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7 Ways to Transform Studio Culture & Bring It into the 21st Century

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
7 Ways to Transform Studio Culture & Bring It into the 21st Century, Courtesy of University of Washington Department of Architecture website, http://arch.be.washington.edu/
Courtesy of University of Washington Department of Architecture website, http://arch.be.washington.edu/

In a posthumous 1990 essay “A Black Box: The Secret Profession of Architecture”, Reyner Banham warned of architecture’s corrosive trend toward insulating itself from discussions outside of the discipline. Decades later, architecture finds itself in an even more dire state of affairs. Despite a transformed global context, the same paternalistic model of studio culture that has existed since the Beaux Arts remains in place. “Studio culture”, as currently practiced, promotes an outdated and parochial understanding of how design knowledge is produced, valuing expertise over synthesis and image over process and practice. 

It also affects the health and wellness of students. Over ten years ago, the AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) and NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board) created a new requirement for accreditation, requiring all schools to address these precise concerns through a written policy on studio and learning culture. However, many schools of architecture across the country still do not educate students about this policy nor seem to follow it. 

While there are certainly creative strengths and a generalized camaraderie fostered by traditional studio models, they do not adequately prepare students for navigating the global present. We believe there is an urgent need to reconfigure the institution of studio in order to address the pressing academic and professional issues of our time. We are putting forth what we feel are the guiding principles which must inform a progressive studio culture: agency, balance, flexibility, diversity, interactivity, interdisciplinarity, and sustainability. It is our hope these principles spur debate and much needed action for fundamentally transforming studio culture.

Lookout / Angus Ritchie + Daniel Tyler

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Lookout / Angus Ritchie + Daniel Tyler, © Ross Campbell
© Ross Campbell

© Daniel Tyler © Daniel Tyler © Ross Campbell © Daniel Tyler +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Balloch G83 8EG, United Kingdom
  • Collaborators

    Darran Crawford, Boris Milanov, MAKlab, Russwood, Gillrick Metalwork, Strathcylde University
  • Client

    Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Cost

    £5000
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

HT Apartment / Landmak Architecture

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
HT Apartment / Landmak Architecture, © Le Anh Duc
© Le Anh Duc

© Le Anh Duc  © Le Anh Duc  © Le Anh Duc  © Le Anh Duc  +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nam Trung Yên, Mễ Trì, Từ Liêm, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    Ta Tien Vinh, Truong Tuan Chung
  • Area

    83.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Video: The British Pavilion At La Biennale 2014

00:00 - 13 June, 2014

# House # 1.130 / Estudio.Entresitio

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
# House # 1.130 / Estudio.Entresitio, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Courtesy of Estudio.Entresitio Courtesy of Estudio.Entresitio © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team

    María Hurtado de Mendoza, César Jiménez de Tejada, José María Hurtado de Mendoza, Álvar Ruiz
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Roland Halbe, Courtesy of Estudio.Entresitio

Tienda Camper Palma der Mallorca / Fernando Amat

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Tienda Camper Palma der Mallorca / Fernando Amat, © Sanchez y Montoro
© Sanchez y Montoro

© Sanchez y Montoro © Sanchez y Montoro © Sanchez y Montoro © Sanchez y Montoro +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de San Miguel, 17, 07002 Palma (Mallorca), Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Client

    Camper www.camper.com
  • Area

    113.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

The 2014 Pritzker Prize Ceremony to honor laureate Shigeru Ban is taking place today in Amsterdam at 17:00 UCT.

RIBA Stirling Prize To Be Renamed As It Regains Cash Prize

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
RIBA Stirling Prize To Be Renamed As It Regains Cash Prize, 2013 Stirling Prize Winner: Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Helene Binet
2013 Stirling Prize Winner: Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Helene Binet

The annual RIBA Stirling Prize is set to regain its £20,000 cash prize following a year of no prize money in which Witherford Watson Mann scooped the accolade for Astley Castle. Considered to be the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the Stirling Prize is presented annually to the “building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year”. Brockton Capital have agreed to support the prize for the next three years starting from 2015, after which the prize will be known as the RIBA Brockton Stirling Prize. The lack of prize money in 2013 raised questions about the significance of the award.

Multiplan Arhitekti Wins Competition for New Gallery in Zagreb

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Multiplan Arhitekti Wins Competition for New Gallery in Zagreb, © Jan Jazbec
© Jan Jazbec

Multiplan Arhitekti have shared with us their competition-winning design for an art gallery on one of Zagreb's most prominent streets. The ALUARTFORUM gallery, designed for the University of Zagreb and located next to the existing Academy of Fine Arts, will fill one of the last remaining open spaces on Ilica Street.

More on the design of the gallery after the break

© Jan Jazbec © Jan Jazbec © Jan Jazbec © Jan Jazbec +9

Juulsbjergparken / RAVN Arkitektur

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Juulsbjergparken / RAVN Arkitektur, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +11

Chile's "Monolith Controversies" - Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Chile's "Monolith Controversies" - Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale, Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

Between 1931 and 1981, the Soviet Union exported a prefab concrete panel system for housing - whose development and exportation embodied the ideals of the modern movement - to countries around the world, creating more than 170 million apartments. In 1972, during the socialist government of Salvador Allende, the USSR donated a panel factory to Chile. The Chile KPD (an acronym derived from the Russian words for “large concrete panel”) produced a total of 153 buildings during its operation, before being shut down and forgotten during the military dictatorship.

The full story of the concrete panels produced in Chile had been buried in history, but research conducted by curators Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola for the Chile Pavilion has resurfaced the political, ideological and aesthetic implications of the panel. Monolith Controversies not only shows the technical aspects of a fundamental element of a prefab building system, but also demonstrates how it was connected to an ideology. Upon entering the Chile pavilion, visitors find themselves in the recreation of an interior of one of the apartments. Next they enter the main space, in which one concrete panel found by the curators stands as the representation of how modernity was absorbed in Chile.

In the Absorbing Modernity section of the Biennale, Koolhaas asked curators from all over the world to bring to light the ways modernism developed in their countries. The work done by the Chilean curators in the Monolith Controversies exhibition is one of the best examples of this call, recognized by the jury with the Silver Lion. Read on for the curator’s statement.

Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh +17

Culture Complex De Nieuwe Kolk / De Zwarte Hond

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek
  • Architects

  • Location

    Weiersstraat 1, 9401 Assen, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jurjen van der Meer, Tjeerd Jellema
  • Area

    48000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek +16

BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker, © BIG
© BIG

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have announced BIG as the designers for an extension to their headquarters in Le Brassus, near Le Chenit. The design includes gallery spaces for a museum, work spaces and a guest house. Conceived as a spiralling glass pavilion embedded in the landscape, BIG's design - entilted Maison des Fondateurs - will take visitors on a narrative journey through the company's 139-year history.

More images after the break

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +21

Event Highlights from "Towards A New Avant-Garde" at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Event Highlights from "Towards A New Avant-Garde" at the Venice Biennale, © Philippe Declerck / DEVspace
© Philippe Declerck / DEVspace

Towards a New Avant-Garde, Superscript’s three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia, brought together 40 talented young architects, writers, critics, to debate issues of identity, collaboration, and economics. Over the course of three 90-minute conversations, several key themes emerged, including the need of architects to engage the public directly, the importance of evolving new forms of communication and criticism, and the value of capitalizing on opportunities to be proactive. Here’s a snapshot of what the participants had to say:

Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia, © Yves Chan You
© Yves Chan You

© Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP
  • Area

    76000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

VIDEO: 3D Printing San Francisco's Future Skyline

00:00 - 13 June, 2014

The skyline of San Francisco is in the process of significant transformation. Projects such as OMA's 550-foot residential tower, as well as developments in the pipeline from Foster + Partners and Studio Gang, are sure to change the city dramatically - thankfully, the 3D printed model in this video is there to show exactly how. The 6x6 foot model shows 115 blocks of downtown San Francisco as it will appear in 2017, and was created by visualization company Steelblue and Autodesk. Claimed to be the largest 3D printed model of a city in the world, it can show much more than just how San Francisco's downtown will look: overlaid projections can show the status of each building, projected traffic patterns and more. Furthermore, each block is individually replaceable to keep the model up to date. Watch the video, and find out more about the model through this article from SFGate.

Call for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture 35

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Call for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture 35

Following the success of the inaugural call for entries, which produced the Pamphlets 23–30, Pamphlet Architecture, with renewed support from the National Endowment for the Arts, announces the 2014 competition.

4x12 Atelier / USE Studio

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
4x12 Atelier / USE Studio, Courtesy of USE Studio
Courtesy of USE Studio

Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Isfahan, Iran
  • Design Team

    Mohammad Arab, Mina Moieneddini
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of USE Studio