interviews

Interview with CELL, Mansoura's socio-urban enterprise in Egypt

Asmaa Kamaly • Jan 21, 2021 • 854

Interview with CELL, Mansoura's socio-urban enterprise in Egypt

Globally, countries could be referred to/labeled as developed or developing. This classification is a reflection based on the quality of life and thus social citizenship. It is a scale prolonged between two opposing points: inclusion and exclusion.

Urban seclusion, exclusion, and marginalization are directly reflected in the social citizenship of the people. Being geographically inhabited in the relegated side of the country is one of the issues acutely entrenched in the country constructing social breaches. Predominantly, the key issue is the centralization schemes in the country in favor of the urban capital (Cairo) over other governorates with inadequate monetary resources and inefficient urban and resources management. Thus, ther (...)

"Good architecture is a slow process", interview with Ar. Sandeep Bogadhi

Megha Balooni • Jan 19, 2021 • 828

In continuation to the previous article Significance Of Materiality In Architecture, this series of interviews seeks to push the conversations surrounding materiality and its influence to shape the vision and final design of projects, regardless of its scale and scope. The series began with German architect Anna Heringer and our next architect, Sandeep Bogadhi emphasises that good architecture is a slow process; good architecture is slow design.

Megha Balooni: Thank you for doing this interview with us. Could you walk us through the various stages of your design processes – concept, design, construction and completion?

Sandeep Bogadhi: “Design” is overstated. There is too much emphasis on design and design pr (...)

"Design happens at every stage, it's a process" says RSP Dubai Managing Director Michael Magill

Biswajit Chakrabarty • Dec 17, 2020 • 3836

Even with the unseen challenges on a global stage, where the situations became very disruptive and a sense of being normal will be changing its definition with the end of 2020, RSP Dubai has coped up with the situation with an undying enthusiasm. With all the new barriers that the present century had never seen, the sudden lockdown while it brought the challenges of being isolated, has also given the new bright direction of still being connected virtually and keep innovating.

Luckily enough, with the slow and steady opening of offices and public spaces, WAC's UAE Reporter Biswajit Chakrabarty was able grab the opportunity to sit down with Michael Magill, Managing Director of RSP’s Middle East Operations in Dubai, and discus (...)

Documenting Architecture through the Lens of Pakistani photographer Rana Atif Rehman

Rabia Haneef Meo • Dec 15, 2020 • 1200

Documenting Architecture through the Lens of Pakistani photographer Rana Atif Rehman

Architecture is a sculptural entity that needs to be explored in order to be experienced. Architecture makes our world habitable and we are surrounded by buildings all around us. The human existence is highly dependent on architecture and its characteristics as it has a direct impact on us. It is therefore quite important to note the quality of it and how it impacts human life in different ways on various locations.

There are quite a few ways of documenting architecture and keeping a record of it. Architectural photography is an efficient way of documenting the spatial quality of architecture and gives a good idea of the space by capturing the experiential character of it. Photography also helps us visualize the evolution of differe (...)

An interview with Alireza Taghaboni about Sadra Civic Center by Next Office

Hanieh Lotfipour • Dec 13, 2020 • 10949

An interview with Alireza Taghaboni about Sadra Civic Center by Next Office

Alireza Taghaboni, a practicing architect since 2004, founded Next Office in 2009. He is also a painter and holds a Ph.D. in Architecture. A frequent contributor to Iranian architecture and urbanism magazines and periodicals, he is a tutor and partner at the Contemporary Architects Association of Iran (CAAI), a private institute in Tehran that offers an alternative education program to formalized pedagogical frameworks of the country.

In this particular interview, we talk about Taghaboni's point of view toward architecture and also about the project named "Sadra Civic Center" which is designed by Next Office.

Read the full transcript of our interview Alireza Taghaboni below:

Hanieh Lotfipour: Dear Dr. Taghaboni. I (...)

Max Moruzzi on “how 3d printing can make materials to speak”

Antonello Magliozzi • Nov 26, 2020 • 1562

Max Moruzzi on “how 3d printing can make materials to speak”

"The process of 3D printing is innovative only if it considers the vocation of geometries and numbers at all levels, only if it makes the construction materials speak through the physical and chemical integration of the various components," says Max Moruzzi in an exclusive interview. A sentence that summarizes the vision of one of the pioneers of 3d printing, an idea that arises from the author's specialist and holistic competences and which hints at specific potentialities not yet expressed. Max is not an architect, but he has clear ideas about what the architecture of our cities should be like. He is an Italian Aerospace Engineer born in Emilia Romagna with an extensive 15+ year career as Lead Scientist and Business Innovator in vario (...)

Exchange of thoughts: ‘Architecture & Communications’ with Prof. J. Subramanian

Pappal Suneja • Nov 11, 2020 • 1002

Exchange of thoughts: ‘Architecture & Communications’ with Prof. J. Subramanian

This is a candid interview with veteran architect and Professor: J. Subramanian, Executive Director of STUP group of companies, Technical Director, AEEC; Oman and associated as Adjunct Professor with many architectural colleges pan India. His design philosophies acquired over the years include architecture as an applied form of Art, Buildings to be perceived as well-crafted products and user satisfaction to be of paramount importance. He feels that equally, it is architect’s responsibility to enlighten the user (client). His works are notably influenced by Mies Van Der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Pier Luigi Nervi.

Pappal Suneja: Does Concepts/Philosophy answer, Architecture & Design execution related questions?

J. Subra (...)

"...Realise that in the end we are all the same" - Interview with Anna Heringer

Megha Balooni • Sep 28, 2020 • 2056

In continuation to the previous article Significance Of Materiality In Architecture, this series of interviews seeks to push the conversations surrounding materiality and its influence to shape the vision and and final design of projects, regardless of its scale and scope. Beginning the series with German architect Anna Heringer, who believes that the world is not changing with one big decision but it is changing with every day smaller decisions, we try to understand her design idea and the process in this conversation.

Megha Balooni: The most successful development strategy is to trust in existing, readily available resources and to make the best out of it instead of getting depended on external systems. What has been one of the bes (...)

Javad Eiraji interviews with recently-died Iranian Great Architect Farhad Ahmadi

Javad Eiraji • Sep 21, 2020 • 781

Javad Eiraji interviews with recently-died Iranian Great Architect Farhad Ahmadi

Due to the book "The Position of Meaning in Contemporary Architecture of Iran after Islamic Revolution" by Iranian architect, academician and WAC's Iran Reporter Javad Eiraji, which is on the last levels of publication process and according to the theory and research method of the book, the author had to use interview method to reach questions of the research.

The interviews were done during four years and according to the selected case-studies projects and their architects. Two of these case studied were the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Seoul, South Korea and the other one was the Dezful Cultural Center which were designed by great architect Farhad Ahmadi whom was died on September 1, 2020 because of cancer.

Ja (...)

An Interview with Amir Bani-Masoud about his newly published book, Contemporary Architecture in Iran

Hanieh Lotfipour • Jul 31, 2020 • 11053

An Interview with Amir Bani-Masoud about his newly published book, Contemporary Architecture in Iran

In this particular interview, we talk about the book named "Contemporary Architecture in Iran" written by Amir Bani-Masoud which is published in 2020.

Hanieh Lotfipour: Dear Mr. Bani-Masoud. I deeply appreciate your time and cooperation. Would you mind telling us a little bit about your background?

Amir Bani-Masoud: Thanks a lot for your invitation. To be concise, I was born in Iran, living in Canada. I am a specialist in Iranian contemporary architecture. Studying architecture at IAUT and then McGill University, I was a faculty member at IAUT (1997-2018). I have lectured and served as a visiting professor at several universities. I am also the author of seven books, with three in press.

Hanieh Lotfipour: So interesting (...)