Architects

PublisherCitygroup2019
Current modes of real estate development assume a single formula for living, a suite of bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and leisure space that simply scales up or down depending on traditional appraisals of family size, wealth, and stage of life. This multiplication ignores the real variety of human living arrangements, relationships and economic inequality. Underused, overpriced and unsustainable; real estate products remain fundamentally incompatible with the diverse forms of city life. Alone Together: The Game invites you to explore new configurations of living space, negotiating privacy and sharing along the way.
MISSION Research is everywhere. Architects incite action, design materials and archive cities. They capitalize upon the excess energy of practice to launch unsolicited experiments into the world, or sidestep clients by joining forces with government think tanks. Discussions from classrooms have found currency at town halls, and findings from construction sites have migrated into basement laboratories. Yet for all of its vitality, research eludes definition. The term describes everything and nothing, leaving its assumptions–the drive towards innovation, certainty, and influence, for example–unexamined. ARPA Journal is a forum for debates on what is applied research in architecture. We scrutinize techniques of inquiry to ...
PublisherJovis Publishers2012
The man-made peninsula Palm Jumeirah on the coast of Dubai is a project of superlatives and an exemplary model for the gated communities and resorts that have developed worldwide in property bubbles. The development may be spectacular, but cannot conceal the fact that the former marketing success story is faced with serious problems. How can an isolated anti-urban exclave be opened up and integrated? Can issues concerning networking, the public sphere and affordable housing, as well as climate change adaptation, biodiversity and the supply of energy be resolved through targeted tactical interventions? The Charter of Dubai is a manifesto of ...
PublisherThe Funambulist2015
Paris’s Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) is 150 years old this year. For the last two years however, this association’s current director, François Bouvard, has imposed a pedagogy and internal politics that is perceived by most students and teachers as profoundly conservative, if not despotic. In the beginning of April 2015, the firing of nine (unionized) members of the school administration has triggered a strike followed by the overwhelming majority of students, as well as many teachers, demanding the director’s resignation, the re-hiring of the nine fired members of the association, as well as a significant shift in the school’s pedagogy. In this conversation, ...
PublisherFailed Architecture2018
Albert Speer is one of the most infamous architects in history. During his time working for the Nazi Party he was responsible for designing the Reich Chancellery and the Zeppelinfeld stadium in which the Nuremberg rallies took place, as well as being in charge of Germany’s war production during the Second World War and being slated to plan the massive reconstruction Berlin as Germania. Yet by emphasising his detachment from the general conditions he was able to avoid the death sentence after the war. While his is an extreme example, it offers a compelling jumping off point to explore the wider ...
In 2008, David Kohn Architects, engineersHRW and Max Fordham worked on the pitch for The Arts Space of the Future – a competition run by Arts Council England and RIBA London. The brief was an invitation to architects to respond to the challenge of creating arts spaces of the future; spaces which reflect changing lifestyles, expectations and forms of participation, new and developing arts practice, the need to address climate change and issues of sustainability and the move towards more flexible, publicly engaged buildings. In 2008, the team was an architect, structural engineer and an environmental engineer, and the input from the ...
PublisherFRAGMENT2019
Moving houses looks into an old democratic tradition; to detach a house from its foundation and move it to another location. This process was relatively common throughout the first half of the 20th century. In the 1950s, people on the most remote islands in Nordland received disbursements from the state to float their houses to central islands with better infrastructure, and many of the houses in Vålerenga in Oslo and the wooden town in Stavanger were originally located on the countryside. Timber frame houses were moved as a whole or in larger parts, while notched houses were completely taken apart. As ...
The projects highlight the challenges of progressive ideas within society. A temporary installation welcomes the visitors at the entrance of the Sverre Fehn Pavillion and also invites the audience to visit a public art project at Tåsenløkka in Oslo. The two parts are linked conceptually as both circle around concepts like social conditioning, urban planning and architecture. The public project articulates the fence that separates a public park and a municipal kindergarten. It zigzags through manicured bushes and landscaping, inspiring the children to explore. The result is an equal trade of land, without changing the total size of each property.
Ormsundveien Økogrend is a proposal for a housing project on and around Bekkelagstunet, a former military camp by Ormøya in Oslo. Our aim is to establish a sustainable and socially inclusive living environment. A preliminary report on the project by Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter / Fragment (funded by the The Norwegian State Housing Bank) addresses matters ranging from low-tech upgrades of existing building stock and self- build schemes, to urban farming and communal living. We believe that an important step towards a climate conscious future is the realization of successful examples of how we can live in ways that are not based on ...
PublisherThe Funambulist2015
Sometimes, describing the spatial politics of a city requires to holistically consider its history and geography. Some other times, we may decide to explore a city’s sociality through one of its objects in particular. This is what we do in this conversation with Manar Moursi about her project with David Puig, “Sidewalk Salon.” This particular object is the street chair of Cairo that populates its streets in various forms and involves various forms of politics. In this regard, we focus on the gender aspect of the street chair’s use, as well as the territoriality it implies. The final part of ...
PublisherBenjamin Wells2019
Cities are full of spatial constructs that fuel, frame and glorify the growth agenda. Factories, shopping malls, motorways, tower blocks, petrol stations, speculative housings – all are products of, but also perpetuators of, the narrative of constant growth. These forms and the practices they host are unsustainable, yet we patiently wait for their industries to fade (or crash) into obsoletion before we begin to ponder their possible spatial transformation. Globalisation has been highly effective in de-visualising the effects of unsustainable practices – production is screened from consumption, labour is concealed from play – and this has hindered our ability to ...
Emmett Zeifman is an architect, educator, and writer. He’s the cofounder with Alfie Koetter of Medium Office, a design practice based in Los Angeles and New York, and Project, an independent publication that investigates the possibilities for developing a critical position in contemporary architecture. He also teaches architecture at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In this episode, Emmett and I talk about the relationship between the classroom and the studio, the role of writing in his design practice, and what he learned studying literature.

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