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From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman

00:00 - 25 January, 2015
From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman, Courtesy of Stefano Corbo
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo

Despite his significant impact on architecture through both built and theoretical works, most studies of Peter Eisenman's career focus on either one aspect or the other. In “From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman,” Stefano Corbo attempts to redress this balance, connecting themes in the design and the theory of the influential architect across the many stages of his 50-year career. The following is an excerpt from the book's introduction, giving a brief overview of the chronology of Eisenman's career and the ideas that have influenced him over time.

All of the different moments characterizing Eisenman’s trajectory imply different phases, different projects, different programmatic manifestos and, above all, an evolving notion of form. To approach the complexity of his discourse means dealing with form in all its declinations: formalism, de-composition, deconstruction, and weak form. Each of them has constituted the mutant epidermis of Eisenman’s theoretical corpus, based on philosophical references and provocative statements.

Thanks to his ability to connect with the cultural tendencies of the time, Eisenman has explored different territories: first, structuralism and Chomsky’s linguistic theory; successively, Derrida and Delueze’s post-structuralism, passing through the influence of Colin Rowe’s formalism, and his recent interest in the return to autonomy as theorized by Pier Vittorio Aureli. At the same time Eisenman has always played a central role in influencing and manipulating the American architectural debate, due to his propagandistic activity, first with the IAUs (Institute for Architecture and Urban studies), and then with the magazine Oppositions.

Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Courtesy of Stefano Corbo +8

Zeimuls, Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia / SAALS Architecture

01:00 - 25 January, 2015
Zeimuls, Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia / SAALS Architecture, © Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars
© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars

© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	+30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Krasta iela 31, Rēzekne, LV-4601, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Rasa Kalnina, Maris Krumins
  • Design Team

    Ansis Auzins
  • Area

    4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Tropism of Wild Flower / L'EAU design

01:00 - 25 January, 2015
Tropism of Wild Flower / L'EAU design, © Park Wan-soon
© Park Wan-soon

© Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    49-27 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Dongjin Kim
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Tappen / Joliark

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Tappen / Joliark, © Joliark/Torjus Dahl
© Joliark/Torjus Dahl

© Joliark/Torjus Dahl Courtesy of Joliark Courtesy of Joliark © Joliark/Torjus Dahl +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariehäll, Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Per Johanson
  • Design Team

    Stina Johansson, Amanda Hedman
  • Area

    5750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Tiny-House Villages: Safe Havens for the Homeless

00:00 - 24 January, 2015
Tiny-House Villages: Safe Havens for the Homeless, Quixote Village. Image © Leah Nash for BuzzFeed
Quixote Village. Image © Leah Nash for BuzzFeed

As the need for smart housing solutions rises, so does the appeal of tiny-house villages, not just as shelter for the homeless, but as a possible look to the future of the housing sector. The new article, Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness? by Tim Murphy, takes a closer look into the positive and negative aspects of these controversial communities, as well as their social and political ramifications so far. Through interviews with residents of several tiny-house villages, Murphy investigates the current impacts they have had on the homeless populations within major American cities, and questions how the lifestyle will evolve in the future. Read the full article, here.

Archiculture Interviews: James Kunstler

00:00 - 24 January, 2015

"Suburbia has... several destinies." Author and social critic James Kunstler is one of several contributing speakers in Arbuckle Industries' groundbreaking documentary Archiculture. In the latest extra from the film, Kunstler provides his perspective on the modern housing sector and the shift from city life to suburbia, specifically examining the decline of the city as a result of political upheaval. Additionally, he postulates how architecture will evolve in the future and offers his ideas for overcoming America's suburbia-centric ways by drawing inspiration from the past, advocating that young designers focus on tectonics to shift back to a smarter built environment.

Rob Systems HQ / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

00:00 - 24 January, 2015
Rob Systems HQ / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +25

Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015
Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015

In collaboration with The Model, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd, and Sligo City Council, the Institute of Technology Sligo has launched "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," an international architecture competition inspired by Yeats' eponymous poem of 1892. Part of Yeats2015, the competition prompts practitioners to propose an intervention for the Irish island of Innisfree, combining "Yeats' poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas." Work may be submitted individually or as part of a team, and must be received by March 12. The winning design will be constructed on the island before June 13, in time for what would have been Yeats' 150th birthday. See more information about the competition and download the project brief here.

Ten New Findings From the Sciences that Will Revolutionize Architecture

00:00 - 24 January, 2015
Ten New Findings From the Sciences that Will Revolutionize Architecture, Courtesy of Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros
Courtesy of Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros

In their latest book Design for a Living Planet: Settlement, Science, and the Human Future, Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros examine recent developments in science that will inform and possibly even radically alter the future of architecture. The following is an adapted series of excerpts that summarizes the content of the book.

Architecture has always concerned itself with the future, and with the implications of findings from the sciences — as well as their practical applications to architectural craft. Today we do indeed see very exotic computer-designed aesthetic surfaces, splined forms, and generative schemes. To a non-scientist, this work might appear ultra-scientific and “modern”. We also see the symbolism of a turbulent, fractured Universe, wherein old ideas of meaning are facing anguishing post-modern challenges.

But from a modern physicist’s perspective, this architecture is still mired in the past.

Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin, Courtesy of HAO
Courtesy of HAO

Commissioned by the Tianjin Urban Planning Bureau, Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and Archiland International (AI) have unveiled their competition proposal for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek in Tianjin.

Envisioned as part of a new media park slated for construction in the city, the building's design is playful and contemporary, offering visitors a "series of unique spatial experiences." Learn more about the project and view selected images from the proposal after the break.

Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO +20

A House for Nature and People / YLAB

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
A House for Nature and People / YLAB, © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim
© Trapkay_Junghoon Kim

© Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jinok Yang
  • Area

    429.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

MBF house / archiNOW!

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
MBF house / archiNOW!, Courtesy of archiNOW!
Courtesy of archiNOW!

Courtesy of archiNOW! Courtesy of archiNOW! Courtesy of archiNOW! Courtesy of archiNOW! +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Marino
  • Design Team

    Alessandro Gazzoni, Marcello Dellarosa, Stella Andriani, Luca Foschi
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck
  • Design Team

    Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Pauline Marcombe, Teun van der Meulen, Anja Mueller, Andrius Raguotis, Ruud Smeelen, Philip Stalbohm, Giorgio Terraneo, Roel van der Zeeuw
  • Area

    730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

20 VPO / Kauh Arquitectos

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Trece Rosas, 6, 11140 Conil de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Vincent Morales Garoffolo, Juan Antonio Sánchez Muñoz
  • Area

    2752.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +17

Design Like You Give a Damn: The Legacy of Architecture for Humanity

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Design Like You Give a Damn: The Legacy of Architecture for Humanity, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

In the introduction to Architecture for Humanity’s 2006 book Design Like You Give a Damn, founder Cameron Sinclair recounts a story from the early days of the organization. Half-joking yet deadly serious, he describes the day when, while still running Architecture for Humanity from a single cell phone around his day job at Gensler, he was contacted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who told him that Architecture for Humanity was on a list of organizations that might be able to help a potential refugee crisis in Afghanistan should the US retaliate in the wake of September 11.

“I hope it’s a long list,” says Sinclair. “No,” comes the answer.

“We’d like to think it was because we had already become a voice for humanitarian design - an unexpected touchstone in the movement for socially conscious architecture,” writes Sinclair of the incident. “The sad truth is that until 1999, when our fledgling organization got started along with a handful of others, there was no easily identifiable design resource for shelter after disaster.”

Now, after their sudden and rather unceremonious demise, Architecture for Humanity has left architecture a very different world from the one it entered almost sixteen years ago.

CREO ARKITEKTER and JAJA architects to Restore and Expand Roskilde Swimming Hall Outside Copenhagen

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
CREO ARKITEKTER and JAJA architects to Restore and Expand Roskilde Swimming Hall Outside Copenhagen, Entrance. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects
Entrance. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects

CREO ARKITEKTER A/S and JAJA architects have won first prize in a competition to restore the mid-century Roskilde Swimming Hall outside of Copenhagen. The Danish team will “architecturally transform” the site’s existing building complex and 1960s water tower into a “cohesive spatial experience” that offers a range of naturally lit bathing areas and amenities directly connected to the surrounding park. 

“We propose a diverse roof element that ties the entire complex – new and existing – into a cohesive architectural composition,” says the architects. “A horizontal window band will frame the landscape whilst creating a strong visual connection between the exterior and interior water space. A series of green courtyards will enhance the experience by bringing daylight and nature into the heart of the swimming bath.”

More about the winning scheme, after the break.

Courtyard. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects Hot Water Pool. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects Activity Pool. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects Olympic Pool. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects +30

Microsoft Technology Pavilion / NOWADAYS office

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
Microsoft Technology Pavilion / NOWADAYS office, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Olympic Park Railway Station, Verkhne-Imeretinskaya Bukhta, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 354383
  • Design Team

    Anna Ivyanskaya, Natalya Mastalerzh, Nata Tatunashvili
  • Area

    575.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka, © Akhil bakshi
© Akhil bakshi

© Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Kapil Aggarwal
  • Design Team

    Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Shankar Vignesh, Heebok
  • Area

    20000.0 ft2
  • Photographs