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Exclusive Interview with Peter Zellner on the Free School of Architecture

berrin chatzi chousein • November 26, 2016 • 1626

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 • September 27, 2016 • 2308

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 • July 14, 2016 • 2997

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 • July 3, 2016 • 2412

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 • 2710

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 • April 21, 2016 • 2747

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 • August 4, 2015 • 617

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 • July 17, 2015 • 690

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 • 1625

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 • April 6, 2015 • 825

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 • February 17, 2015 • 1130

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 • December 20, 2014 • 721

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 • November 24, 2014 • 586

Bibliophiles:Daniel Libeskind, architect

Walter Bieri /Epa

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 • November 7, 2014 • 654

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 • October 20, 2014 • 617

“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 (...)

The First Corporate Identity of The Bauhaus-Archiv Museum in Berlin

WA Contents • October 10, 2014 • 464

The First Corporate Identity of The Bauhaus-Archiv Museum in Berlin

Poster designed by L2M3 for The Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung, © The Bauhaus.

Interview by Kimberly Lloyd for Yatzer.

54 years since its inception, the Bauhaus-Archiv Museum in Berlin is set to debut its first-ever corporate identity. Meet Sascha Lobe, creative director of Stuttgart-based design studio L2M3, for a deeper insight into what is his most paramount project.

Sascha Lobe, creative director of Stuttgart-based design studio L2M3. Photo by Dominik Gigler.

Sascha, you’ve been involved in the design industry for quite a while now – all the way from buying one of the first Apple personal computers in your early twenties to designing for the most prestigious client a designer can i (...)

Houses Built on Gossamer Wings

WA Contents • October 2, 2014 • 485

Houses Built on Gossamer Wings

Meme Meadows, in Japan. CreditKengo Kuma & Associates

“How much does your house weigh?” Buckminster Fuller asked in the 1920s, showing off his three-ton hexagonal Dymaxion House. He believed the technology used to mass-produce cars may as well be applied to houses, driving prices down and increasing mobility. Since then, many designers have wrestled with the size, cost, manufacturing and, indeed, heft of homes. In “Superlight: Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth” (Metropolis Books, $35), Phyllis Richardson offers a global, contemporary perspective, highlighting recent projects from Chile to Vietnam. She also reconsiders what makes a project “light,” expanding the definition from pounds or (...)

Timeless Architecture at Audemars Piquet’s La Maison des Fondateurs

WA Contents • September 13, 2014 • 522

Timeless Architecture at Audemars Piquet’s La Maison des Fondateurs

Photo courtesy of BIG.

I often say that watchmaking and architecture are akin. Probably the most irrefutable reference for this is assertion is Le Corbusier whom emerged from his training as a watchmaker in La Chaux-de-Fonds to be one of the pioneers of modern architecture, as we know it today. For those unfamiliar, La Chaux-de-Fonds is a small city in Switzerland, which is the home of the International Museum of Watch Making.

Fast-forward to 2014 in Le Brassus, Switzerland, and rock-star architect Bjarke Ingels, Founder of BIG, has completed the design for La Maison des Fondateurs, an expansion of the headquarters of Audemars Piquet. Readers may be familiar with Bjarke, as I did jump a fence together with Bjarke and interview (...)

In the studio with Will Alsop RA

WA Contents • September 9, 2014 • 488

In the studio with Will Alsop RA

By Fiona MaddocksKnown for his colourful urban buildings, the Academician also retreats to paint in his Norfolk studio.

Architects rarely live in the kind of buildings they design. The chance to test this assumption is part of the pleasure of visiting them in their own homes. Take Will Alsop RA, radical designer, abundant painter, creator of asymmetrical visions in glass, steel and colour from Marseilles to Toronto to south London. Think of his Peckham Library, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2000 – a riot of red, orange, blue, lime green – and acted as a catalyst for urban regeneration of the whole area.

Accordingly, you proceed down the quiet, residential road where he lives, in the seaside town of Sheringha (...)

The Indians of Palestine: An interview between Gilles Deleuze and Elias Sanbar

WA Contents • August 8, 2014 • 525

The Indians of Palestine: An interview between Gilles Deleuze and Elias Sanbar

In 1982, the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze interviewed the Palestinian author Elias Sanbar, founder of the Journal of Palestine Studies (La Revue d'Études Palestiniennes). They examine the importance of the journal and the existence of the people and land of Palestine. Disgracefully, over 30 years later, these discussions are still despairingly relevant to today's climate.

We have waited a long time for an Arab journal in French, but instead of coming from North Africa, it's being done by the Palestinians. La Revue d'Études Palestiniennes has two characteristics obviously centered on Palestinian problems which also concern the entire Arab world. On the one hand it presents very profound socio politi (...)