Now in its 38th year, the prestigious program created by the Architecture League of New York selected six emerging talents under the theme of Just , which explores architectural action within the discipline. Cosmo-Clinical Interiors of Beirut by f-architecture Courtesy f-architecture.
Virginia Black, Gabrielle Printz, and Rosana Elkhatib founded the Brooklyn-based feminist architecture collaborative in They simultaneously tackle writing , activism, and performance pieces meant to reach a broader audience. In her work, she draws on common building elements such as windows, cladding, and eaves to explore social and architectural topics such as inclusion and identity, according to the Architectural League. Additionally, she utilizes different mediums such as models, wallpaper, photographer, and installations to examine various modes of architectural representation.
Inspired by her students and the flexibility that comes as an academic practitioner, Bonner uses MALL as a way to explore and invent new ways to represent architecture.
Her most recent project, Haus Gables , is a cross-laminated timber structure that hacks the traditional multi-family residential typology and is designed around the gabled roof plan. Rachel G. Wisdom Gift Exchange by Rachel G. It means that the profession can find traction in other fields: the architect as strategist, as politician, as planner; the architect as curator or editor or writer, as activist or storyteller.
Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency. Photo: Jonathan Gales. Not at all, no. I mean I tried that. I learned how to do timber detailing for private beach houses on the Sunshine Coast in Australia; I worked for Zaha Hadid, designing science-museum-opera-art-gallery-China-Dubai projects. All of which, in the context of making and shaping cities right now, is utterly fucking irrelevant.
The notion of what cities are and how we define them as such is fundamentally different. My experience of my surroundings is predicated on network access and internet speed; my window to the city of London is a glowing, beaming rectangle, throwing out radiation at me.
A couple of years ago a Ukrainian-based gaming company went through Chernobyl and mapped it in meticulous detail, and used that to create the landscape in a game, Stalker.
A security guard told us stories of his nights in the exclusion zone, where local fanboys of the game would sneak into the area and play out their characters. The guards played out their roles, too, chasing these kids through the crumbling ruins. You can no longer talk about place as a singular point on the map, or a city as being a singular zone. A city is now atomised, distributed and mediated.
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In a normal week, I spend four days in New York and three days in London, but maybe one of those days is in some other random city giving a lecture. What am I a citizen of? I have an Australian passport; I have temporary residency in London; I have an even more temporary residency in New York. So the question of agency and citizenship is a really interesting one to think about.
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What do I identify with? Photo: Liam Young. Well, you can hold a passport to multiple places. Can I be a citizen of Australia, where I can still vote, remotely, where I still have an incredible network of friends, where I still have a storage locker with physical stuff in — but where I spend only two weeks a year? What does home mean in that sense?
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I vote in Australia, but I spend two weeks a year there. A student of mine made this project about IP addresses and territory. One iteration looked at the Western Sahara, one of the only places on the map that is classified by the UN as ungoverned; it has a very strong ethnic population that has been displaced, forced to flee and scatter across the world.
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The project was speculating on the idea of siting an IP address in this place, so that all this atomised and dispersed population could still occupy their homeland, but through the network — so they could cyber-squat their territory. This question of citizenship is actually really urgent. And that reevaluation of cities is equally urgent.
In a very dry sense, legally you start to get into questions of jurisdiction and of borders.
Take Megaupload, for example: some guy in New Zealand running a website placed on servers scattered all over the world on which movies are uploaded by thousands of users — how do you prosecute in a case like that, and which government does the prosecuting? And where?