Archive for December, 2013

Being a professional requires an independent mindset. In this age of collaboration, to be a professional means one has to think for oneself. That’s not to say that they cannot seek advice. In fact, having people and resources you can turn to is a critical part of practice. When starting a firm, for example, it’s […]

Known for his superior design and unparalleled craftsmanship, the 2009 Pritzker Laureate and 2013 RIBA Gold Medal Award-winner, Peter Zumthor, was recently invited to speak at the School of Architecture in Tel Aviv University. In a lecture titled ‘Presence in Architecture – Seven Personal Observations’, Zumthor shared some of the inspirations behind his greatest projects, giving us insight into […]

by Samuel Medina @metropolis Is architectural drawing dead? That depends, of course, on one’s definition of drawing. Does one, like Michael Graves who eulogized the state of the medium last year in an op-ed for the New York Times, define it as a kind of visual thinking, whereby thought is directly (and according to some, mystically) fused to the […]

According to a report by The New York Times, there is a startling dearth of skilled professionals even at a time as desperate as this. However, as BIM comes up even smarter, more efficient, it is estimated that it can form the backbone of the AEC industry. In such a setting, BIM alters the way […]



The entire A/E/C industry is in the midst of a transformation. The roles, processes, responsibilities, deliverables, and interaction between architects, engineers, construction professionals, and their clients are being forced into more complex and integrated relationships.  This revolution among interrelated professions has not yet seen a group fully take charge of the movement and lead the […]

Whether critiquing the architect’s societal position and the role of the user, conceptualising the performative dimension of the architectural object, or considering the effects of theory for architecture at large, current debates in architecture intersect in the notion of agency. As fundamental as it is often taken for granted, this notion forms the keystone of […]

TODAY, Architecture has apparently been revolutionized by the shift toward computation in every area of professional practice–from conception to fabrication–which has authorized structural systems previously only imagined, developed formal systems that abandon traditional geometry in favor of topology and its parametric generators, and enabled an unprecedented rigor and efficiency in the analysis of all aspects […]

In the architectural domain, the coexistence of reflections of a diagrammatic nature with a renewed interest in some of the most concrete aspects of materials is typical of this situation. At an urban level, the GPS is also representative of this immediate contact between abstraction and concreteness. Using a GPS, we are both plugged into […]