Architects

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, ...

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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 ...

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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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PublisherSite Visit2017
Ashley and Erik visit Menards with Ellie Abrons, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and principal of the architecture firm T+E+A+M, with Thom Moran, Adam Fure and Meredith Miller. Prior to joining Taubman College, Ellie Abrons worked as a project designer in numerous offices such as servo, GregLynnFORM, and Office dA. Ellie is the recipient of residency fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany and The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, A+D Gallery, and the Architectural Association. T+E+A+M ...

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PublisherSite Visit2017
Ashley and Erik visit the Michigan League to see a musical with John McMorrough, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a principal architect in Studio APT (Architecture Project Theory). The building is currently home to a staged production of One Hit Wonder. Written by Jeremy Desmon, this jukebox musical is set to a soundtrack that includes notable one-hit wonders such as “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves and “Closing Time” by Semisonic. John McMorrough’s work is motivated by the conviction that architecture, as a field of knowledge, continually needs to situate ...

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PublisherSite Visit2018
This episode of Site Visit was recorded live in Weir Hall, a Victorian Collegiate Gothic building located within Jonathan Edwards College – one of Yale’s first residential colleges. Opening in 1925, Weir Hall, served as the home to the Department of Architecture from until 1963, when the school moved to its current building, Rudolph Hall. Today Weir Court looks over the Art and Architecture Building designed by Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn’s Yale Art Gallery. Joyce Hsiang is an Assistant Dean and Critic at Yale University’s School of Architecture. Bimal Mendis is an Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies at ...

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PublisherSite Visit2018
This episode of Site Visit was recorded live in Design with Company’s office, which is located on the Monadnock building’s 14th floor. Erected in 1893, the Monadnock building, designed by two notable Chicago architecture firms Burnham & Root and Holabird & Roche, is considered the world’s tallest load-bearing brick building. The building is prolific in terms of the revolutionary technology employed in its construction, one of the signature contributions of Chicago’s historical architecture. Other notable structures located within proximity to the tower include the Harold Washington Library designed by Thomas Beeby, the Arts Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. The ...

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PublisherSite Visit2018
Paul Andersen is the director of Independent Architecture. His projects range from cruciform bubble gum columns to almost ordinary houses. Paul teaches at UIC and previously taught at the Di Tella, the Harvard GSD, and Cornell University. He has been a guest curator at the MCA Denver and the Biennial of the Americas, a Fulbright Specialist in Architecture, and is the author of The Architecture of Patterns and Curve Culture. On Today’s Site Visit, we return to Colorado and discuss our visit to the US Air Force Academy campus located in Colorado Springs. Built between 1958 and 1968, the campus spans ...

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PublisherXX|LA2018
This episode is a live recording of a panel discussion, featuring Association for Women in Architecture and Design (AWA+D) members Lise Bornstein of KFA, Wena Dows of Wena Dows Designs, Marisa Kurtzman of Frederick Fisher and Partners, Brenda Levin of Levin & Associates Architects, Kate Diamond of HDR, and Nina Briggs of The Fabric, moderated by XX|LA host Audrey Sato. It was recorded on Sept. 30 at WUHO, which is Woodbury University’s Gallery space right on Hollywood Boulevard. Our event was held in conjunction with Architexx’s exhibit, “Now What: Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968”.

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