interviews

"The issue of construction standards in Turkey is always contradictive" says Kerem Yazgan

WA Contents • Nov 27, 2017 • 507

"The issue of construction standards in Turkey is always contradictive and we are following a different process from the construction regulations that are followed differently in many parts of the world," says Kerem Yazgan, co-founder of Yazgan Design Architecture.

In a 4-min short interview, Yazgan, 48, emphasized that architectural profession in Turkey is divided into two different parts as "design" and "construction" process, which always causes problems and difficulties. He added that architecture is not evaluated as a holistic approach in professional contemporary architecture in Turkey.

Turkish architect Kerem Yazgan runs Yazgan Design Architecture in Ankara, Turkey, with his partner Begüm Yazgan, both PhD. Architec (...)

Exclusive Interview: Architectural historian Olaf Bartels on contemporary Turkish architecture

WA Contents • Nov 24, 2017 • 491

Exclusive Interview: Architectural historian Olaf Bartels on contemporary Turkish architecture

Architectural historian, journalist and critic has evaluated "professional" contemporary Turkish architecture in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community during the this year's World Architecture Festival.

Olaf Bartels, 58, is an architecture journalist, critic and historian and he studied architecture at the "Hochschule für bildende Künste" Hamburg. He is co-founder of CINEPOLIS für Raum, Architektur und Stadt im Film since 2000.

Besides his teaching activity in Hamburg, Berlin, Braunschweig, Istanbul and Ankara, he has published numerous books and articles in periodical publications including Bauwelt, Baumeister, Deutsche Bauzeitung. His research focuses on modernity in the 19th and 20th c (...)

Exclusive interview: Murat Tabanlioglu on the Ataturk Cultural Center

WA Contents • Nov 22, 2017 • 650

Exclusive interview: Murat Tabanlioglu on the Ataturk Cultural Center

"The Ataturk Cultural Center is still open-ended project" said Murat Tabanlioglu, founder of Tabanlioglu Architects (TA_) in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community at this year's World Architecture Festival at the Arena Berlin, in Germany.

Murat Tabanlioglu gave a detailed information about the Ataturk Cultural Center for the first time how the project was developed and how the real problem was addressed with interest in the design process. "The project is still too abstract," said the architect in the third episode of the interview series of World Architecture Community.

World Architecture Community has hosted a series of interviews with prominent architects, including Sir Peter Cook and Will Alsop, dur (...)

"It is important to design in the right time and in the right place" says Peter Cook

WA Contents • Nov 17, 2017 • 1062

"It is important to design in the right time and in the right place socially, economically, culturally and politically," emphasized British architect, Professor, writer and founder of Archigram Sir Peter Cook in both during his lecture at this year's World Architecture Festival and in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community.

Addressing a large audience during a lecture at the World Architecture Festival 2017 in the second day of the event, Cook has evaluated many young generation architects, their works and their progressive backgrounds in contemporary architecture scene, passing beyond their creativity and programmable agenda.

"The late Zaha Hadid had a 'tricky relationship' with her practice (...)

Exclusive Interview with Will Alsop: Designing in Different Geographies

WA Contents • Nov 17, 2017 • 868

Exclusive Interview with Will Alsop: Designing in Different Geographies

World-renowned British architect and artist Will Alsop, founder of aLL Design, evaluates different conditions of designing in different geographies, the notion of style and today's contemporary architecture in this exclusive interview with World Architecture Community during World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin.World Architecture Community has been hosting a series of interviews with prominent architects during the seminar program of World Architecture Festival 2017 - acclaimed British architect Will Alsop is in conversation with Prof. Dr. Abdi Güzer, both an architect and critique, in this exclusive interview at the Arena Berlin to reflect and show recent contemporary architectural scene from different perspectives and to d (...)

Exclusive: Walls, "the ugliest version of racism and exclusionary citizenship" says Fonna Forman

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 15, 2017 • 831

Exclusive: Walls,

New urban strategies should look at the dynamics of small scale-neighborhoods, their structural alterations and their new ways of constructing patterns, which impose new political and economic policies; American political theorist Fonna Forman told in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community within the scope of this year's reSITE Conference in Prague.

Forman stated that "the best, and most equitable, way to encourage density in a city, is not through 'new urbanist' strategies and form-based code that displace or hinder emergent dynamics, but through imaginative urban policy that supports small-scale adaptation, retrofit and neighborhood-led development."

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political T (...)

Exclusive: "Most of the public housing is ugly" says Winy Maas

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 6, 2017 • 1544

Exclusive:

"Most of the public housing is ugly, there is certainly a lack of quality and it emerges from the problematic of design for public housing", according to Dutch architect, urbanist, researcher Prof. Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and founder of The Why Factory.

"But I am a protector and defender of public housing for many reasons," adds Winy Maas in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community, while describing many disputable demands of design processes for public housing for diverse communities.

Winy Maas, one of the world's most influential architects and researchers in today's vague urbanism and architecture, is provocative, aggressive, unstoppable and daring just as seen in his buildings completed in (...)

Hélène Frichot on Urban Regeneration with Deleuze and Guattari

David Capener • Sep 7, 2017 • 491

Hélène Frichot on Urban Regeneration with Deleuze and Guattari

The work of Philosopher Gilles Deleuze and Psychoanalyst Felix Guattari is complex. I’ve been reading them for years and feel that I am still only beginning to scratch the surface of their ideas. But the more I have engaged with their work, the more I have become convinced of the importance of their work for urban theory and architecture.

I recently interviewed Dr Hélène Frichot for an article I am writing. Hélène is an Associate Professor and Docent in the School of Architecture, KTH Stockholm. She is the director of Critical Studies in Architecture, and the Director of Research Studies in the School of Architecture, KTH. Along with Catharina Gabrielsson and Jonathan Metzger she edited the book Dele (...)

’’The current culture in most schools of architecture is unsatisfactory’’ says Schumacher

berrin chatzi chousein • Jan 26, 2017 • 13334

’’The current culture in most schools of architecture is unsatisfactory’’ says Schumacher

Parametricism reloaded! Parametricism is not only shaped for the design phenomenon itself or its sub-constituents we already are familiar with - Parametricism started to reshape itself in every segment of architecture, life, vague urbanism, behaviour modelling, fashion, act of participation, sensual experiences and even in new educational models.

The pioneer and defender of Parametricism Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, gets to the root of the problem of Parametricism and explains why ''Parametricism is the only credible candidate to become the epochal style of the 21st century'' beyond being the most potent movement and avant-garde style, as always stated in his Academic Papers.

In (...)

Exclusive Interview with Peter Zellner on the Free School of Architecture

berrin chatzi chousein • Nov 26, 2016 • 2273

Exclusive Interview with Peter Zellner on the Free School of Architecture

Over the past 10 years, architecture did not restructure itself as a political framework, social engagement, or new modes of architecture practice generated as a counter-view, dissemination of the information, and new strategies of collaborative working, but also all these ramifications of the field touched upon architectural education that shapes some modest -regular forms of practicing in which we are very familiar with.

How will our architecture education be shaped in the near future?

How will it adapt itself to the new modes of architectural productions by protecting both 'intellectual ownership' and the 'real politik' of making architecture?

Here's a redux of architecture education as a new (...)

Exclusive Interview: Ayesha Saveri Ghosh on the Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection

berrin chatzi chousein • Sep 27, 2016 • 5003

Exclusive Interview: Ayesha Saveri Ghosh on the Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection

Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection Curator Ayesha Saveri Ghosh describes how the VRC online resource can transform itself into a creative digital tool for students and tells World Architecture Community that this visual collection should not only be seen as a simply-arranged digital library, ''the comprehensive set of images for each project will also hopefully help users to understand them on a deeper level'' as each image details are well-curated and embedded from its original source and ''this allows students to properly cite their sources as well as research further if necessary.''

Ayesha Saveri Ghosh is MArch student at Columbia GSAPP and curator the GSAPP Visual Resources Collectio (...)

"Digital tools narrow the space of the divide between oppressors and oppressed" says Saskia Sassen

berrin chatzi chousein • Jul 14, 2016 • 4218

Digital networking tools are often seen as playing influential roles in the Syrian, Egyptian, and Turkish uprisings— they narrow the space of the divide between oppressors and oppressed. This is clearly a very partial role, since the street was the key vector for mobilizing. The street was the core of these uprisings, not digital 'communication', according to Dutch-American sociologist, Prof. Saskia Sassen, who shared her personal opinions about cities, migration, globalisation, the future of urbanism and 'new materialism' with World Architecture Community at the reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration conference in Praque.

Saskia Sassen is a Dutch-American sociologist and her researches and writings focus on anal (...)

"Many of female architects do not still have leading positions" Mimi Hoang told World Architecture

berrin chatzi chousein • Jul 3, 2016 • 3269

Mimi Hoang, AIA, NCARB, LEED, is a co-founding Principal of nArchitects, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP).

Along with Eric Bunge, Hoang oversees the design and technical development of all projects in the office. Mimi received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from M.I.T. Prior to founding nArchitects, she trained in New York, Boston, and Amsterdam. Mimi has also taught at Yale University, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley. Mimi Hoang has a wide range of projects in many cities of the world including United States, Canada, Taiwan, Lebanon, Toronto, France, searching for diversi (...)

Martin Tomitsch discusses ’Digital Placemaking’ for the Media Architecture Biennale 2016

berrin chatzi chousein • May 12, 2016 • 3430

Martin Tomitsch discusses ’Digital Placemaking’ for the Media Architecture Biennale 2016

Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design at the University of Sydney and Board Member of the Media Architecture Institute.

Media Architecture Biennale 2016 (MAB16) is an interactive forum exchanging ideas and outlining the media architecture of the future in digital materiality of contemporary architecture, which will be held in Sydney between June 1-4, 2016. MAB16 will host a series of workshops, symposia and events designed to explore the existing and future impact of digital technologies on urban planning within global cities. This interactive forum will run four days under the theme of 'Digital Placemaking' with leading experts, architects, designers, artists, academia, government and industry. Media Architec (...)

Exclusive Interview with Tomas Koolhaas about REM Documentary

berrin chatzi chousein • Apr 21, 2016 • 3657

Exclusive Interview with Tomas Koolhaas about REM Documentary

Tomas Koolhaas is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and the son of Rem Koolhaas. Tomas Koolhaas made an architectural documentary about his father - Rem Koolhaas, arguably, the most speculative and prominent architect, theorist and urbanist in the world. But 'REM', the upcoming documentary, is not about Rem Koolhaas' personal life, a normal career trajectory, OMA's works or classical urban scenes of the cities.

On the contrary, Tomas Koolhaas' lenses focus on the 'human experience of architecture' instead of the generic or static image of architecture that we are all familiar with. The film becomes a more evocative, exciting and visceral experience of Rem's buildings and shows what is happening around them (...)

Special Interview With Carlo Ratti On Senseable City Lab MIT

berrin chatzi chousein • Aug 4, 2015 • 1064

Special Interview With Carlo Ratti On Senseable City Lab MIT

photography © Lars Krüger

Carlo Ratti really makes cool things in MIT Senseable Laboratory to experience the ''real-time'' city with a new approach by using new datas,electronics,codes and softwares. Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications. As well as being a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus an (...)

Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman Talks Pop-Up Cities

WA Contents • Jul 17, 2015 • 884

Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman Talks Pop-Up Cities

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman in Zaatari, which is home to thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan; image via Next City.Next week, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will moderate the Times’ Cities for Tomorrow conference. The event (Next City is a media partner) will feature urban experts from across the country in conversation about the future of cities. I spoke to Kimmelman about his experiences in the Middle East, resilience and the innate human impulse to urbanize.

You will be moderating a panel about cities like Zaatari, a very large, fast-growing makeshift city that was created by the UN to shelter refugees during the Syrian conflict. Are there lessons that NYC can learn from Zaata (...)

Interview:Rem Koolhaas talks about New Fondazione Prada in Milan

WA Contents • May 12, 2015 • 2135

Interview:Rem Koolhaas talks about New Fondazione Prada in Milan

Rem Koolhaas;pohotography © Merlijn Doomernik

''We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use'' said Koolhaas to Marianne Wellershoff for Spiegel Online International.The new Fondaziona Prada designed by OMA has opened to the public on May 9,2015.

In this interview,Rem Koolhaas expained that their aim was to combine a spectrum of materials and colors that were referred to the ''Gold'' in one side of the project and in contrast the other side was referred to ''Grey'' color to be able to make a good combination in between ''old'' and ''new''.Then,Koolhaas also added that the guidence for the audience was important in order to adapt to t (...)

Yale’s architecture dean:towers, poor doors and ‘naive’ de Blasio

WA Contents • Apr 6, 2015 • 1097

Yale’s architecture dean:towers, poor doors and ‘naive’ de Blasio

Robert A.M. Stern Photography © James MesserschmidtRobert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, is perhaps the one to credit most — or blame — for the new look of New York City.He’s designed more uber-luxury buildings than anyone, including 15 Central Park West.

A trio of his ultra-high towers — 520 Park Avenue, 30 Park Place and 220 Central Park South — are under construction. He’s also designed new condo buildings such as 20 East End Ave. The 75-year-old sat with The Post to discuss his work and the city.

520 Park Avenue Photo © Zeckendorf Development LLC and Seventh Art

Q:You take themes from the 1920s and 1930s to create new buildings. But they are often v (...)

In conversation:Ken Yeh, Malaysia-born winner of the International Architecture Award

WA Contents • Feb 17, 2015 • 1532

In conversation:Ken Yeh, Malaysia-born winner of the International Architecture Award

Malaysia-born architect Ken Yeh was ecstatic when his Sydney-based firm, Marra + Yeh Architects, was awarded the International Architecture Award 2014 in Darwin;Pictures by Brett Boardman Malaysia-born architect Ken Yeh has much to smile about. His Sydney-based firm, Marra + Yeh Architects, was awarded the International Architecture Award 2014 in Darwin, beating out a hotel in Singapore, a condominium in Bangkok and an office in New Zealand.

His winning project, Shelter@Rainforest, is a small building located in the remote highland jungle of Sabah, designed to provide shelter for the staff of a private regrowth forestry company.

Shelter@Rainforest is based on a low-cost, self- sufficient and smart design, and blends in with it (...)

Freedom Tower Architect Daniel Libeskind: "Ground Zero Is Very, Very Close To My Original Idea"

WA Contents • Dec 20, 2014 • 970

Freedom Tower Architect Daniel Libeskind:

image source:fastcompany.com

The Renowned Architect Talked To CO.Design About How He Works, Embracing Failure, And Why He'd Love To Design An Airport.

After more than a decade of development, 1 World Trade Center, the 1,775-foot colossal tower that has risen from the depths of Ground Zero, is finally ready to open (probably). Due to security concerns and meddling developers, the grandiose skyscraper that has slowly climbed high above the rooftops of lower Manhattan is strikingly different from the Freedom Tower New Yorkers originally thought they were getting.

Once upon a time, world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind, the designer of that original spiky, daring design, would refer to himself as "the people' (...)

Bibliophiles:Daniel Libeskind, architect

WA Contents • Nov 24, 2014 • 829

Bibliophiles:Daniel Libeskind, architect

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The architect Daniel Libeskind didn’t complete his first building until 1998 when he was 52. Since then he’s finished about 30 projects, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum extension, the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany, and the master plan for Ground Zero in New York City. The architect was in town this past week to speak at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Books:What are you reading?

Libeskind:I read a lot of books simultaneously. Here are just some of the books on my nightstand. I have one from the multi-volume collection of works by and on Edgar Allen Poe. Then I have “Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth” by Henry Corbin, which is an incred (...)

Andrei Gnezdilov:We want to see the Moscow River with new eyes

WA Contents • Nov 7, 2014 • 961

Andrei Gnezdilov:We want to see the Moscow River with new eyes

Already in mid-December, the winner of the competition on the development concept of Moscow River’s coastal areas will be announced. On what the organizers are expecting from the results of the contest, Archcouncil talked with the chief architect of the Institute of the General Plan of Moscow, and a member of the Architectural Council, Andrei Gnezdilov.

Talking about the competition on the Moscow River, everyone at once remembers history: last time the shore was radically remodeled as part of the 1935 General Plan. What are the similarities and differences between these two projects?

What was the primary goal then and now?

The reconstruction in 1935 and the current competition are two completely different things, (...)

“Architecture is an expression of values”

WA Contents • Oct 20, 2014 • 941

“Architecture is an expression of values”

© Nigel Young

Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tholl, he discussed how architecture helps us communicate, where our fascination with bigness stems from, and why we need to do more with less.

Foster: Flexibility is a key consideration. We design with an awareness that circumstances will change – that a building’s context will evolve; it may be used in different ways and will need to incorporate new technologies that we cannot yet predict. For example, our headquarters for the insurance brokers Willis Faber in the 1970s was able to accommodate the shift from typewriters to word processors just a few years later. This was made possible by the pro (...)