Nader Tehrani on Thesis and Its History at Cooper Union

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/0668828b6949aa390c88756658557bb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />On&nbsp;Tuesday, October 23 <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" >The Cooper Union</a> opened a new exhibition entitled <em><a href="https://cooper.edu/architecture/events-and-exhibitions/exhibitions/archive-and-artifact" >Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical</a>,</em> presenting 50 years of undergraduate architectural thesis projects by students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Immediately before the opening Donna Sink and I&nbsp;spoke with Dean Nader Tehrani about his perspective on the tradition of thesis, and how the new show reflects Cooper Union's 50-year history of undergraduate thesis under the direction of Hejduk, Vidler, and himself.&nbsp;
The exhibition will run until December 1st, culminating with a daylong symposium, entitled Thesis Now.

Nader Tehrani on Thesis and Its History at Cooper Union

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/0668828b6949aa390c88756658557bb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />On&nbsp;Tuesday, October 23 <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" >The Cooper Union</a> opened a new exhibition entitled <em><a href="https://cooper.edu/architecture/events-and-exhibitions/exhibitions/archive-and-artifact" >Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical</a>,</em> presenting 50 years of undergraduate architectural thesis projects by students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Immediately before the opening Donna Sink and I&nbsp;spoke with Dean Nader Tehrani about his perspective on the tradition of thesis, and how the new show reflects Cooper Union's 50-year history of undergraduate thesis under the direction of Hejduk, Vidler, and himself.&nbsp;
The exhibition will run until December 1st, culminating with a daylong symposium, entitled Thesis Now.

The New York Public Library is now loaning out clothing and accessories for job interviews

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/51/5104bc2f6e4b04725bbdec114e9f74a8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />NYPL's Riverside branch has initiated a new program called&nbsp;"<a href="https://www.nypl.org/blog/2018/08/06/dress-up-nypl-lending-fashion-library" rel="nofollow" >Grow Up Work Fashion Library</a>", loaning neckties, briefcases and handbags to assist library members in their job search. The items may also be loaned out for formal occasions, with the only requirement being that that the member owe less than $15 in overdue fines.&nbsp;
The program was spearheaded by Michelle Lee, a young adult librarian at the branch, who has noticed a number of the people she worked with could not afford these items. 

A look back at the 60’s "Minnesota Experimental City", the brainchild of South African futurist Athelstan Spilhaus

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a7/a70030d46401f852e4335a6133f6bb89.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In proposing his prototype 21st-century city, Spilhaus correctly diagnosed many of the shortcomings of the 20th-century one. He cottoned on early to concepts such as air pollution, even speculating that it was changing the Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Minnesota Experimental City has been documented in the film&nbsp;The Experimental City. Watch the trailer below...</p>           

India builds the world’s tallest statue, 4x taller than the Statue of Liberty

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5f4e183446bd12e8b4fce67976f1a8d2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The new towering &ldquo;Statue of Unity&rdquo; in Kevadia, a tribute to Indian independence-era leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at 597 feet is four times as tall as the Statue of Liberty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">

Why beautiful things make us happy (and, apparently, modernism can make us sad)

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9b/9bef953d2d3196d6357c3a4f3af84aa5.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>This video,&nbsp;a collaboration between&nbsp;<a href="https://www.patreon.com/Kurzgesagt" rel="nofollow" >Kurzgesagt</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" >Sagmeister &amp; Walsh</a>, is part of&nbsp;their upcoming <a href="https://www.mak.at/en_sagmeister_walsh" rel="nofollow" >Beauty exhibition at the MAK Vienna</a> which opened on&nbsp;October 23rd.&nbsp;</p>           

A Conversation with Sou Fujimoto on the "Futures of the Future"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9a/9a052a72c78ff2f10ed7a44bd8543721.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />This week we&rsquo;re sharing my conversation with <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" >Sou Fujimoto</a>, recorded immediately before his new show opened to the press at <a href="https://www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles" rel="nofollow" >Japan House</a> in Hollywood last Friday. The show, titled&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="https://www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles/exhibition/sou-fujimoto-futures-of-the-future.html" rel="nofollow" >FUTURES OF THE FUTURE</a>&rdquo;, brings together large scale renderings and photographs, along with over 100 models showcasing a selection of Fujimoto&rsquo;s distinctive work and process.&nbsp;
"Futures of the Future" exhibition, photo (c) JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Sou Fujimoto in the "Futures of the Future" exhibition, photo (c) JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Our conversation covers his upbringing in Hokkaido, his academic and personal studies in Tokyo, and how these experiences contributed to his highly unique approach to architecture; investigating primitive lifestyles, blurring boundaries and breaking down walls. If you’re in the LA area, the exhibition will be remain until December 12th at Japan House, which is located on the 2nd floor of the bustling, tourist-filled Hollywood and Highland complex.
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Is the Embr a true personal HVAC system?

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/08/08f3ce0976cd683a39749029981b5be1.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Five years ago we reported on a device invented by a group of students at <a href="https://archinect.com/mitarchitecture" rel="nofollow" >MIT</a>. This device, originally called "<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/84462546/is-wristify-the-solution-for-personalized-heating-cooling" rel="nofollow" >Wristify</a>", was a small bracelet designed to heat or cool the wearer to achieve customized comfort, regardless of the surrounding environment. Today, after a few years of R&amp;D, and with the help of a successful <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/embrwave/embr-wave-a-thermostat-for-your-body" rel="nofollow" >Kickstarter campaign</a>, we have <a href="https://embrlabs.com/" rel="nofollow" >Embr</a>, the newly designed and branded "Thermostat For Your Body".
The original "Wristify" prototype from MIT
The new hardware looks like a (very) large, faceless watch. The unit itself is an aluminum heat sink with a carved fingerprint-like series of waves on the outer surface, topped with a thin button/light bar indicating the current heating/cooling status. The strap is a steel mesh bracelet, very similar to Apple's Milanese Loop watch band (or a less expensive knockoff).
I've been trying out a review model for a few weeks, Continue reading "Is the Embr a true personal HVAC system?"

Designing AND Developing Is a Fantasy for Many Architects; David Freeland Tells Us How FreelandBuck Did It With the Stack House

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7a/7a5c35545cf72bf270b73c2e46c2ef2b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Nestled in the hillsides of North East Los Angeles, a new four-story home built by the architecture duo <a href="https://archinect.com/FreelandBuck" >FreelandBuck</a> is offering a lucky buyer a taste of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/bustler/6652/california-living-aia-los-angeles-selects-23-residential-architecture-award-winners" >quintessential California living</a>. Designed as a series of volumes stacked on top one another to slightly varying orientations, the 2,207-square foot residence comes complete with a wide-open floor plan, seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces, far-reaching views of the San Gabriel Mountains, and an <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150062794/winners-announced-for-la-county-s-yes-to-adu-design-competition" >accessory dwelling unit (ADU)</a> that can be rented out or used as office space.</p>            

Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/45/45f66300305c7cd1c86c74896daffb71.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Earlier this summer I sat down with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee to discuss their practice, <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/4256960/johnston-marklee" rel="nofollow" >Johnston Marklee</a>, in front of a live audience at this year's <a href="https://www.ladesignfestival.org/" rel="nofollow" >LA Design Festival</a>. We discuss the origin of their practice, their relationship to LA, the eclectic group of collaborators they have worked with over the years, and their unique approach to telling the story of their work in their recently published <a href="https://amzn.to/2Ahg37W" rel="nofollow" >monograph</a>.
Listen to episode 126 of Archinect Sessions, “Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival”.

From an All-Women-Led Commune to a Multi-Billion Dollar Startup; Miguel McKelvey Shares His Story

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b4dcd59898e06b331ff3182b6871177f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Last Wednesday, on the eve of the AIA National Convention, I had the pleasure of talking with Miguel McKelvey, co-founder of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/571846/wework" rel="nofollow" >WeWork</a>.&nbsp;
The conversation was held in Midtown Manhattan, in the Project 6 by AF showroom to an invited crowd of 75 architects. The event was co-hosted by Project 6 by AF and Designer Pages, and sponsored by Graff, Julien, Geberit, Kaldewei and Wetstyle
WeWork Paddington, London, photo courtesy of WeWork
For those of you unfamiliar, WeWork is a co-working startup currently valued at somewhere between $20B to $35B, with almost 400 locations scattered around the world in 69 cities. While WeWork wasn’t the first company to enter the coworking space, they approached it in a very different way, focusing on creating physical environments that connected with workers and business owners, while crafting a culture of super-dedicated members. 
WeWork Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, photo courtesy of
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From an All-Women-Led Collective to a Multi-Billion Dollar Startup; Miguel McKelvey Shares His Story

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b4dcd59898e06b331ff3182b6871177f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Last Wednesday, on the eve of the AIA National Convention, I had the pleasure of talking with Miguel McKelvey, co-founder of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/571846/wework" rel="nofollow" >WeWork</a>.&nbsp;
The conversation was held in Midtown Manhattan, in the Project 6 by AF showroom to an invited crowd of 75 architects. The event was co-hosted by Project 6 by AF and Designer Pages, and sponsored by Graff, Julien, Geberit, Kaldewei and Wetstyle
WeWork Paddington, London, photo courtesy of WeWork
For those of you unfamiliar, WeWork is a co-working startup currently valued at somewhere between $20B and $35B, with almost 400 locations scattered around the world in 69 cities. While WeWork wasn’t the first company to enter the coworking space, they approached it in a very different way, focusing on creating physical environments that connected with workers and business owners, while crafting a culture of super-dedicated members. 
WeWork Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, photo courtesy of
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A conversation with Nicholas Korody, Editor in Chief of the just-released Ed 2 "Architecture of Disaster"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uj/ujbmoulwo3ctgxd0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />This week we announced the release of our latest issue of our print journal, <a href="https://ed.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" >Ed</a>, with the theme <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150064205/archinect-is-pleased-to-release-ed-2-architecture-of-disaster" rel="nofollow" >&ldquo;Architecture of Disaster&rdquo;</a>. For today&rsquo;s show I&rsquo;m talking with Nicholas Korody, Ed&rsquo;s editor-in-chief, to discuss this latest release. Nicholas talks about the conception of the theme and shares some of his favorite pieces. We finish the conversation with a hint at Nicholas&rsquo;s forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale coverage.<br>
Buy your copy of Ed here. 
CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, by Cooking Sections. Photo by Colin Hattersley.
Listen to episode 122 of Archinect Sessions, “Architecture of Disaster”. ...

A conversation with Nicholas Korody, Editor in Chief of the just-released Ed 2 "Architecture of Disaster"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uj/ujbmoulwo3ctgxd0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />This week we announced the release of our latest issue of our print journal, <a href="https://ed.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" >Ed</a>, with the theme <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150064205/archinect-is-pleased-to-release-ed-2-architecture-of-disaster" rel="nofollow" >&ldquo;Architecture of Disaster&rdquo;</a>. For today&rsquo;s show I&rsquo;m talking with Nicholas Korody, Ed&rsquo;s editor-in-chief, to discuss this latest release. Nicholas talks about the conception of the theme and shares some of his favorite pieces. We finish the conversation with a hint at Nicholas&rsquo;s forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale coverage.<br>
Buy your copy of Ed here. 
CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, by Cooking Sections. Photo by Colin Hattersley.
Listen to episode 122 of Archinect Sessions, “Architecture of Disaster”. ...

Archinect Sessions Episode 121: Mental Health in Architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kx/kxobw38us06ng31f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />This week Ken, Donna and I are joined by architect and writer <a href="https://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" >Esther Sperber</a> to discuss the very real and serious issue of mental health in architecture. Esther owns <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/14976530/studio-st-architects" rel="nofollow" >Studio ST Architects</a>, a small practice in New York City, and frequently <a href="http://studio-st.com/writing/" rel="nofollow" >writes about mental health</a>, with a specific focus on psychoanalysis and it&rsquo;s relationship to architecture.&nbsp;
Creative fields, especially those with long hours and high stress levels, are often rife with mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, chemical abuse... these are just a few of the indicators common in architecture. If you’re not suffering from any of these, you’re likely working around people that are. On today’s show we barely scratch the surface of this extremely complex subject. Our conversation ranges from learning to listen and empathize, to simple daily strategies for coping with mental health issues of your own and those around you, to addressing more Continue reading "Archinect Sessions Episode 121: Mental Health in Architecture"

Radical Candor; Archinect Sessions ep. 120

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pv/pvyp5gkxotjorcqt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />This week Ken, Donna and I&nbsp;talk about some topics in recent architecture news, along with a little discussion about dealing with criticism.&nbsp;
Listen to episode 120 of Archinect Sessions, “Radical Candor”.
Shownotes:

House SE by Walter&Walter

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z0/z0tkd5vka2ut0hkl.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />An early Victorian workers cottage has a familiar and specific spatial quality. The project embodies concepts that support small footprint living while also revisiting spatial traditions of the original house by exploring alternatives for the organisation of small spaces. Focusing on the qualities of individual rooms a home has been curated out of separate yet connected spaces. Allowing activity to occur in both a horizontal and vertical direction, creating space for play, for both children and light.
Project size: 120 m2 Completion date: 2016 Building levels: 2

Mitch McEwen and Marc Miller Steal the Mic; Archinect Sessions #118

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r0/r0hk5r0vqqq5hay2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />On this week's show we are trying out something new by inviting on guest hosts to take over the mics. Our guest hosts today, <a href="https://twitter.com/mitchmcewen" rel="nofollow" >Mitch McEwen</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/lscapeisaverb" rel="nofollow" >Marc Miller</a>, are familiar figures to regular listeners of this podcast and readers of Archinect.&nbsp;&nbsp;
Mitch is the principal of McEwen Studio, co-founder of the studio collective, A(n) Office, and an Assistant Professor at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. Mitch's writing can be found on her Archinect blog Another Architecture. She has also been a guest on previous episodes of Archinect Sessions Equity, Secrets and Relevancy of AIA; 1 Year After #NotMyAIATwilight Zoning: What 100 years of zoning hath wrought, and Another year, Another Architecture. Marc is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University, in addition to being a regular voice of reason and intelligence in our discussion forum Continue reading "Mitch McEwen and Marc Miller Steal the Mic; Archinect Sessions #118"

Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles’ a+d museum

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yh/yh0ehqaof5nogemx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a>, who many here on Archinect will recognize as Archinect's editor-at-large, starting editorial columns such as <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" rel="nofollow" >Cross-Talk</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1073280/fellow-fellows" rel="nofollow" >Fellow Fellows</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1071676/from-the-ground-up" rel="nofollow" >From the Ground Up</a>, has been just announced as the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/28121/a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" >a+d museum</a>'s new&nbsp;Executive Director and Curator.&nbsp;
Prior to this announcement, Anthony served as the Assistant Director & Curator under the direction of Dora Epstein Jones. In addition to his roles at the a+d and Archinect, Anthony is a discussion moderator at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Design Studio Faculty at USC in Los Angeles. His work and research focus on the tensions between text, psychology and image and their relationship to architecture and design. The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more and the role of the museum - our museum - is to produce a platform to present and Continue reading "Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles’ a+d museum"

Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles’ a+d museum

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yh/yh0ehqaof5nogemx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a>, who many here on Archinect will recognize as Archinect's editor-at-large, starting editorial columns such as <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" rel="nofollow" >Cross-Talk</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1073280/fellow-fellows" rel="nofollow" >Fellow Fellows</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1071676/from-the-ground-up" rel="nofollow" >From the Ground Up</a>, has been just announced as the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/28121/a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" >a+d museum</a>'s new&nbsp;Executive Director and Curator.&nbsp;
Prior to this announcement, Anthony served as the Assistant Director & Curator under the direction of Dora Epstein Jones. In addition to his roles at the a+d and Archinect, Anthony is a discussion moderator at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Design Studio Faculty at USC in Los Angeles. His work and research focus on the tensions between text, psychology and image and their relationship to architecture and design. The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more and the role of the museum - our museum - is to produce a platform to present and Continue reading "Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles’ a+d museum"