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"

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"

John Portman, architect, developer and master of the mega-atria, dies at 93

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8s/8sx5yq9b8ahrzppl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8s/8sx5yq9b8ahrzppl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8s/8sx5yq9b8ahrzppl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8s/8sx5yq9b8ahrzppl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Architect John Portman, often credited as the father of the massive hotel atrium, has passed away in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. No cause of death has been announced.&nbsp;
His firm, John Portman & Associates, has released the following statement, along with a website celebrating his legacy: Atlanta lost one of her greatest champions with the passing of John C. Portman, Jr. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at the age of 93. The leadership and vision of Mr. Portman were instrumental in moving Atlanta from a gracious Southern city into a vibrant world capital. As an architect, entrepreneur, artist and altruist, John Portman had a dramatic impact on Atlanta's success and growth as a major international city, and he was instrumental in having similar impact on other cities throughout the world.
A little over a year ago David Cole penned this love letter, in the form of an Continue reading "John Portman, architect, developer and master of the mega-atria, dies at 93"

Archinect Sessions Site Visit: Exhibit Columbus

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38gho1smjx61d91c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38gho1smjx61d91c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38gho1smjx61d91c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38gho1smjx61d91c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BaaKn6YHeom/" rel="nofollow" >A post shared by Exhibit Columbus (@exhibitcolumbus)</a> on Oct 18, 2017 at 5:05pm PDTThis week we're releasing a special, in-between, episode of <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" >Archinect Sessions</a>. In this show we&rsquo;re sharing some conversations recorded by Ken and Donna from <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/820149/exhibit-columbus" rel="nofollow" >Exhibit Columbus</a>, while visiting a selection of installations and local architectural masterpieces. Exhibit Columbus describes itself as an &ldquo;annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community created to celebrate Columbus&rsquo; extraordinary design heritage.&rdquo; This inaugural exhibition opened on August 26th, and will continue until November 26th. We&rsquo;ve covered Exhibit Columbus many times on on Archinect, including&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149971254/no-sage-on-stage-exhibit-columbus-shines-loving-light-on-indiana-s-architectural-hotspot-on-archinect-sessions-83" rel="nofollow" >episodes 83</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149986207/it-s-better-to-turn-on-than-to-fade-away-archinect-sessions-94" rel="nofollow" >94</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150012972/machines-don-t-care-a-conversation-about-exhibit-columbus-s-student-built-structures" rel="nofollow" >103</a> of Archinect Sessions.&nbsp;
If you plan on visiting Exhibit Columbus, make sure to grab a map and program form the Columbus Visitor’s Center, and check out the mobile app Hear/Here that uses geo-location to play commentary for each installation throughout the city.  Ken and Donna start their Continue reading "Archinect Sessions Site Visit: Exhibit Columbus"

Listen to ‘Next Up: Arroyo Seco Weekend’ Mini-Sessions

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ciyfqyd7jbyyb349.jpg" width="650" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" />Recently, Archinect teamed up with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" >Bureau Spectacular</a> for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/963304/arroyo-seco-weekend" rel="nofollow" >Arroyo Seco Weekend</a> festival. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/126662/jimenez-lai" >Jimenez Lai</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962360/cuteness-and-the-fight-for-architectural-preservation" >Joanna Grant</a> designed a pavilion for the event, while Archinect's Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody held a series of interviews within it. Conversations focused on temporary architecture, installations, festival design and planning, and the festival's host city of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/178/pasadena" >Pasadena</a>, CA, the results of which can be listened to below.
We'd like to thank the Goldenvoice team, and in particular Raffi Lehrher, for recognizing the importance of architecture and urban issues, their interest in engaging the community, and inviting us to take part in this inaugural event. 

Listen to ‘Next Up: Arroyo Seco Weekend’ Mini-Sessions

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ciyfqyd7jbyyb349.jpg" width="650" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" />Recently, Archinect teamed up with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" >Bureau Spectacular</a> for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/963304/arroyo-seco-weekend" rel="nofollow" >Arroyo Seco Weekend</a> festival. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/126662/jimenez-lai" >Jimenez Lai</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962360/cuteness-and-the-fight-for-architectural-preservation" >Joanna Grant</a> designed a pavilion for the event, while Archinect's Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody held a series of interviews within it. Conversations focused on temporary architecture, installations, festival design and planning, and the festival's host city of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/178/pasadena" >Pasadena</a>, CA, the results of which can be listened to below.
We'd like to thank the Goldenvoice team, and in particular Raffi Lehrher, for recognizing the importance of architecture and urban issues, their interest in engaging the community, and inviting us to take part in this inaugural event. 

Archinect Sessions & Bureau Spectacular team up at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival this Saturday in Pasadena

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3y/3ydn5m2e48mbnixa.jpg" width="650" height="902" border="0" title="" alt="" />For those of you in the Los Angeles area, you are already aware of the <a href="http://arroyosecoweekend.com/" rel="nofollow" >Arroyo Seco Weekend</a> music festival, taking place in Pasadena this weekend. The festival is a new event hosted by the same people that run <a href="http://coachella.com/" rel="nofollow" >Coachella</a>, <a href="http://deserttrip.com/" rel="nofollow" >Desert Trip</a>, and other amazing art/music/culture events.&nbsp;
For this inaugural festival, Archinect has teamed up with Jimenez Lai/Bureau Spectacular. Hosted by Archinect's Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody, we will be running our 5th Next Up podcasting event inside of Bureau Spectacular's pavilion "Field House."  If you're coming to the festival, come by and say hi, or pull up a blanket and stick around for a few to listen to our conversations. 
Lineup & Schedule

Machines Don’t Care; A Conversation about Exhibit Columbus’s Student-Built Structures

Today’s show follows up on Archinect Sessions episode 83, when we discussed this first year of Exhibit Columbus. The inaugural exhibition of Exhibit Columbus opens this summer, on August 26, and will include six built structures, designed by teams from six different Midwestern universities, investigating the built environment of Columbus. On today’s show, we will be discussing these projects along with Joshua Coggeshall and Janice Shimizu from the Ball State University team, and Martin Summers from the University of Kentucky Listen to "Machines Don't Care":

    Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation With Architect Lorcan O’Herlihy About His Approach to Architecture and Urban Design in LA and Detroit

    Today we finish off our series of conversations, or "Mini-Sessions", with architects and designers in LA and Detroit, sharing our conversation with Lorcan O'Herlihy. Lorcan is an Irish-American architect, with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit. His recently published book, Amplified Urbanism, was recently reviewed on ArchinectWhere did you grow up? I was born in Dublin Ireland and I came here at a very young age to Los Angeles. I was two years old. My family was in the film business. My dad was a film actor so my early years was traveling extensively between the United States and Europe. I went back to Ireland at the age of eight and went to school there through 15, my formative years were spent in Dublin. I came back here at the age of 15 and began studying architecture in university when I was 16. Sixteen is Continue reading "Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation With Architect Lorcan O’Herlihy About His Approach to Architecture and Urban Design in LA and Detroit"

    Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation with Creative Consultant + Digital Strategist Eileen Lee

    Next up in our series of conversations, or "Mini-Sessions", with architects and designers in LA and Detroit, in partnership with the Los Angeles Design Festival is a conversation I had with Detroit-based Eileen Lee, Creative Consultant + Digital Strategist of Creative WhateverWhat is Creative Whatever, and how did you come up with that name? I own a culture-based marketing and creative studio, working with design, fashion, and lifestyle clients. When I first went freelance just over 3 years ago, I was working part time for a friend’s agency in LA. I was asked to come up with what I wanted my title/role to be, and was having trouble deciding since personally, I don’t like defining myself as just a singular thing. I’m a creative by trade, but also a digital strategist, content creator, amongst many other things. So I literally had no idea, and when discussing Continue reading "Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation with Creative Consultant + Digital Strategist Eileen Lee"