities of the School on a range of applied design research projects, attendant to the contemporary city. While the school itself already contains Continue reading "Thom Mayne and Jeanne Gang play it safe with Heliomorphism keynotes at the GSD"

Open Call : MASKS the Journal // FAUX FAMI(lies)

MASKS is an independent journal of dissimulation in art | architecture | design founded in 2015 by Clemens Finkelstein and Anthony Morey while being graduate students in the History and Philosophy of Design at Harvard University. Faux Families exploits our insatiable longing for be-longing. It infiltrates our conscious and unconscious disciplinary behavior. Conceived at a time that has been dubbed the age after-belonging, the upcoming issue of MASKS will take a closer look at the structures of connectivity and the patterns of disconnection at work  // MASKS is a questing spirit for everything exploring the aggregate of present, past and future disciplinary structures in and between the fields of art, architecture and design.  MASKS challenges the basic assumption of the dialectic reality/fiction. Fictional narratives become reality through ritualistic events. MASKS is the shaman that performs these rituals. MASKS believes in the performance of appearance, not the predetermined disciplin...