Talking With Thom

10:30 - 15 October, 2013
Four Towers In One (Competition). Image © Morphosis
Four Towers In One (Competition). Image © Morphosis

Despite what you may think, Thom Mayne isn't the "bad boy" of architecture - at least, not according to Thom Mayne. He sees himself more as a skilled negotiator than a starchitect (a phrase he hates) - after all, he reasons, how else would he have completed so many buildings? In this interview, originally published on Metropolis Magazine's Point of View blog as "Q&A: Thom Mayne," Andrew Caruso and Mayne discuss Morphosis, SCI-ARC, the early days of his career, and his architectural ethos.  

Andrew Caruso: Your professional career began in the discipline of planning. What led to the shift toward architecture and your eventual partnership with Jim Stafford?

Thom Mayne: I started working at the Pasadena redevelopment agency doing low cost housing, and that’s where I met Jim [Stafford]. Coming out of USC, I had no background about Mies, Khan or Corbusier, for example. USC was very strong in being anti-historical, looking forward instead of backward. I was essentially naive.

Jim was a year ahead of me at USC and had part of the older regime at the school. When I met him at the planning agency, he started introducing me to history. I got fascinated by [Paul] Rudolph; and then it just took off. Jim guided me through this thought process, reestablishing me in the tradition of architecture.

Family House / Office Twentyfive Architects

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Matheus Kleanthis
© Matheus Kleanthis

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Kindergarten St. Johann-Köppling / Reitmayr Architekten

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

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House Re / SoNo Arhitekti

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Matevž Paternoster
© Matevž Paternoster

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Free University's Philology Library / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Reinhard Gorner
© Reinhard Gorner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thielallee 44, 14195 Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Christian Hallmann, Ulrich Hamann, Ingo Pott
  • Project Team

    Bettina Bauer, Stefan Baumgart, Florian Boxberg, Mark Braun, Niels Brockenhuus-Schack, Andre Heukamp, Stanley Fuls, Ulrich Goertz, Wendelin Hinsch, Andreas Medinger, Jan Roth, Diana Schaffrannek, David Schröder, Mark Sutcliffe, Hugh Whitehead
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

    Reinhard Gorner · Photographer Profile, Nigel Young - Foster + Partners, Rudi Meisel

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Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul

00:00 - 15 October, 2013
Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw
Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw

Following a competitive interview process Grimshaw, in partnership with Nordic Office of Architecture, has been appointed by the Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon to design the terminal complex for Istanbul New Airport

Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km outside of Istanbul, the ambitious six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will be delivered in four phases. The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 million passengers per year. This will increase to 150 million passengers per annum once fully complete. The new airport will include the world’s largest airport terminal, with a gross floor area close to one million square meters.

AHMM to Design London's New Metropolitan Police HQ

00:00 - 15 October, 2013
Winning Design (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris). Image Courtesy of Greater London Authority (GLA)
Winning Design (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris). Image Courtesy of Greater London Authority (GLA)

Following the news last month that the RIBA and the Mayor of London’s Office revealed the five shortlisted designs for the new Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) headquarters, it has been announced that Allford Hall Monaghan Morris's (AHMM) design has won. The competition attracted submissions from the likes of Foster + PartnersAllies & MorrisonKeith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. AHMM's proposal will be located in London's Whitehall Conservation Area and is set for completion in 2015.

Raven Street House / James Russell Architect

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Toby Scott
© Toby Scott

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SeARCH Wins Urban Renewal Competition in Stockholm

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
Courtesy of SeARCH
Courtesy of SeARCH

SeARCH has won an invited, international competition for the urban renewal of Marievik. Their winning proposal, STA(CK)HOLM plans to transform an area along one of central Stockholm’s main access roads, opposite the island of Södermalm and facing a new bridge by Norman Foster, into a futuristic sustainable neighborhood. 

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

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Janette Sadik-Khan: NYC's Streets Are Not So Mean Anymore

00:00 - 15 October, 2013

Janette Sadik-Khan demonstrates how paint, lawn chairs and a bit of imagination can quickly transform city streets, creating immediate public and commercial vitality. Sadik-Khan, listed as one of Business Insider's "50 Women Who Are Changing the World," is responsible for re-purposing 26 acres of dense New York City car lanes into pedestrian-friendly space. "More people on foot is better for business," she says. Despite commanding a two billion dollar budget, her economical approach as commissioner of NYC's Department of Transportation are testaments to her design sensitivity, relying on rapid-testing and regular iteration to expand the city's public domain.


CAP House / Estudio MMX

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio Del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, Diego Ricalde
  • Team

    Javier Moctezuma, Erendira Tranquilino
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Yoshihiro Koitani

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Wrap House / Future Studio

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +25

Bursa Wholesale Greengrocers and Fishmongers Market / Tuncer Cakmakli Architects

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
Courtesy of Tuncer Cakmakli Architects
Courtesy of Tuncer Cakmakli Architects

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Fluidity / gglab + Paulo Flores

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores
Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores
  • Architects

    gglab + Paulo Flores
  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Design Team

    Andrés Arias, José Ramón Tramoyeres, Paulo Flores, Danilo Spiga, PovilasCepaitis Luis Enrique, Diego Ordóñez, Carlos Piles, Alberto Seller, Jaume Verdeguer, Miguel Rus, Arense Zaragoza.
  • Consultants

    Cast on Cast (parametrization, optimization and digital manufacturing)
  • Ceramics

    Ceracasa, Cerámica Decorativa, Cerámica Mayor, Natucer y Tau Cerámica.
  • Structure

    Manolo García Carpintería Artística S.L.U.
  • Collaboration

    Ceracasa Cerámica, Decorativa,Natucer, Tempio y Tau Cerámica.
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores

Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores +17

LEAPrus 3912 / LEAPfactory

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
Courtesy of LEAPfactory
Courtesy of LEAPfactory
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mount Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia
  • Project Team

    Edoardo Boero, Stefano Girodo, Tamara Panetta, Edoardo Riva
  • Designers

    Luca Gentilcore, Stefano Testa, Davide Barreri, Morena Caredda
  • Client

    North Caucasus Mountain Club Project Responsible
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of LEAPfactory

Courtesy of LEAPfactory Courtesy of LEAPfactory Courtesy of LEAPfactory Courtesy of LEAPfactory +16

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Las Vegas Places Second, Wins “Market Appeal”

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

From the architect. Placing second overall, just a few points behind the winning 2013 Solar Decathlon team, students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (Team Las Vegas) have won the “Market Appeal” contest at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) sixth solar-home competition. Known as “DesertSol”, the project was lauded for its “livability, marketability and constructability” as well as its “appeal within the housing market of the target client chosen by team.” It is designed to be a self-reliant, energy-efficient second home for upper-middle income Americans who pursue active lifestyles in the sparsely populated Mojave Desert. Read on for the team’s project description. 

Gaspoltshofen / Gärtner+Neururer

01:00 - 15 October, 2013