JANUARY 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHAT’S NEXT: REPROGRAMMING PRACTICE
What’s Next: Intro What’s Next: Reprogramming PracticeIn some sectors, disruption is so pervasive that it’s practically a cliché. Soon it will be architecture’s turn. Meet the champions who are prepping for the inevitable.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Polymath: David Benjamin Is Expanding The Definition of ArchitectureEmbracing multiple disciplines as easily as a polyglot switches languages, David Benjamin and his firm The Living meld biology, computer science, and design with the aim of optimizing architecture.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Interloper: WeWork Upends the Conventional Architecture FirmWeWork’s predominance in co-working office space weighs heavily on the real estate industry, but as its reach expands to services such as enterprise design, the architecture profession also has reason to worry.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Prophet: Phil Bernstein Envisions New Roles for ArchitectsThe building industry has an abysmal record of schedule and budget mishaps, says Phil Bernstein, a lecturer on professional practice at the Yale School of Architecture. But the smart use of data and technology could change all that.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Original: Kathryn Anthony Guides Architects to Think Big PictureArchitecture students worldwide journey to the Midwest just to take courses on design entrepreneurship from Kathryn Anthony, the longest-serving female faculty member at the Illinois School of Architecture in Urbana-Champaign.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Lab Rats: Payette Champions Subject Matter ExpertiseBy establishing a research arm that encourages architects to dive into technical investigations, Payette hopes to foster a knowledge-sharing community.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Capitalists: Thornton Tomasetti Bets on Innovation Through TTWiiNWith TTWiiN, Thornton Tomasetti has found an avenue to support—and retain—aspiring, in-house entrepreneurs, while garnering a stake in the potentially profitable results.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The 800-Pound Gorilla: Autodesk Sees a Digital Future for Architecture FirsthandBillion-dollar software developer Autodesk is angling for an even bigger stake in the building industry with initiatives in automation, machine learning, and data management and exchange … all by watching design innovation in action.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Algorithm: Cove.Tool Runs the Numbers for DesignersThe founders of Cove.Tool are delegating the tedium of data-crunching to machines, a growing trend that will free architects to direct their creative talents elsewhere.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Incubator: MIT DesignX Steers Architecture Students Toward StartupsMIT’s famous $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has spawned hundreds of companies. The MIT DesignX program wants to give architecture students a piece of the action.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Young and the Restless: Practice Innovation Lab Wants the Building Profession to Catch UpThey’re educated, mostly licensed, and hungry for change. The 60 emerging professionals who participated in the AIA Young Architects Forum’s Practice Innovation Lab have no shortage of ideas for how architects can reinvent their businesses.
What’s Next: Reprogramming Practice The Career Counselors: Dennis Shelden and Scott Marble Recommend a Backup PlanWhen architects expand their skill set beyond outdated conventions, they become uniquely positioned to tackle society’s biggest challenges, say Georgia Tech’s Dennis Shelden and Scott Marble.
PROJECTS FROM DAVID BENJAMIN AND THE LIVING
Twin MirrorThe Living
Bionic PartitionThe Living
Alkmaar HousingThe Living
Autodesk MaRS OfficeThe Living
Embodied Computation LabThe Living
Housing TowerWild Bär Heule Architekten
TECH + PRACTICE
Best Practices How to Commission an Architectural PhotographerDesigners discuss methods for finding a photographer, negotiating licensing rights, and planning for a shoot.
Innovative Detail Detail: The R.W. Kern Center’s Minimalist Timber StructureDesigned by Bruner/Cott Architects, Hampshire College’s first new building in 40 years showcases local materials and clean connections.
Next Progressives ProductoraFounded in Mexico City, this firm derives its studio name from the Spanish word for “production house.”
Products How to Specify ConcreteARCHITECT has put together some tips for specifying the right type of concrete depending on project needs.
Bridge Housing CommunityGensler
Products Peter Pennoyer Architects Designs New Collection for Lowe HardwareThe 1920s-inspired line is the firm’s first foray into hardware design.
Books A Modern-Day Survey of Lutyens’ Arts & Crafts HousesArchitect David Cole’s new book includes his own photographs of 45 houses designed by late English architect Edwin Lutyens.
AIA Voices Telling StoriesSharing the detail behind the design.
AIA Now Moving Technology ForwardRecognizing innovative architecture.
AIA Knowledge Percent of Firms in 2017 that Offered a Salary Increase to Architecture Staff upon Licensure
AIA Feature How Many Architects Does Our Economy Need?A special report on workforce pressures for firm leaders.
AIA Perspective A Threshold Moment for ArchitectureIt’s time to make 2018 a year of possibility.
Infrastructure Swords Into PlowsharesThe military is signaling the alarm about climate change. Government spending should reflect that concern.
In Memoriam Celebrated Yale Architectural Historian Vincent Scully Dies at 97Philip Johnson once called Scully “the most influential architectural teacher ever.”
Competitions A Monument for Containing—And Protecting Against—Nuclear WasteArch Out Loud announces the winner of its “Nuclear: Landmarker for a Waste Isolation Site” competition.
Books Postmodernism: Present at the CreationA book by Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel Furman explores the rise (and return) of this divisive period of architecture.
Exhibitions Cooper Hewitt Spotlights Design for AccessThe exhibition “Access + Ability” demonstrates how designers are helping to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Historic Preservation Carmody Groarke and the National Trust for Scotland Will Restore Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill HouseThe recently unveiled plans show a semi-transparent enclosure that will protect the historic mansion from wind, rain, and humidity during the restoration effort.
Gender Equality New Website Celebrates 50 Trailblazing Women in American ArchitectureAll born before 1940, these women contributed to the built environment between 1880 and 1980.
Education Projects Allan Greenberg–Designed Music Building Breaks Ground at Rice UniversityThe university’s Music and Performing Arts Center, scheduled to open in 2020, will include the new building plus another existing structure by Ricardo Bofill.